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The MLB draft process can be tougher than impressing scouts on the field

Updated: June 4, 2012, 11:34 AM ET
By Ryan Canner-O'Mealy | ESPNHS

It's Thursday, four days before the first round of the MLB draft.

Courtney Hawkins, a likely first-round pick, is on the bus with his Carroll (Corpus Christi, Texas) teammates, making the three-hour drive to his squad's regional final game.

In a season of craziness, this week has been particularly hectic. He's about to start a best-of-three series for a chance to go to the state semifinals. From there, he'll fly to New York on Saturday to prep for the draft, missing ...

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