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HBL News: First-Year Player Draft
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
In the few hours remaining until the draft begins today, GMs across Heartland Baseball League will be penned up in their offices, making hurried last minute notes about each of their most coveted prospects. Fearful that things won't go as planned, many of them are still playing through the myriad scenarios that are all but certain to unfold in the high-stakes lottery of drafting. Scouting teams play devil's advocate, argue strategy back and forth and try to help their general manager gain the strategic upper hand, even though they know a lot of what transpires today will come down to being in the right place at the right time. BNN projects that the top picks of the draft will be:


1. Glenn Foster, 18 year-old RHP out of high-school.
2. Jesse Richmond, 18 year-old RF out of high-school.
3. Don Byrd, 22 year-old RHP out of college.
4. Brian Wilson, 18 year-old LF out of high-school.
5. Dave Worthen, 22 year-old SS out of college.
6. Cliff Smith, 18 year-old SS out of high-school.
7. Jason Snyder, 22 year-old SS out of college.
8. George Goode, 18 year-old RHP out of high-school.
9. Kyle Mueller, 18 year-old LF out of high-school.
10. Paul Wilson, 22 year-old CF out of college.

These ballclubs will have the first five choices: Columbia, Evansville, Dayton, Duluth and Davenport.
BNN Stats: Honestly, It's Just Muscles
Monday, November 30th, 2009
Here is a list of the heaviest players in the Heartland Baseball League...

Rich Austin, JEC, 285 lbs
Carl Dawson, JEC, 275 lbs
Francisco Cora, -, 270 lbs
William Griffin, FH, 265 lbs
Bill Jenkins, SB, 260 lbs
$2,500,000 Lands RF Wall for Stars
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
The Stars and Artie Wall appeared before the Lafayette media today as the two sides emerged from marathon contract talks.

Wall, a right fielder, is poised to make $2,500,000 over 4 years.

In his 1371-game career, Wall has hit at a .358 clip and collected 1758 hits with 303 doubles, 61 triples, 220 homers, and 852 RBIs.
LEAGUE LEADERS AVG
David Howard - DAV
.418
2 Greg O'Finegan OSH .387
3 Steven Harris CAN .379
4 Artie Wall LAF .374
5 Lee Welch .360
LEAGUE LEADERS HR
Ed Williams - CAN
48
2 Josh Lehman CAN 43
2 George Rice BC 43
2 Tony Simons SB 43
5 Jody Garrison LAF 34
LEAGUE LEADERS RBI
Ed Williams - CAN
133
2 George Dudley DUL 123
3 Josh Lehman CAN 118
4 George Rice BC 116
5 Tony Simons SB 114
LEAGUE LEADERS W
Leslie Hodges - CAN
25
2 Christopher Myers LAF 24
3 Mike Cravens BC 23
4 Ron Wood PB 22
5 4 tied with   19
LEAGUE LEADERS ERA
Carlos Estrada - OSH
2.32
2 Richard Ladd SB 2.43
3 Mike Cravens BC 2.49
4 John Hall SPR 2.52
5 Fred Brown SB 2.59
LEAGUE LEADERS K
Leslie Hodges - CAN
283
2 Mike Cravens BC 266
3 Ron Wood PB 260
4 Rod Gibbs LAF 259
5 Lou Richard CR 245
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Injuries 'Under The Knife'
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Free Agents Rookie Draft Pool B.
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Team vs Team Top Prospects
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Trading Block Pos. Strength/Teams
Pos. Strength/Pos. Financial Report
Top Systems Waiver Wire
Preseason Predictions
NORTH STANDINGS
W L PCT GB
Oshkosh Outlaws 91 53 .632 -
South Bend Silver Sox 82 62 .569 9.0
Kenosha Jackfish 72 72 .500 19.0
Bay City Lake Monsters 69 75 .479 22.0
Cedar Rapids Rebels 67 77 .465 24.0
Rochester Reapers 67 77 .465 24.0
Davenport Bullfrogs 66 78 .458 25.0
Duluth Danger 64 80 .444 27.0
SOUTH STANDINGS
W L PCT GB
Jefferson City Jackalopes 92 53 .634 -
Canton Kernels 91 54 .628 1.0
Lafayette Stars 82 62 .569 9.5
Poplar Bluff Predators 79 65 .549 12.5
Springfield Storm 69 75 .479 22.5
Dayton Dawgs 62 82 .431 29.5
Evansville Twisters 54 90 .375 37.5
Columbia Monarchs 46 98 .319 45.5
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