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College baseball benefiting from MLB draft changes

By STEVE MEGARGEE and DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writers

Alec Rash could be pitching in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization.

Instead, he plays for the Missouri Tigers.

Rash is a poster child for how Major League Baseball's latest collective bargaining agreement is impacting the college game.

With new limitations on how much teams can spend on prep stars, it appears more will be heading to college instead of the minor leagues.

In November 2011, the CBA capped the amount of money each organization could spend in the first 10 rounds of the draft. In the first draft under the new rules, the number of high school players rated among Baseball America's top 200 draft-eligible prospects went unsigned or undrafted increased slightly to 35, up from 26 in the 2011 draft.

Some coaches say the numbers might go up this year.

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