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Originally Published: May 28, 2004
By John Manuel | Baseball America
Conference tournaments are going on around college baseball this week, and fans aren't the only ones turning out for the games.

The stands are crawling with scouts at most of the power conference tournaments, such as the Ballpark at Arlington for the Big 12 Conference, or the Hoover Met in suburban Birmingham for the Southeastern Conference. And some scouts had a long workday Wednesday at the Atlantic Coast Conference tourney in Salem, Va., which didn't end until Stephen Drew's two-run single gave Florida State a 6-5 victory against North Carolina State--at 1:36 a.m.

Drew has a history of coming up with big hits, so his performance might reinforce scouts' opinions of him. But scouts agree that putting too much emphasis on one weekend like this--or in regional play just before the draft, which is June 7-8--would be a mistake.

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