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    Default Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects




    Here they are fellas

    1. Mark Teixeira, 3b, Rangers
    He's starting to reduce Hank Blalock, the top hitter on last year's list, to something of an afterthought.
    ETA: 2003

    2. Rocco Baldelli, of, Devil Rays
    Went from not making the Top 100 to Minor League Player of the Year in 2002. Memo to Chuck LaMar: Give him some more time in Triple-A.
    ETA: 2003

    3. Jose Reyes, ss, Mets
    Will push Rey Sanchez aside so quickly when he's ready. Which should be June.
    ETA: 2003

    4. Joe Mauer, c, Twins
    Think Florida State fans wish he had decided to play quarterback? Think Twins fans aren't thankful every day that he didn't?
    ETA: 2005

    5. Jesse Foppert, rhp, Giants
    Baseball's top pitching prospect is coming off his second full season on the mound.
    ETA: 2003

    6. Jose Contreras, rhp, Yankees
    The Yankees didn't hand the world's top amateur pitcher $32 million to pitch relief.
    ETA: 2003

    7. Brandon Phillips, 2b/ss, Indians
    Will emerge as the heart and soul of the Indians when they're ready to contend again in 2005.
    ETA: 2003

    8. Hideki Matsui, of, Yankees
    Godzilla will show whether Japanese power hitters can make the transition to the U.S. majors.
    ETA: 2003

    9. Gavin Floyd, rhp, Phillies
    As if Brett Myers weren't enough, the Phillies have a second version rising through the minors.
    ETA: 2005

    10. Francisco Rodriguez, rhp, Angels
    Technically shouldn't have been playoff-eligible, but those five October victories still count.
    ETA: 2003

    11. Scott Kazmir, lhp, Mets
    What's crazier—the Mets getting him with the 15th overall pick or signing him for slot money?
    ETA: 2005

    12. Miguel Cabrera, 3b, Marlins
    Jumped ahead of former low Class A roommate Adrian Gonzalez in Marlins' pecking order last year.
    ETA: 2005

    13. Casey Kotchman, 1b, Angels
    If he can figure out how to avoid wrist injuries, he'll be batting third for the Angels in no time.
    ETA: 2005

    14. Justin Morneau, 1b, Twins
    Doug Mientkiewicz isn't close to being in Morneau's league as a hitter.
    ETA: 2003

    15. Jason Stokes, 1b, Marlins
    Led the minors with a .645 slugging percentage last year despite a painful cyst in his left wrist.
    ETA: 2005

    16. Victor Martinez, c, Indians
    We'll go out on a limb and say his two-year streaks of batting titles and league MVP awards will end when he reaches the majors this season.
    ETA: 2003

    17. Michael Cuddyer, of, Twins
    The Twins couldn't find a lineup spot for him last season but have to this year.
    ETA: 2003

    18. Adam Wainwright, rhp, Braves
    Coming off back-to-back league strikeout crowns, he still has room for projection.
    ETA: 2005

    19. Hanley Ramirez, ss, Red Sox
    Anonymous before 2002, when he ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn leagues.
    ETA: 2005

    20. Jeremy Bonderman, rhp, Tigers
    Yes, Billy Beane may have made an ill-advised trade.
    ETA: 2005

    21. B.J. Upton, ss, Devil Rays
    No. 2 pick in 2002 draft could be upstaged by younger brother Justin, a possible No. 1 in 2005.
    ETA: 2006

    22. Hee Seop Choi, 1b, Cubs
    Eric Karros was acquired simply to dump Todd Hundley's contract, not to keep Choi on the bench.
    ETA: 2003

    23. Brad Nelson, 1b, Brewers
    The Brewers don't have much, but they do have a lot of talent at first base.
    ETA: 2005

    24. John VanBenschoten, rhp, Pirates
    Former scouting director Mickey White's decision to put him on the mound looks more astute by the day.
    ETA: 2005

    25. Sean Burnett, lhp, Pirates
    His velocity may be only fringe average, but there is nothing else fringy about him.
    ETA: 2004

    26. Scott Hairston, 2b, Diamondbacks
    .346 AVG, .430 OBP, .596 SLG as a pro; brother Jerry has .277/.352/.404 totals.
    ETA: 2004

    27. Rafael Soriano, rhp, Mariners
    Struck out Mark Teixeira three times in 2002 Texas League championship game.
    ETA: 2003

    28. Joe Borchard, of, White Sox
    Has been slow to pay dividends on record $5.3 million bonus but continues to show big-time power.
    ETA: 2003

    29. Rich Harden, rhp, Athletics
    Central Arizona JC lost Hairston and Harden from 2001, yet won 2002 national championship.
    ETA: 2003

    30. Cliff Lee, lhp, Indians
    Mark Shapiro got two of the game's top 30 prospects, plus Grady Sizemore, for Bartolo Colon last summer.
    ETA: 2003

    31. Adrian Gonzalez, 1b, Marlins
    Not even the top first baseman in the Marlins system any longer, but still one of the best in the minors.
    ETA: 2004

    32. Colby Lewis, rhp, Rangers
    One of just 16 first-round junior college picks in draft history; Kevin Appier has been the best.
    ETA: 2003

    33. Josh Hamilton, of, Devil Rays
    Made three more trips to the disabled list last season but still has a huge ceiling.
    ETA: 2004

    34. James Loney, 1b, Dodgers
    Most teams preferred him as a pitcher—until he hit .350 in his pro debut.
    ETA: 2005

    35. Jonathan Figueroa, lhp, Dodgers
    Spent 14 months on the showcase circuit and may not spend much more than that in the minors.
    ETA: 2004

    36. Dustin McGowan, rhp, Blue Jays
    Sally League strikeout leader is starting to harness his power stuff.
    ETA: 2005

    37. Michael Restovich, of, Twins
    Not as advanced as Cuddyer, but more athletic and more powerful.
    ETA: 2004

    38. Jose Lopez, ss, Mariners
    The Mariners hope he'll develop better than their last Cal League breakout shortstop, Antonio Perez.
    ETA: 2005

    39. Chris Snelling, of, Mariners
    Australia's Pete Reiser needs to practice a little self-preservation.
    ETA: 2003

    40. Andy Marte, 3b, Braves
    Led the Sally League with 105 RBIs in 2002 after batting .200 in Rookie ball the year before.
    ETA: 2005

    41. Aaron Cook, rhp, Rockies
    Making up for lost time after spending five years without getting past high Class A.
    ETA: 2003

    42. Franklyn German, rhp, Tigers
    Not only did the Tigers get Bonderman, but they also landed German and Carlos Pena for Jeff Weaver last summer.
    ETA: 2003

    43. Dontrelle Willis, lhp, Marlins
    Commands his pitches down in the strike zone as well as just about any minor leaguer.
    ETA: 2004

    44. Xavier Nady, of, Padres
    Broke Mark McGwire's Pac-10 career slugging percentage record; nearly ready to mash in the majors.
    ETA: 2003

    45. Aaron Heilman, rhp, Mets
    Two-time first-round pick pitched well in Triple-A in his first full pro season.
    ETA: 2003

    46. Travis Hafner, 1b, Indians
    He's not Jim Thome, but he'll help make his departure easier on Indians fans.
    ETA: 2003

    47. Angel Guzman, rhp, Cubs
    Has a chance to follow Mark Prior's path from Double-A to the majors this year.
    ETA: 2004

    48. Jeff Mathis, c, Angels
    Like Kotchman, Mathis gives the World Series champs a bright future at one of their weakest current positions.
    ETA: 2005

    49. Wilson Betemit, 3b, Braves
    Scouts still see 20-20 potential despite his down year in Triple-A; don't forget he was just 20.
    ETA: 2003

    50. Jerome Williams, rhp, Giants
    Reached Triple-A at age 20 and is on the verge of putting it all together.
    ETA: 2004

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    51. Johan Santana, rhp, Angels
    At its best, his stuff rivals Jenks'. At its worst, his command is still better.
    ETA: 2005

    52. Bryan Bullington, rhp, Pirates
    No. 1 pick in 2002 draft is best thing to come out of Ball State since David Letterman.
    ETA: 2005

    53. Andy Sisco, lhp, Cubs
    Six-foot-9 southpaw has much more polish than Randy Johnson had at age 20.
    ETA: 2005

    54. Zack Greinke, rhp, Royals
    Had 2.45 ERA, two walks in 26 innings as 19-year-old in unprecedented trip to Puerto Rico this winter.
    ETA: 2006

    55. Juan Rivera, of, Yankees
    If the Yankees really cared about costs, they'd just give the deserving Rivera a starting job.
    ETA: 2003

    56. Mike Jones, rhp, Brewers
    Could pass Ben Sheets and Nick Neugebauer to become the Brewers' future ace.
    ETA: 2005

    57. Khalil Greene, ss, Padres
    The college version of Baldelli: went from 14th-round pick in 2001 to College Player of the Year and 13th overall choice in 2002.
    ETA: 2004

    58. Bubba Nelson, rhp, Braves
    Believed to be the first pitcher named "Bubba" to lead the minors in ERA (1.66 in 2002).
    ETA: 2004

    59. Mike Gosling, lhp, Diamondbacks
    May go from college in 2001 to Double-A to 2002 to Arizona's Opening Day rotation in 2003.
    ETA: 2003

    60. Bobby Jenks, rhp, Angels
    Will the real Bobby Jenks please stand up? A guy with a high-90s fastball and dominant curve should do better than 11-25, 5.46 as a pro.
    ETA: 2005

    61. Shin-Soo Choo, of, Mariners
    His power remains a question but at worst he should become Korea's version of Mark Kotsay.
    ETA: 2005

    62. Clint Everts, rhp, Expos
    Kazmir's high school teammate went 10 picks ahead of him in the 2002 draft.
    ETA: 2006

    63. Marlon Byrd, of, Phillies
    Poor man's Kirby Puckett will give the Phillies much more offense than they got out of Doug Glanville.
    ETA: 2003

    64. Kurt Ainsworth, rhp, Giants
    Somewhat overshadowed by Foppert and Williams at Triple-A Fresno last year, Ainsworth may beat them both to the Giants rotation.
    ETA: 2003

    65. Lyle Overbay, 1b, Diamondbacks
    Career .345 hitter in the minors is similar to the veteran he's displacing, Mark Grace.
    ETA: 2003

    66. Justin Huber, c, Mets
    They had to travel to Australia to get it done, but the Mets have found Mike Piazza's eventual successor.
    ETA: 2005

    67. John Buck, c, Astros
    If he gets his bat going a little bit more, Buck would be the minors' best all-around catcher.
    ETA: 2004

    68. Macay McBride, lhp, Braves
    Yet another reason the Braves won't ever run out of pitching.
    ETA: 2005

    69. Bobby Basham, rhp, Reds
    His two 78-pitch shutouts might be more impressive than his 97-9 strikeout-walk ratio.
    ETA: 2004

    70. Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, Indians
    Has yet to make his pro debut but still may be first 2002 draftee to reach the majors.
    ETA: 2004

    71. Josh Karp, rhp, Expos
    At times, his stuff is every bit as good as former Pac-10 rival Mark Prior's.
    ETA: 2004

    72. Felix Pie, of, Cubs
    Corey Patterson is stalling, but Pie gives the Cubs another potential five-tool center fielder.
    ETA: 2006

    73. Kris Honel, rhp, White Sox
    On the fast track from a suburban Chicago high school to the big city.
    ETA: 2005

    74. Dewon Brazelton, rhp, Devil Rays
    How desperately do the Devil Rays need him to lead a wave of pitching hopefuls to the majors?
    ETA: 2003

    75. David Wright, 3b, Mets
    Mets third basemen have been almost as dismal as their Cubs counterparts, but that's about to change.
    ETA: 2005

    76. Clint Nageotte, rhp, Mariners
    Used his wicked slider to lead the minors with 214 strikeouts last year.
    ETA: 2005

    77. Chris Gruler, rhp, Reds
    Third pick in 2002 avoided shoulder surgery to end last season, and is on track to start Opening Day in Dayton.
    ETA: 2006

    78. Prince Fielder, 1b, Brewers
    May have a higher ceiling than his dad, who won two home run and three RBI titles.
    ETA: 2005

    79. John Patterson, rhp, Diamondbacks
    Finally regained his pre-Tommy John surgery form in 2002.
    ETA: 2003

    80. Ben Kozlowski, lhp, Rangers
    The Rangers stole this potential Barry Zito from the Braves for Andy Pratt last April.
    ETA: 2003

    81. Chase Utley, 3b/2b, Phillies
    Smokes line drives and has more power than Little League teammate Sean Burroughs.
    ETA: 2004

    82. Todd Linden, of, Giants
    Some much-needed help for Barry Bonds in the Giants outfield is only a year away.
    ETA: 2004

    83. Francisco Liriano, lhp, Giants
    His arm is so strong, the Giants immediately shifted him from the outfield to the mound when he showed up at their tryout camp.
    ETA: 2005

    84. Mark Phillips, lhp, Padres
    Oliver Perez shot by him last season, but Phillips has superior pure stuff.
    ETA: 2005

    85. Laynce Nix, of, Rangers
    After giving away Brian Giles, John Hart is holding onto this possible clone.
    ETA: 2005

    86. Jose Castillo, ss, Pirates
    A potential five-tool shortstop, albeit not a huge basestealer, could wind up at third base.
    ETA: 2005

    87. Wily Mo Pena, of, Reds
    His Sammy Sosa ceiling would be more attainable if not for his big league contract.
    ETA: 2003

    88. Taylor Buchholz, rhp, Phillies
    Similar to Brett Myers and Floyd but without anywhere near the same fanfare.
    ETA: 2005

    89. Donald Levinski, rhp, Marlins
    Yet another member of the Great Prospect Exodus from Montreal last year.
    ETA: 2005

    90. Ben Hendrickson, rhp, Brewers
    One of the best curveballs in the minors evokes memories of Darryl Kile's.
    ETA: 2004

    91. Corey Hart, 3b/1b, Brewers
    Could be another Richie Sexson, with the possible bonus of playing third base.
    ETA: 2005

    92. Jon Rauch, rhp, White Sox
    Has recovered from shoulder surgery in 2000 and mishandling by the White Sox in 2001.
    ETA: 2003

    93. Chin-Hui Tsao, rhp, Rockies
    Tommy John surgery only delayed his progress toward becoming the first Taiwanese big league star.
    ETA: 2005

    94. Jayson Werth, of/c, Blue Jays
    Trading Werth for John Bale is just one reason Syd Thrift got fired by the Orioles.
    ETA: 2003

    95. Jeff Francoeur, of, Braves
    All-America defensive back turned down opportunity to play football at Clemson.
    ETA: 2006

    96. Mike Hinckley, lhp, Expos
    New York-Penn League ERA leader at 1.37 last year, down from 5.24 in pro debut.
    ETA: 2006

    97. Jason Arnold, rhp, Blue Jays
    Has gone 20-6 and reached Double-A in 1 1/2 years as a pro.
    ETA: 2003

    98. Seth McClung, rhp, Devil Rays
    High school seven-sport athlete could have played college basketball.
    ETA: 2005

    99. Edwin Jackson, rhp, Dodgers
    Loney in reverse: Other clubs saw him as an outfielder, Dodgers wanted him on the mound.
    ETA: 2005

    100. Nic Jackson, of, Cubs
    Will start putting heat on Moises Alou and Corey Patterson if he stops fouling pitches off his leg.
    ETA: 2004

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    german has been flat out bad this year...

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    This list came out a couple of months ago.
    Where's Zimm?
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    right, but BA just released sort of an update on each of the their players - commenting on the risers and fallers etc...my point was solely that franklyn german has not been good.

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    Where's Cody Ross' name? I couldn't find it.

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    it's on the expanded list...258 places ahead of nook logan's...

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    Logan has been better than Ross this year.
    Where's Zimm?
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    yeah, and tino martinez has been better than jason giambi...

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    I believe that Logan is also old for his league whereas Ross is young for his.

    Also Nook is garbage whereas Ross is not.

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    I still don't understand why we are wasting a year of Bondermans service time when he is clearly not ready and for a team that is already almost eliminated from post season play. Note BA's eta on him is 2005 for crying out loud!

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    I can't give you a good explanation for that one cedar since there isn't one.
    "I don't believe a manager ever won a pennant. Casey Stengel won all those pennants with the Yankees. How many did he win with the Boston Braves and Mets? I've never seen a team win a pennant without players. I think the only thing the manager has to do is keep things within certain boundaries."

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