The list is a mixture of high upside talent along with what seem to be can't-miss solid, if not spectacular performers. Unfortunately, no Cardinals prospect made my cut but there are a couple that could possibly join the list next year.
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1. Stephen Strasburg – No prospect has been hyped like the right-hander but no one has the talent that he possesses.
2. Jason Heyward – Just edged out for the top spot; he should be a perennial All-Star.
3. Buster Posey – Has the tools to be one of the top five catchers in all of the MLB.
4. Brian Matusz – Should settle in to the Baltimore rotation in just his second full pro season.
5. Jesus Montero – He won't stick behind the plate but his bat will play anywhere.
6. Desmond Jennings – Ridiculous. Tampa keeps producing young, talented outfielders.
7. Aroldis Chapman - Cuban pitchers have had a tough track record but Chapman has the upside to be one of the elite pitchers in the game.
8. Neftali Feliz - Proved he could be a dominant reliever; will eventually get a chance to be a top of the line starter.
9. Madison Bumgarner – Why worry? He is 20 years old and already with MLB experience.
10. Carlos Santana – The bat is ready; I still question the defense.
11. Christian Friedrich - The guy I was hoping the Cardinals would take in the first round instead of Wallace in 2008.
12. Justin Smoak - Great plate discipline and a glove good enough to one day bring home a Gold one.
13. Pedro Alvarez – Showed everyone what he brings to the table in 2009, an All-Star caliber bat.
14. Casey Kelly – Look for him to blow up now that he is concentrating on pitching.
15. Mike Stanton – Struggled with contact at Double-A but still put up impressive power numbers.
16. Michael Taylor – I love his polish and maturity. Should play in Oakland a long time, or until he is eligible for a raise.
17. Wade Davis – Should nail down the fifth spotter start in Tampa during 2010.
18. Dustin Ackley – Fantastic polish at the plate; should be in Seattle sooner rather than later.
20. Brett Wallace – I don't care what position he plays, he is going to hit.
21. Domonic Brown – As far as potential, he may have as much as anyone on the list.
22. Jeremy Hellickson – Are you kidding me? The Rays have too many young arms; it's just not fair.
23. Jhoulys Chacin – He has a heavy sinker and the ability to induce the groundball. He should eat up innings as he matures.
24. Martin Perez – The southpaw has plenty of upside; I just want to see more.
25. Kyle Drabek – Love his potential, worry about his size.
26. Fernando Martinez - Great tools package; I think his shelf life as a prospect works against him.
27. Chris Carter – Monster power potential but will he make enough contact?
28. Mike Montgomery – Young left-hander has the potential to be a future ace.
29. Tyler Matzek – The third Rockies pitcher could be the best of them all.
30. Lonnie Chisenhall - All he has done is hit since being drafted.
31. Matt Moore - Another Rays pitcher is a strikeout machine. Still needs to develop his command but it should come with experience.
32. Dan Hudson – Came out of nowhere to put together one of the best pitching performances in the Minor Leagues.
33. Aaron Hicks – Fantastic athlete with great patience especially for a young hitter.
34. Ryan Westmoreland – A potential 30-30 player that needs to try and ignore the Boston hype machine.
35. Todd Frazier – Not a sexy pick but he just hits and provides versatility at every level.
36. Jenrry Mejia – With a fastball in the mid-nineties, he has the potential to be a frontline starter if the New York spotlight allows him to develop.
37. Brett Lawrie – I am still not sure about the switch to second base but I am sure he has an elite bat.
38. Starlin Castro – The electric shortstop could be a fixture up the middle at Wrigley for years to come.
39. Jarrod Parker – Came back strong from TJ surgery, command of his pitches should come as he gets off more of the rust.
40. Aaron Crow – Has the potential to be a frontline starter or an elite reliever with two nasty pitch combo.
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