MLB Top 100 Prospects: 26-50

No's 26-50 in the countdown to the league's top prospect. The first Mariners farmhand comes in at No. 37 while the Florida Marlins continue to pile up the talent in the Top 100. There are a few potential blue chippers in this set. Can you find those?


Baseball's Top Prospects
26 - Daric Barton, 1B - Oakland: Barton's plate discipline is virtually unmatched. He swings at nothing but good pitches, allowing him to hit well over .300. If his power develops he has All-Star potential.
27 - Howie Kendrick, 2B - Anaheim: Among the top few pure hitters in the minors and has some pop. Average defensively with average speed but should be an impact with the bat.
28 - Andy Marte, 3B - Cleveland: It is extremely rare a player of his ability gets traded twice in the same off-season but it happened to Marte. He appears to have found a home in Cleveland and should take over for Aaron Boone by July.
29 - Billy Butler, OF - Kansas City: On offensive ability alone, Butler is a top-10 prospect. Butler is a DH waiting to happen and that hurts his status.
30 - Jon Lester, LHP - Boston: The lefty has made steady progress since signing in 2002. Continues to make adjustments and just needs to continue refining his secondary pitches to make the majors.
31 - Chris Young, CF - Arizona: Strikes out far too much and it could become a major issue in his development. How he adjusts in Triple-A will tell the story. Plays a legit center field.
32 - Nick Markakis, CF - Baltimore: Five-tool talent just waiting for a chance. Strikes out a little too much but has an excellent walk rate and 25-homer power to help counter the K's.
33 - Anibal Sanchez, RHP - Florida: Has the stuff and the demeanor to succeed immediately. Given the state of the Marlins' rotation, could see action in 2006. Has a live arm and the makings of two plus pitches in his curve and a change.
34 - Philip Hughes, RHP - New York (AL): Unlike past Yankees prospects, Hughes certainly lives up to the hype. Nice fastball and slider but durability remains an issue.
35 - Joel Guzman, OF - Los Angeles: Now a full-time left fielder, the Juan Gonzalez comparisons will get stronger. Still strikes out too much but the 40 home run potential is there, even if he won't hit more than .270.
36 - Scott Olsen, LHP - Florida: Has all the stuff to succeed at the major league level today. Simply needs innings to learn the nuances of pitching.
37 - Adam Jones, CF - Seattle: 2005 was a major breakout season for the 20-year-old. If he adjusts to CF as many expect, he could be ready by Opening Day '07.
38 - Andrew McCutchen, CF - Pittsburgh: Very raw 2005 draftee with the potential to shoot up the lists next year. True five-tool talent.
39 - Erick Aybar, SS - Anaheim: Overshadowed by his middle infield counterparts but can certainly hold his own. Best defender of the three and would be an asset to any ML team.
40 - Carlos Gonzalez, OF - Arizona: Has the talent to be the next Bobby Abreu. Starting to show up on the radar around the league. Has 30-homer potential and a strong throwing arm.
41 - Yusmeiro Petit, RHP - Florida: Has dominated at every stop despite not having overwhelming stuff. Hides the ball better than anyone else out there. Looking like the real deal with each passing day.
42 - Jon Papelbon, RHP - Boston: Showed guts last year for the Sox in their playoff run. Needs more seasoning in Triple-A to work on his third pitch if he's to be a starter.
43 - Troy Patton, LHP - Houston: Ninth-round pick in '04 has made major strides since signing. Needs some polish and Double-A will be a good test.
44 - Jason Hirsch, RHP - Houston: A little old for his the league (AA) last year but there is no denying his success. Stuff took a big step forward and he needs to show it wasn't a fluke.
45 - Anthony Reyes, RHP - St. Louis: Mechanics and history don't bode well for Reyes. If he can stay healthy he can be a solid No. 2 or 3 starter. Can also serve as a top setup man with a power reportoire.
46 - Bobby Jenks, RHP - Chicago (AL): Sitting in the mid to high 90s with a power curve ball, Jenks could be in line to be the next great closer in the big leagues if his control holds up.
47 - Dustin Pedroia, 2B - Boston: Stat-head favorite. Possesses excellent plate discipline that will help him adjust to the highest level. Similar to Baltimore's Brian Roberts minus the power surge.
48 - Gio Gonzalez, LHP - Philadelphia: Gonzalez owns what may be the best curve in the minors and he is not afraid to use it. Needs a few years of development but already possesses two major league offerings.
49 - Jeremy Sowers, LHP - Cleveland: Sowers could arrive in Cleveland by year's end. The control specialist features an above average fastball and a proven track record in the minors.
50 - Jason Kubel, OF - Minnesota: There's no doubt he can hit. The only question is how well he recovers from the ACL surgery that forced him to miss all of '05.

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