BA's Top 100 prospects (cont.)
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26. Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers
A Missouri prep product, Turner's prep catcher was Mike Matheny's son, and Todd Worrell was his high school pitching coach.
27. Brett Wallace, 3B/1B, Blue Jays
Already on to his third organization, the 2008 first-round pick has proved that he can hit, and that he's better suited for first base than third.
28. Chris Carter, OF/1B, Athletics
Oakland's utter lack of big league power screams out for Carter, a key piece from Arizona in the Dan Haren trade.
29. Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics
The Stanford alum returns to the Bay Area after being traded straight-up for Wallace; his all-around game and right-handed bat should force him into Oakland's woeful lineup.
30. Michael Saunders, OF, Mariners
Another alum of the Mariners' international house of prospects, this Canadian has no true weakness and should wind up an above-average offensive player.
31. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians
32. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves
He's barely shaving, yet Freeman already provides a powerful wingman for Jason Heyward and should follow him to Atlanta next year.
33. Christian Friedrich, LHP, Rockies
The Rockies have developed their own arms of late, and Friedrich should bring two plus breaking balls and a knack for the strike zone to Coors Field soon.
34. Wade Davis, RHP, Rays
The Rays have taken their time with this 2004 draft pick, and Davis is ready to reward them with an excellent fastball, a plus curve and a solid four-pitch mix.
35. Matt Moore, LHP, Rays
Another Rays pitching prospect, the third member of the top 35. He has held minor leaguers to a .180 average through 198 career innings.
36. Jarrod Parker, RHP, Diamondbacks
Parker will miss 2010 due to ligament replacement surgery in his throwing elbow. When healthy, his fastball and slider earned 70 grades from scouts.
37. Josh Bell, 3B, Orioles
Baltimore bought the power-hitting Bell time with veteran offseason acquisitions, giving him time to work on his defense and right-handed swing.
38. Derek Norris, C, Nationals
One of the minors' best offensive season in 2009 came from Norris, who must show the effort defensively needed to remain a full-time catcher.
39. Mike Montgomery, LHP, Royals
The Royals haven't had much player-development success of late to go with Zack Greinke. Can they harness this powerful left-handed arm?
40. Aaron Crow, RHP, Royals
How about back-to-back Royals? This former Missouri ace is likely to reach the majors quicker than Montgomery, and could become Greinke's wingman.
41. Jason Castro, C, Astros
Castro the Astro doesn't have the same upside as some of those ranked behind him, but he's a good bet to hit his way to the big leagues and defend at an average level.
42. Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Rangers
Scheppers' stuff has explosiveness, with a fastball that approaches 100 mph and a big-time curveball. His past shoulder woes, though, are part of every conversation.
43. Todd Frazier, OF/2B/3B, Reds
The Reds haven't picked a position for this former Little League World Series hero from Toms River, N.J. His best one is probably batter's box anyway.
44. Nick Hagadone, LHP, Indians
45. Yonder Alonso, 1B, Reds
A bad-bodied pure hitter, Alonso might be ready before the Reds have decided what to do between him and incumbent Joey Votto.
46. Dee Gordon, SS, Dodgers
Perhaps the minors' fastest actual prospect, Gordon has a lithe, athletic body that doesn't evoke his big league dad, Tom (Flash) Gordon.
47. Casey Crosby, LHP, Tigers
Another athletic pitcher, Crosby has well above-average velocity for a left-hander and is a prime candidate for a breakout 2010 season.
48. Chris Withrow, RHP, Dodgers
Another breakout candidate with big stuff, Withrow missed parts of two seasons with injuries but reached Double-A in his first healthy campaign last year.
49. Zack Wheeler, RHP, Giants
The Giants' next wave of prospects after Bumgarner and Posey starts with Wheeler, a live-armed Georgia prep product in the Adam Wainwright tradition.
50. Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals
A Texas flamethrower, Miller has reached 97 mph with his fastball and stands out in an otherwise thin Cardinals farm system.
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