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Posted: Wednesday March 3, 2010 11:43AM; Updated: Wednesday March 3, 2010 11:43AM

BA's Top 100 prospects (cont.)

By Baseball America staff

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Wade Davis
Wade Davis (No. 34) is making his fouth appearance in the Top 100. He was ranked No. 97 before 2007, No. 17 before 2008 and No. 32 before 2009.
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26. Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers

Age: 18
Major League ETA: 2012
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 70

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

Age: 23
Major League ETA: Mid-2010
Best Tool: Bat
BA Grade: 70

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

Age: 23
Major League ETA: Mid-2010
Best Tool: Power
BA Grade: 75

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

Age: 24
Major League ETA: Mid-2010
Best Tool: Bat
BA Grade: 65

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

Age: 23
Major League ETA: 2010
Best Tool: Power
BA Grade: 60

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

Age: 21
Major League ETA: Mid-2011
Best Tool: Bat
BA Grade: 60

The Indians are in full rebuilding mode, and Chisenhall -- a smooth left-handed hitter with power and athletic ability -- should be a cornerstone.

32. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves

Age: 20
Major League ETA: 2011
Best Tool: Bat
BA Grade: 60

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

Age: 22
Major League ETA: 2011
Best Tool: Curveball
BA Grade: 60

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

Age: 24
Major League ETA: 2010
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 65

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

Age: 20
Major League ETA: 2012
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 65

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

Age: 21
Major League ETA: 2012
Best Tool: Slider
BA Grade: 70

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

Age: 23
Major League ETA: Mid-2010
Best Tool: Power
BA Grade: 60

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

Age: 21
Major League ETA: 2012
Best Tool: Power
BA Grade: 60

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

Age: 20
Major League ETA: Mid-2011
Best Tool: Fastball
Major League ETA: 60

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

Age: 23
Major League ETA: 2011
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 65

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

Age: 22
Major League ETA: Mid-2010
Best Tool: Bat
BA Grade: 60

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

Age: 23
Major League ETA: 2011
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 70

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

Age: 24
Major League ETA: Mid-2010
Best Tool: Power
BA Grade: 60

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

Age: 24
Major League ETA: 2011
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 70

The key to Boston's acquisition of catcher Victor Martinez last July, Hagadone was Tim Lincecum's closer at Washington, and as a starter now, he has three plus pitches at times.

45. Yonder Alonso, 1B, Reds

Age: 22
Major League ETA: 2011
Best Tool: Bat
BA Grade: 65

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

Age: 21
Major League ETA: 2012
Best Tool: Speed
BA Grade: 80

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

Age: 21
Major League ETA: Mid-2011
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 70

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

Age: 21
Major League ETA: Mid-2011
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 70

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

Age: 19
Major League ETA: 2012
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 60

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

Age: 19
Major League ETA: 2012
Best Tool: Fastball
BA Grade: 65

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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