BA's Top 100 prospects (cont.)
51. Julio Tehearn, RHP, Braves
Scouts have buzzed about this Colombian's live arm since the Braves signed him for $850,000 in 2007.
52. Grant Green, SS, Athletics
Scouts are mixed on how high Green's upside might be, but they agree that he's an athletic middle infielder.
53. Donovan Tate, OF, Padres
A North Carolina football recruit, Tate gave up the gridiron for a $6 million signing bonus. He's by far the Padres' best athlete, but it might take his bat a while to catch up.
54. Reid Brignac, SS, Rays
It's hard to find left-handed-hitting shortstops, and it's even harder to find those who can handle the position, deliver gap power and do it at Triple-A like Brignac has for two seasons.
55. Jared Mitchell, OF, White Sox
Mitchell won national championships in football and baseball at Louisiana State; he has significant upside in baseball once he taps into his raw power potential.
56. Jenrry Mejia, RHP, Mets
Mejia has above-average stuff and has had some Double-A success, but he has to show the durability and control to be a starter.
57. Simon Castro, RHP, Padres
Don't sleep on this Padres farmhand, who generates mid-90s velocity with ease and has the body to become an innings-eating, mid-rotation starter.
58. Wilson Ramos, C, Twins
As long as Joe Mauer is in town, Minnesota doesn't exactly have a pressing need behind the plate, which makes Ramos -- a Venezuelan with plus raw power, good size and a cannon arm -- excellent trade bait.
59. Brett Lawrie, 2B, Brewers
The highest-drafted Canadian hitter ever has the athleticism to stay in the infield and enough offensive potential to make an impact if he moves to the outfield.
60. Tyler Flowers, C, White Sox
Acquired from Atlanta in the 2008 Javier Vazquez trade, Flowers has improved defensively but has enough of a bat to succeed even if he gives up the tools of ignorance.
61. Kyle Gibson, RHP, Twins
The latest in Missouri's pitching assembly line, Gibson has an excellent slider that he complements with a plus-changeup and command of a good sinking fastball.
62. Ike Davis, 1B, Mets
The son of ex-big league reliever Ron Davis focuses on hitting for power as a pro and helped lead Team USA to the World Cup gold medal last September.
63. Zach Britton, LHP, Orioles
Britton had a breakout year in 2009, ranking among minor league leaders in groundball outs thanks to his lethal low-90s sinker, the best in the minors.
64. Jason Knapp, RHP, Indians
Knapp was the most talented minor leaguer the Phillies sent to Cleveland in the Cliff Lee trade, but he has also already had shoulder surgery. When he's right, he has shown three plus pitches.
65. Alex White, RHP, Indians
White's athleticism and competitiveness made him an ace in college at North Carolina. The development of his slider will determine whether or not he makes it as a starter or has to close as a pro.
66. Dan Hudson, RHP, White Sox
Hudson zoomed from A-ball to the big leagues in one professional season and can factor into the White Sox staff in 2010 either as a starter or a reliever.
67. Tim Beckham, SS, Rays
The No. 1 overall pick in 2008 didn't take pro ball by storm in 2009 but didn't disappoint, either. Beckham has the potential to hit for plus power on the left side of the infield.
68. Alex Colome, RHP, Rays
The Rays have no need to rush their minor league pitchers, but Colome gives them yet another big arm to develop or use as a trade chip down the line.
69. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP, Braves
The key to the Javier Vazquez deal from Atlanta's standpoint was the live-armed Vizcaino, who has a fastball that reaches the mid-90s to go with an excellent curveball.
70. Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs
While his approach is a bit too aggressive, Vitters hit for impressive power in 2009. He has time to grow into his role as Aramis Ramirez's eventual replacement.
71. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, Rockies
The Rockies system has impressive pitching depth, including the four-pitch mix of Chacin, who thrives when he pitches off his hard sinker -- tailor-made for Coors Field.
72. Mike Leake, RHP, Reds
Leake has evoked Tim Hudson comparisons for a couple of years for his ability to manipulate the baseball; his only question mark is holding up after a heavy college workload (340-plus innings in three seasons).
73. Jiovanni Mier, SS, Astros
The thin Astros farm system got a boost when Mier (on the thin side himself) exceeded expectations offensively in his debut; scouts consider him a good bet to stay at shortstop, too.
74. Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs
After a down spring at California, Jackson had an excellent debut and could solve the Cubs' center-field hole in the near future, perhaps as soon as next season.
75. Josh Reddick, OF, Red Sox
Reddick has tools to spare and is close to being ready for an everyday spot; polishing his offensive approach is the last piece of the puzzle.
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