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Future Is Wow
JON HEYMAN
March 22, 2010
Strasburg and Heyward are the new household names, but they aren't the only stars on the rise
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March 22, 2010

Future Is Wow

Strasburg and Heyward are the new household names, but they aren't the only stars on the rise

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Mike Stanton, Marlins OF

One scout sums up Stanton, 20, with the words "raw power," and the former high school football star who turned down a scholarship to USC is showing it. He hit two quick home runs in the Grapefruit League, including a bomb off the Astros' Wandy Rodriguez that landed on an adjacent practice field at Osceola County Stadium. Some scouts are comparing Stanton with Heyward for his athleticism and overall ability, but he still lacks the Atlanta slugger's plate discipline. Stanton was a long shot to make the Marlins' Opening Day roster, but his performance and injuries to outfielders Cameron Maybin and Cody Ross could help him win a spot.

Estimated arrival: mid-2010

Domonic Brown, Phillies OF

Brown has long been an untouchable in the Philadelphia farm system; if the Phillies had been willing to trade him, they could have landed ace Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays last summer instead of in December. Brown, a 6'5", 204-pound former high school wide receiver who passed on a football scholarship offer from Miami, is an all-around athlete with what one scout calls "really impressive bat speed.'' (He went seven for his first 19 this spring.) Brown's combination of strength and power has some scouts envisioning the next Darryl Strawberry. The Phillies have more realistic expectations: They see Brown, 22, as a possible replacement for current rightfielder Jayson Werth, a budding star himself who will be eligible for free agency after this season.

Estimated arrival: late 2010

Jose Iglesias, Red Sox SS

The position has been a black hole for Boston recently (the team has used 14 players at short since the beginning of 2005), but the Red Sox have their shortstop of the future. Iglesias, 20, a Cuban native who signed a four-year, $8.25 million contract in September, has been the talk of Boston's camp for his smooth fielding and maturity. "Defensively, he's major-league-ready," says one scout. "He reminds me a lot of Omar Vizquel in terms of body control and footwork.'' Iglesias was assigned to Double A on Sunday, but his stay there won't last long.

Estimated arrival: 2011

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