Baseball Prospectus' Top 50 Prospects of 2005.For complete analysis and commentary on all 50, as well as 1,500 more, pick up Baseball Prospectus 2005, available this week from online sites and at a bookstore near you.
1. Andy Marte, 3B, Atlanta 2. Delmon Young, OF, Tampa Bay 3. Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle 4. Dallas McPherson, 3B, Anaheim 5. Casey Kotchman, 1B, Anaheim 6. Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado 7. Joel Guzman, SS, Los Angeles 8. Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee 9. Daric Barton, C, Oakland 10. Jeremy Reed, OF, Seattle 11. Jeff Francis, LHP, Colorado 12. Carlos Quentin, OF, Arizona 13. Eric Duncan, 3B, New York (AL) 14. Scott Kazmir, LHP, Tampa Bay 15. Yusmeiro Petit, RHP, New York (NL) 16. Jered Weaver, RHP, Team Boras 17. Michael Aubrey, 1B, Cleveland 18. Chris Burke, 2B, Houston 19. Lastings Milledge, OF, New York (NL) 20. Chad Billingsley, RHP, Los Angeles 21. Ian Kinsler, SS, Texas 22. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Cincinnati 23. Brandon McCarthy, RHP, Chicago (AL) 24. Hanley Ramirez, SS, Boston 25. Anthony Reyes, RHP, St. Louis 26. Nick Swisher, OF, Oakland 27. Jeff Francoeur, OF, Atlanta 28. Matt Cain, RHP, San Francisco 29. Dan Meyer, LHP, Oakland 30. Curtis Granderson, OF, Detroit 31. Adam Miller, RHP, Cleveland 32. Brian Anderson, OF, Chicago (AL) 33. Gavin Floyd, RHP, Philadelphia 34. Willy Aybar, 2B, Los Angeles 35. Jeremy Hermida, OF, Florida 36. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee 37. Richie Gardner, RHP, Cincinnati 38. Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia 39. Cole Hamels, LHP, Philadelphia 40. Jose Capellan, RHP, Milwaukee 41. Guillermo Quiroz, C, Toronto 42. Joe Blanton, RHP, Oakland 43. Jesse Crain, RHRP, Minnesota 44. Brian McCann, C, Atlanta 45. Edwin Jackson, RHP, Los Angeles 46. Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota 47. Kyle Davies, RHP, Atlanta 48. Josh Willingham, C, Florida 49. (tie) Mitch Einertson, OF, Houston; Dustin Pedroia, SS, Boston
Honorable Mention, in alphabetical order:
Russ Adams, SS, Toronto Garrett Atkins, 3B, Colorado Josh Barfield, 2B, San Diego Zack Duke, LHP, Pittsburgh Jonny Gomes, OF, Tampa Bay Angel Guzman, RHP, Chicago (NL) J.J. Hardy, SS, Milwaukee Conor Jackson, OF, Arizona Josh Kroeger, OF, Arizona Kendry Morales, 1B, Anaheim Dioner Navarro, C, Los Angeles Chad Orvella, RHRP, Tampa Bay Omar Quintanilla, SS, Oakland Jason Stokes, 1B, Florida Huston Street, RHRP, Oakland
Last year was very unusual in that there were a few nice young players with positions open. In one of my salary leagues I got Beltre $1 - Bay $1 - Morneau $1 & Crosby $1, came in 6th out of 15, but I'm looking good this year.