cbssportsline Top 25 Future Stars ( A few are already in the majors, but hopefully this will do)
25. Jeremy Hermida, OF, Florida: He has yet to display much power as a professional, but his hitting instincts are undeniable. Hermida compares himself to a young Shawn Green, a parallel that might not be far off. PE: .290-30-100-30. ETI: 2006.
24. Bobby Crosby, SS, Oakland: He might never be an All-Star in this age of the power-hitting shortstop, but Crosby could someday become another Miguel Tejada, with fewer home runs, more walks and a higher average. PE: .310-25-80-25. ETI: 2004.
23. Dustin McGowan, SP, Toronto: The Blue Jays believe he has a better arm than Roy Halladay, which speaks volumes about his upside. McGowan should be a top strikeout artist in his prime. PE: 18-0-2.50-1.150. ETI: 2005.
22. Angel Guzman, SP, Chicago Cubs: Shoulder surgery set his ascent back slightly, but much of that is overblown. Before long, Guzman should give the Cubs three aces, along with Mark Prior and Kerry Wood. PE: 18-0-2.75-1.100. ETI: 2005.
21. Jeff Francoeur, OF, Atlanta: He's a five-tool prospect and one of the most athletic players in the minor leagues. The Braves believe Francoeur might become another Dale Murphy, but even that might be underrating him. PE: .300-30-120-20. ETI: 2007.
20. Josh Barfield, 2B, San Diego: The son of former American League home-run champ Jesse Barfield, Josh is coming off a year in which he led the minors in hits and RBI. He should be a five-category stud in his prime. PE: .300-25-90-20. ETI: 2006.
19. Gavin Floyd, SP, Philadelphia: He's now considered the No. 2 pitching prospect in the Phillies system, but Floyd's upside would rank him No. 1 on most any other team. He should be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher in his prime. PE: 18-0-2.50-1.100. ETI: 2006.
18. Jeremy Reed, OF, Chicago White Sox: For a brief period earlier this spring, Reed seemed like he might break camp with the White Sox. Nevertheless, he's not far from becoming a solid five-category performer. PE: .330-20-110-20. ETI: 2005.
17. David Wright, 3B, N.Y. Mets: He's a patient hitter and a rapidly developing power source and might even come close to Scott Rolen status in his prime. Expect Wright to be an elite Fantasy third baseman soon. PE: .300-25-100-15. ETI: 2006.
16. Dallas McPherson, 3B, Anaheim: By season's end, he could be pressing pending free agent Troy Glaus for his starting job. McPherson is gritty and makes quick adjustments, and he should be a Fantasy stud in his prime. PE: .310-30-100-12. ETI: 2005.
15. Greg Miller, SP, Los Angeles: Shoulder surgery will cost him a chunk of 2004, but Miller is still one of the brightest pitching prospects in the minors. He appears to have dodged a bullet and could be back by midseason. PE: 18-0-2.25-1.050. ETI: 2005.
14. Jeff Mathis, C, Anaheim: He's one of the most well-rounded catching prospects in the minors. Mathis has drawn comparisons to Jason Kendall, but he'll probably hit for much more power with less speed. PE: .300-20-90-10. ETI: 2006.
13. Grady Sizemore, OF, Cleveland: The 2003 All-Star Futures Game MVP, Sizemore has developed from throw-in in the Bartolo Colon trade to the top prospect in that deal. He's a five-category stud in the making. PE: .320-25-90-30. ETI: 2005.
12. Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City: He's one of the most advanced pitchers drafted out of high school in some time. Greinke should reach the majors this year and develop into a Fantasy ace in a couple seasons. PE: 20-0-2.50-1.000. ETI: 2005.
11. Alexis Rios, OF, Toronto: The Blue Jays are reportedly considering dealing him, saying his skill set is too similar to that of fellow outfielder Vernon Wells. It'd be a huge mistake, based on Wells' progression recently. PE: .330-25-110-15. ETI: 2005.
10. Kazuo Matsui, SS, N.Y. Mets: He'll probably make the quickest transition to the majors of anyone on the 2004 prospect list, thanks to his experience in Japan. Despite Matsui's struggles this spring, he should make an immediate impact and be a 20/20 man for several seasons in the U.S. PE: .300-20-80-30. ETI: 2004.
9. Andy Marte, 3B, Atlanta: Once a free swinger, Marte made huge strides with his plate discipline in 2003. His upside has been compared to Miguel Cabrera, and he could conceivably make a similar jump to the majors this year. Some even say Marte is more advanced than Cabrera at his current age and level. PE: .290-40-120-5.. ETI: 2005.
8. Scott Kazmir, SP, N.Y. Mets: It's still too early to project Kazmir, as the Mets have yet to air him out deep into ballgames. He won't be rushed but could make a statistical impact similar to Dwight Gooden's. Expect Kazmir to succeed where Jason Isringhausen, Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson did not. PE: 20-0-2.25-1.000. ETI: 2007.
7. Edwin Jackson, SP, Los Angeles: Bringing up yet another Gooden comparison, Jackson became the youngest pitcher since the Doc to win his big-league debut last September. Mediocre spring numbers or not, Jackson has the ability to meet any challenge, and he should be an ace for years to come. PE: 20-0-2.50-1.100. ETI: 2004.
6. Cole Hamels, SP, Philadelphia: He was positively lights-out in Class A ball in 2003 and has quickly risen to the top of the pitching prospect ranks. Hamels has his sights on a Steve Carlton-like career, and it would be no shock if he's at the head of the deep Phillies rotation in just over two years. PE: 20-0-2.00-0.950. ETI: 2005.
5. Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee: "Big Daddy" Cecil Fielder's son shouldn't have much trouble dwarfing his father's career totals; Prince combines Cecil's power with a much better all-around offensive game. You could be looking at a future .300-hitting, 50-homer, MVP-candidate kind of player. PE: .300-45-120-2 ETI: 2006.
4. Rickie Weeks, 2B, Milwaukee: The Brewers might not be worthy of much attention in 2004, but down the road this team has plenty of talented prospects who could bring it back towards contention. Leading the pack is 2003 No. 2 overall pick Weeks, who some have compared to a young Gary Sheffield. PE: .320-30-120-30. ETI: 2005.
3. Delmon Young, OF, Tampa Bay: To give you a sense of how advanced he is, Dmitri Young's younger brother batted .417 in the Arizona Fall League, which is widely considered a virtual "Quadruple-A ball." Delmon has immense power and is fairly advanced for a player drafted out of high school. PE: .300-50-120-2. ETI: 2006.
2. B.J. Upton, SS, Tampa Bay: Fantasy owners should be happy errors don't count; his 56 in 2003 don't seem promising for future big-league success. Nevertheless, Derek Jeter had similar defensive struggles in the low minors, and Upton has often been compared to a young version of the Yankee captain. It'll take a few years, but he should quickly become Fantasy Baseball's best all-around shortstop. PE: .310-30-100-40. ETI: 2006.
1. Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota: All he has done as a professional is hit, somewhat justifying the Twins' questionable move (at the time) of selecting him ahead of Mark Prior first overall in the 2001 draft. It's true catchers generally take longer to develop at the major-league level than players at other positions, but Mauer should become the game's best by late in the decade. PE: .330-30-120-5. ETI: 2004.