Top 100 Prospects: No. 41-60

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41 AUSTIN

JACKSON

OF, YANKEES
49: Overall national
ranking as a basketball recruit when he committed to Georgia Tech as a point
guard in 2004.
Opening

Day
Age: 21

ETA: 2010
 
51 ROSS

DETWILER

LHP, NATIONALS
64: Days between his signing and his big league debut, the quickest of any 2007 draftee.
Opening

Day
Age: 22

ETA: 2009
42 JEFF

CLEMENT

C, MARINERS
75: Career high school
homers, a national record; Drew Henson and Micah Owings rank second and third
all-time.
Opening

Day
Age: 24

ETA:
2008
 
52 CARLOS

GOMEZ

OF,
TWINS
.718, .750 Career minor
league OPS for Gomez and the player he’ll be asked to replace in Minnesota, Torii
Hunter.
Opening

Day
Age: 22

ETA: 2008
43 JOSH

VITTERS

3B, CUBS
5: Before Vitters, the
number of hitters the Cubs had drafted with a top-three pick: Terry Hughes, Joe
Carter, Shawon Dunston, Corey Patterson, Luis Montanez.
Opening

Day
Age: 18

ETA: 2011
 
53 J.R.

TOWLES

C, ASTROS
5: Tools that have a
chance to be average or better, making him a rarity among catchers.
Opening

Day
Age: 24

ETA: 2008
44 JOEY

VOTTO

1B, REDS
.308/.389/.516:
AVG/OBP/SLG the last two years, after the Reds stopped making him take the
first pitch of every at-bat.
Opening

Day
Age: 24

ETA: 2008
 
54 CARLOS

CARRASCO

RHP, PHILLIES
1: Pitchers who have
appeared in the last two Futures Games; Carrasco is the only one.
Opening

Day
Age: 21

ETA: 2009
45 IAN

KENNEDY

RHP, YANKEES
4: Times in 25 starts
last year that he surrendered more than two runs.
Opening

Day
Age: 23

ETA: 2008
 
55 CHIN-LUNG

HU

SS, DODGERS
211: Improvement in OPS
from 2006 (.660) to 2007 (.871).
Opening

Day Age:
24

ETA: 2009
46 JARROD

PARKER

RHP, DIAMONDBACKS
0: Pitchers in the 2007
draft who had a more electric fastball than Parker’s 93-97 mph heater.
Opening

Day
Age: 19

ETA: 2010
 
56 NICK

BLACKBURN

RHP, TWINS
6: Years it took him to
reach double digits in wins in a season and to make the big leagues.
Opening

Day
Age: 26

ETA: 2008
47 GEOVANY

SOTO

C, CUBS
.652: His minor
league-leading slugging percentage in 2007.
Opening

Day
Age: 25

ETA: 2008
 
57 DANIEL

CORTES

RHP, ROYALS
4:
Velocity jump (in mph) he gained after slowing down his delivery last spring;
his curveball also improved.
Opening

Day
Age: 21

ETA: 2010
48 DARIC

BARTON

1B, ATHLETICS
.454/.500/.657:
AVG/OBP/SLG in June, when he got his bat going after a 14-month
slump.
Opening

Day
Age: 22

ETA: 2008
 
58 CHRIS

VOLSTAD

RHP, MARLINS
0: High school pitchers
drafted ahead of Volstad in 2005.
Opening

Day
Age: 21

ETA: 2009
49 JAIR

JURRJENS

RHP, BRAVES
0:
Curacao natives who pitched in the majors before Jurrjens did so last
August.
Opening

Day
Age: 22

ETA: 2008
 
59 DESMOND

JENNINGS

OF, RAYS
6.75: Average pass
receptions per game in the fall of 2005 at Itawamba (Miss.) CC, which led
national junior collegians.
Opening

Day
Age: 21

ETA: 2010
50 MATT

ANTONELLI

2B, PADRES
2: Sports in which he was
Massachusetts state high school player of the year: football and hockey; he was
runner-up in baseball.
Opening

Day Age:
22

ETA: 2008
 
60 FAUTINO

DE LOS SANTOS

RHP, ATHLETICS
0: Career starts in the United States
before he exploded onto the prospect scene in low Class A last year.
Opening

Day Age:
22

ETA:
2009
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