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The first half was dominated by young righthanders Felix Hernandez and Matt Cain, who also pitched well in Double-A as teenagers.
“Those two are both so special,” a scout said. “They are so young and they obviously have amazing arms, but they both really know how to pitch, which is phenomenal.”
A third righty, Visalia’s Ubaldo Jimenez, was just as spectacular in April, but a stress fracture in his shoulder blade shut him down for most of the remainder of the season. He made one more appearance on Aug. 1, lasting just two pitches—neither over 62 mph.
Jimenez, who didn't have enough innings to qualify for this list, threw consistently in the high 90s. He projects as a closer because of his violent delivery and inconsistent offspeed offerings.
Offensively, Lancaster's "Three Amigos"—outfielders Carlos Quentin and Conor Jackson, third baseman Jamie D’Antona—wreaked havoc in the first half. Arizona’s first three picks in the 2003 draft combined to hit .323-39-162 in 70 games before being promoted en masse to Double-A.