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2004 Top 20 Prospects: Eastern League
Complete Index of League Top 20s

By Alan Matthews
October 6, 2004


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TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. David Wright, 3b, Binghamton
2. Jason Kubel, of, New Britain
3. Matt Cain, rhp, Norwich
4. Mike Hinckley, lhp, Harrisburg
5. Gavin Floyd, rhp, Reading
6. Zach Duke, lhp, Altoona
7. Curtis Granderson, of, Erie
8. Ryan Howard, 1b, Reading
9. J.D. Durbin, rhp, New Britain
10. Franklin Gutierrez, of, Akron
11. Val Majewski, of, Bowie
12. Michael Aubrey, 1b, Akron
13. Larry Broadway, 1b, Harrisburg
14. Aaron Hill, ss, New Hampshire
15. Brandon League, rhp, New Hampshire
16. Robinson Cano, 2b, Trenton
17. Scott Baker, rhp, New Britain
18. Denny Bautista, rhp, Bowie
19. Ian Snell, rhp, Altoona
20. Francisco Rosario, rhp, New Hampshire
While the Double-A Eastern League didnít boast a bevy of players with all-star potential, as it did last year when Joe Mauer, Alexis Rios and Grady Sizemore led the list, it did feature remarkable depth. More than 60 players were legitimate candidates for the top 20 list, and another handful of promising prospects just missed qualifying.

Binghamtonís Scott Kazmir was traded to the Devil Rays before qualifying, and the Giants didnít send righthander Merkin Valdez to Norwich in time for him to make the cut. John Maine made just five starts before the Orioles promoted him to Triple-A, while Daniel Cabrera also made five starts before eventually winding up in Baltimoreís rotation.

Crafty New Hampshire lefty Gustavo Chacin led the league in wins and pitched with flair, but missed the cut because he projects as a fourth or fifth starter. Righthanders Kyle Sleeth (No. 3 overall pick in 2003) and Bryan Bullington (No. 1 overall in 2002) also missed the cut because scouts and managers were uninspired after watching them work.

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