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2004 Top 100 Prospects

February 27, 2004

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Baseball America's 15th annual Top 100 Prospects list reflects each player's long-term major league value, considering both his ceiling and the likelihood that he reaches that potential. All players who haven't exceeded the rookie limits of 130 at-bats and 50 innings were eligible, regardless of big league service time. Editor in chief Allan Simpson, managing editor Will Lingo, executive editor Jim Callis, national writer John Manuel and former national writer Josh Boyd (now an area scout with the Padres) compiled the top 100 in consultation with general managers, scouting directors, farm directors, scouts, managers, instructors and other Baseball America correspondents and staff members. Executive Editor Jim Callis wrote the summaries. ETA is our estimate of when the player will become a big league regular.

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76. Fausto Carmona rhp, Indians

Tied for the minor league lead in wins as a teenager, thanks to pounding heat low in the strike zone. ETA: 2006

Andy Sisco
No. 77: Andy Sisco

77. Andy Sisco lhp, Cubs

Six-foot-9 southpaws with projectable 92-94 mph fastballs can't help but draw Randy Johnson comparisons. ETA: 2006

78. Kelly Shoppach c, Red Sox

A budding Jason Varitek for an organization that already has the original. ETA: 2005

79. Michael Aubrey 1b, Indians

Ranked right behind Rickie Weeks among pure college hitters in the 2003 draft, then hit .348 in low Class A. ETA: 2005

80. John Danks lhp, Rangers

The No. 9 overall pick in 2003 fanned Rickie Weeks in his first two at-bats when they met in Rookie ball. ETA: 2007

81. Matt Moses 3b, Twins

He's a few years behind Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, but Minnesota has another productive bat on the way. ETA: 2006

82. Dan Meyer lhp, Braves

Lefty with plus stuff, plus command has surrendered two earned runs or less in 30 of 41 pro starts. ETA: 2005

83. Dustin Nippert rhp, Diamondbacks

Only a benign tumor in his armpit has slowed this former 15th-rounder, who owns a career 2.39 ERA. ETA: 2005

84. Mike Jones rhp, Brewers

Power pitcher was making rapid progress before elbow problems shut him down last June. Offseason prognosis called for no surgery. ETA: 2005

85. Felix Pie of, Cubs

Joined Miguel Cabrera as the only 18-year-olds ever chosen to play in the Futures Game. ETA: 2006

86. Lastings Milledge of, Mets

Top high school athlete in the 2003 draft is a bit raw, but his tools are worth waiting for. ETA: 2007

87. Francisco Rosario rhp, Blue Jays

After missing a year following Tommy John surgery, he's looking good and ready to reclaim his mid-90s heat. ETA: 2006

88. Matt Peterson rhp, Mets

Finished 2003 with a one-hitter in the playoffs, which could set the stage for a breakout season in 2004. ETA: 2005

89. Jesse Crain rhp, Twins

Has better stuff (92-96 mph fastball, vicious slider) and is more qualified to close for Minnesota than Joe Nathan. ETA: 2004

90. Nick Markakis of, Orioles

Potential two-way star for the Greek Olympic team projects as a prototype right fielder for Baltimore. ETA: 2006

91. Matt Cain rhp, Giants

Stealth power pitching prospect would have made a bigger name for himself if not for an elbow stress fracture last year. ETA: 2006

92. Bobby Brownlie rhp, Cubs

May yet prove that the Cubs got the top college pitcher in the 2001 (Mark Prior) and 2002 drafts. ETA: 2005

93. Jeff Francis lhp, Rockies

The hottest minor league pitcher down the stretch last year, going 10-1, 1.06 in his final 15 starts. ETA: 2005

94. Jayson Nix 2b, Rockies

Might surpass his brother Laynce, who would have made this list if he hadn't lost his rookie status last September. ETA: 2005

Joey Gathright
No. 95: Joey Gathright

95. Joey Gathright of, Devil Rays

The fastest legitimate prospect in the game, he's also the lowest draft pick (32nd round) on the Top 100. ETA: 2005

96. Aaron Hill ss, Blue Jays

Orlando Hudson and Chris Woodward better start looking over their shoulders at this 2003 first-rounder. ETA: 2005

97. Bryan Bullington rhp, Pirates

The No. 1 overall pick in 2002 wasn't as sharp as expected in his 2003 pro debut but still has upside. ETA: 2005

98. Brent Clevlen of, Tigers

The best future No. 3 hitter you've never heard of, he batted .290/.373/.500 away from West Michigan last year. ETA: 2006

99. Jake Dittler rhp, Indians

A 2001 second-rounder, he has easily surpassed Cleveland's four first-round picks from that draft. ETA: 2006

100. Jason Lane of, Astros

Still searching for a role in Houston, should have been the club's big league center fielder last season. ETA: 2004

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