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Our 1999 Top 10 Prospects

Our famous Top 10 lists breaks down each team's best prospects, evaluates their strengths and weaknesses, and lets you know where to expect them in 1999 and beyond.

#1 Prospect
Angels Ramon Ortiz RHP '97 minor league strikeout leader coming off injury
Astros Lance Berkman OF Switch-hitting outfielder with raw power and plate discipline
Athletics Eric Chavez 3B 1999 leading candidate for Rookie of the Year
Blue Jays Roy Halladay RHP Just missed no-hitter vs. Detroit on last day of season
Braves Bruce Chen LHP The next great Braves starter? We'll find out as he replaces Neagle
Brewers Ron Belliard 2B Good enough the force the Brewers to consider moving Vina
Cardinals J.D. Drew OF Most-hyped prospect of the decade is ready to prove his worth
Cubs Corey Patterson OF First High School player taken in '98 draft, pure center fielder
Devil Rays Matt White RHP Power throwing righthander in the Roger Clemens mold
Diamondbacks Brad Penny RHP 1998 California League MVP, did not allow a homer on the road
Dodgers Angel Pena C Hits for average and power, also excellent defensively
Expos Michael Barrett C/3B Wherever the Expos decide to put him, he will hit
Giants Jason Grilli RHP Seton Hall alum has excellent stuff, even better makeup
Indians Russell Branyan 3B No minor league hitter matches his tape-measure power
Mariners Ryan Anderson LHP 6-10 lefty draws comparisons to who else? Randy Johnson
Marlins A.J. Burnett RHP Led minors with 14.1 Ks per nine innings in '98
Mets Alex Escobar OF Combines power and speed with excellent defensive skills
Orioles Matt Riley LHP 1.19 ERA, 136 Ks in 83 innings in professional debut
Padres Matt Clement RHP Aggressive, durable righty has never missed a minor league start
Phillies Pat Burrell 1B First pick in 1998 draft is an offensive force
Pirates Chad Hermansen OF Finally found his position, has 30-30 potential
Rangers Ruben Mateo OF Tremendous athelete may be ready to displace Tom Goodwin by mid-1999
Red Sox Dernell Stenson OF Massive, slugging left fielder is moving through system quickly
Reds Rob Bell RHP Braves could regret giving him up in the Bret Boone deal
Rockies Choo Freeman OF Passed up football scholarship to Texas A&M, Colorado couldn't be happier
Royals Carlos Beltran OF Power/speed combo in center field, starts '99 in the majors
Tigers Gabe Kapler OF Muscular slugger set AA Southern League record with 146 RBIs in '98
Twins Michael Cuddyer 3B 1998 debut has Twins thinking they may have the next Scott Rolen
White Sox Carlos Lee 3B Sox brass is hoping Lee will make fans forget the loss of Robin Ventura
Yankees Nick Johnson 1B Quickly developing hitter has Tino Martinez hearing footsteps

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