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2005 Top Prospect Alert Top 75 Pitching Prospects
Compiled By: Ben Lipson

Rank: Player: Opening Day Age: MLB Team: 2004 Statistics:
#1 Felix Hernandez (18) -- Seattle Mariners
Island Empire (High-A) 92.0IP 9-3 2.74ERA 114K
San Antonio (AA) 57.1IP 3.30ERA 58K

#2 Scott Kazmir (21) -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays
St. Lucie (High-A) 50.0IP 1-2 3.42ERA 51K
Binghampton (AA) 26.0IP 2-1 1.73ERA 29K
Montgomery (AA) 25.0IP 1-2 1.44ERA 24K
Tampa Bay (MLB) 33.1IP 2-3 5.67ERA 41K

#3 Matt Cain (20) -- San Francisco Giants
San Jose (High-A) 72.2IP 7-1 1.86ERA 89K
Norwich (AA) 86.0IP 6-4 3.35ERA 72K

#4 Gavin Floyd (22) -- Philadelphia Phillies
Reading (AA) 119.0IP 6-6 2.57ERA 94K
Scranton (AAA) 30.2IP 1-3 4.99ERA 18K
Philadelphia (MLB) 28.1IP 2-0 3.49ERA 24K

#5 Jeff Francis (24) -- Colorado Rockies
Tulsa (AA) 113.2IP 13-1 1.98ERA 147K
Colorado Springs (AAA) 41.0IP 3-2 2.85ERA 49K
Colorado (MLB) 36.2IP 3-2 5.15ERA 32K

#6 Brandon McCarthy (21) -- Chicago White Sox
Kannapolis (Low-A) 94.0IP 8-5 3.64ERA 113K
Winston Salem (High-A) 52.0IP 6-0 2.08ERA 60K
Birmingham (AA) 26.0IP 3-1 3.46ERA 29K

#7 Yusmeiro Petit (20) -- New York Mets
Capital City (Low-A) 83.0IP 9-2 2.39ERA 122K
St. Lucie (High-A) 44.1IP 2-3 1.22ERA 62K
Binghampton (AA) 12.0IP 1-1 4.50ERA 16K

#8 Thomas Diamond (21) Texas Rangers
Spokane (Short-A) 15.1IP 0-2 2.35ERA 26K
Clinton (High-A) 30.2IP 1-0 2.05ERA 42K

#9 Chad Billingsley (20) -- Los Angeles Dodgers
Vero Beach (High-A) 92.0IP 7-4 2.35ERA 111K
Jacksonville (AA) 42.1IP 4-0 2.98ERA 47K

#10 Homer Bailey (18) -- Cincinnati Reds
First Pro Season

#11 Zach Duke (21) -- Pittsburgh Pirates
Lynchburg (High-A) 97.0IP 10-5 1.39ERA 106K
Altoona (AA) 51.1IP 5-1 1.58ERA 36K

#12 Scott Olsen (21) -- Florida Marlins
Jupiter (High-A) 136.1IP 7-6 2.97ERA 158K

#13 Adam Miller (20) -- Cleveland Indians
Lake County (Low-A) 91.0IP 7-4 3.36ERA 106K
Kinston (High-A) 43.1IP 3-2 2.08ERA 46K

#14 Jeff Niemann (22) -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays
First Pro Season

#15 Kyle Davies (21) -- Atlanta Braves
Myrtle Beach (High-A) 75.1IP 9-2 2.63ERA 95K
Greenville (AA) 62.0IP 4-0 2.32ERA 73K
Richmond (AAA) 5.0IP 0-1 9.00ERA 5K

#16 Richie Gardner (23) -- Cincinnati Reds
Potomac (High-A) 86.1IP 8-3 2.50ERA 80K
Chattanooga (AA) 70.1IP 5-2 2.56ERA 59K

#17 Huston Street (21) -- Oakland Athletics
Kane County (Low-A) 10.2IP 0-1 7Saves 1.69ERA 14K
Midland (AA) 13.1IP 1-0 8Saves 1.35ERA 14K
Sacramento (AAA) 2.0IP 0-0 1Save 0.00ERA 2K

#18 Brandon League (22) -- Toronto Blue Jays
New Hampshire (AA) 104.0IP 6-4 2Saves 3.38ERA 90K
Toronto (MLB) 4.2IP 1-0 0.00ERA 2K

#19 Ubaldo Jimenez (21) -- Colorado Rockies
Visalia (High-A) 44.1IP 4-1 2.23ERA 61K

#20 Kyle Sleeth (23) -- Detroit Tigers
Lakeland (High-A) 68.0IP 5-4 3.31ERA 65K
Erie (AA) 80.0IP 4-4 6.30ERA 57K

#21 John Danks (19) -- Texas Rangers
Clinton (Low-A) 49.2IP 3-2 2.17ERA 64K
Stockton (High-A) 55.0IP 1-4 5.24ERA 48K

#22 Phillip Humber (21) -- New York Mets
First Pro Season

#23 Ervin Santana (22) Anaheim Angels
Arkansas (AA) 43.2IP 2-1 3.30ERA 48K

#24 Anthony Reyes (23) -- St. Louis Cardinals
Palm Beach (High-A) 36.2IP 3-0 4.66ERA 38K
Tennessee (AA) 74.1IP 6-2 2.91ERA 102K

#25 Kyle Waldrop (19) -- Minnesota Twins
GCL Twins (Rookie) 38.0IP 3-2 1.42ERA 30K
Elizabethton (Rookie) 25.0IP 2-0 3.24ERA 25K

#26 Jessie Crain (23) -- Minnesota Twins
Rochester (AAA) 50.2IP 3-2 19K 2.49ERA 64K
Minnesota (MLB) 27.0IP 3-0 2.00ERA 14K

#27 Jose Capellan (24) -- Milwaukee Brewers
Myrtle Beach (High-A) 46.1IP 5-1 1.94ERA 62K
Greenville (AA) 50.1IP 5-1 2.50ERA 53K
Richmond (AAA) 43.0IP 4-2 2.51ERA 37K
Atlanta (MLB) 8.0IP 0-1 11.25ERA 4K

#28 Denny Bautista (22) -- Kansas City Royals
Wichita (AA) 81.2IP 4-3 2.53ERA 73K
Kansas City (MLB) 27.2IP 0-4 6.51ERA 18K

#29 Mike Hinckley (22) -- Washington Nationals
Brevard County (High-A) 62IP 6-2 2.61ERA 51K
Harrisburg (AA) 94.0IP 5-2 2.87ERA 80K

#30 Cole Hamels (21) -- Philadelphia Phillies
Clearwater (High-A) 16.0IP 1-0 1.12ERA 24K

#31 Gaby Hernandez (19) New York Mets
GCL Mets (Rookie) 49.2IP 3-3 1.09ERA 58K
Brookyln (Short-A) 3.0IP 1-0 0.00ERA 6K

#32 Justin Verlander (22) -- Detroit Tigers
First Pro Season

#33 Tim Stauffer (22) -- San Diego Padres
Lake Elsinore (High-A) 35.1IP 2-0 1.78ERA 30K
Mobile (AA) 51.1IP 3-2 2.63ERA 33K
Portland (AAA) 81.1IP 6-3 3.54ERA 50K

#34 Jeremy Sowers (23) -- Cleveland Indians
First Pro Season

#35 J.D. Durbin (23) -- Minnesota Twins
New Britain (AA) 64.1IP 4-1 2.52ERA 53K
Rochester (AAA) 35.2IP 3-2 4.54ERA 38K
Minnesota (MLB) 7.1IP 0-1 7.36ERA 6K

#36 Joe Blanton (24) -- Oakland Athletics
Sacramento (AAA) 176.1IP 11-8 4.19ERA 143K
Oakland (MLB) 8.0IP 0-0 5.62ERA 6K

#37 Edwin Jackson (21) -- Los Angeles Dodgers
Las Vegas (AAA) 90.2IP 6-4 5.86ERA 70K
Los Angeles (MLB) 24.2IP 2-1 7.30ERA 16K

#38 Jairo Garcia (22) -- Oakland Athletics
Kane County (Low-A) 30.0IP 1-0 0.30ERA 49K
Midland (AA) 18.0IP 2-0 1.50ERA 32K
Sacramento (AAA) 13.2IP 1-2 3.95ERA 21K
Oakland (MLB) 5.2IP 0-0 12.71ERA 5K

#39 Dan Meyer (23) -- Oakland Athletics
Greenville (AA) 65.0IP 6-3 2.22ERA 86K
Richmond (AAA) 61.1IP 3-3 2.79ERA 60K
Atlanta (MLB) 2.0IP 0-0 0.00ERA 1K

#40 Chuck Tiffany (20) -- Los Angeles Dodgers
Columbus (Low-A) 99.2IP 5-2 3.70ERA 141K

#41 Travis Chick (20) -- San Diego Padres
Greensboro (Low-A) 91.1IP 6-4 4.04ERA 112K
Fort Wayne (Low-A) 42.1IP 5-0 2.13ERA 55K

#42 Phillip Hughes (18) -- New York Yankees
GCL Yankees (Rookie) 5.0IP 0-0 8K

#43 Anibal Sanchez (21) -- Boston Red Sox
Lowell (Short-A) 76.1IP 3-4 1.77ERA 101K

#44 Jonathan Broxton (24) -- Los Angeles Dodgers
Vero Beach (High-A) 128.1IP 11-6 3.23ERA 144K

#45 Mark Rogers (19) -- Milwaukee Brewers
AZL Brewers (Rookie) 26.2IP 0-3 4.72ERA 35K

#46 Thomas Pauly (23) -- Cincinnati Reds
Potomac 121.1IP 8-7 2.97ERA 171K

#47 Jon Papelbon (24) -- Boston Red Sox
Sarasota (High-A) 129.2IP 12-7 2.64ERA 153K

#48 Merkin Valdez (23) -- San Francsico Giants
San Jose (High-A) 35.2IP 3-1 2.52ERA 44K
Norwich (AA) 41.2IP 1-4 4.32ERA 31K
Fresno (AAA) 5.0IP 0-0 7.20ERA 5K
San Francisco (MLB) 1.2IP 0-0 27.00 ERA

#49 Ezequiel Astacio (24) -- Houston Astros
Round Rock (AA) 176.0IP 13-10 3.89ERA 185K

#50 Renyel Pinto (22) -- Chicago Cubs
West Tennessee (AA) 141.2IP 11-8 2.92ERA 179K
Iowa (AAA) 9.1IP 1-1 7.71ERA 9K

#51 Paul Maholm (22) -- Pittsburgh Pirates
GCL Pirates (Rookie) 4.0IP 0-0 2.25ERA 2K
Hickory (Low-A) 12.1IP 0-2 9.49ERA 12K
Lynchburg (High-A) 44.0IP 1-3 1.84ERA 28K

#52 Stuart Pomeranz (20) -- St. Louis Cardinals
Peoria (Low-A) 101.1IP 12-4 3.55ERA 88K

#53 Ian Snell (23) -- Pittsburgh Pirates
Altoona (AA) 151.0IP 11-7 3.16ERA 142K
Pittsburgh (MLB) 12.0IP 0-1 7.50ERA 9K

#54 Matt Albers (22) -- Houston Astros
Lexington (Low-A) 111.1IP 8-3 3.31ERA 140K

#55 Greg Miller (20) -- Los Angeles Dodgers
INJURED: Did Not Pitch

#56 James Houser (20) -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Charleston (Low-A) 32.2IP 3-1 2.20ERA 27K

#57 Hayden Penn (20) -- Baltimore Orioles
Delmarva (Low-A) 43.1IP 4-1 3.32ERA 41K
Frederick (High-A) 73.1IP 6-5 3.80ERA 61K
Bowie (AA) 20.1IP 3-0 4.87ERA 20K

#58 Bill Bray (21) -- Washington Nationals
Brevard County (High-A) 7IP 0-2 1Save 4.91ERA 6K

#59 Tom Gorzelanny (22) -- Pittsburgh Pirates
Hickory (Low-A) 93.0IP 7-2 2.23ERA 106K
Lynchburg (High-A) 55.2IP 3-5 4.85ERA 61K

#60 Christian Garcia (19) -- New York Yankees
GCL Yankees (Rookie) 38.0IP 3-4 2.84ERA 47K

#61 Juan Morillo (21) -- Colorado Rockies
Tri-City (Short-A) 66.1IP 3-2 2.98ERA 73K

#62 Steven White (23) -- New York Yankees
Battle Creek (Low-A) 57.2IP 5-2 2.65ERA 56K
Tampa (High-A) 59.2IP 6-2 2.56ERA 44K

#63 Jake Stevens (20) -- Atlanta Braves
Rome (Low-A) 135IP 9-5 2.27ERA 140K

#64 Jon Lester (21) -- Boston Red Sox
GCL Red Sox (Rookie) 1.0IP 0-0 0.00ERA 1K
Sarasota (High-A) 90.1 7-6 4.28ERA 97K

#65 Bryan Bullington (24) -- Pittsburgh Pirates
Altoona (AA) 145.0IP 12-7 4.10ERA 100K

#66 Adam Loewen (20) -- Baltimore Orioles
Delmarva (Low-A) 85.1IP 4-5 4.11ERA 82K
Frederick (High-A) 8.0IP 0-2 6.75ERA 3K

#66 Jason Hammel (22) Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Charleston (Low-A) 94.2IP 4-7 3.23ERA 88K
Bakersfield (High-A) 72.1IP 6-2 1.87ERA 66K

#67 David Purcey (22) -- Toronto Blue Jays
First Pro Season

#68 Fausto Carmona (21) -- Cleveland Indians
Kinston (High-A) 70.0IP 5-2 2.83ERA 57K
Akron (AA) 87.0IP 4-8 4.97ERA 63K

#69 Steven Shell (22) Anaheim Angels
Rancho Cucamonga 165.0IP 12-7 3.59ERA 190K

#70 John Hudgins (23) -- Texas Rangers
Stockton (High-A) 65.0IP 3-1 2.35ERA 73K
Frisco (AA) 69.0IP 5-3 3.13ERA 64K
Oklahoma (AAA) 12.0IP 0-1 7.50ERA 8K

#71 Bobby Brownlie (24) -- Chicago Cubs
West Tennessee (AA) 147.1IP 9-9 3.36ERA 114K

#72 Chris Lambert (20) -- St. Louis Cardinals
Peoria (Low-A) 38.1IP 1-1 2.58ERA 46K

#73 John Maine (23) -- Baltimore Orioles
Bowie (AA) 28.0IP 4-0 2.25ERA 34K
Ottawa (AAA) 119.2IP 5-7 3.91ERA 105K
Baltimore (MLB) 3.2IP 0-1 9.82ERA 1K

#74 Brad Thompson (23) -- St. Louis Cardinals
Tennessee (AA) 72.1IP 8-2 2.36ERA 57K
Memphis (AAA) 14.2IP 1-0 5.52ERA 10K

#75 Angel Guzman (23) -- Chicago Cubs
Burlington (Rookie) 47.2IP 1-6 5.10ERA 42K
Daytona (High-A) 30.0IP 3-1 4.20ERA 40K
West Tennessee (AA) 17.2IP 0-3 5.60ERA 13K


 

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