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Spring training and the 2010 regular season are right around the corner, which means it's time to take stock of the top potential future stars in the minor leagues.Below are the first 25 players in my rankings of the top 100 prospects in baseball right now, based upon my years of experience in the industry as a scout and talent evaluator.In order to be eligible for the list, the player must be part of a major league organization and still considered a rookie (fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues and fewer than 45 days on an active roster, excluding September call-ups).
1. STEPHEN STRASBURG (RHP), NATIONALSAge: 21 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 2202009 Stats: 4-1 W-L | 4.26 ERA | 12 2/3 IP | 23 SO | 7 BBFinished '09: Phoenix Desert Dogs (Arizona Fall League)Stephen StrasburgThe Skinny: Who else could it be? Despite some early struggles in the Arizona Fall League, Strasburg looked as advertised this fall. He'll bring his 100-mph fastball into big-league camp next month, and looks like a favorite to nab a spot in Washington's rotation. We'll see if he forces the organization's hand or if he needs some seasoning in Triple-A.
35. DEREK NORRIS (C), NATIONALSAge: 20 | Bats: R | Height: 6-0 | Weight: 2102009 Stats: .286 AVG | 23 HR | 84 RBI | .413 OBP | 6 SBFinished '09: Hagerstown (Single-A South Atlantic League)The Skinny: The Nationals' farm system has made tremendous progress in the last year or so and Norris is one of the best examples of that. Norris showed plus power and the ability to handle his catching duties. If he can stick at catcher he's going to be a very valuable commodity, but his bat should be able to play at any position.
63. Chris Marrero (1B) 21 Nationals Harrisburg (Double-A)
79. Drew Storen (RHP) 22 Nationals Harrisburg (Double-A)
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