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February 20, 2006

Top 50 Prospects

The List

by Rany Jazayerli and Dayn Perry

Baseball Prospectus' Top 50 Prospects of 2006. For complete analysis and commentary on all 50, as well as 1,500 more, pick up Baseball Prospectus 2006, available this week from online sites and at a bookstore near you.

1. Delmon Young, OF, Tampa Bay
2. Jeremy Hermida, OF, Florida
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington
4. Francisco Liriano, LHP, Minnesota
5. Howie Kendrick, 2B, Los Angeles of Anaheim

6. Brandon Wood, SS, Los Angeles of Anaheim
7. Andy Marte, 3B, Cleveland
8. Chris Young, OF, Arizona
9. Prince Fielder, 1B, Milwaukee
10. Alex Gordon, 3B, Kansas City

11. Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston
12. Matt Cain, RHP, San Francisco
13. Lastings Milledge, OF, New York (NL)
14. Joel Guzman, SS, Los Angeles
15. Justin Verlander, RHP, Detroit

16. Ian Stewart, 3B, Colorado
17. Jeremy Sowers, LHP, Cleveland
18. Daric Barton, 1B, Oakland
19. Stephen Drew, SS, Arizona
20. Billy Butler, H, Kansas City

21. Kenji Johjima, C, Seattle
22. Andy LaRoche, 3B, Los Angeles
23. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Atlanta
24. Chad Billingsley, RHP, Los Angeles
25. Anthony Reyes, RHP, St. Louis

26. Kendry Morales, 1B, Los Angeles of Anaheim
27. Carlos Quentin, OF, Arizona
28. Joel Zumaya, RHP, Detroit
29. Felix Pie, OF, Chicago (NL)
30. Jeff Clement, C, Seattle

31. Brian Anderson, OF, Chicago (AL)
32. Nick Markakis, OF, Baltimore
33. Yusmeiro Petit, RHP, Florida
34. Justin Huber, 1B, Kansas City
35. Jered Weaver, RHP, Los Angeles of Anaheim

36. Jonathan Papelbon, RHP, Boston
37. Ryan Braun, 3B, Milwaukee
38. Paul Maholm, LHP, Pittsburgh
39. Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas
40. Philip Hughes, RHP, New York (AL)

41. Justin Upton, SS, Arizona
42. Mike Jacobs, 1B, Florida
43. Fernando Cabrera, RHRP, Cleveland
44. Adam Jones, OF/SS, Seattle
45. Craig Hansen, RHRP, Boston

46. Chris Snelling, OF, Seattle
47. Rich Hill, LHP, Chicago (NL)
48. Josh Willingham, C/1B, Florida
49. Josh Barfield, 2B, San Diego
50. Eric Aybar, SS, Los Angeles of Anaheim

Honorable Mention:
Jonathan Broxton, RHP, Los Angeles
Ronny Cedeno, SS, Chicago (NL)
Thomas Diamond, RHP, Texas
Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Arizona
Gio Gonzalez, LHP, Philadelphia
Cole Hamels, LHP, Philadelphia
Corey Hart, OF/3B, Milwaukee

Conor Jackson, 1B, Arizona
Matt Kemp, OF, Los Angeles
George Kottaras, C, San Diego
Russell Martin, C, Los Angeles
Eric Patterson, 2B, Chicago (NL)
Hunter Pence, OF, Houston
Hanley Ramirez, SS, Florida
Anibal Sanchez, RHP, Florida

(Ed. note: Anibal Sanchez's inclusion here is an error. The last Honorable Mention slot actually goes to Jon Lester, LHP, Boston. For more on the mistake, read here.--JSS)

Rany Jazayerli is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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