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1. Jason Stokes - 1B - Age 22 - ETA: 2006

.258/.312/.448, 17 HR, 89 RBI, 135/36 K/BB, 6 SB in 462 AB for Single-A Jupiter

.145/.169/.290, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 22/1 K/BB, 1 SB in 62 AB for Peoria Saguaros (AFL)


At least some of Stokes? problems in 2003 can be traced back to the wrist surgery he had following a breakthrough 2002 season in which he hit .341/.421/.645 in 97 games for low Single-A Kane County. He should be able to shake the bad habits that manifested, especially in the Arizona Fall League, once he?s all the way back in 2004. Stokes has exceptional power potential and could be a Richie Sexson-type player someday. He?ll head to Double-A in 2004.


2. Jeff Allison - RHP - Age 19 - ETA: 2006

0-2, 1.00 ERA, 7 H, 11/4 K/BB in 9 IP for Rookie GCL Marlins


Allison, who went his entire senior year without giving up an earned run, was viewed as the top high school pitcher available in last season?s draft. He fell to the 16th pick because of his bonus demands, but he settled on a reasonable $1.65 million to join the Marlins. The team thinks it may have another Josh Beckett on its hands. That may be a stretch, but Allison throws in the mid-90s, has a great curveball and either his slider or his changeup should turn into a quality third pitch. He could reach the majors as soon as the second half of 2005.


3. Jeremy Hermida - OF - Age 20 - ETA: 2006

.284/.387/.393, 6 HR, 49 RBI, 100/80 K/BB, 28 SB in 468 AB for Low Single-A Greensboro

.000/.000/.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3/0 K/BB, 0 SB in 3 AB for Triple-A Albuquerque


Hermida is frequently compared to Paul O?Neill and it?s easy to see why. The 11th overall pick in the 2002 draft showed impressive on-base ability in his first full professional season and he should have 20-25 home run power as he gets stronger. Defensively, he?s just an average corner outfielder. Although he stole 28 bases last season, he?s not particularly fast and shouldn?t be an option in center. Hermida could be ready to join the Marlins outfield in 2006.


4. Josh Willingham - C/OF - Age 25 - ETA: July 2005

.429/.500/1.000, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2/1 K/BB, 0 SB in 7 AB for Rookie GCL Marlins

.264/.422/.549, 12 HR, 34 RBI, 42/46 K/BB, 9 SB in 193 AB for Single-A Jupiter

.299/.434/.582, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 20/13 K/BB, 0 SB in 67 AB for Double-A Carolina

.313/.444/.516, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 18/13 K/BB, 2 SB in 64 AB for Peoria Saguaros (AFL)


Williangham, a 2000 17th-round pick, was a third baseman prior to last season, but he has taken very well to catching and has at least some chance of playing regularly behind the plate in the majors. If it doesn?t work out, he might have the bat to enable him to shift to left field or first base. It?s the switch to catcher that really raised his stock, though. Willingham has the arm for the position and is rapidly picking up everything else. If he can stay healthy in 2004, he should be ready to compete for a job in 2005. The Marlins might even call him up in the second half of next season if they need a bat, but they?d certainly prefer to continue to let him gain experience in the minors.


5. Scott Olsen - LHP - Age 20 - ETA: 2006

7-9, 2.81 ERA, 101 H, 129/59 K/BB in 128 1/3 IP for Low Single-A Greensboro


It?s hard to believe a 6-foot-4 left-hander with Olsen?s stuff lasted to the sixth round of the 2002 draft. The Illinois native throws in the low-90s with his fastball and has an above average slider and a decent change. If his control improves, he has No. 2 starter potential. More likely is that he?ll always have a rather high walk rate, making him a No. 3 or No. 4 starter.


6. Justin Wayne - RHP - Age 24 - ETA: July 2004

2000 first-rounder?s stock dropped after he went 4-12 with a 4.24 ERA, 138 H, 82/40 K/BB in 136 IP for Triple-A Albuquerque. Still has fourth starter potential, but not if he keeps throwing like he did last season.


7. Eric Reed - OF - Age 23 - ETA: 2006

.300/.367/.360, 0 HR, 25 RBI, 83/52 K/BB, 53 SB in 514 AB for Single-A Jupiter. Extremely fast with the strength to add power if he wants to. Could take over as Florida?s center fielder in 2006.


8. Trevor Hutchinson - RHP - Age 24 - ETA: May 2005

12-5, 3.09 ERA, 109 H, 76/29 K/BB in 119 1/3 IP between Single-A Jupiter and Double-A Carolina. Chad?s younger brother is a sinker-slider pitcher with the ability to mix in the occasional change. Should be useful despite limited upside.


9. Cole Seifreg - 2B - Age 19 - ETA: 2008

2003 fifth-round pick was bought away from a football scholarship. Plenty of offensive potential, but he may have trouble staying at second base.


10. Yorman Bazardo - RHP - Age 19 - ETA: 2008

9-8, 3.12 ERA, 132 H, 70/26 K/BB in 130 IP for low Single-A Greensboro. Venezuelan right-hander has a 90-95 mph fastball and a quality change. Several years away.


Last year?s top 10: Jason Stokes, Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez, Dontrelle Willis, Justin Wayne, Rob Henkel, Don Levinski, Jeremy Hermida, Jesus Medrano, Chip Ambres


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10. Yorman Bazardo - RHP - Age 19 - ETA: 2008



2008 is a long a** time.

s***, by then we'll have colonies on Mars, Terminators, Virtual sex slaves and to top it all off, President Hillary Clinton.

But still no World Series victory for the Cubs. Damn! That was a good burn. But you're discounting my Terminator-going-back-into-the-past-to-eliminate-Steve-Bartman plan.


Future Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs, your 2003 World Series Champion!

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