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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .260 52 6 45 5 .361 .414 .775

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2008
2006 Club(s): New Hampshire (AA), Syracuse (AAA)

An All-Star in each of his last two seasons, Thigpen is the heir apparent to the Jaysí catching job. Drafted because of his bat, his defense has come along much better than expected. With Greg Zaun as the starter, Toronto will make room for Thigpen whenever heís ready.

Credit: New Hampshire Fisher Cats

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .248 78 27 69 0 .335 .476 .810

Opening Day Age: 25   |   ETA in Majors: 2008
2006 Club(s): New Hampshire (AA)

Cannon has always shown power, with 59 homers over the past two seasons. But heíd also struck out nearly 300 times in 2005-2006. He may have started putting it together in the AFL, where he won MVP honors and finished first in homers, RBIs and SLG while coming in fourth in the batting race.

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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .305 55 5 50 1 .384 .426 .810
MLB .191 5 2 7 0 .258 .303 .561

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Pawtucket (AAA), Red Sox (MLB)

Heís getting his shot now as the Red Sox second baseman, and for good reason. Heís hit .308 in the Minors since being drafted in 2004 to go along with a nifty .392 OBP. Heís extremely difficult to strike out and his .454 SLG shows heís got more pop than youíd expect from a diminutive middle infielder.

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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .328 46 3 32 3 .415 .503 .917

Opening Day Age: 18   |   ETA in Majors: 2009
2006 Club(s): Bluefield (R), Aberdeen (SS)

The first high school bat taken in the 2006 draft, Rowell didnít disappoint in his debut, hitting .328 with a .918 OPS at two stops. Heís the best impact bat in the Oís system now, and while a strained oblique has slowed him this spring, heíll move quickly through the system, even if he eventually gets a new defensive home.

Credit: Joy R. Absalon
2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .321 100 24 99 15 .376 .539 .916

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 29
2006 Club(s): Visalia (A+), Montgomery (AA)

Itís not easy to stand out in the Rays' system, with all of those offensive prospects, but Brignac did just that by winning California League MVP honors and then continuing to hit while helping Montgomery win the Southern League title. Itís hard not to like a shortstop who slugged .539 a year ago.

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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .316 50 8 59 22 .341 .474 .814
MLB .317 16 3 10 2 .336 .476 .812

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 1
2006 Club(s): Durham (AAA), Devil Rays (MLB)

With the disciplinary problems behind him, Young is ready to begin what could be a storied big league career. Heís the complete package, and improved plate discipline will make him even better. Heís on the short list for AL Rookie of the Year candidates.

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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .298 50 5 51 15 .377 .420 .797

Opening Day Age: 18   |   ETA in Majors: 2009   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 23
2006 Club(s): Charleston (A)

The Yankees havenít been this excited about a homegrown hitting prospect in quite some time. He can do it all with the bat and will hit for power and average. Heís got good speed and a terrific outfield arm. Donít let the fact that heís 18 fool you; he could move quickly.

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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .303 64 7 51 41 .382 .425 .808

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 36
2006 Club(s): Wilmington (A+), Portland (AA)

In his first full season, Ellsbury hit a combined .303, posted a .382 OBP and stole 41 bases. He actually got better when he got promoted and helped Portland win the Eastern League title. Now heís knocking on the door and should be the Red Sox leadoff hitter and center fielder for a long time.

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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .315 41 18 58 4 .360 .597 .957

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 16
2006 Club(s): Hudson Valley (SS), Visalia (A+), Montgomery (AA)

It doesnít seem fair for the Rays to have added another premium bat, but Longoria proved he is just that with a scorching pro debut. He hit .315 with 18 homers (.597 SLG) and climbed all the way to Double-A, where he promptly hit .345 with three more homers in the playoffs.

Credit: Montgomery Biscuits

2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 7-9 0 2.96 134.0 103 65 171 .211

Opening Day Age: 20   |   ETA in Majors: 2009
2006 Club(s): Southwest Michigan (A)

While the Rays' bats get all the attention, there are also some legit arms to watch out for. McGee could end up being the best of the lot. The 20-year-old led the organization with 171 Kís (8th-best in the Minors) while posting a 2.96 ERA and .211 batting average against.

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2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 12-6 0 2.16 146.0 92 34 168 .179

Opening Day Age: 20   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 4
2006 Club(s): Tampa (A+), Trenton (AA)

Itís a question of when, not if, Hughes reaches New York in 2007. A rough spring showed Hughes what he needs to work on in Triple-A, but with all the question marks in the big league rotation, itís clear Hughes will be called on to contribute sooner rather than later.

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2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 4-1 17 0.71 63.1 28 25 85 .128
MLB 0-0 0 5.40 10.0 13 3 8 .295

Opening Day Age: 28   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Montgomery (AA), Durham (AAA)

A converted infielder, Salas has been pitching for only two-plus years. Heís been unhittable as a reliver in the Minors, striking out 156 in 133 innings. In 2006, he had a 0.71 ERA and .128 batting average against on his way to the big leagues. Heíll work his way into the closer role at some point soon.

Credit: Montgomery Biscuits