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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .263 30 6 42 0 .334 .382 .716

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 44
2006 Club(s): San Antonio (AA), Tacoma (AA)

Despite having a very up-and-down first full season, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 drfat finds himself knocking on the door from Triple-A. The M’s still very much believe in his bat and have no plans to move him from behind the plate as of yet.

Credit: Shawn E. Davis

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .257 26 2 24 1 .384 .395 .779

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 40
2006 Club(s): AZL Athletics (R), Sacramento (AAA)

A freak elbow injury cost Barton most of 2006, but he tried to make up for it by hitting .440 this spring. The power will start to come with more time. With Dan Johnson on the DL, could Barton’s time come sooner than some thought?

Credit: Mike Martin Photography

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .307 94 29 66 15 .387 .557 .944

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2009
2006 Club(s): Rancho Cucamonga (A+), Arkansas (AA), Salt Lake (AAA)

The Angels’ organizational player of the year and Minor League leader in total bases in 2006 has played a number of positions. He may even stay at shortstop for now, but second might be his permanent home. Wherever he ends up, his bat will play just fine.

Credit: Tom Clifton

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .276 74 25 83 19 .355 .552 .907

Opening Day Age: 22   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 5
2006 Club(s): Arkansas (AA)

Wood has handled the move to third well this spring and it could expedite his first big league call up. Don’t rule out a move back to short at some point in the future, but his bat and tremendous power potential will play just fine at the hot corner.

Credit: Roy Dabner/AP

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .283 63 6 45 32 .327 .413 .740
MLB .250 5 0 2 1 .250 .325 .575

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 31
2006 Club(s): Salt Lake (AAA), Angels (MLB)

His presence is a big reason why Wood moved to third. The best pure shortstop in the Angels’ system, he’s a defensive whiz who has also hit .311 in the Minors. In his four full seasons, he’s also averaged just over 41 steals per year. Set to handle utilityman chores in LA, a foot injury has clouded his Opening Day status.

Credit: Roy Dabner/AP
2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .320 56 7 48 11 .385 .521 .906

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Stockton (A+), Midland (AA)

The reason the A’s felt comfortable trading Andre Ethier to the Dodgers, Buck has a .328 average and .511 slugging percentage as a pro. Injuries cost him a chunk of last year, but after lighting it up this spring, the A’s won’t hesitate to call him up if the need arises.

Credit: Shawn E. Davis

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .287 69 16 62 13 .345 .484 .829
MLB .216 6 1 8 3 .237 .311 .548

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 41
2006 Club(s): Tacoma (AAA), Seattle (MLB)

Having played center field for less than a full season, the Mariners still felt comfortable enough letting Jones play in the bigs last year at age 20. He’ll get to sharpen all five of his tools in Triple-A, waiting for another chance.

Credit: Tony Gutierrez/AP

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .268 77 4 21 9 .358 .479 .838

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2009
2006 Club(s): Clinton (A)

The Stanford product certainly has the pedigree, but he’s definitely making a name for himself. A huge second half last year (.314, 10 HR, 42 RBIs in July and August), a successful showing in the pitching-friendly Hawaiian League (.318, .545 SLG) has everyone excited for what could be a breakout 2007 season.

Credit: Paul Gierhart

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .309 104 33 87 37 .377 .565 .942

Opening Day Age: 26   |   ETA in Majors: 2008
2006 Club(s): Palm Beach (A+), Springfield (AA), Arkansas (AA)

A year ago, you would’ve said, “Terry Who?” Now he’s on everyone’s radar after being the lone 30-30 man in the Minors in 2006, pulling off the feat while being traded in July. He impressed in big league camp this spring and will show that last year was no fluke.

Credit: Palm Beach Cardinals

2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 0-7 0 4.13 52.1 44 35 51 .232

Opening Day Age: 19   |   ETA in Majors: 2010
2006 Club(s): Spokane (SS)

The Rangers’ top 2006 pick had an up-and-down debut, with an 0-7 record and 4.13 ERA. But he was challenged by going to the advanced short-season Northwest League and he still managed to strike out a batter an inning. He’s ready for full-season ball.

Credit: Spokane Indians

2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 15-4 0 2.56 158.1 135 42 145 .229

Opening Day Age: 20   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 20
2006 Club(s): Cedar Rapids (A), Rancho Cucamonga (A+)

The Angels are moving him to Double-A after just nine starts in Class A Advanced ball last year, but if this spring is any indication, he’s ready for the challenge. The right-hander had a 1.54 ERA and stuck around in big league camp for a long time. He’s quickly joining the elite group of right-handed pitching prospects in the game.

Credit: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 3-3 32 3.07 70.1 51 28 86 .198

Opening Day Age: 26   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Stockton (A+), Sacramento (AAA), Midland (AA)

It’s hard to believe he’s been pitching for just two years. He had 32 saves and a 3.07 ERA last year, striking out 86 in 70 1/3 IP and holding hitters to a .198 batting average against. He’ll close in Sacramento for now, but he should see Oakland to help out Huston Street in the near future.

Credit: Midland RockHounds