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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .230 30 9 39 0 .353 .380 .733

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 32
2006 Club(s): Mississippi (AA)

Brian McCann’s long-term deal leaves Salty’s positional future up in the air, but the Braves don’t have any plans as of yet to move him from behind the dish. He finished 2006 well and should use that as a springboard to a huge 2007.

Credit: Jerry Hale

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .288 57 15 50 7 .427 .540 .967

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2009
2006 Club(s): GCL Marlins (R), Greensboro (A), Jupiter (A+)

Sanchez has done nothing but hit, with a .320 average and .514 slugging percentage since being drafted in 2005. He’s played three positions, but will settle into first, where he can let his bat carry him quickly through the system.

Credit: Melissa Wintemute

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .318 822 2 21 13 .384 .442 .826

Opening Day Age: 19   |   ETA in Majors:2010
2006 Club(s): GCL Phillies (R)

Cardenas opened a lot of eyes when scouts came to see high school teammate Chris Marrero, and in many ways Cardenas out-performed him. He’s making the move from short to second, but it’s his bat that has the Phillies excited.

Credit: Jerry Hale

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .264 55 2 45 7 .361 .346 .707

Opening Day Age: 24   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 35
2006 Club(s): Mississippi (AA)

His 2006 season wasn't all that exciting, leaving some to wonder what kind of future the Cuban actually had. Then he went and won the AFL batting title with a .407 average, bringing the buzz back.

Credit: Joy R. Absalon

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .265 67 3 50 23 .324 .362 .685

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

He’ll play as a teenager in the Carolina League in 2007, but that shouldn’t faze him. He was the second-youngest player in the SAL last year and more than held his own. He could turn into a terrific all-around shortstop in time.

Credit: Tom Priddy

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .279 43 10 39 8 .336 .457 .793

Opening Day Age: 18   |   ETA in Majors: 2010   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 27
2006 Club(s): GCL Mets (R), Hagerstown (A), At. Lucie (A+)

The Mets just get giddy about Martinez and his future. He’ll play in the FSL at age 18 and was mature enough to handle being the youngest player in AFL history. We’re talking about a special bat here.

Credit: Mike Karlovec

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .281 53 7 48 41 .350 .423 .773

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2008
2006 Club(s): Binghamton (AA)

Just 21, Gomez will be knocking at the door from Triple-A in 2007. He’s swiped 105 bases over the past two years and has a cannon of an arm from the outfield. Carlos Beltran’s presence should move him to right soon.

Credit: Joy R. Absalon

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .277 96 5 41 45 .356 .385 .741
MLB .125 2 0 0 1 .222 .125 .347

Opening Day Age: 24   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Reading (AA), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA), Philadelphia (MLB)

He’s ready to play center and hit at the top of the Phillies lineup right now, and could get the chance if they trade Aaron Rowand. Even if he gets sent down, he won’t be there for long.

Credit: Joy R. Absalon

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .272 84 20 80 6 .379 .468 .847

Opening Day Age: 25   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Harrisburg (AA)

Twice the Nats’ organizational player of the year, he’s fighting for a roster spot and has tried out playing third, the outfield and even some first. Washington should find room for his bat, which has banged out 42 homers and 60 doubles the past two years, soon.

Credit: Will Bentzel

2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 14-4 0 1.99 135.2 87 32 154 .179

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2008
2006 Club(s): Myrtle Beach (A+), Mississippi (AA)

The southpaw could be option No. 1 during this season if the Braves need a starter, but ’08 is a more likely impact year. Not surprisingly, Harrison draws comparisons to Tom Glavine.

Credit: Tom Priddy

2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 14-4 0 1.99 135.2 87 32 154 .179
MLB 2-1 0 5.48 21.1 25 12 13 .305

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 12
2006 Club(s): St. Lucie (A+), Binghamton (AA), Norfolk (AAA), Mets (MLB)

He may not have been ready last year, but he is now. He’s got ace potential, with plus stuff and command, but will get to ease in as the No. 5 starter in New York.

Credit: Rick Silva/AP

2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG.
MiLB 14-4 0 1.99 135.2 87 32 154 .179

Opening Day Age: 22   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Vermont (SS), Potomac (A+), Harrisburg (AA)

He made it to Double-A in his first summer of pro ball, putting him firmly on the fast track. Consider him the new version of Chad Cordero, the guy he could eventually replace as the Nats’ closer.

Credit: Will Bentzel