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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .286 45 17 75 1 .373 .461 .834
MLB .250 0 0 3 0 .294 .313 .607

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Tennessee (AA), Tucson (AAA), Diamondbacks (MLB)

Itís a good year for young catchers in the NL West, with Montero edging out Chris Iannetta. Montero went from Double-A to the big leagues last year, hitting .286 with 17 homers in the Minors. Now heís ready for the bigs and itís only a matter of time before heís the No. 1 catcher in Zona.

Credit: Tony Farlow
2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .380 64 8 67 9 .426 .546 .973
MLB .284 20 4 18 1 .342 .559 .901

Opening Day Age: 22   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 33
2006 Club(s): Las Vegas (AAA), Dodgers (MLB)

Free James Loney! After hitting .380 in the Minors and .284 with a .559 SLG in the bigs last year, then raking to the tune of a .406 average this spring, thereís no reason for him to be in the Minors again. But thatís where heís headed, seeing time in the outfield while waiting for the next Nomar injury.

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2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .337 93 7 68 8 .404 .478 .882
MLB .238 2 0 6 0 .298 .310 .607

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Tucson (AAA), Diamondbacks (MLB)

That trade from the Angels sure is paying off for Callaspo. After hitting .337 in his first season with the D-Backs organization last year, heís made the team as a utility infielder. Hitting over .400 this spring certainly didnít hurt his cause. Heíll see time at four positions to get his bat into the lineup.

Credit: Tucson Sidewinders
2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .315 77 19 81 6 .410 .514 .924

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 25
2006 Club(s): Jacksonville (AA), Las Vegas (AAA)

An awful spring meant LaRoche had no real chance at winning the Dodgers third base job, but the Dodgers know he and his power bat will be ready soon. To that end, heíll see some time in the outfield with Loney in Vegas to increase his versatility.

Credit: Jerry Hale

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .291 75 13 61 6 .370 .473 .843
MLB .240 15 1 6 3 .318 .292 .609

Opening Day Age: 22   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 9
2006 Club(s): Tulsa (AA), Rockies (MLB)

The competition with Clint Barmes this spring was a formality, but hitting .321 cemented the deal. With the everyday job, Tulo should be a solid anchor of the Rockies infield for years to come and a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate in 2007.

Credit: Shawn E. Davis
2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .263 71 12 66 15 .343 .413 .757

Opening Day Age: 19   |   ETA in Majors: 2009   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 7
2006 Club(s): South Bend (A)

Forget about last year. Sure, it was mildly disappointing from a numbers standpoint. But the skills are just too good for him not to put it together. A strong spring should provide a springboard to the California League, where the performance will start catching the potential.

Credit: Emily Smith

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .276 76 11 77 17 .363 .532 .896
MLB .243 10 2 10 2 .308 .386 .693

Opening Day Age: 23   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 18
2006 Club(s): Tucson (AAA), Diamondbacks (MLB)

He may not hit for average right from the start, but his speed, power and defense are more than enough for the price of admission. Heís hit at least 20 homers in each of the past three seasons and stole 30+ bases in two of those campaigns. When it all comes together, there should be some 30-30 finishes in the bigs.

Credit: Tucson Sidewinders
2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .289 93 23 99 16 .348 .543 .891

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 22
2006 Club(s): Lancaster (A+), Tennessee (AA)

This guy has prototypical right fielder written all over him. He drives in runs (191 in the past two years), heís just scratching the surface of his power potential (23 homers in 2006) and he can hit for average (.283 so far). Oh, and heís got a cannon arm and can run pretty well to boot.

Credit: Tom Clifton

2006 AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG OPS
MiLB .379 68 22 75 4 .437 .656 1.093
MLB .214 4 3 11 0 .279 .411 .689

Opening Day Age: 25   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 49
2006 Club(s): Akron (AA), Buffalo (AAA), Indians (MLB)

MiLB.comís 2006 Offensive Player of the Year has a .332 career average in the Minors with a .951 OPS. Last year, those numbers were at .379 and 1.093. No wonder the Padres wanted him. Itís always been a question of health for Kouz. If he stays on the field, his .352 spring average will become the norm.

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2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG
MiLB 11-9 0 2.90 146 97 85 173 .190

Opening Day Age: 21   |   ETA in Majors: 2008   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 11
2006 Club(s): Vero Beach (A+), Jacksonville (AA)

Once he refines his command, Elbert will be a force to be reckoned with. Last year, hitters managed a .190 average against the southpaw and in his career heís racked up 346 Kís in 310 2/3 IP. Once the walks (172) come down, heíll be ready. Worst-case scenario, weíve got the next Billy Wagner on our hands.

Credit: Jerry Hale

2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG
MiLB 2-0 0 1.71 31.2 14 12 58 .127

Opening Day Age: 22   |   ETA in Majors: 2007   |   2006 Top 50 Rank: 26
2006 Club(s): Salem-Keizer (SS), San Jose (A+)

Some hoped, unrealistically, that Lincecum would go from 2006 draftee to big-league starter. Letís give the guy more than 31 pro innings, OK? That being said, with his stuff, he wonít need that many more innings before being ready to contribute.

Credit: Eric Risberg/AP

2006 W-L SV ERA IP H BB K AVG
MiLB 5-1 13 1.35 46.2 35 7 38 .205
MLB 3-4 1 5.58 30.2 36 8 21 .290

Opening Day Age: 25   |   ETA in Majors: 2007
2006 Club(s): Tennessee (AA), Tucson (AAA), Diamondbacks (MLB)

Donít read into spring stats too much, but the fact that Pena had four saves in the Cactus League could be a hint of things to come in the future. Heís relatively new to relieving, but could be the first in line to get saves for the D-Backs if Jose Valverde canít get it done.

Credit: Tony Farlow