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2009 MLB Rookie Watch

Baseballcards101.com offers the following list of 2009 MLB top 100 prospect baseball players originally published by "Baseball America" as a resource for rookie and pre-rookie card collectors. 

 1. MATT WIETERS C,ORIOLES - 1.054: His on-base plus slugging percentage in 2008 between two minor league levels. ETA-2009. Opening Day Age: 22

2. DAVID PRICE LHP, RAYS - 109: Strikeouts, in 110 minor league innings, between three levels last season. ETA-2009. Opening Day Age: 23

3. COLBY RASMUS OF, CARDINALS - 2005: Year he led Russell County High to Alabama and national championships, when he also was a first-round pick. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

4. TOMMY HANSON RHP, BRAVES - 49: Strikeouts in just 29 innings in the Arizona Fall League, when he became the first pitcher to win the league MVP award. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

5. JASON HEYWARD OF, BRAVES - 14: Overall pick in the 2007 draft where the Braves nabbed Heyward, who wasn't expected to fall that far. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 19

6. TRAVIS SNIDER OF, BLUE JAYS - 50: Minor league homers in 305 career games. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 21

7. BRETT ANDERSON LHP, ATHLETICS - 10.11: Strikeouts per nine innings he compiled in 2008 between two levels. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 21

8. CAMERON MAYBIN OF, MARLINS - 8/18/07: Date when he hit his first big league homer—off Roger Clemens. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

9. MADISON BUMGARNER LHP, GIANTS - 1.46: His minor league-best ERA last season at low Class A Augusta. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 19

10. NEFTALI FELIZ RHP, RANGERS - 3: Home runs allowed last season in 127 innings. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 20

11. TREVOR CAHILL RHP, ATHLETICS - 2.25: ERA for Team USA in two Olympic starts last season en route to a bronze medal. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 21

12. PEDRO ALVAREZ 3B, PIRATES - 9/24: Date he signed with the Pirates—more than a month after the Aug. 15 deadline—after the union's grievance on his behalf. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

13. MIKE MOUSTAKAS 3B, ROYALS - 1992: The last time a teenager led the Midwest League in homers, before he did it with 22 in 2008. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 20

14. BUSTER POSEY C, GIANTS - .879: Division I-best slugging percentage for Florida State last spring, when he won BA's College Player of the Year award. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 22

15. DEXTER FOWLER OF, ROCKIES - 14: Round in which he was drafted; he signed for $925,000, turning down a Miami scholarship. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

16. MIKE STANTON OF, MARLINS - .988: OPS away from Greensboro's cozy NewBridge Bank Park; it was .996 at home. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 19

17. LARS ANDERSON 1B, RED SOX - .404: Career OBP in 252 career minor league games. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

18. LOGAN MORRISON 1B, MARLINS - 29: RBIs in 25 games he played in the AFL while hitting .404. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 21

19. ALCIDES ESCOBAR SS, BREWERS - 5.44: His range factor last season—best among shortstops in BA's Prospect Handbook, and another way to say he's an elite defender. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

20. GORDON BECKHAM SS, WHITE SOX - 28: Home runs he hit for Georgia last season, tied for the NCAA Division I lead. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

21. RICK PORCELLO RHP, TIGERS - 1: Rank in the Florida State League in ERA last year, when he went 8-6, 2.66. TEA 2010. Opening Day Age: 20

22. CHRIS TILLMAN RHP, ORIOLES - 19: Age last year in the Double-A Eastern League, where he was the youngest pitcher. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 20

23. JUSTIN SMOAK 1B, RANGERS - 62: Career home runs at South Carolina, behind only Rafael Palmeiro in Southeastern Conference history among three-year players. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

24. ERIC HOSMER 1B, ROYALS - 11: Professional at-bats he got before MLB told the Royals to sit him down as part of the Alvarez grievance. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 19

25. BRIAN MATUSZ LHP, ORIOLES - 304: Strikeouts, in 228 innings, in his last two seasons at San Diego; he led Division I in 2008 and ranked second (behind Price) in 2007. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

26. CARLOS SANTANA C, INDIANS - .311: Difference between his 2008 OPS (.999) and 2007 OPS (.688). ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 23

27. MATT LaPORTA OF/1B, INDIANS - 70: His power grade on the 20-80 scouting scale. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 24

28. TIM BECKHAM SS, RAYS - 6: High school shortstops drafted No. 1 overall in the last 30 years: Shawon Dunston, Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Matt Bush and Justin Upton preceded Beckham. ETA 2012. Opening Day Age: 19

29. JARROD PARKER RHP, DIAMONDBACKS - 10.4: Strikeouts per nine innings in the second half at low Class A South Bend. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 19

30. FERNANDO MARTINEZ OF, METS - 0: Players in Double-A younger than Martinez last season. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 20

31. DEREK HOLLAND LHP, RANGERS - 3: Home runs allowed in 151 innings. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

32. WADE DAVIS LHP, RANGERS - 3: Home runs allowed in 151 innings. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

33. ANDREW McCUTCHEN OF, PIRATES - 1: International League center fielders with a higher OPS than McCutchen's .770 (Brett Gardner, .836). ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

34. MAT GAMEL 3B, BREWERS - 1.045: OPS in the first half, when he hit .375/.433/.612. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

35. YONDER ALONSO 1B, REDS - 140/66: Walk/strikeout ratio his last two college seasons at Miami. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 22

36. AUSTIN JACKSON OF, YANKEES - 131: Games per season the durable Jackson has averaged the last three years. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

37. ELVIS ANDRUS SS, RANGERS - 1: Players named Elvis to ever play in the majors (Elvis Pena, 2000-2001). ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 20

38. JESUS MONTERO C, YANKEES - 51: Multi-hit games in 2008. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 19

39. AARON HICKS OF, TWINS - 97: His peak fastball velocity off the mound in high school. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 19

40. BRETT WALLACE 3B, CARDINALS - 36: Home runs in 140 games in 2008 between Arizona State, the minors and the Arizona Fall League. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

41. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN RHP, NATIONALS - 2.89: His 2008 ERA, the lowest among Nationals farmhands. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

42. JORDAN SCHAFER OF, BRAVES - .914: OPS in the second half, when he hit .303/.387/.526. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

43. J.P. ARENCIBIA C, BLUE JAYS - 11: Difference between his home runs (27) and unintentional walks (16). ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

44. ANGEL VILLALONA 1B, GIANTS - 17: Age for most of the 2008 season, as well as his home run total. ETA 2012. Opening Day Age: 18

45. TIM ALDERSON RHP, GIANTS - 2.79: His California League-leading ERA in his first full season. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 20

46. JHOULYS CHACIN RHP, ROCKIES - 177.2: Innings pitched in 2008, two shy of the minor league lead. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 21

47. WILMER FLORES SS, METS - 0: Players younger than Flores (who turned 17 on Aug. 6) in full-season ball last season. ETA 2012. Opening Day Age: 17

48. DOMINIC BROWN OF, PHILLIES - 93: Percentage of his 14 career home runs that have come against righthanders (13). ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 21

49. ANDREW LAMBO OF, DODGERS - 145: Players selected before Lambo, who signed for slot money, in the 2007 draft. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 20

50. KYLE BLANKS 1B, PADRES - 18: Hit-by-pitches the 270-pound Blanks has averaged the last two seasons. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

51. JOSH VITTERS 3B, CUBS - 85: Hits last season, third-most in the Northwest League. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 19

52. CARLOS CARRASCO RHP, PHILLIES - 46: Strikeouts in 37 Triple-A innings in 2008. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

53. JASON CASTRO C, ASTROS - $2,070,000: His signing bonus, second-largest in Astros history behind Chris Burke's $2.125 million in 2001. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 21

54. MICHAEL INOA RHP, ATHLETICS - $4,250,000: His signing bonus last July, an international record. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 17

55. AARON CUNNINGHAM OF, ATHLETICS - 55: Extra-base hits last year, including nine in the major leagues with Oakland. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

56. JAMES McDONALD RHP, DODGERS - 7: Strikeouts in 51⁄3 scoreless innings against the Phillies in last year's National League Championship Series. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 24

57. GREG HALMAN OF, MARINERS - 29: Home runs between high Class A High Desert and Double-A West Tenn last year. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 21

58. NICK WEGLARZ OF, INDIANS - 71: Walks he drew in 106 games last season, just seven fewer than his strikeout total. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 21

59. BEN REVERE OF, TWINS - .379: Batting average at low Class A Beloit in 2008, tops in the minor leagues. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 20

60. TODD FRAZIER SS/3B/1B, REDS - 52: Extra-base hits between two A-ball stops in 2008. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

61. DAYAN VICIEDO 3B/OF, WHITE SOX - 32: Home runs he hit in three seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional as a teenager. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 20

62. GORKYS HERNANDEZ OF, BRAVES - 83: Runs scored last season at high Class A Myrtle Beach, including eight in the Carolina League playoffs. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 21

63. AARON POREDA LHP, WHITE SOX - 11: Double-A starts (out of 15) in which he pitched at least six innings last year. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

64. MATT DOMINGUEZ 3B, MARLINS - 70: RBIs at low Class A Greensboro in 2008, despite missing six weeks because of mononucleosis. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 19

65. MICHAEL SAUNDERS OF, MARINERS - .286: Batting average for Canada (along with a team-best two home runs) at the Beijing Olympics. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

66. LOU MARSON C, PHILLIES - 9: Errors at Double-A Reading last season, highest total among catchers in the Eastern League, though he threw out 36 percent of basestealers. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

67. JAKE ARRIETA RHP, ORIOLES - 2.87: ERA at high Class A Frederick, tops in the Carolina League in 2008. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 23

68. NICK ADENHART RHP, ANGELS - 156: Innings per season he has averaged over the last three years. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

69. JASON DONALD SS, PHILLIES - 19: Extra-base hits in the Arizona Fall League, which like his average (.407) ranked second in the league. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 24

70. JORDAN WALDEN RHP, ANGELS .212: Opponent average he has allowed in 221 minor league innings. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 21

71. WILSON RAMOS C, TWINS - 78: RBIs at high Class A Fort Myers last season, fourth-best in the Florida State League. ETA 2011.Opening Day Age: 21

72. BRETT CECIL LHP, BLUE JAYS - 118/39: Strikeout/walk ratio in 109 innings in Double-A and Triple-A last year. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 22

73. TAYLOR TEAGARDEN C, RANGERS - 6: Home runs in 47 big league at-bats last year. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 25

74. ADRIAN CARDENAS SS/2B, ATHLETICS - .352: On-base percentage at two minor league stops after getting traded to the Athletics from the Phillies. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 21

75. JOSE TABATA OF, PIRATES - .348: Average at Double-A Altoona after being traded from the Yankees in July, or 100 points higher than his average at Double-A Trenton. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 20

76. CHRIS CARTER 1B/3B/OF, ATHLETICS - 44: Home runs last season, including five in the California League playoffs. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 22

77. JONATHON NIESE LHP, METS - 178: Innings pitched last season, including 14 in three big league starts. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

78. REID BRIGNAC SS, RAYS - .188: Average at Triple-A Durham following a four-game July stint in the big leagues. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

79. JEFF SAMARDZIJA RHP, CUBS - 4.26/2.28: Composite ERAs in the minor leagues and major leagues, where he debuted last year with 28 innings. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

80. DESMOND JENNINGS OF, RAYS - 24: Games played in 2008 because of a back injury, followed by a shoulder injury. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 22

81. BRETT LAWRIE C/3B, BREWERS - 16: Overall position in the 2008 draft, making him the highest-drafted position player ever out of Canada. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 19

82. ADAM MILLER RHP, INDIANS - 91: Average number of innings pitched per season in his five full years in the Indians organization. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 24

83. MICHAEL BOWDEN RHP, RED SOX - 130/29: Strikeout/walk ratio in 144 minor league innings last season. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

84. MAX RAMIREZ C, RANGERS - .311/.410/.512: Career batting line in 1,690 minor league at-bats. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 24

85. KYLE SKIPWORTH C, MARLINS - 36: Percentage of basestealers he threw out in the Gulf Coast League last summer, best mark in the league. ETA 2012. Opening Day Age: 19

86. MARTIN PEREZ LHP, RANGERS - 1: Rank among pitching prospects in the Northwest League last season, even though he was one of the league's youngest players. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 18

87. FREDDIE FREEMAN 1B, BRAVES - .521: Slugging percentage at low Class A Rome last season, second-best mark in the South Atlantic League. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 19

88. GERARDO PARRA OF, DIAMONDBACKS - 20: League-leading doubles mark this winter in the Venezuelan League, where he also batted .329/.404/.504 for Zulia. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 21

89. CARLOS TRIUNFEL SS/2B, MARINERS - 15: Number of months by which he was the youngest regular in the California League last season. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 19

90. DANIEL CORTES RHP, ROYALS - .213/.285: Opponent average against righthanded hitters and lefthanded hitters last season in Double-A. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 22

91. CHRIS PEREZ RHP, CARDINALS - 6: Saves in his first six big league save opportunities during his major league debut last August. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

92. ANDREW BRACKMAN RHP, YANKEES - 0: Number of official professional innings he has pitched since signing with the Yankees in 2007. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 23

93. PHILLIPPE AUMONT RHP, MARINERS - 201: Height in centimeters, making him the tallest Canadian ever drafted. ETA 2011. Opening Day Age: 20

94. BRAD HOLT RHP, METS - 1.87: ERA at short-season Brooklyn, one of four categories in which he led the New York-Penn League. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 22

95. CHRISTIAN FRIEDRICH LHP, ROCKIES - 1.83: Career ERA at Eastern Kentucky, where he went from an undrafted high schooler to the 25th overall pick in 2008. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 21

96. SEAN WEST LHP, MARLINS - 130: Innings pitched last season between high Class A and the Arizona Fall League, after he made just three appearances in the first two months because of blisters. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 22

97. GIO GONZALEZ LHP, ATHLETICS - 3: Number of times he has already been traded—from the White Sox to the Phillies to the White Sox to the Athletics. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

98. DANIEL BARD RHP, RED SOX - 6: Improvement in his walk rate from 2007 to 2008, when he went from 9.4 per nine innings to 3.5. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 23

99. TYLER FLOWERS C, WHITE SOX - .973: Slugging percentage in the Arizona Fall League, which led the league along with his 12 home runs. ETA 2010. Opening Day Age: 23

100. JEREMY JEFFRESS RHP, BREWERS - 50: Games he was suspended last season after testing positive for marijuana near the end of 2007. ETA 2009. Opening Day Age: 21

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