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'04 Top 106 Pitching Prospects

Rank Name League Level
1 Felix Hernandez Calif A+
2 Jake Stevens SAL A
3 Tyler Clippard Midw A
4 Felix Hernandez Tex AA
5 Yusmeiro Petit SAL A
6 Steven Shell Calif A+
7 Abel Gomez Midw A
8 Matt Cain Calif A+
9 Julio Pimentel SAL A
10 Cesar Jimenez Calif A+
11 Ryan Feierabend Midw A
12 Ronald Bay Midw A
13 Brad Knox Midw A
14 Chuck Tiffany SAL A
15 Billy Petrick Midw A
16 Joe Blanton PCL AAA
17 Dana Eveland Midw A
18 Jonathan Broxton FSL A+
19 Jeff Francis Tex AA
20 Adam Miller SAL A
21 Matt Cain East AA
22 Scott Olsen FSL A+
23 Justin Germano PCL AAA
24 Zach Duke Caro A+
25 Daryl Thompson SAL A
26 Yorman Bazardo FSL A+
27 Clint Everts SAL A
28 Bobby Livingston Calif A+
29 Abe Alvarez East AA
30 Carlos Marmol Midw A
31 Renyel Pinto Sou AA
32 Adam Harben Midw A
33 Adam Harben Midw A
34 Brad Halsey IL AAA
35 Ben Hendrickson IL AAA
36 Joel Zumaya FSL A+
37 Ian Snell East AA
38 Ambiorix Burgos Midw A
39 Kevin Jepsen Midw A
40 Travis Blackley PCL AAA
41 Yusmeiro Petit FSL A+
42 Chris Seddon Sou AA
43 Gavin Floyd East AA
44 Shawn Nottingham Nwest A-
45 Mitch Talbot SAL A
46 Mike Megrew FSL A+
47 Hayden Penn Caro A+
48 Sean Thompson Midw A
49 Francisco Liriano FSL A+
50 Zack Greinke PCL AAA
51 John Danks Midw A
52 Fausto Carmona East AA
53 Chris Seddon Calif A+
54 Scott Mathieson SAL A
55 Carlos Villanueva Midw A
56 Mike Hinckley East AA
57 Calvin Medlock Midw A
58 Edgar Gonzalez PCL AAA
59 Jose Ascanio SAL A
60 Adam Miller Caro B
61 Adam Miller Caro A+
62 Leo Nunez SAL A
63 Jon Connolly FSL A+
64 Clint Brannon Nwest A-
65 Chuck James SAL A
66 Ricky Nolasco Sou AA
67 Travis Chick SAL A
68 Brandon League East AA
69 Ezequiel Astacio Tex AA
70 Hayden Penn East AA
71 Chad Billingsley FSL A+
72 Ryan Rodriguez SAL A
73 Heath Phillips Sou AA
74 Adam Blackley SAL A
75 David Pauley Calif A+
76 Carmen Pignatiello Sou AA
77 Gary Galvez SAL A
78 Fredy Deza SAL A
79 Jon Lester FSL A+
80 Matt Weber Nwest A-
81 Edwin Jackson PCL AAA
82 Virgil Vasquez Midw A
83 Denny Bautista Tex AA
84 Yusmeiro Petit East AA
85 Yusmeiro Petit East A
86 Josh Johnson FSL A+
87 Ismael Ramirez FSL A+
88 Joel Zumaya East AA
89 Anthony Lerew Caro A+
90 Jarod Matthews Sou AA
91 Anthony Reyes Sou AA
92 Davis Romero SAL A
93 Chad Billingsley Sou AA
94 Pat Misch East AA
95 Jo Jo Reyes SAL A
96 Matthew Albers SAL A
97 Jesus Silva Calif A+
98 Gonzalo Lopez SAL A
99 Boof Bonser East AA
100 Ubaldo Jimenez Calif A+
101 Fabio Castro SAL A
102 Anibal Sanchez NYPL A-
103 Santiago Casilla Midw A
104 Wilton Chavez PCL AAA
105 Brandon McCarthy SAL A
106 Scott Kazmir East AA


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Name POS Schools
1 Bryce Harper C Southern Nevada CC
2 Jameson Taillon RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3 Anthony Ranaudo P LSU
4 Drew Pomeranz LHP Mississippi
5 Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
6 Bryce Brentz OF Middle Tennessee State
7 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
8 Zack Cox 3B Arkansas
9 Austin Wilson OF Harvard-Westlake HS, CA
10 Deck McGuire RHP Georgia Tech
11 Karsten Whitson RHP Chipley HS, Bartow, Fla.
12 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
13 Matt Harvey P North Carolina
14 Levon Washington 2B/OF Chipola JC
15 Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami
16 Josh Sale OF Bishop Blanchet HS, SEA
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18 Jedd Gyorko 2B West Virginia
19 Brandon Workman P Texas
20 Stetson Allie 3B St. Edward HS, Lakewood, Ohio
21 Brian Ragira OF Martin HS, Arlington
22 Dylan Covey P Maranatha HS, Pasadena, CA
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24 DeAndre Smelter P Tattnall Square GA
25 Kevin Gausman RHP Grandview HS, Aurora, Colo
26 Cameron Bedrosian P East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, GA
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