Top rookie prospects for 2010 

February, 2, 2010
Several of you asked in chat and via e-mail about prospects who didn't make last week's top 100 but might have major league impact in 2010, which prompted this list of 10 players who fit that description because they're good prospects (just not good enough for the top 100) and either already have a line on a major league gig for this year or are well-situated to nab one early in the year. This excludes top 100 prospects who are currently projected to hold regular jobs in the majors this year, like Jason Heyward (No. 1), Brian Matusz (No. 11), Neftali Feliz (No. 13), or Alcides Escobar (No. 54), or players like Chris Carter or Drew Storen, who could see significant playing time in 2010 but might not get it till midyear. For full scouting reports on those guys, check out the top 100 prospects ranking.

St. Louis CardinalsLance Lynn, RHP: The Cardinals currently have four starters in their Opening Day rotation, one of whom, Kyle Lohse, has a job as much because of his contract as his recent performance. Lynn spent the bulk of 2009 in Double-A and finished with one start in Triple-A (punching out nine of the 28 batters he faced), so while he might not land in the majors on Opening Day, he's a good bet to be the first or second starter recalled when the Cardinals need somebody. Lynn has a four-pitch mix, all pitches average but nothing plus, led by a solid-average fastball with good tailing sink that generates some ground balls and helps him keep the ball in the park, and two breaking balls to change hitters' eye levels and move the ball around the zone. Lynn's also a strong competitor who pitches very aggressively, and I think he'll go after big league hitters like a veteran when he gets the opportunity. Lefty Jaime Garcia, back from 2008 Tommy John surgery, could also see time in the Cardinals' rotation, but his potential innings total for 2010 is limited.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer