Thirty sleeper prospects to watch in 2011 

January, 28, 2011

I've highlighted at least one prospect in each of the 30 organizations who I think can take a big step forward in 2011 and potentially end up on the overall Top 100 for 2012. Last year's list put six guys in the Top 100, including Michael Pineda, Hak-Ju Lee and John Lamb. I have repeated three names from last year who remain breakout candidates but didn't progress enough in 2010 to make this year's main rankings.

I use the 20-80 grading scale in these comments to avoid saying "average" and "above average" repeatedly. On that scale, a grade of 50 equals major league average; 55 is above-average, 60 is plus, 45 is fringy or below-average, and so on. Mike Stanton has 80 raw power. Bengie Molina has 20 speed. An average fastball for a right-hander is 90-92, with 1-2 mph off for a lefty.

Baltimore Orioles

Curacao native Jonathan Schoop played the 2010 season at age 18, but the shortstop hit well in the advanced Appalachian League and earned a brief call-up to high-A Frederick. He's getting stronger with projected above-average power, a good arm and the feet and hands to play somewhere in the infield, probably third base.