Mayo's Top 50 Prospects
2005 Club: Mississippi/Atlanta ETA in Majors: 2005 Preseason Rank: --
He's getting valuable experience as Johnny Estrada's backup in a pennant race. He should be ready to compete for the full-time job next year.
2005 Club: Bakersfield/Frisco ETA in Majors: 2006 Preseason Rank: --
Diamond was drafted a year ago with the hopes he'd be a fast-tracker. He hasn't disappointed, making it to Double-A after dominating the California League in his first full season.
2005 Club: Charlotte/Chicago ETA in Majors: 2005 Preseason Rank: --
After that unreal spring, you knew he'd see at least a little of Chicago. His five big league starts haven't been stellar, but to his credit, he's pitched very well in Triple-A over the last month and change (2.70 in July and August) after yo-yoing a bit.
2005 Club: Clearwater/Reading ETA in Majors: 2006 Preseason Rank: 34
As always, when he's on the mound, he's dominant. He missed some more time recently with a minor back injury. Of course, he's still only 21 and if he can avoid injuries for more than a month, he'll be ready for the bigs.
2005 Club: Norwich (Double-A) ETA in Majors: 2006 Preseason Rank: 28
An awful July inflates Merkin the Magnificent's otherwise fine season. He pitched out of the pen in his last three outings -- are the Giants going to call for relief help soon?
2005 Club: Mahoning Valley/Kinston ETA in Majors: 2007 Preseason Rank: 11
Sure, he's dropped. But it's a testement to his abilities that he's still in the top 50 despite not having thrown a competitive pitch until late June.
2005 Club: Salt Lake City (Triple-A) ETA in Majors: 2006 Preseason Rank:45
Mathis continues to climb back up the prospect charts with a solid campaign following his forgettable 2004 season.
2005 Club: Jacksonville (Double-A) ETA in Majors: 2006 Preseason Rank: 16
The 21-year-old seems to be getting stronger late in the year, going 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 57 K's in 46 innings spanning July and August. His walk rate, strikeout rate and batting average against have been outstanding.
2005 Club: Tacoma (Triple-A) ETA in Majors: 2006 Preseason Rank: --
One of the stars of the Futures Game, Choo has slowed down after a hot start, but the 23-year-old Korean's skills are undeniable. He's even picked up three big league at-bats this season.
2005 Club: Stockton/Midland ETA in Majors: 2007 Preseason Rank: 29
It's hard not to like a teenager who continues to hit, with some pop, when he gets promoted to Double-A, even if he's not a catcher anymore.