2010 MLB Draft Preview: Early Risers

The 2010 MLB Draft is only days away. Our MLB Draft Analyst John Anderson has been beating the bushes to find out what scouts are thinking about the upcoming draft. He recently asked them which prospects they think have a chance to rise quickest to the major leagues.

As bonuses continue to increase, some teams are looking to get an immediate return on their investment, focusing on prospects that will make it to the majors as quickly as possible. I asked four scouts to list the top 15 prospects they think will make it to the majors in the shortest time. Based on those lists, below is a ranking of the 15 prospects who could rise quickest to the major leagues.

1. Deck McGuire, RHP, Georgia Tech
Does not possess one of the best arms in the draft, but he throws strikes, has great command and is very mature.

2. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast
Could be in the bigs within a year, though some say quicker if he was immediately put in the bullpen.

3. Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State
Throws three pitches for strikes with one of the best curves in the draft. Some think he could be ready by fall.

4. Christian Colon, SS, Cal State Fullerton
Glove is ready now and bat could have him ready by mid-season next year.

5. Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas
Best bat in draft, he will be in the majors when his glove is ready.

6. Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Mississippi
Some of the best stuff in the draft when in a groove and healthy.

7. Kevin Munson, RHP, James Madison
Overpowering stuff with fastball at 95 and a nasty slider. Will be a reliever and could fly through a team's farm system.

8. Michael Choice, OF, Texas-Arlington
Best power bat in the draft but will he make contact consistently?

9. Brandon Workman, RHP, Texas
Power arm with command.

10. Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, LSU
If healthy, and that is a huge if. The 2009 version could break camp with a team next spring.

11. Barrett Loux, RHP, Texas A&M
Power arm, mature and should get to Double-A quickly. His stuff will take him from there.

12. Dan Klein, RHP, UCLA
If he stays in the bullpen, he could be this year's Drew Storen.

13. Bryce Brentz, OF, Middle Tennessee State
One of the better bats in the draft but will be challenged as he moves through the upper levels.

14. Sammy Solis, LHP, San Diego
Big, mature and has three above-average big league pitches right now.

15. Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, The Citadel
Can run his fastball up to 96 but will need to work on his off-speed pitches.

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