Jason Heyward, Stephen Strasburg: Top MLB Prospects Making an Impact In 2010

Rick MillemanCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2010

DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 14: Outfielder Jason Heyward #71 of the  Atlanta Braves takes batting practice before play against the Toronto Blue Jays March 14, 2010 at the Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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On our Consensus Top Prospects list there are nine prospects that stand out from the crowd. These nine are all players expected to spend some time with their big league club this season and five are likely to make an impact. Let’s take a closer examination of these nine and their role in the majors.

Jason Heyward

This guy has superstar written all over him. He’s so good, Atlanta won’t be able to send him down to the minors to start 2010 so they can save money on him as he goes through arbitration. He won’t flash his power this season, but he will be a solid contributor and will be the full time guy in right field. If you are in a keeper league, this is an “all-in” situation.

Stephen Strasburg
, P, WAS

Here is another guy who looks like a future superstar. Leo Mazzone referred to Strasburg’s delivery as “easy gas,” so his mechanics shouldn’t be a problem that can cause injuries. He’s another “all-in” guy for keeper leagues.

Jesus Montero, C, NYY

Montero is the only guy of the nine that might not see time on his Major League squad this season. Think Mike Piazza with this kid in terms of ability with a bat and behind the plate. That being said, he might find himself at a different position than catcher.

Buster Posey
, C, SF

Unlike Montero, Posey will stick at catcher and will be up for good this season. The power is mediocre, but the average will be high. Think Joe Mauer -like potential with less power.

Desmond Jennings
, OF, TB

Jennings is a five-tool athlete who will be Tampa’s center fielder of the future. The only question is when he’ll be center fielder of the present. The assumption is that Carl Crawford will be too expensive to re-sign and B.J. Upton will be moved over to left field to make room for Jennings. He has speed, power, and a contact bat.

Michael Stanton, OF, FLA

Though his time with the Marlins this season will be limited, Stanton should be up for good next year. He’s a serious power bat, but strikeouts will be a concern.

Carlos Santana
, C, CLE

Santana is an all around hitter with power and patience. His defense is solid, but the Indians might hold him down for another year to improve this part of his game.

Brian Matusz
, P, BAL

He has great command of four-plus pitches. With Kevin Millwood to mentor him, Matusz should be on the right track to becoming an elite MLB pitcher.

Neftali Feliz
, P, TEX

Very raw and still developing, but dominated in his time in the Rangers' bullpen last year. Feliz might be in the bullpen again in 2010, but his future is in the rotation.

Rick Milleman is the head fantasy baseball contributor at DraftBuddy.com . Check his annual player projections included in the Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy to help draft your championship team.