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1) Drew Cumberland, 2B/SS
Cumberland is one of the most underrated hitters in the minors, thanks in large part to the fact that he's rarely been healthy enough to show the Padres what he's capable of. He got close to a full season worth of work last year, and he really shined, hitting .350 with 18 doubles, four triples, seven homers and 41 RBI in 75 games, splitting time between High-A and Double-A. One year after racking up four more walks than strikeouts, Cumberland's numbers returned to a more normal rate (16 walks, 45 strikeouts). Cumberland should start the year back in Double-A, where he finished the 2010 season.
2) Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Rizzo has been through enough scathing reviews on his bat and the supposed holes in it aren't going to do too much to dim his confidence. The 21-year-old was diagnosed with lymphoma in mid-2008, endured chemotherapy and was declared cancer free in late 2008. The next season, Rizzo declared he was healthy with his bat. He hit .297 with 12 homers and 66 RBI and 37 doubles. In addition, he showed an impressive eye at the plate, garnering an impressive number of walks. His 2010 season was excellent, and Rizzo emerged as one of the top bats in Boston's system. His average dropped to .260, but he still hit 25 homers and drove in 100 runs, scoring 92 of his own. He rapped 42 doubles and even managed to swipe 10 bases. His strikeout numbers jumped, but he also upped his walk total.
3) Reymond Fuentes, OF
Fuentes was somewhat of a surprise pick when the Red Sox selected him 28th overall in 2009. Since then, Fuentes has fulfilled the promise that the Sox saw in him. In his rookie ball debut, he hit .290 in 40 games with 16 runs scored, 14 RBI and nine steals. The Sox sent Fuentes to Low-A ball in 2010, where he held his own as a 19-year-old, hitting .270 with 15 doubles, five triples, five homers and 41 RBI. Any flaws Fuentes displayed were minor in comparison to his pluses. He profiles as a typical leadoff hitter, with plus-plus speed and a seasoned bat. Fuentes certainly has the bloodlines to succeed. He's a cousin of Carlos Beltran, and he's often been compared to Johnny Damon and Jacoby Ellsbury.