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Mike Leake skipped the minors this year. Can anyone in the 2010 draft come close?

Updated: May 27, 2010, 1:14 PM ET
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Alex WimmersRichard C. Lewis/Icon SMIOhio State's Alex Wimmers could arrive in the majors before anyone else from his class.

Over the past few years we've seen teams get more and more aggressive in promoting college players taken high in the draft through their farm systems, a pattern no longer limited just to college relievers. (It's also probably worth pointing out that taking college relievers high with the goal of rushing to the majors was a decidedly mixed bag, as every Chad Cordero was matched with a Ryan Wagner and a Bill Bray.)

With that one criterion in mind, here's a ranking of the 20 prospects closest to the majors from my top 100 ranking, without regard to ceiling or signability.

1. Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State:
Not the best starter in the class, but arguably the one needing the least development time. He's kind of a poor man's Mike Leake, getting hitters out with off-speed stuff, but without Leake's ability to get ground balls.

2. Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast:
I think he could pitch in the majors inside of a year as a reliever, maybe even this fall, but that's a fantasy, as he's going to be drafted so high that he'll be used as a starter.