Sleeper prospects for all 30 teams
These promising youngsters are poised to break out this season
As part of my overall top prospect package, I've highlighted at least one player in each of the 30 organizations who I think can take a big step forward in 2012 and potentially end up on the overall top 100 for 2013, preferably in the middle or at the top of the rankings. Last year's list put 10 guys in the top 100, including Mason Williams, Jonathan Schoop, Xander Bogaerts, Drew Hutchison and A.J. Cole.
Unlike last year, I didn't repeat any sleeper candidates, but would still throw a vote of confidence behind the Rockies' Will Swanner, the Mets' Akeel Morris, the Royals' Yordano Ventura and the Angels' Cam Bedrosian as he comes back from elbow surgery.
Right-hander Parker Bridwell was a late bloomer in his senior year of high school after coming straight from the basketball court to the mound, but is now earning comparisons to A.J. Burnett (on pure ability, that is). He is athletic with a good delivery and feel for his age, showing three above-average to plus pitches but not doing it consistently yet.
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ESPN Insider's Keith Law tracks the game's best prospects throughout the 2012 major league season.