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By Peter Gammons
Special to ESPN.com
On your way
2. Pat Burrell, Philadelphia. In his first full major-league season he hit 27 homers and knocked in 89 runs. Those numbers will seem paltry, soon.
3. Adrian Beltre, L.A. Last spring he had a hole in his side from a botched operation, had lost 20-25 pounds and could barely swing a bat. He'll arrive in Vero Beach this spring looking like a lightheavyweight. .300/ 30 HR/.900 OPS is imaginable.
4. Alfonso Soriano, Yankees. So much was focused on what he couldn't do, like the .304 on-base percentage. But he had 18 homers and 43 steals and was asked to learn a new position (second base)and adjust to walking just three times in the first two months. His learning capacity seems very high, and given his immense physical ability, could ride improvement -- what does he do if he goes from a .304 to a .340 OBP? -- to becoming a major force.
5. Carlos Lee, White Sox. After a second half slide trying to pull too much, he is at the point in his career where he is ready to mash. He's going to be hitting seventh, so there will be a lot of garbage numbers, as well. He can afford to improve his patience down there.
6. Erubiel Durazo, Arizona. Just let him play.
8. Juan Uribe, Colorado. Ohmygod talent.
9. Daryle Ward, Houston. How Jimy Williams configures the Ward/Lance Berkman/Richard Hidalgo defense may give Brian Hunter a lot of face time, but the Astros believe 1. that all Ward needs is at-bats and 2. he will hit good right-handed pitching.
10. Ramon Hernandez, Oakland. Impatience has held him back in the big leagues, but after being the Baseball America Player of the Year this winter, he has two minor league and one winter ball batting titles and the capability of being an All-Star level catcher. Honorable mentions: Marcus Giles, Atlanta, depending on playing time; Corey Patterson, Cubs; Brad Wilkerson, Montreal.
2. Jason Marquis, Atlanta. The 2.69 second half ERA may be an indicator of what's to come as he becomes a regular starter.
3. Danys Baez, Cleveland. Three plus pitches, very intelligent ... As the Indians reinvent themselves from the 1995 Indians to the '54 Tribe, Baez is a vital cog.
4. Brandon Duckworth, Philadelphia. A lot to ask of someone with 11 career big-league starts, but he is the first of many talented young Phillies pitchers.
6. Derek Lowe, Boston. Now in his third life as a starter, if he has the sinker (3.57 GB/FB in an off year) to get a lot of easy outs, a good curveball and the makings of a plus change. He may now be mature enough to endure sitting for four days.
7. Sidney Ponson, Baltimore. The stuff to be a No. 2 starter has always been there, the maturity hasn't. He reportedly has dedicated himself this winter to physical and mental conditioning.
8. Joel Pineiro, Seattle. He may start the spring in the bullpen, but he may not last long there.
9. Matt Anderson, Detroit. This is his chance, and the second half of 2001 was an encouraging beginning.
10. Odalis Perez, L.A. Maybe a lot of us -- including Braves manager Bobby Cox -- were wrong, but he has the arm and the savvy to be a legit third starter.
11. Scott Schoeneweis, Anaheim. A consistent changeup from winning 16-18 games.
Honorable mention: Carl Pavano, Montreal; Brian Lawrence, San Diego (Rick Reed II?); Chad Fox, Milwaukee, if healthy, defines "nasty;" Victor Zambrano, Tampa Bay, who just may be the best of that entire staff in the right situation; Jon Garland, White Sox.
Each team started in 1977.
In a little while
It could've been me
Then, how did that World Series end?
I was in the house when the house burned down
Feets don't fail me now
Shipwrecked in the '80s
1996: Cleveland/Mets, .293
I'm a wild, wild woman and you're a very lucky man
Bury my heart on the Jersey shore
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