ESPN RISE All-Decade Baseball Team

Updated: December 23, 2009, 11:25 AM ET
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Jeff MalmStephen Mally/Icon SMIJeff Malm batted .564 with 17 home runs in leading Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) to a fourth straight state title in 2009.

Editor's Note: These selections were based on high school accomplishments, draft position, All-American honors and professional success. Players are listed at the positions they played in high school, which may not be the same positions they are playing today.

Joe Mauer is decade's top athlete

Catchers

Jeff Clement -- Class of 2002
Marshalltown (Marshalltown, Iowa)

Clement, a catcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates, set a national high school record with 75 career home runs at Marshalltown.

Joe Mauer -- Class of 2001
Cretin-Derham Hall (St. Paul, Minn.)

The ESPN RISE National Player of the Decade was also the greatest two-sport athlete of the decade. He had committed to play quarterback at Florida State before becoming the No. 1 pick of the 2001 MLB draft.

Brian McCann -- Class of 2002
Duluth (Duluth, Ga.)

Before becoming a four-time All-Star with the Atlanta Braves, McCann ripped 42 home runs for nearby Duluth.

Pitchers

Brett Anderson -- Class of 2006
Stillwater (Stillwater, Okla.)

Three years after graduating from Stillwater, Anderson went 11-11 as a rookie with Oakland in 2009. He went 9-0 with a 0.37 ERA, 102 strikeouts and nine walks in 57 innings as a senior.

Chad Billingsley -- Class of 2003
Defiance (Defiance, Ohio)

Billingsley, who has already won 47 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, went 7-2 with a 1.21 ERA, 113 strikeouts and 15 walks in 56 innings as a senior at Defiance.

Matt Cain -- Class of 2002
Houston (Germantown, Tenn.)

Before becoming an All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, Cain benefited greatly when his fastball shot up 86-87 mph as a junior to 92-93 as a senior. That velocity increase helped him strike out 83 in 62 innings during his senior season.

John Danks -- Class of 2003
Round Rock (Round Rock, Texas)

Danks became a first-round pick of the Texas Rangers after going 10-3 as a senior with a 1.61 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 100 innings. Danks, who was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2006, has logged three seasons in the majors.

Gavin Floyd -- Class of 2001
Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.)

Floyd became the No. 4 pick of the 2001 MLB draft (second prep player) after he went 8-2 with a 1.11 ERA, striking out 103 and walking 29 in 63 innings. He went 30-5 during his high school career.

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ESPN RISE MagazineRick Porcello recorded 112 strikeouts as a senior for Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) in 2007.

Cole Hamels -- Class of 2002
Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.)

After missing his junior season with a broken arm, Hamels went 10-0 with a 0.39 ERA as a senior before becoming a first-round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies. Hamels was the 2008 World Series MVP.

Luke Hochevar -- Class of 2002
Fowler (Fowler, Colo.)

Hochevar capped a spectacular prep career by hitting .622 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs and striking out 97 in 47 innings as a senior. He played at Tennessee and was the No. 1 selection in the 2006 MLB draft.

Scott Kazmir -- Class of 2002
Cypress Falls (Cypress Falls, Houston, Texas)

Remember all the hoopla last spring when Patrick Schuster threw four straight no-hitters? Well, Kazmir did that in 2002 while becoming the Baseball America Player of the Year. Kazmir, who went on to become a first-round pick, led the American League in strikeouts in 2007.

Clayton Kershaw -- Class of 2006
Highland Park (Dallas, Texas)

It's taken only three years for Kershaw to go from Texas schoolboy to Los Angeles Dodgers mainstay. Kershaw went 13-0 with a 0.77 ERA as a senior at Highland Park, striking out 139 in 64 innings. He once struck out every batter he faced in a perfect game.

Tim Lincecum -- Class of 2003
Liberty (Renton, Wash.)

Though he still may look like he belongs in high school, Lincecum is already a two-time Cy Young winner with the San Francisco Giants. As a senior at Liberty, he went 12-1 record with a 0.70 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 91 innings.

Rick Porcello -- Class of 2007
Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.)

Porcello, who's already a mainstay in the Detroit Tigers' rotation, was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2007. He led Seton Hall Prep to a 32-1 record by going 10-0 record with a 1.18 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 71 innings.

First Base

Prince Fielder -- Class of 2002
Eau Gallie (Melbourne, Fla.)

Before becoming an MVP candidate with the Milwaukee Brewers, Prince batted .524 with 10 homers and 41 RBIs as a senior at Eau Gallie. Just five years after becoming a first-round pick, Fielder became the youngest player to hit at least 50 homers a season when he bashed 50 in 2007.

Adrian Gonzalez -- Class of 2000
Eastlake (Chula Vista, Calif.)

Gonzalez only played one high school season this decade, but he made the most of it. He batted .624 with 14 homers as a senior before becoming the No. 1 pick of the 2000 MLB draft. He's now a star with the San Diego Padres.

Infielders

Tim Beckham -- Class of 2008
Griffin (Griffin, Ga.)

The EA SPORTS Player of the Year as a senior, Beckham batted .482 with six homers, 41 RBIs and 22 steals. He was MVP of the 2008 Aflac All-American Game and the first pick of the 2008 MLB draft.

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Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesB.J. Upton is one of the many Class of 2002 graduates on the All-Decade team.

J.J. Hardy -- Class of 2001
Sabino (Tucson, Ariz.)

Hardy, who was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Minnesota Twins earlier this month, was an elite pitcher and hitter in high school. He now plays shortstop.

Casey Kotchman -- Class of 2001
Seminole (Seminole, Fla.)

Kotchman batted .402 with five homers, 41 runs scored and 29 RBIs as a senior to earn Gatorade National Player of the Year honors. Kotchman, who was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Boston Red Sox this past season, is a career .269 hitter in the majors.

Mike Moustakas -- Class of 2007
Chatsworth (Chatsworth, Calif.)

As a junior in high school, Moustakas was a key cog on a team that went 35-0 and finished ranked No. 1 in the nation. Moustakas hit 14 homers that year, then came back as a senior and set a state record with 24. He also set a career state record with 52 homers. Moustakas was the first high school player taken in the 2007 MLB draft (No. 2 overall).

Jayson Nix -- Class of 2001
Midland (Midland, Texas)

Nix, who's now with the Chicago White Sox and formerly played for the Colorado Rockies, was one of the nation's top players while at Midland. He batted .451 and scored 61 runs to earn All-American honors as a senior.

Ian Stewart -- Class of 2003
La Quinta (Westminster, Calif.)

While leading La Quinta to a 30-2 record and CIF Southern Section title as a senior, Stewart blasted 16 homers and had 61 RBIs. He was a first-round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies and became a regular starter by 2008.

B.J. Upton -- Class of 2002
Greenbriar Christian (Chesapeake, Va.)

Though he now plays in the outfield with the Tampa Bay Rays, Upton was an infielder in high school. He batted .641 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs as a senior. During the summer of 2001, Upton batted .462 for the USA Junior National Team. He was the second overall pick in the 2002 MLB draft.

Justin Upton -- Class of 2005
Great Bridge (Chesapeake, Va.)

He did one better than his older brother, B.J., by going No. 1 in the MLB draft out of high school. Justin was the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior after batting .508 with 12 home runs and 33 RBIs. Like his brother, it took Justin only two years to make the majors. He was an All-Star this year.

David Wright  Class of 2001
Hickory (Chesapeake, Va.)

Just before the Upton brothers came along, Virginia already had a big-time talent around in Wright. As a senior, he hit .544 with six homers. Now with the New York Mets, Wright is a four-time All-Star.

Outfielders

Rocco Baldelli -- Class of 2000
Bishop Henricken (Warwick, R.I.)

Rhode Island doesn't get many All-American baseball players, but Baldelli was definitely among the nation's top players this decade. He was a consensus All-American as a senior after batting .510 with eight homers, four triples and six doubles. Baldelli spent last season with the Boston Red Sox.

Jeff Francouer -- Class of 2002
Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)

As a senior, Francouer batted .487 with 16 homers, 49 RBIs and 51 runs scored. He led Parkview to Class AAAAA state titles in both 2001 and 2002, hitting 55 homers and driving in 164 runs for his career. Also an elite football player in high school, Francouer now plays for the Mets.

Jason Heyward -- Class of 2007
Henry County (McDonough, Ga.)

Heyward, a 2007 first-round pick by the Atlanta Braves, batted .520 as a senior with eight homers, 32 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Heyward also was a three-time All-State selection. He batted .323 with 17 homers in 2009 across A, AA and AAA ball.

Andrew McCutchen -- Class of 2005
Fort Meade (Fort Meade, Fla.)

Even as an eighth-grader, McCutchen was an elite batter on varsity. As a senior, he batted .474 with eight homers, 45 RBIs and 45 stolen bases. McCutchen was the 11th pick of the 2005 MLB Draft and broke into the majors this year.

Lastings Milledge -- Class of 2003
Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.)

Milledge led the Mustangs to the Class 5A state title as a senior after stealing 43 bases and batting .414. A first-round pick by the New York Mets out of high school, Milledge now plays for the Pirates.

Colby Rasmus -- Class of 2005
Russell County (Seale, Ala.)

Rasmus, who broke into the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals this year, belted 24 homers and drove in 66 runs as a senior while batting .484. He hit .251 with 16 homers and 52 RBI as a rookie in 2009.

Mike Stanton -- Class of 2007
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.)

Stanton who was an all-state caliber player in football and basketball in addition to baseball, batted .393 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs as a senior. He's now in the Florida Marlins organization.

Multi-Purpose

Kyle Drabek -- Class of 2006
The Woodlands (The Woodlands, Texas)

By being named Texas Class 5A Player of the Year twice, Drabek easily earns a spot on this team. Drabek, who went 30-1 on the mound and also slammed 27 home runs during his prep career, is in the Phillies organization.

Zack Greinke -- Class of 2002
Apopka (Apopka, Fla.)

The 2009 American League Cy Young winner, Greinke was just as potent swinging a bat back in high school as he was at pitching. Greinke went 9-2 on the mound with 118 strikeouts in 60 innings as a senior while batting .500 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs.

James Loney -- Class of 2002
Elkins (Fort Bend, Texas)

In case you haven't noticed, the Class of 2002 was phenomenal. Loney was yet another high school player to be selected in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft. As a senior at Elkins, Loney batted .509 while going 9-1 on the mound.

Jeff Malm -- Class of 2009
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)

As least one Class of 2009 player had to make the team. Malm gets the nod after leading Gorman to four straight state titles. He batted .564 with 17 homers and 69 RBIs as a senior.

Sean O'Sullivan -- Class of 2005
Valhalla (El Cajon, Calif.)

O'Sullivan, considered one of the top pitchers-hitters in the history of high school baseball in San Diego, led California with 16 homers as a junior while going 11-1 on the mound. He hit 14 more homers as a senior.

Micah Owings -- Class of 2002
Gainesville (Gainesville, Ga.)
Owings, now with the Cincinnati Reds, batted .448 with 25 homers as a senior while going 12-1 on the mound with 121 strikeouts and a 1.03 ERA. Owings ended his prep career with a state-record 69 homers.

Adam Wainwright -- Class of 2000
Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Ga.)

Now an ace with the St. Louis Cardinals, Wainwright was as much of a hitter as pitcher in high school. He batted at least .500 twice in high school and had 0.89 ERA as a senior.

Delmon Young -- Class of 2004
Camarillo (Camarillo, Calif.)

Young, now with the Minnesota Twins, batted .542 as a junior with 65 hits, 17 homers and 56 RBIs while compiling an ERA of 1.67 ERA in 46 innings on the mound. As a senior, he batted .523 with seven homers and 28 RBIs before becoming the No. 1 pick of the MLB draft.