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Scott's top 100 prospect countdown: #51-75

Today will wrap up the bottom half of the top 100, and several Rays are included

Is Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop the next All-Star second baseman from the AL East?
Is Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop the next All-Star second baseman from the AL East?

If you missed the first 25 prospects yesterday, you can check it out here. There's also an explanation for how I arrived at this list. No Rays were included, but there were four players from division rivals that could be competing against the Rays in upcoming years.

75. James Paxton RHP Seattle (62): Paxton has a big body, big fastball and big curveball, but he comes with big control problems too. If he can throw more strikes and improve his changeup, he could start. He also needs to stay healthy, and his career high in innings is just 106.1.

74. Noah Syndergaard RHP Mets (NR): Received from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey trade, Syndergaard offers the Mets another high ceiling arm behind Zack Wheeler much, much higher on this list. He has it all: size, great velocity with a three pitch arsenal, throws strikes and generates a lot of ground balls.

73. Jedd Gyorko 3B San Diego (81): Gyorko has done nothing but hit and hit some more since San Diego drafted him in 2010. His power numbers may be a bit inflated by his minor league home parks, but he should be able to rack up a lot of doubles. I don't think he can play second base though.

72. Jonathan Schoop IF Baltimore (100): Schoop is certainly talented, but the Orioles have had this unusual fascination with rushing him to levels he's not ready for. He's a third or second baseman and has the power to play there, and that was on full display in the World Baseball Classic.

71. Martin Perez LHP Texas (32): Perez has now been on Baseball America's top 100 list five times, and the track record of players like that is spotty. It's time for him to shit or get off the pot, and the young lefty is going to have to throw a lot more strikes to stick in a rotation.

70. Nolan Arenado 3B Colorado (30): Arenado had to work very hard to play acceptable defense at third base, but he couldn't maintain those gains in 2012. His power reverted back to the pre-2011 days where it was average at best, and that's not going to cut it at third base.

69. Trevor Story SS Colorado (NR): Story entered the 2011 draft as a strong defensive shortstop with a questionable bat. Maybe his statline was inflated by the friendly confines of McCormick Field at Asheville. There is some improvement there though, and he's a quality, all-around player.

68. Rymer Liriano OF San Diego (44): Liriano has a nasty habit of getting off to slow starts, but now he's missing the the entire season with Tommy John surgery. He flashes all five tools at times, but they don't translate to baseball production consistently. He's still pretty raw.

67. Jesse Biddle LHP Philadelphia (69): The big lefty grew up a Phillies fan, and he's making steady progress towards pitching at Citizens Bank Park himself. He needs to maintain his fastball velocity more consistently and continue to refine his command, but he's on the right track.

66. Casey Kelly RHP San Diego (55): Kelly will be missing the entire season with Tommy John surgery. Sound familiar? Just after finally turning his athleticism and potential into actual results, he missed most of last season with injuries and will miss this one entirely.

65. Adam Eaton CF Arizona (NR): Eaton started out his professional career as a college hitter beating up on inferior competition. When he's healthy, he can be Arizona's leadoff hitter with great speed, a patient approach and the ability to hit for a high average. He plays a really good center field too.

64. Matt Davidson 3B Arizona (74): Bobby Borchering was taken higher in the 2009 draft for the Diamondbacks, but Davidson soon proved his superiority at the hot corner in the Arizona organization. He's more of a solid player than one with high upside, but he has the power and defense to play third base.

63. Alex Meyer RHP Minnesota (97): The Twins were quite light on pitching heading into this off-season, but they did a great job replenishing depth, starting with Meyer. The tall righty's mechanics improved as a professional, and if he can throw his two plus-plus pitches for strikes, he'll be a handful for the AL Central.

62. Nick Franklin IF Seattle (NR): When Franklin was drafted, he was thought of as a solid defensive shortstop who might not hit. Now, he's a bat-first infielder not likely to play shortstop. He'll hit a lot of doubles, chip in some home runs and offer solid defense at second base.

61. Jake Odorizzi RHP Tampa Bay (71): Odorizzi is just about ready for the majors if he's not already. He could maybe become a #3 starter, but it's more likely that he's a back-end guy that throws four pitches for strikes and accumulates a lot of innings. That's still really valuable.

60. Arodys Vizcaino RHP Cubs (20): There were already a lot of concerns about whether Vizcaino could pitch in a rotation, and his Tommy John surgery last year certainly doesn't ease those concerns. The Cubs can be patient though and hope he develops his changeup to go along with his mid 90's fastball and power curve.

59. Allen Webster RHP Boston (79): Webster has actually been a bit disappointing since reaching AA with the Dodgers in 2011, but his stuff is too good to ignore. He features a hard sinker, a quality changeup and an improving slider, and he really opened some eyes in ML spring training this year.

58. Wily Peralta RHP Milwaukee (52): I really don't know why the Brewers signed Kyle Lohse with no apparent need for a starter. His 2012 season wasn't very good, but he finished the season well in the majors after making some mechanical adjustments. He has great stuff.

57. Bubba Starling OF Kansas City (46): I have to say, I'm just not really enamored with Starling. His ceiling is extremely high which is why he was drafted 5th overall in 2011, but he's extremely raw for his age and very risky. He showed off all of his tools including power and speed last year though.

56. Lucas Giolito RHP Washington (2012 pick): Giolito very well could've been the first prep right hander to go first overall last year, but elbow problems sidelined him for most of his platform season. He eventually succumbed to Tommy John surgery, but if he recovers, he still has a sky high ceiling.

55. Hak-Ju Lee SS Tampa Bay (47): I must be an optimist because I'm still higher on Lee than almost every source. He's got to hit to justify this position though. His defense and speed will always be good, but he has to make contact and find his way on base to take advantage of it.

54. Trevor Rosenthal RHP St. Louis (NR): Rosenthal was okay in the Midwest League in 2011, but he was a breakout star last year and finished in the big league bullpen. He has a great fastball and a deep enough arsenal to start, but the Cardinals seem satisfied to use him in the bullpen.

53. Carlos Martinez RHP St. Louis (36): Carlos Martinez just recently got a work visa to attend spring training, so his season is obviously off to a bit of a slow start. He has a great fastball and curveball plus a developing changeup, but he could end up in the bullpen since he's only listed at 6'0 and 165 pounds.

52. Aaron Sanchez RHP Toronto (NR): Sanchez certainly looks the part of a top of the line pitcher with ideal size and three potential plus pitches. He struck out over 25% of batters in 90.1 innings, but he really needs to improve his command. He's still a pretty risky prospect.

51. David Dahl OF Colorado (2012 pick): Rockies fans certainly need something positive to happen for their franchise, and Dahl's pro debut was certainly positive. He's advanced for a high school hitter with a good feel for contact and some power, and he should be a good center fielder too.

Now that the first half of the list is wrapped up, we're going to start getting into the more sure things, as far as prospects go anyway. #51-100 features a lot of lottery tickets who may never be near one of these lists again, and there are plenty of lower ceiling, ML ready guys too. There will be more Rays in the final two parts.