Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 1/16/12

So we’ve finished the Top 10s. At this point, it’s time to try put all these players into perspective and ask who is the best, which means a Top 100. The Top 100, however, will come a little later (Wednesday and Friday) this week. Today, we’ll look at some players who were outside of the Top 100 but have a chance to make a major jump in the rankings next year by answering some of the questions about them. They aren’t necessarily the ones 101-120, but they are generally the ones with the most potential to make huge strides in the coming year. Without further ado, the list follows in alphabetical order.

Matt Adams 1B (STL): Adams was 22 year old and raked in AA, but he’s a first baseman only and needs to continue to mash when he gets to AAA. Adams has plus to plus-plus power and an improving approach to go along with an above-average hit tool. Everything needs to go right, but he looks like a solid choice to man first base for the better part of this decade.

Oswaldo Arcia OF (MIN): Arcia has plenty of pop in his bat, but a quick promotion to High-A after 20 games in Low-A, Arcia had a rough go of things. He will be 21 relatively soon, so he wasn’t exactly young. But 59 games is a pretty small sample in itself. Arcia is locked into a corner and needs to hit, but the power is very enticing.

Jesse Biddle LHP (PHI): Biddle had a nice season in A-ball, but his fastball sits in the high-80s. There’s belief that there’s some projection there, however, and he’s hit the 90s before. Biddle also has some nice secondary pitches. If the fastball comes around, his stock goes up, but if it doesn’t, questions will remain about his stuff playing in the upper levels.

Jose Campos RHP (NY): His full-season debut couldn’t have gone much better, and it was clearly enough to catch the eye of the Yankees. Campos’ ceiling is clearly evident by the mid-90s or better fastball, but his lack of a second average or better pitch is a serious concern. A man cannot live on his fastball alone, and an improvement in his secondary pitches will send his stock soaring.

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Michael Choice OF (OAK): He has massive power, the speed to steal some bases, and a year of excellent performance in High-A Stockton. The problem is that big offensive numbers are expected in the California League, and his season wasn’t really any better than the one Grant Green put up the season before. And all of that comes before a swing that had him strike out 134 times in 118 games. It’s a bad swing.

Kaleb Cowart 3B (LAA): A weak debut in the rookie Pioneer League put a serious damper on Cowart’s prospect status, but we have to be careful. High schoolers making the transition to pro ball don’t always make smooth transitions as they adjust to new expectations placed on them, and they can make significant rebounds in the next season. But you can’t simply ignore a debut below expectations.

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