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Quickest transition

Mark Schlereth talks to a scout about which players will make the quickest transition to the majors.

Updated: May 12, 2008, 3:01 PM ET
By Mark Schlereth | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: While traveling around the country, Mark Schlereth will be talking to MLB scouts and asking them to rank the best players at certain positions and in certain situations. The one rule is that the scout has to have seen the players in action. We also are giving the scouts anonymity so their teams' potential draft plans won't be corrupted. This week's scout is a national scout from a National League team.

Top projected starting pitchers

Buster Posey, C, Florida State: This kid is an obvious player of the year candidate and he drives FSU. He may very well be the best catcher in college baseball and won't spend too much time in the minors.

Pedro Alvarez, 3B, Vanderbilt: A legit five tool player, Alvarez is a clutch player who looks like he'll be able to make the transition to the majors quickly because of his patience at the plate and his power.

Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri: Some team is going to be very lucky to get this kid. He can hit the high 90s and has great offspeed stuff. He also may have more pitches than his former teammate and current MLB rookie phenom Max Scherzer.

Brian Matusz, LHP, San Diego: It's hard not to be impressed when this kid pitches. He has great size at 6'5 and great poise. This season he has ten wins already with an 2.05 ERA.

Justin Smoak, 1B, South Carolina: He's a switch hitter who is equally capable from both sides of the plate. He's also, a pretty good defensive first baseman.

Former All-Pro guard Mark Schlereth joined ESPN in 2002 as an analyst for NFL 2Night, now NFL Live. He brings 12 years of NFL playing experience to the role. Schlereth has also filled in on numerous ESPN radio shows.

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