Written By: Matt Vereb

USA Today released its annual scouting report, profiling the topĀ  100 MLB prospects going into the 2010 season.

Here’s my breakdown and analysis on the list:

Immediate Impact: #1 Neftali Feliz, SP, Rangers

Feliz was one prospect acquired in trade from Atlanta in 2007 in exchange for Mark Teixeira. In 30 innings with the Rangers last season, Feliz recorded 39 K’s, 1.74 ERA, allowing 13 hits, and 6 runs. Perez features a 95+ MPH fastball with a devastating slider. Scout have compared Perez to New York Mets closer, Francisco Rodriguez. Feliz is expected to compete for a rotation spot in Spring Training. In time, I expect Feliz to pitch out of the bullpen for Texas. He has that ‘wow’ factor that few 21-year-old prospects have. Look for him early in the 2010 season. Feliz is my Rookie of the Year pick. (I predicted Evan Longoria in 2007).

Most Intriguing Prospects: #11 Jon Niese, P, New York Mets; #17 Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants; #31 Steven Strasburg, SP, Washington Nationals; #36 Aroldis Chapman, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Niese is the only prospect of the group that will be expected to perform immediately at the big league level. Niese threw 25 innings for the Mets last season recording 18 K’s. Posey, the top catching prospect in baseball, will be expected to back up Bengie Molina in San Francisco. If he has a good spring, Posey could start for the Giants. Strasburg and Chapman have plus fastballs, but must learn how to pitch to Major League hitters. Expect both pitchers to find their way to the Majors before the end of the season.

Most Over-Hyped Prospect: #40 Michael Bowden, SP, Boston Red Sox

Bowden has to be one of the most over-hyped prospects on the list. Bowden has a 3.15 ERA in Single and Double A ball. Bowden was knocked around in his 2009 Major League appearances. In 8 games with the Red Sox, Bowden had a 9.56 ERA, yielding 23 hits in 16 innings. Yankee fans can remember knocking Bowden around in his only appearance against the team last season. I’m not writing Bowden off due to his small big-league sample size, but he’s not the 40th best prospect in the game.

Who New York Wants to See: #66 Jesus Montero, C, Yankees

Montero, 20, has received a ton of hype throughout the Yankee organization. Many drool over Montero’s bat. Montero has smashed 17 Home Runs in each of the past two seasons in the minor leagues(A+AA). The Yankees even offered Montero straight up for pitcher, Roy Halladay. Many wonder whether Montero’s defense is good enough to become the Yankees full-time catcher in the coming years. Montero may get some Major League at-bats this season, barring injury. Jorge Posada is 38-years-old, so anything can happen. I want to see Jesus Montero in pinstripes this season.