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Gio Gonzalez
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Drafted: '04, 1st round (38 overall)
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2008

The lefty just can't stay put. For the third time in three years, Gonzalez was traded, this time from the White Sox to the Oakland A's in the Nick Swisher deal. He's coming off a very successful year in the White Sox organization, leading the Minor Leagues in strikeouts while keeping Southern League hitters scratching their heads all season long. Gonzalez can throw three pitches for strikes, with a solid average to above-average fastball, one of the best curveballs in the Minors and a pretty good changeup. There's been some concern about his durability because of his size, but he's reached 150 innings in each of the past two seasons, answering most of those questions.

It's clear Gonzalez, at the very least, is ready to move up after two seasons at the Double-A level. That might mean a year of Triple-A at age 22, which certainly wouldn't hurt. The move to Oakland could speed his elevation to the big leagues with a rotation spot up for grabs this spring.