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01/25/10 1:45 PM EST

MLB Network & MLB.com to unveil the best prospects for the 2010 season

Top 50 Prospects Countdown to debut Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET; New episodes of Prime 9 tonight feature the top nine players from the 1980's and the best nine managers

Secaucus, N.J., January 25 - With less than one month to go until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, MLB Network will raise the curtain on MLB.com's seventh annual ranking of the best young prospects in baseball with Top 50 Prospects Countdown, hosted by MLB Network's Greg Amsinger and John Hart and MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo on Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. PT.

Compiling input from scouting directors, scouts and industry sources, the list, which only includes eligible players with rookie status for the upcoming 2010 season, will consider factors including each player's high upside, closeness to the Major Leagues and potential immediate impact to determine rank. Complete prospect information, including video profiles, scouting analysis and career statistics, will be available exclusively on MLB.com immediately following the program.

The countdowns continue tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network with two new episodes of Major League Baseball Productions' Prime 9 ranking the nine best players of the 1980's, with one selection at each position. View a preview of the episode here. At 8:30 p.m. ET, Prime 9 continues by ranking icons Casey Stengel, John McGraw, Bobby Cox and six other skippers to determine who are baseball's all-time greatest managers. Additional new episodes of Prime 9 will air each week throughout February 2010.

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