|GCL TOP 20 PROSPECTS|
|1. Dante Bichette Jr., 3b, Yankees
2. Ravel Santana, of, Yankees
3. Luis Heredia, rhp, Pirates
4. Brenny Paulino, rhp, Tigers
5. Jose Osuna, 1b/of, Pirates
6. Raul Alcantara, rhp, Red Sox
7. Jose Vinicio, ss, Red Sox
8. Adonys Cardona, rhp, Blue Jays
9. Claudio Custodio, ss, Yankees
10. Danry Vasquez, of, Tigers
11. Jesus Solorzano, of, Marlins
12. Roderick Bernadina, of, Orioles
13. Blake Snell, lhp, Rays
14. Alen Hanson, ss/2b, Pirates
15. Joe Musgrove, rhp, Blue Jays
16. Ethan Stewart, lhp, Phillies
17. Victor Deleon, rhp, Cardinals
18. Eduardo Rodriguez, lhp, Orioles
19. Austin Brice, rhp, Marlins
20. Rafael Montero, rhp, Mets
The Yankees have built one of the most productive international programs in the game, and they used that talent and the early signing of league MVP Dante Bichette to carry them to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League championship. Bichette Jr. and Ravel Santana ranked as the two best prospects in the league, sparking an offense that led the GCL in most categories by a wide margin.
Because most top draft picks don’t sign until the Aug. 15 deadline, few early-rounders qualified for this prospects list. Bichette was the lone exception among the first nine players on this Top 20. He and fellow sandwich picks Blake Snell (Rays) and Joe Musgrove (Blue Jays) were the only 2011 draftees to make the cut.
Though he was just a 25th-round pick after not playing baseball in the spring, Blue Jays left fielder Eric Arce set a GCL record with 14 homers. Scouts liked his power but weren’t impressed with the rest of the 5-foot-9, 205-pounder’s tools.