TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Justin Nicolino, lhp, Vancouver (Blue Jays)
2. Cory Spangenberg, 2b, Eugene (Padres)
3. Jose Campos, rhp, Everett (Mariners)
4. Joe Panik, ss, Salem-Keizer (Giants)
5. Jace Peterson, ss, Eugene (Padres)
6. Matt Andriese, rhp, Eugene (Padres)
7. Rougned Odor, 2b, Spokane (Rangers)
8. Jorge Alfaro, c, Spokane (Rangers)
9. Jesus Galindo, of, Salem-Keizer (Giants)
10. Reggie Golden, of, Boise (Cubs)
11. Jabari Blash, of, Everett (Mariners)
12. Ben Wells, rhp, Boise (Cubs)
13. Matt West, rhp, Spokane (Rangers)
14. Pin-Chieh Chen, of, Boise (Cubs)
15. Kevin Quackenbush, rhp, Eugene (Padres)
16. Donavan Tate, of, Eugene (Padres)
17. Zeke DeVoss, 2b, Boise (Cubs)
18. Will Lamb, lhp, Spokane (Rangers)
19. John Barbato, rhp, Eugene (Padres)
20. Kyle Hendricks, rhp, Spokane (Rangers)
The Blue Jays joined the short-season Northwest League this year with an affiliate in Vancouver and wasted little time making an impact. The Canadians boasted the league’s top prospect in lefthander Justin Nicolino, and though he was promoted before the playoffs started, they took down Tri-City to win the first title in the franchise’s 12 years in the NWL.
Nicolino was the lone Vancouver prospect to make this Top 20, though righthanders Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Sanchez would have ranked near the top had they pitched lone enough to qualify. Led by second baseman Cory Spangenberg, Eugene topped all clubs with six players on this list and finished with the NWL’s best regular-season record at 46-30.
Spangenberg and another 2011 first-rounder, Salem-Keizer shortstop Joe Panik, were the best position prospects in the league. The top international player was Everett righthander Jose Campos, who had the NWL’s most electric arm.