2015 Arizona League Top 20 Prospects

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ARIZONA LEAGUE TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Trent Clark, of, Brewers 11. Jordan Johnson, rhp, Giants
2. Dylan Cease, rhp, Cubs 12. Juan Hillman, lhp, Indians
3. Gilbert Lara, ss, Brewers 13. Jahmai Jones, of, Angels
4. Phil Bickford, rhp, Giants 14. Jonathan Hernandez, rhp, Rangers
5. Demi Orimoloye, of, Brewers 15. Gabriel Mejia, of, Indians
6. Nick Neidert, rhp, Mariners 16. Ricky Aracena, ss, Royals
7. Eric Jenkins, of, Rangers 17. Antonio Santillan, rhp, Reds
8. Jacob Nix, rhp, Padres 18. Angel German, rhp, Dodgers
9. Gerson Garabito, rhp, Royals 19. Jose Herrera, c, Diamondbacks
10. Dakota Chalmers, rhp, Athletics 20. Dylan Thompson, rhp, Mariners

A veteran White Sox team captured its first Rookie-level Arizona League crown after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Mariners 3-2 in the championship game. It wasn’t the first case of playoff dramatics for manager Mike Gellinger’s squad, which started the postseason with an exciting 1-0 win in 11 innings against the Dodgers before defeating the Royals 4-1 in a semifinal game that spanned two days because of inclement weather.

Returning to the AZL after a one-year absence, the Royals dominated the regular season with a 40-16 record, earning veteran skipper Darryl Kennedy manager of the year honors. Reds first baseman James Vasquez, a 25th-round pick in 2015 from Central Florida, was named MVP after leading the league in batting average (.359), home runs (nine), slugging (.669) and OPS (1.084).

Ranking as the league’s top prospect is Brewers center fielder Trent Clark, the No. 15 overall pick in the draft this year and one of three Milwaukee first-year players to rank among the top five.

Young projectable pitchers dominate the prospect landscape, with 12 of the 20 top prospects being hurlers. Giant righthander Phil Bickford, selected 18th overall this year, was the only other first-round pick to garner enough playing time to qualify for the list. However, the highest 2015 draft choice to appear in the AZL was White Sox righthander Carson Fulmer (No. 8 overall), who made his pro debut with a brief one-inning stint before moving up to high Class A Winston-Salem.

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