See Also: 2015 League Top 20 Index
See Also: League Top 20 Prospects Historical Index
|NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE TOP 20 PROSPECTS|
|1. Andrew Benintendi, of, Lowell (Red Sox)||11. Stone Garrett, of, Batavia (Marlins)|
|2. Victor Robles, of, Auburn (Nationals)||12. Tyler Alexander, lhp, Connecticut (Tigers)|
|3. Domingo Acevedo, rhp, Staten Island (Yankees)||13. Jose Pujols, of, Williamsport (Phillies)|
|4. Erick Fedde, rhp, Auburn (Nationals)||14. Brandon Koch, rhp, Hudson Valley (Rays)|
|5. Franklyn Kilome, rhp, Williamsport (Phillies)||15. Anfernee Seymour, ss, Batavia (Marlins)|
|6. Luis Alexander Basabe, of, Lowell (Red Sox)||16. Jacob Evans, lhp, State College (Cardinals)|
|7. Kevin Newman, ss, West Virginia (Pirates)||17. Mikey White, ss, Vermont (Athletics)|
|8. Richie Martin, ss, Vermont (Athletics)||18. Kyle Holder, ss, Staten Island (Yankees)|
|9. D.J. Stewart, of, Aberdeen (Orioles)||19. Josh Tobias, 2b, Williamsport (Phillies)|
|10. Jhalan Jackson, of, Staten Island (Yankees)||20. Mark Mathias, 2b, Mahoning Valley (Indians)|
In their first season in the short-season New York-Penn League, West Virginia won the league championship, taking down Staten Island in two games.
It wasn’t an easy road for the Black Bears, who had to defeat a prospect-laden Williamsport team in three games to reach the finals, then had to face Yankees first-round pick James Kaprielian in the series-clinching game. For his part, Kaprielian, the former UCLA righthander selected 16th overall this June, likely would’ve ranked high on this list had he thrown enough innings to qualify.
The Black Bears, at one point, had a 2015 first-rounder of their own in shortstop Kevin Newman, before he got the call to low Class A West Virginia. As is usually the case, the league featured several first-rounders—six ranked on this list—but very few made an immediate impact this summer outside of the No. 1 prospect on this list.
The general consensus among scouts was that the talent this year didn’t match last year’s crop, which included the likes of current Mets big league outfielder Michael Conforto and 2015 Minor League Player of the Year runner-up A.J. Reed. This list is top-heavy, but the prospects at the top drew genuine excitement from managers and scouts alike.