2015 Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects

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PIONEER LEAGUE TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Brendan Rodgers, ss, Grand Junction (Rockies) 11. Willie Calhoun, 2b, Ogden (Dodgers)
2. Tyler Stephenson, c, Billings (Reds) 12. Tanner Rainey, rhp, Billings (Reds)
3. Isan Diaz, ss/2b, Missoula (Diamondbacks) 13. Amalani Fukofuka, of, Idaho Falls (Royals)
4. Marcos Diplan, rhp, Helena (Brewers) 14. Blake Trahan, ss, Billings (Reds)
5. Peter Lambert, rhp, Grand Junction (Rockies) 15. Jake Gatewood, ss, Helena (Brewers)
6. Monte Harrison, of, Helena (Brewers) 16. Marcus Wilson, of, Missoula (Diamondbacks)
7. Marten Gasparini, ss, Idaho Falls (Royals) 17. David Fletcher, ss, Orem (Angels)
8. Taylor Ward, c, Orem (Angels) 18. Johan Cruz, 3b/ss, Great Falls (White Sox)
9. Josh Staumont, rhp, Idaho Falls (Royals) 19. Joe Gatto, rhp, Orem (Angels)
10. Tyler Nevin, 3b, Grand Junction (Rockies) 20. Javier Medina, rhp, Grand Junction (Rockies)

The typical age of Rookie-level Pioneer League prospects is typically evenly split between teenagers and 20-somethings, but this year youth was served with the top seven prospects competing in the league before their 20th birthdays.

Three first-round picks made their pro debuts in the league, with Grand Junction shortstop Brendan Rodgers and Billings catcher Tyler Stephenson ranking as the circuit’s top two prospects. Grand Junction righthander Mike Nikorak, a Rockies first-round pick in June, pitched poorly in eight games and did not log enough innings to qualify for the prospect list.

League MVP Isan Diaz, a shortstop, keyed a league championship for Missoula under first-year manager Joe Mather, whose Osprey took two of three games against Idaho Falls in the finals for a second title in four years. Diaz led the league in five different offensive categories: OPS (1.076), slugging (.640), extra-base hits (44), doubles (25) and total bases (174).

Missoula reached the final round by defeating Billings, last year’s champion, in a three-game series.

Great Falls lefthander Tanner Banks and Billings lefty Ty Boyles earned co-pitcher of the year honors. One of the more notable accomplishments was the 54-game on-base streak by Idaho Falls second baseman D.J. Burt, which began June 28 and ran through the final game of the season.

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