2015 South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects

See Also: 2015 League Top 20 Index

See Also: League Top 20 Prospects Historical Index


SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Yoan Moncada, 2b, Greenville (Red Sox) 11. Ariel Jurado, rhp, Hickory (Rangers)
2. Jorge Mateo, ss, Charleston (Yankees) 12. Jairo Beras, of, Hickory (Rangers)
3. Ozzie Albies, ss, Rome (Braves) 13. Jomar Reyes, 3b, Delmarva (Orioles)
4. Javier Guerra, ss, Greenville (Red Sox) 14. Malquin Canelo, ss, Lakewood (Phillies)
5. Rafael Devers, 3b, Greenville (Red Sox) 15. Cole Tucker, ss, West Virginia (Pirates)
6. Luis Ortiz, rhp, Hickory (Rangers) 16. Spencer Adams, rhp, Kannapolis (White Sox)
7. Touki Toussaint, rhp, Rome (Braves) 17. Tyler Kolek, rhp, Greensboro (Marlins)
8. Braxton Davidson, of, Rome (Braves) 18. Luis Guillorme, ss, Savannah (Mets)
9. Yeudy Garcia, rhp, West Virginia (Pirates) 19. Ryan O'Hearn, 1b, Lexington (Royals)
10. Michael Kopech, rhp, Greenville (Red Sox) 20. Rhys Hoskins, 1b, Lakewood (Phillies)

Much like a farmer tending his fields, managers and coaches work with what they are given. Some years it rains a lot, while other years see drought conditions.

In some years, ranking just 20 prospects in the low Class A South Atlantic League seems restrictive. With 14 teams, the league often contains too many quality prospects to rank.

This is not one of those years, however. Scouts and managers came away less impressed with SAL talent this year than that of any recent year.

Greenville fielded a loaded lineup that featured four of the top 10 prospects in the league, and plenty of shortstops littered SAL rosters, but when it came to pitching, the league was lacking. Some of the pitchers with top-of-the-scale fastballs, such as Greensboro's Tyler Kolek, Rome's Touki Toussaint and Greenville's Michael Kopech, need to develop their control and secondary pitches. Those with solid feel and secondary offerings, such as Kannapolis' Spencer Adams and Jordan Guerrero, didn't have above-average velocity.

Savannah’s well-rounded team posted the league’s best record, but Hickory, led by a pitching staff that included two Top 20 Prospects, won the SAL title.

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