2015 Southern League Top 20 Prospects

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SOUTHERN LEAGUE TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Miguel Sano, 3b, Chattanooga (Twins) 11. Willson Contreras, c/3b, Tennessee (Cubs)
2. Byron Buxton, of, Chattanooga (Twins) 12. Robert Stephenson, rhp, Pensacola (Reds)
3. Orlando Arcia, ss, Biloxi (Brewers) 13. Aaron Blair, rhp, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
4. Kyle Schwarber, c, Tennessee (Cubs) 14. Jorge Polanco, ss/2b, Chattanooga (Twins)
5. Blake Snell, lhp, Montgomery (Rays) 15. Brandon Drury, 2b/3b, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
6. Max Kepler, of/1b, Chattanooga (Twins) 16. Mallex Smith, of, Mississippi (Braves)
7. Jorge Lopez, rhp, Biloxi (Brewers) 17. Frankie Montas, rhp, Birmingham (White Sox)
8. Tim Anderson, ss, Birmingham (White Sox) 18. Jesse Winker, of, Pensacola (Reds)
9. Jose Berrios, rhp, Chattanooga (Twins) 19. Albert Almora, of, Tennessee (Cubs)
10. Cody Reed, lhp, Pensacola (Reds) 20. Tyrell Jenkins, rhp, Mississippi (Braves)

Construction delays at MGM Park forced Biloxi, in its first season as a Double-A Southern League franchise, to operate as a travel team until its new Mississippi home digs opened on June 6. The Brewers affiliate, which featured Top 10 Prospects in shortstop Orlando Arcia and righthander Jorge Lopez, didn't miss a beat and won a league-best 78 games.

While the Lookouts remained in Chattanooga, they welcomed a new parent organization in 2015, and the Twins made quite an introduction with their top three prospects. Even though outfielder Byron Buxton, third baseman Miguel Sano and righthander Jose Berrios left before the all-star break, Chattanooga won a first-half division title to advance to the SL playoffs.

As luck would have it, Biloxi and Chattanooga, two clubs with fresh outlooks in 2015, met in the SL finals, where the Lookouts (and their league-leading .750 OPS) defeated the Shuckers (and their league-best 3.25 ERA) in five games.

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