|AZL TOP 20 PROSPECTS|
|1. Mike Trout, of, Angels
2. Fabio Martinez, rhp, Angels
3. Allen Webster, rhp, Dodgers
5. Randal Grichuk, of, Angels
6. Julio Morban, of/dh, Mariners
7. Adys Portillo, rhp, Padres
8. Rafael Rodriguez, of, Giants
10. Jon Bachanov, rhp, Angels
11. Maverick Lasker, rhp, Brewers
12. Richard Alvarez, rhp, Rangers
13. Edward Concepcion, rhp, Giants
15. Hector Sanchez, c, Giants
16. Tomas Telis, c, Rangers
17. Rolando Gomez, ss, Angels
18. Jonathan Galves, ss/2b, Padres
19. Danny Danielson, rhp, Dodgers
20. Max Walla, of, Brewers
TEMPE, Ariz.—Baseball’s three southern California franchises dominated our Rookie-level Arizona League Top 20 Prospects list. The Angels, Dodgers and Padres combined to produce the five best players and 11 overall, starting with top prospect Mike Trout.
Trout, the 25th overall choice in the 2009 draft, finished second in the batting race at .360, six points behind Indians third baseman Jesus Brito. He was one of the few high-profile draft picks to qualify for the list. Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin (first round), Angels lefthander Tyler Skaggs (supplemental first), Padres outfielder Everett Williams (second), Rangers southpaw Robbie Erlin (third), Cubs lefty Austin Kirk (third) and Athletics lefty Ian Krol (seventh) all would have ranked high on the Top 20 if they had played longer in the AZL.
The most notable absentee from the list is Athletics righthander Michael Ynoa, who signed last year for an international amateur-record $4.25 million. Ynoa was supposed to make his pro debut in the AZL but didn’t take the mound until instructional league after coming down with elbow tenderness.
For the second year in a row, a Padres prospect with the surname of Decker won league MVP honors. But unlike outfielder Jaff, who was No. 2 on our 2008 Top 20, first baseman Cody (no relation) failed to crack our prospects list. Cody, a 22-year-old UCLA alum, made a run at the triple crown with a .354 average and league highs in homers (15) and RBIs (63).