|CALIFORNIA LEAGUE TOP 20
|1. Trevor Cahill, rhp, Stockton (Athletics)
2. Carlos Santana, c, Inland Empire (Dodgers)
3. Lars Anderson, 1b, Lancaster (Red Sox)
4. Brett Anderson, lhp, Stockton (Athletics)
6. Tim Alderson, rhp, San Jose (Giants)
7. Pablo Sandoval, c, San Jose (Giants)
8. Josh Reddick, of, Lancaster (Red Sox)
10. Cedric Hunter, of, Lake Elsinore (Padres)
11. Julio Borbon, of, Bakersfield (Rangers)
12. Jordan Walden, rhp, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
13. Greg Halman, of, High Desert (Mariners)
14. Chris Carter, 1b, Stockton (Athletics)
15. Carlos Triunfel, ss, High Desert (Mariners)
16. Sean Doolittle, 1b, Stockton (Athletics)
18. Sean O’Sullivan, rhp, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
19. Josh Donaldson, c, Stockton (Athletics)
20. Kellen Kulbacki, of, Lake Elsinore (Padres)
While the high Class A California League didn’t open the season with a true í¼berprospect on any of its rosters—at No. 36, Stockton lefthander Brett Anderson was the highest-ranked player in BA’s Top 100 Prospects—it still had plenty of talent. Several players made progress that should give them more prominent places in the next Top 100.
The league’s most talented team was Stockton, which won the 11th Cal League title in franchise history and the first since 2002. The Ports reflected a resurgent Athletics farm system, placing five players on this Top 20 list, including the two best pitching prospects in the league, Trevor Cahill and Anderson. Several other Ports earned considerations as well, such as catcher Josh Donaldson and outfielders Corey Brown and Matt Sulentic.
In addition to pitching for the Ports, Anderson and Cahill also pitched for Team USA in the Beijing Olympics. Like many of the players on this list, they were gone by season’s end, on to bigger and better things.