See also: Carolina League
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Julio Teheran, rhp, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves)
2. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals)
3. John Lamb, lhp, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals)
4. Wil Myers, c, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals)
5. Devin Mesoraco, c, Lynchburg Hillcats (Reds)
6. Randall Delgado, rhp, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves)
7. Chris Dwyer, lhp, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals)
8. Oscar Tejeda, 2b, Salem Red Sox
9. Christian Colon, ss, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals)
10. Jason Kipnis, 2b, Kinston Indians
11. Derek Norris, c, Potomac Nationals
12. Xavier Avery, of, Frederick Keys (Orioles)
13. Will Middlebrooks, 3b, Salem Red Sox
14. Michael Burgess, of, Potomac Nationals
15. Gregory Infante, rhp, Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox)
16. J.J. Hoover, rhp, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves)
17. Ryan Lavarnway, c, Salem Red Sox
18. Tyler Moore, 1b, Potomac Nationals
19. Jordan Henry, 1b, Kinston Indians
20. Santos Rodriguez, lhp, Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox)
Baseball America’s League Top 20 lists
are generated from consultations with scouts and league managers. To qualify for consideration, a player must have spent at least one-third of the season in a league. Position players must have one plate appearance for every league game. Pitchers must pitch 1/3 inning for every league game, and relievers have to have made at least 20 appearances in full-season leagues and 10 in short-season ones.
It was a strong year for talent in the Carolina League, in terms of both star power and catching. Managers and scouts were nearly unanimous in tabbing Myrtle Beach ace Julio Teheran and Wilmington first baseman Eric Hosmer and lefthander John Lamb as the top three prospects.
All three earned promotions to Double-A after tearing up the CL, where they spent a combined seven months.
“Those top three are as good as you’ll find, and I really like Hosmer,” Salem manager Kevin Boles said. “There are some high-end prospects in the league this year.”
The Blue Rocks were especially loaded. Besides Hosmer and Lamb, Wilmington also placed catcher Wil Myers, lefthander Chris Dwyer and shortstop Christian Colon in the upper half of our Top 20 Prospects list.
Myers was one of four catchers to make the Top 20, along with Devin Mesoraco of Lynchburg, Derek Norris of league champion Potomac and Ryan Lavarnway of Salem. The Blue Rocks nearly placed two backstops on the list, as defensive whiz Salvador Perez earned some Sandy Alomar Jr. comparisons and just missed.