See also: Florida State
|FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Matt Moore, lhp, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays)
2. Chris Archer, rhp, Daytona Cubs
3. Jacob Turner, rhp, Lakeland Flying Tigers
4. Dellin Betances, rhp, Tampa Yankees
5. Travis D’Arnaud, c, Dunedin Blue Jays
6. Tony Sanchez, c, Bradenton Pirates
7. Brett Jackson, of, Daytona Cubs
8. Anthony Gose, of, Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)/
Dunedin Blue Jays
9. Trevor May, rhp, Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
10. Wilmer Flores, ss, St. Lucie Mets
11. Adieny Hechavarria, ss, Dunedin Blue Jays
12. Henderson Alvarez, rhp, Dunedin Blue Jays
13. Adam Warren, rhp, Tampa Yankees
Liam Hendriks, rhp, Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
15. Joe Cruz, rhp, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays)
16. Diego Moreno, rhp, Bradenton Marauders (Pirates)
17. Francisco Martinez, 3b, Lakeland Tigers
18. Jhan Marinez, rhp, Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins)
19. Melky Mesa, of, Tampa Yankees
20. Andrew Brackman, rhp, Tampa Yankees
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.
Pitching is usually the story in the high Class A Florida State League, and a lack of elite position prospects made a strong crop of pitchers even more notable in 2010. They claimed the first four spots on our FSL Top 20 Prospects list, led by minor league strikeout leader Matt Moore of Charlotte. Daytona’s Chris Archer, Lakeland’s Jacob Turner and Tampa’s Dellin Betances also showed frontline-starter stuff.
By contrast, there were few FSL hitters with solid-average power. The league’s home run leader, Dunedin first baseman Michael McDade, lacks a second average tool. The FSL batting and slugging champ, Charlotte outfielder Stephen Vogt, showed some athleticism and saw some duty behind the plate, but he was a 25-year-old in a league filled with 20- and 21-year-olds.
The Top 20 would have been even more pitching heavy if several other talented arms hadn’t earned quick promotions. Fort Myers’ Kyle Gibson, Bradenton’s Bryan Morris, Daytona’s Trey McNutt and Tampa’s Manny Banuelos and Hector Noesi all came within one start of qualifying for and making the list.