|FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE TOP 20
|1. Rick Porcello, rhp, Lakeland (Tigers)
2. J.P. Arencibia, c, Dunedin (Blue Jays)
3. Logan Morrison, 1b, Jupiter (Marlins)
4. Jeremy Jeffress, rhp, Brevard County (Brewers)
6. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Vero Beach (Rays)
7. Sean West, lhp, Jupiter (Marlins)
8. Wilson Ramos, c, Fort Myers (Twins)
10. Michael Taylor, of, Clearwater (Phillies)
11. Todd Frazier, ss/3b, Sarasota (Reds)
12. Drew Stubbs, of, Sarasota (Reds)
14. Jose Ceda, rhp, Daytona (Cubs)
15. Juan Francisco, 3b, Sarasota (Reds)
16. Taylor Green, 3b, Brevard County (Brewers)
18. Francisco Samuel, rhp, Palm Beach (Cardinals)
19. Jonathan Lucroy, c, Brevard County (Brewers)
20. Zach McAllister, rhp, Tampa (Yankees)
The high Class A Florida State League always seems to get a glimpse of
the best pitching prospects in baseball. In 2004, Chad Billingsley and
Scott Kazmir stopped by, followed by Justin Verlander the following
season. Homer Bailey and Yovani Gallardo dueled for the top spot in
2006, while Joba Chamberlain launched his pro career in Tampa last year.
This year David Price, the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, showed
up in Vero Beach, dominated and moved on before he logged enough
innings to qualify for this list. If he had stayed longer, he easily
would have ranked No. 1. With Price out of the running, another pitcher
from last year’s draft claimed the top spot on the prospect list.
Lakeland’s Rick Porcello jumped from high school to high Class A and
had no difficulty looking like he belonged.
Besides Price, there were several other first-rounders who didn’t stick
around long enough to qualify. Dunedin outfielder Travis Snider hit
four homers in 17 games before beginning a rapid ascent to Toronto.
Sarasota first baseman Yonder Alonso, Dunedin first baseman David
Cooper, Fort Myers righthander Carlos Hernandez and Lakeland righty
Ryan Perry also impressed in limited action.