Florida State League Top 20 Prospects List


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TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Jay Bruce, of, Sarasota Reds
2. Cameron Maybin, of, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers)
3. Jake McGee, lhp, Vero Beach Devil
Rays
4. Wade
Davis, rhp, Vero Beach
Devil Rays
5.
Johnny Cueto, rhp, Sarasota
Reds
6. Carlos
Carrasco, rhp, Clearwater
Threshers (Phillies)
7.
Ian Kennedy, rhp, Tampa
Yankees
8.
Deolis Guerra, rhp, St. Lucie Mets
9. Jose Tabata, of, Tampa Yankees
10. Austin Jackson, of, Tampa Yankees
11. Chris Volstad, rhp, Jupiter Hammerheads
(Marlins)
12.
Alcides Escobar, ss, Brevard
County Manatees
(Brewers)
13.
Tyler Colvin, of, Daytona Cubs
14. Josh Outman, lhp, Clearwater Threshers
(Phillies)
15.
Adam Ottavino, rhp, Palm Beach
Cardinals
16. Brett
Sinkbeil, rhp, Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins)
17. Frank Cervelli, c, Tampa Yankees
18. Eduardo Morlan, rhp, Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
19. Jeff Samardzija, rhp, Daytona
Cubs
20. Rhyne
Hughes, 1b, Vero Beach Devil Rays

The
high Class A Florida State League normally is a pitcher’s paradise. Teams allow
their top arms to stay in the warmth of the Sunshine State early in the year
when it’s cold elsewhere, and the ballparks, used for big league spring
training, are spacious.

This year, for a change, it was
two outfielders who left league observers amazed. Sarasota’s
Jay Bruce and Lakeland’s Cameron Maybin were the
best position prospects the league has seen since Joe Mauer played for Fort Myers in 2003. They
were the first pair of hitters to top our FSL prospect list since Mark Teixeira
and Jose Reyes ranked 1-2 five years ago.

“The best
players in the league by far were Jay Bruce and Cameron Maybin,” Jupiter
manager Luis Dorante said. “They’re both talented five-tool
players.”

While Bruce and Maybin stood out the most,
the FSL’s mound talent was still impressive. The next six prospects on this
list are pitchers, led by Vero Beach
teammates Jake McGee and Wade Davis. That group doesn’t include Tampa’s Joba Chamberlain,
who would have ranked right behind Bruce and Maybin had he not fallen seven
innings short of qualifying.

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