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GCL TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Christian Bethancourt, c, Braves

2. Kelvin De Leon, of, Yankees

3. Reymond Fuentes, of, Red Sox

4.
Jarred Cosart, rhp, Phillies

5. Carlos Perez, c, Blue Jays

6. Adrian Salcedo, rhp, Twins

7. Jonathan Singleton, 1b, Phillies

8. Destin Hood, of, Nationals

9.
Tanner Bushue, rhp, Astros

10. Domingo Santana, of, Phillies

11. B.J. Hermsen, rhp, Twins

12. Roman Mendez, rhp, Red Sox

13. Billy Hamilton, ss, Reds

14. Eury Perez, of, Nationals

15. Brooks Pounders, rhp, Pirates

16. Yorman Rodriguez, of, Reds

17. Caleb Brewer, rhp, Braves

18. Jonathan Villar, ss, Phillies

19. Melvin Mercedes, rhp, Tigers

20. Daniel Tuttle, rhp, Reds

As usual, the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League was filled with young, raw prospects who flashed impressive tools but still needed plenty of seasoning. International position players dominated our GCL Top 20 list, starting with Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt, Yankees outfielder Kelvin DeLeon and Red Sox outfielder Reymond Fuentes.

Bethancourt, a Panamanian, was the top catcher on the international market in 2008, while DeLeon signed for $1.1 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2007. Fuentes, a Puerto Rican, was subject to the draft, and Boston selected him 28th overall in June.

The Phillies have an affinity for signing raw athletes who offer projection but require plenty of polish, so it was no surprise that they led all organizations with four players on our GCL list: righthander Jarred Cosart, first baseman Jonathan Singleton, outfielder Domingo Santana and shortstop Jonathan Villar. Philadelphia’s top pick (second round) in the 2009 draft, outfielder Kelly Dugan, didn’t make the Top 20 but showed some potential as a switch-hitter with a solid frame and average speed.

Several 2009 draftees played well in the GCL but didn’t log enough playing time to qualify for our rankings. Yankees catcher J.R. Murphy (second round), Pirates righthander Trent Stevenson (seventh) and Orioles lefty Aaron Wirsch (seventh) fell into that group.

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