|GCL TOP 20 PROSPECTS|
|1. Christian Bethancourt, c, Braves
2. Kelvin De Leon, of, Yankees
3. Reymond Fuentes, of, Red Sox
5. Carlos Perez, c, Blue Jays
6. Adrian Salcedo, rhp, Twins
7. Jonathan Singleton, 1b, Phillies
8. Destin Hood, of, Nationals
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.