See also: GCL
|GCL TOP 20 PROSPECTS|
|1. Gary Sanchez, c, Yankees
2. Miguel Sano, 3b/ss, Twins
3. Justin O’Conner, c, Rays
4. Jake Marisnick, of, Blue Jays
5. Matt Lipka, ss, Braves
6. Juan Urbina, lhp, Mets
7. Jesse Biddle, lhp, Phillies
8. Aaron Altherr, of, Phillies
9. Max Kepler, of, Twins
10. Cito Culver, ss, Yankees
11. Luke Bailey, c, Rays
12. Kellen Sweeney, 3b, Blue Jays
13. Ramon Flores, 1b/of, Yankees
14. K.C. Hobson, 1b, Blue Jays
15. Bruce Rondon, rhp, Tigers
16. Keury de la Cruz, of, Red Sox
17. Christopher Hawkins, 3b, Blue Jays
18. Ryan Brett, 2b, Rays
19. Henry Ramos, of, Red Sox
20. Dixon Machado, ss, Tigers
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.
For the Gulf Coast League, the name of the game was position players. Just three pitchers made the Top 20 Prospects and none made the top five. Lefthander Juan Urbina checked in as the top arm at No. 6. While 2009 was heavy with international signees, the 2010 edition was more balanced with several draft picks making their mark.
The Blue Jays led all teams with four players on the list, two from the 2009 draft who earned a promotion partway through the summer—outfielder Jake Marisnick and first baseman K.C. Hobson—while 2010 draftees Kellen Sweeney and Christopher Hawkins accrued enough playing time to qualify. Toronto could have easily had six make it as righthanders Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Sanchez, taken in the first and supplemental first-round this year, performed well and have upside, but they barely missed the minimum innings requirement.
Competition for a spot on this list also proves difficult because there are 15 teams in the league. Good prospects and high-profile signings can be left out because they struggled and didn’t live up to expectations. Niko Goodrum has a plus-plus arm and is an above-average runner, helping him become a second-round pick of the Twins this year. But he hit .161/.219/.195 in 118 at-bats and didn’t show managers anything that would make them take him instead of others on this list. The same goes for Roberto de la Cruz, a third baseman who signed with the Cardinals for $1.1 million in 2008. He showed impressive power in his second GCL stint, but still doesn’t make enough contact. He barely missed the cut.
In the postseason, the Phillies won their second GCL title in three years, beating the Rays 2-1 in a three-game series.