See also: International
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Carlos Santana, c, Columbus Clippers (Indians)
2. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Durham Bulls (Rays)
3. Aroldis Chapman, lhp, Louisville Bats (Reds)
4. Jesus Montero, c, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
5. Freddie Freeman, 1b, Gwinnett Braves
6. Zach Britton, lhp, Norfolk Tides (Orioles)
7. Desmond Jennings, of, Durham Bulls (Rays)
8. Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
9. Ivan Nova, rhp, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
10. Daniel Hudson, rhp, Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
11. Brent Morel, 3b/ss, Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
12. Yonder Alonso, 1b/of, Louisville Bats (Reds)
13. Eduardo Nunez, ss/3b, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
14. Jake Arrieta, rhp, Norfolk Tides (Orioles)
15. Brad Lincoln, rhp, Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
16. Jose Tabata, of, Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
17. Ryan Kalish, of, Pawtucket Red Sox
18. Wilson Ramos, c, Rochester (Twins)/Syracuse (Nationals)
19. Andy Oliver, lhp, Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers)
20. Carlos Carrasco, rhp, Columbus Clippers (Indians)
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.
The Triple-A International League had one of its deepest collections of prospects in recent memory in 2010, spotlighting a number of young players who will burst onto the big league scene shortly—if they haven't already.
Several highly regarded talents passed through the IL so briefly that they didn't qualify for inclusion—Syracuse righthander Stephen Strasburg, Lehigh Valley outfielder Domonic Brown and Gwinett lefthander Mike Minor, among others—yet the league did not face a shortage of players worthy for a spot on our Top 20 Prospects list.
Even in a league where plenty of omitted players had strong cases for inclusion, nobody doubted which player belonged at the top. In two months at Columbus, catcher Carlos Santana drew praise for his bat and defensive improvement, and scouts and managers unanimously agreed that he was the IL's No. 1 prospect.
Santana was so impressive that he was the clear choice over Durham righthander Jeremy Hellickson, Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year, and Louisville lefty Aroldis Chapman, who threw the fastest big league pitch ever recorded.