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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

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1.
Matt Wieters, c, Norfolk (Orioles)

2. Tommy Hanson, rhp, Gwinnett (Braves)

3. Andrew McCutchen, of, Indianapolis (Pirates)

4.
Chris Tillman, rhp, Norfolk (Orioles)

5. Wade Davis, rhp, Durham (Rays)

6. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Durham (Rays)

7. Austin Jackson, of, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)

8.
Matt LaPorta, of/1b, Columbus (Indians)

9.
Hector Rondon, rhp, Columbus (Indians)

10. Reid Brignac, ss, Durham (Rays)

11.
Jake Arrieta, rhp, Norfolk (Orioles)

12. Fernando Martinez, of, Buffalo (Mets)

13. Jose Tabata, of, Indianapolis (Pirates)

14. Drew Stubbs, of, Louisville (Reds)

15. Michael Brantley, of, Columbus (Indians)

16.
Jon Niese, lhp, Buffalo (Mets)

17. Carlos Carrasco, rhp, Lehigh Valley (Phillies)/Columbus (Indians)

18. Ross Detwiler, lhp, Syracuse (Nationals)

19. Ian Desmond, ss, Syracuse (Nationals)

20. Chris Heisey, of, Louisville (Reds)

To be eligible for a league’s list, a
pitcher must have thrown 1/3 inning for each team game or have made 20
appearances (10 in short-season and rookie-level leagues). Hitters need
one plate appearance for each team
game.

The industry consensus at the start of the season was that the two best prospects in baseball were Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and Rays lefthander David Price. Both began the year in the Triple-A International League, with Wieters staying in Norfolk just long enough to lock down the No. 1 spot on our IL Top 20 Prospects list. Price departed Durham too soon to qualify.

Ranking right behind Wieters are two prime National League rookie of the year candidates, Gwinnett righthander Tommy Hanson and Indianapolis center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Both foreshadowed strong big league debuts by tearing up the IL for the first two months of the season.

Durham center fielder Desmond Jennings would have challenged McCutchen for the third spot on the list if a late-season quad injury hadn’t left him seven plate appearances short of qualifying. Even without Price and Jennings, the Bulls put a league-high three players on our IL Top 10: righthanders Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson, and shortstop Reid Brignac. In September, Hellickson and Jennings helped Durham win the IL title and the Triple-A championship.

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