New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects List


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TOP 20
PROSPECTS
1. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Hudson Valley (Devil Rays)
2. Pedro Beato, rhp, Aberdeen (Orioles)
3. Matt McBride, c, Mahoning Valley (Indians)
4. Max Sapp, c, Tri-City (Astros)
5. Kris Johnson, lhp, Lowell (Red Sox)
6. Justin Masterson, rhp, Lowell (Red Sox)
7. Jordan Parraz, of, Tri-City (Astros)
8. Adam Ottavino, rhp, State College (Cardinals)
9. Scott Sizemore, ss/2b, Oneonta (Tigers)
10. Joe Smith, rhp, Brooklyn (Mets)
11. Tim Norton, rhp, Staten Island
(Yankees)
12. Mark Hamilton, 1b, State College
(Cardinals)
13. Justin Maxwell, of, Vermont
(Nationals)
14. Jason Berken, rhp, Aberdeen
(Orioles)
15. George Kontos, rhp, Staten Island
(Yankees)
16. Chris Vinyard, 1b, Aberdeen (Orioles)
17. Mitch Hilligoss, ss/3b, Staten Island
(Yankees)
18. Chris Salamida, lhp, Tri-City (Astros)
19. Wilmer Pino, 2b, Staten Island
(Yankees)
20. Neil Wagner, rhp, Mahoning Valley
(Indians)

Pitchers and catchers stood out the most in the short-season New
York-Penn League, where the position talent was on par with most years
and the pitching seemed a bit stronger than normal, albeit with a
paucity of quality lefthanders.

The best player in the league
probably was Hudson Valley third baseman Evan Longoria, the No. 3
overall pick in the 2006 draft. He dazzled in his pro debut with 21
homers overall, including four in eight NY-P games before moving on.

“I
only saw him for three games, but he just jumped out at me,” said a
scout who popped in for some rare NY-P coverage. “He really opened my
eyes with his power. He just really handled a wood bat very well.”

Longoria
may not even have been the best third-base prospect. Aberdeen’s Billy
Rowell, the ninth overall pick, showed similar hitting ability from the
left side as a 17-year-old. As with Longoria, Rowell’s 11-game cameo
was too short to qualify him for this list, but he left an impression
nonetheless.

“He opened my eyes right away,” Vermont manager Jose Alguacil said. “He hit the ball with real authority.”

The
league’s most intriguing prospect may have been Longoria’s Renegades
teammate, outfielder Josh Hamilton. The No. 1 overall pick in 1999,
Hamilton played low Class A ball with his Hudson Valley manager, Matt
Quatraro. Hamilton hit a soft .260 before needing arthroscopic knee
surgery, another obstacle on his long road to recovery from back and
shoulder injuries and drug addiction.

“All the tools are still
there,” Quatraro said. “He’s more mature, more patient at the plate
now. He’s better equipped now to deal with it all. It’s just a shame he
got hurt.”


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