New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

While 2008 was a strong year for the New York-Penn League, with catchers (led by Jason Castro and Derek Norris) and power arms (topped by Adam Reifer and Brad Holt) in abundance, most evaluators were disappointed by the short-season league's talent level in 2009. Lowell outfielder Ryan Westmoreland is a legitimate blue-chip prospect and Williamsport's Sebastian Valle established himself as one of the top young catchers in the lower minors, but the position-player crop dropped off quickly after that. The players who performed best lacked elite tools and easy profiles, while the players with the biggest tools performed poorly.

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