See also: Northwest League
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Jurickson Profar, ss, Spokane Indians (Rangers)
2. Michael Choice, of, Vancouver Canadians (Athletics)
3. Jedd Gyorko, 3b, Eugene Emeralds (Padres)
4. Mike Olt, 3b, Spokane Indians (Rangers)
5. Chad Bettis, rhp, Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies)
6. Matt Lollis, rhp, Eugene Emeralds (Padres)
7. Erik Stavert, rhp, Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies)
8. Rymer Liriano, of, Eugene Emeralds (Padres)
9. Adys Portillo, rhp, Eugene Emeralds (Padres)
10. Miguel de los Santos, lhp, Spokane Indians (Rangers)
11. Kellin Deglan, c, Spokane Indians (Rangers)
12. Keyvius Sampson, rhp, Eugene Emeralds (Padres)
13. Jake Skole, of, Spokane Indians (Rangers)
14. Zach Walters, ss, Yakima Bears (Diamondbacks)
15. Yoervis Medina, rhp, Everett AquaSox (Mariners)
16. Jared Hoying, of, Spokane Indians (Rangers)
17. Stephen Pryor, rhp, Everett AquaSox (Mariners)
18. Josh Slaats, rhp, Tri-City Dust Devils (Rockies)
19. Rico Noel, of, Eugene Emeralds (Padres)
20. Jake Dunning, rhp, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Giants)
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.
Neither team won the championship, but Spokane and Eugene dominated our short-season Northwest League Top 20 Prospects list.
Spokane won the Eastern Division with a 43-33 record and advanced to the playoff finals, led by shortstop Jurickson Profar, the NWL’s No. 1 prospect, and five other members of our Top 20: 2010 draft picks Mike Olt, Kellin Deglan, Jake Skole and Jared Hoying (the league MVP), and Dominican lefthander Miguel de los Santos. Eugene didn’t have as much success on the field, going 32-44, but also claimed a half-dozen spots on the Top 20 with a mix of draftees from 2009 (Matt Lollis, Keyvius Sampson) and 2010 (Jedd Gyorko, Rico Noel) and Latin American signings (Rymer Liriano, Adys Portillo).
Everett was the most successful team on the field, starting the season with a seven-game winning streak and never looking back. The AquaSox tied a franchise record for wins at 49-27 and beat Spokane for Everett’s first championship in 25 years, though they placed only two prospects on the Top 20: righthanders Yoervis Medina (No. 15) and Stephen Pryor (No. 17).
Boise had the NWL’s top prospect last year in shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, but the Hawks were the only one of the league’s eight teams to get shut out in 2010.