|NORTHWEST LEAGUE TOP 20
Josh Vitters, 3b, Boise (Cubs)
2. Martin Perez, lhp, Spokane (Rangers)
3. Christian Friedrich, lhp, Tri-City (Rockies)
4. Neil Ramirez, rhp, Spokane (Rangers)
5. Conor Gillaspie, 3b, Salem-Keizer (Giants)
6. Wilfredo Boscan, rhp, Spokane (Rangers)
7. James Darnell, 3b, Eugene (Padres)
8. Tim Murphy, lhp, Spokane (Rangers)
9. Jharmidy DeJesus, 3b, Everett (Mariners)
10. Charlie Blackmon, of, Tri-City (Rockies)
11. Blake Tekotte, of, Eugene (Padres)
12. Ryan Flaherty, ss, Boise (Cubs)
13. Dennis Raben, of, Everett (Mariners)
14. Simon Castro, rhp, Eugene (Padres)
15. Tyson Gillies, of, Everett (Mariners)
16. Matt West, 3b, Spokane (Rangers)
17. Jason Christian, ss, Vancouver (Athletics)
18. Dusty Coleman, ss, Vancouver (Athletics)
19. Cole Figueroa, 2b/ss, Eugene (Padres)
20. Collin Cowgill, of, Yakima (Diamondbacks)
The Spokane Indians dominated the short-season Northwest League on the field and on our Top 20 Prospects list. The Rangers affiliate’s 51-20 record was eight games better than any other club in the league, and the Indians led the circuit in runs (436) and ERA (3.46). After dropping the first game of the championship series, they rallied with three straight wins to deny Salem-Keizer a third straight title.
Spokane boasted four of the NWL’s best pitching prospects in Martin Perez, Neil Ramirez, Wilfredo Boscan and Tim Murphy. Its best position prospect was third baseman Matt West, who began to put behind him a 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Eugene outfielder Daniel Robertson and Salem-Keizer righthander Mike Loree had incredible seasons but didn’t profile as top prospects. Robertson set a league record with 114 hits, topped the NWL in hitting (.377) and on-base percentage (.443), and earned MVP honors. A 33rd-round pick out of Oregon State in June, the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder has a high-energy approach, good speed and terrific outfield instincts. Loree flirted with perfection in three straight starts, retiring 60 of 61 batters, and finished with a NWL-best 2.44 ERA. A 50th-round pick in 2007 from Villanova, he used exceptional fastball command to breeze through the league.