See also: Pacific Coast
|PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Buster Posey, c/1b, Fresno Grizzlies (Giants)
2. Mike Moustakas, 3b, Omaha Royals
3. Michael Pineda, rhp, Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
4. Madison Bumgarner, lhp, Fresno Grizzlies (Giants)
5. Dustin Ackley, 2b, Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
6. Logan Morrison, 1b/of, New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins)
7. Tanner Scheppers, rhp, Oklahoma City RedHawks (Rangers)
8. J.P. Arencibia, c, Las Vegas 51s (Blue Jays)
9. Justin Smoak, 1b, Oklahoma City (Rangers)/Tacoma (Mariners)
10. Brett Wallace, 1b, Las Vegas 51s (Blue Jays)
11. Jason Castro, c, Round Rock Express (Astros)
12. Mat Gamel, 3b, Nashville Sounds (Brewers)
13. Michael Kirkman, lhp, Oklahoma City RedHawks (Rangers)
14. Chris Carter, 1b/of, Sacramento River Cats (Athletics)
15. Peter Bourjos, of, Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
16. Mitch Moreland, 1b/of, Oklahoma City RedHawks (Rangers)
17. Henry Rodriguez, rhp, Sacramento River Cats (Athletics)
18. Greg Halman, of, Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
19. Cory Luebke, lhp, Portland Beavers (Padres)
20. Mark Trumbo, 1b/of, Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
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.
Offense tends to rule the day in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and this year’s Top 20 Prospects list bears that out once again. A total of 14 hitters populate the list, including five players who finished among the top 10 in the minors in home runs.
The crop of position players consists mostly of corner players whose value is linked almost entirely to their bat. Just five of them play up the middle, and of those, only Fresno catcher Buster Posey looks like a complete package. Not coincidentally, Posey ranked No. 1 on the PCL Top 20 for the second straight season.
Pitchers usually find the going tough in the PCL, especially in some of the Pacific Conference cities such as Colorado Springs, Las Vegas, Reno and Salt Lake, where the parks can do a number on a young hurler’s confidence. Tacoma’s Michael Pineda and Oklahoma City’s Tanner Scheppers made the Top 10 much more for their stuff than for their performance. The youngest pitcher in the league as well as the Giants’ top pitching prospect, Fresno’s Madison Bumgarner tamed PCL hitters, seemingly with ease. Colorado Springs’ Jhoulys Chacin would have made the list, but the Rockies called him up after he went 3-0, 1.69 in April.