|PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE TOP 20
Colby Rasmus, of, Memphis (Cardinals)
2. Chase Headley, of/3b, Portland (Padres)
3. Max Scherzer, rhp, Tucson (Diamondbacks)
4. Brandon Wood, ss/3b, Salt Lake (Angels)
6. Jeff Clement, c, Tacoma (Mariners)
7. Ian Stewart, 3b, Colorado Springs (Rockies)
8. Gio Gonzalez, lhp, Sacramento (Athletics)
9. Andy LaRoche, 3b, Las Vegas (Dodgers)
10. Wladimir Balentien, of, Tacoma (Mariners)
12. Chris Perez, rhp, Memphis (Cardinals)
14. Bryan Anderson, c, Memphis (Cardinals)
15. Franklin Morales, lhp, Colorado Springs (Rockies)
16. Jaime Garcia, lhp, Memphis (Cardinals)
17. Mitchell Boggs, rhp, Memphis (Cardinals)
18. Carlos Rosa, rhp, Omaha (Royals)
19. Nick Adenhart, rhp, Salt Lake (Angels)
20. Greg Reynolds, rhp, Colorado Springs (Rockies)
This year’s Triple-A Pacific Coast League Top 20 Prospects list looks a lot like last year’s Double-A Texas League rankings. Outfielders Colby Rasmus (Memphis) and Chase Headley (Portland) ranked 1-2 on both lists and a total of nine players appeared on both Top 20s, including five of the seven best prospects in the TL from 2007.
The Top 20 also includes five familiar faces from last year’s PCL rankings. Salt Lake shortstop Brandon Wood, Colorado Springs third baseman Ian Stewart and Las Vegas third baseman Andy LaRoche all cracked the top 10 on both lists. Tacoma catcher Jeff Clement and outfielder Wladimir Balentien joined them this year after ranking on the back half of the 2007 Top 20.
Most of the PCL’s top offensive prospects enjoyed very productive seasons, while several of the most gifted arms struggled. After having little difficulty in the lower minors, Salt Lake’s Nick Adenhart and Colorado Springs’ Franklin Morales and Greg Reynolds got hammered in the majors and failed to get back on track in Triple-A.
Las Vegas second baseman Blake DeWitt would have factored prominently in the rankings had he not spent much more time in the majors and fallen just short of qualifying. Tacoma outfielder Michael Saunders also would have made a run at the Top 20 if he hadn’t spent August with the Canadian Olympic team.