|PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Buster Posey, c, Fresno (Giants)
2. Neftali Feliz, rhp, Oklahoma City (Rangers)
3. Travis Snider, of, Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
5. Cameron Maybin, of, New Orleans (Marlins)
6. Alcides Escobar, ss, Nashville (Brewers)
7. Brett Wallace, 3b/1b, Memphis (Cardinals)/Sacramento (Athletics)
10. Vin Mazzaro, rhp, Sacramento (Athletics)
12. Esmil Rogers, rhp, Colorado Springs (Rockies)
13. Mat Gamel, 3b, Nashville (Brewers)
14. Brandon Allen, 1b, Reno (Diamondbacks)
16. Jeff Samardzija, rhp, Iowa (Cubs)
17. Adam Moore, c, Tacoma (Mariners)
18. Angel Salome, c, Nashville (Brewers)
19. Adrian Cardenas, 2b, Sacramento (Athletics)
20. Gaby Sanchez, 1b/3b, New Orleans (Marlins)
To be eligible for a league’s list, a
pitcher must have thrown 1/3 inning for each team game or have made 20
appearances (10 in short-season and rookie-level leagues). Hitters need
one plate appearance for each team
The Triple-A Pacific Coast League long has been known as a hitter’s
league, and this year did nothing to detract from that reputation.
Position players claimed eight of the first nine spots on our Top 20
Prospects list, led by Fresno catcher Buster Posey.
Posey was one of three players who jumped from the first round of the
2008 draft to our PCL Top 20 a year later. Third baseman Brett Wallace
and Oklahoma City first baseman Justin Smoak joined him in that regard.
Wallace entered the PCL with eventual league champion Memphis and was
the only Redbird to crack our list. He finished the year in Sacramento,
which posted the league’s best record. He was one of four River Cats on
our Top 20, a league high.
The PCL’s pitchers weren’t as talented, though Oklahoma City’s Neftali
Feliz drew strong consideration for the No. 1 ranking and was
sensational in the majors with the Rangers. New Orleans second baseman
Chris Coghlan and Albuquerque righty James McDonald also performed well
in the big leagues but were promoted from the PCL too quickly to
qualify for this list.