|1. Wil Myers, c, Idaho Falls (Royals)
2. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, Helena (Brewers)
3. Bobby Borchering, 3b, Missoula (Diamondbacks)
Garrett Richards, rhp, Orem (Angels)
5. Pat Corbin, lhp, Orem (Angels)
6. Jean Segura, 2b, Orem (Angels)
7. Chris Owings, ss, Missoula (Diamondbacks)
8. Nolan Arenado, 3b, Casper (Rockies)
Chris Balcom-Miller, rhp, Casper (Rockies)
10. Eric Arnett, rhp, Helena (Brewers)
11. Yorman Rodriguez, of, Billings (Reds)
12. Mike Belfiore, lhp, Missoula (Diamondbacks)
13. Tyler Kehrer, lhp, Orem (Angels)
Carlos Ramirez, c, Orem (Angels)
15. John Lamb, lhp, Idaho Falls (Royals)
16. Brett Wallach, rhp, Ogden (Dodgers)
17. Nick Bucci, rhp, Helena (Brewers)
Mariekson Gregorius, ss, Billings (Reds)
David Nick, 2b, Missoula (Diamondbacks)
20. Salvador Perez, c, Idaho Falls (Royals)
The Pioneer League’s season stretched to Sept. 11, making it anywhere from 10 days to two weeks longer than any other Rookie-level circuit. The quirky schedule gave several premium 2009 draft picks who signed near the Aug. 17 deadline enough time to qualify for this list, including Idaho Falls catcher Wil Myers (who ranked No. 1) and Missoula’s duo of third baseman Bobby Borchering and shortstop Chris Owings.
The league benefited from the Angels’ and Diamondbacks’ surfeit of draft picks this June, as the two clubs combined to send 10 players selected in the top five rounds directly to Orem and Missoula. Righthander Garrett Richards and lefties Pat Corbin and Tyler Kehrer anchored an Owlz rotation that posted a composite 3.83 ERA, lowest in the league. The Osprey nearly put their entire infield on this Top 20 list, with second baseman David Nick joining Borchering and Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who tied for the league lead with 18 homers.
Orem and Missoula met in the league finals, with the more experienced Owlz winning the series two games to one.
In most years, a second-round pedigree would mean automatic entry on our Pioneer League Top 20, but that wasn’t the case this summer. Helena second baseman Cutter Dykstra and catcher Cameron Garfield, Ogden outfielder Blake Smith and Missoula righthander Eric Smith all missed the cut. Dykstra was a 2008 pick who had shifted from center field, while the other three were 2009 selections.
Another player who missed out was Ogden outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez, the league MVP and leader in runs (59), hits (97), doubles (29), homers (18) and extra-base hits (50). Some observers thought more advanced pitchers would be able to exploit his aggressive approach and long swing.