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TOP 20 PROSPECTS

1. Jonathan Singleton, 1b, Lakewood Blueclaws

2. Nolan Arenado, 3b, Asheville Tourists (Rockies)

3. Tyler Matzek, lhp, Asheville Tourists (Rockies)

4. Brody Colvin, rhp, Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies)

5. Robbie Erlin, lhp, Hickory Crawdads (Rangers)

6. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Rome Braves

7. Jarred Cosart, rhp, Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies)

8. Jonathan Villar, ss, Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies)

9. Reymond Fuentes, of, Greenville Drive (Red Sox)

10. Chad James, lhp, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)

11. Trevor May, rhp, Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies)

12. Zack Wheeler, rhp, Augusta Greenjackets (Giants)

13. Cesar Puello, of, Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets)

14. Christian Bethancourt, C, Rome Braves

15. Robbie Ross, lhp, Hickory Crawdads (Rangers)

16. Drake Britton, lhp, Greenville Drive (Red Sox)

17. J.D. Martinez, of, Lexington Legends (Astros)

18. Slade Heathcott, of, Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees)

19. Sebastian Valle, C, Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies)

20. Chris Dominguez, 3b, Augusta Greenjackets (Giants)

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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.

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Minor league teams rarely have a convergence of top young talent and winning. That’s particularly true in the lower levels, where the better teams often have older rosters, and where prospects tend to get promoted if they’re making progress.

Lakewood has been an exception to the rule the last two years. The 2010 BlueClaws featured one of the low Class A South Atlantic League’s younger clubs, yet went 84-55, won both halves in the Northern Division and gave up nine runs in seven playoff games en route to repeating as champions. First baseman Jonathan Singleton ranked as the No. 1 prospect on our SAL Top 20 Prospects list, on which he was joined by teammates Brody Colvin, Jarred Cosart, Jonathan Villar, Trevor May and Sebastian Valle.

“I could watch them play every day,” Greensboro manager Andy Haines said. “They had so much talent, but what I liked was the way they played so hard. (Manager) Mark (Parent) did an outstanding job with that team. Their players had talent, but you could see them getting better and better every time we faced them.”

Rome righthander Julio Teheran would have beaten out Singleton for the top spot on this list if he hadn’t been promoted in mid-May before he could qualify. Teheran, who showed a 92-96 mph fastball and plus curveball, had to settle for ranking No. 1 on our Carolina League list.

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