South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects List


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TOP 20
PROSPECTS
1. Andrew McCutchen, of, Hickory
(Pirates)
2. Jose Tabata, of, Charleston
(Yankees)
3. Fernando Martinez, of, Hagerstown
(Mets)
4. Elvis Andrus, ss, Rome
(Braves)
5. Carlos Carrasco, rhp, Lakewood
(Phillies)
6. Chris Volstad, rhp, Greensboro
(Marlins)
7. Will Inman, rhp, West Virginia
(Brewers)
8. Sean West, lhp, Greensboro
(Marlins)
9. Brandon Erbe, rhp, Delmarva
(Orioles)
10. Dexter Fowler, of, Asheville
(Rockies)
11. Deolis Guerra, rhp, Hagerstown
(Mets)
12. John Drennen, of, Lake County
(Indians)
13. Clay Buchholz, rhp, Greenville (Red
Sox)
14. Lorenzo Cain, of, West Virginia
(Brewers)
15. Michael Bowden, rhp, Greenville (Red
Sox)
16. Ryan Tucker, rhp, Greensboro
(Marlins)
17. Eric Campbell, 3b, Rome
(Braves)
18. Aaron Thompson, lhp, Greensboro
(Marlins)
19. Matt Maloney, lhp, Lakewood
(Phillies)
20. Josh Outman, lhp, Lakewood
(Phillies)

The
low Class A South Atlantic League usually has its share of standout
teenage prospects, but 2006 was unusual because four of its brightest
young talents played most or all of the season at the tender age of
17.

Charleston outfielder Jose Tabata, Hagerstown
outfielder Fernando Martinez and Rome shortstop Elvis Andrus gave the
Sally League a modern-day version of Willie, Mickey and the Duke. If
you asked three different SAL observers to rank them as prospects, you
were likely to get three different answers.

In the
end, the consensus was that Tabata’s bat has a little more to offer at
this point and puts him ahead of Martinez and Andrus. The debate is far
from finished, and with Tabata and Martinez playing for New York teams
and Andrus playing for a Mets division rival, it could rage for a
while.

Another contentious debate centered around
the Greensboro pitching staff and which of its four high school
first-round picks from the 2005 draft offered the most promise. Chris
Volstad’s impressive polish edged out Sean West’s considerable ceiling
for top honors there.

There was no question,
however, as to the No. 1 prospect in the SAL. It’s difficult to get a
consensus about much in a 16-team league, but scouts and managers
unanimously held Hickory outfielder Andrew McCutchen in high
regard.


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