South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects List


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TOP 20
PROSPECTS
1. Desmond Jennings, of, Columbus
(Devil Rays)
2. Hector Gomez, ss, Asheville (Rockies)
3. Fautino de los Santos, rhp,
Kannapolis (White Sox)
4. Lars Anderson, 1b, Greenville
(Red Sox)
5.
Chris Marrero, of, Hagerstown (Nationals)
6. Jordan Schafer, of, Rome
(Braves)
7.
Henry Sosa, rhp, Augusta (Giants)
8. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp,
Columbus (Devil Rays)
9.
Ryan Royster, of, Columbus (Devil Rays)
10. Chris Carter, 1b, Kannapolis
(White Sox)
11.
Chris Coghlan, 2b, Greensboro (Marlins)
12. John Raynor, of, Greensboro
(Marlins)
13.
Adrian Cardenas, ss, Lakewood (Phillies)
14. Tommy Hanson, rhp, Rome
(Braves)
15.
Brandon Snyder, 1b, Delmarva (Orioles)
16. Jared Goedert, 3b, Lake
County (Indians)
17.
Daniel Mayora, ss, Asheville (Rockies)
18. Justin Maxwell, of,
Hagerstown (Nationals)
19. Josh Reddick, of, Greenville
(Red Sox)
20.
Billy Rowell, 3b, Delmarva (Orioles)

Managers
and scouts were somewhat underwhelmed with the potential star power
found in the low Class A South Atlantic League this year. That said,
many of the skippers believed the circuit featured solid depth that
will surface in the majors in the years to come.

“There
were a few bats, but not many,” said Joe Mikulik, who managed
Asheville for the eighth straight season. “There were some decent
arms, too, but there didn’™t seem to be as many as we’™ve had
recently.”

Had he qualified for the list,
Asheville closer Casey Weathers would have merited strong
consideration for the top spot. The eighth overall pick in the 2007
draft, he spent the last month of the season in the SAL. Working
mostly one-inning stints, he had 19 strikeouts in 14 innings, limited
hitters to a .130 average and consistently hit the upper 90s with his
fastball.

“He has closer written all over
him,” Savannah manager Tim Teufel said. “You only have to
see him once for him to jump off the page.”

Several
high draft picks struggled or battled injuries in the league, most
notably former first-round righthanders Daniel Bard (Greenville),
Kyle Drabek (Lakewood) and Wade Townsend.

Augusta
pitchers Kevin Pucetas and Ben Snyder had two of the best seasons on
the mound, but league observers weren’t impressed with their
long-term potential.

“They know how to
pitch,” a National League scout said, “but I still don’™t
see how either one gets it done with his
stuff.”

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