TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Mike Stanton,of, Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)
2. Dustin Ackley, 2b, West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Mariners)
3. Michael Pineda, rhp, West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Mariners)
4. Mike Minor, lhp, Mississippi Braves
5. Brett Lawrie, 2b, Huntsville Stars (Brewers)
6. Dee Gordon, ss, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
7. Devin Mesoraco, c, Carolina Mudcats (Reds)
8. Brett Jackson, of, Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
9. Chris Archer, rhp, Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
10. Matt Dominguez, 3b, Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)
11. Chris Withrow, rhp, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
12. Alex Torres, lhp, Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)
Trayvon Robinson, of, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
Brandon Guyer, of, Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
15. David Sappelt, of, Carolina Mudcats (Reds)
16. Alex Liddi, 3b/1b, West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Mariners)
17. Brandon Beachy, rhp, Mississippi Braves
18. Brent Morel, 3b, Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
19. Alex Cobb, rhp, Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)
20. Jerry Sands, of/1b, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
Baseball America’s League Top 20 lists
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.
Following a year when Jason Heyward, Gordon Beckham, Desmond Jennings and Mike Stanton occupied the first four spots on our Southern League Top 20 Prospects list—and Jeremy Hellickson, the 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, ranked ninth—the Double-A circuit had a tough act to follow.
This year’s crop of fast-rising SL prospects was up to the task. Stanton returned to the league and was everyone’s choice as the No. 1 prospect after hitting a combined 44 homers between Jacksonville and Florida (with a week remaining in the big league regular season). West Tenn teammates Dustin Ackley and Michael Pineda earned promotions to Triple-A, while Mississippi lefthander Mike Minor joined the Braves for the stretch drive.
The Top 20 would have been even stronger if Tennessee shortstop Starlin Castro and Mississippi righthanders Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado hadn’t just missed the cutoff.