Jason Heyward, of, Mississippi (Braves)
2. Gordon Beckham, ss, Birmingham (White Sox)
3. Desmond Jennings, of, Montgomery
5. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
6. Tyler Flowers, c, Birmingham (White Sox)
7. Logan Morrison, 1b, Jacksonville (Marlins)
9. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Montgomery (Rays)
10. Josh Bell, 3b, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
12. Todd Frazier, of/2b/1b, Carolina (Reds)
13. Jonathan Lucroy, c, Huntsville (Brewers)
14. Chris Heisey, of, Carolina (Reds)
15. Dan Hudson, rhp, Birmingham (White Sox)
16. Jordan Danks, of, Birmingham (White Sox)
17. Sean West, lhp, Jacksonville (Marlins)
19. Daniel Schlereth, lhp, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
20. Travis Wood, lhp, Carolina (Reds)
To be eligible for a league’s list, a
pitcher must have thrown 1/3 inning for each team game or have made 20
appearances (10 in short-season and rookie-level leagues). Hitters need
one plate appearance for each team
After a pair of hard-throwing lefties (Clayton Kershaw and David Price)
reigned in the Double-A Southern League in 2008, the circuit’s top
prospects this year were a quartet of high-ceiling hitting prospects.
Mississippi right fielder Jason Heyward looks like a future superstar.
Birmingham’s Gordon Beckham established himself as a candidate for the
American League rookie of the year after joining the White Sox and
moving to third base. Montgomery center fielder Desmond Jennings moved
on to propel Durham to the Triple-A championship. Carolina right
fielder Mike Stanton has as much raw power as any minor league hitter.
Bolstered by the second-half additions of Stanton and third baseman
Matt Dominguez, Jacksonville dominated the second half and went on to
win the league title.
Dominguez was one of several talented prospects who would have received
Top 20 consideration had he played longer in the league. That group
also includes Carolina first baseman Yonder Alonso and righthander Zach
Stewart, and Tennessee shortstop Starlin Castro.