Southern League Top 20 Prospects List


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TOP 20
PROSPECTS
1.
Justin Upton, of, Mobile BayBears
(Diamondbacks)
2.
Evan Longoria, 3b, Montgomery
Biscuits (Devil Rays)
3.
Wade Davis, rhp, Montgomery
Biscuits (Devil Rays)
4.
Johnny Cueto, rhp, Chattanooga
Lookouts (Reds)
5.
Brandon Jones, of, Mississippi
Braves
6. Reid
Brignac, ss, Montgomery
Biscuits (Devil Rays)
7.
Tyler Colvin, of, Tennessee
Smokies (Cubs)
8.
Manny Parra, lhp, Huntsville Stars (Brewers)
9. Gio Gonzalez, lhp, Birmingham Barons
(White Sox)
10.
Carlos Gonzalez, of, Mobile BayBears
(Diamondbacks)
11.
Mark Reynolds, 3b, Mobile BayBears
(Diamondbacks)
12.
Chin-Lung Hu, ss, Jacksonville
Suns (Dodgers)
13.
Brent Lillibridge, ss, Mississippi
Braves
14.
Jonathan Meloan, rhp, Jacksonville
Suns (Dodgers)
15.
Max Scherzer, rhp, Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks)
16. Jo Jo Reyes, lhp, Mississippi
Braves
17.
Diory Hernandez, ss, Mississippi
Braves
18.
James McDonald, rhp, Jacksonville
Suns (Dodgers)
19.
Gaby Hernandez, rhp, Carolina
Mudcats (Marlins)
20.
Alcides Escobar, ss, Huntsville
Stars (Brewers)

The Double-A Southern League
offered a wide variety of talent in 2007. Arguably the three best position
prospects who opened the season in the minors’”outfielders Justin Upton (Mobile)
and Jay Bruce (Chattanooga), and third baseman Evan Longoria (Montgomery)’”spent
part of the summer in the SL. Bruce didn’t accumulate enough plate appearances
for this list, but Upton and Longoria ranked 1-2.

The
pitching was deeper than the hitting, even with talents such as lefthanders
Clayton Kershaw (Jacksonville), Jake McGee (Montgomery) and Scott Elbert
(Jacksonville) and righties Chris Volstad (Carolina) and Josh Roenicke
(Chattanooga) failing to qualify. Seven of the minors’ top 14 pitchers in
strikeouts worked in the SL at one point this year, proof that the everyday
players who performed well did so against legitimate competition. Birmingham lefty Gio
Gonzalez topped both the league and the minors with 185 whiffs in 150
innings.

Montgomery became the first SL team in 30 years
to repeat as champions, no surprise considering the talent on its roster.
Longoria had departed for Triple-A by that point, but righthander Wade Davis
and shortstop Reid Brignac also ranked among the league’s 10 best prospects and
McGee would have joined them had he pitched enough innings. Biscuits righty
Chris Mason couldn’t quite crack the Top 20, but he was named SL pitcher of the
year after leading the league in wins (15) and ERA
(2.57).

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