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Midwest League Top 20 Prospects

Jim Callis -

Seven of our MWL Top 20 Prospects are position players drafted a year ago, starting with Beloit center fielder Aaron Hicks, the 14th overall selection. Two more first-rounders, Wisconsin second baseman Brett Lawrie and Burlington first baseman Eric Hosmer, cracked the list, as did Fort Wayne left fielder Jaff Decker, a sandwich pick. The league's co-MVPs also were products of the 2008 draft, Great Lakes shortstop Dee Gordon (fourth round) and right fielder Kyle Russell (third).

Minors | #2009#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

While 2008 was a strong year for the New York-Penn League, with catchers (led by Jason Castro and Derek Norris) and power arms (topped by Adam Reifer and Brad Holt) in abundance, most evaluators were disappointed by the short-season league's talent level in 2009. Lowell outfielder Ryan Westmoreland is a legitimate blue-chip prospect and Williamsport's Sebastian Valle established himself as one of the top young catchers in the lower minors, but the position-player crop dropped off quickly after that. The players who performed best lacked elite tools and easy profiles, while the players with the biggest tools performed poorly.

Minors | #2009#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Where will Aroldis Chapman rank as a prospect? Should the Royals trade Zack Greinke? How does Rick Porcello's rookie season rate against that of other recent blue-chip pitching prospects?

Minors | #2009#Ask BA

Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects

Matt Eddy -

The Pioneer League benefited from the Angels' and Diamondbacks' surfeit of draft picks this June, as the two clubs combined to send 10 players selected in the top five rounds directly to Orem and Missoula. Understandably, the two teams placed a large number of players on the Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects list.

Minors | #2009#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings