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Florida State League Top 20 Prospects List

J.J. Cooper -

The high Class A Florida State League always has been a nightmare for hitters. Spacious major league spring-training parks turn home runs into long outs, several of the stadiums have prevailing winds that blow in, and the heat and humidity sap hitters' bat speed as the long season rolls along. But hitters this year had extra reason to feel they were being picked on. Because the league has some of the best April weather in the minors, teams stocked their FSL affiliates with a slew of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

Minors | #2006#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Florida State League Top 20 Prospects

J.J. Cooper -Premium Content

The high Class A Florida State League always has been a nightmare for hitters. Spacious major league spring-training parks turn home runs into long outs, several of the stadiums have prevailing winds that blow in, and the heat and humidity sap hitters' bat speed as the long season rolls along. But hitters this year had extra reason to feel they were being picked on. Because the league has some of the best April weather in the minors, teams stocked their FSL affiliates with a slew of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

Minors | #2006#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings

Northwest League Top 20 Prospects List

Aaron Fitt -

College players making their pro debuts traditionally dominate the short-season Northwest League, and that doesn't figure to change. Even in 2006, when the league featured two impressive high school pitchers (Tony Butler and Kasey Kiker) making their pro debuts and a third who was a first-rounder in 2005 (Mark Pawelek), 14 of the 20 best prospects were college products.

Minors | #2006#League Top 20 Prospects#Rankings