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Midwest League Top 20 Prospects

Jim Callis -

Early on, 2008 looked like it would be a year that Mike Moustakas and the Burlington Bees would rather forget. Moustakas opened the season at shortstop, which wasn't a good fit. While his defensive struggles weren't a surprise, his offensive woes were a shock. But by the end of the year, Moustakas was the Midwest League's No. 1 prospect

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Northwest League Top 20 Prospects

Nathan Rode -

The Spokane Indians dominated the short-season Northwest League on the field and on our Top 20 Prospects list. The Rangers affiliate's 51-20 record was eight games better than any other club in the league, and the Indians led the circuit in runs (436) and ERA (3.46). After dropping the first game of the championship series, they rallied with three straight wins to deny Salem-Keizer a third straight title.

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Northwest League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

Nathan Rode -Premium Content

The Spokane Indians dominated the short-season Northwest League on the field and on our Top 20 Prospects list. The Rangers affiliate's 51-20 record was eight games better than any other club in the league, and the Indians led the circuit in runs (436) and ERA (3.46). After dropping the first game of the championship series, they rallied with three straight wins to deny Salem-Keizer a third straight title.

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New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

Aaron Fitt -Premium Content

Talent was up across the short-season New York-Penn League in 2008. Rarely has the league seen the quality of catching it featured this summer. Tri-City's Jason Castro, a first-round pick in June, topped this list, while Vermont's Derek Norris and Williamsport's Travis D'Arnaud, high school draftees in 2007, ranked in the top five. Jamestown's Miguel Fermin slugged a league-leading 17 homers and showed a strong arm but did not crack the Top 20 as a 23-year-old.

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New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects

Aaron Fitt -

Talent was up across the short-season New York-Penn League in 2008. Rarely has the league seen the quality of catching it featured this summer. Tri-City's Jason Castro, a first-round pick in June, topped this list, while Vermont's Derek Norris and Williamsport's Travis D'Arnaud, high school draftees in 2007, ranked in the top five. Jamestown's Miguel Fermin slugged a league-leading 17 homers and showed a strong arm but did not crack the Top 20 as a 23-year-old.

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Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports

Ben Badler -Premium Content

The Rookie-level Pioneer League is always a tricky league to evaluate, as it's somewhat of a tweener circuit. The Diamondbacks and Rockies don't have complex-based teams so their PL club serves as their lowest-level U.S. affiliate. By contrast, the other six organizations in the league don't have teams in the New-York Penn or Northwest leagues, so their PL clubs are their highest-level half-season affiliates. The dichotomy creates an interesting mix of talent in the hitter-friendly league, with players ranging from raw Latin American prospects to much more polished college draft picks.

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