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TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Mike Moustakas, 3b, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
2. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
3. Mike Montgomery, lhp, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
4. Wilin Rosario, c, Tulsa Drillers (Rockies)
5. Martin Perez, lhp, Frisco Roughriders (Rangers)
6. Aaron Crow, rhp, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
7. Jordan Lyles, rhp, Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
8. Simon Castro, rhp, San Antonio Missions (Padres)
9. Blake Beaven, rhp, Frisco Roughriders (Rangers)
10. Christian Friedrich, lhp, Tulsa Drillers (Rockies)
11. Cory Luebke, lhp, San Antonio Missions (Padres)
12. Jordan Walden, rhp, Arkansas Travelers (Angels)
13. James Darnell, 3b, San Antonio Missions (Padres)
14. Eduardo Sanchez, rhp, Springfield Cardinals
15. Rex Brothers, lhp, Tulsa Drillers (Rockies)
16. Louis Coleman, rhp, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
17. Charlie Blackmon, of, Tulsa Drillers (Rockies)
18. Engel Beltre, of, Frisco Roughriders (Rangers)
19. Wynn Pelzer, rhp, San Antonio Missions (Padres)
20. Trevor Reckling, lhp, Arkansas Travelers (Angels)
Baseball America’s League Top 20 lists
are generated from consultations with scouts and league managers. To qualify for consideration, a player must have spent at least one-third of the season in a league. Position players must have one plate appearance for every league game. Pitchers must pitch 1/3 inning for every league game, and relievers have to have made at least 20 appearances in full-season leagues and 10 in short-season ones.
Scouting the Double-A Texas League was relatively easy this season: Head to Northwest Arkansas and watch the parade of talent come through. The Naturals not only won the league title but also dominated our TL Top 20 Prospects list, grabbing the top three spots and four of the top six.
Northwest Arkansas had a premium hitter in the middle of its lineup all season, with No. 1 prospect Mike Moustakas holding the job through mid-July and Eric Hosmer taking over when Moustakas moved on to Triple-A. The Naturals had plenty of pitching talent as well, led by Mike Montgomery and Aaron Crow. Danny Duffy and John Lamb also would have found spots on the Top 20 if they had enough innings to qualify.
Northwest Arkansas also had a triple crown winner in first baseman/DH Clint Robinson, who batted .335/.410/.625 with 29 home runs and 98 RBIs, but he missed the Top 20 because scouts don’t like his defense and see him as an extra bat at the big league level. He also benefited from a home park that was extremely hitter-friendly, as well as the opportunity to hit in the middle of a stacked lineup all season.