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2005 Top 20 Prospects: Carolina LeagueComplete Index of League Top 20s
By Chris Kline
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Though Myrtle Beach catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Frederick outfielder Nick Markakis headline our CL Top 20 Prospects list, in recent years pitchers have stood out the most—and 2005 was no different. Seven of the first 10 spots went to pitchers, who would have held an even greater edge had lefties Chuck James (Myrtle Beach) and Troy Patton (Salem) pitched enough innings to qualify.
"There were some big bats in this league, but I think you'd have to lean toward the pitching if you're talking about major league quality players," Kinston manager Luis Rivera said. "There were some great, great arms on just about every club."
Winston-Salem first baseman Leo Daigle won the first CL triple crown since 1951 and added the MVP trophy, but he didn't make this list. At 25 he was too old for high Class A, a level he first reached five years ago.Subscribers can access scouting reports on all twenty players. (How to subscribe)