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2005 Top 20 Prospects: Southern LeagueComplete Index of League Top 20s
By Aaron Fitt
Subscribers can access scouting reports on all twenty players. (How to subscribe)
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Delmon Young, the top prospect in the minors, won the SL MVP award despite a mid-July promotion to Triple-A. Jeremy Hermida, Jeff Francoeur, Brian McCann, Bobby Jenks and Scott Olsen all became impact players for major league contenders after their stints in the league. Young, Francoeur, Chris Young, Felix Pie and Elijah Dukes are all five-tool talents.
There were so many good hitters that Chad Billingsley, who might be the top pitching prospect in the minor leagues now that Felix Hernandez has been promoted to the majors, checked in as the SL's No. 5 prospect. Billingsley led an incredible collection of talent at Jacksonville, which placed five players on the Top 20. West Tenn also had five players on the list, including a trio of intriguing pitching prospects.
"Just about every team--especially in the first half of season, before players move up--had good players," Huntsville manager Don Money said. "Many of these guys will be in the big leagues for a long time."Subscribers can access scouting reports on all twenty players. (How to subscribe)