Hector Olivera Showcase Report
When it comes to 29-year-old Cuban second baseman Hector Olivera, three words come up often that aren’t common to hear in the scouting community: “I don’t know.” For the scouts […]
2005 Top 20 Prospects: Texas LeagueComplete Index of League Top 20s
By Will Lingo
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With the exception of three promising Rangers pitchers in Frisco, Angels and Athletics prospects dominated the league this year. Arkansas placed five players and Midland four on our TL Top 20 Prospects List.
The Travelers featured a wealth of talent, starting with the two best prospects in the league, double-play partners Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar. Righthanders Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver would have given Arkansas seven representatives on the Top 20, but they didn't pile up enough innings to quality. Wichita slugger Billy Butler also made a strong impression but didn't qualify.
Overall, the TL wasn't as strong as usual. Kendrick was the clear standout, but most of the players who follow him are solid prospects who come with question marks.Subscribers can access scouting reports on all twenty players. (How to subscribe)