League Top 20 Prospects

Texas League Top 20 Prospects List

Four teams dominate Texas prospect talent

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1. Alex Gordon, 3b, Wichita (Royals)
2. Brandon Wood, ss, Arkansas (Angels)
3. Troy Tulowitzki, ss, Tulsa (Rockies)
4. Billy Butler, of, Wichita (Royals)
5. Travis Buck, of, Midland (Athletics)
6. Ubaldo Jimenez, rhp, Tulsa (Rockies)
7. John Danks, lhp, Frisco (Rangers)
8. Hunter Pence, of, Corpus Christi (Astros)
9. Juan Gutierrez, rhp, Corpus Christi (Astros)
10. Ian Stewart, 3b, Tulsa (Rockies)
11. Chris Iannetta, c, Tulsa (Rockies)
12. Mitch Talbot, rhp, Corpus Christi (Astros)
13. Joe Koshansky, 1b, Tulsa (Rockies)
14. Kurt Suzuki, c, Midland (Athletics)
15. Matt Albers, rhp, Corpus Christi (Astros)
16. Chris Lubanski, of, Wichita (Royals)
17. Juan Morillo, rhp, Tulsa (Rockies)
18. Marcus McBeth, rhp, Midland (Athletics)
19. Terry Evans, of, Springfield/Arkansas (Cardinals/Angels)
20. Wladimir Balentien, of, San Antonio (Mariners)
The Double-A Texas League had plenty of talent this season, most of it concentrated among four teams.

While Tulsa (six players on this Top 20 list), Corpus Christi (four), Midland and Wichita (three each) had a host of interesting players on their rosters, the prospects were sparse at other league stops. The talent also showed on the field, as those four teams made the playoffs, with Corpus Christi beating Wichita in the championship series.

Tulsa had one of the most loaded teams in the minors in the first half, going 41-29. But key players such as righthander Ubaldo Jimenez and catcher Chris Iannetta were promoted by midseason, and the Drillers played .500 ball in the second half. Corpus Christi also lost a lot of talent to callups and trades as the season went on, but a complement of veterans such as Walter Young and midseason promotions like Troy Patton pushed the Hooks to the title.

Patton was one of several intriguing prospects who made impressions in the second half but didn't log enough time in the TL to qualify for this list. Others included Frisco righthander Eric Hurley and Wichita lefthander Tyler Lumsden, who entered the league after getting traded from the White Sox to the Royals.

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