League Top 20 Prospects

Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects List





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TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Todd Frazier, ss, Billings (Reds)
2. Caleb Gindl, of, Helena (Brewers)
3. Jordan Walden, rhp, Orem (Angels)
4. Aaron Poreda, lhp, Great Falls (White Sox)
5. Brandon Waring, 3b, Billings (Reds)
6. Jonathan Lucroy, c, Helena (Brewers)
7. Austin Gallagher, 3b, Ogden (Brewers)
8. Robert Bryson, rhp, Helena (Brewers)
9. Reynaldo Navarro, ss, Missoula (Diamondbacks)
10. Christian Marrero, 1b, Great Falls (White Sox)
11. Salvador Sanchez, of, Great Falls (White Sox)
12. Jaime Ortiz, 1b, Ogden (Dodgers)
13. Jhoulys Chacin, rhp, Casper (Rockies)
14. Robert Fish, lhp, Orem (Angels)
15. John Ely, rhp, Great Falls (White Sox)
16. Justin Reed, of, Billings (Reds)
17. Andrew Romine, ss, Orem (Angels)
18. Jimmy Gallagher, of, Great Falls (White Sox)
19. Adrian Ortiz, of, Idaho Falls (Royals)
20. Lyndon Estill, of, Great Falls (White Sox)
Great Falls lefthander Aaron Poreda (first round) and Billings shortstop Todd Frazier (supplemental first round) were the highest draft picks to qualify for the Pioneer League list this season, and the two college prospects dominated the Rookie league as expected.

Poreda had a 1.17 regular-season ERA and didn't allow an earned run in two playoff starts, while Frazier hit for power and average before earning a promotion to low Class A.

More notable, however, were the performances put forth by some of the players who fell to some of the later rounds in the draft and boosted their prospect status with impressive showings this year.

Helena outfielder Caleb Gindl, a fifth-rounder, took the Pioneer League by storm, winning the batting title at .372. Billings third baseman Brandon Waring, a seventh-rounder, nearly broke the league record with 20 homers, giving him a total of 47 for the year between pro ball and Wofford.

Those four players and Orem righthander Jordan Walden stood out form the rest of the league. The remainder of the prospects on this list are mainly raw talents with a lot of potential but also plenty of room for improvement.

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