League Top 20 Prospects

Pacific Coast League Top 20 Prospects

Posey arrived late but quickly earned the No. 1 spot

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1. Buster Posey, c, Fresno (Giants)
2. Neftali Feliz, rhp, Oklahoma City (Rangers)
3. Travis Snider, of, Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
4. Michael Saunders, of, Tacoma (Mariners)
5. Cameron Maybin, of, New Orleans (Marlins)
6. Alcides Escobar, ss, Nashville (Brewers)
7. Brett Wallace, 3b/1b, Memphis (Cardinals)/Sacramento (Athletics)
8. Kyle Blanks, 1b/of, Portland (Padres)
9. Justin Smoak, 1b, Oklahoma City (Rangers)
10. Vin Mazzaro, rhp, Sacramento (Athletics)
11. Bud Norris, rhp, Round Rock (Astros)
12. Esmil Rogers, rhp, Colorado Springs (Rockies)
13. Mat Gamel, 3b, Nashville (Brewers)
14. Brandon Allen, 1b, Reno (Diamondbacks)
15. Gio Gonzalez, lhp, Sacramento (Athletics)
16. Jeff Samardzija, rhp, Iowa (Cubs)
17. Adam Moore, c, Tacoma (Mariners)
18. Angel Salome, c, Nashville (Brewers)
19. Adrian Cardenas, 2b, Sacramento (Athletics)
20. Gaby Sanchez, 1b/3b, New Orleans (Marlins)
To be eligible for a league's list, a pitcher must have thrown 1/3 inning for each team game or have made 20 appearances (10 in short-season and rookie-level leagues). Hitters need one plate appearance for each team game.

The Triple-A Pacific Coast League long has been known as a hitter's league, and this year did nothing to detract from that reputation. Position players claimed eight of the first nine spots on our Top 20 Prospects list, led by Fresno catcher Buster Posey.

Posey was one of three players who jumped from the first round of the 2008 draft to our PCL Top 20 a year later. Third baseman Brett Wallace and Oklahoma City first baseman Justin Smoak joined him in that regard. Wallace entered the PCL with eventual league champion Memphis and was the only Redbird to crack our list. He finished the year in Sacramento, which posted the league's best record. He was one of four River Cats on our Top 20, a league high.

The PCL's pitchers weren't as talented, though Oklahoma City's Neftali Feliz drew strong consideration for the No. 1 ranking and was sensational in the majors with the Rangers. New Orleans second baseman Chris Coghlan and Albuquerque righty James McDonald also performed well in the big leagues but were promoted from the PCL too quickly to qualify for this list.

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