League Top 20 Prospects

California League Top 20 Prospects






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CALIFORNIA LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Mike Trout, of, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels)
2. Brandon Belt, 1b, San Jose Giants
3. Grant Green, ss, Stockton Ports (Athletics)
4. Tyler Chatwood, rhp, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels)
5. Engel Beltre, of, Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers)
6. Jonathan Villar, ss, Lancaster JetHawks (Astros)
7. Jaff Decker, of, Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres)
8. Aaron Miller, lhp, Inland Empire 66ers (Dodgers)
9. Juan Nicasio, rhp, Modesto Nuts (Rockies)
10. Pat Corbin, lhp, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)/Visalia (Diamondbacks)
11. Francisco Peguero, of, San Jose Giants
12. Rex Brothers, lhp, Modesto Nuts (Rockies)
13. Ehire Adrianza, ss, San Jose Giants
14. Marc Krauss, of, Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks)
15. Ethan Martin, rhp, Inland Empire 66ers (Dodgers)
16. Kyle Russell, of, Inland Empire 66ers (Dodgers)
17. Paul Goldschmidt, 1b, Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks)
18. Johermyn Chavez, of, High Desert Mavericks (Mariners)
19. Eric Surkamp, lhp, San Jose Giants
20. Drew Cumberland, ss, Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres)
Baseball America's League Top 20 lists are generated from consultations with scouts and league managers. To qualify for consideration, a player must have spent at least one-third of the season in a league. Position players must have one plate appearance for every league game. Pitchers must pitch 1/3 inning for every league game, and relievers have to have made at least 20 appearances in full-season leagues and 10 in short-season ones.

Tearing up the low Class A Midwest League and starring in the Futures Game wasn't enough for Mike Trout. The 2009 first-round pick moved up to the high Class A California League a month before he turned 19, and his five-tool talent jumped out against older competition.

"It's just rare to see a kid that young have such a good feel for the game," said Keith Johnson, his manager at Rancho Cucamonga. "Obviously there are some things that need to be ironed out through experience and at-bats, but his ability to take instruction and put it into a game is plus. You take that aptitude and his skill set and you'll have a guy who will do what he did this year: run through an organization and force someone to try and find a reason that he is not ready for the next level."

Trout made a case for himself as the minors' best prospect. He ranked No. 1 on our Top 20 Prospects lists in both the California and Midwest leagues, the only player this year to earn top billing in multiple circuits.

San Jose won its second straight Cal League championship and third in five years. The Giants weren't as loaded as they were in 2009, when their roster included Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, but did feature one of the minors' top breakout performers in first baseman Brandon Belt. An unheralded fifth-round pick a year ago, Belt led all minor leaguers in hitting (.352) and OPS (1.075) while reaching Triple-A.

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