League Top 20 Prospects

2011 Florida State League Top 20 Prospects




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FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Shelby Miller, rhp, Palm Beach Cardinals
2. Matt Harvey, rhp, St. Lucie Mets
3. Hak-Ju Lee, ss, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays)
4. Trevor May, rhp, Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
5. Alex Colome, rhp, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays)
6. Carlos Martinez, rhp, Palm Beach Cardinals
7. Jonathan Singleton, 1b/of, Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
8. Matt Szczur, of, Daytona Cubs
9. Jarred Cosart, rhp, Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
10. A.J. Jimenez, c, Dunedin Blue Jays
11. Zack Cox, 3b, Palm Beach Cardinals
12. Sebastian Valle    c, Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
13. Drew Hutchison, rhp, Dunedin Blue Jays
14. Tyler Thornburg, rhp, Brevard County Manatees (Brewers)
15. Oswaldo Arcia, of, Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
16. Drew Smyly, lhp, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Tigers)
17. Deck McGuire, rhp, Dunedin Blue Jays
18. Aaron Hicks, of, Fort Myers Miracle (Twins)
19. Brody Colvin, rhp, Clearwater Threshers (Phillies)
20. Wilmer Flores, ss, St. Lucie Mets
Thanks to the high Class A Florida State League's big parks and sea-level altitude, pitchers typically stand out more than the hitters. This year was no different, as power-armed righthanders Shelby Miller (Palm Beach) and Matt Harvey (St. Lucie) headlined our Top 20 Prospects list. Charlotte shortstop Hak-Ju Lee was the highest-ranked position player at No. 3, followed by three more righties in Trevor May (Clearwater), Alex Colome (Charlotte) and Carlos Martinez (Palm Beach).Clearwater placed three starters on the Top 20, with righthanders Jarred Cosart and Brody Colvin joining May, and nearly had two more. Julio Rodriguez (2.76) and Jon Pettibone (2.96) drew consideration after posting the best ERAs in the Threshers rotation and ranking in the top five in the FSL, with Rodriguez leading the league with 16 wins.

Despite placing a league-high five players on the list, Clearwater failed to reach the postseason. By contrast, Daytona won the FSL championship with only one Top 20 prospect, outfielder Matt Szczur. Though he often looked worn out after his mid-July promotion, his athleticism was obvious and he rallied to bat .368 in the playoffs.