League Top 20 Prospects

2011 Texas League Prospects




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TEXAS LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Mike Trout, of, Arkansas Travelers (Angels)
2. Shelby Miller, rhp, Springfield Cardinals
3. Garrett Richards, rhp, Arkansas Travelers (Angels)
4. Martin Perez, lhp Frisco Roughriders (Rangers)
5. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
6. Wilin Rosario, c, Tulsa Drillers (Rockies)
7. Casey Kelly, rhp, San Antonio Missions (Padres)
8. Robbie Erlin, lhp, Frisco Roughriders (Rangers)/San Antonio Missions (Padres)
9. Jedd Gyorko, 3b, San Antonio Missions (Padres)
10. James Darnell, 3b, San Antonio Missions (Padres)
11. Grant Green, ss, Midland Rockhounds (Athletics)
12. Tim Wheeler, of, Tulsa Drillers (Rockies)
13. Wil Myers, of, NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
14. Zack Cox, 3b, Springfield Cardinals
15. Chris Dwyer, lhp NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
16. Kelvin Herrera, rhp, NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
17. Salvador Perez, c, NW Arkansas Naturals (Royals)
18. Joe Wieland, rhp, Frisco Roughriders (Rangers)/San Antonio Missions (Padres)
19. Matt Adams, 1b, Springfield Cardinals
20. J.D. Martinez, of, Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
San Antonio dominated the Double-A Texas League from start to finish in 2011, posting 94 regular-season wins and going 6-1 in the playoffs to take the league title. The Missions also had a wealth of talent, with standouts like righthander Casey Kelly and third baseman James Darnell to start the season. After they were promoted, Jedd Gyorko replaced Darnell at third base and pitchers Robbie Erlin and Joe Wieland moved from Frisco to San Antonio when the Rangers traded for Padres reliever Mike Adams.

Still, the player who commanded the most attention was Arkansas outfielder Mike Trout, Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year. He was the catalyst in the Travelers' playoff drive, though he was in the big leagues by the time the postseason rolled around.

Another dynamic player, Frisco outfielder Leonys Martin, would have ranked near the top of this list if he hadn't passed through the TL too quickly to qualify. Righthanders Jarred Cosart and Paul Clemens, two more trade acquisitions who joined Corpus Christi after the parent Astros dealt away Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn, also made a strong impression but didn't pitch enough innings to make the Top 20.