2011 International League Top 20 Prospects
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TOP 20 PROSPECTS
|1. Matt Moore, lhp, Durham Bulls (Rays)
2. Julio Teheran, rhp, Gwinnett Braves
3. Devin Mesoraco, c, Louisville Bats (Reds)
4. Desmond Jennings, of, Durham Bulls (Rays)
5. Jesus Montero, c, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
6. Domonic Brown, of, Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (Phillies)
7. Jason Kipnis, 2b, Columbus Clippers (Indians)
8. Mike Minor, lhp, Gwinnett Braves
9. Brad Peacock, rhp, Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals)
10. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b, Columbus Clippers (Indians)
11. Zack Cozart, ss, Louisville Bats (Reds)
12. Dayan Viciedo, of/1b, Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
13. Yonder Alonso, 1b/of, Louisville Bats (Reds)
14. Ryan Lavarnway, c, Pawtucket Red Sox
15. Vance Worley, rhp, Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (Phillies)
16. Josh Reddick, of, Pawtucket Red Sox
17. Brandon Guyer, of, Durham Bulls (Rays)
18. Alex Presley, of, Indianapolis Indians (Pirates)
19. Alex Cobb, rhp, Durham Bulls (Rays)
20. Todd Frazier, of/3b/1b, Louisville Bats (Reds)
Even without Stephen Strasburg, it was another great year for prospect dreaming in the Triple-A International League. Twenty-six members of Baseball America's preseason Top 100 Prospects list competed with IL clubs at some point during the season, including three of the top five in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher Jesus Montero, Lehigh Valley outfielder Domonic Brown and Gwinnett righthander Julio Teheran.
The league's youngest regular, Teheran shredded hitters en route to winning the league's most valuable pitcher award. The IL pitching discussion began and ended with him—until the Rays promoted lefthander Matt Moore to Durham in July. Moore was even more untouchable than Teheran and beat him out for the No. 1 spot on this list.
While Brown struggled a bit, Louisville's Devin Mesoraco was the best position prospect in the league and one of three slugging catchers to make this Top 20. Scranton's Montero and Pawtucket's Ryan Lavarnway can't match Mesoraco's defense, but managers found plenty to like in all three bats. All three hit their first big league homers in September.
Columbus compiled the IL's best regular-season record (88-56) and went 6-1 in the playoffs to win its second straight championship. The Clippers had a prospect-laden infield with Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall and Cord Phelps, all of whom missed the postseason because they were in the big leagues with the Indians. Phelps was a near-miss on the Top 20, as were lefthanders Scott Barnes (Columbus) and Andy Oliver (Toledo) and righty Kyle Gibson (Rochester).