League Top 20 Prospects

2012 Southern League Top 20 Prospects






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SOUTHERN LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
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1. Trevor Bauer, rhp, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
2. Taijuan Walker, rhp, Jackson (Mariners)
3. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
4. Danny Hultzen, lhp, Jackson (Mariners)
5. Billy Hamilton, ss, Pensacola (Reds)
6. Andrelton Simmons, ss, Mississippi (Braves)
7. Nick Franklin, ss/2b, Jackson (Mariners)
8. Hak-Ju Lee, ss, Montgomery (Rays)
9. Allen Webster, rhp, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
10. James Paxton, lhp, Jackson (Mariners)
11. Tony Cingrani, lhp, Pensacola (Reds)
12. Matt Davidson, 3b, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
13. Zach Lee, rhp, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
14. Brad Miller, ss, Jackson (Mariners)
15. Didi Gregorius, ss, Pensacola (Reds)
16. Tyler Thornburg, rhp, Huntsville (Brewers)
17. Daniel Corcino, rhp, Pensacola (Reds)
18. Christian Bethancourt, c, Mississippi (Braves)
19. Carter Capps, rhp, Jackson (Mariners)
20. Sean Gilmartin, lhp, Mississippi (Braves)
Pitchers and shortstops were the class of the Double-A Southern League this year. Led by Mobile's Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs and Jackson's Taijuan Walker, Danny Hultzen and James Paxton, the league had some of the best pitching prospects in the minor leagues.

Six shortstops claimed spots on this Top 20 list, starting with Pensacola's Billy Hamilton. Hamilton erased Vince Coleman's minor league record by stealing 155 bases, 51 of which came in 50 games with the Blue Wahoos. He eclipsed Coleman with steal No. 146 on Aug. 21 in Pensacola.

Jackson led all SL clubs with six players on this list, and catcher Mike Zunino would have made it seven had he been promoted earlier. All that talent wasn't enough to put the Generals over the top in the playoffs, however. Mobile overcame the early-season promotions of Bauer and Skaggs to beat Jackson in four games and repeat as champions.