League Top 20 Prospects

2012 Pacific Coast League Top 20 Prospects




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PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
TOP 20 PROSPECTS
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1. Wil Myers, of/3b, Omaha (Royals)
2. Travis D'Arnaud, c, Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
3. Trevor Bauer, rhp, Reno (Diamondbacks)
4. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Reno (Diamondbacks)
5. Anthony Rizzo, 1b, Iowa (Cubs)
6. Shelby Miller, rhp, Memphis (Cardinals)
7. Danny Hultzen, lhp, Tacoma (Mariners)
8. Anthony Gose, of, Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
9. Yasmani Grandal, c, Tucson (Padres)
10. Jedd Gyorko, 3b/2b, Tucson (Padres)
11. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, Omaha (Royals)
12. Adam Eaton, of, Reno (Diamondbacks)
13. Dan Straily, rhp, Sacramento (Athletics)
14. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss, Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
15. Brett Jackson, of, Iowa (Cubs)
16. Nick Franklin, 2b/ss, Tacoma (Mariners)
17. Leonys Martin, of, Round Rock (Rangers)
18. Derek Norris, c, Sacramento (Athletics)
19. Matt Adams, 1b, Memphis (Cardinals)
20. Patrick Corbin, lhp, Reno (Diamondbacks)
The Triple-A Pacific Coast League was deeper in prospects than usual this year, with Omaha outfielder/third baseman Wil Myers leading the way. Myers, who finished second in the minors with 37 homers, grabbed the top spot on this list along with Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year award.

Myers wasn't able to lead the Storm Chasers to a defense of their league championship, as they fell in the league finals to Reno. The Aces featured the PCL's two best pitching prospects in Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs, as well as breakout prospect and league MVP Adam Eaton(^). Skaggs, Eaton and lefthander Patrick Corbin, who also made the Top 20 list, were promoted to Arizona before the playoffs.

The PCL favors hitters, a bias reflected by them claiming 13 of the 20 spots on this list. Two more pitchers, Colorado Springs lefthander Drew Pomeranz and Tacoma righty Stephen Pryor, would have made it if they hadn't barely missed qualifying. Pryor opened eyes by touching 100 mph with his fastball and pitching in the low 90s with his slider at times.