2017 Alaska League Top Prospects

Quin Cotton (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Alaska Summer League Top Prospects
Quin Cotton, of, Mat-Su (So., Grand Canyon)
John Doxakis, lhp, Mat-Su (So., Texas A&M)
Todd Lott, of, Anchorage (So., Louisiana-Lafayette)
Logan Boyer, rhp, Anchorage Bucs (So., San Diego State)
Armani Smith, inf/of, Anchorage (So., UC Santa Barbara)
Josh Green, rhp, Mat-Su (Sr., Southeastern Louisiana)
Elijah MacNamee, of, Mat-Su (Jr., Mississippi State)
Ray Kerr, lhp, Peninsula (Jr., Lassen (Calif.) CC)
Eli Villalobos, Jr., RHP, Anchorage Glacier Pilots (Long Beach State)
Thaddeus Ward, Jr., RHP, Mat-Su Miners (Central Florida)

SEE ALSO: Summer College League Top Prospects

Postseason Recap: After yet another dominant regular season, the Mat-Su Miners won their second-straight Alaska League championship after beating the Anchorage Bucs twice in a row to come from behind and win the three-game series. The Miners were on the brink of elimination after the Bucs blanked them, 4-0, in Game 1 behind eight scoreless innings from Jared Morton (UC Riverside) and three hits from infielder Michael Fuchs (Vanguard, Calif.). But the Miners regrouped and bludgeoned the Bucs, 13-3, in Game 2 thanks to a grand slam from third baseman Rainer Ausmus (Kansas State) and 5.2 scoreless innings of relief from Thaddeus Ward (Central Florida). Game 3 was played later that evening and Mat-Su wasted no time jumping all over Anchorage. Catcher Alex Thomas (Baylor), outfielder Quin Cotton (Grand Canyon) and shortstop Austin Bull (Grand Canyon) led the hit parade with two each and starter Payton Robinson (Southeastern Louisiana) set the tone in a 7-1 victory.

1. Quin Cotton, OF, Mat-Su (So., Grand Canyon)

Just a rising sophomore, Cotton was the Alaska Summer League's wire-to-wire hitting leader (.331/.382/.474) for the league-winning Miners and, according to league coaches and scouts, that wasn't by accident. At 6-foot, 190 pounds, Cotton isn't the most physically imposing player, but his advanced feel for hitting stood out to evaluators. It wasn't just Cotton's impressive bat speed or his ability to barrel up fastballs and offspeed pitches alike, coaches also lauded his ability to make adjustments at the plate on the fly and his legitimate gap-to-gap power. Miners coach Ben Taylor marveled at how long Cotton was able to keep the bat in the zone and also said that his thick lower half meant that as he adds strength, he will also add power. Cotton is not athletic enough to play center field and his arm is slightly below average, but he runs well enough to be a good corner outfielder.

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