2017 International League Top 20 Prospects


Top 20 Prospects International League 2017

Ronald Acuna (Karl L. Moore)

Championship Series
Durham (Rays) 3
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) 1
Best Record
Scranton/WB (Yankees), 91-50 (.610)
Most Valuable Player
Rhys Hoskins, 1B/OF, Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
Pitcher Of The Year
Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis (Pirates)
Did Not Qualify
Gleyber Torres, SS, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

SEE ALSO: International League Top 20 Chat

To qualify for a league top 20, a starting pitcher must have thrown 1/3 of an inning per team game played, a relief pitcher must have made 20 appearances, and hitters must average one plate appearance per game played.

The International League was the home for a number of the game's most talented prospects in 2017, including the No. 2 overall prospect in baseball to start the year (Yoan Moncada), Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year (Ronald Acuna) and Rhys Hoskins, who made major league ballparks look like Little League fields during his debut.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre led the league for a second straight season, with an 86-55 (.610) record, but fell short of defending its league title after losing the Governor's Cup finals in four games to Durham. It's the Bulls' fifth IL title since joining the league in 1998 and first since 2013.

1. Ronald Acuna, OF, Gwinnett (Braves) | 📹
BravesAge: 19 B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 180 Signed: Venezuela, 2014

Acuna began the year in high Class A before pushing all the way to Gwinnett and getting better at every level. He has a mature hitting approach, tantalizing tools and all-star potential.

Acuna's bat speed is elite, which will produce above-average power or better. He has excellent feel to hit and the ability to drive the ball to all fields. More power could come as Acuna continues to develop physically, with 30 home runs a possibility.

On top of that, Acuna is currently a plus-plus runner, though he needs to become a more efficient basestealer and improve his decision-making on throws. He has plus arm strength from center field, and evaluators have pegged him as an above-average to plus defender.

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