California League Top 20 Prospects List

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TOP 20
1. Reid Brignac, ss, Visalia (Devil Rays)
2. Carlos Gonzalez, of, Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
3. Franklin Morales, lhp, Modesto (Rockies)
4. Nick Adenhart, rhp,  Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
5. Eric Hurley, rhp, Bakersfield (Rangers)
6. Travis Buck, of, Stockton (Athletics)
7. Jose Arredondo, rhp, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
8. Greg Reynolds, rhp, Modesto (Rockies)
9. Greg Smith, lhp, Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
10. Jonathan Herrera, ss, Modesto (Rockies)
11. Emilio Bonifacio, 2b, Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
12. Sean Rodriguez, ss, Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)
13. Mark Reynolds, if, Lancaster (Diamondbacks)
14. Ben Harrison,  of, Bakersfield (Rangers)
15. Landon Powell, c, Stockton (Athletics)
16. Yung Chi Chen, 2b, Inland Empire (Mariners)
17. Fernando Perez, of, Visalia (Devil Rays)
18. Samuel Deduno, rhp, Modesto (Rockies)
19. Cesar Ramos, lhp, Lake Elsinore (Rockies)
20. Chase Headley, 3b, Lake Elsinore (Padres)

A year after Brandon Wood, Stephen Drew and Howie Kendrick headlined a
banner class in the high Class A California League, the talent level
dipped quite a bit in 2006. There were a few very good prospects at the
top of the league–namely 20-year-old sluggers Reid Brignac and Carlos
Gonzalez and 20-year-old righthanders Franklin Morales, Nick Adenhart
and Eric Hurley–but there were plenty of question marks after that.

of talent was severely lacking, as there were just five position
players whom a consensus of scouts and managers projected as future big
league regulars. Besides Brignac and Gonzalez, that group included
Stockton outfielder Travis Buck, Modesto shortstop Jonathan Herrera and
Lancaster second baseman Emilio Bonifacio.

The league received
an infusion of talent from the draft, as No. 2 overall pick Greg
Reynolds, No. 3 choice Evan Longoria and No. 10 selection Tim Lincecum
reached high Class A in a hurry.

Among that trio, only Reynolds
qualified for this list, as Longoria quickly smashed his way to
Double-A and Lincecum’s strict pitch count kept him from reaching the
minimum innings threshold. Both Longoria and Lincecum would have been
locks for the top 10 and made strong cases for the top five had they
qualified.Though neither Lancaster nor Modesto made the
playoffs, they tied for the league high with four prospects on this Top
20 list. They featured the league’s two breakthrough performers,
Herrera and JetHawks infielder Mark Reynolds.

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