Carolina League Top 20 Prospects List

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1. Jordan Schafer, of, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves)
2. Chris Marrero, of, Potomac Nationals
3. Elvis Andrus, ss, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves)
4. Max Ramirez, c, Kinston Indians
5. Wes Hodges, 3b, Kinston Indians
6. Chorye Spoone, rhp, Frederick Keys (Orioles)
7. Brandon Erbe, rhp, Frederick Keys (Orioles)
8. Tommy Hanson, rhp, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves)
9. Adam Carr, rhp, Potomac Nationals
10. Matt Whitney, 1b, Kinston Indians
11. Mitch Einertson, of, Salem Avalanche (Astros)
12. Daniel Cortes, rhp, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals
13. Josh Rodriguez, ss, Kinston Indians
14. Sergio Perez, rhp, Salem Avalanche (Astros)
15. Brad James, rhp, Salem Avalanche (Astros)
16. Brad Bergesen, rhp, Frederick Keys (Orioles)
17. Shelby Ford, 2b, Lynchburg Hillcats (Pirates)
18. Jairo Cuevas, rhp, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves)
19. Julio Pimentel, rhp, Wilmington Blue Rockies (Royals)
20. Kyle McCulloch, rhp, Winston-Salem Warthogs (White Sox)

Managers and scouts around Carolina League couldn’™t stop talking about how much the talent level was down in the high Class A circuit this year. The CL didn’t have its usual share of impact bats and frontline starters.

Winston-Salem first baseman Micah Schnurstein, who topped the CL with 25 homers, did so after spending 2006 in Double-A. Wilmington lefthander Rowdy Hardy, who led the league with 15 wins and took home its pitcher of the year award, has an 80-83 mph fastball that had scouts questioning his ceiling.

In short, the talent level was down this season.

“It’™s not what you’™d consider a five-star league by any stretch of the imagination,” Frederick manager Tommy Thompson said. “There just aren’™t a lot of guys around the league that really jump out at you, not a bunch of guys where you watch them and they really stand out and look different.

“But it’™s still a good league for the players here in terms of making adjustments. It’™s always going to be a good league for that reason. The level of talent was just lacking a little.”

The hitters outshone the pitchers, grabbing the first five spots on this prospect list. The midseason arrival of outfielders Jordan Schafer (Myrtle Beach) and Chris Marrero (Potomac) from the low Class A South Atlantic League provided the CL with its two best talents.

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