Eastern League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Domonic Brown, of, Reading Phillies

2. Zach Brittton, lhp, Bowie Baysox (Orioles)

3. Kyle Drabek, rhp, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays)

4. Brandon Belt, Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants)

5. Andrew Brackman, Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b, Akron Aeros (Indians)

7. Kyle Gibson, rhp, New Britain Rock Cats (Twins)

8. Alex White, rhp, Akron Aeros (Indians)

9. Jason Kipnis, 2b, Akron Aeros (Indians)

10. Casey Kelly, rhp, Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)

11. Brandon Laird, 3b, Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

12. Danny Espinosa, ss, Harrisburg Senators (Nationals)

13. Andy Oliver, Erie SeaWolves (Tigers)

14. Bryan Morris, rhp, Altoona Curve (Pirates)

15. Rudy Owens, lhp, Altoona Curve (Pirates)

16. Hector Noesi, rhp, Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

17. Jose Iglesias, ss, Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)

18. Anthony Rizzo, 1b, Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)

19. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of, Binghamton Mets

20. Austin Romine, c, Trenton Thunder (Yankees)

Baseball America’s League Top 20 lists
are generated from consultations with scouts and league managers. To qualify for consideration, a player must have spent at least one-third of the season in a league. Position players must have one plate appearance for every league game. Pitchers must pitch 1/3 inning for every league game, and relievers have to have made at least 20 appearances in full-season leagues and 10 in short-season ones.

Outfielder Domonic Brown needed just a month at Reading in 2009 to rank No. 6 on our Double-A Eastern League prospects list. His tools were even
more apparent this season when he spent the first two months with Reading, showing why the Phillies refused to include him in any of their
recent trades. Brown vaulted to the No. 1 spot on the list en route to Philadelphia.

Two of the league’s deepest teams met for the EL championship, with Altoona defeating Trenton. The Curve was loaded with pitching, while second baseman Chase d’Arnaud cracked three homers in the playoffs. Though the Thunder had sent league MVP Brandon Laird to Triple-A, they still made it to the finals behind catcher Austin Romine and righthanders Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman and Adam Warren. Banuelos, Betances—not to mention a rehabbing Andy Pettitte—didn’t qualify for this list. Neither did the brightest star in
the minor leagues, righthander Stephen Strasburg, who briefly flashed across the EL firmament in five April starts.


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