Eastern League Top 20 Prospects List

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TOP 20
Clay Buchholz, rhp, Portland Sea Dogs (Boston)
2. Andrew McCutchen, of, Altoona Curve (Pirates)
3. Fernando Martinez, of, Binghamton Mets
4. Asdrubal Cabrera, ss, Akron Aeros (Indians)
5. Ian Kennedy, rhp, Trenton Thunder (Yankees)
6. Jair Jurrjens, rhp, Erie SeaWolves (Tigers)
7. Alan Horne, rhp, Trenton Thunder (Yankees)
8. Jed Lowrie, ss, Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
9. Neil Walker, 3b, Altoona Curve (Pirates)
10. Collin Balester, rhp, Harrisburg Senators (Nationals)
11. Jordan Brown, 1b/of, Akron Aeros (Indians)
12. Radhames Liz, rhp, Bowie Baysox (Orioles)
13. Justin Masterson, rhp, Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox)
14. Kyle Kendrick, rhp, Reading
Chuck Lofgren, lhp, Akron Aeros (Indians)
16. Jeff Larish, 1b, Erie SeaWolves (Tigers)
17. Brian Barton, of, Akron Aeros (Indians)
18. Brian Duensing, lhp, New Britain Rock
Cats (Twins)
Mike Costanzo, 3b, Reading
Nolan Reimold, of, Bowie
Baysox (Orioles)

The 2007 season was one few
in Trenton will ever forget.

The Thunder, once known for
having the minors’ ugliest logo, got off to a blistering 17-2 start thanks to a
standout pitching staff. Trenton’s arms carried
the team throughout the Double-A Eastern League season, posting a 3.18 team ERA
that ranked second behind only low Class A Augusta (3.02) among full-season
minor league teams.

The Thunder then beat Akron for the Eastern League championship.
Their playoff title was all the more impressive considering that Joba
Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy already had graduated to the Yankees, while the
Indians sent top arms Adam Miller and Jeremy Sowers down from Triple-A for the
EL postseason.

Kennedy and EL pitcher of the year Alan
Horne represented Trenton on this Top 10 list, and Chamberlain would have
joined them had he not fallen just short of qualifying. New
Britain righthander Nick Blackburn also came up a few innings shy
after showing, to much less fanfare, quality stuff and

None of those pitchers could match the total
package of Portland
righty Clay Buchholz, the league’s No. 1 prospect. He showed what he could do
with a no-hitter against the Orioles in his second big league

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