Florida State League Top 20 Prospects List

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TOP 20
1. Homer Bailey, rhp, Sarasota (Reds)
2. Yovanni Gallardo, rhp, Brevard County (Brewers)
3. Scott Elbert, lhp, Vero Beach (Dodgers)
4. Ryan Braun, 3b, Brevard County (Brewers)
5. Donald Veal, lhp, Daytona (Cubs)
6. Colby Rasmus, of, Palm Beach (Cardinals)
7. Mark Rogers, rhp, Brevard County (Brewers)
8. Mike Carp, 1b, St. Lucie (Mets)
9. Blake DeWitt, 2b/3b, Vero Beach (Dodgers)
10. Kevin Slowey, rhp, Fort Myers (Twins)
11. Sean Gallagher, rhp, Daytona (Cubs)
12. Terry Evans, of, Palm Beach (Cardinals)
13. Gaby Hernandez, rhp, Jupiter (Marlins)
14. Johnny Cueto, rhp, Sarasota (Reds)
15. Jaime Garcia, lhp, Palm Beach (Cardinals)
16. Jair Jurrjens, rhp, Lakeland (Tigers)
17. Jose Mijares, lhp, Fort Myers (Twins)
18. Alexi Casilla, ss/2b, Fort Myers (Twins)
19. Ryan Patterson, of, Dunedin (Blue Jays)
20. Greg Golson, of, Clearwater (Phillies)

The high Class A Florida State League always has been a nightmare for
hitters. Spacious major league spring-training parks turn home runs
into long outs, several of the stadiums have prevailing winds that blow
in, and the heat and humidity sap hitters’ bat speed as the long season
rolls along.

But hitters this year had extra reason to feel they
were being picked on. Because the league has some of the best April
weather in the minors, teams stocked their FSL affiliates with a slew
of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

In addition to the
pitchers who made this list, Matt Garza, Cole Hamels, Philip Hughes,
Andrew Miller and Mike Pelfrey also pitched in the FSL without logging
enough innings to qualify. Fort Myers in particular seemed to run out
quality arm after quality arm, as Garza and Kevin Slowey and Jose
Mijares were joined by Kyle Waldrop, Anthony Swarzak, Oswaldo Sosa and
Kyle Aselton.

The hitting talent in the league wasn’t nearly as
deep, especially after Brevard County third baseman Ryan Braun and Palm
Beach outfielder Terry Evans moved on to Double-A. Braun easily stood
out as the top position prospect in the league.

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