Gulf Coast League Top 20 Prospects

See also: GCL

With Scouting Reports


1. Gary Sanchez, c, Yankees

2. Miguel Sano, 3b/ss, Twins

3. Justin O’Conner, c, Rays

4. Jake Marisnick, of, Blue Jays

5. Matt Lipka, ss, Braves

6. Juan Urbina, lhp, Mets

7. Jesse Biddle, lhp, Phillies

8. Aaron Altherr, of, Phillies

9. Max Kepler, of, Twins

10. Cito Culver, ss, Yankees

11. Luke Bailey, c, Rays

12. Kellen Sweeney, 3b, Blue Jays

13. Ramon Flores, 1b/of, Yankees

14. K.C. Hobson, 1b, Blue Jays

15. Bruce Rondon, rhp, Tigers

16. Keury de la Cruz, of, Red Sox

17. Christopher Hawkins, 3b, Blue Jays

18. Ryan Brett, 2b, Rays

19. Henry Ramos, of, Red Sox

20. Dixon Machado, ss, Tigers

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.

For the Gulf Coast League, the name of the game was position players. Just three pitchers made the Top 20 Prospects and none made the top five. Lefthander Juan Urbina checked in as the top arm at No. 6. While 2009 was heavy with international signees, the 2010 edition was more balanced with several draft picks making their mark.

The Blue Jays led all teams with four players on the list, two from the 2009 draft who earned a promotion partway through the summer—outfielder Jake Marisnick and first baseman K.C. Hobson—while 2010 draftees Kellen Sweeney and Christopher Hawkins accrued enough playing time to qualify. Toronto could have easily had six make it as righthanders Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Sanchez, taken in the first and supplemental first-round this year, performed well and have upside, but they barely missed the minimum innings requirement.

Competition for a spot on this list also proves difficult because there are 15 teams in the league. Good prospects and high-profile signings can be left out because they struggled and didn’t live up to expectations. Niko Goodrum has a plus-plus arm and is an above-average runner, helping him become a second-round pick of the Twins this year. But he hit .161/.219/.195 in 118 at-bats and didn’t show managers anything that would make them take him instead of others on this list. The same goes for Roberto de la Cruz, a third baseman who signed with the Cardinals for $1.1 million in 2008. He showed impressive power in his second GCL stint, but still doesn’t make enough contact. He barely missed the cut.

In the postseason, the Phillies won their second GCL title in three years, beating the Rays 2-1 in a three-game series.


reports for the entire Gulf Coast League Top 20 Prospects