Gulf Coast League Top 20 Prospects

See also: GCL
Top 20 Prospects With Scouting Reports


1. Aaron Hicks, of, Twins
2. Kyle Skipworth, c, Marlins
3. Jefry Marte, 3b, Mets
4. Jason Knapp, rhp, Phillies
5. Michael Almanzar, 3b, Red Sox
6. Casey Kelly, ss/rhp, Red Sox
7. Sebastian Valle, c, Phillies
8. Zach Collier, of, Phillies
9. Jack McGeary, lhp, Nationals
10. Abner Abreu, 3b, Indians
11. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Yankees
12. Cesar Puello, of, Mets
13. Anthony Hewitt, 3b, Phillies
14. Esmailyn Gonzalez, ss, Nationals
15. L.J. Hoes, 2b, Orioles
16. Isaac Galloway, of, Marlins
17. Zeke Spruill, rhp, Braves
18. Destin Hood, of, Nationals
19. Derrik Gibson, 3b, Red Sox
20. Jarek Cunningham, 3b/ss, Pirates

The Rookie-level Gulf Coast League is where most teenage prospects get
their first exposure to U.S. professional baseball, either fresh out of
the draft or after playing in the Dominican or Venezuelan summer
leagues. That was certainly the case with the GCL champion Phillies,
who featured Philadelphia’s top four 2008 draft picks (third baseman
Anthony Hewitt, outfielders Zach Collier and Anthony Gose, righthander
Jason Knapp) and Venezuelan catcher Sebastian Valle. Knapp, Collier and
Valle all made this Top 10 list, Hewitt checked in at No. 13 and Gose
would have made a push for inclusion had a back injury not limited him
to 11 games.

Besides the Phillies contingent, the league was filled with 2008
first-rounders (led by Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks, Marlins catcher
Kyle Skipworth and Red Sox shortstop/righthander Casey Kelly) and
international bonus babies (headlined by Mets third baseman Jefry Marte
and Red Sox third baseman Michael Almanzar). The talent in the GCL was
more impressive than in 2007, with a balance of athletes, power hitters
and pitchers.

can see scouting reports for the entire Gulf Coast League Top 20 Prospects