Pacific Coast League Top 20 Prospects List

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TOP 20
1. Yovani Gallardo, rhp,
Nashville Sounds (Brewers)
2. Adam Jones, of, Tacoma
Rainiers (Mariners)
Billy Butler, of/1b, Omaha Royals
4. Andy LaRoche, 3b, Las Vegas
51s (Dodgers)
Ian Stewart, 3b, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Rockies)
6. Felix Pie, of, Iowa
Carlos Gomez, of, New Orleans Zephyrs (Mets)
8. James Loney, 1b/of, Las Vegas
51s (Dodgers)
Brandon Wood, 3b/ss, Salt Lake Bees (Angels)
10. Luke Hochevar, rhp, Omaha
Jeff Clement, c, Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners
12. Mike Pelfrey, rhp, New
Orleans Zephyrs (Mets)
13. Edinson Volquez, rhp,
Oklahoma RedHawks (Rangers)
14. Wladimir Balentien, of,
Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)
15. Troy Patton, lhp, Round Rock
Express (Astros)
Eric Hurley, rhp, Oklahoma RedHawks (Rangers)
17. Billy Buckner, rhp, Omaha
Chin-Lung Hu, ss, Las Vegas 51s (Dodgers)
19. Daric Barton, 1b, Sacramento
River Cats (Athletics)
20. Geovany Soto, c/1b, Iowa

Brewers third baseman Ryan
Braun demolished National League pitching in an impressive campaign.
Things weren’t much different in the Pacific Coast League, where he
paced the league with a .701 slugging percentage at the time of his
promotion to Milwaukee at the end of May.

of his early promotion, though, Braun fell 10 plate appearances short
of qualifying for this list, while Giants righthander Tim Lincecum
also missed the cut. Even those defections could not dent the overall
talent level of the league. Five players on the top 20 list–Adam
Jones, Andy LaRoche, Felix Pie, James Loney and Edinson Volquez–made
it for the second straight season, though their inclusion made it
difficult for a trio of power-hitting outfielders to make the cut.

Fresno’s Nate Schierholtz broke his habit of
trying to pull everything, though he remained aggressive at the
plate, and established himself as a contender for a right-field job
in San Francisco. Albuquerque’s Brett Carroll found his power stroke
with an assist from Isotopes Park, where he slugged .692, and took
another step toward regular big league play. And after missing the
2006 season with a left knee injury, Memphis’ Rick Ankiel, 28,
slugged 32 home runs in one of the league’s best stories, though the
story took a turn with reports that he used human growth hormone in

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