Southern League Top 20 Prospects List

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TOP 20
1. Homer Bailey, rhp, Chattanooga (Reds)
2. Yovani Gallardo, rhp, Huntsville (Brewers)
3. Scott Elbert, lhp, Jacksonville (Dodgers)
4. Matt Kemp, of, Jacksonville (Dodgers)
5. Andy LaRoche, 3b, Jacksonville (Dodgers)
6. Ryan Braun, 3b, Huntsville (Brewers)
7. Joey Votto, 1b, Chattanooga (Reds)
8. Jeff Niemann, rhp, Montgomery (Devil Rays)
9. Anibal Sanchez, rhp, Carolina (Marlins)
10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c, Mississippi (Braves)
11. Miguel Montero, c, Tennessee (Diamondbacks)
12. Sean Gallagher, rhp, West Tenn (Cubs)
13. Tyler Lumsden, lhp, Birmingham (White Sox)
14. George Kottaras, c, Mobile (Padres)
15. Alberto Gonzalez, ss, Tennessee (Diamondbacks)
16. Mitch Talbot, rhp, Montgomery (Devil Rays)
17. Eric Patterson, 2b, West Tenn (Cubs)
18. Juan Salas, rhp, Montgomery (Devil Rays)
19. Andy Sonnastine, rhp, Montgomery (Devil Rays)
20. Lance Broadway, rhp, Birmingham (White Sox)

Team for team, the Double-A Southern League had more talent than any
minor league circuit in 2005. Last year’s prospect list started with
outfielders Delmon Young, Jeremy Hermida, Jeff Francoeur and Chris
Young, and the pitchers were led by Chad Billingsley.

the standard that group established, it’s no surprise the 2006 class
couldn’t match it. Even by midseason, Southern League observers were
struggling to find players who had separated themselves from the pack.

been through every team in this league once, and we still haven’t seen
an arm that really stands out,” one hitting coach said in June.
“Normally this league is pretty strong, but it’s like here we are
halfway though and you’re just scratching your head still looking for
somebody to wow you.”

Then reinforcements began to arrive from
the high Class A Florida State League. The top three players on this
list are pitchers promoted from the FSL–where Homer Bailey, Yovani
Gallardo and Scott Elbert also ranked 1-2-3. After joining him at the
Futures Game, third baseman Ryan Braun also came up with Gallardo from
Brevard County and emerged as one of the SL’s elite hitters.

the second straight year, Jacksonville had the league’s best group of
position prospects. Outfielder Matt Kemp and third baseman Andy LaRoche
were the best, while middle infielders Tony Abreu and Chin-Lung Hu also
drew support.

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