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2018 Florida State League Top 20 Prospects

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Royce Lewis (Photo by Tom DiPace)


The Florida State League was ripe with talent in 2018. A year after having Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette as their top two prospects, the league is headed by another dynamic duo in Fort Myers shortstop Royce Lewis and outfielder Alex Kirilloff. The pair fueled the Miracle at the plate and in the field on their way to the FSL championship.

On the mound, Phillies righthander Sixto Sanchez led the way despite barely pitching enough innings to qualify for the list. Evaluators routinely tabbed him as the best pitcher on the circuit, sometimes even as the best arm they saw all year. If he’s healthy in 2019, he could zoom to the major leagues.

Besides those three, the league featured one of the best defenders in the minors in Braves center fielder Cristian Pache, a two-way talent in Charlotte’s Brendan McKay and a pair of electric righthanders with wildly dissimilar builds in Lakeland’s Matt Manning and Fort Myers’ Brusdar Graterol.

He didn’t make the Top 20, Ibandel Isabel made waves in the FSL by swatting 36 home runs, tied for the most in the minor leagues in 2018 and a new league record for longballs.



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