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2005 Top 20 Prospects: California League
Complete Index of League Top 20s

By Kevin Goldstein
September 30, 2005

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1. Brandon Wood, ss, Rancho Cucamonga
2. Stephen Drew, ss, Lancaster
3. Howie Kendrick, 2b, Rancho Cucamonga
4. Ian Stewart, 3b, Modesto
5. Billy Bulter, 3b/of, High Desert
6. Daric Barton, 1b, Stockton
7. Edison Volquez, rhp, Bakersfield
8. Thomas Diamond, rhp, Bakersfield
9. Adam Jones, ss, Inland Empire
10. Eddy Martinez-Esteve, of, San Jose
11. John Danks, lhp, Bakersfield
12. Asdrubal Cabrera, ss, Inland Empire
13. Chris Iannetta, c, Modesto
14. Miguel Montero, c, Lancaster
15. Ubaldo Jimenez, rhp, Modesto
16. Nate Schierholtz, of, San Jose
17. George Kottaras, c, Lake Elsinore
18. Jim Miller, rhp, Modesto
19. Juan Morillo, rhp, Modesto
20. Chris Lubanski, of, High Desert
Scouts and managers agreed on the talent in the high Class A California League this season: a whole lot of hitting, not much pitching and next to no defense. As usual, the league was a hitter's paradise. Just six pitchers cracked our Cal League Top 20 Prospects list, and five of them were in Double-A by midseason.

The Rockies' Modesto affiliate garnered the most attention with five players in the Top 20. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the seventh overall pick in the June draft, would have made it six if not for a torn quadriceps that prevented him from qualifying.

He hit, he hit for power, he made all the plays in the field, and every time I saw him he was limping, one American League scout said. So once hes 100 percent, he should be fantastic.

The two top-rated prospects in the 2004 draft, righthanders Jered Weaver (Angels) and Jeff Niemann (Devil Rays), also left a strong impression during Cal League stints that were too brief for them to make this list. Weaver showed excellent command of a 90-92 mph fastball, a slider and a changeup. Niemann, who was never at 100 percent, had plenty of life and deception with his 90-93 mph fastball, but he still was well off the high-90s velocity he showed at Rice.

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