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2005 Top 20 Prospects: New York-Penn League
Complete Index of League Top 20s

By Matt Meyers
September 22, 2005

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1. Nolan Reimold, of, Aberdeen
2. Chris Volstad, rhp, Jamestown
3. Wade Davis, rhp, Hudson Valley
4. Eduardo Nunez, ss, Staten Island
5. Radhames Liz, rhp, Aberdeen
6. Jacoby Ellsbury, of, Lowell
7. Jed Lowrie, ss/2b, Lowell
8. Garrett Olson, lhp, Aberdeen
9. Jacob McGee, lhp, Hudson Valley
10. Tyler Greene, ss, New Jersey
11. Gaby Sanchez, 3b/1b, Jamestown
12. Luis Soto, of, Lowell
13. Clay Buchholz, rhp, Lowell
14. Michael Hollimon, ss, Oneonta
15. Welinson Baez, ss, Batavia
16. Jensen Lewis, rhp, Mahoning Valley
17. Ryan Patterson, of, Auburn
18. Kevin Whelan, rhp, Oneonta
19. Nick Webber, rhp, New Jersey
20. Bobby Parnell, rhp, Brooklyn
The depth of shortstop talent stood out most in the short-season New York Penn-League this summer. Starting with Staten Island's Eduardo Nunez at No. 4, shortstops occupied five of the first 15 spots on our NY-P Top 20 Prospects list. A sixth, Tri-City's Wladimir Sutil, also earned strong consideration.

Despite the deep shortstop crop, it was an outfielder who emerged as the best prospect in the league. Nolan Reimold became the second Aberdeen outfielder in three years to claim that distinction, following Nick Markakis in 2003. Reimold beat out a pair of teenage righthanders, Jamestown's Chris Volstad and Hudson Valley's Wade Davis.

Volstad was the only one of the four 2005 first-round pitchers who spent enough time in the NY-P to qualify for this list who made it. Hudson Valley righty Wade Townsend never regained the plus fastball he had before his yearlong layoff, didn't trust the pitch and instead relied on offspeed stuff that hitters feasted on. Worn out after pitching 130 innings while leading Tulane to the College World Series, Tri-City lefty Brian Bogusevic posted a 7.59 ERA out of the bullpen. Jamestown righty Jacob Marceaux had a live fastball but got rocked in his early outings before earning a promotion with four straight quality starts.

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