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2005 Top 20 Prospects: New York-Penn LeagueComplete Index of League Top 20s
By Matt Meyers
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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.