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2002 League Top 20 Prospects

Top 20
After watching another great season of minor league baseball, we know that now you’re depending on us to help you identify the prospects. Here, we start that annual process.

This year we've got twice as many prospects for you as we have had in the past. We give you the Top 20 Prospects in every minor league, from the Gulf Coast League to the International League.

Keep in mind that these are not necessarily the players who performed the best in each league. For that you might want to check out the official league all-star teams.

That’s because as in everything else we do, we place more weight on potential than present performance. We like to see players do well now, but what we’re ultimately trying to determine is who will be the best major leaguers.

The lists in this issue do differ a little bit from the organizational Top 10 Prospects lists that you’ll see in coming months. Those lists are taken more from a scouting perspective, while our league lists are based on conversations with league managers. It is not strictly a poll, though we do try to talk with every manager. Players were considered if they spent at least a third of the season in that league.

Remember that managers and scouts tend to look at players differently. Managers give more weight to what a player does on the field, while scouts look at what a player might eventually do. We think both perspectives are useful, so we give you both even though they don’t always jibe with each other.

These lists are for subscribers only, but nonsubscribers can get a taste of the information by clicking on the top prospect's name to receive his scouting report. Click here to subscribe immediately.

The Lists

Players listed by organization
RookieTop Prospect
Arizona LeagueFelix Pie, of, Cubs
Gulf Coast LeagueHanley Ramirez, ss, Red Sox
Advanced RookieTop Prospect
Appalachian LeagueJeff Francoeur, of, Danville (Braves)
Pioneer LeagueJames Loney, 1b, Great Falls (Dodgers)
Short-Season Class ATop Prospect
New York-Penn LeagueHanley Ramirez, ss, Lowell (Red Sox)
Northwest LeagueAndy Sisco, lhp, Boise (Cubs)
Low Class ATop Prospect
Midwest LeagueJoe Mauer, c, Quad City (Twins)
South Atlantic LeagueGavin Floyd, rhp, Lakewood (Phillies)
High Class ATop Prospect
California LeagueRocco Baldelli, of, Bakersfield (Devil Rays)
Carolina LeagueSean Burnett, lhp, Lynchburg (Pirates)
Florida State LeagueMark Teixeira, 3b, Charlotte (Rangers)
Double-ATop Prospect
Eastern LeagueJose Reyes, ss, Binghamton (Mets)
Southern LeagueJake Peavy, rhp, Mobile (Padres)
Texas LeagueMark Teixeira, 3b, Tulsa (Rangers)
Triple-ATop Prospect
International LeagueCarl Crawford, of, Durham (Devil Rays)
Pacific Coast LeagueJesse Foppert, rhp, Fresno (Giants)

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