League Top 20 Prospects

Carolina League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Matt Wieters, c, Frederick (Orioles)
2. Jake Arrieta, rhp, Frederick (Orioles)
3. Gorkys Hernandez, of, Myrtle Beach (Braves)
4. Nick Weglarz, of, Kinston (Indians)
5. Beau Mills, 1b, Kinston (Indians)
6. Aaron Poreda, lhp, Winston-Salem (White Sox)
7. Blake Wood, rhp, Wilmington (Royals)
8. Brandon Erbe, rhp, Frederick (Orioles)
9. Hector Rondon, rhp, Kinston (Indians)
10. Chris Marrero, 1b, Potomac (Nationals)
11. Ross Detwiler, lhp, Potomac (Nationals)
12. Tyler Flowers, c, Myrtle Beach (Braves)
13. Brandon Hicks, ss, Myrtle Beach (Braves)
14. Brandon Allen, 1b, Winston-Salem (White Sox)
15. Carlos Rivero, ss, Kinston (Indians)
16. Brandon Snyder, 1b, Frederick (Orioles)
17. John Ely, rhp, Winston-Salem (White Sox)
18. Josh Tomlin, rhp, Kinston (Indians)
19. Kanekoa Texeira, rhp, Winston-Salem (White Sox)
20. Bill Rowell, 3b, Frederick (Orioles)
There was no doubting the identity of the high Class A Carolina League top prospect in 2008. Catcher Matt Wieters broke into pro ball by hitting .345/.448/.576 in 69 games at Frederick, the first step in earning Minor League Player of the Year honors.

Wieters' presence atop the list is made even more notable by the absence of Lynchburg lefthander Daniel Moskos from the Top 20. The Pirates famously balked at Wieters' price tag and instead chose Moskos with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 draft. Moskos, whose fastball dipped into the high 80s and whose slider flattened out, went 6-7, 6.72 as a starter and gave up runs in each of his first five outings after moving to the bullpen in late July.

Catchers would have ranked 1-2 if Kinston's Carlos Santana hadn't fallen 12 plate appearances short of qualifying. Described by one evaluator as a mini-Wieters, Santana went to the Indians in the midseason Casey Blake deal. The best pitcher who missed out was Myrtle Beach righthander Tommy Hanson, who held opponents to a .116 average in seven starts.

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