League Top 20 Prospects

International League Top 20 Prospects

Several '07 stars make repeat appearances on '08 list

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1. Jay Bruce, of, Louisville (Reds)
2. Andrew McCutchen, of, Indianapolis (Pirates)
3. Wade Davis, rhp, Durham (Rays)
4. Reid Brignac, ss, Durham (Rays)
5. Jed Lowrie, ss, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
6. David Huff, lhp, Buffalo (Indians)
7. Neil Walker, 3b, Indianapolis (Pirates)
8. Denard Span, of, Rochester (Twins)
9. Charlie Morton, rhp, Richmond (Braves)
10. Homer Bailey, rhp, Louisville (Reds)
11. David Purcey, lhp, Syracuse (Blue Jays)
12. Kevin Mulvey, rhp, Rochester (Twins)
13. Matt Joyce, of, Toledo (Tigers)
14. Brandon Moss, of/1b, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
15. J.A. Happ, lhp, Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
16. Jeff Niemann, rhp, Durham (Rays)
17. Brandon Jones, of, Richmond (Braves)
18. Collin Balester, rhp, Columbus (Nationals)
19. Brett Gardner, of, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
20. Chris Getz, ss/2b, Charlotte (White Sox)
If our Triple-A International League prospects list looks familiar, there's a reason. Louisville outfielder Jay Bruce repeats at No. 1—following former Durham outfielder Delmon Young (2005-06) as the second consecutive player to accomplish that feat—and six other players made the top 20 for the second straight year.

Pawtucket shortstop Jed Lowrie and Louisville righthander Homer Bailey returned, though their stock is headed in opposite directions. Lowrie took over as an everyday player with Boston, while Bailey failed to claim a rotation slot in Cincinnati and wasn't recalled in September. Other repeaters were Pawtucket first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, Durham righty Jeff Niemann, Richmond outfielder Brandon Jones and Columbus righty Collin Balester.

With the exception of Durham righthander Wade Davis, who blew through the league with nine late-summer starts, position players stood out the most in the IL. That wouldn't have been the case had other young hurlers pitched enough to qualify. Pawtucket's Michael Bowden, Lehigh Valley's Carlos Carrasco, Syracuse's Brett Cecil and Ricky Romero, Rochester's Anthony Swarzak and Louisville's Daryl Thompson all fell short of the required 48 innings.

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