League Top 20 Prospects

Southern League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Jason Heyward, of, Mississippi (Braves)
2. Gordon Beckham, ss, Birmingham (White Sox)
3. Desmond Jennings, of, Montgomery (Rays)
4. Mike Stanton, of, Jacksonville (Marlins)
5. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
6. Tyler Flowers, c, Birmingham (White Sox)
7. Logan Morrison, 1b, Jacksonville (Marlins)
8. Freddie Freeman, 1b, Misssissippi (Braves)
9. Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Montgomery (Rays)
10. Josh Bell, 3b, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
11. Jay Jackson, rhp, Tennessee (Cubs)
12. Todd Frazier, of/2b/1b, Carolina (Reds)
13. Jonathan Lucroy, c, Huntsville (Brewers)
14. Chris Heisey, of, Carolina (Reds)
15. Dan Hudson, rhp, Birmingham (White Sox)
16. Jordan Danks, of, Birmingham (White Sox)
17. Sean West, lhp, Jacksonville (Marlins)
18. Andrew Lambo, of, Chattanooga (Dodgers)
19. Daniel Schlereth, lhp, Mobile (Diamondbacks)
20. Travis Wood, lhp, Carolina (Reds)
To be eligible for a league's list, a pitcher must have thrown 1/3 inning for each team game or have made 20 appearances (10 in short-season and rookie-level leagues). Hitters need one plate appearance for each team game.

After a pair of hard-throwing lefties (Clayton Kershaw and David Price) reigned in the Double-A Southern League in 2008, the circuit's top prospects this year were a quartet of high-ceiling hitting prospects.

Mississippi right fielder Jason Heyward looks like a future superstar. Birmingham's Gordon Beckham established himself as a candidate for the American League rookie of the year after joining the White Sox and moving to third base. Montgomery center fielder Desmond Jennings moved on to propel Durham to the Triple-A championship. Carolina right fielder Mike Stanton has as much raw power as any minor league hitter.

Bolstered by the second-half additions of Stanton and third baseman Matt Dominguez, Jacksonville dominated the second half and went on to win the league title.

Dominguez was one of several talented prospects who would have received Top 20 consideration had he played longer in the league. That group also includes Carolina first baseman Yonder Alonso and righthander Zach Stewart, and Tennessee shortstop Starlin Castro.

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