League Top 20 Prospects

Eastern League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Altoona (Pirates)
2. Madison Bumgarner, lhp, Connecticut (Giants)
3. Kyle Drabek, rhp, Reading (Phillies)
4. Carlos Santana, c, Akron (Indians)
5. Jesus Montero, c, Trenton (Yankees)
6. Domonic Brown, of, Reading (Phillies)
7. Junichi Tazawa, rhp, Portland (Red Sox)
8. Wilson Ramos, c, New Britain (Twins)
9. Michael Taylor, of, Reading (Phillies)
10. Brad Lincoln, rhp, Altoona (Pirates)
11. Hector Rondon, rhp, Akron (Indians)
12. Josh Reddick, of, Portland (Red Sox)
13. Ike Davis, 1b, Binghamton (Mets)
14. Marc Rzepczynski, lhp, New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
15. Jose Tabata, of, Altoona (Pirates)
16. Scott Sizemore, 2b, Erie (Tigers)
17. Jake Arrieta, rhp, Bowie (Orioles)
18. Nick Weglarz, of, Akron (Indians)
19. Zach McAllister, rhp, Trenton (Yankees)
20. Brandon Snyder, 1b, Bowie (Orioles)
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.

Akron led the Eastern League virtually from start to finish, winning 89 games and then claiming the league championship by beating Connecticut in four games. The Aeros had a solid crop of prospects, with league MVP Carlos Santana leading the way. Santana hit three home runs in seven playoff games, supporting an offense boosted by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who hit .467 in the postseason.

Chisenhall didn't have enough plate appearances to qualify for this list, and neither did the league's best pitcher, Bowie lefthander Brian Matusz. Had he qualified, Matusz would have ranked first, but he fell an inning short en route to the major leagues. The only way Matusz took a back seat to the other top pitchers in the EL is at the plate, as Madison Bumgarner, Kyle Drabek and Brad Lincoln all are excellent hitting-pitchers.

Pedro Alvarez stuck around long enough following a promotion from high Class A Lynchburg and before helping Team USA win the World Cup to claim the top spot for himself.

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