League Top 20 Prospects

2011 South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Bryce Harper, of, Hagerstown Suns (Nationals)
2. Manny Machado, ss, Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles)
3. Jurickson Profar, ss, Hickory Crawdads (Rangers)
4. Jameson Taillon, rhp, West Virginia Power (Pirates)
5. Christian Yelich, of, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)
6. Jesse Biddle, lhp, Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies)
7. Marcell Ozuna, of, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)
8. Brandon Jacobs, of, Greenville Drive (Red Sox)
9. Jonathan Schoop, ss/3b, Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles)
10. Xander Bogaerts, ss, Greenville Drive (Red Sox)
11. A.J. Cole, rhp, Hagerstown Suns (Nationals)
12. Kyle Parker, of, Asheville Tourists (Rockies)
13. J.T. Realmuto, c, Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)
14. Gary Sanchez, c, Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees)
15. Trayce Thompson, of, Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox)
16. Bryce Brentz, of, Greenville Drive (Red Sox)
17. Tyler Matzek, lhp, Asheville Tourists (Rockies)
18. Domingo Santana, of, Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies)/Lexington Legends (Astros)
19. Cody Buckel, rhp, Hickory Crawdads (Rangers)
20. Miles Head, 1b, Greenville Drive (Red Sox)
The beginning of this year's low Class A South Atlantic League Top 20 Prospects list mirrors the start of the 2010 draft. Hagerstown outfielder Bryce Harper, West Virginia righthander Jameson Taillon and Delmarva shortstop Manny Machado went 1-2-3 atop last year's draft and occupy three of the first four spots in our SAL rankings.

Beyond the top three, the Sally League featured seven other 2010 first-rounders, with Greensboro outfielder Christian Yelich, Lakewood lefthander Jesse Biddle and Asheville outfielder Kyle Parker also cracking the Top 20. With the influx from the 2010 draft as well as a crop of outstanding international players led by Hickory shortstop Jurickson Profar and Delmarva infielder Jonathan Schoop, veteran SAL managers believed the bounty of high-end talent in the league was as promising and as young as they could remember.

"I saw the league get younger, which I think is great," Hickory manager Bill Richardson said. "A lot of teams challenged their young players to see if they cut the mustard. The young talent in this league was phenomenal. There was a great variety of college players along with young high school and Latin players in the league, and I believe you're going to see a lot of these guys play in the big leagues."