League Top 20 Prospects

Carolina League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Manny Machado, ss, Frederick(Orioles)
2. Drew Pomeranz, lhp, Kinston Indians
3. Mike Olt, 3b, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
4. Andrelton Simmons, ss, Lynchburg (Braves)
5. Robbie Erlin, lhp, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
6. Jonathan Schoop, 2b/ss, Frederick (Orioles)
7. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, Wilmington (Royals)
8. Bryce Brentz, of, Salem Red Sox
9. Joe Wieland, rhp, Myrtle Beach(Rangers)
10. Christian Bethancourt, c, Lynchburg (Braves)
11. Zeke Spruill, rhp, Lynchburg (Braves)
12. Destin Hood, of, Potomac (Nationals)
13. Sammy Solis, lhp, Potomac (Nationals)
14. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp, Salem (Red Sox)
15. Bobby Bundy, rhp, Frederick (Orioles)
16. Leury Garcia, ss, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
17. Robbie Ross, lhp, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
18. Justin Grimm, rhp, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
19. Miguel de los Santos, lhp, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
20. Tyler Saladino, ss, Winston-Salem (White Sox)
With fewer teams (eight) than any other full-season circuit, the high Class A Carolina League is rarely loaded with talent. The Nationals' decision to skip Bryce Harper past Potomac didn't help matters, but the CL still had two of the top five picks from the 2010 draft and they headlined our Top 20 Prospects list.

Shortstop Manny Machado came to Frederick in mid-June and was at his best in the playoffs, when he hit .344 with a league-best nine RBIs as the Keys won the championship. Shortly after Machado arrived, Kinston lefthander Drew Pomeranz departed for Double-A and finished his first pro season in the majors after the Rockies acquired him in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade.

No club in the league could match Myrtle Beach's depth in prospects. The Pelicans placed seven players on the Top 20, led by third baseman Mike Olt, and righthanders Barrett Loux and Johan Yan and outfielder Ryan Strausborger didn't miss the list by much.