League Top 20 Prospects

2011 Southern League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Matt Moore, lhp, Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)
2. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Mobile Baybears (Diamondbacks
3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1b, Mobile Baybears (Diamondbacks)
4. Brett Jackson, of, Tennessee Smokies (Cubs)
5. Jarrod Parker, rhp, Mobile Baybears (Diamondbacks)
6. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Mississippi Braves
7. Randall Delgado, rhp, Mississippi Braves
8. Wily Peralta, rhp, Huntsville Stars (Brewers)
9. Yasmani Grandal, c, Carolina Mudcats (Reds)
10. Allen Webster, rhp, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
11. Chris Archer, rhp, Montgomery Biscuits (Rays)
12. Alfredo Silverio, of, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
13. Nathan Eovaldi, rhp, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
14. A.J. Pollock, of, Mobile Baybears (Diamondbacks)
15. Vinnie Catricala, of/3b, Jackson Generals (Mariners)
16. Patrick Corbin, lhp, Mobile Baybears (Diamondbacks)
17. Tyler Pastornicky, ss, Mississippi Braves
18. Chris Withrow, rhp, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
19. Brett Oberholtzer, lhp, Mississippi Braves
20. Shawn Tolleson, rhp, Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers)
Pitching prospects stood out in the Double-A Southern League this year, none more than Montgomery lefthander Matt Moore. He started to establish himself as the top pitching prospect in the minors while with the Biscuits, solidified the notion with even more dominating numbers in Triple-A and put an exclamation point on it by striking out 11 Yankees in five shutout innings in his first big league start.

Mobile had the most prospect-laden rotation in the league by the end of the season with Tyler Skaggs, Jarrod Parker, Patrick Corbin and No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer. Despite the promotion of league MVP Paul Goldschmidt to Arizona, the BayBears won the playoffs thanks to their pitching staff and a well-rounded lineup.

Pitchers grabbed 13 of the spots on this Top 20, and that number would have been higher had Bauer, Chattanooga's Rubby de la Rosa, Jackson's James Paxton and Birmingham's Addison Reed logged enough work to qualify.