League Top 20 Prospects

2012 Gulf Coast League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Byron Buxton, of, Twins
2. Carlos Correa, ss, Astros
3. D.J. Davis, of, Blue Jays
4. Rio Ruiz, 3b, Astros
5. Wyatt Mathisen, c, Pirates
6. Carlos Tocci, of, Phillies
7. Dilson Herrera, 2b, Pirates
8. Tzu-Wei Lin, ss, Red Sox
9. Tyler Glasnow, rhp, Pirates
10. Jose Peraza, ss, Braves
11. Steve Bean, c, Cardinals
12. Alberto Tirado, rhp, Blue Jays
13. Luis Merejo, lhp, Braves
14. Jake Thompson, rhp, Tigers
15. Austin Schotts, of, Tigers
16. Kolby Copeland, of, Marlins
17. Avery Romero, 3b/2b, Marlins
18. Harold Castro, 2b, Tigers
19. Jin-De Jhang, c, Pirates
20. Francellis Montas, rhp, Red Sox
For the first time in several years, the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League was deep with prospects. With the signing deadline for the draft pushed up a month to July 13, several top draft picks signed quickly and received enough playing time to qualify for the list, which hadn't been the case in recent years.

The top two picks in the draft, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, made their pro debuts in the GCL before moving up to the Rookie-level Appalachian League. Neither player stood out in terms of performance, but both players made an impression around the league despite their lukewarm statistics.

The Pirates won the league championship and placed four players on this Top 20, starting with catcher Wyatt Mathisen at No. 5. Taiwan hasn't been a hotbed for prospects and has been more notable for producing pitchers than position players, but two Taiwanese hitters cracked our prospect list: Red Sox shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin and Pirates catcher Jin-De Jhang.