League Top 20 Prospects

2012 New York-Penn League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp, Hudson Valley (Rays)
2. Luis Heredia, rhp, State College (Pirates)
3. Roman Quinn, ss, Williamsport (Phillies)
4. Richie Shaffer, 3b, Hudson Valley (Rays)
5. Luis Mateo, rhp, Brooklyn (Mets)
6. Patrick Wisdom, 3b, Batavia (Cardinals)
7. Deven Marrero, ss, Lowell (Red Sox)
8. Jeff Ames, rhp, Hudson Valley (Rays)
9. Danry Vasquez, of, Connecticut (Tigers)
10. Barrett Barnes, of, State College (Pirates)
11. Brandon Nimmo, of, Brooklyn (Mets)
12. Hansel Robles, rhp, Brooklyn (Mets)
13. Jesse Hahn, rhp, Hudson Valley (Rays)
14. Vincent Velasquez, rhp, Tri-City (Astros)
15. Clay Holmes, rhp, State College (Pirates)
16. Tyler Naquin, of, Mahoning Valley (Indians)
17. Pat Light, rhp, Lowell (Red Sox)
18. Phillip Evans, ss, Brooklyn (Mets)
19. Tim Cooney, lhp, Batavia (Cardinals)
20. Breyvic Valera, 2b/ss, Batavia (Cardinals)
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement made negotiations with drafted players a simpler process, causing many college draftees to sign earlier than in the past and get started on their pro careers in the short-season New York-Penn League. First-round picks like Hudson Valley third baseman Richie Shaffer, Lowell shortstop Deven Marrero and Mahoning Valley outfielder Tyler Naquin might not have signed until mid-August under the old system, but this year they logged enough time in the NY-P to qualify for this list.
There was a solid collection of college talent in the league, but young power pitchers like Hudson Valley's Taylor Guerrieri and Jeff Ames and State College's Luis Heredia stood out most against older competition. The NY-P featured a nice blend of pitchers, up-the-middle talents and corner bats with power potential. The prospect crop was deeper than usual, even without players such as Vermont shortstop Addison Russell, Aberdeen righthander Kevin Gausman and Lowell lefty Brian Johnson spending enough time in the league to qualify for this list.
League champion Hudson Valley placed three players in the top eight and four on the Top 20. Brooklyn, which led the league with a 2.62 ERA, also landed four players on the list, and several of its other power arms were in contention.