League Top 20 Prospects

2012 Carolina League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Dylan Bundy, rhp, Delmarva (Orioles)
2. Xander Bogaerts, ss, Salem (Red Sox)
3. Matt Barnes, rhp, Salem (Red Sox)
4. Jackie Bradley Jr., of, Salem (Red Sox)
5. Cody Buckel, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
6. Carlos Sanchez, ss/2b, Winston-Salem (White Sox)
7. J.R. Graham, rhp, Lynchburg (Braves)
8. Yordano Ventura, rhp, Wilmington (Royals)
9. Christian Villanueva, 3b, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
10. Orlando Calixte, ss, Wilmington (Royals)
11. Erik Johnson, rhp, Winston-Salem (White Sox)
12. Hanser Alberto, ss, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
13. Nick Ahmed, ss, Lynchburg (Braves)
14. Edward Salcedo, 3b, Lynchburg (Braves)
15. Nathan Karns, rhp, Potomac (Nationals)
16. Luke Jackson, rhp, Myrtle Beach (Rangers)
17. Christian Vazquez, c, Salem (Red Sox)
18. Trayce Thompson, of, Winston-Salem (White Sox)
19. Ronny Rodriguez, ss/2b, Carolina (Indians)
20. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3b, Wilmington (Royals)
Dylan Bundy couldn't have arrived in the high Class A Carolina League with higher expectations. After beginning his pro career with seven weeks of near-perfect baseball in the low Class A South Atlantic League, the 19-year-old hit a few bumps in the road with Frederick but still was the league's most complete pitcher and best prospect.

"He looked like a No. 1 major league starter who came down to pitch a Carolina League game," Wilmington manager Vance Wilson said.

Salem had three of the CL's four best prospects but didn't make the playoffs, finishing in second place in the Southern Division during the first half and sinking to last place in the second half after shortstop Xander Bogaerts, righthander Matt Barnes and center fielder Jackie Bradley moved on to Double-A. Six of the league's eight teams placed a shortstop on this Top 20 Prospects list, with Lynchburg's Nick Ahmed winning playoff MVP honors after leading the Hillcats to the championship.