League Top 20 Prospects

2012 International League Top 20 Prospects

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1. Matt Harvey, rhp, Buffalo (Mets)
2. Starling Marte, of, Indianapolis (Pirates)
3. Chris Archer, rhp, Durham (Rays)
4. Julio Teheran, rhp, Gwinnett (Braves)
5. Chris Parmelee, 1b, Rochester (Twins)
6. Ryan Lavarnway, c, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
7. Didi Gregorius, ss, Louisville (Reds)
8. Jacob Turner, rhp, Toledo (Tigers)
9. Jeff Locke, lhp, Indianapolis (Pirates)
10. Tim Beckham, ss, Durham (Rays)
11. Jose Iglesias, ss, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
12. Cory Kluber, rhp, Columbus (Indians)
13. Cody Allen, rhp, Columbus (Indians)
14. Jeurys Famila, rhp, Buffalo (Mets)
15. L.J. Hoes, of, Norfolk (Orioles)
16. Zach McAllister, rhp, Columbus (Indians)
17. Jennry Mejia, rhp, Buffalo (Mets)
18. Casey Crosby, lhp, Toledo (Tigers)
19. Tyler Cloyd, rhp, Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
20. Christian Garcia, rhp, Syracuse (Nationals)
Our International League prospect lists usually are filled with impact talent. Arms such as Homer Bailey, Matt Garza, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore and Jon Niese have come through the Triple-A circuit in recent years.

Buffalo's Matt Harvey certainly fits in with that group. He ranked as the league's No. 1 prospect after honing his strikeout stuff against IL before making a smashing big league debut in August and September. But quality arms were few and far between in the league this year, where many of the most successful pitchers were offspeed artists like Lehigh Valley's Tyler Cloyd and Indianapolis' Rudy Owens.

Difference-making position players were even scarcer, as most of the hitters on this list profile as complementary regulars or even reserves. That's a stark contract to the previous two seasons, when the likes of Pedro Alvarez, Todd Frazier, Freddie Freeman, Jason Kipnis, Josh Reddick and Carlos Santana terrorized IL pitchers.