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Old 09-24-2012, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow BA's AZ Summer League Top 20 Prospects

Today begins BA's League Top 20 prospects lists, starting with the AZ Summer League. Great crop overall.


AZL TOP 20
1. Addison Russell, ss, Athletics
2. Albert Almora, of, Cubs
3. Joey Gallo, 3b, Rangers
4. Jorge Soler, of, Cubs
5. Dorssys Paulino, ss, Indians
6. Lewis Brinson, of, Rangers
7. Stryker Trahan, c, Diamondbacks
8. C.J. Edwards, rhp, Rangers
9. Daniel Robertson, ss/3b, Athletics
10. Clint Coulter, c, Brewers
11. Nomar Mazara, of, Rangers
12. Ronald Guzman, 1b, Rangers
13. Renato Nunez, 3b, Athletics
14. Dan Vogelbach, 1b, Cubs
15. Mitch Brown, rhp, Indians
16. Nick Travieso, rhp, Reds
17. Gabriel Guerrero, of, Mariners
18. Tyler Pike, lhp, Mariners
19. Zach Bird, rhp, Dodgers
20. Matt Olson, 1b, Athletics

TEMPE, Ariz.—The earlier signing deadline for draft picks had an obvious effect on the caliber of talent in the Rookie-level Arizona League. This summer's crop of prospects arguably was deeper than any group in the league's 25-year history. Unlike in past years when Latin American players dominated this list, the 2012 Top 20 features several draft choices from June, starting with the top three prospects: Athletics shortstop Addison Russell, Cubs outfielder Albert Almora and Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo.

Russell and Almora were two of the six 2012 first-rounders who qualified for this list, along with Rangers outfielder Lewis Brinson, Diamondbacks catcher Stryker Trahan, Brewers catcher Clint Coulter and Reds righthander Nick Travieso. Padres lefthander Max Fried fell one inning short of making the cut, while Royals righty Kyle Zimmer authored the AZL's lone complete-game shutout but worked only 10 innings in the AZL. By contrast, only one first-rounder was eligible for this Top 20 in the previous two years combined.

The presence of two high-profile Cuban outfielders, Jorge Soler (Cubs) and Yasiel Puig (Dodgers), also bolstered the league, though Puig fell just short of having enough playing time to make this list. The Rangers captured their first AZL championship by defeating the Athletics in a one-game playoff and dominated the Top 20 with five of the league's best prospects. Gallo led that group after setting league records with 18 homers, a .733 slugging percentage and an 1.169 OPS.
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I thought Rendon was going to. Even after being hurt I'd think he would have to be on the list.
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I have only heard of these guys..

1. Addison Russell, ss, Athletics
2. Albert Almora, of, Cubs
3. Joey Gallo, 3b, Rangers
4. Jorge Soler, of, Cubs
14. Dan Vogelbach, 1b, Cubs

Btw when did the Kane County cougars become the cubs team????

Edit: just saw they have a 2 year contract and the Cardinals have the Peoria Chiefs now. Sucks now since my bubba pro debut gold is in a Kane county uni

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I thought Rendon was going to. Even after being hurt I'd think he would have to be on the list.
This is for the AZ Summer League, not the Fall League.
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This is for the AZ Summer League, not the Fall League.
Ah thanks thanks for that. I had no idea there even was a summer league!
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I have only heard of these guys..

1. Addison Russell, ss, Athletics
2. Albert Almora, of, Cubs
3. Joey Gallo, 3b, Rangers
4. Jorge Soler, of, Cubs
14. Dan Vogelbach, 1b, Cubs

Btw when did the Kane County cougars become the cubs team????

Edit: just saw they have a 2 year contract and the Cardinals have the Peoria Chiefs now. Sucks now since my bubba pro debut gold is in a Kane county uni
You never heard of Matt Olson...SHAME ON YOU!
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Ohhhhh I just realized this was a recap of the top 20 in the AZL

At first I thought it was like an expected top 20
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You never heard of Matt Olson...SHAME ON YOU!
or travieso
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I have only heard of these guys..

1. Addison Russell, ss, Athletics
2. Albert Almora, of, Cubs
3. Joey Gallo, 3b, Rangers
4. Jorge Soler, of, Cubs
14. Dan Vogelbach, 1b, Cubs

Btw when did the Kane County cougars become the cubs team????

Edit: just saw they have a 2 year contract and the Cardinals have the Peoria Chiefs now. Sucks now since my bubba pro debut gold is in a Kane county uni
About a week ago.
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I wonder where Puig would have ranked on the list.
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I wonder where Puig would have ranked on the list.
He's one of my questions for the upcoming chat. I'll post it here if Bill Mitchell answers it.

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Here is the schedule for all leagues' top 20 lists:


Gulf Coast League Sept. 25
Appalachian League Sept. 26
Pioneer League Sept. 27
Northwest League Sept. 28
New York-Penn League Oct. 1
Midwest League Oct. 2
South Atlantic League Oct. 3
California League Oct. 4
Carolina League Oct. 5
Florida State League Oct. 8
Eastern League Oct. 9
Southern League Oct. 10
Texas League Oct. 11
International League Oct. 12
Pacific Coast League Oct. 15
Independent Leagues Oct. 16
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He's one of my questions for the upcoming chat. I'll post it here if Bill Mitchell answers it.

FYI:

Here is the schedule for all leagues' top 20 lists:


Gulf Coast League Sept. 25
Appalachian League Sept. 26
Pioneer League Sept. 27
Northwest League Sept. 28
New York-Penn League Oct. 1
Midwest League Oct. 2
South Atlantic League Oct. 3
California League Oct. 4
Carolina League Oct. 5
Florida State League Oct. 8
Eastern League Oct. 9
Southern League Oct. 10
Texas League Oct. 11
International League Oct. 12
Pacific Coast League Oct. 15
Independent Leagues Oct. 16
I tweeted Callis with no reply. Was hoping he would have. Where do you see Puig?
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I tweeted Callis with no reply. Was hoping he would have. Where do you see Puig?
He'd be in the top 5 for me.
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This wasn't my question, but Mitchell definitely answered it.


PT (IBC): Aside from Puig, anyone else who didn't qualify catch your eye?

Bill Mitchell: We've got several questions about Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig in the queue so I'll handle them now. Puig is an absolute beast. I really don't think he even knows how strong he is. I saw him hit balls without solid swings that carried to the fence. He would watch the balls out of the batters box and not realize how hard he hit it. Needless to say, he's better than some of the early reports on him. His swing is much cleaner and he was in much better physical condition. I'm really intrigued by the guy --- he's one of those players that you just can't look away from when he's on the field. He would have easily been a top ten prospect if he had qualified. More than just a few AZL observers liked him better than Jorge Soler.
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Thanks for the post, that's exactly what I wanted to hear. I just got a game used signed bat of his.
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