Baseball America began to unveil their league Top 20 prospect lists this afternoon. Today saw the release of both the Arizona Rookie League and the Pioneer League Top 20 lists. It’s worth noting before getting into who ranked where, that these lists aren’t always in line with how guys will be ranked within the organizational or even Top 100 rankings as the process is a little bit different on how this list is made versus how the others are. These lists are more weighted towards what opposing managers/coaches in the league say about the players than what you see in the organizational or Top 100 list which is more likely to be weighted towards what scouts are saying about the players and lean more on future potential.

Arizona Rookie League

To see the list is free, but if you want to read the scouting reports you will need a Baseball America subscription. The Cincinnati Reds only had one player crack the Top 20 of this league, 2nd rounder Tony Santillan who ranked 17th in the league.

The right hander didn’t post incredible numbers, in a small number of innings, but he was pretty good outside of two games though where he allowed all of his earned runs (eight total games – all 11 runs came in two games).

Age ERA IP H HR BB K
18 5.03 19.2 15 1 11 19

The report reads pretty similarly to his pre-draft scouting reports. Big arm, two really strong pitches and needs to work on his mechanics and a third offering.

The depth in this league was strong this year. The guy who ranked directly behind Santillan throws 100 MPH to really put into perspective just how much raw talent was in the league. There are also 14 teams in the league, making spots a little tougher to come by than in some other leagues.

Pioneer League

The Billings Mustangs had a good showing in the Pioneer League rankings. The league has just eight teams, so the averages would dictate each team should have 2.5 players on the list. The Reds landed three players on the list.

1st round pick Tyler Stephenson came in ranked as the 2nd best prospect in the league. The catcher showed a good strikezone awareness at the plate and hit .268 on the year. He didn’t hit for too much power, slugging just .361 with 15 doubles and a homer. He threw out 27% of attempted base stealers.

Age PA 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG
18 219 15 0 1 .268 .352 .361

Supplemental 2nd round pick Tanner Rainey came in on the list as the 12th best prospect in the league. The right handed pitcher showed off a big fastball and a good slider in the league, but his numbers were mediocre in the year. His walk rate was higher than you’d like to see and his ERA was 4.27 on the season.

Age ERA IP H HR BB K
22 4.27 59.0 58 2 28 57

Shortstop Blake Trahan was the third Mustang on the list. The shortstop came in as the 14th best prospect in the league. The 3rd round pick walked more than he struck out and hit .312 for Billings before getting a final two week promotion to Daytona who was in need of a shortstop after an injury to Carlton Daal. The report talks about how much of a grinder he is, but questions some of his tools in the long run.

Age PA 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG
22 216 8 3 1 .312 .400 .403