Top 30 Arizona Fall League Prospects

Top 30 Arizona Fall League Prospects

As usual, the Arizona Fall League was loaded with outstanding young talent in 2011. The league had an array of impressive bats and some powerful arms, particularly out of the bullpen. After thoroughly scouting the league's top talent, National Baseball Expert, Frankie Piliere takes a look at the top thirty prospects the league had to offer this fall.

1. Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
Baseball's most talented hitting prospect performed in a big way on a very big prospect stage.

2. Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Trout didn't have his best showing, but at this point he's more than proven how rare a talent he is.

3. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Cole and his electric stuff settled in quickly in the AFL, but he still needs to get hitters off his fastball.

4. Mike Olt, 3B, Texas Rangers
Olt is more than just a masher and has a knack for hitting to right-center field that could make him a perennial .300 hitter in the big leagues.

5. Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners
We expected to see an ultra polished lefty and it turns out Hultzen is exactly as good as advertised.

6. Christian Bethancourt, C, Atlanta Braves
Bethancourt has come such a long way offensively and that makes his defensive skills and arm all the more exciting.

7. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies
Few hitters in the minors have the combination of ability to make consistent contact and hit with power like Arenado does.

8. Nick Franklin, SS, Seattle Mariners
He could have performed better, but Franklin's ability at the plate and in the field is obvious.

9. Michael Choice, OF, Oakland Athletics
Choice's combination of athleticism and power stood out in a big way even in a league full of premier athletes and power bats.

10. Jean Segura, SS, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
A young hitter who deserves more credit for his hit tool, the athletic Segura continued to hit at a solid clip in the AFL.

11. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
He was extremely young for the league, but still stood out as one of the superb multi-tool talents in Arizona.

12. Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals
Myers is vastly improved at the plate, and his discipline and bat speed continue to wow the scouts.

13. Jedd Gyorko, 3B, San Diego Padres
Few players had scouts raving as much as Gyorko and his outstanding hit tool.

14. Jed Bradley, LHP, Milwaukee Brewers
We didn't get to see the best version of Jed Bradley, but he's done enough in the past to prove he's more than worthy of this list.

15. Anthony Gose, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Don't look now but the super toolsy Anthony Gose looks like he's putting things together offensively.

16. Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Atlanta Braves
Exactly as advertised, Gilmartin showed polish in the AFL as well as plus secondary offerings.

17. Mikie Mahtook, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
Mahtook erased a lot of doubts about his bat already, and he consistently drove the ball with authority in the AFL.

18. Tim Wheeler, OF, Colorado Rockies
Wheeler has an outstanding combination of athleticism and power and those skills were very obvious in the fall league.

19. Junior Lake, SS, Chicago Cubs
The Cubs may have a star on the rise in Starlin Castro but Lake's emerging power bat certainly gives them some depth at the position.

20. Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Not that his talent went unnoticed before, but Eaton was one of the pleasant surprises of the fall, showing off some power and ability to hit to all fields.

21. Robbie Grossman, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Following a strong regular season, the supremely athletic Grossman drove the ball as well as any player this fall.

22. Joe Panik, 2B, San Francisco Giants
Panik's selection in June may have turned some heads but his overall skill set continued to impress in Arizona.

23. Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Boston Red Sox
Middlebrooks' short swing and extension made him one of the league's offensive standouts.

24. Grant Green, OF, Oakland Athletics
Green has made some mechanical adjustments at the plate and appears to be adapting well to the outfield.

25. Jacob Petricka, RHP, Chicago White Sox
The secondary attack will need to make progress but his heavy 92-95 mph fastball has as much life as any fastball in the league.

26. Rob Scahill, RHP, Colorado Rockies
Scahill's numbers slipped late, but he showed electric stuff, including an upper 90s fastball, out of the pen.

27. Scooter Gennett, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
Gennett is an outstanding athlete, but his hit tool is what stood out in a big way this fall.

28. Gary Brown, OF, San Francisco Giants
Speed and athleticism are the name of the game for Brown, but his bat has been impressive as well.

29. Joe Terdoslavich, 1B, Atlanta Braves
Many bats stood out in the AFL, but Terdoslavich was one the best surprises of the fall.

30. Robert Carson, LHP, New York Mets
Carson has a lot to work on, but it's hard to look past his 93-95 mph fastball from the left side.

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