Baseball America’s Top 20 South Atlantic League Prospects


Chugging along with their annual prospect ranking series, Baseball America posted their list of the top 20 prospects in the Low-A South Atlantic League today. Just one Yankee farmhand made the cut, 2009 first rounder Slade Heathcott at #18. Former Yankee prospect Arodys Vizcaino came it at number six. I’m kinda disappointed that Jose Ramirez didn’t make it, but that’s life.

In the subscriber only scouting report, BA raved about Heathcott’s raw ability, noting his impressive speed, fast-twitch athleticism, patience at the plate, and “unrealized power potential.” They mentioned that his swing needs refinement to help him make more contact (duh), and that he could stand to improve his instincts to take advantage of his speed in center and on the bases. Slade was also compared to Lenny Dykstra for his all-out style of play. “I think he learned what kind of player he is this year,” said a rival league manager. “He needs a lot of polish, but there’s a lot to work with there.”

The next list that Yankee fans have to worry about involves the High-A Florida State League, but that won’t come out until next Wednesday. Dellin Betances is a lock for that one, while Bradley Suttle, Melky Mesa, Adam Warren, and Graham Stoneburner should garner consideration as well. Andrew Brackman might not have thrown innings with Tampa to qualify for the list.

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  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Slade was also compared to Lenny Dykstra for his all-out style of play.

    (retires “Nails” moniker for Alex Rodriguez to free it up for unspecified future uses)

  • pat

    Lols, suck on that Mike Newman.

  • seimiya

    Graham Stoneburner should also be on the ‘Best Names Ever’ list.

    • seimiya

      Personally I would not be surprised if he were a D&D-style dwarf.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        (clads Graham Stoneburner in Enchanted Armor and Sacred Battle Axe of Migli or something)

        • Ross in Jersey

          Stoneburner vs Bumgarner sounds like an epic last-name matchup to me.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            It’s too bad we never had a Saltalamacchia v. Van Landingham confrontation at the plate. Alas, poor Jarrod was born too late

            • whozat

              we could get Saltalamacchia v. Van Benschoten

              • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                Promote this man.

    • whozat

      Steinbrenner = Stoneburner in Norwegian.

      Just saying. Maybe he’s Hank’s bastard son, hence the name obfuscation.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Looking forward to the scouting report on Betances. These seem to be more thorough an overview of a full season rather than scouting one particular game and drawing conlcusions from that.

    I’m looking at you KLaw. I went there.

  • Reggie C.

    No Brett Marshall? Marshall’s stuff is waaaay better than Jo-Ram’s, so though i’m not surprised Ramirez didnt make the list, a case could be made that Marshall merited placement.

    • RalphieD

      marshalls stuff is waaaaay better than jo-ram? i thought jo-ram had big time stuff?

  • Dick Whitman

    Viz is now a 6 star prospect.

    • Baseballnation

      So is pat venditte- 3 stars for both arms ;)