Baseball America magazine is doing its annual postseason listing of the top 20 prospects in each of the minor leagues and got up to the Midwest League on Monday.
Four guys who played this season for the Cedar Rapids Kernels are on that list, including outfielder Byron Buxton at No. 1. That was a given considering BA recently named Buxton its top prospect in all of minor league baseball.
Other Kernels making the MWL top 20a are pitcher Jose Berrios (13), outfielder Adam Brett Walker (15) and second baseman Jorge Polanco (20).
As Baseball America noted, it was a very strong league this season and difficult to crack the top 20 because of that and because there are so many teams (16) in the league.
Here is BA’s list:
1. Byron Buxton, of, Cedar Rapids (Twins)
2. Carlos Correa, ss, Quad Cities (Astros)
3. Robert Stephenson, rhp, Dayton (Reds)
4. Corey Seager, ss, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
5. Lance McCullers Jr., rhp, Quad Cities (Astros)
6. Albert Almora, of, Kane County (Cubs)
7. Julio Urias, lhp, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
8. Max Fried, lhp, Fort Wayne (Padres)
9. Jesse Winker, of, Dayton (Reds)
10. Pierce Johnson, rhp, Kane County (Cubs)
11. Zach Eflin, rhp, Fort Wayne (Padres)
12. Vincent Velasquez, rhp, Quad Cities (Astros)
13. Jose Berrios, rhp, Cedar Rapids (Twins)
14. Joe Ross, rhp, Fort Wayne (Padres)
15. Adam Brett Walker, of, Cedar Rapids (Twins)
16. Brandon Drury, 3b, South Bend (Diamondbacks)
17. Dan Vogelbach, 1b, Kane County (Cubs)
18. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp, Bowling Green (Rays)
19. Andrew Toles, of, Bowling Green (Rays)
20. Jorge Polanco, 2b/ss, Cedar Rapids (Twins)
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