Top 20 Prospects in the Pioneer League
Baseball America unveiled their list of Top 20 Prospects in the Pioneer League on Thursday.
No Brewers prospects made the list.
Bubba Brown, who wrote the list, did handle a question about that in the Subscriber Only Chat:
Allan (Wi): Bubba, were there any prospects from the Helena Brewers worth a mention?
Bubba Brown: Really, the best prospect from Helena was Tyrone Taylor, who only played in 10 games. He’s a toolsy 2nd-rounder, who would have certainly made this list if he had qualified. Other Helena prospects who got serious consideration were Christopher McFarland, Michael Reed, Adam Giacalone and Damien Magnifico.
I would guess that there is a good opportunity that all of those players mentioned will be in a Timber Rattlers uniform at some point in 2013.
Click on the names for the MiLB.com pages of each player, but here are a few things about each:
Tyrone Taylor (2nd round, 2012, Torrance [CA] High School):
’12 stats: 18 games between Maryvale & Helena, .387/.434/.667 2HR, 11RBI 6 stolen bases
Taylor, the Daily Breeze Player of the Year in baseball last season as a junior, returned and had a big senior year in both football and baseball for Torrance.
Taylor, a speedy center fielder, hit .488 with four home runs, 29 RBIs and 28 runs scored this season while often being pitched around.
He also led the Torrance football team to a CIF Southern Section semifinal, rushing for 1,521 yards and 20 touchdowns and tallying 425 yards receiving with 11 additional scores.
The 6-foot, 185-pound two-sport star was on the radar of several professional teams, but the Brewers snatched him up.
2B Chris McFarland (18th round, 2011, Lufkin [TX] High School):
’12 stats: 72 games in Helena, .301/.358/.433 6HR, 42RBI, 15 stolen bases
OF Michael Reed (5th round, 2011, Leander [TX] High School):
’12 stats: 62 games between Helena, Huntsville, & Brevard County; .243/.341/.289, 1HR, 20RBI, 14SB
1B Adam Giacalone (16th round, 2012, Neosho County [KS] Community College):
’12 stats: 69 games in Helena; .317/.394/.425 3HR, 32RBI, 17 doubles
First baseman Adam Giacalone was selected in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 515 pick overall. As a freshman he hit .396 while leading the nation with 102 RBIs and finishing with 18 homeruns. During his sophomore campaign, he picked up where he left off once again hitting .396 with a team leading 12 homeruns, 25 doubles, and 59 RBIs. Giacalone also had an impressive career on the mound for the Panthers as his 18 wins and 179.0 innings pitched are also school records. Giacalone also threw two of the most dominant games in school history. As a freshman he set the single game record for strikeouts when he fanned 17 Fort Scott hitters in a win. He topped that performance as a sophomore when he threw the fifth no-hitter in school history facing only one over the minimum. Giacalone currently owns 12 single season or career records. He was twice named the Jayhawk Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference First Baseman and Pitcher, First Team All-Region First Baseman, Second Team All-Region Pitcher. As a freshman he was also named the Freshman of the Year as well as being named a First Team All-American, an honor which he is expected to earn again this season. Giacalone signed a letter of intent in the fall with the University of Tennessee.
RHP Damien Magnifico (5th round, 2012, Oklahoma University):
’12 stats with Helena: 9 games, 1 start, 0-3, 5.82; 21.1IP, 15BBs, 25K, OPP AVG = .250
He throws 100 mph. But Magnifico’s greatest trick is the fact he has accomplished the feat over and over.
“My mentality is pitching, not just throwing,” Magnifico said.
Few things in baseball get people buzzing more than the home run, but throwing, pitching or speeding at triple digits does. It brings out scouts armed with the lie detector called a radar gun and creates self-inflicted, hand-to-the-side-of-the-face slaps when the numbers hit the scoreboard like it did in early April when Magnfico touched 100 or faster more 22 times in his start against Arkansas.
Can’t wait to see these guys in Wisconsin.
There are not a lot of opposing players fans may see at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities stadium in 2013. Billings, the Reds Pioneer league affiliate, has six players on the list. However, Dayton, the Reds Midwest League affiliate, does not come to Wisconsin in the 2013 regular season.
There are two Dodgers players (#4 shortstop Corey Seager & #15 RHP Ross Stripling), two Angels players (#9 RHP Mark Sappington & #19 shortstop Wendell Soto), and one Diamondbacks player (#7 catcher Michael Perez) on the list. Great Lakes (Dodgers), Burlington (Angels), and South Bend (Diamondbacks) all visit the Timber Rattlers next year.