On to numbers 20-16...
20. Austin Wright: P – Williamsport Crosscutters (Phillies)
Wright doesn’t have as much upside as others on this list, but the 2011 draft pick has already made an impact in the Phillies system. A lefty, Wright features a three-pitch mix with deception and some good life to his fastball. He’s not going to blow anybody away but challenging hitters is his strongest suit. He could likely be a solid 4th or 5th starter, so look for him to climb the system’s ropes and develop in to viable candidate as such.
19. Jose Urena: P – Jamestown Jammers (Marlins)
Urena is your typical loose, wirey Dominican arm with excellent stuff. Although he has a fastball that regularly touches 95-96 MPH, Urena lacks good command and at times overthrows. He uses the whole zone, however, and compliments his fastball with a 3-7 slider and a change-up which is in the works. Jose Urena features plenty of projection and he’s a good athlete so if the consistency in his delivery and arm slot aren’t currently there, he has time fix it up.
18. Matt Skole: IF – Auburn Doubledays (Nationals)
The brother of former Rangers first rounder Jake, Matt Skole entered his first taste of pro-ball with a bang, instantly helping the Doubledays hop in to first place. The bat is there for Skole. He has good strike-zone judgment and solid plate discipline but he’s a really bad athlete and I’m not sure, in fact, I can almost guarantee that he won’t stick at third base.
17. David Medina: 1B – Batavia Muckdogs (Cardinals)
Medina swings an excellent bat, and one that projects to get even better. He has average to plus power and can hit for average as well. The problem with Medina is he’s very streaky. He’ll go on a crazy hitting streak for a week and then do absolutely nothing the next. Medina has a slender, skinny frame and one that’s expected to fill out a bit. There really isn’t any weak part of Medina’s game but no tool that stands out either. Alas he profiles as an everyday player with good pop.
16. Josh Hodges: P – Jamestown Jammers (Marlins)
Easily one of the more projectable pitchers in the New York Penn League, Hodges has made major strides this year. Working on his off-speed command and delivery consistency are just microcosms of the progress he’s made since just last year. He posses’ good size and throws the ball downhill, although his command is still a bit spotty. His fastball is getting better and has real nice cut, something that will definitely help him down the line.