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Top California League Pitching Prospects

Archie Bradley Diamondbacks (A+) 20PPB 1277.1
Matthew Wisler Padres (A+) 20APA 1127.7
Clayton Blackburn Giants (A+) 20APA 895.7
Raul Alcantara Athletics (A+) 20PAA 865.3
Tyler Skaggs Diamondbacks (A+) 21AAA 854.9
Edwin Escobar Giants (A+) 21APA 822.2
Kyle Smith Astros (A+) 20AAA 788.2
Mike Foltynewicz Astros (A+) 21AAB 757.4
Robert Stephenson Reds (A+) 20APA 696.1
Jon Moscot Reds (A+) 21AAA 646.9
Johnny Barbato Padres (A+) 20AAA 602.7
Adalberto Mejia Giants (A+) 20APA 577.0
Kyle Crick Giants (A+) 20APB 529.9
Stephen Landazuri Mariners (A+) 21AAA 515.2
Eddie Butler Rockies (A+) 22PPA 507.7
Luis Cruz Astros (A+) 22APA 502.1
Garrett Gould Dodgers (A+) 21AAA 491.3
Vincent Velasquez Astros (A+) 21APA 489.9
Mark Sappington Angels (A+) 22PAB 472.4
Michael Morin Angels (A+) 22APA 467.0
Jake Barrett Diamondbacks (A+) 21APA 465.5
Carlos Contreras Reds (A+) 22AAB 451.6
Ty Blach Giants (A+) 22AAP 441.8
Dominic Leone Mariners (A+) 21APA 437.6
Tanner Peters Athletics (A+) 22PAA 429.9
Andrew Chafin Diamondbacks (A+) 23PAA 413.1
Ross Stripling Dodgers (A+) 23AAA 399.9
Christopher Jensen Rockies (A+) 22PAA 396.1
Dalton Von Schamann Dodgers (A+) 22AAA 372.0
Matt Anderson Mariners (A+) 21AAA 363.7
Danny Winkler Rockies (A+) 23PPA 340.5
Derek Law Giants (A+) 22APA 329.1
Trevor Miller Mariners (A+) 22AAA 328.6
Brady Rodgers Astros (A+) 22AAA 324.7
Jharel Cotton Dodgers (A+) 21APA 309.6
Cam Bedrosian Angels (A+) 21APA 262.6
Seon Gi Kim Mariners (A+) 21AAB 251.6
Michael Ynoa Athletics (A+) 21AAB 248.9
R.J. Alvarez Angels (A+) 22APB 246.9
Eswarlin Jimenez Angels (A+) 21AAA 236.2
Jonathan Gray Rockies (A+) 21APA 193.1
Justin Arrowood Rockies (A+) 22APA 186.0
Colton Cain Astros (A+) 22AAA 168.7
Patrick Schuster Diamondbacks (A+) 22APA 158.1
Josh Osich Giants (A+) 24APA 158.0
Richard James Hively Diamondbacks (A+) 24APA 153.7
Michael Thomas Dodgers (A+) 24APA 147.7
Aaron West Astros (A+) 23AAA 147.5
Bryce Bandilla Giants (A+) 23APB 139.6
Tucker Healy Athletics (A+) 23APA 130.1
Jeff Soptic Giants (A+) 22APB 101.5
Michael Lorenzen Reds (A+) 21BAB 87.3
Edward Santos Angels (A+) 23APA 78.2
Hunter Strickland Giants (A+) 24BPA 73.0
Cody Hall Giants (A+) 25APA 56.0
Tyler Anderson Rockies (A+) 23AAA 53.9
Edwin Carl Dodgers (A+) 24APA 29.7
Kyle Lotzkar Reds (A+) 23AAB 23.0
Arismendy Ozoria Dodgers (A+) 22APB 11.7
Anthony Meo Diamondbacks (A+) 23AAB 11.3
Brett Hunter Athletics (A+) 26APB -4.7
Patrick Johnson Rockies (A+) 24APB -16.7
Kyle Winkler Diamondbacks (A+) 23AAA -78.3
Deivi Jimenez Athletics (A+) 23AAA -140.2

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Name POS Schools
1 Bryce Harper C Southern Nevada CC
2 Jameson Taillon RHP The Woodlands (Texas) HS
3 Anthony Ranaudo P LSU
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5 Nick Castellanos 3B Archbishop McCarthy HS, FLA
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7 AJ Cole P Oviedo HS, Orlando
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12 Christian Colon SS Cal State Fullerton
13 Matt Harvey P North Carolina
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15 Manny Machado SS Brito Prep, Miami
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