By Aaron Fitt
September 26, 2007
The short-season New York-Penn League was teeming with talent in 2007, and it wasn't limited to the usual group of college draftees making their pro debuts. Sure, the influx of college talent was impressive--three lefthanders taken in the first or supplemental first round grace the top four spots on this list--but so was the collection of 2006 high school draftees. In fact, five of the league's 10 best prospects and nine of the top 20 played the season as teenagers, led by Marlins righty Hector Correa, a fourth-round pick in 2006 out of Puerto Rico.
Of course, two other supplemental first-round picks out of Pacific Northwest colleges would have cracked the Top 10 had they not fallen just short of qualifying. Lowell lefty Nick Hagadone, a Washington product, missed by just one inning. Batavia righty Clayton Mortensen, out of Gonzaga, fell five innings short before earning a callup to low Class A.
The NY-P also featured an impressive collection of young, slick-fielding shortstops. Lowell teenagers Oscar Tejeda and Yamaico Navarro cracked the Top 20. Williamsport's Freddy Galvis (who was just 17), Auburn's Luis Sanchez and Hudson Valley's Shawn O'Malley all garnered plaudits for their superb glovework--though all have a long way to go offensively and didn't make the list. State College's Brian Friday was another quality shortstop and had a more polished bat, thanks to three strong years at Rice.Friday had a strong case for breaking into the Top 20, but competition this year was thick. Other players who would have been worthy of spots in most years include Williamsport righthander Drew Naylor, Aberdeen lefty Zach Britton, Auburn lefty Mark Rzepczynski, Tri-City outfielder Collin DeLome and State College outfielder Austin McClune.