The minor leagues have as much talent in 2011 as ever. The system is overflowing with No. 1 starting talent (Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson, Zach Britton), 30-plus homer hitters (Mike Moustakas, Jesus Montero) and future batting champions (Lonnie Chisenhall, Freddie Freeman).
And those are just the guys who are playing at Double-A or higher.
Down a little lower, in the short-season to high-A bracket, in the 17-20 age range, there is a wealth of talent. Future aces, sluggers and closers galore. Projecting their success, or even their future positions, are quite a difficult thing to do, but entrusted with my handy Baseball America 2011 Prospect Handbook, thus is my quest.
To put together an All-20-and-Under Team, headlined by who else...Washington's Bryce Harper.
But Harper isn't the only impressive name on this list. It also features eight other hitters, each of whom is a supremely talented prospect in his own right, as well as eight pitchers, five starters and three relievers, each of whom has "top-of-the-rotation" potential or "shut-down" closing ability.
So let's check it out, and let the debate begin.