10 prospects to watch in the EL04/06/2010 10:00 AM ET
By Robert Emrich / Special to MLB.com
While prospects such as Carlos Santana, Jesus Montero and Jose Tabata have graduated from the Eastern League, there is still a bumper crop of highly touted prospects for fans to look forward to, including 2009 first overall pick Stephen Strasburg, who will begin the year with the Harrisburg Senators.
Here's a look at the Eastern League's Top 10 Prospects heading into 2010.
Phillippe Aumont, RHP -- Reading Phillies
Acquired from the Mariners in the four-team Roy Halladay deal, the 6-foot-9 right-hander is expected to move back to the rotation after spending 2009 as a reliever in Class A Advanced High Desert and Double-A West Tenn.
Domonic Brown, OF -- Reading Phillies
Brown reached Reading last season after lighting up pitchers as a Florida State League All-Star. He hit .279 with 20 RBIs in 37 games for the R-Phils last year and followed it up by claiming Arizona Fall League Rising Star and All-Prospect Team honors in November. The 2006 20th-rounder could easily reach Triple-A this summer with a good performance at Reading.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B -- Akron Aeros
While his first, albeit brief, exposure to Double-A didn't go so well for the 2008 First-Round pick, Chisenhall was a Carolina League All-Star in '09, and impressed Cleveland brass with his performance during Spring Training.
Tyson Gillies, OF -- Reading Phillies
The legally deaf center fielder, also part of the Roy Halladay trade, heads to Double-A after terrorizing California league pitchers to the tune of a .341 average and a league-leading 44 steals in 2009.
Jose Iglesias, SS -- Portland Sea Dogs
Technically, this Cuban-born shortstop will be making his professional debut when he takes the field for the Sea Dogs. But Iglesias hit .275 with two homers, 12 RBIs and three steals in 18 games in the elite Arizona Fall League, then impressed the Red Sox in Spring Training.
Casey Kelly, RHP -- Portland Sea Dogs
Now a full-time pitcher after splitting time between the mound and shortstop in 2009, Kelly, whose father Pat was a nine-year Major League veteran, figures to rise quickly through the ranks after being drafted 30th overall in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Ben Revere, OF -- New Britain Rock Cats
The affable outfielder looks to continue his ascent after a solid year with the Class A Advanced Fort Myers Miracle. The 2007 first-round pick hit .311 in 121 games and swiped 45 bases, third-best in the Florida State League.
Austin Romine, C -- Trenton Thunder
After earning Florida State League Most Valuable Player honors, Austin Romine looks to continue his progress toward becoming the complete package behind the plate, as his defense is already considered top-notch.
Drew Storen, RHP -- Harrisburg Senators
The second of two Nationals' first-round picks in '09, Storen dominated at three different Minor League stops, posting a combined 1.95 ERA to go with 11 saves, including 12 1/3 scoreless innings for Harrisburg to close out the year.
Stephen Strasburg, RHP
The first overall selection in the 2009 Draft, Strasburg is expected to reach the Major Leagues sometime during the 2010 season. The right-hander allowed just two runs in nine innings during Spring Training with the Nationals. MLB.com's No. 2 prospect will be making his professional debut in Harrisburg.