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Oneil Cruz and Calvin Mitchell are Among the Top Prospects in the South Atlantic League

Baseball America posted their list of the top 20 prospects in the South Atlantic League on Tuesday morning. They have two Pittsburgh Pirates ranked, with shortstop Oneil Cruz as the fourth best prospect in the league and outfielder Calvin Mitchell as the 11th best.

We just posted our top ten prospects from the West Virginia Power this season and Cruz was first, followed by Mitchell in second, so that lines up with our rankings. In our mid-season prospect guide, Cruz is the fourth best prospect in the system, while Mitchell now rates as the eighth best prospect.

Cruz, who turns 20 years old on Thursday, hit .286/.343/.488 in 103 games this season, with 25 doubles, seven triples and 14 homers. Mitchell, who also played this entire season as a 19-year-old, hit .280/.344/.427 in 119 games, with 29 doubles, three triples and ten homers.

BA posted their Florida State League top 20 yesterday and as expected, no Pirates were on the list. That was after two players made the Eastern League list and three made it on the International League list. Sometime between tomorrow and next Friday, BA will post the NYPL, Appalachian League and Gulf Coast League top 20 lists.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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