Baseball America released its Eastern League top 20 prospect list and league MVP Darin Ruf failed to make the cut. [Link]
The corn-fed first baseman-outfielder led the minors with 38 homers and nearly won the triple crown, but it wasn't enough for Baseball America to include the 26-year-old slugger among the league's top talent. Age, and a fear that he couldn't handle big league pitching, kept the Nebraskan from making the cut, which may or may not have been compiled after Ruf slugged .727 with three homers in his first 12 games in the Show. Meanwhile, three of his Reading teammates fared better: catcher Tommy Joseph (10th), third baseman Cody Asche (17th) and right-hander Jonathan Pettibone (19th). Readers were probably expecting Pettibone to be rewarded with organizational top billing, or something close, based on three consistent seasons and a methodical rise through the chain, but this preliminary ranking suggests scouts feel otherwise.