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George Springer leads Cape top 30

Updated: August 4, 2010, 12:56 PM ET
By Keith Law

The Cape Cod League was hit hard by defections for Team USA, but it had a good mix of depth guys who project to go anywhere from the back of the first round to the third or fourth. Here's my take on the top-30 pro prospects in the league; I'd put the dividing line between first-round talents and sandwich/second-round talents between No. 13 and 14.

1. George Springer, OF, UConn/Wareham. Springer is a contender for the first overall pick if Anthony Rendon's ankle injury has a lasting effect into 2011. He has incredible bat speed and works deep counts, although the lack of a two-strike approach is a concern. He's an above-average runner who can throw and play center or right field, and his power potential will profile anywhere.

2. Matt Barnes, RHP, UConn/Wareham. Barnes was one of the few premium college arms in this draft class to play on the Cape, spending two weeks there before heading to the Team USA trials. He'll hit 96 mph and work just below it with three off-speed pitches, including a potential out pitch in his curve and an improving changeup. His arm works well out front, and he showed the ability to get hitters out with his fastball. He's in the discussion with Sonny Gray and Gerrit Cole as the top college pitcher in the 2011 draft.

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