Doing some research for an article, flipping through Baseball America’s 1989 Almanac. The book doesn’t list top prospects by team, but it does list them by league. Here are some familiar (and not-so-familiar) names for you:
- Gary Sheffield, 3B, Denver (Brewers): American Association #2 (behind Mike Harkey, ahead of Randy Johnson).
- Steve Finley, OF, Rochester (Orioles): International League #4 (behind Dave West, ahead of Greg Jefferies).
- Sandy Alomar Jr., C, Las Vegas (Padres): Pacific Coast League #1 (ahead of Ramon Martinez). Alomar also was BA‘s Triple-A player of the year.
- Greg Harris, RHP, Las Vegas (Padres): Pacific Coast League #6 (behind William Brennan, ahead of Mike Devereaux).
- Jerald Clark, OF, Las Vegas (Padres): Pacific Coast League #8 (behind Devereaux, ahead of Lance Johnson and Matt Williams).
- Tom Lampkin, C, Williamsport (Indians): Eastern League #7 (behind Chuck Malone, ahead of Joe Girardi).
- Chris Hammond, LHP, Chattanooga (Reds): Southern League #7 (behind Mark Lemke, ahead of German Gonzalez).
- Gary Sheffield, 3B, El Paso (Brewers): Texas League #2 (behind Ramon Martinez, ahead of Todd Zeile). Sheffield also was BA‘s Double-A player of the year.
- Greg Vaughn, OF, El Paso (Brewers): Texas League #5 (behind Juan Bell, ahead of Kevin Brown).
- Kevin Brown, RHP, Tulsa (Rangers): Texas League #6 (behind Vaughn, ahead of Mike Munoz).
- Paul Faries, 2B, Riverside (Padres): California League #4 (behind Colin Charland, ahead of Mark Leonard). Faries also was league MVP, ahead of some guy named Griffey.
- Dave Hollins, 3B, Riverside (Padres): California League #9 (behind Eric Gunderson, ahead of Adam Brown).
- Ray Lankford, OF, Springfield (Cardinals): Midwest League #6 (behind Andres Santana, ahead of Jarvis Brown).
- Jarvis Brown, OF, Kenosh (Twins) Midwest League #7 (behind Lankford, ahead of Reggie Jefferson)
- Derek Bell, OF, Myrtle Beach (Blue Jays): South Atlantic League #1 (ahead of Moises Alou).
- Jose Valentin, SS, Charleston, S.C. (Padres): South Atlantic League #9 (behind Wilson Alvarez, ahead of Brian Lane).
- Woody Williams, RHP, St. Catharines (Blue Jays): New York-Penn League #5 (behind Luis Gonzalez, ahead of David Proctor).
- Luis Lopez, SS, Spokane (Padres): Northwest League #4 (behind Victor Cole, ahead of Bob Hamelin). Nothing to do with the Padres, but Cole is one of a select few born in Russia ever to play in the big leagues.
- Kelly Lifgren, RHP, Spokane (Padres): Northwest League #9 (behind Lee Hancock, ahead of Lee Tinsley). Not to be confused with Kerry Livgren.
- Melvin Nieves, OF, GCL Braves (Braves): Rookie League #10 (behind Angel Martinez). This was the inaugural season of the Arizona League, which fielded only four teams (including one shared by the Mariners and Red Sox), so BA combined prospects from it and the Gulf Coast League into one list.
Also, Andy Benes was named College Pitcher of the Year. San Diego selected him with the first pick overall in the ’88 draft. Other Padres draftees from that class to reach the big leagues include Ray Holbert (3rd round), Bryce Florie (5th round; part of the July 1996 deal that brought Vaughn to San Diego), Nikco Riesgo (8th round), A.J. Sager (10th round), and Mike Humphreys (15th round).