|Four Pelicans Ranked In Top 20 Carolina League Prospects|
“Baseball America” published their list of 2004 Top 20 Carolina League Prospects including four Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Pelican’s right fielder Jeff Francoeur took the top honors. Joining Francoeur on the list include pitchers Kyle Davies and Anthony Lerew and catcher Brian McCann.
Francoeur, who missed more than a month of the season after being hit in the face by a pitch, finished the season hitting .293 with 15 homeruns and 52 runs batted in (RBI) before being called up to AA-Greenville in August. In addition to this honor, Francoeur was selected to the mid-season all-star team and went 2-4 in the Carolina League versus California League all-star game, earning him MVP honors for the Carolina League team.
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Davies was number five on the list. Davies led the league in strikeouts (95), had a team leading 9-2 record and an impressive 2.63 earned run average (ERA) in 14 starts before being promoted to AA-Greenville.
Catcher Brian McCann played the entire season in Myrtle Beach and was rated number eight on the Top 20 list. McCann hit .278 with 66 RBI’s and led the team with 16 homeruns. He was one of five Pelicans’ selected to the Carolina League all-star team.
Right-handed pitcher, Anthony Lerew, came in at number 15 on the prospect list. Lerew posted a 8-9 record and 3.75 ERA in 27 starts.
The Pelican’s ended the season with an overall record of 75-63.