Remember Wander Franco? What about Vlad Guerrero Jr.? Even Cristian Pache? They all three have one thing in common. They each passed through the Appalachian League at one point in their career. First the first time in the three-plus years I’ve spent covering the Appy League (this year being year number 4), I decided to partake in a Top 10 ranking.
Welcome to the April 3rd installment of The Daily Farm Report! We rake the news for each organization's top farmhands and give you a digest with some commentary for you greedy prospectors to enjoy. Here are some recent news and highlights:
Entry 1 – February 23rd, 2019 First baseball game of the year! The weather wasn’t ideal, low-50’s and misty but baseball is perfect in any weather. It was a bit impromptu as I just happened to look at Georgia Tech’s baseball schedule to see #4 UCLA (by Baseball America) coming to town, so I decided to […]
The rich just keep getting richer. Pioneers of the spin rate revolution and an organization that altered the game with how teams rebuild have an interesting diamond in the rough on their hands. Everyone knows the pitching talent the Astros possess both at the major and minor league levels. Verlander, Cole, McCullers (will miss the 2019 season, unfortunately. We are going to miss that curveball) hold down the fort at the major league levels. Meanwhile, …
Alex and Brenden start their NL East Top-20s by looking at a very interesting Mets system. Led by two prospects who should be contributing at the MLB level very soon, the Mets are loaded with infielders who have some understanding of plate control and plus power potential.
Brenden and Alex look at the Indians system in their next article in the Cream of the Crop series. The Indians have benefitted from excellent drafts and J2 signing period over the last two years, creating a system deep with upside bats and arms which they are particularly adept at molding.
Going into this system I had high expectations, but this system blew me away honestly. It is far deeper than I realized. Alex and I, for the first time in doing these top 20's, strongly disagreed on players and the top 20 as a whole. It lead to some incredibly interesting discussions (who knows maybe they carry over into a potential podcast *winky face*) that caused us to reevaluate first impressions we had on multiple …