Top 10 Appalachian League Players

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.

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Daily Farm Report 4/3/19

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:

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The Crop Rotation – Bryan Abreu

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, Whitley (the best pitching prospect I’ve laid eyes on), Josh James (who knew sleep apnea could hide all that talent?), J.B Bukauskas, and Corbin Martin are all chomping at the bit for their chance.  It’s easy to get lost in a system like this that is still loaded with talent despite the players they’ve graduated in recent years.  I recently found a player in their system that no one seems to be talking about, and we very much should be.

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Cream of the Crop – Minnesota Twins Top-20 Farmhands

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 players.

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