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    Holding with recent trends for American rookie leagues, the Appalachian League featured more second-year players and fewer young Latin prospects than it had in recent years. Managers agreed the overall talent level was down from 2004, when true shortstops and projectable lefthanders were plentiful. This year, the Rookie league's strengths were offense-first catchers and toolsy outfielders with a chance to play in center.

    First-round picks Brandon Snyder (13th overall to the Orioles) and Colby Rasmus (28th to the Cardinals), the highest-drafted players to play in the league, proved to be the brightest lights. They impressed managers not only with their tools but also with their professional approaches.

    Three of the league’s top righthanded power-hitting prospects—Princeton outfielder Ryan Royster, Danville outfielder Jon Mark Owings and Kingsport first baseman Nick Evans—missed the cut because of limited playing time and a lack of supporting tools. Johnson City shortstop Donovan Solano, at 17 the youngest qualifier for this list, also just missed. His defensive actions and knowledge of the strike zone were advanced for a young player.[/b][/quote]

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    TOP 20 PROSPECTS
    1. Brandon Snyder, c/3b, Bluefield
    2. Colby Rasmus, of, Johnson City
    3. Eric Campbell, 3b, Danville
    4. Brandon Erbe, rhp, Bluefield
    5. Max Ramirez, c, Danville
    6. Jesse Litsch, rhp, Pulaski
    7. Juan Portes, 2b/of, Elizabethton
    8. Josh Flores, of, Greeneville
    9. Aaron Cunningham, of, Bristol
    10. Bryan Anderson, c, Johnson City
    11. Matt Walker, rhp, Princeton
    12. John Drennen, of, Burlington
    13. Jairo Cuevas, rhp, Danville
    14. Eli Iorg, of, Greeneville
    15. John Matulia, of, Princeton
    16. Koby Clemens, 3b, Greeneville
    17. Alexander Smit, lhp, Elizabethton
    18. Ryan Mullins, lhp, Elizabethton
    19. Ryan Mitchell, rhp, Greeneville
    20. Tyler Herron, rhp, Johnson City
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    2. COLBY RASMUS, of, Johnson City Cardinals
    Age: 19 Ht: 6-1 Wt: 175 B-T: L-L Drafted/Signed: Cardinals '05 (1)


    Rasmus led Russell County High to an Alabama state 5-A championship and the No. 1 ranking in the Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association poll by hitting .484-24-66. He continued to perform as a pro, impressing Appy League managers with his breadth of tools. His power is developing and his speed helped him rank among the league leaders in runs, triples and steals.

    "His bat gets to the ball in a hurry and he hung in against lefties,” Elizabethton manager Ray Smith said. “His power is gap-to-gap now, but he’s toolsy and he’ll get stronger."

    He came on strong in August, when he hit all seven of his homers. He'll need to develop better pitch recognition, as he struck out too much and had trouble against pitchers who could locate offspeed stuff. He has sound defensive instincts and more than enough arm for center field.

    AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
    216 47 64 16 5 7 27 21 73 13 3 .296 .362 .514
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    10. BRYAN ANDERSON, c, Johnson City Cardinals
    Age: 18 Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 B-T: L-R Drafted/Signed: Cardinals '05 (4)

    In any other season, Anderson almost certainly would have been the Appy League’s top catching prospect. Like Snyder and Ramirez, he hit for power and showed advanced strike-zone judgment but isn't nearly a finished product defensively.

    Anderson needs to make improvements behind the plate with his footwork, blocking and receiving. His arm is average and generally accurate, but his mechanics regressed and he erased just 22 percent of basestealers. Offensively, he made Kidwell think of another Johnson City catcher he managed.

    “Anderson reminds me of Daric Barton, who we had two years ago,” Kidwell said. “He’s got a similar plane to his swing with a slight uppercut, but he catches up with the fastball. He stays with the ball and can hit to the opposite field.”

    AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
    154 28 51 8 1 6 36 15 29 6 1 .331 .383 .513
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    20. TYLER HERRON, rhp, Johnson City Cardinals
    Age: 19 Ht: 6-3 Wt: 190 B-T: R-R Drafted/Signed: Cardinals '05 (1)

    Balls fly out of Johnson City's Howard Johnson Field, which Kidwell called the Coors Field of the Appy League. Herron was bitten by the longball in his debut, as his 11 homers allowed ranked second in the league. He also struggled with his command and tired late in the summer, so his numbers weren't pretty.

    But his upside is undeniable. Herron has a projectable 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame and already pitches at 87-91 mph with his fastball. He also shows the making of a plus curveball and has an advanced feel for his changeup.

    G GS W L SV ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
    13 13 0 3 0 5.62 49.2 47 35 31 11 27 49 .245

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  • #2
    Where'd the code function go? How am I supposed to correctly line up the VORPs?

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    • #3
      QUOTE(backstop @ Sep 20 2005, 02:07 PM) Quoted post

      Where'd the code function go? How am I supposed to correctly line up the VORPs?
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      • #4
        Excellent....

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        • #5
          Also, please note the Barton comparison on Anderson. Let's trade him!

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          • #6
            QUOTE(backstop @ Sep 20 2005, 02:12 PM) Quoted post

            Also, please note the Barton comparison on Anderson. Let's trade him!
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            Sounds like a DH or OF kinda player if he can't get the mechanics/footwork fixed...

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            • #7
              Does anyone know if Anderson plays anywhere but C?

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              • #8
                QUOTE(*007* @ Sep 20 2005, 02:13 PM) Quoted post

                QUOTE(backstop @ Sep 20 2005, 02:12 PM) Quoted post

                Also, please note the Barton comparison on Anderson. Let's trade him!
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                Sounds like a DH or OF kinda player if he can't get the mechanics/footwork fixed...
                [/b][/quote]

                Kid's 18...give him time. Shoot, we'll fix that.

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(backstop @ Sep 20 2005, 02:15 PM) Quoted post

                  QUOTE(*007* @ Sep 20 2005, 02:13 PM) Quoted post

                  QUOTE(backstop @ Sep 20 2005, 02:12 PM) Quoted post

                  Also, please note the Barton comparison on Anderson. Let's trade him!
                  [/b][/quote]
                  Sounds like a DH or OF kinda player if he can't get the mechanics/footwork fixed...
                  [/b][/quote]

                  Kid's 18...give him time. Shoot, we'll fix that.
                  [/b][/quote]
                  Barton was what, 19? I say we will fix that...

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                  • #10
                    QUOTE(Donuts_For_Koharski @ Sep 20 2005, 02:15 PM) Quoted post

                    Does anyone know if Anderson plays anywhere but C?
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                    Dunno, but he hits left-handed, so if he can play 3B and maybe throw a knuckleball, that should be enough to make the big-league team, right?

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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(backstop @ Sep 20 2005, 02:07 PM) Quoted post

                      Where'd the code function go? How am I supposed to correctly line up the VORPs?
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                      • #12
                        Sweet.

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                        • #13
                          Is Shannon gonna call him ROSSMOSS?
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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Sep 20 2005, 02:33 PM) Quoted post

                            Is Shannon gonna call him ROSSMOSS?
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                            The Colby Man...

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                            • #15
                              QUOTE(*007* @ Sep 20 2005, 02:34 PM) Quoted post

                              QUOTE(dredbyrd @ Sep 20 2005, 02:33 PM) Quoted post

                              Is Shannon gonna call him ROSSMOSS?
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                              The Colby Man...
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