Scouting reports for the Top 20 Prospects
2005 AFL Top 20 Prospects
1. Brandon Wood, ss, Surprise Scorpions (Angels)
The AFL has always been known as a premier hitter’™s league, and that trend picked up in 2005, as all-time league records fell one after the other. Among the marks shattered were batting average (.296), runs per game (12.14), hits per game (20.83), slugging percentage (.469) and ERA (5.40).
AFL players hit 220 homers in just 96 games (or an average of 2.20 per game, ahead of the major league average of 2.06), and the Peoria Saguaros set a new mark for team pitching futility in the AFL with a 6.90 ERA.
Still, three pitchers made the cut on the Top 20–none of them Saguaros–two more than last year. Athletics righthander Huston Street, BA’™s 2005 Rookie of the Year, was the lone pitcher on the 2004 AFL list.
Hitters with potent bats again dominated this year’s list, with 2005 minor league home runs king Brandon Wood leading the way. Wood ripped 14 more homers in the Fall League, topping Tagg Bozied’™s all-time record of 12 in 2002.
The list reflects players’ ceiling and impact potential with some consideration to AFL performance.