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APPY TOP 20 PROSPECTS
1. Carlos Perez, lhp, Danville Braves

2. Enny Romero, lhp, Princeton Rays

3. Oswaldo Arcia, of, Elizabethton Twins

4. Oscar Taveras, of, Johnson City Cardinals

5. Delino Deshields, of, Greeneville Astros

6. Ramon Morla, 3b, Pulaski Mariners

7. Mike Foltynewicz, rhp, Greeneville Astros

8. Adrian Salcedo, rhp, Elizabethton Twins

9. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3b, Kingsport Mets

10. Manuel Soliman, rhp, Elizabethton Twins

11. Vincent Velasquez, rhp, Greeneville Astros

12. Andrelton Simmons, ss, Danville Braves

13. Braulio Lara, lhp, Princeton Rays

14. Cody Stanley, c, Johnson City Cardinals

15. Todd Glaesmann, of, Princeton Rays

16. Pat Dean, lhp, Elizabethton Twins

17. Matt Heidenreich, rhp, Bristol White Sox

18. Richard Vargas, rhp, Pulaski Mariners

19. Jacob Petricka, rhp, Bristol White Sox

20. Hector Guevara, 2b, Princeton Rays

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are generated from consultations with scouts and league managers. To qualify for consideration, a player must have spent at least one-third of the season in a league. Position players must have one plate appearance for every league game. Pitchers must pitch 1/3 inning for every league game, and relievers have to have made at least 20 appearances in full-season leagues and 10 in short-season ones.

BURLINGTON, N.C.—The Astros sent three of their top four 2010 draft choices, outfielder Delino DeShields and righthanders Mike Foltynewicz and Vincent Velasquez, to the Rookie-level Appalachian League in an effort to expedite their development. Similarly, Houston sent past premium picks Jordan Lyles and Jay Austin (2008) and Jiovanni Mier and Jonathan Meyer (2009) to Greeneville to launch their careers.

But the Astros are the exception in the Appy League, where nine of the 10 organizations (all but the White Sox) have complex-based Rookie-level affiliates in the Arizona or Gulf Coast leagues and usually send their high school picks there. Eight of the parent clubs (excepting only the Braves and Twins) operate short-season affiliates in more advanced leagues than the Appy, and often send their college draftees there. Not coincidentally, either Danville (Braves) or Elizabethton (Twins) won the league title six out of seven seasons from 2003-09, and Elizabethton played for the championship this year.

Baseball’s lack of a cohesive short-season structure has turned the Appy League something of a hybrid. The league’s brightest prospects tend to be a hodgepodge of second-year pros who signed at the previous draft’s signing deadline (such as Princeton outfielder Todd Glaesmann), a smattering of junior college players (highlighted by Danville shortstop Andrelton Simmons this year) and Latin American prospects in their first or second year in the United States. The last group grabbed the top four slots on this list, starting with Danville lefthander Carlos Perez, and eight of the first 10.

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