|APPY TOP 20 PROSPECTS|
|1. Tim Beckham, ss, Princeton Devil Rays
2. Wilmer Flores, ss, Kingsport Mets
3. Matt Moore, lhp, Princeton Devil Rays
Gabriel Noriega, ss, Pulaski Mariners
5. Mario Martinez, 3b, Pulaski Mariners
6. Randall Delgado, rhp, Danville Braves
7. Jordan Lyles, rhp, Greeneville Astros
8. Angel Morales, of, Elizabethton Twins
Albert Suarez, rhp, Princeton Devil Rays
10. Kelvin Herrera, rhp, Burlington Royals
11. Jon Gilmore, 3b, Danville Braves
12. Jay Austin, of, Greeneville Astros
13. Niko Vasquez, ss, Johnson City Cardinals
14. Craig Kimbrel, rhp, Danville Braves
15. Paul Clemens, rhp, Danville Braves
16. Gregory Infante, rhp, Bristol Sox
17. Sam Runion, rhp, Burlington Royals
18. Federico Hernandez, c, Greeneville Astros
19. Juan Silverio, ss, Bristol Sox
20. Fernando Cruz, 3b, Burlington Royals
But the Appy League enjoyed an almost unprecedented depth of talent in 2008, highlighted by Beckham but also by a renewed emphasis on Latin America by big league clubs. In fact, seven of the league’s top 10 prospects were born outside the United States.
Kingsport shortstop Wilmer Flores, who played most of the season at age 16, was the most notable example. Signed by the Mets for $750,000 a year ago, the Venezuelan was both the Appy League’s youngest player and one of its most dangerous hitters.
One international phenom who didn’t make the list was Danville righthander Julio Teheran, whose $850,000 bonus was the highest among pitchers on the international market last year. He battled shoulder tendinitis all summer and worked just 15 innings.