Tracking The Affiliation Shuffle
The affiliation shuffle kicks off Sept. 16 and begins a two-week period when clubs can negotiate agreements with unattached affiliates. Consider it free agency for minor league teams. Teams had […]
2005 Top 20 Prospects: South Atlantic LeagueComplete Index of League Top 20s
By John Manuel
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Chat Wrap: John Manuel took your Sally League questions
The SAL wasn't quite the same this year. Managers said the players seemed older and had fewer standout tools. The hitters who dominated the league were mostly college products rather than high schoolers like Young and Stewart were. And few of the top players spent the entire season in the Sally League.
If the SAL had a player to rival its Class of '95 (Andruw Jones and Vladimir Guerrero) or '04 (Young and Stewart), it wasn't obvious to managers and scouts. It had talent, though, particularly depth among pitchers and especially among lefthanders. It also had excellent finishes to pro debuts by 2005 draftees such as Ryan Braun (Brewers) and Yunel Escobar (Braves), who helped shore up the crop of position-player talent.Subscribers can access scouting reports on all twenty players. (How to subscribe)