Appalachian League Top 20 Prospects List

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1. Cole Rohrbough, lhp, Danville (Braves)
2. Cody Johnson, of, Danville (Braves)
3. David Bromberg, rhp, Elizabethton (Twins)
4. Neftali Feliz, rhp, Danville (Braves)
5. Jeffrey Locke, lhp, Danville (Braves)
6. Nick Barnese, rhp, Princeton (Devil Rays)
7. Pete Kozma, ss, Johnson City (Cardinals)
8. Brandon Hicks, ss, Danville (Braves)
9. Steve Evarts, lhp, Danville (Braves)
10. Mike McCardell, rhp, Elizabethton (Twins)
11. Michael Fisher, ss, Danville (Braves)
12. Jose Martinez, of, Bristol (White Sox)
13. Estarlin De Los Santos, ss, Elizabethton (Twins)
14. Loek Van Mil, rhp, Elizabethton (Twins)
15. Deibinson Romero, 3b, Elizabethton (Twins)
16. Ozzie Lewis, of, Elizabethton (Twins)
17. Ebert Rosario, 3b, Greeneville (Astros)
18. Bradley Tippett, rhp, Elizabethton (Twins)
19. Kraig Binick, of, Bluefield (Orioles)
20. Kyle Greenwalt, rhp, Greeneville (Astros)

To no one’s surprise, Danville and Elizabethton dominated the Rookie-level Appalachian League again. They met for the third straight year in the championship series, claimed 11 of 14 spots on the postseason all-star team and accounted for 15 of our Top 20 Prospects.

Elizabethton swept the playoffs with two straight victories and also claimed both of the league’s major awards.

Righthander David Bromberg was named pitcher of the year after going 9-0, 2.78, while outfielder Ozzie Lewis grabbed the MVP award after finishing fourth or better in all three triple-crown categories at .323-9-50. Danville, meanwhile, boasted the Appy’s two best prospects in lefty Cole Rohrbough and outfielder Cody Johnson, a pair of 2006 draft picks.

Only one 2007 first-rounder was assigned to the Appy League: Johnson City shortstop Pete Kozma, who checked in at No. 7 on this list. Another high-profile draftee, White Sox second-round righthander Nevin Griffith, would have made the cut had he pitched long enough to qualify.

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