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2005 Top 20 Prospects: Appalachian League
Complete Index of League Top 20s

By Matt Eddy
September 20, 2005

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1. Brandon Snyder, c/3b, Bluefield
2. Colby Rasmus, of, Johnson City
3. Eric Campbell, 3b, Danville
4. Brandon Erbe, rhp, Bluefield
5. Max Ramirez, c, Danville
6. Jesse Litsch, rhp, Pulaski
7. Juan Portes, 2b/of, Elizabethton
8. Josh Flores, of, Greeneville
9. Aaron Cunningham, of, Bristol
10. Bryan Anderson, c, Johnson City
11. Matt Walker, rhp, Princeton
12. John Drennen, of, Burlington
13. Jairo Cuevas, rhp, Danville
14. Eli Iorg, of, Greeneville
15. John Matulia, of, Princeton
16. Koby Clemens, 3b, Greeneville
17. Alexander Smit, lhp, Elizabethton
18. Ryan Mullins, lhp, Elizabethton
19. Ryan Mitchell, rhp, Greeneville
20. Tyler Herron, rhp, Johnson City

Holding with recent trends for American rookie leagues, the Appalachian League featured more second-year players and fewer young Latin prospects than it had in recent years. Managers agreed the overall talent level was down from 2004, when true shortstops and projectable lefthanders were plentiful. This year, the Rookie league's strengths were offense-first catchers and toolsy outfielders with a chance to play in center.

First-round picks Brandon Snyder (13th overall to the Orioles) and Colby Rasmus (28th to the Cardinals), the highest-drafted players to play in the league, proved to be the brightest lights. They impressed managers not only with their tools but also with their professional approaches.

Three of the league’s top righthanded power-hitting prospects—Princeton outfielder Ryan Royster, Danville outfielder Jon Mark Owings and Kingsport first baseman Nick Evans—missed the cut because of limited playing time and a lack of supporting tools. Johnson City shortstop Donovan Solano, at 17 the youngest qualifier for this list, also just missed. His defensive actions and knowledge of the strike zone were advanced for a young player.

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