Chop On: Bryce Ball Edition

If you’re trying to look into the future for one of baseball’s next big stars, then look no further than in the Appalachian League for Bryce Ball.

Ball, 21, was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 24th round of the 2019 MLB Draft from Dallas Baptist University. Ball hit 18 home runs and 54 runs batted in along with 12 doubles in 54 games for Dallas Baptist this spring.

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Top 10 Appalachian League Players

Remember Wander Franco? What about Vlad Guerrero Jr.? Even Cristian Pache? They all three have one thing in common. They each passed through the Appalachian League at one point in their career.

First the first time in the three-plus years I’ve spent covering the Appy League (this year being year number 4), I decided to partake in a Top 10 ranking.

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Pulaski Yankees One-Hit Burlington

Hey guys! Back again with an update on the Appalachian League. Had the privilege of taking in the Burlington Royals for the third time this year, and each time I’ve been highly impressed with their offense. However, if offense and scoring is your type of read then this one isn’t for you. But if pitching […]

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Nick Madrigal And Baseball Preconceptions

I’ve talked about Nick Madrigal a lot in the last year and a half. More than I’m happy to admit to. There’s like 10,000 players in affiliated baseball, but I’ve spent more time on Twitter, in the Baseball Farm GroupMe, doing Google news searches, and just thinking about this diminutive middle infielder than any other player since he came on my radar in the spring of 2018.

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Matt Tabor Is Breaking Out

Matt Tabor first caught my eye last offseason when a Diamondback’s coach tabbed him as “the player that improved the most over the course of the season” during fall instructs. Players who garner that kind of praise from the people that spend the most time with them always pique my interest (especially when they have recent 7 figure signing bonuses). I filed Tabor away as a potential breakout candidate to watch. 12 starts into the year, it’s safe to say he is officially breaking out.

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