Rookie ball. The lowest level of the minor leagues, where few fans watch and instruction and improvement may be more important than results. The leagues that are considered this level are the Appalachian League, Pioneer League, and then the Arizona and Gulf Coast Leagues. College players probably shouldn’t be assigned to the Arizona and Gulf Coast Leagues, but it’s common to go to the Appalachian and Pioneer Leagues.
Let’s take a look!
2014 Rookie Ball Hitter of the Year
The rookie hitter of the year is Logan Moon (Winchester 2012), a 6th round draft pick in 2014 of the Kansas City Royals, who played in Burlington of the Appy League. Logan hit very well, finishing with rate stats 332/357/447 in 226 at-bats, along with 10 doubles, 5 triples, 2 home runs, and a 10/40 BB/K ratio. He also stole 16 bases.
Baseball America did not rank Logan among the top 20 in the league, but did say that Logan is a good runner, has a “plus” arm, and is smart and a leader. We’ll see how he does at the next level in 2015!
Others under consideration:
|Billy Fleming||Yankees||Gulf Coast||22||72||15||27||6||1||0||11||11||8||1||0.375||0.466||0.486||0.952|
2014 Rookie Ball Pitcher of the Year
Our rookie level pitcher of the year is Trey Cochran-Gill (Harrisonburg 2012), who dominated for Pulaski of the Appalachian League. A 17th round pick of the Mariners in 2014, Trey went on to go 3-0, 0.35 in 18 games and 25 2/3 innings, along with only 14 hits allowed, 3 walks, and 33 strikeouts. His BB/9 is 1.1, his K/9 is 11.6, and his WHIP is a minuscule 0.66. What a pro debut! (By the way, Trey also threw 10 1/3 shutout innings in short-season A ball!)
Others to consider:
|Mike Gomez||White Sox||Arizona||2||0||1.27||13||0||1||21.3||8||6||3||16||33||6.76||13.94||1.13|
Povse, all 6-foot-8 of him, has huge upside in Atlanta’s system… Gomez, who stayed with Jerry Carter’s family in Luray, struck out 33 batters in only 21 1/3 innings… McGrath allowed only 14 baserunners in 22 2/3 innings.
This finishes up ATVL’s minor league awards!