2004 SAL Top Prospects
I was rummaging through my desk yesterday and I came across the 2004 SAL Top Prospect card set. I was interested, so I ripped a pack opened.
Here were the top prospects in this league back in 2004.
Josh Anderson – Lexington Legends
Luis Apodaca – Savannah Sand Gnats
Ian Bladergroen – Capital City Bombers
Jake Blalock – Lakewood BlueClaws
Michael Bourn – Lakewood BlueClaws
Jose Diaz – Columbus Catfish
Matt Esquivel – Rome Braves
Clint Everts – Savannah Sand Gnats
Jarrett Gardner – Augusta Greenjackets
Thomas Gorzelanny – Hickory Crawdads
Derick Grigsby – Lexington Legends
James Houser – Charleston Riverdogs
Chuck James – Rome Braves
Andy LaRoche – Columbus Catfish
Adam Loewen – Delmarva Shorebirds
Shaun Marcum – Charleston Alley Cats
Nick Markakis – Delmarva Shorebirds
Aaron Marsden – Asheville Tourists
Brandon McCarthy – Kannapolis Intimidators
Lastings Milledge – Capital City Bombers
Adam Miller – Lake County Captains
Jai Miller – Greensboro Bats
Nyjer Morgan – Hickory Crawdads
Brandon Moss – Augusta Greenjackets
Ryan Roberts – Charleston Alley Cats
Nate Schierholtz – Hagerstown Suns
Cole Seifrig – Greensboro Bats
Juan Serrato – Hagerstown Suns
Brad Snyder – Lake County Captains
Ian Stewart – Asheville Tourists
Robert Valido – Kannapolis Intimidators
Delmon Young – Charleston Riverdogs
As you will notice, some of the names are recognizable but most are probably not five years after playing in the SAL. Besides Nick Markakis, Delmon Young has probably made the biggest splash in the bigs. He made his debut in Tampa in ’06 and is now in Minnesota. Nyjer Morgan is another guy that has made a difference in the big leagues. In 39 games, he is hitting .280 for Pittsburgh. Lastings Milledge started the season in Washington but was sent down to Syracuse (AAA).
Just goes to show how difficult it is to stick at the big league level.
Until next time, Go Shorebirds!