It’s that time of the year when we begin creating our database of collegiate summer team rosters in preparation for our Relative Performance Index (RPI) for ranking CSB leagues and teams. This year, we are particularly interested in the rosters for the two new MLB summer leagues – the Appalachian League and the MLB Draft League (remnants of former MiLB NY-Penn League, Carolina League and Eastern League).
The MLB Draft League is very much like a normal collegiate summer league in that it draws players from all draft eligible academic levels, while the Appy league is only for rising sophomores and juniors.
Unfortunately, the Appalachian League does not list much information about their players – not even which teams to which they have been assigned. Each team page has coaching information but no player roster. As you can see below there is no height, weight, hitters side, throwing arm, academic class or home town – all typical attributes found on most CSB teams websites (or Pointstreak.com).
Schools with the most players on Apply League rosters are in the graphic above. While we don’t want to prejudge, it appears to be an inauspicious beginning for the much balleyhooed league.
We will pay close attention to the development of this new MLB adventure.