The New York Penn League was very strong this year, especially among the international ranks (7 of the top 10). It is good to see Aaron Brown crack this list as he was one of the lower drafted players on the list (only the #20 prospect was taken after him in the 2014 draft). Brown has a lot of potential with above average speed, plus raw power, and a plus to plus plus arm. His big problem is his aggression at the plate where he will need to find a more patient approach. Brown’s .256/.301/.356 line was one of the better batting lines in Williamsport this year, and the poor lines of others likely held them off of this list. I personally have Brown behind Deivi Grullon, Cord Sandberg, Jose Pujols, and possibly Jiandido Tromp when it comes to players who played for the Crosscutters this year.
Robert (Livingston, NJ): I know it's his third (!) go-around in the NYP, but Jiandido Tromp did just turn 21 and showed an interesting power/speed combination. Did anyone think he's more than just an interesting name?
Aaron Fitt: Yeah, Tromp was very much in the mix for the Top 20, actually — didn’t miss by much. He took a huge step forward this year with his approach, though he’s still pull-oriented and must continue to improve against offspeed stuff. He can punish fastballs, and he showed some signs this year of being able to drive the ball to right-center. He’s an above-average runner who can handle all three outfield spots, and he has a solid arm too. And he has pretty intriguing power for a guy his size; it’s a really fast-twitch body. Intriguing guy, should be in the mix for the Phillies Top 30 somewhere, I would think.