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09-20-2002, 06:41 PM
Place 3 players in Baseball America's top twenty list of the Appalachian league players,

10. Anthony Webster, of, Bristol White Sox
Webster has looked like a steal since the White Sox drafted him in the 15th round in 2001. Hes far from a finished product, yet hes a career .330 hitter who dramatically improved his batting eye this summer.

Webster is a quintessential leadoff hitter/center fielder with plus speed that he incorporates in all phases of his game. He also possesses some serious sting in his bat, though he doesnt hit for considerable power.

"He can really handle the bat," Leyva said. "He's a heads-up player who walks a lot and is always a threat to run. For a young kid, he is very disciplined. I think you're going to see him really come on fast in the near future."

17. Josh Rupe, rhp, Bristol White Sox
Rupe fell under the radar screen of several managers. The White Sox were cautious with Rupe, limiting him mostly to bullpen duty while trying to refine his mechanics.

Those who saw Rupe noted his outstanding stuff. He works off a solid 91-93 mph fastball, and his best pitch is an old-fashioned overhand curveball that looks likes its falling out of the sky as it whistles through the strike zone. Bristol manager Nick Leyva called it the best breaking ball hed seen from a young kid in a long time.

Rupe also has the makings of a big league changeup. Hell be a three-pitch pitcher once he gains the consistency needed with his delivery.

"You can sense when a kid is going to make it and I have that sense about Josh," Leyva said. "He's got great makeup and excellent overall stuff. Once he puts everything together, he's going to be a big-time starter."

19. Pedro Lopez, 2b, Bristol White Sox
One of the youngest players in the league, Lopez starred with his glove. He was among the Appys best defensive players, displaying soft hands, good range and an accurate arm at second base. He also showed quick reflexes and a willingness to hang tough around the bag while turning double plays.

Leyva raved about Lopez' natural instincts and knack for being in the right position. Some managers wonder if hell hit well enough to stick at the game's highest level, but Leyva is not concerned after watching him the entire season.

"He was the top situational hitter on our club," Leyva said. "He was the best bunter in the league, and he executes the hit-and-run with the best of them. Pedro will produce at the plate as he moves up."

duke of dorwood
09-20-2002, 10:36 PM
Saw Nick Leyva coaching 3rd in the Joe Carter winning HR game while with Toronto. Seems like the perfect guy to have with the kids at Bristol.