After finishing the regular season with an Eastern League-best 82-59 record, the Akron Aeros rallied back from a 2-0 deficit against the Bowie Baysox to win five straight games at Canal Park, eventually clinching their fourth Eastern League title in Trenton Saturday night. The championship will stick with these players forever, as most of them will not make it to the Majors or win a World Series.
But as good as the season was for the Aeros, the minor leagues are still about developing players first and foremost. So, the challenge with ranking the top 20 Aeros on the season is balancing who helped the Aeros win a championship and who will help the Indians two or three years down the road.
I did my best to weigh things fairly here, but I’m sure there will be disagreement. Between players being called up early in the season to Columbus, players being called up from Carolina late in the year, and non-prospects turning in huge performances to lead the Aeros down the championship path, creating this top 20 was one of the harder things I’ve had to do this season.
So don’t get overly obsessed with the numbers and just enjoy the ride through the top 20 Akron Aeros for the 2012 season. Then, if you want to know the other 37 players who were at least a part of the championship run, I gave a slight write-up on each of them.
As the only notebook writer who covered a champion this year, I can say that it has been fun writing for you guys and covering the Aeros this year and I hope it will be just as great next year.
From Indians Prospect Insider, September 18, 2012