This article is part of our Bernie On The Scene series.
Last week, I looked at some of the better statistical performances from this season's rookie Arizona League season.
This week I'm taking a look at the advanced rookie Appalachian League.
There were some outstanding 2012 performances. They could be the harbinger of big things for some of these players.
Let's take a look:
Dario Pizzano, OF, Seattle Mariners
Pizzano is a left-handed hitter from Saugus, Massachusetts. He was a 15th-round selection of the Mariners in the 2012 draft.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound, 21 year-old Pizzano played left field and right field for Pulaski this summer hitting .356 with four homers, 20 extra-base hits and 28 RBI over 53 games while also stealing three bases (225 plate appearances).
The Mariners are loaded with solid corner outfielders at the higher levels in the system. However, none have really stepped up yet and claimed a role as a fence busting run producer.
Candido Pimentel, OF, Minnesota Twins
The switch-hitting 22-year-old native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic hit .330 with a homer and 22 RBI for Elizabethton. Pimentel, 5-foot-11, 160 pounds played second base, left field and right field in 56 total games. Most were played at second base, a position of weakness in the Twins organization. Among his 71 Appalachian hits were 10 doubles and three triples. Known for speed, Pimentel stole 16 bases while being caught 7 times.
Ildemaro Vargas, MI, St. Louis Cardinals
Vargas played most of his time (56 of 59 games) at second base for the Cardinals' Appalachian