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Greeneville Astros Come Out On Top

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For the first time in eleven years, Greeneville won the Appalachian League.

After making the playoffs by just half a game over the Elizabethton Twins (34-33 vs. 34-34), the Greeneville Astros showed that they truly belonged, winning the playoffs in dramatic fashion by holding off the Princeton Rays in the third and final game of the championship series, 8-7, after beating the Kingsport Mets in a 2-1 series. Fun fact: Every single game in the Appy League playoffs was won by a road team.

The offense was mediocre: they were second-to-last in AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS, as well as HRs, but they did lead the league in SBs. Of their qualified hitters, Connor Goedert had the team's highest OPS at .798 and had a slash line of .286/.349/.449 (six homers and twenty doubles included in that), while Myles Straw had an interesting slash line of .268/.355/.344 and led the league with 22 stolen bases. Osvaldo Duarte also showed some speed on the basepaths with 17 steals and had a .676 OPS while clubbing four homers and four triples.

Those who didn't qualify: Even though Daz Cameron only played with the team for 30 games, he was eleventh in the league with 11 steals. Kyle Tucker, the #5 overall pick, played 30 games, hit .286 with a .715 OPS, stole 14 bases, and was generally impressive. Although Hector Roa played only 27 games, he slashed .315/.333/.574 (good for a .907 OPS) and launched six home runs. Obviously, a .269 ISO is very good, and that's exactly what Roa had. Kevin Martir, the team's catcher (18th-round pick), walked 23 times and struck out just 21 times, good for an odd .218/.355/.234 slash line.

Their pitching, however, was a different story: They had the second-lowest ERA, allowed the fewest homers, and, while they were middle-of-the-pack in strikeouts, they walked the second-fewest batters.

Albert Abreu was very impressive: he started seven of his thirteen games, had a 2.51 ERA, and struck out over a batter an inning. Andrew Thome, who started in four of his eleven games, owned a 0.87 ERA, and struck out nineteen batters to just one walk in 31.0 innings. Although Yhoan Acosta had a 4.10 ERA, he also had a 2.67 K/BB and a 10.43 K/9 in his first Appy League season. A testament to this team's depth: Greeneville had thirty-two pitchers pass through over the course of the year, and twenty-three of them pitched at least ten innings.