Independent League Prospects

by DarkSide830 - 214 cards (Last updated on Oct 5, 2021)



1. 2018 Topps #629 Max Scherzer


Fort Worth Cats (AA) - 2007

Arizona Diamondbacks - 2008-2009
Detroit Tigers - 2010-2014
Washington Nationals - 2015-2021
Los Angeles Dodgers - 2021-

WAR: 67.2 [updated for 2021 season]

3x Cy Young
8x All-Star
2019 World Series
3x NL SO leader
3x league SO/9 leader
5x league WHIP leader
4x league wins leader
2013 AL Win% leader
2x NL IP leader
2x NL starts leader
etc.

Before launching his Hall of Fame career, Scherzer debuted in the American Association while working on his initial contract with Arizona.


2. 1997-98 Score Board Autographed Collection #3 J.D. Drew


St. Paul Saints (Northern) - 1997-1998

St. Louis Cardinals - 1998-2003
Atlanta Braves - 2004
Los Angeles Dodgers - 2005-2006
Boston Red Sox - 2007-2011

WAR: 44.9

2008 AL All-Star
Finished 6th in NL MVP voting in 2004.
2007 World Series

You probably know the story here.


3. 2016 Topps #564 Tanner Roark


Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier) - 2008

Washington Nationals - 2013-2018
Cincinnati Reds - 2019
Oakland Athletics - 2019
Toronto Blue Jays - 2020-2021

WAR: 18.6 [updated for 2021 season]


4. 2008 Topps Heritage #306 Stephen Drew


Camden Riversharks (ATL) - 2005

Arizona Diamondbacks - 2006-2012
Oakland Athletics - 2012
Boston Red Sox - 2013-2014
New York Yankees - 2014-2015
Washington Nationals - 2016-2017

WAR: 15.9

Finished 26th in NL MVP voting in 2008.
2013 World Series

Also followed his brother's lead in playing in Independent ball while holding out for a desirable draft bonus.


5. 2015 Topps #260 David Peralta


Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings (NABL) - 2011
Wichita Wingnuts (AA) - 2012
Amarillo Sox (AA) - 2013

Arizona Diamondbacks - 2014-

WAR: 14.3 [updated for 2021 season]

2018 NL Silver Slugger (OF)
2019 NL Gold Glover (OF)
2x NL triples leader

A huge independent league success story, Peralta, a converted pitcher, moved to the outfield in independent ball and never looked back. He's now one of baseball's best triples hitters.


6. 2004 Topps Heritage #462 Kevin Millar


St. Paul Saints (Northern) - 1993

Florida Marlins - 1998-2002
Boston Red Sox - 2003-2005
Baltimore Orioles - 2006-2008
Toronto Blue Jays - 2009

WAR: 14.2

2004 World Series
2004 AL HBP leader

Millar, a cult figure in Boston, was a key part of their 2004 World Series squad.


7. 2015 Bowman #6 Brad Ziegler


Schaumburg Flyers (Northern) - 2004

Oakland Athletics - 2008-2011
Arizona Diamondbacks - 2011-2016
Boston Red Sox - 2016
Miami Marlins - 2017-2018
Arizona Diamondbacks - 2018

WAR: 13.1

2x NL pitching appearances leader
MLB record most scoreless innings to start a career (39 IP)


8. 2017 Topps Heritage #546 James Paxton


Grand Prairie AirHogs (AA) - 2010

Seattle Mariners - 2013-2018
New York Yankees - 2019-2020
Seattle Mariners - 2021-

WAR: 12.8 [updated for 2021 season]

2018 AL SHO leader
2018 AL CG leader

Another pitcher who was eventually drafted out of independent ball after failing to sign, Seattle grabbed Paxton as a 4th rounder in 2010.


9. 2013 Topps Update #US185 Daniel Nava


Chico Outlaws (Golden) - 2007

Boston Red Sox - 2010, 2012-2015
Tampa Bay Rays - 2015
Los Angeles Angels - 2016
Kansas City Royals - 2016
Philadelphia Phillies - 2017

WAR: 8.4

2013 World Series


10. 2003 Topps 205 #268 Brendan Donnelly


Ohio Valley Redcoats (Frontier) - 1994
Nashua Pride (ATL) - 1999

Anahiem/LA Angels - 2002-2006
Boston Red Sox - 2007
Cleveland Indians - 2008
Florida Marlins - 2009
Pittsburgh Pirates - 2010

WAR: 7.6

2003 AL All-Star
2002 World Series

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