According to Independent Baseball Chatter (a blog I subscribe to through Google Reader, and suggest you do the same), 30 independent ball players have signed so far for MLB-affiliated teams this off-season.
The 30 players come from the following leagues:
- Atlantic League: 8
- Golden League: 7
- American Association: 6
- Can-Am League: 3
- Frontier League: 3
- Northern League: 2
- United League: 1
A strong second from the GBL. No Vipers, however, have been snagged up as yet. The Golden League count goes Cracker-Cats (3), Armada (2), Flyers (1), and Scorpions (1).
Is this too small a sample size to be useful when comparing stats of Vipers from 2007 (Northern League) to 2008 (Golden League)? Yeah, I guess it is. Can we say the GBL has more top-level talent? We could try, but it’s not a solidly-grounded fact just based on these numbers.
Still, when I see that Nelson Castro improved offensively in almost every category from 2008 compared to 2007, and the Golden League had a few more graduates to the pros than the Northern League, it makes the stats a little more shiny in my eyes.