I do feel like the people who say “Get rid of this guy who hits mediocrely in the NL! This other guy has been hitting great in AA for over a year!” were more often correct 15 years ago.
On the other hand, every prospect who can’t make the leap seems to be countered by a prospect who succeeds in the majors after nobody noticed he got promoted, like Khris Davis.
Austin Hedges is the most overrated prospect in baseball.
“I don’t blame them. If you look at my numbers last season, they weren’t great,” said Hedges, who hit .225 last season with Double-A San Antonio. “Those guys weren’t in the Texas League every day and didn’t see what wasn’t on paper, which was a lot of quality at-bats and hard-contact outs.”
Is Snydergaard really going to get a lot of MLB time this year?
1. Noah Syndergaard, Mets (No. 10 overall prospect)
Projected ERA: 3.57
1. 2006 Diamondbacks
SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)
The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.
The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.
And I’ve been following Baseball America the whole time.
It was 25 years ago that Baseball America unveiled its first Top 100 Prospects list.
And veterans cost a hell of a lot more than prospects.
The story of Matzek’s winding road to the big leagues.
Jim Callis really likes the prospects haul the Braves obtained this off-season.
Two great prospects.
Kiley McDaniel’s Top 200 list. Some good work. I particularly like the grouping presentation.
Kiley McDaniel is doing some good prospect work over at Fangraphs. In this article he discusses his process of building Fangraphs’ Top 200 list.
This is some good stuff from Fangraph’s Kiley McDaniel. Although it’s nice reading about prospects, it’s even better to get a glimpse of them.
This is a few weeks old but I don’t believe it was posted. Kiley McDaniel makes some very good points about prospect rankings.
A 6-foot-2, 220-pounder with a rare blend of strength and speed, he was the youngest of four brothers to star at Grant Union High. The eldest, Syd’Quan, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, but would always tell people, “Wait until you see Shaq. He’s better than all of us.” Shaq became the country’s top-rated safety, turning down Oregon and Cal-Berkeley (Syd’Quan’s alma mater) for Washington; he was the Huskies’ most-prized recruit in more than a decade. He’d go on to ...Read More...
1) Luis Severino, RHP, Grade B+/Borderline A-
2) Aaron Judge, OF, Grade B+/Borderline A-
3) Greg Bird, 1B, Grade B+/Borderline B
4) Rob Refsnyder, 2B, Grade B
5) Gary Sanchez, C, Grade B
6) Jacob Lindgren, LHP, Grade B
7) Ian Clarkin, LHP, Grade B/Borderline B-
8) Luis Torrens, C, Grade B-/Borderline B
9) Miguel Andujar, 3B, Grade B-
10) Jorge Mateo, SS, Grade B-
Their top ten:
1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
2. Addison Russell, SS, Chicago Cubs
3. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
4. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
5. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
6. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals
7. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
9. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
10. Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Top 100 List according to ZiPS.
Jim Callis runs down the prospects who didn’t make the cut.
We released the MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, and as always, there wasn’t enough room to include everyone I like. With that in mind, I’ve listed below (alphabetically) 20 more prospects who have caught my eye, some of whom made my personal Top 100 but couldn’t crack the official list once I combined my choices with Jonathan Mayo’s and we got feedback from industry sources.
Jim Callis writes about the best tools.
Jonathan Mayo breaks down the changes to last year’s list.
Over the night they have changed the formatting on their list. It’s not an improvement. Nevertheless, here’s MLB.com’s 2015 Top 100 Prospects.
Sam Dykstra helps to make a little extra sense of minor league numbers.
MLB.com is releasing its Top 100 list tonight. Since they include video, put together a good list, and update their rankings during the season, it’s become one my favorites.
(Sorry about not being able to embed the video. There doesn’t seem to be any way to do it.)
Finally, with regard to defense, I’ve made no attempt even to estimate something along the lines of runs saved. Instead, I’ve utilized only a rough approximation of each player’s positional adjustment — which figures one can derive (following the application of some minor arithmetic) from the Steamer projections available at the site.
Having first calculated and then found the sum of those first three figures (i.e. Bat, BsR, and Def), I then also added the replacement-run total [(PA / ...
The first of Top 100 prospect lists to appear.
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