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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

A Visual History of Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect Lists – The Hardball Times

Good stuff.

More curious is the presence of the Tigers, particularly since Dave Dombrowski was at the helm for 13 consecutive seasons. Either through scouting, development or trades, Dombrowski’s charges flooded the BA top 100 from 1990 until 2001. In this time frame, Dombrowski was the Opening Day GM for 11 seasons (not counting 1992, when the Marlins were yet to debut). His teams placed 65 players on the top 100 during that run, a dizzying average of 5.9 players per year.

Dombrowski’s next 13 years in Motown placed just 26 players on the list, a precipitous drop to just two per year from his previous heights. It certainly didn’t alter his on-field success, as the Tigers made five playoff and two World Series appearances while racking up 86 wins ore more in seven of nine years from 2006 until 2014. The natural assumption, given the Tigers’ larger financial resources compared to the Expos and Marlins, is that he dealt top 100 talent for more reliable top-end talent at the major league level. However, this isn’t the case. No player dealt by the Motown edition of Dombrowski landed on the top 100 after being dealt.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
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