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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Baseball Prospectus Prospect Rankings Primer

The transition from Goldstein to Parks:

Just keep that in mind when you see a player “written off” for the sake of a limited ranking. You can remove the sensationalism from the approach—and we’ve tried to maintain a high level of professionalism here—but you can’t remove the shallow nature of the exercise itself. This is not an exercise of right/wrong or good/bad. When evaluating and projecting human behavior, it’s a fool who frowns on unpredictability in favor of a standard script. You might suggest that prospect no. 10 is superior to prospect no. 1, and I can call you ill-informed and unqualified to make such a pompous claim. But what I can’t say with any certainty is that you are wrong, as only time will tell if you hold an advantage in that argument. Until then, all we can do is present our point of view and sit on the sidelines and wait for the outcomes.

Mike Emeigh Posted: November 01, 2012 at 12:05 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: minor leagues, prospects

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