Kendrick is 9th? Are they insane? I am so sick of how these sites consistently rank players with no proven track record in professional baseball ahead of guys who have already excelled at more competitive levels.
How on earth is Kendrick ranked after Troy Tulowitzki after doing nothing but destroying minor league pitching for three years, and is just about an iron lock to be the starting 2B for the Angels next year?
Tulo is a guy who has been pretty good (but not great) so far in the minors, has exactly 1 year of professional baseball experience, and wasn't even that stellar in college?
Tulo's numbers compared to Kendrick at the same age at the same level are outright pedestrian. He's on pace for less than 20 homers and a sube .850 OPS. When Kendrick was his age, at the same level, he hit .350 with a 1.000 OPS, 19 homers, and 25 steals, and then followed it up with a year where he's absolutely mashed AAA pitching. So how can you talk about "tools" and "upside" when Kendrick was better at the same age and the same level, and then actually IMPROVED in his next stop. It makes no sense.
And guys like Maybin and Tabata who are all promise and decent numbers with zero track record are continuously pimped ahead of guys in AA and AAA who are now putting up the numbers that people expect Maybin and Tabata could be putting up in 2-3 years? it makes no sense. Shouldn't those who have been there, and are now also excelling at a higher level be ranked a higher prospect? Does BA and all the other people who rank prospects not factor in any chance of a prospect in A ball not improving as they move up the system?