I don't think that they are bad at all actually. They don't match mine pick for pick, but I wouldn't expect them too. I don't see a big problem with Prince at 19 - maybe he expects a dropoff, maybe he thinks he'll come into camp at 400 pounds. Ichiro at 18 is high for me, but not outrageous. Who else besides Ichiro in his ranks would you take after Prince? I don't see any. What other picks of his Top 25 are terrible? Sure Soriano is a bit high, Howard a bit low... but everybody's ranks are going to be different. If Prince at 19 is your criteria for being a moron, then show me your ranks and I'm sure I'll say the same about you.
"The government cannot give to anyone anything that it does not first take from someone else"
Rule #1 Don't write up a critical analysis of an "expert" (meaning a guy paid to do this) that includes name-calling and pointless bashing.
Rule #2 Definitely stick to rule #1 if you can't believe that "morons" would pass on last year's third best SS (with a .773 OPS) with the first two picks. I love Reyes, but c'mon. #3 overall is a travesty?
And Crawford is "now a steal" at the end of the first? He hit 11 HRs. He had an .820 OPS. He Ks way more than he BBs. And wasn't he always an end-of-the-first-round player? I like Crawford too (I actually own both Reyes and Crawford on my team) but this guy needs to settle down. Another thing: Karabell said, "if this is the best he can do," meaning that he's still a solid pick there if he doesn't get better. He never said he couldn't get better, but the critic lambasts him for saying as such.
And how are you gonna criticize a guy for ranking A-Rod #1?
The blog titles this critic as an "expert non-expert." Personally, I don't think the first expert belongs on there at all.
I don't agree with all of Karabell's rankings. I'd personally drop Phillips and maybe Braun out of my top-25. I'd have Pujols, Utley, Holliday, Santana, Howard, Fielder, Teixeira and Lee a little higher. I'd have Hanley, Reyes, Wright, Soriano, Ichiro and Beltran a little lower. But nothing about Karabell's rankings justifies calling him a moron.