jeffmerk wrote: MaudDib wrote:
PlayingWithFire wrote:Nobody, generational talents don't show up every draft.
Really this. Unfortunately we live in an age where most top prospects get hyped like crazy and people then expect the to be HOF type players. But true HOF talents only come around every once in a while.
Crazy as this might sound but really the last guy that is a HOF type player was probably Albert Pujols. Since him there have been a lot of really good players but no one that is a lock for the HOF yet. Verlander needs to win a lot more games, Cabrera is probably on track so is Braun. Maybe I am missing someone obvious but the point is very few players come into the league and immediately succeed and put themselves in the position that Harper and Trout have.
Pujols was Baseball America's #42 prospect in 2001, Miggy was #12 in 2003 and Braun was #27 in 2007. The future studs don't always come from the tippy top of the prospect lists.
Pujols is the exception to everything, so is Piazza. There are 2 of those guys in the last 20 years(first ballot HOF who are non elite prospects). Miguel Cabrera was horribly rushed, had he stayed in the minor leagues in 2003 like most teams would have done, he'd be no doubt one of the 2 top prospect in baseball in 2004. Make no mistake, Miggy Cabrera was an elite prospect.