hybrid wrote: Purple Haze wrote:
The reason Baseball America, and staff are the most popular publication on minor league players is because, they rank players on many different aspects.. The two main factors are, Overall potential (Straight up ability to play the game), and most likely to actually live-up to that potential (Players with that potential, who are closest to the Bigs) At least that is how I understand it..
I agree, on straight up potential, and not factoring in position... Delmon Young is far and away the most talented player in the minors... That being said... The reality is, positions do matter, and who is closest to living up to the hype matters as well...
Stephen Drew is now in the Bigs, and doing pretty well the first few games..(Not a big enough sample size to really get a feel, but still)
Looks like John Manuel has shown yet again, why he is one of the most respected sources on minor league prospects.. Yes I'm bias, but not like I'm out on a limb by myself on this one..
Stephen Drew is pretty good
oh and one more thing...here comes Carlos Quentin...
I know how BA ranks their players, and potential is basically the biggest basis for their rankings. Obviously position matters to but none of what you are saying really is what I'm talking about with Drew. I'm not saying Drew is a bad prospect, he is indeed a very good one. The point that I am making is that he hasn't done much since the start of the year (or above A ball) to show he is the best prospect in the minors. If you want to try and debate that go ahead, but I know how they rank and it's defiantly not right all the time ... or probably even most of the time. Not putting BA down at any rate, but that's what happens when you rank more so by potential and prospects are fickle in nature anyways.
SO your saying, because Stephen Drew didn't put up stellar numbers in the minors this season he shouldn't be ranked as high?
(Even though his skills are without question)
In your opinion, minor league stats are the #1 way to establish the overall best prospects in the minors?
Anyone can look at Minor League stats, and rank based on that, but a true minor league guru predicts what others can't see.. ALA John Sickles..
(And I know Sickles wouldn't have Drew #1 overall, but he could understand the logic...because it all depends on your opinion)
I just happen to agree with John Manuel, and BA on this subject... Like I said before, I know I'm bias, but not like I'm reaching for the stars agreeing with a respected source like Baseball America about Stephen Drew being the best prospect in the minors..(Not that it matters anymore since he isn't in the minors now...haha)
ok, ok...I'm a "HOMER" haha...
With players like,Connor Jackson, Stephen Drew, Justin Upton, Carlos Quentin, Chris Young, Carlos Gonzalez, and last but not least MONTERO
I'm happy to be a "HOMER" .....DOH