bigken117 wrote: duckbillgates wrote:
Some of their projections and dollar values are awful, but it's one of my favorites too. It's really slickly designed, and has all the stats you want at a glance (past three years, plus last year's pre-/post-All-Star splits
Also has a pretty decent prospect rankings article and team-by-team breakdowns, but one of my favorite features is that it has the top ten prospects at each position, along with their estimated time of arrival in the Majors.
Honestly, I wish their analysis was a bit better, but they are on the right track with what they include. One of my favorites, too.
BTW the 2008 version of it is out, just picked it up at B&N
Yeah I don't use it for the projections or dollar values (they love closers and speed more than I would pay) but overall I think it's the best read.
Just gave that a look at my local newsstand, and I have to lower my marks substantially for this year. Very disappointed.
• Team profiles no longer focus on a breakout player for this season, as well as one a few years off. I used to find some nice sleepers in there.
• Only has the past two seasons of stats, not three or four as in past.
• Eliminated the top ten prospects at each position which I praised above, instead including an idiotic score card grading players in each category. I can tell that Grady Sizemore is a liability in the average department by looking at the projections. I don't need a grade.
• Don't like the design as much as in years past (although I used to be a graphic designer, so I'm nitpicky).
• In know the projections are bad, but seriously? I think I saw five (!) closers in the top 13 overall. Miguel Cabrera at 24? Chase Utley at 33?
Nice publication in the past, but I may actually pass this year.
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