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I Want To Be A Prospect

I Want To Be A Prospect

Jarek Cunningham

With the draft deadline of August 16th rapidly approaching, it means that we will soon have more “shiny new toys” to examine and rank as prospects.  But what exactly makes Player A better than Player B?  When you look at a player, try to think…

“What is this player’s ultimate position in the field and the batting order?” and “How likely is he going to reach that prediction (injuries, progress from year to year)?”

I thought I would share my personal thoughts on how I rank prospects.  Note that none of this is groundbreaking stuff; rather, it is an amalgamation of different rules of thumb and tidbits that I have picked up over the years.

1. Age

It’s important to determine if a player is at his appropriate level for his age.  Otherwise, it’s like when Kramer was taking karate lessons with all the little kids.  Here’s what the accepted prospect age levels are for each classification:

Rookie – 18-19

Short Season – 20-21

Low A – 20-21

High A – 21-2...

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