Analysis

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 wa...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Gift Ngoepe’s Unique Path Has Him One Step From the Majors

Brian PelozaAugust 28, 2016
Victor Ngoepe TW 62516

Victor Ngoepe Shows That Strong Defense at Shortstop Runs in the Family

Tim WilliamsAugust 28, 2016
Adrian Valerio TW 81416 4

Adrian Valerio Adds to the Growing Shortstop Depth in the Pirates’ System

Tim WilliamsAugust 26, 2016
Stephen Alemais TW 8616 4

Stephen Alemais Shores Up Error-Prone West Virginia Infield

Abigail MiskowiecAugust 25, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Breaking Down Gerrit Cole’s Recent Struggles After Today’s 5-4 Pirates Loss

Alan SaundersAugust 24, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Notes: The Impact of Winning in the Minor Leagues

Alan SaundersAugust 24, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects