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First Pitch: Aggressively Ranking Prospects

First Pitch: Aggressively Ranking Prospects

Today I posted the profile for the number 12 prospect in the system, Dilson Herrera. In the write-up I mentioned that Herrera was the favorite to be the 2013 version of Alen Hanson or Gregory Polanco.

In somewhat of a coincidence, Charlie at Bucs Dugout posted a review of the 2013 Prospect Guide today, and noted a few of the aggressive rankings in the book (with Herrera being one of them). I'm glad he brought that up. That's actually a topic that came under internal discussion while the rankings were being put together. It's also a topic I've been struggling with over the last few years.

I've explained the ranking process before, but to sum the steps up:

1. Everyone involved submits their own top 50 lists to me.

2. I take the average of four lists. My list, the average of everyone's list, the average of everyone's list with the outliers removed, and the average of everyone's list with individual rankings weighted on who saw what players.

3. I present the average of the f...

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