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First Pitch: The Balance Between Minor League Stats and Skills

First Pitch: The Balance Between Minor League Stats and Skills

Tyler Glasnow had one of the best strikeout seasons by a pitcher in a long time. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

All season I've talked about Tyler Glasnow, who dominated the South Atlantic League this year. I've also talked a lot lately about Austin Meadows, due to the fact that Meadows has been crushing the ball in the last week for Jamestown, capping off a strong pro debut. In each case the numbers are great, but I think we also need to add some perspective on what the numbers really tell us.

In the next week I'll be starting the process of writing the 2014 Prospect Guide. A big part of that process is evaluating individual seasons, writing up player reports, creating a list of rankings, and most importantly, weighing stats vs skills.

Everyone does their rankings differently. For me,...

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