I've always made it known that I don't like numerical ranking lists for prospects. They're simple. They're fun. They generate a lot of interest. But they don't tell the entire story. A numerical ranking system will tell you that one player is ranked higher than another player, but it won't tell you exactly how good one player is to another player ranked below him.

There are many cases where one player could be ranked 7th, another could be ranked 16th, and they have the same talent and upside. Numerical ranking systems provide arbitrary and convenient cutoffs to signify how good a player is. Top 10, top 30, and other easy numbers are used to make things simple, and it leads to the belief that there's something significant about that number 7 ranked prospect, as opposed to the number 16 p...

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