Re: A look at the Reds system and 2006 draft through John Sickels
I would also submit that the very first pro season means very little.
Really, this should be obvious. The fact that Sickels tries to do so is ironic, since he covers the minors for a living. Speaks to the thirst for knowledge about prospects and the love of lists. I seem to recall that he disclaims his rankings by saying there's very little difference between C+/B-/B prospects—this for all players in a system, not just the recently drafted—so the whole exercise quickly gets absurd.
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