Re: Baseball America's Top 20 GCL Prospects
One thing to note is that these rankings don't always reflect a prospects value. These lists are based on managers in the league's opinion for the most part, and while you assume managers can identify talent, they aren't the scouts... they are the teachers. Many times in the past guys ranked behind others in these lists will be ranked ahead of them in both the team lists and the Top 100 lists. I would pay more attention to what is said about these players than the order that they are ranked.
I doubt BA uses much more than the evaluations they had on these players before the season started. I know the writeup on Yorman is nothing more than a knockoff of what they have been saying about him since before he signed with the Reds. The prospect game has evolved enough that I doubt they can really trust a manager not to inflate his organization's prospects -- because, after all, that would be to the organization's benefit.
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