Re: Pioneer League Top 20 Prospects
A credible source who had seen the Billings team told me "not much of a drop-off for Dayton in 2012."
The exact order of the rankings of the players do not mean as much to me as the simple fact that four Reds players impressed enough to be talked about. Keep in mind, Baseball America does not have scouts. The rankings are based on phone conversations with Pioneer League managers and other observers that they feel have a credible opinion. Some managers are more willing to talk than others. Some speak in more animated terms about the players they were impressed with. Some managers see players when they are hot, others when they are slumping. The managers don't put the players in order, they just talk about who impressed them and why. Then the writer has to go back and make some sense of it all. To try to sit down at the end and say this guy is 6 and this guy is 8 and then this guy is 10 is somewhat of a guessing game.
You are going to have probably two players in a league of that size that really stand out in most years and then the next group is a larger group of 10-12 guys that get mentioned.
In the Midwest League this season, in the East, you had four position players in that top group: Billy Hamilton, Rymer Liriano, Jake Marisnick, and Nick Castellanos. Not sure about the West and not factoring in the pitchers. Each of those four will have supporters, but those four should be the top four position players from the East on the list.