Originally Posted by MoneyInTheBank
You certainly make some valid points but I think you may be a little misunderstood on prospect rankings. They are not necessarily ranked based on ceiling or likelihood of success or failure. According to mlb.com, he is the 14th ranked prospect. There are several things keeping Hamilton from being a higher regarded prospect:
-He's a non-catching position player. These are the two positions in the highest demand and toughest to find good ones. Shortstops are highly prized as well, but even when he was a SS, there were doubts of his ability to stick there
-He's 22 years old and still widely considered a year away from MLB. There are 4 prospects the same age or older than Hamilton ahead of him: 3 pitchers and a catcher. All of them are projected to be MLB ready in 2013
-He's raw. He started switch hitting when he was drafted at 18, so he's still learning to hit from the side of the plate that a majority of your ABs will come from as a switch hitter.
So, he is very highly regarded, however, not higher than he is for the above reasons
The rankings favor pitchers, catchers and shortstops. He is now a CF but they mention nothing about him playing CF in AZL and still have him listed as a SS. So by that process he should fall in the early 2013 rankings, personally.