Originally Posted by texasdave
I am curious as to how people rank prospects so I have a several questions. Everyone has their own thoughts on ranking prospects, so there is no right or wrong, IMO.
1) Is it too soon to rank him the number 2 prospect? Because that is very likely where he is going to end up.
2) With only 8 games under his belt, what is the highest he should be ranked?
3) If you were trading him, would you place a top-prospect value on him?
Generally speaking, I rank the guys with high-minors experience who project as starting eight/rotation caliber major leaguers above kids with little to no experience regardless of how talented those kids are. On the flip side, I rank the inexperienced kids with upside over guys with high minors experience but only project as bench/bullpen fodder in the majors.
1. I would probably rank him second since I have serious doubts about Corcino/Cingrani sticking as starters and Gregorius being anything more than a bench glove. I might rank Corcino above him since my only real concern with him is his size and not any of his baseball-related skills.
2. Depends on who else is in the organization. In some organizations, I could definitely see him as their #1 prospect. In others, he might not crack the top five.
3. You bet your ass I would. If the Reds were a rebuilding team, I doubt I would consider trading him at all. With the Reds currently being contenders, I would consider trading him if he brought me a return that could significantly help the 2013-2015 Reds.