Originally Posted by Brittingham.Sam
I would disagree that people won't care "about a few ABs." If players have a great fall league their stock can skyrocket, so if a player has an abysmal fall league it's well within the realm of reason to surmise that their stock could fall.
Historically, this has not proven to be the case.
Trout had a horrid AFL. Horrid. Worse than Hamilton's, in fact.
Trout: .245/ .279/ .321/ .600
Hamilton: .234/ .306/ .328/ .634
Despite this, he was widely regarded as the top overall prospect coming into the 2012 season.
Three years ago, our own Devin Mesoraco had a very poor AFL. He was still ranked among the top five prospects in the game afterward. That same year, Kris Negron OPSed more than 950-- he didn't get talked about as any great prospect afterward.
In short, it's great is you dominate the AFL after a tough season, but it's really not a big deal if you don't.