Originally Posted by Salukifan2
My only problem with all the lists is that they put imo more emphasis on age than performance. An example is Taijuan Walker. He is obviously a phenominal talent but his high positioning in rankings is due to the fact that he is so young as opposed to his performance. This year his ERA spiked by 2 points, his k/9 dropped by over 2, and his WHIP was above 1.3.
I still think he is a top 25 prospect i just dont think he is top 5 or 10, like he probably will be, just because he is 19. Idk if other people feel that way but i do.
I am with you and against you. At times, you point can be quite valid. But at other times, not so much. With Walker, it is a time that I don't. He was 19 and in AA. Yeah, his strikeout rate dropped off, but he was 19 and in AA. He skipped over A+. He was doing a lot of learning on the job, figuring out what would and wouldn't work at that level that he never picked up on in A+ since he skipped over it.
The bump in ERA doesn't really concern me.
As for the list tonight, if it is done the same way that Mayo has done it in the past, it probably has nothing to do with age. What he has done in the past was ask scouts/baseball professionals for their Top 30 in all of baseball lists, then tabulate them with a point system to come up with his list. While some of the voters probably are accounting for his age, most of them are simply looking at what they think he can become at the MLB level.