Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Personally I am jealous of you Mike. I wish Oscar Taveras was a Reds prospect. I actually have Taveras as the #1 best prospect on my Top 200 Prospects list. I think he is a future star and the best prospect in all of baseball.
We did get to look at these guys in the Arizona Fall League and the Latin winter leagues in many cases, which gave us extra information to consider.
Secondly, as scouts have additional time in the winter to watch more video and look at more stats they often change their minds. Any poll or prospect list is really just a snapshot in time. Opinions are constantly drifting and shifting so no two lists are the same -- even if you ask the same people.
Also, is there really any difference between being the #3 prospect or the #4 prospect in baseball? All the guys on the top 50 list are premier prospects. There are also going to be many star players who didn't even make this top 50 list.
Top Prospect Lists don't actually have any influence on which players will ultimately succeed. It is nothing more than a fun exercise to play around with.
Thank you for that explanation. It clears up a couple of things.
I'm pumped up about Taveras. He had something like a 10.5% strikeout rate last year and is being compared to a Vladimir Guerrero type player.