Re: Baseball America rates Reds top 10 prospects
Geez Steel, you mean...you....mean you...actually....agree with me? This is weird, and I don't know what to think?!?
The only way you could ever "judge" whether a player is ever going to crack a big league roster is to watch them play and evaluate the success rate between what they are supposed to do, told to do, trying to do, what they are doing, and whether or not they succeeded.
And if they fail, know why....the stats and numbers just don't tell you that. Sorry, but it's true.
And a deep knowledge of mechanics and strategy doesn't hurt.
That's why you see some rook making his ML debut, go 3 for 6, or hit a home run in consecutive at bats and yet the team will turn around and send him back down to the minors, meanwhile another player will get the call go 0-7 and stick around.
And it's not just their defense....
It's their gameplan, and approach at the plate. No matter what the success, you have to be able to play the game right. You have to know what you are doing at all times.
Besides, I say stats are misleading and not a very accurate barometer to a player's value. But I don't believe they are completely meaningless, they have a place in baseball, if you take them with a grain of salt and know what to, and not to, read in them.
As far as elaborating on Mr. Cooper, and Baseball America, or MLB experts in general, I definitely think they fall under the "old" ideology of judging the "look" of a player. And I think they are "looking" at the wrong things.
This pitcher is a true prospect because he hit's 95 mph on the gun, and this one needs more seasoning because he can't get it over 90 consistently?!?
Tell that to Greg Maddux, or Mark Buerhle, or Jamie Moyer, or on and on and on......
Who cares if they are drafted in the first round or look good on the mound, or in the batters box. Who cares if a player weighs 350 lbs, or a team drafts 3 Leprachauns in a row. Or dwarves for that matter. All that matters is if they can execute a gameplan with any level of success.
I mean be honest, how many of you here actually predicted the call ups of players like Chris Denorfia, or Jason Standridge, or Brian Shackelford?
I know on another message board I was on this season alot of people were shocked and appalled that Standridge and Shackelford got the call over Booker.
And the numbers don't back up the move, but, there you go.......a perfect example.
These guys, Cooper, BA, etc...are definitely trying to select who is going to be on the next $6,000 rookie card, or poster child or prime time teen idol on WB.
Give it up, just watch them play, and try and determine who plays the game right....forget the bells and whistles....and stop trying to blow smoke up our @#$$.......
Not to mention they are being paid for their opinions and they have to sell papers, so to speak. Doesn't make them right.