I have always thought that Law was not a big fan of the Reds in that he never seems to value their individuals and prospects very highly. It could be homerism on my part but i have always perceived a negative bias on his part towards the Reds system.
Prospect watchers tend to stay kind of faithful to any earlier rankings/assessments they've made. Everybody wants to be proven right, so maintaining very high rankings on guys like Braden Shipley, Kyle Zimmer and Mark Appel should be expected of Law, I guess, as it seems to validate what he's said before. Human nature. Just can't take any of these lists too seriously. I was looking back at his rankings for the 2011 draft, when Stephenson went. Favorite misfire was Jose Fernandez at #26 -- funny now to see some of the names he had higher.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
Other names ranked below Stephenson. Bundy,Meadows, Castellanos, Heaney. Maybe it is more about the guys ahead of him?
All in all, he shouldn't be anywhere near Stephenson in prospect rankings. Every pitch Stephenson throws is much better. Stephenson has better control.
Keith Law is an extreme pile of dog crap.
How's that sounding now, Keith?
Seriously, the guy is a complete tool. The only thing that's worse than his lack of knowledge is his completely condescending attitude. Also has a very poor writing style.
Other than that, I love the guy!
I did find this.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, however I seem to find many unbalanced statements on the board regarding previous Law articles
If a team other than the Reds traded those same prospects for Latos, it was an insane overpay. But the Reds, unlike just about anyone else, had better options than all of those guys so trading them didn't matter as much to them as it would have to someone else who didn't have Devin Mesoraco and Joey Votto on their teams. On a straight up talent for talent trade, the Reds gave up way more than they got back. But trades don't work that way because the Reds were never going to use Alonso or Grandal.
Old school 1983 (01-30-2014)
Keith Law loves him some Keith Law.
That's about all you need to know on this discussion.
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