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July 2, 2014

BP Top 50

Taijuan Walker vs. Lucas Giolito

by Nick J. Faleris, Mark Anderson and Jeff Moore

Links to Other BP Top 50 Debates
Tim Anderson vs. J.P. Crawford | Daniel Norris vs. Jose Berrios |
Albert Almore vs. Stephen Piscotty | Austin Hedges vs. Blake Swihart vs. Jorge Alfaro |
Hunter Harvey vs. Kohl Stewart

The Rules
Rather than re-printing the BP Prospect Staff Midseason Top 50 debates—much of which involves discussion of multiple players at the same time—we thought it would be interesting to call out some of the more interesting pairings of players who have been in consideration for the #BPTop50 and allow an advocate for each to make his case as to why that player should be ranked ahead of the other.

In each case, the BP Prospect Staff member advocating on behalf of a prospect may or may not ultimately prefer that prospect, but in any event has agreed to argue that prospect’s case for the purpose of this series. It’s a good reminder that the differences in value between players in these rankings is sometimes quite small, and in most cases a strong case can be made for ranking players in any number of combinations.

Nick J. Faleris serves as a quasi-moderator for the debate, introducing the players and leading a question-and-answer session to help tease out the arguments for and against each player.

Introducing Taijuan Walker and Lucas Giolito
The Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff had a very different experience in arguing the merits of Taijuan Walker (RHP, Mariners) and Lucas Giolito (RHP, Nationals) for the BP Top 101 Prospects list back in February, though both came in as the top prospect in their respective systems (Mariners Top 10 Prospects list here; Nationals Top 10 Prospects list here).

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