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August 14, 2014

Feature Focus

Prospect Tracker

by Rob McQuown


With the minor-league seasons winding down, many are turning their attention more and more to prospects—both those who are likely to get called up and those who are still a ways away. Prospect Tracker was announced early in 2012, and some new features were added last season to make it even more powerful.

First, how to find this feature? Simply pull down the Prospects menu from the main navigation bar, and select "Prospect Tracker", as such:


A popular next step is to click on the "Top 101 Prospects" link, which shows 2014 stats (by default—the stats year can be changed) for all these top 101 luminaries:

The screenshots above are taken from the 2014 top 101 prospect lists. If you go to the Prospect Tracker page, you'll see leaders (across all levels) in various stats (below are shown the 2013 leaders, but both the top 101 season and the year of stats to display can be selected using the menus):

Also available are each team's top 10 list from 2014 (and all previous years). These are pre-season rankings, so Sano's Tommy John surgery isn't taken into account:

Features Introduced in 2013

Further, for those with teams in dynasty league formats (or who just like following a set group of players), Team Tracker teams are now available. Just select them from the dropdown menu when logged in:

The clean-up hitter of Prospect Tracker features, though, has to be the ability to look at any season's stats for any group of prospects. Simply select the year of prospect rankings in one menu, and then the year of stats in the other menu:

That's a quick walkthrough of Prospect Tracker, which really could be called "Prospect Tracker and Team Tracker for Minor-League Stats." Whatever alias it takes, readers have made it popular. If you haven't been aware of it until now, we hope you'll check it out and incorporate it into your regular BP routine. You can access Prospect Tracker through this link and through the dropdown menu accessible by mousing over the "Prospects" navbar button at the top of any BP page.

Rob McQuown is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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ChicagoOriole

I notice that traded prospects have not moved organizations. I understand that not happening on the organization lists because that would require slotting them. But why not on the top-100 lists? That requires only changing the organization name.

Aug 14, 2014 06:56 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Thanks for the input. We discussed this in the past, and of course you're right that it would be easy to do. The thought process was that it would be less confusing to keep the listed team, so when people are looking up a player, they don't mistakenly go to the wrong place.

But we'll re-review this. At this point in the season, there's clearly going to be more interest in current organization, to be sure.

Aug 14, 2014 07:07 AM
 
ChicagoOriole

I thought maybe you did it because it would confuse minor league stats. After all, the minor league stats are tied to organization, and well, most of the stats so far have come from the old organization, not the new one. It would require organization and team for stats to separate and that won't be nice to do.

Aug 15, 2014 11:17 AM
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ChicagoOriole

But I really, really appreciate it. It takes a lot of hunting out of things because of the cross-links.

Aug 15, 2014 11:19 AM
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darthnater

This is a great feature. I like the 100 prospects list, and I have many team tracker teams - so there is value there too.
Thanks!!!
PS (Dont take this feature away!)

Aug 14, 2014 08:38 AM
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kiper90

Can you edit a custom tracker team? I have an old team with prospects that are no longer with my Dynasty squad i.e. traded or dropped, and would like to edit the prospects who I currently are tracking. Is there a way to edit the list of prospects I have or do I need to create a new team? If its the latter how does one add more custom team lists. Thanks for everything BP.

Aug 16, 2014 08:08 AM
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BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Sure! It uses the same teams you specify in Team Tracker, which you can edit or replace as desired. I ran a two-part Feature Focus on it last year, and will probably freshen it up and re-run this year. In the meantime, here's a link to the latter of the two from last year, and hopefully you'll find your answers within the two articles:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21094

Aug 17, 2014 20:34 PM
 
kiper90

Totally resolved my situation, thanks for your help Rob

Aug 21, 2014 16:34 PM
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