June 1, 2017
The View From Behind The Backstop
It Takes A Teen Age Riot To Get Me Out Of Bed
Much of this job is figuring out which sorting bucket to drop a prospect. I often half-jokingly gripe about having to write up another athletic shortstop or potential third starter, but those are the easy guys. The prospect-ranking industrial complex has moved away from this in recent years, as we are all in a word count arms race now (Thanks, Kiley), but in a more perfect world, we’d be conveying the same information simply and pithily. And when guys “look the part,” whatever it may be, it takes care of the “simple” part. A few examples:
The toolsy young outfielder
Usually a prep pick or IFA, still can’t legally drink, quick-twitch, plus or better run, questions about the ultimate offensive profile, some projection left, a good bet to stick up the middle. Mickey Moniak or Victor Robles or Leody Taveras.