Catching up with the diamond that's delivering from the diamonds of Colombia, with a little help from Paul Simon.
Okay, this is going to be a little strange. Some of you will no doubt hate what I’m about to bust out, and I can’t say that I blame you. It’s not always easy to listen to Paul Simon, and it’s even harder to extract prophecy from his narratives. But because I love the readers of Baseball Prospectus so very much, I went all the way back to 1972 to establish the provenance of the top pitching prospect in baseball, and I did so using Paul Simon’s words as my guide. This is either my finest hour, or an application essay for Bellevue.
“The mama pajama rolled out a bed
And she ran to the police station
When the papa found out he began to shout
And he started the investigation”
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The pickings weren't especially noteworthy, nor were many of the picks.
Luckily, the business of yesterday at the big-league level took some attention away from this afternoon's Rule 5, which is probably a good thing, as the amount of work put out by people writing about the annual minor league thrift sale has an inverse relationship to the amount of actual talent that is not exceeded by any other event in the entire baseball industry. Look, I'm as fascinated by some of these guys as anyone else, but when more people wanted to talk to me last night about Jamie Skelton than the recently completed 12-man, three-team blockbuster, something just doesn't make sense.