2012 Bullpen Banter Mid-Season Top 100
It’s prospect list time again! Well, it was weeks ago when the list was complied, but we redesigned Bullpen Banter and decided to hold off publishing the list until the new-look launched. While there are still kinks to be worked out, we’re excited about our clean, clutterless look and the features yet to be released.
Before jumping into the parameters our writers had to follow for their individual lists, here are a few recent pieces you will want to check out:
- Jeff and Kevin break down Pirates prospect Gerrit Cole (video)
- As only he can, Steve shoots video of High School players trying out for the Area Code Games (video)
- Chris scouts another Pirate, outfielder Greg Polanco (video)
- Al continues his tour of the Cape Cod League: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4
- Evan talks fantasy baseball and Tony Cingrani and Dan Straily
- Conor visits Everett for Mike Zunino’s debut (video)
In other news, we’ve promoted David Wiers, who will be the editor of Bullpen Banter’s fantasy content. Two new-comers have joined us, Michael Schwartze and Mike Schmidt. Schwartze will be scouting the Northwest and Schmidt will be joining David’s fantasy squad. Fantasy Friday will be back too, led by Alex who has recovered from traveling the country for Major League Baseball. Of course, you can expect frequent content from Pete who is currently working out on the Cape and JD too. Finally, we would like to welcome back co-founders Michael Herrick and Steve Kuperman back onto the team. Their presences have been missed. We’re excited about Bullpen Banter’s future due in large part to our roster of writers.
Ok, time for the list. Here are the rules: NO MAJOR LEAGUE EXPERIENCE OF ANY KIND. That’s it. Feel free to leave your comments in the discussion section below. Early next week we will post several round tables discussing the risers, fallers, and ineligible graduates.
|37||Jackie Bradley Jr.||BOS||OF|
A few years ago, Jeff wrote two epic paragraphs that illustrate Bullpen Banter’s philosophy on rankings and we’ve been reproducing it ever since. Enjoy:
“Assembling a top prospect list is a quixotic venture. Every prospector has his own subjective preferences and biases; some use various formulae to try to simplify the task, but the goal is always the same. We are attempting to project the top XXX (fill in your own number) future major league players out of a vast pool of incomplete players whose skill level is always in flux. A player’s “stock” can go through wild fluctuations throughout a season, and I would venture to say that it’s rare to find a legitimate prospect that doesn’t go through such an ebb and flow. This is the primary reason why I find little utility in statistical evaluations that I endorse when applied to major league players. Comparatively, major league players’ talent and, more importantly, skill level is a constant. Similar to Spring Training statistics, a minor league player may be working on certain aspects of his game rather than doing everything in his power to help his team succeed, making the raw statistics nothing more than noise.
Any attempt at assembling the best among this group is going to be nothing more than a photograph of the current state of things at an arbitrary moment in time. The brief time between the end of winter leagues and the start of camp gives us a window to coalesce our thoughts, but we must not lose sight of that fact that a list is still only a view of things as they are at that given moment, nor may we write anyone that doesn’t appear on such a list off as a “non-prospect.”
This list was complied using Michael Herrick’s weighting system. Due to several circumstances including, but not limited to, the redesign not all of our writers could submit lists. The writers who submitted lists were Al, Jeff, Conor, and Chris.