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  1. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about Liriano’s raw power but not much about his speed. Is he a true plus plus runner? Do you think given his frame it’s possible he continues to fill out and lose a step, or he looks more less fully developed?

    Comment by Steve — November 1, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  2. What are your thoughts on cardinals corner OF Anthony Garcia?

    Comment by CodyG — November 1, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

  3. Was Robbie Grossman considered for this list?

    Comment by maguro — November 1, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  4. I have to say, having read these lists, I don’t find them at all useful. I could draw up a list of best players I saw this year, and it wouldn’t mean much to anyone but myself.

    These aren’t prospect lists; when BA or BP or even Fangraphs release their overall prospect lists, it won’t look anything like these. It’s clear Mike only saw teams from certain systems.

    That’s OK, and I understand the premise, it’s just a strange way to filter prospects

    Comment by Zonk — November 1, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

  5. Joc Pederson didn’t even play in AA this year.

    Comment by regfairfield — November 1, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  6. Don’t find them useful? Don’t read them. I enjoy them.

    Seriously though. You think Fangraphs doesn’t judge articles based on traffic? If you don’t like it, don’t click on it.

    Comment by This guy — November 1, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

  7. He has the build of a guy who is going to slow with age. I could see him stealing 15-20 at the MLB level.

    Comment by Mike Newman — November 1, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

  8. Haven’t seen him. This series is the best of what I’ve seen this season.

    Comment by Mike Newman — November 1, 2012 @ 7:26 pm

  9. Another guy i haven’t seen in person.

    Comment by Mike Newman — November 1, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  10. Zonk,

    A few things…

    First, I’ve spent 4+ years traveling to ballparks, scouting, taking video and writing to become an opinion people respect in the prospect industry. You certainly can write a list of the best of what you saw this year. It might be a great read actually. Heck, you might see more guys than me. However, interest from others would have to come through the connections you’ve made with your readership. If you don’t have a readership, then it will be of little interest to others.

    Second, I write about prospects from a scouting perspective. If a strange way to filter prospects is to write about prospects one scouts at an actual ballpark, then maybe it’s time to re-think what is actually strange. To me, “Google scouting” is THE strangest phenomenon going in the industry today.

    You are absolutely correct that these lists will look absolutely nothing like other top 10’s, 15’s, 100’s, 1000’s, or whatever other arbitrary number you want to throw out there and build a list from.

    I mostly see players in my region and am on a limited budget. If this were my career, then I’d be able to cover a larger region and make more trips out of my area. At last check, I’ve seen 43? of Jonathan Mayo’s most recent top-100 in person after a number of graduates from the previous year. I’m OK with that number.

    This is not a list of prospects built for a fantasy owner trying to gain an edge. it’s a list built for prospect followers who crave first hand information and want to learn more about the thought process behind my valuation of players.

    Additionally, I see too many players in a season to write at length about them all. In this format, I at least have the opportunity to write blurbs about a number of guys and put something out there for readers.

    If that is of no interest to you, then these lists will not connect with you at all and that’s fine. Maybe another one of my pieces will.

    Comment by Mike Newman — November 1, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

  11. Check the South Atlantic League playoff box scores. I saw him face off against Taijuan Walker in Chattanooga.

    Comment by Mike Newman — November 1, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  12. Traffic is nice and these pieces do product a good amount of traffic.

    Comment by Mike Newman — November 1, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  13. As usual, great stuff Mike. I’ve always appreciated scouts who are willing to go against what I hear from BA. Your reports succinctly show why you rank them where they are as well as thoughts you considered when ranking compared to other prospects. Best of all, you don’t exaggerate prospects’ ceilings and/or tools (as is common with BA from my experience). Keep it up!

    Comment by Tyrell — November 1, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  14. So, since you’re listing Cunningham on the Corner OF ranking, I assume you see Cunningham as more of a LF and not a CF?

    How is he defensively?

    I know you’re thinking he will be a 4th OF, but can we get a comparable MLB player?

    Comment by Josh — November 1, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  15. Thanks Tyrell. I honestly do not know what Baseball America has written about any of these guys. I don’t subscribe to any pay sites. I respect what publications like BA and BP do, but I worry reading their information would influence mine.

    Comment by Mike Newman — November 1, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  16. Yes, I see him as a 4th OF type who can play CF in a pinch. That would place him firmly on this list.

    Comment by Mike Newman — November 1, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  17. I think you meant Southern League.

    Comment by Pinstripe Wizard — November 2, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  18. Thanks Mike, keep it up! The fact that this is more of a passion than a profession for you is relevant only to the number of prospects you get to see; I value your opinion particularly because it gives me a scout’s perspective on what constitutes a successful Major Leaguer – and allows me insight as to where to apply salt to the opinions of those who are less conservative in their valuations.

    Comment by BronxBomber — November 2, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

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