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  1. how is matzek not a top 10 rockies prospect???

    Comment by Pat Golden — March 8, 2010 @ 2:51 pm


    Every. Single. Time.

    Comment by Richie Abernathy — March 8, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

  3. at this point its kind of sad

    Comment by SF 55 for life — March 8, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

  4. I’m assuming it has to do with his complete lack of professional playing time…which makes sense, but you could just answer the question.

    Comment by RockiesMagicNumber — March 8, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

  5. I’m sorry haven’t been checking the comments on Every. Single. List. the fact that matzek wasn’t on just jumped out at me because I wanted to see how he compared with Friedrich.

    But hey overreact more

    Comment by Pat Golden — March 8, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  6. Put this in bold!

    (2009 Draft Picks/International Signees Not Included)

    Comment by rich — March 8, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

  7. Maybe the fact that the questions gets asked every. single. time. is a sign that the decision to leave out recent draftees and signees is a pretty. poor. one.

    Comment by TT — March 8, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

  8. I can understand why you don’t like excluding the 2009 draftees, but really how can you compare Matzek with Friedrich? The experience levels are sooo different… Matzek hasn’t thrown a pro pitch and is a prep draftee, while Friedrich is a college draftee with two years of experience. Ranking those two players against each other, while interesting, really has no true merit or value. But that is something we’re currently looking into……

    With that said… the Top 10 lists with ’09 draftees included are available in the Second Opinion fantasy companion (on the team preview pages).

    Comment by Marc Hulet — March 8, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

  9. Yes, it is a completely poor decision to not give the Top Prospect of the Organization label to a prep player who has not thrown a professional pitch. He’s obviously earned that designation.

    Comment by Derek — March 8, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

  10. Prospect status isn’t something that is “earned”; it’s not freshman English. The entire point is to evaluate a player’s potential for making a significant contribution to the ML team, or for accruing enough perceived value to be a desired commodity. Professional performance is one factor involved, but it’s obviously not the only one; statistical output is one data point in a larger matrix including tools, skills, ceiling, physique, age, makeup, intelligence. And statistical performance is a pretty lousy gauge at the lower levels anyway, since there are so many variables regarding competition and small sample size.

    It’s certainly *tougher* to gauge the value of a prep pitcher who hasn’t thrown an inning of pro ball, but then I suppose that toughness is what’s supposed to separate the actual analysts from amateur peanut gallery members such as myself.

    Comment by TT — March 9, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

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