Comment by Hurtlockertwo — March 23, 2012 @ 12:09 pm
I saw Anthony Bass pitch for Lake Elsinore against the San Jose Giants in the 2010 season. He was dominant in that game with similar stuff to what you describe. He wasn’t ranked that highly in a lot of prospect rankings, even within the Padres organization. I remember thinking at the time that he was underrated and had a pretty good chance of being a major leaguer.
Mike, the joke – more in reference to the guys at FG who are analyzing major league players – is that they just sit around making judgments on numbers and not based on ever having seen that player play (or play enough).
I think the joke is something all of us who visit this site all should have a sense of humor about, since we’re more numbers focused.
One would think that an approach that signs just high end prospects would end up with some fizzlers who turn into Anthony Bass. If a scout’s job is to find guys to put up a -0.2 WAR with a 2012 projection of 0 WAR, then I’ve got a monkey and some darts to loan to whatever MLB team needs more scouts.