The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects

The Fringe Five is a weekly regular-season exercise, introduced last April by the present author, wherein that same ridiculous author utilizes regressed stats, scouting reports, and also his own heart to identify and/or continue monitoring the most compelling fringe prospects in all of baseball.

Central to the exercise, of course, is a definition of the word fringe, a term which possesses different connotations for different sorts of readers. For the purposes of the column last year, a fringe prospect (and therefore one eligible for inclusion in the Five) was any rookie-eligible player at High-A or above both (a) absent from all of three notable preseason top-100 prospect lists and also (b) not currently playing in the majors. A more thorough discussion of eligibility, and the criteria for determining it, can be found here.

The basic idea, though: to recognize those prospects who are perhaps receiving less notoriety than their talents might otherwise warrant.

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5 Responses to “The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects”

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  1. mdecav says:

    Edwin Escobar might be a future candidate. Not in or BP top 100/101

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  2. mdecav says:

    OK just read through Blackburn’s comments on Escobar….

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  3. MustBunique says:

    Cannot wait to see what Mike O’Neill can do at the highest level. Unfortunately, I think I will have to wait. If there’s no room for OT, there can’t be room for MON, can there?

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  4. @MustBunique: I concur entirely with regard to O’Neill. It’s not at all that I think he’ll be a superstar. Rather, his appeal is his bananas skillset and imagining how it might translate to the majors.

    Also he’s probably the only corner outfielder in the majors that I’d outweigh.

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  5. Rodney says:

    Do you really have to use God’s name (Aaron West)in vain? Why offend your readers? Otherwise, a good article.

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