Prospect hype
November 21st, 2008 by czar

People love to overrate and get wild over prospects and their hypothetical “potential,” and then years later, no one remembers the kid they traded and they’re on to the next hype.

Well then, it’s a damn shame we held onto Pedroia and Youkilis and Lowrie and Papelbon and Lester and Masterson. You’re right, people got way too excited over these guys; and now it’s come back to bite us in the ass. Well, at least the Giants moved Lincecum when he was ranked the top prospect in baseball. What!? They didn’t!? That must be why they’re in last place!

Some prospects will inherently flame out, whether due to injury, or the fact they just can’t cut pro ball; whatever– that’s the nature of the game. But this isn’t Dan Duquette’s, Wilson-Veras-led, minor-league system anymore, either.

I don’t disagree with your notion that people are fickle over prospects. I rail on the fact that one season Lester was untouchable, then the next season he gets cancer, and then following that people are dying to move him since they can see “he mentally can’t pitch in the big leagues.” But as small market teams who have competed (and now large market teams like the Red Sox) have shown us; valuing prospects effectively (both in terms of trade and future value) pays huge dividends a few years down the road.

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