2013 MLB Draft: Regional Reports Primer

A quick intro on my process for the eight regions for the 2013 draft.

Over the next week I will present a lot of the knowledge I have toward the draft broken into eight regions.

Here is how I broke down the states by region:

Atlantic: Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia

California: California

Central: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Florico: Florida, Puerto Rico

Northeast: Canada, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island

Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee

Texahoma: Oklahoma, Texas

West: Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

I did my best to keep the write ups short and to the point to give you a quick picture of each person. They are not immersive with a lot of back story or scouting grades. I just don't have the time to write thousands of words on each region, so I'm doing it this way. If you have questions about what I mean, please ask in the comments. Just for a brief explanation, this is what the floor and ceiling grades mean.

80 = Elite
70 = Well above-average (plus-plus); all-star
60 = Above-average (plus); first-division
50 = Average; major-league regular
40 = Below-average
30 = Well below-average
20 = Poor

My goal was to show the polish of a player by their floor. If a player is a 45/55, that means I really believe they are close to the majors and are likely to be an above average big leaguer. If a player is a 30/50, they are a long way away but have the potential to be MLB players and maybe more. Considering many of these guys are 3-6 years away, it's hard to put accurate projections on them but it should at least give you an idea of their potential. The lower the first number the less accurate the second number is likely to be.

I did this last year as well but was more willing to put higher ceilings on players. I reigned that in a little this year and was a harsher scorer. If you have any comments on how to tweak this or improve the presentation, let me know. I want to make this the best product I can.

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