Prospects from the 2010 Draft: Intuitive Likings
A reader recently commented that I had mentioned last year that I had a good intuitive feeling about Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels outfield prospect, beyond just the standard scouting expectations. He was a first-rounder of course, but not every first rounder thrives in the way he did this year, and I did have a "gut feeling" about that one.
I do use intuition in my judgments. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. I personally think that intuition is an expression or the experience of subconscious information processing: the brain sees a pattern or makes an association that we normally don't detect consciously, and the awareness of it comes into the conscious mind as a "gut feeling." Whenever I make such an intuitive call about a player that may or may not have an empirical basis, I usually label it as such since I don't want to mislead people.
Anyway, the reader's question was, who do I see from the 2010 draft that I have such an intuitive feeling about? I'm just going to list the names here of guys that I like in this way, that trigger such a gut feeling. Please note that the absence of a player doesn't mean I don't think he's a great prospect. Bryce Harper, Jameson Taillon, and Manny Machado aren't on the list. They are outstanding prospects and I fully agree with the consensus on them, but they don't trigger that "gut feeling" that I'm talking about here.
This is just a list of players; I'm not giving REASONS or an analysis here, because that is the whole point: there is no conscious reason.
Notably Positive "Gut Feelings," for players through the end of the third round.