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With the Hot Stove cooling off and Spring Training still a few weeks away now is as good a time as any to discuss minor league prospects. Whenever you talk about minor leaguers the focus is always on "ceiling" and "floor" and "potential" or "upside," which makes the off season the perfect time to speculate. The data is fixed and their development is on hold when games aren't actually being played. At bats and innings pitched have a way of distorting the delicate balance that takes place when we try to evaluate a prospects progression to the major leagues.
Not only that but John Sickels is through a significant number of his organizational rankings, I am as well, while MLB Pipeline just came out with their top 100 prospects list and Baseball America and Keith Law from ESPN are coming out with theirs next week. It’s a tsunami of opinions and all the moisture we need to talk up a storm about one of the best topics in baseball, Minor League Prospects.
Joining me on todays Podcast was Vince Lara, Prospect writer as well as Fantasy baseball analyst for Baseball America.
Topics on the Podcast:
* Corey Seager, Byron Buxton, Lucas Giolito - Who should be #1?
* Scouting for Fantasy Baseball vs. Real Baseball?
-- What to look for and what stats to focus on when scouting prospects.
* Middle Infielders: Fantasy Future vs. Reality?
-- Y Moncada/O Arcia/JP Crawford/D Swanson
* The over and under rated Prospects from the Top 50 list.
-- Brett Phillips/Christian Arroyo/Aaron Judge
* Player Profiles
-- Blake Snell/Sean Newcomb/Tyler Glasnow/Alex Reyes/Joey Gallo
* Break out candidates for 2016
-- Tyler Jay and Ian Happ
* 2016 Prospects that will contribute in the major leagues
-- Jose Berrios/Tim Cooney/ Tyler Glasnow
-- Orlando Arcia and Hunter Renfroe
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Chris Mitchell is a staff writer for RotoExperts.com, a Contributing writer for BaseballAmerica.com, SBNation's MinorLeagueBall.com and FantasyDraft.com. He also hosts two Podcasts: "A Podcast To Be Named Later" and "The RotoExperts Fantasy Sports Show" that formerly aired on the Fantasy Sports Television Network (FNTSY). You can find him on Twitter @CJMitch73.