Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/28/13
Back in May I wrote an article discussing the Savannah Sand Gnats trio of Kevin Plawecki, Jayce Boyd, and Brandon Nimmo, who were mashing the South Atlantic League (SAL) at the time. Specifically, the discussion centered around the downplaying of Plawecki and Boyd’s performances because they were “old for their league” or not “age appropriate.” A common rule of thumb appears to suggest that age appropriate for the SAL is somewhere between 19-21, with 22 being pretty questionable. Plawecki and Boyd were 22 and so doubt was cast on their stellar performances. Where did this rule come from? Well, probably from people with much more knowledge and experience in these sorts of things than you or I. The problem, however, is that this rule appears to mostly apply to prospects at the top tier in talent and how they generally perform well while being young for their league. It certainly didn’t sprout from the actual numbers, as my research suggested. As a refresher, the table below summarizes
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