We’re at the time of year now when the various media outlets and fan blogs start releasing their minor league top prospect lists for 2012. Baseball America is clearly the industry standard leader in this venture, popping out their Top 100 lists every year since 1990. (Their number one Number One? Braves left hander Steve Avery).
Whether you subscribe to the professional prognosticators like Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com, Keith Law of ESPN, or those of the “voice of the fan”, who put their own lists together for whatever reason, there is no shortage of articles to read and arguments to participate in.
They’re all a waste of time.
I’m a BA guy; have been for a long time. I know some of their staff and scouting contributors, and have been fortunate enough to have been asked for my two cents on occasion. While I almost always don’t agree with all their lists, the format they follow and the way information is presented is consistent from year to year, and that’s really important when tracking...