Originally written December 17, 2012 on Phillies Nation:
With the launch of Baseball America’s Top 10 Phillies prospects today, a few folks have Tweeted me and asked me questions to the effect of “How accurate has this list been as a tool of identifying Major League players?” It has been very accurate for that one particular and very specific purpose. The graph below is mostly for fun but shows you that the Phillies generally get their highest-rated prospects to the Majors or traded to a team that can get them there. After you check out the graph below, please follow us after the jump for some cautious words. If You Are a Bad Team, Like the Phillies Were Until About 2004, You’ll Get Players to the Majors Faster Yes, the 2002 Baseball America list had all ten players reach the Majors. Yes, the list had Chase Utley, Marlon Byrd, Brett Myers, Gavin Floyd, and even Carlos Silva on the list. But it also had Jorge Padilla, who at age 29 in 2009, snuck on to a pretty bad Nationals team and Yoel Hernandez, the absolute definition of emer...
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