== More Prospect Lists, etc. ==
Two more prospect lists arrive!
Baseball America. Perhaps the granddaddy of them all. My sense is that BA tends to be more scout-oriented than stat-driven, and that can result in some spotty results. [For example, the late Greg Halman was No. 1 one year. Halman was a great athlete, but never really put up any numbers that made him look like a sound bet as a major-league hitter. Just my view.]
Anyway, the BA Top 10 is online right here, but we’ll recreate it for your clicking convenience.
1) Taijuan Walker.
3) James Paxton
4) Luiz Gohara
5) Edwin Diaz
9) Chris Taylor
10) Danny Hultzen
There’s definitely a trend in these national lists. They all seem to love Marlette way more than I do, and there’s no love whatsoever for our man Ji-Man Choi. I am undeterred.
Pretty awesome to see the International Man of Mystery — Gohara — way, way, way up there.
And Baseball Prospectus has a Top 100 list. You may recall, the other day we got one from MLB.com (in Friday’s Squalls). In Mariner terms, the BP list is not much different. Walker is No. 8 (instead of 6), but is the top pitcher (just ahead of Archie Bradley instead of just below). Peterson is No. 65 (as opposed to 88). And Paxton is listed at No. 68, whereas MLB.com left him off.
Everyone has Byron Buxton No. 1, as well they should. Buxton totally rocks.
My vote is with Jimenez, too, but it sounds like Jack Zduriencik will vote for “none of the above” unless the price drops down to bargain-bin rates.
And … that’s where Scott Baker comes in.