With the minor league season coming to a close, it's time to take an extended look at Atlanta's farm system and assemble an All-Star team of prospects. In order for a player to be considered for this squad, only three rules were in play:
- The player must have begun the year with rookie eligibility,
- The player must have played during the 2013 season and
- The player must have ended the year in the Braves organization.
A myriad of different factors that determine the quality of a prospect's season, including but not limited to: age, age relative to level, positional value, athleticism, skills, potential, general improvement from the prior season, improvement of specific skill, level at which the prospect played, etc. Evaluating a prospect's season is, in a word, arduous.
So to make things easier for this writer, a hierarchy of five rules was created to establish guidelines for evaluating prospects. Because I created these rules, I also reserve the right to break them should I deem it necessary. Here's the hierarchy:
- Final overall statistics (to weed out generally awful campaigns)
- Major league potential (because after all, this is what these prospects are aiming for)
- Level at which the prospect is playing (Double-A is much more difficult than Rookie ball)
- Specific skill that sets the prospect apart (i.e. Christian Bethancourt's defense)
- Age relative to minor league level (let's call this the Evan Gattis rule)
Even with this hierarchy there were tough calls to be made and good, even great prospects were left off the squad. If you want to advocate for a certain player, feel free to do so in the comments below.