Who are the best players in baseball? Which players have the most value? These are the questions that scouts, journalists and front office executives spend countless hours every trading deadline trying to answer.
The game has changed over the last decade. Increasingly, baseball has become an economic endeavor—requiring each team to walk a fine line between cost-effectiveness, potential and production.
Over the last decade, the most valued commodity in sports has shifted from the veteran with numbers to the prospect with potential. The new superstar isn’t challenging for career records. He’s just trying to make the show. The game’s most valuable players are also the game’s youngest.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at which players the Rockies value the most coming into the deadline. My top ten list takes a look at Colorado’s most important baseball investments, not only the players who are producing today, but also the guys who may become franchise cornerstones tomorrow.
Just to give you an idea of where other players would rank on this list, Franklin Morales, Carlos Gonzalez, and Ryan Spilborghs just missed the cut. Of 2009 draft picks, outfielder Tim Wheeler and pitcher Rex Brothers rank just outside the top 15, but if high school pitcher Tyler Matzek signs with the team, he would sit at No. 8 on my list before throwing a single pitch in the organization.
If you are a fan of the team, the most important thing you could do is root for Colorado to sign Matzek before the Aug. 17 signing deadline. If he signs, he will immediately become one of the top prospects in baseball.
(As a warning, this is long. Any comments would be appreciated.)