Prospect lists are one of the great site hit generators of the time. It’s about the future, and by golly we love to have a hold on the future if we can get it. Years ago, Giants fans would get excited about the thoughts of Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval, and Gary Brown all being big players in their lineups as they would be high on the lists of prospect evaluators. Baseball Prospectus is one of those organizations that puts out a Top 101 at the beginning of the year, and a Top 50 in the middle of the season, and they just released theirs. As the headline spoiled it for you, there are no Giants prospects listed in the Top 50. No Brown, no Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn, or [insert name of Giants prospect you love].
Jason Parks, author of the list, said that Crick and Blackburn were given consideration for the Top 50, but were likely in the Top 75. Crick was #65 on BP’s list and Blackburn #95 in the 2013 Preseason Top 101.
If you are a fan of prospects, take a look at the list (subscription required, probably)! Everybody starts developing their knowledge of prospects sometime, and even for a rookie like me it’s amazing to see how far some kids have risen (Yelich of the Marlins) and fallen (Hamilton of the Reds).
Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a panic post to make you think the Giants have no future and will fail at baseball forever. This is just an informational post, so you know where minds within the industry that watch and evaluate baseball as a career are.