A little generous? Some guys ahead of him have had very little ML success, he has been among th best at his position the last two years. I say he belongs near the top 10, if not in it.
Closers of his ability and potential dominance don't come around often.
And i never said he would have the value of most of those players on that list, I still contend however he will have a better career than many of those guys on that said list.
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I understand Kimbrel's role won't be as important as others but all he can do is be as dominant as he can be with what's put in front of him and so far he has.
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Even with a legendary season, his fWAR was only 3.6. Every player on that list is capable of more than that. 200 innings is more valuable than 65 innings, and an everyday player is also valuable.
Last edited by metswon69; 01-12-2013 at 01:45 AM.
I say Kimbrel should be higher... Maybe lower in the top 10 or somewhere in the top 15.
And Kershaw should be #1... I don't care how good guys think Harper and Heyward are, but no way Kershaw should be lower than them
I am an ESPN insider and this what Keith had to say about how he determined his rankings:
That is why Kershaw is not 1st. Also pitchers are always more risky than hitters due to injuries.To be clear: This is a ranking of how I would order these players if I were starting a franchise and would have them for the next several years, not just 2013.
In order to be eligible for this list, a player must be 24 years or younger as of today (i.e. been born on or after January 11, 1988), and must have already exhausted his rookie of the year eligibility. So players like Jurickson Profar and Dylan Bundy don't qualify -- they'll appear on my top 100 prospects rankings in early February -- while players like Mike Minor and Mat Latos just barely missed the age cutoff.
This is what he had to say about Matt Harvey:
Current: Harvey's first major-league start was among the most electric I've ever seen; for five innings he was throwing fire and brimstone with a vicious slider and a fastball up to 98 mph, which isn't to denigrate his curve or changeup. He wasn't that precise package every time out, and his command still isn't very consistent, but that's a four-pitch mix that would work in the top two slots of most big-league rotations, right on top if he throws more and better-quality strikes with it.
Future: His delivery is much cleaner today than it was when he was a third-round pick out of high school or a struggling reliever in the Cape Cod League before his junior year of college, so there's no physical reason he can't improve his command and control to at least solid-average. He's also shown the aptitude to make major adjustments to his delivery, which bodes well for his ability to refine his pitching plan and dial back a little to improve his location.
Stanton should at worst be #2, I understand Harper had a great season and projects to be a better player than Stanton, but Giancarlo is already a superstar in the game and is 4 year away from FA.
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Harper was the #1 pick and just had a very good season as a 19 year old.