- Series: Baseball America Prospect Handbook
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Baseball America; Original edition (February 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932391401
- ISBN-13: 978-1932391404
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Baseball America 2012 Prospect Handbook: The 2012 Expert Guide to Baseball Prospects and MLB Organization Rankings (Baseball America Prospect Handbook) Paperback – February 21, 2012
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Each team is given their own section where there are writeups for their top 30 prospects, including both stats and a fairly lengthy analysis. There is also about a page worth of general discussion about the organization's prospects, including how they've succeeded/changed over the past few years. It's interesting not only to read about past successes or failures, but also to browse the top draft picks for each organization over the last decade and to shake your head at some of the outrageous signing bonuses given out over time ($10 million to Travis Lee? Ouch).
One really nice addition to the BA Handbook is the addition of numbered scores and risk factors for each prospect. All prospects are scored on a scale from 20 (none in this book) to 80 (Bryce Harper), which allows you to at least guess the ceiling for each player. I found the risk factors more interesting, since they essentially tell you if a guy is a can't-miss (safe or low) or if you're dealing with a player who may just crash out before the majors (extreme). As a fan it's exciting and worrisome to see one of your team's prospects scored as a 65/medium, meaning they could be an All-Star but still have lots of work to do.
I think this book has wide appeal for baseball fans. For fantasy players, it's the best single source for digging out those prospects who may help you not only in 2012, but more likely in 2013 or 2014.Read more ›
For those of you reading this who don't know much about the book, it lists all 30 major league teams and has detailed descriptions of each major league club's top 30 prospects. It shows stats from every year of that prospect's professional career, as well as lists their strengths and weaknesses. Starting this year they rank each prospect on a scale from 20 to 80 with the potential amount of risk factor for each player ranging from safe or low to extreme. Extreme ratings are usually given to young players signed from the Dominican Republic and low risk players are ones who have been in the minors for a few years and done well and had September call-ups from their big-league club.
This is a great resource for pretty much any baseball fan to have. The only drawback is that the prospect world of baseball is forever changing. This book is printed in January every year and will not reflect trades made after its printing (an example is Anthony Rizzo being traded from San Diego to Chicago). It will also not reflect significant injuries that happened recently (such as Tommy John surgery).
As a whole, it is a very interesting read for people interested in fantasy baseball or minor league fans. I would strongly recommend this book as the general go-to guide for baseball prospects. This is coming from someone who has bought this book for many years in a row.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding resource for baseball prospects. This one's a couple years old, but it's fun to go back and read about how scouts and teams valued some of the top young players.Published 12 months ago by HB1918
Great book, all the information provided that one would need to make picks for their fantasy team or just to learn about who's who coming into the professional lime light. Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Larry Allen Gladue
If you love following baseball then this is a must have book. Get a very helpfull look at the kids before they break into the major leagues.Published on August 24, 2013 by luzzojay
This was delivered new and in excellent shape. I have enjoyed the book and it has proven handy to me.Published on January 19, 2013 by Richard Tarr
The print was so small that I couldn't read it. I thoroughly enjoyed last year's edition. But this year it was useless- unless I wanted to read it w/ a magnifying glass. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by summerfun
have been ordering this book for years. my coffee table would be bare with out it! a great way to track players and where they came from.Published on January 14, 2013 by TJ
I won't say much about this product other than, BUY IT! It was a great read. It's always nice to read about tomorrow's MLB stars and see how they're progressing through the minors. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by J. Kraft
One of the best sources for information about MLB prospects you can find. If you are in a baseball fantasy or simulation league you'll find this book indispensable.Published on December 10, 2012 by Stamps