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Foreshadowing an Eastern League Championship!
on June 9, 2015
This is an excellent annual publication. I have ordered a copy for the past 8 years and despite many of the same players being listed as prospects, the Prospect Handbook continually offers new information every year. A year of evaluation is an eternity in minor league baseball, and the Baseball Handbook keeps up with the latest tendencies of the prospects. For example, Steven Matz of the New York Mets moved up from # 12 in the 2014 book to the # 2 prospect in the 2015 book, as his outstanding 2014 season was attributed to an improved curveball. In the 2015 writeup for Matz, the handbook partly accounted for his rise through the rankings with his stay in Binghamton: "It (the curveball) improved in terms of power and shape under the tutelage of Binghatmon pitching Glenn Abbott in the second half (of the season)."
The book can be read in short or long bursts, as the writeups for each team's top 30 prospects are typically 200-300 words. The tables at the end of the book, listing the high draft picks from the last three years, as well as the top twenty prospects in each minor league, are also great for reference. For each organization, its top draft picks of the past decade are also listed, providing an excellent source of reference material to evaluate how a team drafts on a year-by-year level.
This book is a good one to have in your library, even though it is now over a year old.The information is still current and the reduced price you can receive make it a worthwhile buy, unless you have already brought the 2015 handbook! But buying each handbook as it comes out will keep you well informed about the minor leagues.
If you are a Mets fan, the recently published book, "Six More Wins: A Team, A Town, A Rebound, and a Championship," is a good complement to the Prospect Handbook. "Six More Wins" documents the story of the 2014 Eastern League Champions, the Binghamton Mets. Comparing the prospects who played for that championship team with their respective writeups in the 2014 Prospect Handbook is a fun exercise. The respective prospects who played for Binghamton and were ranked in the top 30 in the 2014 handbook included Jayce Boyd, Juan Centeno, Dilson Herrera, Dustin Lawley, Jack Leathersich, Steven Matz, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Gabriel Ynoa, No wonder the B-Mets won the championship!