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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!
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on May 23, 2014
I get this book before the season each year. It is fabulous! I love researching ball players and at the Major League level this is a great book. These are the words and numbers to begin your research.
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on March 31, 2014
Have purchased several years in a row if this and regret not having picked it up earlier, but we profit by the experiences and marvel when many prospects ask where they rank and one Latin player asked how the rankings were made and who was #1 in his organization...
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on April 8, 2014
This is an excellent book that gives you information including complete records for Baseball America's top 30 prospects for each team. The thing I'd like to see them do in the future, for each teams top prospect you get the complete 20-80 rating scale for each skill, but for the 29 others it's only a overall rating.
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on April 17, 2014
I've purchased this book for the last 12 years and it hasn't let me down yet. The player evaluations are informative, and the rating system is especially helpful when trying to narrow down players to select in a roto baseball draft. If you are in a keeper league, this book is a must! Highly recommended.
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on March 22, 2014
For the serious baseball fan, this book is simply THE BEST!!! I found no price cheaper than here on Amazon. If you love baseball, and knowing more about your favorite team's prospects, this is a MUST HAVE!!
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on March 30, 2014
As always, the Handbook is a crucial part of my springtime baseball prep. It's worth waiting for the Amazon price. Arrived promptly and in excellent condition.
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on March 31, 2014
He waits and waits by the mailbox and is instantly ecstatic once it arrives. He goes through it cover to cover to prepare for his fantasy baseball drafts.
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on March 12, 2014
As usual, the handbook is filled with great information. But something happened with the editing this year, and proofing errors appeared throughout.
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on May 25, 2014
I love this book when preparing for my fantasy draft.
It's always interesting to go back and look at the older versions to see how prospects advance through the organizations systems.
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