After trading four of their top prospects to Minnesota for Johan Santana, the Mets were one of five teams to have just one prospect make the cut: OF Fernando Martinez, who checks in as the tenth-best prospect in Law's rankings.
Law, waving off people unimpressed with Martinez's injury-plagued numbers at Double A this past season, writes:
“Martinez shows huge raw power in BP that will make its way into his game performances, and he has a solid approach with good pitch recognition for someone so young. He has good range in center and a plus arm if he outgrows center field and has to move to right... He's going to be a star, but everyone has to bear in mind how young he is to keep his performance in perspective.”Of the players the Mets sent to the Twins, two made Law's list: OF Carlos Gomez was ranked 35th, while Deolis Guerra, a 19-year old right hander, checked in at 80th.
...i still don't know how the Mets managed to keep martinez, to be honest...for some perspective, the three Red Sox prospects mentioned in potential deals with Minnesota all made the list, while Yankees RHP Phil Hughes wasn't eligible...
...all these prospects list make me wonder, why do we rank prospects so eagerly when the comparison is so subjective and unscientific given different ages and levels of experience and relies so much on scouts…aside from MVP voting, we rarely rank major leaguers?…it would seem to be a lot more scientific and easy to do, given that they're all competing at the same level, spending time in the same ballparks...prospect ranking is more like setting gambling odds, in my eyes...