The Return of the “Top 5”

November 7, 2008

The return of the most requested feature here on “The Diamond Cutter” is about to be unleashed. Beginning soon we will take a look at each organization’s top five prospects one team at a time. Each player will be ranked along with a scouting report containing my views and observations of them and how they could pan out.

Top 5 is back! (flickr / drp)

"Top 5" is back! (flickr / drp)

This is an extremely time consuming project as I compare my notes on each player previously compared to all the new info I have on them from the 2008 season. One to two teams per week will be posted leading up the the unveiling of both the new top 25 list and top 100 lists this winter. Rather than following the teams division by division in alphabetical order like last year’s list, I plan to mix things up a bit and do the teams rather sporadically. More for my sanity than anything.

Please keep the feedback coming on all of these rankings as last year’s lists generated a lot of good conversations! I’m sure you won’t agree with all of my rankings and some players will inevitably be left off that you don’t think should so make sure to voice your opinion and tell me why you think I should include them. I’m not against going back and looking closer at my notes nor am I against going and taking a better look at them.

After all, as smart as I may think I am, in the game of grading and scouting prospects nobody is right 100% of the time. Where would the fun be in that?

By Matthew Whipps
The Diamond Cutter
Major & Minor League Baseball Columnist | thefranch15e

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