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Byrd hit a home run. He's still on a hot streak! Trade him now.
Grade C prospects are the most common type. These are guys who have something positive going for them, but who may have a question mark or three, or who are just too far away from the majors to get an accurate feel for. A few Grade C guys, especially at the lower levels, do develop into stars. Some end up as role players or bench guys. Many don't make it at all.
Also note that there is diversity within each category. I'm a tough grader; Grade C+ is actually good praise, and some C+ prospects (especially at lower levels) turn out very well indeed.
Two-animal All-Star: Joey Jay
I acknowledge that C prospects in bushel baskets are likely to provide some value. But I'm not sure there's a lot of marginal value in adding one to a system.
Houston's blueprint is already clearly working
For example, as a fan, I can get off on the fact that they could catch the Phils in the standings. At least it's something you can hang your yarmulke on, if not a full fledged hat. It's still worth following the team at this stage and Byrd is pretty important for that.
I don't know about that, but if things do turn around for the Astros, it'll very likely be more because they keep picking first in the draft than anything else. Which the Mets, if only because they have David Wright, probably can't "hope" to do. (Although I do realize that good play from Marlon Byrd pushes the team further from, rather than closer to, that "goal.")
Any GM? The Royals and Pirates should have been swimming in talent for over a decade and they couldn't build squat for the longest time.
One of the biggest 'moves' Luhnow made was to pass on signing Appel in last years draft, drafting Correa not just for signability but to give them a ton of slot money to spend later, which turned into getting essentially a second 1st rounder in McCullers (picked 46th) & another 2nd/3rd rounder in Ruiz (picked 129th). The MLB.com ranking had Coreea 5th, McCullers 13th, Ruiz 79th. Picking first enabled them to free up a lot more money than anyone else could using this maneuver.
Part of the reason the Mets have sucked under the Wilpons is they've always been willing to give up farm system talent to chase a marginal playoff opportunity with marginal teams. At some point you need to rebuild and build for the future. It can't be any more clear that is what they have to be doing right now.
At least it's something you can hang your yarmulke on, if not a full fledged hat.
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