McKamey and BaseballHQ publish their Organizational Ratings for all 30 major league teams annually, ranking and analyzing each organization's top 15 prospects, as well as scoring each organization in the areas of hitting, pitching, and top-end talent.
"I evaluate prospects in a vacuum, as I believe that is the fair way evaluate and it makes ranking more fluid whenever a player gets traded," McKamey said. "Organizational depth is something I look at, but do not base my rankings on.
"One thing that does factor into my evaluations is the developmental philosophy of the organization, such as the aggressiveness or lack thereof concerning promotions and whether there is a track record of individual development, both good or bad."
McKamey will answer any of your questions about his ratings. See information at the bottom of the story.
Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospects 1. Clayton Kershaw (LHP)- 10D 2. Andy LaRoche (3B)- 9C 3. Scott Elbert (LHP)- 9C 4. Jonathon Meloan (RHP)- 9C 5. Chin-Lung Hu (SS)- 8B 6. James McDonald (RHP)- 8C 7. Hiroki Kuroda (RHP)- 8B 8. Chris Withrow (RHP)- 9E 9. Andrew Lambo (OF/1B)- 9E 10. Pedro Baez (3B)- 9E 11. Blake DeWitt (3B)- 8D 12. Delwyn Young (OF)- 7C 13. James Adkins (LHP)- 8D 14. Ivan DeJesus (SS)- 7C 15. Josh Bell (3B)- 8D Player Potential Rating Scale of (1-10) representing a player's upside potential 10 - Hall of Fame-type player 9 - Elite player 8 - Solid regular 7 - Average regular 6 - Platoon player 5 - Major league reserve player 4 - Top minor league player 3 - Average minor league player 2 - Minor league reserve player 1 - Minor league roster filler Probability Rating Scale of (A-E) representing the player's realistic chances of achieving their potential A - 90% probability of reaching potential B - 70% probability of reaching potential C - 50% probability of reaching potential D - 30% probability of reaching potential E - 10% probability of reaching potentialDeric McKamey's Minor League Baseball Analyst profiles over 1000 minor league prospects and includes detailed scouting reports, sabermetrics, major league equivalencies, organizational lists, a top 100 list, and potential ratings.
The book can be purchased through BaseballHQ.com, where the purchaser will also receive a free online update to the lists in the book. You may also purchase the book through any of the major on-line bookstores. The Minor League Baseball Analyst is expected to arrive mid-January.
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