2014 TigsTown Top 50: Rankings Primer

For the last ten years, the TigsTown staff has strived to bring each of our readers Tigers minor league information that you can't find anywhere else. Aside from providing breaking minor league news and analysis, our goal has been to educate our readers on Tigers prospects and what they might contribute to the Major League club down the line.

As we continue evolving and try to keep our readers at the head of the class among Tigers fans, it is our goal to provide each of you with the most detailed scouting reports on every prospect in the Tigers system. With that goal in mind, we are revamping the way we profile prospects, providing more focus on the scouting data and more in-depth detail on the projection and ultimate role for each player.

With the increased focus on scouting, it is our responsibility to educate our readers how to understand and interpret the new reports we will be providing. As a starting point, this scouting primer should be the basis for interpreting any report written as we rollout this year's rankings.

The foundation of the traditional scouting report is the scientifically based 20-80 scale. The basic tenant of the 20-80 scale is that everything is rated relative to a Major League average tool/player. The following is a basic matrix for understanding the 20-80 scale:

Rating	Relative Definition
80	Elite Tool; Hall of Fame Player
70	Plus-Plus/Well Above-Average Tool; Superstar
60	Plus Tool; All-Star Player
50	Average Tool; Average Major League Player
40	Below-Average Tool; Fringe Major League Player
30	Well Below-Average Tool; Organizational Player
20	Bottom Grade Tool; Non-Prospect

While the above matrix provides a general guideline, each scouting report will contain a detailed breakdown of each tool rated against the 20-80 scale, leaving to an overall grade that will correspond to the ratings listed above. For many of the tools including defense, position player arm strength, quality of secondary pitches and command, the rating will be subjective based on the education and experience of scouts. On the contrary, some tools, including fastball velocity, speed, power and the hit tool are all graded relative to the following matrix:

Rating	FB(mph)	  Hit Tool	Power	Speed (RHH/LHH)
80	97+ 	  .300+		35+	< 4.0/< 3.9
70	94-96	  .290-.300	26-34	4.1/4.0
60	92-94	  .280-.290	20-26	4.2/4.1
50	89-91	  .270-.280	15-20	4.3/4.2
40	87-88	  .260-.270	12-15	4.4/4.3
30	85-86	  .250-.260	7-12	4.5/4.4
20	< 84 	  .240-.250	< 7	4.5+/4.4+

Utilizing the above scales allows for a thorough examination of a player against a set of norms that help inform the overall projection. Over the years, TigsTown has utilized these tools behind the scenes to bring you the best Tigers rankings on the Internet. This year's rankings represent the right time to allow the readers to experience the full depth of our scouting expertise and to gain a deeper understanding of how the Tigers prospects are ranked.

Throughout the release of this new model at TigsTown, questions are bound to arise. For answer to your scouting, rankings, and overall process questions, head to the TigsTown Premium Board to all the answers and get involved in the discussion!

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