(Gone but not forgotten... )
A little over 5 months ago, I dipped my toe in the prospect pool and made my first attempt at creating a top Yankee prospects list. Over a week at the end of December/early January, I unveiled my inaugural AB4AR Top 30. Some picks were actually pretty good (ranking Rob Segedin 17th when many others didn't even have him on their lists). Some were downright horrible (ranking Tyler Austin 30th). Mine was really the first list that came out prior to the 2012 season, so I think for a first try it wasn't bad, but now that it's MLB Draft time, everybody is coming out with their updated pre-draft lists (see here and here).
To be quite honest, I've never really understood the value of re-doing the rankings so early in the MiL season. Too much credit can be given for a really hot start, too much punishment can be given a really crummy start, and I don't think guys deserve to be bumped down the rankings just because they are hurt. And let's not forget that the SS and GCL leagues haven't even started up yet. It's no knock on the guys and sites that do it, but personally, I don't see how I'm supposed to honestly say that I think one guy has moved up over another when he hasn't even gotten 1 PA this year.
I can't. And I won't. But what I will do is revisit my Top 30 list from late last year/early this year and give a quick run-through of what each guy is doing and how that may affect his stock moving forward towards the eventual unveiling of the 2012/2013 edition of the AB4AR Top 30. So if you're ready, I'm ready. Let's take a look.