Prospect projection is a bit of an art. It's a combination of many factors, including but not limited to observation and statistical analysis. Sometimes, it's just a gut feeling.
Take the example of Derek Jeter, a surefire Hall of Famer who will retire this year after 20 seasons with the New York Yankees. Jeter was selected sixth in the 1992 MLB Draft. That's right, FIVE players were selected before Jeter in 1992. When the Yankees asked the man who scouted him, Dick Grouch, if Jeter was going to the University of Michigan, Grouch famously quipped, "The only place he's going is Cooperstown."
The list of picks before Jeter isn't pretty. The five players selected before him combined ... You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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