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Minor League Barometer: All In on Hamilton

Jesse Siegel

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

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 ...

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