Brad is too polite to say it, but the people at Baseball America are insane. They rated Francouer, not Marte, the best prospect in the system. This is a pure “tools” choice in the classic BA style, and makes no sense whatsoever except if you care about nothing but a player’s theoretical upside. I mean, Jeff Francouer could turn into Willie Mays, but it’s very, very, very, very unlikely. He’s not really likely to even be Dale Murphy. Meanwhile, Andy Marte has an excellent chance of being a perennial All-Star and winning a few home run titles. So he doesn’t run fast, whoopie-doo.
Look, here’s what one of BA’s own writers had to say about Francoeur: “I see him at Double-A Mississippi after he failed to walk once in just 76 at-bats at Double-A Greenville last year.” No walks, 76 at-bats. Wes Helms would be hard-pressed to do that. Travis Wilson probably could.
They do this all the time, and it drives me nuts. I mean, what’s better to have, a lottery ticket or a 100 shares of stock in a growing company? The BA philosophy would be that it’s the lottery ticket, because you might win a million dollars.