There Is No Such Thing As There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect

26 Nov

Gary Huckabay, before he founded Baseball Prospectus, coined the phrase “TINSTAAPP”–there is no such thing as a pitching prospect. I like Huckabay’s work generally speaking, and I like Baseball Prospectus, but how much stock should we put in his idea of pitching prospects?Let’s start with WAR leaders in the draft era. 1965 was the first year of the MLB draft, so I will sort by career fWAR from 1966 to the present, with a note of when the player was selected in the draft.Roger Clemens 145.5 (1st round)Greg Maddux 120.6 (2nd round)Randy Johnson 114.7 (2nd round)Bert Blyleven 110.0 (3rd round)Nolan Ryan 108.9 (12th round)

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