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Pedro AlvarezBy Kiley McDaniel

Scott Boras is without a doubt the highest profile agent in sports history and many of his methods are heavily debated. A few teams deal with him with no fear, some allow him to out-leverage them, others just don’t deal with him at all. That being said, until recently, he seemed to always get his clients the best deal they could have gotten.

One tactic Boras utilizes for his top-shelf talents in the draft is float a seemingly ridiculous bonus demand early. We have the rumors of the early number Boras has put on two of his top clients for the June draft and a breakdown of said methods, all after the jump…

(Pedro Alvarez photo credit: Vanderbilt University)

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By Kiley McDaniel

Catch part one of this series here. I’ve dragged my feet a bit on getting to part two of the series, but all four of you eagerly awaiting more of the site’s methods on ranking prospects, wait no more!

This section will focus on a interesting philosphical debate including Ben Grieve, financial valuation of prospects, breaking down how we grade each tool, and why Drew Stubbs holds to key to the Adjusted OFP treasure chest. If that doesn’t make you want to read more…then read some of the less geeky stuff on the site, maybe you’ll like that more. For those of you wanting to delve further into prospect geekdom, follow us deeper into the rabbit hole after the jump…

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By Frankie Piliere

Every fan that follows prospects will know where I’m coming from with this. There is always some great degree of ambiguity when it comes to prospect tracking but why is that? We feel that the degree of ambiguity should be taken down a notch if not totally eliminated. There should be much less guess work on the part of the fan as to what their team’s number two pitching prospect’s velocity has been this season or how their newly converted first base prospect looks defensively. Obviously, we’ll be scouting a great deal of players from the amateur all the way up through the professional ranks. But, what we’d like to do is take suggestions from our readers on this. Find out what I mean after the jump….

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By Kiley McDaniel

When it comes to ranking prospects, these days it seems everyone has a philosophy they’d like to share, but more importantly a list they want you to read and a book for you to buy (and probably a timeshare presentation). And I’d bet these lists look a lot like Baseball America’s Top 100 List or Baseball Prospectus writer Kevin Goldstein’s Top 100 list, with a few surprises sprinkled in. Even if a list is put out before these two, it is inevitably made up of the intermittent updates these two insiders give on a daily basis, in an effort to appear like an original work.

Now, to a degree, there is no original work when it comes to prospect lists because there are a finite number of players and many things about them—stats, age, signing bonus, etc.—are objectively measured. That being said, I can’t help but think the baseball community is in need of a list formed from a different process. Is Saber-Scouting the site to accomplish this mission, even just a part of it?

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By Kiley McDaniel

I was listening to the Baseball America Podcast this week (Mar. 14 broadcast, roughly 27:00 in) and a conversation between John Manuel and J.J. Cooper got me thinking. Why has the profile for big league first basemen changed?

First, let me back up and explain what I mean by that question. You can read in our Scouting Tutorial about what I mean by a profile. In short, guys that play first base traditionally had to have 30 HR power, and if they didn’t then they were only playing out of position at 1B until someone with that kind of power came along. I’m obviously simplifying that somewhat, but the power profile at first seems to have, in the last 5 years or so, have gone from a requirement to a preference. Why?

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