Thousands, I’ll bet. The problem is that it’s nonsense.
Every team overhypes its young players; handing out organizational awards to AAAA-type players, or leaking that “scouts are watching so-and-so at tonight’s game”, when they are actually watching someone else’s player.
Remember Ben Grieve? What about Travis Lee? Other guys come to mind; Clint Hurdle, Alex Escobar and others.
The fact of the matter is; a player’s value is NOT determined by his won team’s internal or even external scouting report. Any decent GM would scout the player thoroughly before making a deal based on press clippings or a stat sheet. It is on those scouting reports from the Trade-er, not the Trade-ee that decides the final outcome.
Recently, prospect guru John Sickels published his Top 20 Yankees Prospects list and had this to say about Jesus Montero:
I know that his position is up in the air, but I love this bat so much that I’m going to give him a straight Grade A. This is a Mike Piazza/Manny Ramirez type bat.
This prompted this response from Ray Guilfoyle of faketeams.com:
It is no suprise that catching prospect Jesus Montero is his number 1 prospect in the system, but he compares Montero’s bat to Mike Piazza and Manny Ramirez!!!!!!!!!!
Wow. Let the Yankee hype machine begin!!!