Martinez Mesa and Amarista tied for "eighth most promising prospect" in yesterday's poll, an outcome that brings to the fore two key questions in player valuation:
- Ceiling versus floor: is a player who possesses some of the best tools in their class (here it's Martinez Mesa's fastball/slider combo), but who has near zero polish, more valuable than a guy with less physical projection, but who's worlds closer to having MLB ready skills? What's more important: a player's upside? Or his current ability to use the tools he has to impact the game?
- Second, how do you feel about valuing pitchers versus hitters?