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Community Prospect #8: Fabio Martinez Mesa or Alexia Amarista?

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?