The list will be disclosed in five segments starting on Monday December 21st.
Every Monday we will publish ten rankings starting at No. 50 and ending with No.
1. We will offer a little blurb on each player once we release the rankings,
however, the gravy will be after the entire list has been unveiled.
FutureBacks.com will be following the release of the prospect list with an
individual scouting report on every player on the list, after talking with minor
league coaches and baseball scouts to gaze their input on the player. The
Individual Scouting Report will also include quotes from the players,
scouts, front office personnel and coaches.
Disagree? Have questions we haven't answered? Never fear.
We'll also start a regular question and answer session, which will begin on
Saturday December 3rd, where you'll be able to send your questions and
complaints about the list, and we'll defend ourselves.
How was the list compiled? First and foremost, we've seen
them all. The experts at FutureBacks.com dropped some mad coin on travel
expenses, and this is where it went. Next, we consulted scouting
directors, minor league coaches, and two MLB scouts, and all of their opinions
were factored in. We fed it all into a precise formula (the same one that
the BCS uses) and the end result is the FutureBacks Fifty. It was a full
year in the making, it took two months to compile, and it will take two more to
Who is eligible for the list? Anyone who qualifies for the MLB
Rookie of the Year award.
What did FutureBacks look for when making the list? The list
is based on a players’ overall potential to have a successful career in the
major leagues, and his overall potential as a baseball player. Are they
stars to be? Role players? Bench contributers? Will they make
the bigs at all?
The Top 50 prospects in the Diamondbacks system. In year two of the
FutureBacks Fifty the first question has to be...how'd we do last year?
The answer is, not too bad. Eleven of our 50 prospects played in the
bigs last year, 10 of them with the D'Backs. The next question would
likely be, 'How much is it really going to change?'
A whole bunch. New faces, rising and falling stocks, injuries, position
changes, setbacks, steps forward. This list could literally change month
to month if we wanted it to.
And we want to hear from you. Each week we'll have our question and
answer section on the front page, but for a little more immediate reaction,
read, enjoy, and then head to our
Message Boards and
discuss. We get a lot right, we miss a couple, and you get to decide.
In fact, here's a primer for you. This is last years FutureBacks Fifty,
#1-#50.5. Take a look, and compare. The 2005 FutureBacks Fifty is on
2004 Top 50