But he really, truly, all due respect, makes little to no effort to pay any attention at all to prospects. If you read his chats regularly, it's obvious that he doesn't really learn players' names until they've been with the major league team for at least half a season. I would guess that he couldn't name off the top of his head more than 7-8 Nationals minor leaguers and couldn't offer an intelligent analysis of any of them.
If you doubt it, check out this from his most recent chat:
In '93, I'd heard pelnty about the overpowering pitcher at Wichita State named Darren Dreifort. When a high school kid was taken No. 1 overall, one pick ahead of Dreifort, I said, "Who the heck is Alex Rodriguez?"OK, so in fairness, this was 16 years ago and maybe Boz is mis-remembering. But if he truly had never heard of Alex Rodriguez at the time he was drafted, that's an incredible indication of how little he pays attention to amatuers and prospects.
When ARod was drafted, he was described by Baseball America as "the best high school prospect in years." He was a highly sought-after 2-sport star who was being heavily recruited by the University of Miami to play baseball and quarterback for the Hurricanes. He played for the U.S. Olympic team that year. In terms of hype, ARod was like a high school version of Strasburg--a pretty memorable talent. It's hard to imagine him even misremembering given how much hype surrounded ARod at the time.
I'm not any kind of prospect maven either, but I know enough to know that Boz is way out of his depth on this one.