Updated: April 5, 2003, 5:19 PM ETBy By John Sickels | Special to ESPN.com
Generally speaking, I don't rank players as top prospects right after they are drafted. The sample sizes are too small for their statistics to be overly meaningful in most cases. Scouting reports aren't too helpful either, since by definition a guy who gets drafted early has good scouting reports. I want hard data to work with. But sometimes a player does enough in his pro debut to get on the top prospect lists right away. Toronto outfielder Gabe Gross is such a player.