Decades before his farewell tour, what did people think of him as a prospect.
John Sickels has a neat prospect retrospective of Chipper Jones up at his site, Minor League Ball. In this retrospective he looks back on Chipper as a prospect over each year that he played in the minors. His conclusion:
Among regular third basemen, Jones' 87.5 career WAR ranks seventh all-time, putting him right between George Brett (91.6) and Ron Santo (79.3) and a certain lock for the Hall of Fame.
Not bad for a guy who started off as an error-prone shortstop who couldn't hit rookie ball pitching.
I highly recommend you read the whole thing, as it fits nicely with the prospect stuff we're doing here at Talking Chop today and tomorrow. This kind of assessment of Chipper gives us some interesting perspective on many of the young players currently in the Braves system. Especially with all the young high school talent the team has stockpiled in the past two drafts. Remember that Freddie Freeman and Jordan Schafer both started out slowly in rookie ball.