JOHN SICKELS RUMORS & GOSSIP
John Sickels ranks Billy Hamilton second in the system and says he will at least be Vince Coleman, but with a chance to be better.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball just released his Mets Top 20 Prospects for 2014. As expected, Syndergaard has the top spot and was the only player to get a grade of A-.
Here are his Top 20 with comments for the first five players. You check out the full article and commentary for all players by clicking here.
Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Grade A-: Borderline A. I love Syndergaard...
One of the best things about the offseason is the releases of annual prospect rankings, and today comes another one as John Sickels of Minor League Ball released his Cubs Top 20 (21) rankings, complete with prospect grades and a look at a few outsiders looking in.
Dabynsky previously took a look at Sickels grading scale and predicted where prospects would fall over at our Chicago...
John Sickels whittled his Cubs prospect list from 49 to 40. Here's the list, not sorted alphabetically or via actual ranking, but just by what position they play.
Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels has released version two of his mock draft. He has many of the same players listed in the top 15-20 as everyone else recently, though he has a new name attached to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sickels has Georgia HS outfielder Clint Frazier going to the Pirates with the ninth overall pick. Frazier has been in the top six for almost all of the...
Keith Law is the third noted prospector to rank the Dodgers' farm system in the middle-third, joining John Sickels of Minor League Ball and Baseball America.
Law ranked the system 18th, while Sickels and BA ranked it 19th.
This is what Law had to say about the Dodgers' system:
"They are a little underrepresented in the top 100, but with a lot of guys who'd...
John Sickels has published his 2013 farm system rankings and the Cubs are 10th. That's 10 spots better than a year ago. The Cubs system has improved quite a bit.
10) Chicago Cubs (20): Another system that has improved quickly. Strengths: hitting at the top: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach is a very impressive quartet and there is depth beyond them. Good...
John Sickels at Minor League Ball has released his farm system rankings, and has the Pittsburgh Pirates ranked fifth. Sickels started ranking systems last year, and had the Pirates 12th in his original rankings. He noted in a disclaimer that he takes a balanced approach, considering high-end impact and overall depth. Last year the knock on the system was the lack of depth.
Biddle is number one but Sickels says Ruf is the real deal. Photo by: Ian Riccaboni
Minor League Ball released their list of the Top 20 Phillies’ Prospects. For those unfamiliar with Minor League Ball, it is run by John Sickels, who was Bill James‘ research assistant from 1993 to 1996 and was ESPN’s Minor League Baseball Analyst from 1996-2005. Sickels was among the first...
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Over at his minor league ball blog. Overall, I agree with his analysis that the Cubs system took a major step forward last year with the bats. I'm not as high on Baez as he is but much higher on Candelario. Our pitching is….. Well it's something.