By David Jay
John Sickles started writing about prospects as Bill James' research assistant in 1993. He has become one of the most respected prospect analysts out there, writing for ESPN for many years before leaving four years ago.
He puts out consistently great work at www.minorleagueball.com and is about to publish his annual prospect handbook, which should be a mandatory purchase for anyone with even a passing interest in prospects and great writing.
John took a few minutes to answer some questions about his view of the Padres minor league system.
You begin your review of the system with "that's a helluva farm system." Obviously its strength is the depth of talent, with no clear cut AA- guys to headline the act. Was this a harder organization than most for you to order players within the top 20?
John Sickles: It is always difficult when you get a lot of guys in the same grade range, especially in the BB- range, and C types are very difficult to rank proper...