JOHN SICKELS RUMORS & GOSSIP
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...
The 2013 MLB Draft is three weeks from yesterday.
Apparently, Thursday was a big mock draft day, as Keith Law (ESPN Insider), Jonathan
Mayo (MLB.com) and John Sickels (Minor League Ball) all released mocks.
I’m going to look at all the legitimate mock drafts out
there to this point to take the temperature of the experts to see who the
Dodgers might target...
The Mets used their first-round pick last year on shortstop Gavin Cecchini.
Last month, I had the chance to conduct an email interview with John Sickels of the well-known minor league blog, Minor League Ball. Sickels worked for ESPN many years ago, where he had his own column about minor league baseball. Here is some of what we talked about:
Q: Were the Mets too conservative with...
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...
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.
John Sickels has Gerrit Cole as his number one prospect.
Over the weekend, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com released his top 20 Pittsburgh Pirates prospects for the 2013 season. As he notes, the grades are preliminary and subject to change, with no grade being final until January 5th.
There weren’t many surprises on the list. In comparing his list to our list, there are a few...
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For the first time ever, John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com has released a ranking of the top farm systems in baseball. Normally Sickels ranks the prospects for each team in the majors and leaves it at that. This year he went a step further to put a ranking on every system in the majors. The Pittsburgh Pirates finished 12th on his list. Go here to read the rankings.