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John Sickels ranks the Cincinnati Reds system 14th best in baseball

A few weeks ago I ran the numbers based on some historical data based on John Sickels player grades and the Cincinnati Reds system came in ranked 18th according to that metric. Earlier today Sickels came out with his farm system rankings based on how he feels each team ranks. Last year he ranked the Reds as the 14th best farm system. Billy Hamilton and Ben Lively are the only Top...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Cincinnati Reds make John Sickels top prospects list

John Sickels has released his Top 175 prospects list and it has four Cincinnati Reds players on it. Two of the four players cracked the Top 25. Right handed pitcher Robert Stephenson topped things for the Reds, coming in as the 21st ranked prospect in the game. Jesse Winker wasn’t far behind, the outfielder was ranked as the 25th best prospect in minor league baseball. There were...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Farm system rankings based on John Sickels grades

One of my favorite times of the year is when John Sickels releases all of his prospect rankings. He grades out players in each farm system and thanks to work done by quite a few individuals over the last ten years we have a general idea of what a prospects value is in terms of dollars based on grades done by Sickels and rankings by Baseball America. When we used an AP style point...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

John Sickels overall prospect rankings don’t look strong for the Reds

John Sickels finished up his team rankings and he released the full list of over 900 players with their grades on Tuesday. The grades are still not final, but there will be minimal changes moving forward from the list. With all of the grades out we can get an idea of where he would rank some of the Cincinnati Reds prospects. BElow I’ve broken down the grades and put the range...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Making Sense of Ozhaino Albies’ Awesome Pro Debut

Lead prospect analyst Kiley McDaniel turned some heads when he ranked Ozhaino Albies — a 5-foot-9, 17-year-old shortstop — as the top prospect in the Atlanta Braves minor league system. Albies was on the prospect radar prior to Kiley’s ranking, but slotted much lower on most organizational prospect lists this winter. Keith Law, John Sickels, Baseball America, and Baseball...
Via Fangraphs
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals place eight in Sickels’ 2014 top 150

Normally each spring, John Sickels of is one of the major talent raters to publish cross-organization and team-specific prospect lists. Due to some health problems, Sickels delayed his national top 150 list a bit in 2014, just publishing it on May 1. The rumored decline of the St. Louis Cardinals’ system has been exaggerated. With a “fair share” for the...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

John Sickels releases his Top 20 list for the Mets farm

John Sickels of Minor League Ball released yesterday his Top 20 Mets Prospects list, found here.  There are few surprises up top, though he seems to be more bullish on Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini than some. Perhaps the most controversial ranking on the list is Steven Matz at number 14, who Sickels ranks as a C+.  I would have imagined Matz being a B-, but considering the level...
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Sickels: Syndergaard Leads Mets Top 20

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...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Future Alert: Sickels Releases Cubs Top 20

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...
Via World Series Dreaming
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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