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Cardinals place eight in Sickels’ 2014 top 150

Normally each spring, John Sickels of minorleagueball.com 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 Cincinnati Reds Top 20 Prospects List

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.
Via Reds Minor Leagues
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

John Sickels Releases His Latest Draft

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
May 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers' farm system getting better-than-expected praise from prospectors

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...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
February 04, 2013  |  Discuss

John Sickels’ 2013 Farm System Rankings

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...
Via Obstructed View OLD
January 30, 2013  |  Discuss

John Sickels Rates the Pirates as the 5th Best Farm System

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. This time...
Via Pirates Prospects
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Ball Releases Phillies Top 20

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...
Via Phillies Nation
December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

John Sickels Ranks the Cubs Top 20

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. 
Via Obstructed View OLD
December 02, 2012  |  Discuss

John Sickels Releases His Top 20 Pirates Prospects For 2013

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 26, 2012  |  Discuss

John Sickels Ranks the Pirates Farm System 12th Overall

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. Sickels started...
Via Pirates Prospects
January 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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