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Talking Chop interviews John Sickels about the Braves farm system

SBN and Minor League Ball’s John Sickels sat down with us to share his thoughts on the Braves farm system The Braves farm system has become a focus of attention for many Braves fans over the last year and a half or so. Between the struggles of the big league club and the massive infusion of talent between the 2015 and 2016 drafts as well as the various trades the Braves have done...
Via Talking Chop
27 days ago

Sickels Top 20 Mets Prospects: Nimmo Stock Tumbles, Becerra and Lindsay On The Rise

John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked the top twenty Mets prospects yesterday. While the system isn’t quite as strong after calling up top prospects like Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets still have a solid amount of quality and depth in the farm and a lot of exciting players on the way. Here is how Sickels stacks up the top ten: Steven Matz, LHP - A great...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects

Note: this edition of the Five contains new restrictions regarding eligibility for inclusion. Any player is excluded from eligibility whose name has appeared among the midseason prospect lists of Baseball America, Keith Law, or John Sickels. The Fringe Five is a weekly regular-season exercise, introduced a couple years ago by the present author, wherein that […]
Via Fangraphs
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Mets’ Prospects Rank Inside Sickels’ Top 75

John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranks four Mets’ prospects inside his Midseason Top 75 list. Michael Conforto (No. 15),  Brandon Nimmo (No. 52),  Amed Rosario (No. 65), and Gavin Cecchini (No. 69) all made the cut. Sickels thinks it’s a close call between Conforto and Indians’ prospect Bradley Zimmer, but he gives a slight edge to Zimmer. “Skills not as broad as Zimmer...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 13, 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 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 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...
Via Mets360.com
January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels may not have met with Tanaka, Sickels' top 20 Angels prospects

The January 14th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels may not have met with Tanaka, Sickels' top 20 Angels prospects and much more... The Story: Jerry Dipoto says the Angels did not meet with Masahiro Tanaka last week. The Monkey Says: Other reporters have said otherwise, with rumors circulating that Moreno himself met with Tanaka. I want...
Via Monkey with a Halo
January 14, 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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