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What to expect from Michael Fulmer's 1st start with the Tigers

A look at the Tigers' top prospect ahead of his major league debut. It was a weird feeling last July when the Detroit Tigers saw a parade of quality pitching prospects come to the organization instead of being traded away, but the team was wise to recover some of the prospect depth that had been lost in recent years. While pitchers like Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd made their Tiger...
Via Bless You Boys
6 days ago

Colorado Rockies prospects well represented in Minor League Ball's top 175

Prospect guru John Sickels has an optimistic view of the Rockies' farm system. Another top prospect list has been released, and another data point is available for those of us trying to figure out exactly what the future will look like for the Colorado Rockies. John Sickels at Minor League Ball has completed work on his yearly prospect book (If you are interested in prospects...
Via Purple Row
April 03, 2016

2016 Miami Marlins Prospect Preview: Stone Garrett

The Miami Marlins have an outfielder in the low minors with some extreme talent and holes in his game coming off a fantastic 2015 season. The Miami Marlins' consensus rankings for prospects put a pitcher at the top of the list who still has a shiny prospect sheen. Tyler Kolek was our consensus best-ranked player, and he was ranked first on five out of the six sources that we used...
Via Fish Stripes
March 28, 2016

Rolling Out the Barrel: Brewers Keon Youth in Rebuild Effort

Welcome back to your favorite* Friday reading, Brewers fans! After a week off while I was on-site in Maryvale for Brew Crew Ball, I’m back with the penultimate offseason edition of my column. It hardly seems true that real, actual games that matter are just 10 short days away, especially after that nasty snow storm we were hit with yesterday, but the countdown to Opening Day has...
Via BP Milwaukee
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Eddy Julio Martinez: International Man of Mystery

When Baseball America released their Top Ten Prospects list for the Cubs organization back in November, Eddy Julio Martinez didn’t feature anywhere. When Fangraphs followed up with their list in January, he didn’t show up in the top ten there, either. John Sickels over at Minor League Ball kept the shutout going when he released his top twenty list in January, and MLB.com put […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

In John Sickels' grading of Yankee 2016 prospects, we are a Yoan Moncada light year below Boston

A constant lament across the Yankiverse is that our prospects always get dissed by the Gammonites at ESPN and other dog-and-pony-show rating services. "If Austin Romine was in the Redsock system," the line goes, "he'd be a number one!" That the Yankees over the last 30 years have projected Number Ones such as Eric Duncan, Brien Taylor, Ruben Rivera, Drew Henson and Jesus "Ice Cream...
Via IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught
January 25, 2016  |  Discuss

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

The Fringe Five is a weekly regular-season exercise, introduced a couple years ago by the present author, wherein that same author utilizes regressed stats, scouting reports, and also his own fallible intuition to identify and/or continue monitoring the most compelling fringe prospects in all of baseball. Central to the exercise, of course, is a definition of the word fringe, a...
Via Fangraphs
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects

The Fringe Five is a weekly regular-season exercise, introduced a couple years ago by the present author, wherein that same author utilizes regressed stats, scouting reports, and also his own fallible intuition to identify and/or continue monitoring the most compelling fringe prospects in all of baseball. Central to the exercise, of course, is a definition of the word fringe, a...
Via Fangraphs
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects

Note: the author recently employed 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 same author utilizes regressed...
Via Fangraphs
August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Gavin Cecchini Makes BA’s July All-Prospect Team

  Gavin Cecchini has had a breakout year with the bat for the Binghamton Mets that has put him on the prospect map including ranking #69 on John Sickels mid-season top 75 prospect list. Baseball America recently chose a 13 player All-Prospect team for July including eight position players and five pitchers with Cecchini being their selection […]
Via Mets Merized Online
August 06, 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

Reds have three in John Sickels Midseason Top 75 Prospects List

It’s been prospect list season over the last week as both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus released their updates last week. On Monday John Sickels updated his list for the Midseason Top 75 over at MinorLeagueBall.com. The Cincinnati Reds were able to land three players on the list. Here is what John Sickels had to say about the three players that made the list: 21. Robert...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
July 14, 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

Chris Heston Is the Giants’ Latest Find

Chris Heston was listed on only two of the six major preseason prospect reports. John Sickels listed him in his “Others” section at the end of his top-20 list, and FanGraphs’ own Kiley McDaniel placed Heston 14th on his list. Kiley called him an “inventory starter” but did allow for some potential as well. Here […]
Via Fangraphs
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Thoughts on Draft Strategy and Managing Risk

The draft is a few days old at this point, and we are still years away from knowing whether the draft was a success or not. A number of experts have had positive things to say about the Cubs and their approach, but many fans were disappointed by the strategy the Cubs employed. A lot of fans were upset that the Cubs were very conservative in their overall draft strategy. The Cubs...
Via World Series Dreaming
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Meet Tyler Beede’s Girlfriend Allie DeBerry

Big news in the San Francisco Giants prospect department: top pitching prospect Tyler Beede was promoted to Double-A. Minor League Ball’s John Sickels compares Beede to a healthy version of Matt Cain if everything clicks, which would be great news considering, you know, the Giants haven’t seen a healthy Matt Cain since like 2013. Why should non-Giants fans/fantasy baseball nerds...
Via Busted Coverage
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds minor league news and notes

There were several stories from around the internet over the last few days on some of the Cincinnati Reds minor league players. John Sickels from Minor League Ball wrote about several lefties from the 2014 draft, including Dayton Dragons starter Seth Varner. He does not have the same type of fastball (as the other two guys from the article) but his curveball and change-up are effective...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Joining the Red-Headed League

Hillcats outfielder Clint Frazier is a player to watch. You will never have any difficulty in picking him out on the field when you go to see him play. This is because he is one of a small number of baseball players to have red hair. At some point in the future it is likely that Frazier will join pitchers Charles “Red” Embree (1941 – 1947) and current ESPN baseball broadcaster...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

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
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisdom and Links: Just Links This Time

Since last week had no links, this week will JUST have links! Makes sense, right? So, here we go: Some guys broke into the Astrodome in 2012. And they have photos from their adventure.   The story of the Fake Ned Coletti twitter account and how it was shut down. Don’t worry, it’s back now, partly because of this article by Jorge Arangure Jr., leading his editor to declare him...
Via Hall of Very Good
March 23, 2015  |  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

Eight Mets Among John Sickels’ 2015 Top Prospects

John Sickels of Minor League Ball recently released his Top 175 MLB Prospects and the Mets had a great showing, placing eight prospects in the top 175 seven of them in the top 100. Here they are including where they were ranked and their Grades: Noah Syndergaard – 13 (Grade A-) Steven Matz – 35 (Grade B+) Dilson Herrera – 41 (Grade B+) Michael Conforto – 78 (Grade B) Rafael...
Via Mets Merized Online
March 17, 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
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