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Talking About the PTBNL and the Draft with Rob Brender and John Dreker

Could JaCoby Jones find himself on the Mets soon? I had a chance to speak with the always insightful John Dreker who runs the great site Pirates Prospects. He has scouted, analyzed and interviewed many of the prospects in the Pirates system over the last five years and has a great wealth of knowledge on who’s who and what their prospect status is. Joe D – Regarding the PTBNL...
Via Mets Merized Online
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Who's this Danny Santana guy?

One thing you can be sure of when you're a fan of a crappy baseball team is there will be people running in and out of the lineup you've never heard of all the time, and with the Twins' crappy options at shortstop given Pedro Florimon's inability to hit at all they've gone with the revolving door approach at the position.  I should have hit on Eduardo Nunez after...
Via Down with Goldy
May 07, 2014  |  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 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 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

Noah Syndergaard Receives Grade A- and Is Top Mets Prospect

John Sickels of Minor League Ball on Monday 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 can check out the full article and commentary for all players by clicking here. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Grade A-: Borderline A. I love...
Via MetsMinor.net
January 14, 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...
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

John Sickels’ Top 40 Prospects, by position

John Sickels whittled his Cubs prospect list from 49 to 40. Here's the list, not sorted alphabetically or via actual ranking, but just by what position they play. First Base Rock Shoulders Daniel Vogelbach Second Base Arismendy Alcantara Gioskar Amaya Logan Watkins Shortstops Javier Baez Gleyber Torres Third Base Kris Bryant Jeimer Candelario Mike Olt Christian Villanueva...
Via Obstructed View OLD
January 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Gsellman, Morris Finish In Top-10 Of Sickel’s NYPL “Performance Score”

John Sickels wrote up something on the New York Penn League that he dubbed his “performance score”, which he expressed as a function of the 20-to-80 scouting scale. It is a very interesting read — I urge you to head over there and read up on his methodology as he tried to calculate fielding and ballpark independent pitching results. So while keeping that in mind, this is where...
Via MetsMinor.net
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Minors Week in Review: Steven Matz Earning Some Recognition

Another week into the offseason, but still plenty of things to talk about here at MMN. Baseball America continued to rank their top prospects in each minor league, ranking their top 20 players in the Sally League. While the Sand Gnats took home their first championship in 17 years, only Steven Matz made the list, coming in at #20. John Sickels at SB Nation’s Minor League Ball released...
Via MetsMinor.net
October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Travis d’Arnaud’s Journey to the Big Leagues Finally Complete

In a daily feature over at SB Nation’s Minor League Ball, John Sickels today selected Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud as his Prospect of the Day. In this feature, Sickels gives some background regarding the prospect of his choice, outlining the journey through their respective minor league systems. For d’Arnaud, it’s been an interesting and longer than expected journey for the...
Via MetsMinor.net
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Sickels Weighs In On D’Arnaud

John Sickels on Minor League Ball featured Travis d’Arnaud as his Prospect of the Day and pointed out how steadily his throwing has improved as evidenced by increasing caught-stealing percentages since turning pro. So for those of you worried about those three stolen bases against him this weekend, don’t go jumping to any conclusions, and it was not like the pitcher’s didn’t...
Via New York Mets Report
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Sickels Projects d’Arnaud In His Prospect of Day Feature

John Sickels on Minor League Ball featured Travis d’Arnaud as his Prospect of the Day and pointed out how steadily his throwing has improved as evidenced by increasing caught-stealing percentages since turning pro. So for those of you worried about those three stolen bases against him this weekend, don’t go jumping to any conclusions, and it was not like the pitcher’s didn’t...
Via Mets Merized Online
August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Sickels Reviews His Pre-Season Top-20 Mets Prospects

As he’s been doing for all of the Major League Baseball teams, John Sickels at Minor League Ball of SB Nation has been going through his pre-season top-20 prospects per team, and evaluating how they’ve done to this point in the season. You can see the original top-20 list before this season right here. The top three spots are taken by Travis d’Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, and Noah...
Via MetsMinor.net
August 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Midseason Top Prospects: Consensus Rankings

All of the major scouting outlets have published their midseason top prospects updates by now, which is good since the season is well over halfway through. I rounded up a bunch of them (from Baseball America, Bullpen Banter, Baseball Prospectus's Jason Parks, ESPN's Keith Law, and minorleagueball's John Sickels) and pulled the rankings for Cub prospects, including newly...
Via Obstructed View OLD
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Sickels: Satin Deserves A Major League Opportunity

You may remember a couple of weeks ago, I made a big stink about Keith Law calling Josh Satin a terrible ballplayer. In that article I wrote: What a blowhard Law has become… Never mind the fact that despite his high opinion of himself with regard to ranking prospects, he couldn’t carry John Sickels’ jockstrap. Calling Satin a terrible ballplayer, when he’s produced a career...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Have Four in John Sickels’ Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects

John Sickels says that Tyler Glasnow is among the best pitching prospects in baseball. John Sickels released his mid-season top 75 prospects this week. The Pittsburgh Pirates had four players on the list, with all four appearing in the top 50. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Tyler Glasnow all made the list. Taillon was first on the list, coming in at number 10...
Via Pirates Prospects
July 20, 2013  |  Discuss

John Sickels’ 2013 midseason top 75 prospects

Law came out with his earlier today and now it's John Sickels of Minor League Ball's turn. Below are the top Cubs prospects.  14. Javier Baez 18. Albert Almora 23. Jorge Soler 57. Arismendy Alcantara His list does not include 2013 draftees.  The post John Sickels’ 2013 midseason top 75 prospects appeared first on Obstructed View.
Via Obstructed View OLD
July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals on national mid-season prospect lists

On Thursday, two major national player raters released their updated mid-season prospect lists – Keith Law of ESPN (subscription) and John Sickels of MinorLeagueBall.com. They join two other such lists posted last week, from Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus (subscription). Two St. Louis Cardinals players made all four lists, Oscar Taveras and Michael Wacha. The Cards...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
July 18, 2013  |  Discuss

FanGraphs Audio: John Sickels, Prospect Analyst to the Stars

Episode 352 John Sickels is a former research assistant to the actual Bill James, the author of a notable annual prospect book, and the proprietor of SB Nation site Minor League Ball. He’s also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things...
Via Fangraphs
June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers 2013 MLB Draft recap & analysis + what others are saying

The Dodgers wrapped up their 2013 MLB Draft a while ago, but reactions are still rolling in. For the most part, pundits seem to agree that the Dodgers went conservative, electing for low-ceiling, low-risk picks. I felt the same way about the team’s selections, so there’s not much to argue back-and-forth with in that regard. ========== Dodgers 2013 Draft Recap Round 1 | Round...
Via ChadMoriyama.com
June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Draft Prospects: Averaging Out The Expert’s Mock Drafts

A few days ago, John Sickels released his latest mock draft which we wrote about here. This is the fourth mock draft from industry experts that we talked about over the last week. There were also mock drafts from Baseball America, Keith Law and Jonathan Mayo. With these four all coming out around the same time, instead of relying on one to be the most accurate, we take a look at...
Via Pirates Prospects
May 21, 2013  |  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
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