I have all of John’s books. He’s had a tough couple of years physically. If you’ve enjoyed his books in the past, help keep them coming by purchasing this year’s book. It may be too late to use the info in fantasy draft but it’s still a good reference.
One last thing before we get to the goodies. If you happened to peruse the comments section of the Gameday (highly, highly recommended if you don’t already), John passed along an update of The 2015 Baseball Prospect Book. To quote Mr. Sickels ...
This is a few weeks old but I don’t believe it was posted. Kiley McDaniel makes some very good points about prospect rankings.
Beasley: Bryceslist: Killer job.
New Triple-A Syracuse manager Tony Beasley believes Harper could use some more seasoning but has also demonstrated hints of the complete package
“I would hate to see him come all the way through the system quickly, skip levels and then get the major league level and really skid,” Beasley said. “The thing he has that is special, and I have talked to him about it, is his mindset - the way he believes and the level of confidence he has and his ability to play ...
System in 20 Words or Less: This is the youngest, riskiest, most volatile Top 11 I’ve ever done.
1. Francisco Lindor, SS
2. Dillon Howard, RHP
3. Ronny Rodriguez, SS
4. Austin Adams, RHP
5. Tony Wolters, SS
6. Nick Hagadone, LHP
7. Dorssys Paulino, SS
8. Luigi Rodriguez, OF
9. Scott Barnes, LHP
10. Robel Garcia, INF
11. Elvis Araujo, LHP
12. Jake Cisco, RHP: This 2011 third-round pick has size and stuff, but he’s raw.
(checks fine print for Calvin Riggar update)
CB: Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are two of the brightest and most highly sought after pitching prospects in the Yankee system. While they each miss a lot of bats and generate big strikeout numbers; both have exhibited difficulties in limiting walks. After watching each struggle with their command in 2011, are you still projecting both pitchers to be top of the rotation starters?
JC: I don’t think I’ve ever projected Betances as a ...
Leapin’ Lukevics! What a mess!
1. Addison Reed, rhp
2. Nestor Molina, rhp
3. Simon Castro, rhp
4. Trayce Thompson, of
5. Jake Petricka, rhp
6. Keenyn Walker, of
7. Jhan Marinez, rhp
8. Tyler Saladino, ss
9. Juan Silverio, 3b
10. Ozzie Martinez, ss
With his farm system failing to supply impact players, GM Ken Williams constantly has had to be on the lookout for OPT—other people’s talent. He has chosen poorly in recent years, hamstringing Chicago with bad contracts for Adam Dunn, ...
System In 20 Words Or Less: Considering the trades made for a 2012 run at the National Leaugue Central, there is still some strength in the system.
1. Billy Hamilton, SS
2. Devin Mesoraco, C
3. Zack Cozart, SS
4. Robert Stephenson, RHP
5. Daniel Corcino, RHP
6. J.C. Sulbaran, RHP
7. Didi Gregorius, SS
8. Todd Frazier, UT
9. Neftali Soto, 1B
10. Henry Rodriguez, 2B
11. Yorman Rodriguez, OF
12. Kyle Lotzkar, RHP: Can’t stay ...
System in 20 Words or Less: Two words: Not good.
1. Addison Reed, RHP
2. Nestor Molina, RHP
3. Trayce Thompson, OF
4. Jake Petricka, RHP
5. Simon Castro, RHP
6. Keenyn Walker, OF
7. Eduardo Escobar, SS
8. Jhan Marinez, RHP
9. Myles Jaye, RHP
10. Tyler Saladino, SS
11. Andre Rienzo, RHP
12. Juan Silverio, 3B: He’s a third baseman who has the ability to hit, and could move forward in 2012.
13. Jared Mitchell, OF: This ...
1. Matt Harvey, RHP
2. Zack Wheeler, RHP
3. Jeurys Familia, RHP
4. Brandon Nimmo, OF
5. Juan Lagares, OF
6. Jordany Valdespin, 2B
7. Jenrry Mejia, RHP
8. Reese Havens, 2B
9. Cesar Puello, OF
10. Michael Fulmer, RHP
11. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
12. Cory Mazzoni, RHP: 2011 second-rounder was great in brief debut; will move to rotation in 2012.
13. Akeel Morris, RHP: 20-year-old Virgin Islands native has big, but unrefined, power ...
1. Michael Choice, OF
2. Jarrod Parker, RHP
3. A.J. Cole, RHP
4. Brad Peacock, RHP
5. Sonny Gray, RHP
6. Derek Norris, C
7. Grant Green, OF
8. Chris Carter, 1B
9. Collin Cowgill, OF
10. Raul Alcantara, RHP
11. Max Stassi, C
12. Michael Taylor, OF: He made some improvements in 2011, but the A’s showed “confidence” in Taylor by acquiring Reddick and re-signing Crisp.
13. Josh Donaldson, C: He doesn’t have any star-level ...
Pork Chop Pough, don’t ya know!!!
1. Francisco Lindor, ss
2. Dillon Howard, rhp
3. Nick Hagadone, lhp
4. Chen Lee, rhp
5. Luigi Rodriguez, of
6. Zach McAllister, rhp
7. Tony Wolters, ss
8. Austin Adams, rhp
9. Scott Barnes, lhp
10. Zach Putnam, rhp
If things don’t click for the Indians, they’ll likely have to turn back to trade market. The trades of White and Pomeranz and graduations of Chisenhall and Kipnis have left the system thin of talent. Cleveland’s strength in the minors is ...
As an old pequod sod in the bar used to say to anybody named Jack…“#### you, Jack, I’m all right!!”
The Atlanta Braves have re-signed veteran infielder Jack Wilson to a one-year deal, the team’s website reports.
Wilson, 34, hit .243 with no homers, 11 RBIs in part-time duty with the Braves and Seattle Mariners in 2011. He was dealt to Atlanta on Aug. 31.
His biggest impact this season might be as a mentor/insurance policy.
Barring another acquisition, the Braves will start rookie Tyler ...
As we wait for the Hall of Fame announcement to come sometime Monday morning - for the record, I’m predicting that Barry Larkin will be the only new inductee this year, with Jack Morris getting dangerously close to the 70% mark - it seems like the perfect time to go back and look at how the main candidates on this year’s ballot looked coming into the major leagues. Using my collection of annual baseball preview magazines from the likes of Street and Smith’s and The Sporting News, I’ve gone back ...
Bundy: From Ann Rule to Oriole Way…always with the damn restrictions.
1. Dylan Bundy, rhp
2. Manny Machado, ss
3. Jon Schoop, inf
4. Parker Bridwell, rhp
5. L.J. Hoes, of/2b
6. Nicky Delmonico, 3b/1b
7. Ryan Flaherty, inf/of
8. Jason Esposito, 3b
9. Xavier Avery, of
10. Dan Klein, rhp
Angelos is now on his eighth different GM since buying the Orioles 18 years ago. MacPhail lasted the longest, at four and a half years. Before him, Angelos ran off baseball icon Roland Hemond, who left ...
1. Trevor May | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B
2. Jesse Biddle | LHP | Age – 20 | Grade – B
3. Phillippe Aumont | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B/B-
4. Maikel Franco | 3b | Age – 19 | Grade – B-
5. Justin De Fratus | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – B-
6. Sebastian Valle | C | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
7. Larry Greene | LF/1b | Age – 19 | Grade – C+
8. Freddy Galvis | SS | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
9. Austin Wright | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
10. Jon Pettibone | RHP | Age ...Read More...
Next time I go to an EXXXOTICA Expo convention, I’m signing in as Xander Bogaerts.
1. Will Middlebrooks, 3b
2. Xander Bogaerts, ss
3. Blake Swihart, c
4. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp
5. Bryce Brentz, of
6. Brandon Jacobs, of
7. Garin Cecchini, 3b
8. Matt Barnes, rhp
9. Ryan Lavarnway, c
10. Jackie Bradley, of
The Red Sox may have embarrassed themselves and missed the playoffs for a second straight season, but they still won 90 games and will remain a contender in the near future. Likewise, ...
I can’t imagine why the Braves would balk about trading their starting LF, a #3 starter AND “prime” pitching prospects for a new Jeff Francoeur…
System In 20 Words Or Less: There’s a good combination of near big league-ready talent and youngsters to dream on.
1. Nolan Arenado, 3B
2. Drew Pomeranz, LHP
3. Wilin Rosario, C
4. Chad Bettis, RHP
5. Tim Wheeler, OF
6. Tyler Matzek, RHP
7. Rosell Herrera, SS/3B
8. Trevor Story, SS
9. Josh Rutledge, SS
10. Tyler Anderson, LHP
11. Kent Matthes, OF
12. Charlie Blackmon, OF: He reached the majors and got hurt. Scouts ...
System In 20 Words Or Less: The system finds some depth and star power in Yelich, but there is still an overall lack of elite-level talent.
1. Christian Yelich, OF
2. Jose Fernandez, RHP
3. Marcell Ozuna, OF
4. J.T. Realmuto, C
5. Chad James, LHP
6. Matt Dominguez, 3B
7. Jesus Solorzano, OF
8. Jose Ceda, RHP
9. Jose Urena, RHP
10. Rob Rasmussen, LHP
11. Noah Perio, 2B
12. Austin Brice, RHP: Big, athletic righty with well ...
1. Wily Peralta | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B
2. Taylor Jungmann | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B
3. Tyler Thornburg | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B/B-
4. Jed Bradley | LHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B-
5. Jorge Lopez | RHP | Age – 19 | Grade – B-
6. Logan Schafer | CF | Age – 25 | Grade – C+
7. Scooter Gennett | 2b | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
8. Cody Scarpetta | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
9. Taylor Green | INF | Age – 25 | Grade – C+
10. Michael Fiers | RHP | Age ...Read More...
Damn rotter, Eenhoorn!
1. Jesus Montero, c
2. Manny Banuelos, lhp
3. Dellin Betances, rhp
4. Gary Sanchez, c
5. Mason Williams, of
6. Dante Bichette, 3b
7. Ravel Santana, of
8. Austin Romine, c
9. J.R. Murphy, c/3b
10. Slade Heathcott, of
It wasn’t all great news for New York on the player-development front. Righthander Andrew Brackman, a 2007 first-round pick who collected nearly $6 million on the big league deal he signed without reaching the majors, didn’t have his $2.2 million ...
As we used to say back in the 80’s…Hurry up Todd, Demeter is running.
1) Jesus Montero, C-DH, Grade A: What he did in the majors last year was not a fluke. It was at the high end of expectation, yes, and I wouldn’t expect him to hit like that over 500 plate appearances at age 22. He may need some adjustment time, but his bat is truly outstanding and he wasn’t just getting lucky. His glove isn’t very good and while he’s not a complete player in terms of contributing speed or defense, his ...
“The horror. . .the horror.”
1) Nestor Molina, RHP, Grade B+: Acquired from the Blue Jays for Sergio Santos, and immediately became Chicago’s first or second-best prospect. I think he can remain a starter. Molina was a big topic of discussion earlier this month.
2) Addison Reed, RHP, Grade B+: The best closer prospect in baseball thanks to superior command of 93-97 MPH fastball and devastating slider. You can make a case to rank him ahead of Molina, if you think Molina will be a reliever.
1) Matt Harvey, RHP, Grade B+: He can be a number two starter and someone to build around. Some evaluators see him more as a closer if his changeup remains erratic, but I’m cutting him some slack on that issue and am optimistic.
2) Zack Wheeler, RHP, Grade B+: This is actually more like Harvey -A and Wheeler 1-B. They are very close but Harvey is closer to being ready. Like Harvey, I see Wheeler as a future number two starter and staff anchor. He made big strides with his control last year. ...
1) Gerrit Cole, RHP, Grade A: Cole can be enigmatic and sometimes gets hit harder than he should given the quality of his stuff, but he’s still a Grade A prospect. At his best he throws strikes with three excellent pitches, and I think he’ll get more consistent. Looked great in Arizona Fall League, except for the disaster in the Rising Stars game.
2) Jameson Taillon, RHP, Grade A-: They are being very careful with his workload. As he incorporates his secondary pitches more often and builds his ...
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