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    John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    John Sickels came out with his Top 120 without draft picks included (count on about 15 or so draft picks to be inside the Top 120 at years end as well as maybe an international guy or two). Here is the link for the entire list:
    http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/...evision-update

    Here are the Reds, with previous ranking in ( )

    15) Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds (57)
    61) Daniel Corcino, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (120)
    63) Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (HM)
    94) Tony Cingrani, LHP, Cincinnati Reds (NR)
    114) Kyle Lotzkar, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (NR)

    Not a bad showing for our guys.

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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    I'd say it's a great showing, 5 in the top 125 after trading most of the major guys away last year to acquire Latos, and Marshall.

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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    60% of Pensacola's rotation is in the top 120. That's almost as impressive as the Mariners' AA squad in Jackson, which had Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, and Danny Hultzen. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but if all goes well, could you imagine a rotation that features Aroldis Chapman, Robert Stephenson, Nick Travieso, Dan Corcino, and someone like Sal Romano, Drew Cisco, Ismael Guillon, J.C. Sulbaran, or Tony Cingrani?

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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Not that I agree with 15, but I did expect Hamilton to suprise on the upside given all the hype.

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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Quote Originally Posted by camisadelgolf View Post
    60% of Pensacola's rotation is in the top 120. That's almost as impressive as the Mariners' AA squad in Jackson, which had Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, and Danny Hultzen. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but if all goes well, could you imagine a rotation that features Aroldis Chapman, Robert Stephenson, Nick Travieso, Dan Corcino, and someone like Sal Romano, Drew Cisco, Ismael Guillon, J.C. Sulbaran, or Tony Cingrani?
    I've got a ball signed by Walker, Paxton and Hultzen....
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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Shelby Miller headed in the right direction, 6th down to 35th now.

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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldaniels View Post
    Shelby Miller headed in the right direction, 6th down to 35th now.
    For a top prospect, he's had a pretty poor year so far. Suddenly very hittable at the AAA level, plus he's walking a ton more guys. And he's giving up a crapload of HRs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OesterPoster View Post
    For a top prospect, he's had a pretty poor year so far. Suddenly very hittable at the AAA level, plus he's walking a ton more guys. And he's giving up a crapload of HRs.
    There are reports that his velocity is quite a bit lower than it used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    There are reports that his velocity is quite a bit lower than it used to be.
    Ruh-roh. Wonder if he has some pain somewhere. I saw him against Dayton when he was in Low A, and the guy was practically unhittable.

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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Quote Originally Posted by OesterPoster View Post
    Ruh-roh. Wonder if he has some pain somewhere. I saw him against Dayton when he was in Low A, and the guy was practically unhittable.
    Homer Bailey unhittable?
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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Not that rankings matter, but you cannot tell me Henry Rodriguez (career .310/ .359/ .443/ .802) isn't one of the 120 best prospects in baseball. At 22, he's young for AA and has hit the ball for a very high average for two years now, all while switching positions to 3B. Speaking of his glove, it's been a net positive at his new position, where he shows arm strength enough to stick.

    His power isn't all that great, but it's serviceable at around .450. His career obp is .360 and showing signs of major (BA-driven) improvement; the past two seasons have seen it in the .370 range. He's a lifetime .310 hitter, with his last two seasons bouncing up into the .340 range. He's even had two 30-steal seasons in a row.

    On the list of top 120 prospects, Wilmer Flores' line is well below Rodriguez's, though, to be fair, he is about a year ahead on the progression through the minor league ladder. Kaleb Cowart's line is worse across the board (.284/ .346/ .444/ .791). Cowart is a couple year's younger, but has only recently moved up to one rung below Rodriguez.
    Cheslor Cuthbert's line (.249/ .322/ .374/ .696) is apalling.

    Jefry Marte's a 21 year old in AA that made the Honorable Mention list. His numbers (career .258/ .320/ .380/ .700)-- both career and season (.274/ .342/ .402/ .745)-- are well below Rodriguez's. Both play 3B. Matt Davidson, another Honorable Mention 3B, has the following line: .265/ .348/ .446/ .794. He's a year younger, but has no speed. Zach Cox has the line .291/ .346/ .425/ .771, is on the same path, years-wise, but also has no speed. Cody Asche's line, .264/ .318/ .344/ .662, is downright horrid, is the same age, and has no speed, but he's also in the honorable mention portion of the list.

    Rodriguez will surprise people like Sickels, IMO. He'll out-produce at least half of these guys at the major league level, likely more than that.
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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Rodriguez just doesn't have a lot of upside. He is probably close to being a finished product. He isn't going to find his power he has been missing like some of those guys have a chance to. He isn't going to be an outstanding defender (likely) like some of those guys might be.

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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    Rodriguez just doesn't have a lot of upside. He is probably close to being a finished product. He isn't going to find his power he has been missing like some of those guys have a chance to. He isn't going to be an outstanding defender (likely) like some of those guys might be.
    Geez. I called Latos a finished product on the ORG and got lambasted for it and you're saying a minor leaguer is a finished product??? Hmmmm.
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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Quote Originally Posted by Vottomatic View Post
    Geez. I called Latos a finished product on the ORG and got lambasted for it and you're saying a minor leaguer is a finished product??? Hmmmm.
    Where is Rodriguez going to significantly improve his game? His power isn't likely going to get better. He is a small guy who has absolute pull only power. He already has very high contact rates, so cutting down the strikeouts probably won't happen much. He doesn't have outstanding defensive tools that are in need of refinement, so he probably isn't going to all of a sudden turn into an outstanding defender (like say a Billy Hamilton who could because of his toolset but raw skillset at this point).

    With Latos, he is probably a close to finished product as well. He really isn't much different today than he was a year or even 2 years ago from a skillset standpoint. His ERA is different, but his skillset isn't.

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    Re: John Sickels Midseason Top 120 (no draft picks included)

    Three in the top-63. I'll take that, especially considering that two are pitchers and one a SS (at this point of his career).


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