John Sickels of Minor League Ball has his overall top prospects list out today, and even though there’s not a whole lot in the way of commentary about any of the Jays who made the list, it’s of particular interest to fans of the club, I think, because unlike many of the others, he goes 150 names deep. This means we get to see how a couple additional Jays prospects stack up to the rest of the league, as well an idea as how close they may have been to some of the Top 100s that have already been released.

As has been universally the case this off-season, Sickels ranks Aaron Sanchez highest among the Jays prospects, checking in at 42 for Sickels, after having been 19th for Keith Law, 23rd for FanGraphs, 32nd for Baseball Prospectus, and 65th for Baseball America. Not universal, however is whether Sanchez is preferred over Noah Syndergaard, with Sickels joining BP and BA in having the Mets prospect ahead.

Sickels does join Law and FanGraphs, however, in being higher than BP and BA on Roberto Osuna, as neither of those two had him on their list at all. Osuna checks in at the highest position he holds among of these lists, 75, with Law placing 87th and FanGraphs having him at 81.

Beyond the top 100 there’s Marcus Stroman at 111, in a group including ex-Brave Arodys Vizcaino. “You can make a case for all these guys in the Top 100,” Sickels explains.

Then, at the very back end of the list, coming in at number 150, we have Sean Nolin. Baseball Prospectus also had Nolin on their list, right at the end as well, checking in at 97, but the other three didn’t– in fact, Law had Matt Smoral ahead of Nolin on his Jays org. list, and Marc Hulet had him behind both D.J. Davis and Daniel Norris.

Sickels obviously disagrees. “Nolin is a big sleeper prospect,” he says. That’s pretty alright.

Looking to some of the many former Jays on his list, he has Travis d’Arnaud at 13, Justin Nicolino at 60, and Jake Marisnick way down at 141– but, before we go shitting on the MarlinsĀ too much, let’s maybe wait and see how the $20-million owed Mark Buehrle for 2015 looks by then. Still, though, we had a hell of a system, didn’t we? Which isn’t to say I’d want it back, because… obviously.


Oh, and be sure to check out Sickels’ post, as there’s all kinds of discussions in the comments below the post, including John answering many questions about the list.


Image via theĀ Vancouver Courier.

Comments (12)

  1. I love the fact that this year I honestly don’t care (as much) about where our prospects line up. Every time I see Reyes play baseball my smile gets bigger and bigger.

  2. It’ll be tough to watch Darnaud and the other young guys progress elsewhere, but I really admire AA for not half assing his rebuild (like two other certain Toronto teams).

    Spend years building a great system, and then when the time was right – boom.

  3. snygen at 22, for what it’s worth

  4. Anyone else get a little shiver when you think about how much AA gave up for RA?
    I mean, this is gonna work…right?

  5. What is kinda nice is that there are two Dutchies in the top-5 … including the #1 spot … neat to see for all that it is worth.

  6. AA will rebuild the prospect pool. Winning in TO and stocking are no longer mutually exclusive pursuits. A’s, Rays and Jays have the best GMs in the game but for a total management structure, I think the Jays edge out the Rays although I’m likely biased as a Jays fan. The Rays can develop prospects but it helps when you’ve finisedh last for a decade too…just saying.

  7. The most important thing about having prospects on these lists is for the hype to get more back if you trade them.

    So many times guys in the 20′s and 30′s on these lists have realistic (not overhyped) ceilings of a Mike McDonald, Jesse Carlson or Scott Richmond.

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