I’ve had my disagreements with John Sickels in the past, mostly over how he judges some prospects, but I’ve always had a lot of respect for his rankings. I love that he’s a tough grader: his grades seem pretty evenly spread across a normal bell curve, where most legitimate MLB prospects are in the C- [...]
For a young man who won’t turn 19 until Friday, it feels like catching prospect Gary Sanchez has been in the Yankee organization for a while. Sanchez burst onto the scene as a 17 year-old in rookie ball, tearing up the league with a .353/.419/.597 line, drawing raves for his power and hitting [...]
C.C. Sabathia has re-signed. That’s awesome, and gives the Yankees some certainty heading into the free agent period. We’ve discussed at length here quite a bit about those free agent options – Yu Darvish and C.J. Wilson on the high end, Mark Buerhle and Freddy Garcia on the low end. While I find things attractive [...]
Gary Sanchez has often been compared to Jesus Montero, and with good reason. Both are power-hitting catching prospects with defensive questions and occasional attitude problems. Both players have also raised the level of their games over the summer after a slow (by their standards) start to the season had prospectors worrying [...]
Well, why not? Here’s my “process”- I like upside, I like guys who are young for their level and I also have to consider the results. Tools don’t always translate into results obviously and it goes the other way as well- just because a guy is putting up huge numbers in A ball doesn’t make him a [...]
Yesterday, Baseball America revealed its midseason Top 50 Prospects list, and three Yankees made the cut. Jesus Montero, #3 on the preseason list, fell slightly to #8. Manny Banuelos, #41 on the old list, rose to #13. Dellin Betances jumped from 43 to 26. Gary Sanchez was another faller, beginning the season ranked #30 and [...]
Short-season A-ball can sometimes be exciting to follow, but oftentimes it gets a little mundane. The league’s bread and butter includes players who just graduated college, were drafted by MLB teams, and are setting out to start their careers as professional baseball players. The problem is that top prospects these days often sign pretty late [...]
After a slow start to 2011, Gary Sanchez looks to be coming around. Sanchez mashed in 2010, posting a .936 OPS in Rookie Ball and a short stint in the New York-Penn League as well. After truckloads of hype on the offseason (ranked #3 in the Yankee system by many prospect analysts despite never setting [...]
Everything has basically gone wrong for Gary Sanchez in Low-A this season. He has hit .202/.238/.298 with a 34% K rate and 5% BB rate, and just 1 home run. On defense, he has been just as bad. He’s been decent throwing out runners – 7 CS against 19 stolen bases, or 27% success – [...]
Many prospect followers have recognized the importance of plate discipline in the future success of a minor league prospect. Batting average and home runs are sexier stats to get excited about, but k:bb ratio is often an important marker of a prospect’s approach at the plate. In this post, I will take a look at [...]
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