Apr 152014
 

John Sickels released his preliminary prospect list for the Washington Nationals this morning, and yours truly made the first comment.

All of the names Sickels listed are on the 2014 Watchlist, so as I’ve done for the past two years, it’s easier to note the omissions from the primary categories:

Sandy Leon Raudy Read Matt Reistetter Jose Marmolejos-Diaz Shawn Pleffner
Ricky Hague Bryan Mejia Wilmer Difo David Masters Cutter Dykstra
J.C. Valdez Estarlin Martinez John Wooten Bryan Lippincott Greg Zebrack
Cody Davis Gilberto Mendez L.J. Hollins John Simms Wander Suero
Nick Lee R.C. Orlan David Napoli Jake Walsh  


Not too hard to spot the pattern here: Sickels is looking for the Top 30-something guys, regardless of position, role, or usage, whereas I’ve got some built-in biases based on the how the list is constructed (Top 5′s from each affiliate) as well as the inescapable prejudice of fanhood, which isn’t necessarily inclusive.

As I put it a year ago, it doesn’t concern me that there are so many omissions; it’s just math. Sickels is looking at/for the top 15 percent of 30 organizations, my list covers the about third of one.

Hopefully, I’ll get home before Sickels releases his Top 20 list.

  4 Responses to “Sickels Releases Preliminary Prospect List”

  1. He seems to really like Blake Schwartz …

  2. Anybody have an opinion on Greg Zebreck, who I have never seen live play?????

  3. Thanks for the update, Luke. Just bought my copy of the book! It will be great to bring both of my books to a P-Nats game sometime this summer when my schedule finally settles down.

  4. I hope that five out of 22 comments on the Nationals thread at Sickels aren’t too many. Two of them were about buying the book, though, so there’s that! The one promoting my men Hood and Taylor, though, may have crossed the line a bit. We’ll see.

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