Sickels Releases Preliminary Prospect List

Yesterday, John Sickels released his preliminary prospect list — a precursor to the release of his Top 20 list, which should come this week.

Since last year he released his preliminary list prior to the selection of our 2012 Watchlist, I’ll list the omissions instead of the overlap:

Paul Applebee Joel Barrientos Corey Brown
Paul Demny Wilmer Difo Diomedes Eusebio
Marcos Frias Matt Grace Junior Geraldo
Neil Holland Greg Holt Hendry Jimenez
Taylor Jordan Nathan Karns Jose Marmolejos-Diaz
Estarlin Martinez Gilberto Mendez Narciso Mesa
Christian Meza Justin Miller Adrian Nieto
Bryce Ortega “Fred” Ortega Arialdi Peguero
Ivan Pineyro Wander Ramos Caleb Ramsey
Manny Rodriguez Adrian Sanchez Steve Souza
Hector Silvestre Matt Swynenberg Jean Carlos Valdez

Not too difficult to see the pattern here: Too old for the level by his standards or players from the Dominican Republic that haven’t played north of Florida. Omission may also be too strong a word — if I were to slice our watchlist in half, I’d probably do the same, especially if I had to put a few hundred of them in a book that’s going on sale next month.

The only name that was on his list but not ours was Deion Williams, a.k.a. the lone HS position players signed from the Nats 2011 draft.

This year, you’ll recall, I made a conscious effort to be more exclusive than inclusive and one of the areas in which I thought that I was too “easy” last year was the three-letter leagues (DSL, GCL). It’s a balancing act between identifying guys that caught my eye while doing the season reviews and being a homer. So if I get kudos for picking out “For The Weekend,” I deserve the Red Foreman treatment on the likes of Nick Serino.

I did, however, make the case on his board for the Adrians (Nieto and Sanchez) and Taylor Jordan, with an honorable mention for Justin Bloxom. I’m sure most of you can make the case for others, and encourage you to comment both here and there.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

5 thoughts on “Sickels Releases Preliminary Prospect List”

  1. This sure is a lot more fun than Christmas shopping!

    Sue, you for sure will be seeing Sanchez next year, he’s definitely one to watch.
    Nieto is a grey area; there are a lot of moving parts with the catchers and spring training will determine a lot.

  2. Im not too sure about that mark. Nieto has the most potential from those guys ahead of him. Look at what he did last year in just 200 abs.

    1. I’m not disagreeing with you, Tom, just saying it’s hard to figure where everybody goes, catcher-wise, in this organization.
      The more you read about player development, the more you read about how so many teams are absolutely starved for catching prospects. The Nats sure look to be in a postion of strength here, trade-wise, and could fill in some gaps of their own as they are in a sellers market regarding catchers.
      How Nieto shakes out is anybody’s guess right now.

  3. He added Bloxom, Jordan, Martinez, and Sanchez. He also took off Burns and Williams. The 3 guys I though should be added where Bloxom, Jordan, and Nelo.

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