Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Stuff: Prospects, Cooper, McDonald
John Sickels released his top-150 prospects list for 2013. Nothing new up top, with Jurickson Profar taking the top spot, just as he's done in pretty much every list. As for Blue Jays, well... Sickels is a bit more of a Negative Nancy with the boys in (this particular shade of) blue.
Aaron Sanchez still ranks highest, at 42. As we've gotten used to, coming after Sanchez is Roberto Osuna, ranking 75th. Marcus Stroman finds himself at 111th, though Sickels mentions that 101-111 could all certainly find themselves inside the top-100 without much fanfare. Finally, Sean Nolin ranks 150th, but Sickels calls him a "big sleeper prospect".
Sickels ranks Travis d'Arnaud 13th, Noah Syndergaard 22nd, Justin Nicolino 60th, and Jake Marisnick 141st.
Elsewhere, in wake of the David Cooper release, there has been speculation abound on twitter. Anything from his back injury is career-threatening, to him taking 2013 off and rehabbing to the Yankees considering him as a backup/stopgap for Mark Teixeira. Careful what you read, folks.
Finally, John McDonald is being shopped by the Diamondbacks, who finally realized that they have too many people clogging up the infield hoarding roster spots. Pennington, Bloomquist, McDonald... something had to give. The heartless-but-romantic side of me says we cut ties with Mark DeRosa and bring back McDonald to come back to where he belongs, but the heartless realistic me says that the John McDonald days are well behind us.