Q&A with John Sickles on Padres Prospects
For ESPN I write the "Down on the Farm" column twice a week, usually one mailbag and one in-depth prospect profile. The newsletter is produced for email subscribers only and consists of organization updates, draft updates and selected prospect profiles. I've also written a book, Bob Feller: Ace of the Greatest Generation, in addition to putting out my yearly Baseball Prospect book. You can access more information about me on my web site.
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How are you able to stay on top of all 30 organizations and their respective minor league teams?
Well it's my job now. It used to be a hobby. I found that people are really interested in it, so it has provided me with some opportunities. It is daunting and humbling when you realize how much you don't know. Like watching players develop over time, different organizational philosophies and even the occasional guy that gets called up that I've never heard of!
How do you rank the Padres draft, particularly the top three - Matt Bush, William Killian and Daryl Jones.
The Padres have been very college oriented in past few years. I like to see teams mix things up, lean to college side, but mix up few high school guys.
I'm not sure if Matt Bush is the guy you want at number one, but not sure who is a number one in this year's draft. Apparently, the Padres didn't think they could sign Stephen Drew or Jared Weaver for reasonable money, so they took their best option.
My big problem with Bush is I'm not sure if he can hit with enough power.
What would lead you to believe that Matt Bush can't hit for enough power?
If he hits .270 with no power, it's not going to cut it. I'm just not sure he's big enough. I have heard good things about William Killian, a big guy with a real strong bat, but he may have to move from catcher.
A couple sleepers could be Vern Sterry, a right-handed pitcher out of NC State in the eighth round and Chris Kolkhorst, an outfielder from Rice drafted in the tenth round. He's not a real big guy, but has some pop and plate discipline.
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