With John soon to finish this year's prospect book, I thought it would be interesting how those of us who play fantasy baseball made use of his book last year.
The best example for myself: John cued me into Texas Ranger prospect Mitch Moreland. At the time, a year ago, there appeared to be no quick path for Moreland to get to the majors with two higher-profiled prospects in his path: Justin Smoak and Chris Davis. So while I marked Moreland among my under-the-radar prospects to monitor, I did not select him in my 17-man reserve draft.
Sickels had flagged Moreland for a lot of the attributes I look for in a fantasy prospect — scouts doubted his excellent performance in college, he was not athletic and didn't play a prime defensive position. The one thing he could do was hit, for both power and with patience, and in a fantasy league like mine that doesn't include defensive stats, that's a valuable commodity.
So when Smoak was traded I targeted Moreland for what little was left in my free agent budget — $3, Unfortunately my biggest rival bid $4. Soon after, needing some offense to firm my hold on second place (first was out of reach), I swung a trade in which Moreland was the secondary player. He was a real asset to my fantasy team the balance of the year, what I hope is a valuable keeper as I head towards the 2011 season and his presence created a surplus of keeper-quality first basemen that I was able to use to swing an off-season trade to fill a week spot.
So what about you? Which player or players have helped your cause that you may not have targeted without Sickels' guidance?