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A quick update on what's on tap for Minor League Ball.

The Baseball Prospect Book
The Baseball Prospect Book
John Sickels

I feel like now would be a good time to give everyone a quick update on what is in the queue for your reading pleasures. With the AFL now completed I will have a chance to produce some more prospect analysis with a few fantasy related pieces coming soon. For now though, here is a rough idea on what will be coming to your computer screens in the next week or so.

  • I personally will begin in earnest my own personal Top 20 Prospect lists. John will of course be continuing to work on his and his lists will be the only one included in the 2015 Baseball Prospect Book.
  • 19 year old Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada has been in the news recently after being declared a free agent by MLB. He has yet to be unblocked by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) because of that whole embargo thing the U.S. has going on with Cuba. More info about Moncada is next on my docket.
  • I will also be hosting a fantasy-minded AQA sometime soon after Thanksgiving here on Minor League Ball. It is tentatively scheduled for either December 2nd or December 4th. If you have any pressing issues you would like me to take a look at, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@melotticus) or by email (
  • Another project in the works will be a recap of the Arizona Fall League. Be on the lookout for a post going over how each team's prospects fared along with a compilation of all pitchf/x data gathered from the AFL.
  • The two World Series participants will be John's next projects for the book. The process has already begun for the Kansas City Royals with the preliminary prospect list and preliminary grade distribution already released.
  • The San Francisco Giants will be next up for John after he puts the finishing touches on Royals. The organization discussion was started earlier in the week and a preliminary list should be on the way shortly.
  • With the Giants in the on deck circle, the Orioles have moved in the hole to be followed by the Cubs, Rangers, and Mets. As John has said before, there is no set pattern for what teams are next and it depends more or less on whims and sometimes critical baseball news. Although he does alternate leagues, he tries to keep a geographical balance between east, west, and central clubs.
  • Minor League Ball Social Sunday will continue with moderator Jessica Quiroli. Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, this past Sunday's chat was cancelled with AA Mississippi Braves announcer Kyle Tait (@MBravesRadio). Be sure to follow the Minor League Ball Twitter account and like the Facebook page for more details.
  • As always, any major trades or deals involving Top 20 Prospects will be analyzed once they have been completed. We will have a look at the first blockbuster of the Winter between St. Louis and Atlanta, with an article currently in the works.

I'd also like to take a second to thank everyone for a great 2014 season. It was a lot of fun for me to cover with the Gamedays and I hope you enjoyed our coverage as well. Minor League Ball would be nothing without all of you checking out the site, participating in the comments section and providing your input. I would also like to thank my fellow writers; the recently departed Lee Warren, draft guru Matt Garrioch, clubhouse insider and social media director Jessica Quiroli, and the new kid on the block Dan Weigle. Thanks also go out to editors Craig Goldstein and Jeri Sickels, even if they're not on the front lines.