Pitchers and catchers report today, but that doesn't mean prospect talk has to stop. John Sickels from SB Nation's Minor League Ball gives us the biggest prospect ranking yet, rolling out his Top 200 (yes, *2*00) prospect rankings.
The Brewers are once again well-represented, with 10 players among Sickels' 200 favorite prospects. His list is noticeably different that some of the other Top 100s that have come out in the past week or so, and Sickels makes it a point to say we should focus more on groupings of similarly-graded players, rather than the actual number attached to individual players.
With that in mind, here are where the Brewers were placed:
33. OF Lewis Brinson, Grade B+
37. LHP Josh Hader, Grade B+
48. OF Corey Ray, Grade B+
90. INF Isan Diaz, Grade B/B+
118. SS Mauricio Dubon, Grade B
120. RHP Luis Ortiz, Grade B
121. RHP Brandon Woodruff, Grade B
124. RHP Phil Bickford, Grade B
181. RHP Marcos Diplan, Grade B-
200. 3B Lucas Erceg, Grade B-
Sickels doesn't have write-ups for individual players for this list, opting instead to share a few thoughts after each group of 10. He does mention that he thinks Hader sticks as a starting pitcher, and it's clear he thinks Dubon's sudden power surge last year is for real.
It's a bit surprising to see Ortiz ranked so low, but it's simultaneously interesting that Sickels is another prospect guru who has begun essentially grading Ortiz and Woodruff exactly the same -- Baseball America's Top 100 list also gave the two matching scouting grades last week. Whether that's more of a compliment to Woodruff or a sign of Ortiz slipping is up for debate.
Sickels also places Diplan in his Top 200, despite many evaluators having concerns over his ability to start long-term. Despite worries over his small stature, all Diplan has done is produce, and Sickels tends to weigh on-field performance more than most prospect writers.
That could also explain why he left Brett Phillips and Trent Clark off his list entirely. You won't find many people getting upset over those two being left off any Top 100 lists -- in fact, Phillips being included in the Baseball Prospectus list might've raised some eyebrows -- but for neither to crack the "Next 100" on Sickels' list might seem odd to some Brewers fans.
Regardless of whether the Brewers should've had another name or two on the list, the fact they still carry 5% of the entire Top 200 list is an impressive feat.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the supersized prospect list, either in the comments below or over at Minor League Ball.