I'm often intrigued by professional baseball prospects, but not dedicated to putting forth the effort in order to find out who is better than who. That's why we have John Sickels of Minor League Ball, an expert on the subject who does a great job every year of taking on the daunting task of predicting which players could actually pan out in the majors.â†µ
At the beginning of the season, Sickels released his latest top fifty prospects list. Jordan Lyles took the 21st spot. Now, Sickels is re-evaluating his choices. Here's what he had to say about Lyles.â†µ
21) Jordan Lyles, RHP, Astros: 3.12 ERA with 115/35 K/BB in 127 innings in Double-A, 5.40 ERA with 22/11 K/BB in 32 innings in Triple-A. Throws strikes, very efficient, young for the levels.â†µ
Brief, sure, but Sickels is a bright guy: there's plenty more to be seen with Lyles, but to this point, it's been mostly good. If Lyles can improve next season in Triple-A, there is a chance that he could make the jump to the majors before his 21st birthday.