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Down on the Farm: John Sickel's Top 20 Mariners Prospects for 2010

John posted his Top 20 Seattle Mariners prospects last evening over at Minor League Ball. This is what he thinks about the Mariners farm system overall:

This is a tough organization to get a handle on. They have a lot of guys with huge upsides, but big questions about their actual skill levels. Thus, a list put together by a traditional scout is going to look different than someone going by sabermetric performance. I take a hybrid approach with a sabermetric lean, and thus this list might not satisfy anyone except me. Such is the risk of the business.

And here is what he had to say about OF prospect Michael Saunders which has some fans upset with his grade:

2) Michael Saunders, OF, Grade B-: I don't like him as much as some people do. I see him more as a solid .270/.330/.450 type than a future star, but he should have a long career.

Head on over to Minor League Ball to check out what John wrote about the rest of the Mariners Top 20 prospects.