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John Sickels

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John began his baseball career working as Bill James research assistant from 1993 through 1996. He worked as ESPN.com's Minor League Baseball Analyst from 1996 until 2005, when he joined SB Nation. He is senior editor and writer for MinorLeagueBall.com, SB Nation's site for all things related to baseball prospects and the minor leagues.

John was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1990 with a BA in History and Philosophy. He earned an MA in European History from the University of Kansas in 1993, and did PhD study in British History at KU from 1993 through 1996.

John has written 22 books. He lives in Lawrence, KS, with his wife Jeri and his sons Nicholas and Jackson.

Baseball Publications:

STATS Minor League Scouting Notebook, 1996-2002
The Baseball Prospect Book 2003-2013
Bob Feller: Ace of the Greatest Generation (Potomac Books, 2004)

Non-Baseball Publications:
GURPS Romulans (2005)
GURPS Federation (2011)

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Minnesota Twins
Recent Activity
I have to talk to Jeri about that. I've been concentrating so much on finishing the thing that some of the adminstrative stuff has slipped.
Commented on 2014 Baseball Prospect Book status report on Apr 16 2014, 11:14p - 1 reply
I am very deliberately not looking at other lists right now
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:56p - 1 reply
I have been one of Syndergaard's biggest backers for a couple of years
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:53p - 1 reply
see below
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:52p
Yeah I'm considering that
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:11p
it was originally Tanaka Bradley Walker Stephenson
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:10p
I would too....and he was there until that shoulder stuff yesterday.
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:10p
Obscure sleeper prospect for your consideration
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:09p - 1 reply
incomplete. going to sleep on it
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:03p
No Subject
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:03p - 2 replies
No Subject
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 10:02p - 3 replies
Giolito
Commented on Minor League Ball: Washington Nationals' Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 16 2014, 9:13p - 2 replies
Federal Baseball
Joined on Apr 16 2014, 9:11p
I wrote about 200 pages in the last 12 days.
Commented on 2014 Baseball Prospect Book status report on Apr 16 2014, 8:13p
I think so
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 5:58p
he could end up there
Commented on Washington Nationals Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 16 2014, 5:53p
2014 Baseball Prospect Book status report
Posted on Apr 16 2014, 5:46p
UPDATE
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, April 16 on Apr 16 2014, 2:49p - 1 reply
Washington Nationals Top 20 Prospects for 2014
Posted on Apr 16 2014, 2:35p
Nationals farm system preliminary grade breakdown
Posted on Apr 16 2014, 8:00a
ugh
Commented on Seattle Mariners Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 15 2014, 10:45p - 1 reply
none of them will make the book
Commented on Washington Nationals Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 15 2014, 10:38p - 1 reply
I like Davis actually but he will miss the season
Commented on Washington Nationals Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 15 2014, 12:17p - 1 reply
more distance from the majors and lack of good information on him currently
Commented on Washington Nationals Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 15 2014, 12:16p
yeah here's the explanation
Commented on Seattle Mariners Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 15 2014, 11:10a - 1 reply
No Subject
Commented on Washington Nationals Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 15 2014, 11:04a - 2 replies
he still has the tools but he has been so horrible the last year or two. Fast start this year though
Commented on Washington Nationals Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 15 2014, 10:58a - 2 replies
Nobody else got the joke. Even my geek references are out of date these days
Commented on Seattle Mariners Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 15 2014, 10:56a - 3 replies
Washington Nationals Preliminary Prospect List
Posted on Apr 15 2014, 8:00a
Seattle Mariners Top 20 Prospects for 2014
Posted on Apr 14 2014, 6:28p
yeah what is the deal with Stanford? That dates back to Dave McCarthy. Hey let's take this big strapping strong guy and turn him into a singles hitter.
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 5:02p - 1 reply
actually I do have a change
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 4:30p - 3 replies
Jason does terrific work. But he'll admit himself that he is biased in favor of upside. I am biased in favor of safety.
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 3:55p - 1 reply
the grades stand but the order will differ slightly than what I tweeted
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 3:54p
going to be a few hours to write this up
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 3:26p
It's OK
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 3:12p
well you know me
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 3:00p - 5 replies
i don't think the final rankings are going to make anyone happy
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 2:58p - 1 reply
Wilson has very significant contact problems that keep him from a B- for me right now
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 2:12p - 3 replies
Gohara is a high-ceiling C+ for me right now. Loads of potential but secondaries need a lot of work and he had some shoulder issues.
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 2:10p
yep. C+
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 2:10p - 1 reply
Team partisans (for every team) often assume that a Grade C or C+ prospect lacks value or is a negative grade
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 1:54p - 1 reply
You are too aggressive with the B-s.
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 1:41p - 1 reply
Auburn for one year, got injured, then transferred to Southeast Missouri State
Commented on Hitting The Bull on Apr 14 2014, 12:24p
actually I do not have Hultzen in the Bs currently
Commented on Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 14 2014, 12:23p - 3 replies
Mariners farm system preliminary grade breakdown
Posted on Apr 14 2014, 9:00a
No Subject
Commented on Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 13 2014, 8:59p - 2 replies
I hyped Miller. Nobody else did.
Commented on Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 13 2014, 8:59p - 1 reply
I didn't see Jason make that comp but it looks like we are thinking along the same lines. Interesting, because we often don't.
Commented on Colorado Rockies Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 13 2014, 8:28p
Yes I can cut him
Commented on Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 13 2014, 8:27p - 2 replies
no time for a long question like that right now
Commented on Colorado Rockies Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 13 2014, 8:10p
Washington Nationals Organization Discussion
Posted on Apr 13 2014, 2:50p
So that makes 34. Cut one.
Commented on Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 13 2014, 2:44p - 6 replies
I have good reports on Huijer. Horstman is expendable.
Commented on Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 13 2014, 2:43p - 1 reply
Here is 35. Cut Two.
Commented on Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 13 2014, 2:42p
everyone wants to cut Fernandez
Commented on Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 13 2014, 2:38p - 1 reply
Yeah I think I am going to put Landazuri back on. Hicks doubtful. Kohlscheen maybe.
Commented on Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 13 2014, 2:16p - 1 reply
Seattle Mariners Preliminary Prospect List
Posted on Apr 13 2014, 1:29p
Colorado Rockies Top 20 Prospects for 2014
Posted on Apr 13 2014, 11:49a
Butler
Commented on Rockies farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 12 2014, 9:27p - 1 reply
No Subject
Commented on Rockies farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 12 2014, 8:15p
Rockies farm system preliminary grade breakdown
Posted on Apr 12 2014, 4:36p
both are Grade C for me right now. You could put them in the others.
Commented on Cleveland Indians Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 12 2014, 11:58a
No Subject
Commented on Colorado Rockies Preliminary Prospect List on Apr 11 2014, 2:49p - 1 reply
Colorado Rockies Preliminary Prospect List
Posted on Apr 11 2014, 11:45a
Winter numbers are a nice data point but given sample size and competition factors I take them with a grain of salt
Commented on Cleveland Indians Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 11 2014, 11:23a - 1 reply
Seattle Mariners Organization Discussion
Posted on Apr 11 2014, 11:00a
no
Commented on Cleveland Indians Top 20 Prospects for 2014 on Apr 11 2014, 10:38a
Cleveland Indians Top 20 Prospects for 2014
Posted on Apr 11 2014, 9:00a
www.johnsickels.net
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, April 10 on Apr 10 2014, 11:22p
Yes.
Commented on Cleveland Indians farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 10 2014, 10:57p
the final list will go up at 8 AM central tomorrow morning
Commented on Cleveland Indians farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 10 2014, 10:51p - 1 reply
Fair enough
Commented on Cleveland Indians farm system preliminary grade breakdown on Apr 10 2014, 10:26p - 1 reply
"Dilson". huhuhuhuh (Butt-head voice)
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, April 10 on Apr 10 2014, 9:28p
I still hope I was wrong about him though. I always root for the player and by all accounts he is a good kid.
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, April 10 on Apr 10 2014, 9:28p
Remember how bad I got battered around in the Rangers threads for not assuming that Buckel was OK?
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, April 10 on Apr 10 2014, 9:23p - 1 reply
It is a data point but I am being very cautious with them. SSS.
Commented on Colorado Rockies Organization Discussion on Apr 10 2014, 8:45p
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