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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
cool
Commented on Prospect Note: Nick Tropeano, RHP, Houston Astros on Jul 30 2014, 10:43p
that sounds like what I saw....there is a lot of talent in there, but he doesn't always get to it.
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 9:57p - 2 replies
reminds me of what Tom Kelly said when Dave McCarty got to the majors
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 9:56p
Astros
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 9:13p
I will be interested to see how the slider and changeup play in AA
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 9:07p
Appel
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 9:06p - 2 replies
you're fine
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 9:03p
that's true
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 8:15p - 5 replies
Dodgers, Cubs complete Darwin Barney trade with Jonathan Martinez
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 8:09p
that's a pretty good PTBNL
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 7:29p - 1 reply
Appel etc
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, July 30 on Jul 30 2014, 6:49p - 5 replies
Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey out for season with elbow injury
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 6:04p
but but...
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Tuesday, July 29 on Jul 30 2014, 5:35p
Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals for James Ramsey
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 5:11p
Prospect Retrospective: Jon Lester, LHP, Boston Red Sox
Posted on Jul 30 2014, 10:39a
Prospect Note: Nick Tropeano, RHP, Houston Astros
Posted on Jul 29 2014, 12:00p
Two things
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Sunday, July 27 on Jul 28 2014, 1:27p
Padres prospect Rymer Liriano makes way to Triple-A
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 1:00p
Prospect Retrospective: A.J. Pierzynski
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 11:00a
Red Sox promote pitching prospect Allen Webster
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 10:30a
Prospect Note: Shae Simmons, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Posted on Jul 28 2014, 9:00a
i've been trying to do that for months but can't get the link to work properly
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, July 26 on Jul 27 2014, 3:04p - 1 reply
I saw a tweet to this effect
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Sunday, July 27 on Jul 27 2014, 2:53p
yeah I don't know how to do that either
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, July 26 on Jul 27 2014, 2:50p
thanks
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, July 26 on Jul 27 2014, 1:28p - 1 reply
Prospect Note: Jose Urena, RHP, Miami Marlins
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 1:15p
I don't know how to do that
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, July 26 on Jul 27 2014, 12:34p - 1 reply
San Francisco Giants promote catcher Andrew Susac
Posted on Jul 27 2014, 11:00a
Red Sox trade Jake Peavy to Giants for prospects Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 1:33p
Eury Perez impresses International League with defensive skills
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 12:39p
yes
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, July 25 on Jul 26 2014, 10:27a
Prospect Note: Curt Casali, C, Tampa Bay Rays
Posted on Jul 26 2014, 9:00a
most of the failures had an injury involved. More than one Tommy John failure but also shoulder issues too
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, July 25 on Jul 25 2014, 7:54p - 1 reply
No Subject
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, July 25 on Jul 25 2014, 7:51p
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Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, July 25 on Jul 25 2014, 6:26p - 2 replies
you could send a check
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, July 25 on Jul 25 2014, 5:40p - 2 replies
need orders
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, July 25 on Jul 25 2014, 4:20p - 6 replies
Athletics purchase Deck McGuire from Blue Jays
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 3:04p
Seattle Mariners promote shortstop prospect Chris Taylor
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 1:32p
Prospect Note: Robert Refsnyder, 2B, New York Yankees
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 12:49p
thanks
Commented on Prospect Retrospective: Cameron Maybin, OF, San Diego Padres on Jul 25 2014, 12:43p
all very good questions
Commented on Prospect Retrospective: Cameron Maybin, OF, San Diego Padres on Jul 25 2014, 12:43p
Prospect Retrospective: Cameron Maybin, OF, San Diego Padres
Posted on Jul 25 2014, 9:00a
No Subject
Commented on The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013 on Jul 24 2014, 8:08p - 1 reply
Twins trade Kendrys Morales to Mariners for Stephen Pryor
Posted on Jul 24 2014, 5:18p
Rangers trade Joakim Soria to Tigers for pitching prospects Corey Knebel, Jake Thompson
Posted on Jul 24 2014, 11:29a
Prospect Note: Tommy Kahnle, RHP, Colorado Rockies
Posted on Jul 24 2014, 11:04a
The best, the brightest, and the bullshit detector
Posted on Jul 24 2014, 9:00a
ok understood
Commented on Thinking about Francisco Lindor's fantasy potential on Jul 23 2014, 2:43p
I know you follow AZ closely
Commented on Prospect Note: David Peralta, OF, Diamondbacks on Jul 23 2014, 2:05p
Prospect Note: David Peralta, OF, Diamondbacks
Posted on Jul 23 2014, 1:00p
I will break this down as many was as I can until I run out of time, lol
Commented on The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013 on Jul 23 2014, 12:53p
.280-.300 10-15 20+ is disappointing? That's great for a shortstop
Commented on Thinking about Francisco Lindor's fantasy potential on Jul 23 2014, 12:50p - 3 replies
That seems reasonable to me
Commented on Thinking about Francisco Lindor's fantasy potential on Jul 23 2014, 12:50p
Thinking about Francisco Lindor's fantasy potential
Posted on Jul 23 2014, 9:00a
No Subject
Commented on The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013 on Jul 22 2014, 6:56p - 1 reply
Padres trade Chase Headley to Yankees for Rafael De Paula, Yangervis Solarte
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 2:11p
Toronto Blue Jays promote prospect Aaron Sanchez
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 1:15p
Prospect Note: Cody Martin, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 12:35p
this isn't going to be super-sabermetric
Commented on The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013 on Jul 22 2014, 12:30p - 1 reply
Prospect Retrospective: David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 11:00a
Who is Chasen Shreve?
Posted on Jul 22 2014, 9:00a
thanks. I will get it in the mail tomorrow for you
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Monday, July 21 on Jul 21 2014, 6:37p
yeah something like that will be in the lessons part....famous busts
Commented on The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013 on Jul 21 2014, 6:36p - 2 replies
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Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Monday, July 21 on Jul 21 2014, 5:46p - 2 replies
Liz
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Monday, July 21 on Jul 21 2014, 5:45p - 1 reply
No Subject
Commented on The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013 on Jul 21 2014, 5:38p - 3 replies
No Subject
Commented on The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013 on Jul 21 2014, 4:22p
good idea
Commented on The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013 on Jul 21 2014, 3:56p - 1 reply
The John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project: 1996-2013
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 3:13p
Prospect Note: Jake Smolinski, OF, Texas Rangers
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 1:00p
Prospect Note: Drew VerHagen, RHP, Detroit Tigers
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 11:00a
Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle on the mend from concussion
Posted on Jul 21 2014, 9:00a
geez
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Sunday, July 20 on Jul 20 2014, 5:57p - 1 reply
anyway those are some prototype comments
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Sunday, July 20 on Jul 20 2014, 5:55p - 2 replies
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Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Sunday, July 20 on Jul 20 2014, 5:54p - 1 reply
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