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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...

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Recent Activity
cool. thanks.
Commented on Jackie Bradley of the Red Sox: what happens now? on Aug 21 2014, 2:04p
cogent analysis.
Commented on Jackie Bradley of the Red Sox: what happens now? on Aug 21 2014, 1:26p
yeah that was deliberate
Commented on Jackie Bradley of the Red Sox: what happens now? on Aug 21 2014, 1:26p
good topic
Commented on Jackie Bradley of the Red Sox: what happens now? on Aug 21 2014, 1:11p
I think so but I'm not certain. MLBPP?
Commented on Jackie Bradley of the Red Sox: what happens now? on Aug 21 2014, 1:11p - 1 reply
Jackie Bradley of the Red Sox: what happens now?
Posted on Aug 21 2014, 9:00a
Yeah that kicks some serious ass
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, August 20 on Aug 20 2014, 10:09p - 1 reply
Thanks for all the support everyone!
Commented on Please order the Prospect Retrospective Project on Aug 20 2014, 10:34a
Prospect Retrospective: Kurt Suzuki, C, Minnesota Twins
Posted on Aug 20 2014, 9:00a
No Subject
Commented on Please order the Prospect Retrospective Project on Aug 19 2014, 3:45p
positional value I suppose, but also there are gray areas. It will all be explained.
Commented on Please order the Prospect Retrospective Project on Aug 19 2014, 2:33p
thanks guys
Commented on Please order the Prospect Retrospective Project on Aug 19 2014, 2:19p
I need orders guys
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Monday, August 18 on Aug 19 2014, 1:40p - 1 reply
Right now only about 60% of people who said they would definitely order have done so
Commented on Please order the Prospect Retrospective Project on Aug 19 2014, 1:36p
Please order the Prospect Retrospective Project
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 1:34p
Prospect Retrospective: Josh Harrison, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Posted on Aug 19 2014, 9:00a
Noah Syndergaard: on the trade market for a Cubs shortstop?
Posted on Aug 18 2014, 12:19p
Corey Dickerson: Rockies sleeper prospect made good
Posted on Aug 18 2014, 9:00a
Prospect Retrospective: Tyson Ross, RHP, San Diego Padres
Posted on Aug 17 2014, 12:00p
Dodgers send Jesmuel Valentin to Phillies as part of Roberto Hernandez trade
Posted on Aug 16 2014, 10:54p
i don't even know what that is
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, August 15 on Aug 15 2014, 6:06p - 2 replies
Chris Carter, the hot streak, and the Insane Prediction
Posted on Aug 15 2014, 2:48p
Cubs trade Brett Jackson to Diamondbacks for Blake Cooper
Posted on Aug 15 2014, 1:23p
Milwaukee's Mike Fiers fans 14: fluke?
Posted on Aug 15 2014, 12:00p
Yeah
Commented on Twins outfielder Byron Buxton suffers concussion in outfield collision on Aug 15 2014, 11:36a
Iowa
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, August 14 on Aug 15 2014, 10:19a - 1 reply
yep
Commented on Twins outfielder Byron Buxton suffers concussion in outfield collision on Aug 14 2014, 10:13p
but....but....
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, August 14 on Aug 14 2014, 7:13p - 2 replies
I don't know
Commented on Twins outfielder Byron Buxton suffers concussion in outfield collision on Aug 14 2014, 7:11p - 2 replies
jesse biddle's concussion tests were OK....but he was still having symptoms and struggling even when the tests were OK.
Commented on Twins outfielder Byron Buxton suffers concussion in outfield collision on Aug 14 2014, 5:33p - 2 replies
Twins outfielder Byron Buxton suffers concussion in outfield collision
Posted on Aug 14 2014, 1:13p
ok
Commented on Is Jake Arrieta's 2014 season for real? on Aug 13 2014, 4:37p
sure I can do that
Commented on Is Jake Arrieta's 2014 season for real? on Aug 13 2014, 1:42p - 1 reply
Is Jake Arrieta's 2014 season for real?
Posted on Aug 13 2014, 1:29p
Rays prospect Josh Sale suspended 50 games for recreational drug use
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Tuesday, August 12 on Aug 12 2014, 9:43p - 1 reply
unfortunate
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Tuesday, August 12 on Aug 12 2014, 9:42p
Tigers promote pitching prospect Buck Farmer
Posted on Aug 12 2014, 12:00p
Thinking about San Francisco Giants prospect Kyle Crick
Posted on Aug 12 2014, 10:00a
Update on the Baseball Prospect Retrospective Project
Posted on Aug 12 2014, 9:00a
swipes
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday, Sunday, August 10th on Aug 11 2014, 9:30p - 1 reply
project
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday, Sunday, August 10th on Aug 11 2014, 9:27p - 2 replies
Well I got out of academia because I had to decide between my wife, baseball, and traveling to Europe to research my PHD
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday, Sunday, August 10th on Aug 11 2014, 9:20p - 2 replies
well
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday, Sunday, August 10th on Aug 11 2014, 9:16p - 1 reply
This is a job for the young.
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday, Sunday, August 10th on Aug 11 2014, 9:12p - 2 replies
Twins trade Josh Willingham to Royals for prospect Jason Adam
Posted on Aug 11 2014, 8:55p
Kyle Crick
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Monday, August 11 on Aug 11 2014, 5:19p - 2 replies
Prospect Note: Carlos Contreras, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Posted on Aug 11 2014, 12:00p
Orioles rookie Caleb Joseph homers in five straight games
Posted on Aug 11 2014, 9:00a
Minor League Ball Gameday, Sunday, August 10th
Posted on Aug 10 2014, 3:56p
Trading Chisenhall would, for me, depend on who you get in exchange
Commented on Prospect Retrospective: Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Cleveland Indians on Aug 10 2014, 2:37p
Washington Nationals promote prospect Michael Taylor
Posted on Aug 10 2014, 12:44p
good questions
Commented on Prospect Retrospective: Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Cleveland Indians on Aug 10 2014, 12:05p
Prospect Retrospective: Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Cleveland Indians
Posted on Aug 10 2014, 10:00a
I think there's some concern he could be a tweener, need to see how the power plays at higher levels.
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, August 9 on Aug 9 2014, 6:40p
No Subject
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, August 9 on Aug 9 2014, 6:38p - 1 reply
No Subject
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, August 9 on Aug 9 2014, 6:02p - 3 replies
Yankees promote pitching prospect Bryan Mitchell
Posted on Aug 9 2014, 12:31p
I'll write him up too
Commented on Texas Rangers 30-year-old rookie Robinson Chirinos on Aug 9 2014, 11:47a
Twins promote pitching prospect Trevor May
Posted on Aug 9 2014, 11:00a
Texas Rangers 30-year-old rookie Robinson Chirinos
Posted on Aug 9 2014, 9:00a
Marlins trade Jacob Turner to Cubs for pitching prospects Jose Arias, Tyler Bremer
Posted on Aug 8 2014, 3:54p
Indians trade Vinnie Pestano to Angels for pitching prospect Mike Clevinger
Posted on Aug 8 2014, 3:04p
good stuff tomorrow
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, August 7 on Aug 7 2014, 9:21p - 1 reply
yep. good call on that one cookie
Commented on Diamondbacks promote third base prospect Jake Lamb to majors on Aug 7 2014, 9:16p
Diamondbacks promote third base prospect Jake Lamb to majors
Posted on Aug 7 2014, 9:02p
yep. I'm sticking with that.
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Thursday, August 7 on Aug 7 2014, 5:43p - 1 reply
Yeah I saw that
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, August 6 on Aug 7 2014, 3:48p
internet
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Wednesday, August 6 on Aug 6 2014, 7:22p - 1 reply
Prospect Note: Kennys Vargas, 1B, Minnesota Twins
Posted on Aug 6 2014, 9:00a
Back then I did a unified list of Top 50, so there was a big imbalance between number of players on the list
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday, Tuesday, August 5 on Aug 5 2014, 10:04p
Have to do the data entry stuff but here are the names from the 1997 prospect list
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday, Tuesday, August 5 on Aug 5 2014, 10:03p - 2 replies
Avert your eyes
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday, Tuesday, August 5 on Aug 5 2014, 9:48p - 1 reply
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