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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)

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  • MLB Minnesota Twins
Recent Activity
That is plausible as a best case I think
Commented on Minor League Notes: Steven Matz, Jake DeGrom on Apr 22 2014, 5:20p - 1 reply
no
Commented on Minor League Notes: Steven Matz, Jake DeGrom on Apr 22 2014, 4:26p
I missed that article. That explains a lot, and kudos to him for being open about his problems.
Commented on Prospect of the Day: Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros on Apr 22 2014, 2:45p
Minor League Notes: Steven Matz, Jake DeGrom
Posted on Apr 22 2014, 1:45p
Prospect of the Day: Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros
Posted on Apr 22 2014, 12:42p
It isn't that
Commented on Prospect grade update on Apr 21 2014, 4:26p - 1 reply
I have him as a straight B+ because it looks like he's fully healthy
Commented on Prospect grade update on Apr 21 2014, 3:56p
I still like Rosario a lot but he needs a fast start when he gets back from the suspension.
Commented on Prospect of the Day: Jorge Polanco, INF, Minnesota Twins on Apr 21 2014, 3:54p
yeah later this week
Commented on Prospect of the Day: Jorge Polanco, INF, Minnesota Twins on Apr 21 2014, 3:05p
small sample
Commented on Prospect grade update on Apr 21 2014, 2:21p
Just decided that I think he fits better with a high-B+ given that I don't think his ultimate ceiling is as good as the As
Commented on Prospect grade update on Apr 21 2014, 2:13p - 1 reply
yeah I am going to have to redo the rankings but these look right
Commented on Prospect grade update on Apr 21 2014, 2:12p
yeah quick typing from a piece of scratch paper actually
Commented on Prospect grade update on Apr 21 2014, 2:10p
Prospect grade update
Posted on Apr 21 2014, 12:30p
Prospect of the Day: Jorge Polanco, INF, Minnesota Twins
Posted on Apr 21 2014, 11:11a
Mostly pitchers with some middle infield types mixed in.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 8:06p - 1 reply
No Subject
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 7:55p - 1 reply
well last year it would have looked something like this
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 7:36p
Freeman was a KU guy so I was familiar with him
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 1:13p
Same with Valencia
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 1:07p
manship
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 1:06p
yeah real Twin pick I stuck with.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 1:05p
real twin Robertson
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:54p
too early to tell
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:51p
pitching heavy at the top.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:51p
too early to judge of course
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:50p
i had an extra pick here due to failure to sign second rounder Jake Barrett in 2009.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:49p
back to disaster at the top
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:47p
this was better
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:46p
horrible. worst draft I ever did. Newmann had some success but blew his arm out.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:44p - 1 reply
Yuck
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:43p - 2 replies
Yuck
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:42p
Perkins was a solid real Twins pick.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:41p
Brandon Wood taught me I am not very good at projecting high school hitters.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:40p
Blanton and Granderson were college guys who worked out nicely. Hagerty got hurt, Hammes didn't repeat the Iowa magic, and Pridie is an AAAA guy
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:39p - 1 reply
Sorry about the bold face, some sort of coding problem with a 12-year-old Word document
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:38p
Justin Wayne was terrible. Joel Hanrahan worked out though. I selected him due to Iowa connection
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:36p
bust at the top
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:36p
total bust. The only guys who made it briefly were three real Twins picks.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:35p - 1 reply
Real Twins Mike Cuddyer worked out. Steal here was David Eckstein.
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:34p
good start with a nice run of college pitching plus Jacque Jones, real Twins pick that I stuck with
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:34p
2013
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:33p - 1 reply
2012
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:32p - 1 reply
2011
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:32p - 1 reply
2010
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:31p - 1 reply
2009
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:31p - 1 reply
2008
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:30p - 3 replies
2007
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:30p - 1 reply
2006
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:29p - 1 reply
2005
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:29p - 1 reply
2004
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:29p - 1 reply
I don't know where that bold stuff is coming from
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:28p
2003
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:28p - 1 reply
2002
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:28p - 1 reply
2001
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:26p - 1 reply
2000
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:25p - 1 reply
1999
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:25p - 1 reply
1998
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:24p - 1 reply
1997
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:24p - 2 replies
1996
Commented on John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update on Apr 20 2014, 12:24p - 1 reply
John's Minnesota Twins Shadow Farm System 2014 Update
Posted on Apr 20 2014, 12:22p
He just got back on the mound last week.
Commented on Minor League Ball Suggestion Thread on Apr 20 2014, 10:59a
Well I don't have anything to do with the advertising side. That's an SB Nation/Vox Media thing.
Commented on Minor League Ball Suggestion Thread on Apr 20 2014, 10:59a
you should have seen him last year for OKC
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Saturday, April 19 on Apr 20 2014, 10:56a - 1 reply
mock draft
Commented on Minor League Ball Suggestion Thread on Apr 19 2014, 5:39p - 1 reply
I should be fine with normal blog work now that the book is done
Commented on Minor League Ball Suggestion Thread on Apr 19 2014, 4:23p
I'm going to pass on an AQA for awhile
Commented on Minor League Ball Suggestion Thread on Apr 19 2014, 4:23p - 1 reply
Mets trade Ike Davis to Pirates for pitching prospect Zack Thornton
Posted on Apr 19 2014, 11:33a
Minor League Ball Suggestion Thread
Posted on Apr 19 2014, 11:07a
I am starting up Minor League Notes again now that the book is done and we'll start picking this stuff up. I will put Matz on the list for a note
Commented on Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, April 18 on Apr 18 2014, 2:46p
Minor League Prospect Notes: Mikie Mahtook, Jesus Aguilar
Posted on Apr 18 2014, 12:53p
Mariners promote sleeper outfield prospect James Jones
Posted on Apr 18 2014, 11:33a
Mariners prospect Ji-Man Choi suspended 50 games
Posted on Apr 17 2014, 9:13p
let me talk to Jeri
Commented on 2014 Baseball Prospect Book status report on Apr 17 2014, 12:51p
I've got a huge backlog of emails to answer. Sorry about the delay
Commented on 2014 Baseball Prospect Book status report on Apr 17 2014, 12:50p
Minor League Ball upcoming schedule
Posted on Apr 17 2014, 9:01a
Minor League Ball upcoming schedule
Posted on Apr 17 2014, 9:00a
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 - 2 replies
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