John Sickels

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  • last login Jul 30, 2014
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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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Astros prospect Nick Tropeano back in action


The Astros need some good news and got some Sunday, with pitching prospect Nick Tropeano coming off the disabled list after missing a month with "arm tightness"

Padres prospect Rymer Liriano makes way to AAA


After missing all of 2013 with Tommy John surgery, San Diego Padres outfield prospect Rymer Liriano successfully worked off the injury rust in Double-A and has moved up to Triple-A.

The career of A.J. Pierzynski


SIgned by the Cardinals as a free agent this weekend, veteran A.J. Pierzynski has had a very long career. Here's how he ranked as a prospect.

Red Sox promote pitching prospect Allen Webster


With two seasons at Triple-A Pawtucket under his belt and the Red Sox not heading for the post-season, Boston rookie Allen Webster is ready for an extended big league trial.

Braves rookie Shae Simmons succeeds in pen


Shae Simmons is a short right-hander and a former 22nd round pick, but he's not short of success or stuff.

Marlins prospect Jose Urena solid in Double-A


Miami Marlins pitching prospect Jose Urena is having a solid campaign for Double-A Jacksonville, positioning himself for a major league trial in the not-to-distant future.

Giants promote top catching prospect Andrew Susac


The San Francisco Giants promoted top catching prospect Andrew Susac to the major leagues Saturday evening. Here's a report on his skills.

Red Sox trade Peavy to Giants for Escobar, Hembree


The Boston Red Sox traded veteran starter Jake Peavy to the San Francisco Giants today. In exchange, the Sox receive pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree.

Eury Perez of Nationals impresses with his glove


Washington Nationals outfield prospect Eury Perez impresses International League observers with his speed and defensive skills. Will that be enough for a major league job?

Sleeper Alert choice Curt Casali arrives in majors


One of our Sleeper Alert players for 2014, Tampa Bay Rays catching prospect Curt Casali should be hanging around major league rosters for some time to come.

Athletics purchase Deck McGuire from Blue Jays


The Oakland Athletics purchased former top prospect Deck McGuire from the Oakland Athletics today. I think this is an intriguing retread project.

Mariners promote shortstop prospect Chris Taylor


The Seattle Mariners promoted shortstop prospect Chris Taylor to the major leagues last night, supplementing the struggling Brad Miller. Will Taylor take over the job permanently?

Yankees sleeper prospect Refsnyder handles AAA


New York Yankees sleeper prospect Robert Refsnyder is hitting very well in Triple-A, setting himself up for a big league trial in the near future.

The career of Cameron Maybin


San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games for unauthorized use of amphetamines. Once one of the top prospects in baseball, his career has been disappointing.

Twins trade Kendrys Morales to Mariners for Pryor


The Minnesota Twins traded Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners today, receiving right-hander Stephen Pryor in exchange. Here's the scoop on Pryor.

Rangers trade Soria to Tigers for Thompson, Knebel


The Texas Rangers traded reliever Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, receiving pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel in return. Here's my take on the prospects.

Tommy Kahnle: Rule 5 success story for the Rockies


Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins is 41 years old. Can rookie Tommy Kahnle take the closer role eventually?

The best, the brightest, and the bull$!#t detector


It is better to have smart people working for you than dumb people. That said, smart people are human beings with foibles and weaknesses and blind spots. And like all of us, even smart people have...

David Peralta: surprise rookie success for Dbacks


Arizona Diamondbacks rookie outfielder David Peralta was playing independent baseball in 2013. Now he's in the majors and hitting .322.

Thinking about Francisco Lindor's fantasy value


You don't have to hit 30 homers to be a valuable shortstop.

Padres trade Chase Headley to Yanks for prospects


The San Diego Padres traded Chase Headley to the New York Yankees this afternoon, receiving infielder Yangervis Solarte and pitching prospect Rafael DePaula in return.

Toronto Blue Jays promote prospect Aaron Sanchez


The Toronto Blue Jays are expected to promote right-handed pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez to the big league roster. Here's a report on his outlook.

Cody Martin: another Braves sleeper prospect?


Cody Martin is having a solid season for Triple-A Gwinnett and profiles as a potential inning-eating type sleeper.

Prospect Retrospective: David Price, from A to ace


The career of David Price, a Grade A prospect who became a Grade A ace.

Who exactly is Chasen Shreve?


A year ago, Chasen Shreve was an obscure, struggling Double-A pitcher with mediocre stuff. Now he's in the majors thanks to a large increase in velocity.

Introducing the Prospect Retrospective Project


People have asked for this over the years. And now it will happen: the John Sickels Prospect Retrospective Project, 1996-2013

Hot start from Texas Rangers rookie Jake Smolinski


Texas Rangers rookie Jake Smolinski is off to a hot start in the majors. Who is this guy exactly?

Rookie Drew VerHagen holds on in MLB debut


Detroit Tigers rookie right-hander Drew VerHagen held his own in his major league debut Saturday.

Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle on the mend


Philadelphia Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle pitched decently in April and May, but suffered a concussion during a hailstorm, got clobbered in June, and was shut down. He's on the mend now.

Twins prospect Trevor May back in action


Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Trevor May is off the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester.

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