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John Sickels

  • joined Mar 18, 2008
  • last login Aug 27, 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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2014 Arizona Fall League Rosters

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MLB has released the preliminary version of the rosters for the 2014 Arizona Fall League.

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Cubs promote Jorge Soler: what should we expect?

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The Chicago Cubs have promoted Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Soler to the major league roster. Here's an analysis of what to expect.

Royals Top 20 2014 Pre-season prospects in review

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The Kansas City Royals are in first place. How are things looking down on the farm?

Braves Top 20 2014 PRE-SEASON prospects in review

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Tommy La Stella and David Hale have contributed from the Braves farm system this season.

Cards prospect Stephen Piscotty: will homers come?

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St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Stephen Piscotty continues to hit for average in Triple-A, but will he show sufficient home run power to play a corner outfield spot in the majors?

Rangers prospect Nomar Mazara hits Texas League

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Texas Rangers prospect Nomar Mazara is just 19 years old, but he's had no problems handling Double-A pitching since being promoted to the Texas League.

Twins Top 20 2014 pre-season prospects in review

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Here is a review of how the pre-season Minnesota Twins prospect class has performed in 2014.

Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley: what happens now?

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Some thoughts on where things stand with Jackie Bradley following his demotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Prospect Retrospective: Kurt Suzuki, C, Twins

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The Minnesota Twins agreed to a two-year contract extension with catcher Kurt Suzuki at the end of July. Here's a look at his career path and how he developed as a prospect.

Please order the Prospect Retrospective Project

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We are still on course for a September 1st release date for this electronic product, but we need orders.

Josh Harrison of the Pirates: age 27 surge

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Josh Harrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates is having an excellent 2014 season, right on schedule for an age 27 performance surge.

Should Mets and Cubs swap Syndergaard for a SS?

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Should the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs explore a trade sending Noah Syndergaard to Chicago in exchange for a shortstop?

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Corey Dickerson:Rockies sleeper prospect made good

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Colorado Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson is proving that he can hit both at home and on the road, completing the transition from Pioneer League sleeper prospect to major league regular.

Prospect Retrospective: Tyson Ross, RHP, Padres

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San Diego Padres right-hander Tyson Ross is living up to the potential he showed in college.

Dodgers, Phils partially complete Hernandez trade

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The Los Angeles Dodgers traded prospect Jesmuel Valentin to the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, as one of the players to be named in the August 7th Roberto Hernandez deal.

Chris Carter, a hot streak, and Insane Predictions

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Houston Astros DH Chris Carter is on a power tear, devastating big league pitching since July 1st. Is it sustainable? And was it predicted?

Cubs send Brett Jackson to DBacks for Blake Cooper

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The Chicago Cubs have traded outfielder Brett Jackson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitching prospect Blake Cooper.

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Milwaukee's Mike Fiers fans 14 Cubs

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Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers fanned 14 Chicago Cubs yesterday despite a fastball that doesn't break 90. How does he do it?

Buxton suffers concussion in outfield collision

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Minnesota Twins prospect Byron Buxton suffered a concussion during Wednesday's game for Double-A New Britain, rendered unconscious for 10 minutes due to an outfield collision.

Jake Arrieta: is his 2014 breakthrough for real?

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Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta is having a breakthrough season. Is this for real? Let's look at his career and how he developed as a prospect for some clues.

Tigers promote Buck Farmer to big leagues

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The Tigers promoted pitching prospect Buck Farmer to the majors after just two Double-A starts.

Thoughts on Giants prospect Kyle Crick

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San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Kyle Crick generates mixed opinions despite his outstanding arm strength.

Update on Baseball Prospect Retrospective Project

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Here's the latest on where the Baseball Prospect Retrospective Project stands.

Twins trade Willingham to Royals for Adam

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The Minnesota Twins traded outfielder Josh Willingham to the Kansas City Royals this evening, receiving pitching prospect Jason Adam in exchange. Here's a report on Adam.

Reds rookie Carlos Contreras: closer potential?

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A reader asks if Cincinnati Reds rookie Carlos Contreras has closer potential and long-term fantasy value.

Power surge from Orioles rookie Caleb Joseph

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Baltimore Orioles rookie catcher Caleb Joseph has homered in five consecutive games. Who is this guy?

Minor League Ball Gameday, Sunday, August 10

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Mookie Betts helps Jared Mitchell hits an inside-the-park home run.

Nationals promote outfield prospect Michael Taylor

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The Washington Nationals are expected to promote outfield prospect Michael A. Taylor to the major league roster today.

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Prospect Retrospective: Lonnie Chisenhall

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Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has been in a slump lately, although his overall 2014 numbers are strong. How does this fit into his career context?

Yankees promote prospect Bryan Mitchell

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The Yankees have promoted pitching prospect Bryan Mitchell to the major leagues. Here's a quick report.

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