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John Sickels

  • joined Mar 18, 2008
  • last login Jul 11, 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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User Blog

Who the heck is Danny Santana?

1

Minnesota Twins rookie Danny Santana is hitting .372 in his first 25 big league games. Who is this guy?

2014 Twins Shadow Draft summary

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From the alternate universe...an extremely long report about the Shadow Draft.

2014 MLB Draft: American League East Analysis

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Finishing up the draft summaries.

2014 MLB Draft: National League East Analysis

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More draft analysis and reaction!

2014 MLB Draft: American League Central Analysis

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More draft analysis since you can't get enough

2014 MLB Draft: National League Central Analysis

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A look at the National League Central for the 2014 MLB draft.

2014 MLB Draft: American League West Analysis

13

Moving forward with analysis of the 2014 MLB Draft

2014 MLB Draft: National League West Analysis

34

Here's my take on the 2014 MLB Draft, beginning with the National League West

2014 MLB Draft: Day Three discussion

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Open discussion for Day Three of the 2014 MLB Draft

2014 MLB Draft: Day Two live discussion

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Follow along with the 2014 MLB Draft with your fellow fans.

2014 MLB Draft: Pick by Pick, Part II

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Keep track of the post-first round picks right here.

2014 MLB Draft: Follow pick by pick

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Follow each pick for the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

THIS MOCK DRAFT IS WRONG

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Here's an inaccurate but interesting mock draft which assumes that things do not go as expected.

2014 MLB Draft: Open Discussion

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Discussing the 2014 MLB Draft: share rumors and your thoughts right here!

"Scouting a stat line"

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Like most cliches, the phrase "you can't scout a stat line" contains a great deal of truth, but it isn't the whole story.

Prospect Note: Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks third base prospect Jake Lamb is proving that his '13 breakout was not just a California League illusion.

Angels prospect Cam Bedrosian makes MLB debut

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In danger of getting released two years ago, Bedrosian has fought his way back from a difficult Tommy John recovery and is now thriving as a reliever.

Prospect Note: Logan Darnell, LHP, Minnesota Twins

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If you blinked, you might have missed his successful big league debut last month.

Prospect of the Day: Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox

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Garin Cecchini doubled in his first big league game. He's back in Pawtucket now, but we'll certainly see him again later in the season. Here's my take.

Prospect Note: Jesse Hahn, RHP, San Diego Padres

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The Padres right-hander will make his big league debut today. Here's what to look for.

Astros promote Singleton, give contract extension

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The Houston Astros promoted first base prospect Jon Singleton to the majors today and gave him a robust contract extension.

Not a Rookie: Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants

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The Giants first baseman is currently on the DL with a thumb injury, but here's a look at how he ranked as a prospect.

2014 Minor League Ball Community Draft: AL West

10

Summarizing the 2014 Minor League Ball Community mock draft.

2014 Minor League Ball Community Draft: AL Central

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American League Central results for the 2014 Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft.

2014 Minor League Ball Community Draft: AL East

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The final results for the American League East.

2014 Minor League Ball Community Draft: NL West

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A summary of the NL West picks for the 2014 Minor League Ball Community Mock Draft.

2014 Minor League Ball Community Draft: NL Central

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Here's a summary of the NL Central classes for the 2014 Minor League Ball community mock draft.

2014 Minor League Ball Community Draft: NL East

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Summary of the NL East mock draft picks.

2014 Minor League Ball Mock Draft: After-Action

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Discuss how you think the Mock Draft went

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