John Sickels

  • joined Mar 18, 2008
  • last login Aug 29, 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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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.

Padres trade Huston Street to Angels for prospects


The San Diego Padres traded closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott to the Los Angeles Angels Friday night, receiving four prospects in return. Here's the scoop on R.J. Alvarez, Taylor...

Arizona rookie Chase Anderson: successful sleeper


Diamondbacks rookie right-hander Chase Anderson had a poor Triple-A season in 2013 but is holding his own in the majors this year. Can he keep it up?

Astros fail to sign Aiken, world does not end


Just remember, we don't know how this story will end for another five years

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Conor Gillaspie: is he a fluke?


Chicago White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie is having an excellent season. Is this an out-of-career context fluke?

A look at versatile Angels rookie Matt Shoemaker


He's not an ace, but Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Matt Shoemaker can start or relieve, throws strikes, and has a very nice changeup.

Michael Brantley:from sleeper prospect to All-Star


Cleveland Indians outfielder and 2014 American League All Star Michael Brantley is a good example of a sleeper prospect who made good.

Collin McHugh: first half surprise for the Astros


Right-hander Collin McHugh was an unheralded pitcher pre-season, but he's been one of MLB's top strikeout artists this year.

Rookie Brock Holt outplays hot Boston prospects


Unheralded Brock Holt, not hyped prospect Xander Bogaerts, thrived against big league pitching in the first half of the 2014 season.

Rangers trade Frasor to Royals for Spencer Patton


The Texas Rangers traded veteran reliever Jason Frasor to the Kansas City Royals today, receiving pitching prospect Spencer Patton in exchange. Here's the scoop on Patton.

Adam Duvall continues to mash Triple-A pitching


San Francisco Giants prospect Adam Duvall continues to destroy the Pacific Coast League, hitting .415 in his last 10 games with three homers and six doubles.

Assessing Braves infielder Jose Peraza


Should Jose Peraza have earned a spot on the recent Top 75 Prospects list?

The Historical Baseball Prospect Book?


I have a very important question to ask you about a potential project, that would happen very quickly depending on what you tell me.

Origins of 2014 All-Stars:National League pitchers


Here's the breakdown of the amateur origins of the 2014 National League All Star pitcher roster.

Origins of 2014 All-Stars:American League pitchers


Here's a breakdown of the amateur origins for 2014 American League All-Star pitchers.

Origins of 2014 All-Stars: National League hitters


Here's a breakdown of the amateur origins of the hitters on the 2014 National League All-Star team.

Origins of 2014 All Stars: American League hitters


Here's a breakdown of the amateur origins of the 2014 American League All-Star hitters.

Minor League Ball Top 75 Prospects July update


Here's a mid-season update for the Top 75 prospects in baseball.

MLB 2014 Futures Game: Live Discussion


We'll be discussing the 2014 MLB All Star Futures Game as it happens right here in the comment thread.

How young is Rougned Odor?


Let's put the Texas Rangers rookie's youth in context.

Rays rookie Kevin Kiermaier: who is this guy?


Did you know that Tampa Bay Rays rookie outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has, to this point, been the third-most valuable rookie hitter in baseball? Did you expect that pre-season?

Pirates prospect Nick Kingham thrives in AAA


Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Nick Kingham has been excellent since being promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis, throwing six more shutout innings on Thursday and posting a 1.62 ERA in six...

The time is now for Jimmy Nelson


The Milwaukee Brewers prospect has nothing left to prove in the minors.

Prospect Retrospective: Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners


Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners has developed into one of the top third basemen in baseball, exceeding what he was projected to do when he was a prospect.

Red Sox promote catcher Christian Vazquez


With veteran A.J. Pierzynski on the way out of town, the Red Sox promoted catcher Christian Vazquez to the major leagues.

Free Pat Venditte!


The switch-pitching reliever is holding his own in Triple-A and should be seen as more than a novelty act.

Cubs promote prospect Arismendy Alcantara


The Chicago Cubs have promoted infield prospect Arismendy Alcantara to the major league roster.

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