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John Sickels

  • joined Mar 18, 2008
  • last login Aug 01, 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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With the White Sox trying to find a stable closer, rookie Jake Petricka has an opportunity.

Ben Lively making Double-A transition for Reds

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He's had some command issues in his first two starts, but is maintaining a strong strikeout rate.

Prospect of the Day: Mookie Betts, INF-OF, Red Sox

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Mookie Betts finishes his incredible rise to the major leagues.

Who is Dallas Beeler?

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The Chicago Cubs rookie threw six strong innings in his major league debut on Saturday. Where did he come from?

Padres turn to Cuban RHP Odrisamer Despaigne

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27-year-old Cuban right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne of the San Diego Padres takes the mound in his second major league start today,

Prospect Retrospective: Scott Kazmir, LHP, A's

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Scott Kazmir was once one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He's had an up-down-back-up career, but ranks well compared to pitchers that he was similar to back in 2006.

Cincinnati Reds sign Cuban pitcher Raisel Iglesias

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The Reds have signed Cuban 24-year-old Cuban right-hander Raisel Iglesias to a seven-year contract.

Prospect Retrospective: Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs

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Trade rumors have been swirling about Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija. His development as a prospect was unusual, to say the least, but demonstrates why teams don't like to give up on live arms.

Astros prospect Kyle Smith makes transition to AA

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Houston Astros right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Smith is making a successful transition to the Double-A Texas League, pitching well for the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Prospect of the Day: Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers

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Currently sidelined with a shoulder separation, Joc Pederson has little left to prove in the minors once he returns to health.

Prospect of the Day: Marco Gonzales, LHP, Cards

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Completing a one-year rise from college to the majors, the St. Louis Cardinals rookie had to make his big league debut in Coors Field. There were some rough moments, but his potential is clear.

2014 MLB Futures Game roster review: United States

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Here's a summary of the 2014 MLB Futures Game United States roster.

2014 Futures Game roster review:International Team

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Here's a look at the International roster for the 2014 MLB Futures Game.

Sorry, Emmert, the minors aren't minor league

On the witness stand in the O'Bannon case, NCAA president Mark Emmert says minor leagues in the United States aren't successful or supported by fans. Forty-one million people disagree.

Lindor solid in first half of Double-A season

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Cleveland Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor has been solid in the first half of his campaign for Double-A Akron in the Eastern League.

Prospect of the Day: Steven Souza, OF,Nationals

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Washington Nationals outfield prospect Steven Souza is destroying the Triple-A International League, leading the circuit in OPS, OBP, SLG, and batting average. Who is this guy?

Prospect Notes: Sean Nolin and Daniel Norris, Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospects Sean Nolin and Daniel Norris are in the news, one for a bad reason and one for a good.

2014 Baseball Prospect Book almost sold out

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If you want a print copy, you need to act fast. There are fewer than 20 left.

2007 sleeper prospect Yohan Pino thrives in debut

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The 30-year-old right-hander flummoxed the Chicago White Sox last night.

Sean Doolittle and the 48/1 K/BB

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How weird is it that former first base prospect Sean Doolittle is dominating major league hitters out of the Oakland Athletics bullpen? It is not as weird as you might think.

Prospect Retrospective: Clayton Kershaw

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Clayton Kershaw threw a no-hitter yesterday for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Here's how he rated as a prospect, and how his career stands in context.

Cubs promote Kris Bryant to Triple-A Iowa Cubs

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Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant has been promoted to the Pacific Coast League. What took so long, and how will he adapt to this challenge?

Prospect of the Day: Kyle Parker, OF-1B, Rockies

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The Colorado Rockies promoted former first round pick Kyle Parker to the major leagues this week. Here's the scoop on the former Clemson quarterback.

Prospect Notes: Hunter Dozier, D.J. Peterson

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A pair of 2013 first-round picks, Hunter Dozier of the Royals and D.J. Peterson of the Mariners, have been blasting the ball in High-A.

Prospect Note: Nick Greenwood, LHP, Cardinals

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The Cardinals can materialize useful pitchers out of thin air. Here's another one: Nick Greenwood, who made a successful big league debut yesterday.

Prospect of the Day: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Marlins

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The Miami Marlins prospect has developed from a skinny Oklahoma high school pitcher to one of the top lefty prospects in baseball.

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The Shadow Twins, if no free agents or trades

Someone asked me what the Shadow Twins would look like if there were no such thing as trades or free agency. Well, here is the entire Shadow organization with no trades or free agents! S...

Prospect Retrospective: Tony Gwynn, Hall of Famer

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away today. Here's what he was like as a prospect and how his career stands in context.

Prospect Notes: Dylan Bundy back, Montero hurt

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Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy is back from Tommy John surgery and looks fully recovered; Mets prospect Rafael Montero injured; Diamondbacks prospect Anderson Placido dominates in debut.

Prospect Retrospective: Pat Mahomes

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His son was recently drafted, but the original Pat Mahomes was an interesting prospect in his own right.

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