Talking Prospects With John Sickels
Note: This article was originally posted in May 2007
When you talk baseball prospects and read about them, probably the most well known national writer/follower of the minor league baseball scene is John Sickels. He is most well known from his days with ESPN.com, when he wrote for them as a columnist on minor league baseball for almost ten years from 1996-2005.
His biggest project is the Baseball Prospect Book, which is an annual prospect book he puts out that profiles around a 1000 of the top prospects in the minor leagues each year. Cleveland Indians fans may also know him from the book he wrote about former Indians great Bob Feller called Bob Feller: Ace of the Greatest Generation.
Currently, John writes on his website, www.minorleagueball.com, which is a blog he started back in 2005. He also writes a newsletter which he sends out two to three times a week during the season that provides weekly in-depth prospect reports, organizational reports, a mailbag, travel and scouting updates, and updates to his 50/50 List. In addition to all that, he also provides content for several national media outlets on-line and on satellite radio.
Recently, I had the privilege to talk to John about how he got into the minor league baseball scene and some of the Indians prospects. Do note, some of the stats in the Q&A are a few days old as this was actually completed on Thursday last week. Thanks to John for taking the time out to talk prospects with the Cleveland fans.
With that, onto the Q&A