John Sickels (born January 5, 1968) is an American baseball writer who specializes in minor league baseball and amateur baseball.
|Born||January 5, 1968|
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
|Genre||Sports, science-fiction, poetry|
Sickels is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University (1990, BA in history and philosophy) and the University of Kansas (1993, MA in history). He resides in Kansas with his wife, Jeri. He has two sons, Nicholas and Jackson.
Sickels worked as research assistant to noted baseball writer Bill James from 1993 though 1996. From 1996 to 2005, Sickels was a columnist for ESPN.com, writing regular "Down on the Farm" columns that took an in-depth look at baseball prospects. Sickels parted ways with ESPN in February 2005 and soon thereafter started his own blog, www.minorleagueball.com, part of the SB Nation/Vox Media empire. Sickels was previously a regular contributor to the fantasy sports website RotoWire.com and can still occasionally be heard on Rotowire podcasts. He hosted Down on the Farm Friday on XM Satellite radio from 2005 to 2008.
Sickels writes and edits the annual Baseball Prospect Book, which profiles roughly 1,000 players in baseball's minor leagues, and is only available directly from his personal website. The book is wildly popular but some sold-out versions remain available in PDF format via Sickels' website.
Abel De Los Santos Mejía (born November 21, 1992) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds.Andrew Stevenson (baseball)
Andrew Patrick Stevenson (born June 1, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).César Hernández (infielder)
César Augusto Hernández (pronounced SAY-zahr; born May 23, 1990) is a Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB).
On July 2, 2006, the Phillies signed Hernández as an undrafted amateur free agent, at the age of 16. He made his major league debut during the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies season. In 2016, he led the major leagues in bunt hits, and led the National League (NL) in infield hits and triples. In 2018, he tied for the major league lead in bunt hits.Dallas Keuchel
Dallas Keuchel (, KY-kəl; born January 1, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros. He is a left-handed starting pitcher.
He attended the University of Arkansas, where he played baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Keuchel made his MLB debut in 2012. In 2014, he was awarded both the Gold Glove Award and the Fielding Bible Award. The next year, Keuchel was named the starting pitcher for the American League in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, and won the Cy Young Award, in addition to his second Gold Glove and Fielding Bible Awards. In 2016, he was awarded a third straight Gold Glove Award, and in 2018 he won it for a fourth time.Daryl Jones (baseball)
Daryl Jones (born June 25, 1987 in Royal Oak, Michigan) is a retired American professional baseball outfielder.
Jones attended Spring High School in Spring, Texas, where he was a football prospect as well as a baseball prospect. Jones was rated as one of the top position prospects at the 2005 Pre-Draft Showcase, where he also showed off his pitching ability.Jones was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round (110th overall) of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. He turned down a scholarship offer with Rice University to sign with the Cardinals for a $450,000 bonus. After struggling in Class A with the Swing of the Quad Cities in 2006 and 2007, Jones hit .326 in 2008 and was named the Cardinals' minor league player of the year while playing with the Class A Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals. In 2009, he was named the Cardinals seventh best prospect, and was chosen to represent the Cardinals in the All-Star Futures Game. However, he played in the Futures game while not fully recovered from a quad injury and re-injured himself in the game, setting back his career prospects.After the 2011 season, Jones became a free agent and signed with the Cincinnati Reds, receiving an invitation to spring training. In 27 games with the AAA Louisville Bats, he hit only .187 and he was released on July 5.Don Mattingly
Donald Arthur Mattingly (born April 20, 1961) is an American former professional baseball first baseman, coach and current manager for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). Nicknamed "The Hit Man" and "Donnie Baseball", he spent his entire 14-year career playing with the New York Yankees and later managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years.
Mattingly graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, Indiana, and was selected by the Yankees in the amateur draft. Debuting with the Yankees in 1982 after three seasons in minor league baseball, Mattingly emerged as the Yankees' starting first baseman after a successful rookie season in 1983. Mattingly was named to the American League (AL) All-Star team six times. He won nine Gold Glove Awards (an American League record for a first baseman), three Silver Slugger Awards, the 1984 AL batting title, and was the 1985 AL Most Valuable Player. Mattingly served as captain of the Yankees from 1991 through 1995, when he retired as a player. The Yankees later retired Mattingly's uniform number, 23. Mattingly is the only Yankee to have his number retired without having won a World Series with the team.
Returning to the Yankees as a coach in 2004 for manager Joe Torre, he followed Torre to the Dodgers in 2008, and succeeded him as the Dodgers' manager in 2011. The Dodgers and Mattingly mutually parted ways after the 2015 season, and he became manager of the Miami Marlins.Drew Hayes (baseball)
Andrew Trent Hayes (born September 3, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played for the Cincinnati Reds.Fantasy Focus (XM radio program)
Fantasy Focus is a one-hour show from RotoWire.com focused on fantasy baseball on Blogtalkradio. It runs Monday through Friday at 1 PM ET. It can be heard live on Blogtalkradio/RotoWire with podcasts available later at RotoWire.com/podcast. Fantasy Focus is hosted by Jeff Erickson. From 2005 to 2008 the show ran on XM Radio's Home Plate 175 channel. John Sickels, RotoWire's minor league expert, had hosted "Fantasy Focus" on XM 175 on Fridays, when it is often called "Down on the Farm," and now makes frequent appearances on the show.Ian Kinsler
Ian Michael Kinsler (born June 22, 1982) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, and Boston Red Sox. With the Red Sox, he won the 2018 World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Despite having been drafted in only the 17th round out of college, Kinsler has risen to become a four-time All-Star, and a member of the Sporting News' 2009 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. He is known as a five-tool player, hitting for average and power, and excelling in baserunning, throwing, and fielding.Kinsler has twice hit 30 home runs and stolen 30 bases in the same season (2009 and 2011), and is one of 12 ballplayers in major league history who have had multiple 30–30 club seasons. In 2011, he also joined the 20–20 club for the third time, one season shy of the major league record for a second baseman. He hit for the cycle in a game in 2009, while getting hits in all six of his at bats.
Through 2013, Kinsler led the Texas Rangers, all-time, career-wise, in stolen bases and power-speed number. In November 2013, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder. He has been awarded both a Fielding Bible Award (2015) and two Gold Glove Awards (2016 and 2018). Through 2018, on defense Kinsler had the best career range factor of any active second baseman in MLB, while on offense among all active players he was third in power–speed number, fourth in career runs scored, and eighth in career doubles.John Buck (baseball)
Johnathan Richard Buck (born July 7, 1980) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Florida/Miami Marlins, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He went to high school in Taylorsville, Utah.Josh Satin
Joshua Blake Satin (born December 23, 1984) is an American former professional baseball corner infielder. Satin played first base, second base, and third base. During his career, he played for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball, as well as for the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres organizations.
He was a first-team college All-American at the University of California, Berkeley. The Mets drafted him in the 6th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. Satin batted .303 in 2008 in the minor leagues, and .288 in 2009 while being voted a South Atlantic League All-Star. He hit .311 and was a Florida State League All-Star in 2010. In 2011, he batted .325 for Binghamton while leading the league in on-base percentage (.423) and OPS (.962), as he was voted an Eastern League All-Star. He also played in AAA, batting .347 with a .410 on-base percentage with the Buffalo Bisons.
He made his MLB debut for the Mets on September 4, 2011, and played in 15 games. In June 2012 Satin rejoined the Mets, but he was designated for assignment three days later. In June 2013, he was again called up to the Mets, after batting .305 in AAA. He tied a Mets rookie record set in 1977, by reaching base in 29 consecutive games that he started, and for the season he batted .279 (.317 against left-handers). Satin twice played third base for the Israeli national baseball team during the World Baseball Classic.Left-handed specialist
In baseball, a left-handed specialist (also known as lefty specialist) is a relief pitcher who throws left-handed and specializes in pitching to left-handed batters, weak right-handed batters, and switch-hitters who bat poorly right-handed. Because baseball practices permanent substitution, these pitchers frequently pitch to a very small number of batters in any given game (often only one), and rarely pitch to strictly right-handed batters. Most Major League Baseball (MLB) teams have several left-handed pitchers on their rosters, at least one of whom is a left-handed specialist. A left-handed specialist is sometimes called a LOOGY (or Lefty One-Out GuY), coined by John Sickels, and may be used pejoratively.The pitcher generally has an advantage when his handedness is the same as the batter's, and the batter has an advantage when they are opposite. This is because a right-handed pitcher's curveball breaks to the left, from his own point of view, which causes it to cross the plate with its lateral movement away from a right-handed batter but towards a left-handed batter (and vice versa for a left-handed pitcher), and because batters generally find it easier to hit a ball that is over the plate. Furthermore, since most pitchers are right-handed, left-handed batters generally have less experience with left-handed pitchers. A left-handed pitcher may also be brought in to face a switch-hitter who generally bats left-handed, forcing the batter to shift to his less-effective right-handed stance or to take the disadvantages of batting left-handed against a left-handed pitcher. Research from 2011-2013 has shown that a pinch hitter (usually right-handed) is often used when a left-handed reliever is inserted in the game, thereby reducing or negating the pitcher's platoon split advantage. Only a handful of left-handed relievers face a higher percentage of left-handed batters than right-handed batters over the course of a season.In the 1991 MLB season, there were 28 left-handed relievers who were not their team's closer and pitched 45 or more games. Only four averaged fewer than an inning per appearance. From 2001 to 2004, over 75 percent of left handed relievers meeting those criteria averaged less than one inning. Left-handed reliever John Candelaria was one of the early specialists in 1991, pitching 59 games and averaged .571 innings. In 1992, he allowed no earned runs—excluding inherited runners—in 43 of the 50 games. Jesse Orosco became a left-handed specialist later in his 24-season career and retired at the age of 46. From 1991 to 2003, he never averaged more than an inning pitched per appearance.During the 2013 MLB season, there were seven relief pitchers who averaged less than two outs recorded per appearance, all of whom were left-handed. Joe Thatcher, a left-handed specialist, appeared in 72 games with 39.2 innings pitched, and had the fewest outs recorded per appearance with 1.6.Ramón Flores (baseball)
Ramón Flores (born March 26, 1992) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, and Los Angeles Angels.RotoWire
RotoWire.com is a company based in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. that specializes in fantasy sports news and fantasy-style games.
RotoWire provides fantasy news and information to ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, FoxSports.com, NFL.com, CBSSports.com, Sports Illustrated and Sirius XM Radio.
RotoWire is the successor to RotoNews.com, which pioneered the concept of real-time fantasy sports information when launched in 1997.Ryan Garko
Ryan Francis Garko (born January 2, 1981) is a former professional baseball outfielder, first baseman, and designated hitter and the current head baseball coach at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. In college, he was a catcher. He played for the Cleveland Indians, the San Francisco Giants, and the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball as well as the Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization. Garko was seen by former ESPN reporter John Sickels as a good hitter who hit to all parts of the field, but with poor defensive instincts. Through 2010, he had a .275 career average, 427 hits, 55 home runs, and 250 RBI in 463 games.
When he attended Stanford University, Garko won the Johnny Bench Award and was named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year his senior year. He was also voted onto the College World Series Legends Team, featuring 28 of the best College World Series players as voted upon by fans, writers, and head coaches. During his time in the Cleveland Indians' organization, Garko was converted into a first baseman. In 2006, Baseball America ranked him as the fifth best prospect in the Indians organization, including being the best at hitting for average.
Garko debuted in 2006 for the Indians, eventually taking over their first base position. In 2007, he hit a career-high 21 home runs in the regular season and batted over .300 for the Indians in the playoffs. Questions about Garko's ability to hit caused him to lose some playing time in 2008, although he managed to have 90 RBI. In 2009, Garko was traded to the San Francisco Giants to become their first baseman, but he slumped and ended the season as a backup. He signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2010 but was claimed off waivers at the end of spring training by the Texas Rangers. After just 15 games, he was sent to the minors, where he spent the rest of the year. He played for the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization in 2011 and played in the minor leagues in the United States in 2012. He has not played in 2013, although he attended spring training with the Colorado Rockies.
He was hired as an assistant coach at Stanford prior to the 2014 college baseball season. Garko spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as manager of the Tulsa Drillers, a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, before being named the head baseball coach at University of the Pacific on July 23, 2017.Sickel
Sickel or Sickels is the surname of:
Dale Van Sickel (1907–1977), All-American college football player and motion picture stunt performer
Frederick Ellsworth Sickels (1819–1895), American inventor
Horatio G. Sickel (1817-1890), Union general during the American Civil War
John Sickels (b. 1968), American baseball writer
Theodor von Sickel (1826-1908), German-Austrian historianVicente Campos
José Vicente Campos Carnota (born July 27, 1992) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks.Ángel Berroa
Ángel Maria Berroa Selmo (born January 27, 1977) is a Dominican former professional baseball infielder. Berroa was selected as the 2003 American League Rookie of the Year. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and New York Mets.