Episode 32: The Return Of Kumar Rocker
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
6M ago
Ben and Carlos talk about Baseball America’s recently updated draft rankings. There’s plenty of movement on the board, but perhaps the most notable prospect moving up is former Vanderbilt star Kumar Rocker. The two talk about how he looked in his debut outing for the Tri-City ValleyCats and then try and figure out how he fits into the 2022 class. After that, the two touch on other notable risers and discuss how the class is shaping up before transitioning to notable movers on the Top 100 prospects list, and minor league players to know. The two discuss righthanders Eury Perez and Daniel Espino ..read more
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Episode 31: Picking In The First Round For Every Team
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
8M ago
Ben and Carlos talk about the improved pace of play in the minor leagues thanks to implementing a pitch clock and enforcing it. The two give their thoughts on the rule change and talk about a few potential ramifications, before talking about Ben’s International Review series. Ben gives some insight into a few players who have stood out throughout the process and also talks about some teams who have done well in the international space. Following that, the two walk through a recent Baseball America staff draft, where writers made picks for each team in the first round. They give their thoughts ..read more
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Episode 30: Red Hot Rookies & Fast Track Prospects
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
8M ago
Ben and Carlos talk about the first week or so of the professional season kicking off, including a scorching start for Guardians fifth round pick and outfielder Steven Kwan—who literally cannot miss. After that, the two touch on more rookies who have impressed, including Mariners righthander Matt Brash, Reds righthander Hunter Green, Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki and Braves righthander Spencer Strider, among others. The two then talk about a few fast moving minor league prospects (including righthanders Jack Leiter and Eury Perez) and reflect on the hot start of the 2021 prep shortstop quartet ..read more
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Episode 29: Spring Training Thoughts + A Few 2022 Predictions
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
9M ago
With spring training currently underway, Ben and Carlos talk about how valuable it is when it comes to evaluating players. We touch on a few players who have gotten some buzz early this spring, like Marlins shortstop Kahlil Watson, and then touch on another Blue Jays trade that Ben is a big fan of. After that, the two talk about how stacked the field of American League rookie of the year candidates is, and also discuss how the Pirates should handle Oneil Cruz. Following that, the two go over some of their 2022 season predictions. Then they pivot to the amateur game and talk about a big (litera ..read more
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Episode 28: Breaking Down Trades
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
9M ago
On today’s episode, Ben and Carlos react to many of the moves that have been made around the big leagues over the past week including: Freddie Freeman signing with the Dodgers; the Matt Olson deal that sent Christian Pache, Shea Langeliers and two others to the As; the Matt Chapman deal which brought Gunnar Hoglund and three more to Oakland; and others. The two discuss high-octane arms like Chase Petty and JT Ginn getting dealt and also touch on a flamethrowing pitcher from the 2023 high school class who is next in line and already touching triple digits—Texas righthander Travis Sykora. The tw ..read more
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Episode 27: Immediate Thoughts On The Lockout Ending + Big League Bloodlines
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
9M ago
Ben and Carlos are briefly joined by JJ to talk about MLB and the MLBPA agreeing to a new CBA after a lockout that lasted 99 days. The three give their immediate impressions on what this means for the game. JJ talks about the chaos that will ensue shortly and Ben explains why no one should be surprised about the international draft after MLB has been trying to make it a reality for years. After that, Ben and Carlos talk about the group of center field prospects we currently have in the minors and how strong or weak that group is compared to a normal year, and where a player like Druw Jones wou ..read more
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Episode 26: Takeaways From The First Week Of College Baseball
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
10M ago
There’s finally real, live baseball happening around the country. On this episode, Ben and Carlos talk about a lot of it, including 103 mph fastballs thrown by Tennessee righthander Ben Joyce and North Carolina State first baseman Tommy White’s home run binge to start the season. The two discuss Carlos’s trip to Florida, where he got looks on potential first rounders, including high school outfielder Elijah Green, high school lefthanders Jackson Ferris and Brandon Barriera, and college prospects including outfielder Chase DeLauter and Florida State southpaws Parker Messick and Bryce Hubbart. A ..read more
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Episode 25: The Best Tools In The 2022 Draft Class
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
10M ago
Ben and Carlos discuss the best tools results from our survey with major league scouting departments. We wind up talking about just how impressive Georgia righthander Dylan Lesko is for quite a while, before getting into all kinds of tools on both the high school and college side of things. We talk about sleeper hitting prospects who could push up boards, how this class seems particularly strong on changeups and also look ahead to some toolsy prospects in the 2023 class—Dylan Crews and Max Clark. After that we wonder whether or not Robert Moore could be a fit for the Royals at No. 9 in the dra ..read more
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Episode 24: Farm System Rankings
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
10M ago
Ben and Carlos are joined by Geoff Pontes, who makes his debut appearance on the podcast! The majority of the show is spent breaking down our recently released farm system rankings, where the Mariners checked into the top spot for the first time ever. We talk about the top farms, and whether or not the separation between the Mariners and the next group (Rays, Pirates, Orioles) is significant or marginal. After each person talks about a few organizations they are excited about as we move into the 2022 season the group discusses the bottom of the list and why those farms are behind at the moment ..read more
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Episode 23: Hall Of Fame Hot Takes & An Injury Riddled 2022 College Pitching Class
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
11M ago
Ben and Carlos bounce all over the baseball world in today’s episode, going from junior college kicking off, to the Hall of Fame results, to international draft talk and conversations about the upcoming 2022 draft class. We start by talking about how impressive it is that Cam Collier homered in his junior college debut with Chipola (Fla.) JC and then pivot to some big league news. The two discuss the Tampa/Montreal split season proposal getting shut down and offer thoughts on that idea in general, and then get into a long conversation on the big MLB news of the week: Hall of Fame results. Ben ..read more
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