Episode 79: Drafting 2024 Prospect Teams
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by Baseball America
4d ago
Ben and Carlos are joined by Peter Flaherty in a special edition of the show, where the three look ahead to the 2024 amateur season by drafting teams of 2024 class prospects. The three writers go back and forth in an attempt to create the best team possible from the 2024 class.  Here are the rules: Each drafter must fill the following positions and select at least six high school players and at least six college players: 1 catcher 2 corner infielders 2 middle infielders 3 outfielders 4 pitchers 1 utility spot (any position type) While the teams will be revisited after the draft to see ..read more
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Episode 78: All-Americans, 2024 Draft Prospects & Ethan Holliday’s 1-1 Case
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
1w ago
Carlos and Ben banter about the announced Netflix documentary following the Red Sox and think about what their ideal baseball documentary looks like. After that the two talk through the Royals mega-extension of franchise shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. and how the deal is a win for all parties involved.  Then the two talk through Matt Eddy’s PPI eligible players piece and think about the ramifications of the program and whether or not it’s good for the game—spoiler: it is. The two think about the favorites for winning rookie of the year of this pool of players and talk through some of the draft ..read more
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Episode 77: Breaking Down The New MLB Draft Rankings
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by Baseball America
2w ago
Ben and Carlos hop on the show and talk through a few major league news items, including the Tigers extension of Colt Keith, the Twins-Mariners Jorge Polanco trade and the news that the Orioles are being sold to (hopefully) new and improved owners. After that, the two get into Carlos’s big draft update ahead of the college baseball season. The list expands from 100 to 200, with a new name up top and plenty of new reports to consume. Ben peppers Carlos with plenty of questions about the state of the class and the two discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of the group at this stage.  ..read more
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Episode 76: Answering Your Prospect Questions
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by Baseball America
3w ago
Ben and Carlos talk about the week’s Hall of Fame results and debate the various cases for some of the players who were on this year’s ballot before looking ahead to future candidates and looking at the surprisingly strong track record of No. 1 overall picks making the Hall of Fame.  After that the two open up the listener mailbag and get into your prospect questions.  Those involve plenty of topics including: are the Padres too trade-happy with their prospects? Is Coby Mayo more valuable for the Orioles as trade bait or as a member of the young hitting core? How would Samuel Basallo ..read more
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Episode 75: Breaking Down The 2024 Top 100 Prospects List
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
1M ago
Ben and Carlos spend most of the episode getting into the weeds on our recently released 2024 Top 100 Prospects list. Before that conversation starts, Ben breaks down his January 15 experience and how it compared to previous years. Padres prospect Leodalis De Vries serves as the bridge from international signing day to our Top 100, as the lone member of the 2024 class to land on the list. What makes him deserving and why is this a profile to get excited about? Ben tells you all you need to know. After that, the two break down the top of the list, talk about their various tier breaks, agree on ..read more
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Episode 74: Everything You Need To Know About The 2024 International Class
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
1M ago
Today’s episode is spent entirely on international prospects, as we are just days away from January 15. In this episode, Carlos grills Ben on all things international: Who are the top prospects to know? What’s the current state of the international signing system? What are the pros and cons of signing day coming in January compared to July? Which teams are doing the best on the international market? Which teams have taken significant steps forward on this front in the last five years or so?  Ben answers all those questions and more. The two talk about the developmental challenges that int ..read more
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Episode 73: The State Of AL West Farm Systems
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by Baseball America
1M ago
Ben and Carlos kick off the new year with the final installment of their division-by-division breakdown of farm systems, saving the worst (?) group of teams for last. Before that the two talk through Ben’s international board for the 2024 class, which is lined up based on the expected bonuses for the top 50 players in the class. Ben breaks down a few of the top names, including Braves shortstop signee Jose Perdomo and Padres shortstop signee Leodalis De Vries before getting into some overall 2024 international class discussion. Where are all the pitchers? Who are some players who are trending ..read more
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Episode 72: The State Of AL Central Farm Systems
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
2M ago
Ben and Carlos celebrate the fact that the 2024 Prospect Handbook has been shipped by breaking down AL Central prospect talent. Without much happening on the major league front, the two get straight into prospect talk, starting with a strong Tigers system. The two talk about their excitement for No. 1 prospect Max Clark and wonder about his power potential for the future, and then discuss whether or not righthander Jackson Jobe has a case to be made as the top pitching prospect in baseball. It doesn’t fall off after that either with exciting offensive players like Colt Keith, Jace Jung, Justyn ..read more
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Episode 71: The State Of AL East Farm Systems
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
2M ago
Ben and Carlos discuss their caffeine of choice during the busy December prospect season, then react a bit to Shohei Ohtani’s historic contract with the Dodgers.  After that, the two get straight into prospect talk and analyze the farm systems of the AL East, which includes four good to great systems—including the Orioles, who have the easy No. 1 group in the league—and one that’s maybe a bit less exciting. The two discuss how close Marcelo Mayer and Roman Anthony are in terms of overall prospect status, talk through the impressive depth of the Yankees, try and figure out the best infield ..read more
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Episode 69: The State of NL West Farm Systems
Future Projection | A Baseball America Podcast
by Baseball America
2M ago
Ben and Carlos talk about the rumored Jackson Chourio extension with the Brewers and talk through evaluating risk for prospects vs. risk for veteran players.  After that the two talk through Carlos’s updated 2024 draft rankings and discuss the state of a very muddled draft class. Which player would be the No. 1 pick if the draft were today? Is there any separation on the pitching side? Which players made the most notable jumps up the board? The two find themselves liking the depth of pitching on the high school side, but also acknowledge some of the pitfalls of this year’s class. After th ..read more
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