The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 28
My guest this week is Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus — follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Goldstein. We discuss his newly-released Top 101 prospects list, conspiracy theories, reaching enlightenment, and much more.
The topics we cover:
- 0:31-7:16: The virtues of swearing, and stealing ideas, in a podcast
- 7:17-10:48: How did the Rays become a mainstay on Kevin’s annual top 101 prospects list?
- 10:49-13:28: Is player development getting short shrift, with too much focus on scouting?
- 13:29-20:50: Are there still places where players are underscouted, or has the flow of information made finding diamonds in the rough much tougher?
- 20:51-27:03: How can teams strike a balance between controlling a player’s service time and calling up prospects when they’re truly ready, vs. making sure they don’t rot on the vine?
- 27:04-35:08: The Kansas City Royals are really interesting. No, really!
- 35:09-40:26: How have the Atlanta Braves maintained a great farm system pretty much non-stop for the past 20 years?
- 40:27-43:15: Can the San Diego Padres build off their 90-win 2010 season, or was that a function of luck and Adrian Gonzalez, such that their cache of prospects won’t get them back to contention for a while?
- 43:16-45:00: The Nationals have Kevin’s top prospect of 2011, as well as a former BP #1 prospect. Is it better to have two potential superstars like Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, or eight or nine solid but less spectacular prospects?
- 45:01-50:41 How should teams handle good-bat, iffy-glove catchers and shortstops?
- 50:42-58:23: An extension discussion of “makeup” in baseball, how arrogance is a good thing for ballplayers, and the elusive “closer mentality”
- 58:24-1:00:28: The podcast suddenly turns philosophical, as Kevin enlightens us about enlightenment
- 1:00:29-1:02:34: I unveil my closer conspiracy theory
- 1:02:35-1:05:20: …then I unveil my Yankees conspiracy theory
- 1:05:21-end: Food Pick of the Week
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