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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 28

1 March 2011

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
  • My pick
    Kevin’s pick

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. mrokjazztokyo permalink
    2 March 2011 9:21 pm

    Halfway through this podcast, great one! One point about other scouting in other countries: a Brazilian friend told me that every great athlete there is soccer mad, but it’s so competitive that even some great players cannot advance int he national team or leagues..there is a space for other sports like basketball or now baseball where they can advance higher..this could be a potential selling point. “You’ll never make the first division in football but you could be signed to an MLB contract if you play from high school and show potential.”

    You were right on about India as well, it’s not a huge jump from cricket to baseball and you have 600+ million youths to choose from.

    Last point: better to sit on the bench and only play occaasionally in the majors than rake in AAA. So said Earl Weaver-sensei!

    Look forward to the book, will get mine in a couple weeks at birthday time.


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