Effectively Wild Episode 1040: Opening Day and the Post-Trampoline Prospect


Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the difficulty of keeping perspective on Opening Day events, the lone disagreement between their preseason predictions, and a common reader misconception about prediction “groupthink.” Then they talk to Astros Double-A catching prospect and trampoline survivor Garrett Stubbs about his childhood trampoline injury and still-crooked finger, his dramatically different rankings on stats-based and scouting-based prospect lists, how size affects his future as a catcher, how he learned to hit for power, how he and the Astros focus on pitch framing, and more.

Audio intro: Drive-By Truckers, "Opening Act"
Audio interstitial: Crooked Fingers, "Broken Man"
Audio outro: Eleanor Friedberger, "Open Season"

Link to Garrett Stubbs finger photo
Link to Garrett Stubbs record popup catch

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