Effectively Wild Episode 1227: The Draft is Done

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Jonny Venters, Max Scherzer and immaculate innings, the futility of pitcher hitting in 2018, the NL’s encouraging interleague record, MLB buying Rawlings, the home-run rate, Ichiro throwing BP, Derek Dietrich’s dangerous juggling, and a world where Jerry Dipoto can trade draft picks. Then they bring on FanGraphs’ Kiley McDaniel and Dylan Higgins (20:46) to discuss some big storylines from the amateur draft, including Tigers top pick Casey Mize, the teams with the most at stake, the prevalence (or lack thereof) of two-way players, Yankees switch-everything draftee Anthony Seigler, Jordyn Adams, Kyler Murray, and baseball vs. football in the draft, Luke Heimlich, the role of data in the draft, social-media skeletons, the best draft names, a few favorite picks, and more. Then Ben wraps up with a few updates and news about an additional study about the baseball and home runs.

Audio intro: Everclear, "Out of My Depth"
Audio interstitial: Unlikely Friends, "Fifteen Rounds"
Audio outro: Harry Nilsson, "The Lottery Song"

Link to Ben’s pitcher hitting article
Link to Beth Davies-Stofka’s Baseball Prospectus article
Link to Meredith Wills’ baseball study

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