FanGraphs Audio: Lead Prospect Analyst Eric Longenhagen’s Fortnightly Appearance

Episode 731
Lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen is the guest on this edition of the pod. In this episode, he reflects wistfully on the successes and also failures of 2011 draft, discusses some velocity spikes among Dodgers prospects, and briefly previews a trip to a Scott Boras-sponsored showcase in California.

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Could you clarify –

(1) What’s the “weighted ball’ approach? Is it just literally what it sounds like – throwing a heavier ball to develop strength?

An extension question – does it usually increase the speed of non-fastball pitches too?

(2) Thoughts on Alvarez’s poor start recently with decreased velocity?


Down-votes for you, sir!