FanGraphs Audio: Mike Ferrin on the 2023 Draft Class & MLB Playoff Picture

Episode 990

On this week’s episode, Eric Longenhagen welcomes our friend and yours, Mike Ferrin of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, to look ahead to next summer’s draft class before casting an eye toward the playoff race and stretch run.

Eric and Mike discuss the abundance of amateur talent in the 2023 class. We hear about intriguing young players such as Max Clark, Arjun Nimmala, Alfonso Rosario, Kevin McGonigle, and more. After that, the duo take a look at how the expanded playoffs have affected the big league playoff landscape. Squads like the Brewers, Padres, and White Sox seem to be struggling at a bad time, while the Cardinals may somehow be underrated when compared to the game’s elite teams. We also hear how the Orioles are ahead of schedule and playing with house money, while the Seattle Mariners look good to go and ready to break their playoff drought.

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 56 minute play time.)





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idliamin
2 months ago

I wonder how much Arjun Nimmala’s name gets mangled. (Hint: Nimmala does not rhyme with “impala.”) Anyway, as a “Telugu-American” (so to speak), I find it both super-cool and super-weird that one of my people has a chance to accomplish something that isn’t connected to, like, the Scripps Spelling Bee.

(Having said that, would his parents really let him forgo college? I mean, I’m mostly kidding, but getting a degree is usually a non-negotiable parental requirement in Indian-American families, especially South Indian-origin families.)