UMP: The Untitled McDongenhagen Project, Episode 3
This is the third episode of a weekly program co-hosted by Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel about player evaluation in all its forms. The new show, which is available through the normal FanGraphs Audio feed, has a working name now, but barely. The show is all prospect stuff, but there is plenty of that, as the hosts are Prospect Men. Below are some timestamps to make listening and navigation easier.
2:20 – Eric continues with Rangers notes: RHP Cole Winn, RHP Owen White, RHP Michael Matuella, RHP Emmanuel Clase and briefly on RHP A.J. Alexy, RHP Reid Anderson, RHP Hans Crouse, CF Julio Pablo Martinez, CF Leody Taveras, CF Pedro Gonzalez
4:21 – Royals RHP Brady Singer, guys that seemed to increase their FVs in instructs thus far, feat. Rangers RHP Yerry Rodriguez
9:30 – BONUS TOPIC #2: Why instructional league games are starting to dry up
12:31 – TOPIC ONE: Draft rankings update to THE BOARD
17:00 – Candidates to pass Rutschman by draft day: shortstops galore
18:30 – Will Bobby Witt, Jr. be able to hit? How will we know? Why do we hate him (according to the commenters)?
21:35 – The other elite shortstops: C.J. Abrams, Bryson Stott and Greg Jones
23:46 – Explaining the concept of Future Value (FV) tiers briefly
23:34 – Exploring the elite corner bats: 1B Andrew Vaughn, 1B/RF Michael Busch, 1B/RF Michael Toglia, RF Riley Greene
26:35 – Eric breaking down rising prep CF Corbin Carroll
27:43 – Who would we compare Carroll to historically?
29:02 – Talking about the most unique player we ranked, LHP/1B Spencer Jones
31:05 – TOPIC TWO: top organizations to win the next 5 World Series
34:44 – Eric proposes another top tier organization
42:25 – Kiley talks about the Yankees, what makes them successful and what teams in the top tier have in common with them
45:54 – Working through the second tier of clubs, finding the ones most likely to break through
48:39 – Kiley pinpoints a division in transition to keep an eye on the next 12 months
53:54 – TOPIC THREE: Super Mesa Bros. feat. Sandy Gaston
54:22 – Sorting through the background and context for the Cuban market
56:04 – Running down all three players’ from a scouting perspective
57:03 – Handicapping the teams with int’l pool money to spend
Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 9 min play time.)
Kiley McDaniel has worked as an executive and scout, most recently for the Atlanta Braves, also for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates. He's written for ESPN, Fox Sports and Baseball Prospectus. Follow him on twitter.