UMP: The Untitled McDongenhagen Project, Episode 4
This is the fourth episode of a weekly program co-hosted by Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel about player evaluation in all its forms. The show, which is available through the normal FanGraphs Audio feed, has a working name but barely. The show is not 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.
0:25 – What the guys have been up to
1:34 – TOPIC ONE: Playoff Thoughts with Jack Handey
2:14 – Plans ahead for eliminated teams
2:20 – Colorado Rockies: which prospects are ready, players headed to free agency or one year away, what sort of moves do they make given their competitive situation, featuring Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Brendan Rodgers, German Marquez, Garrett Hampson
14:05 – Who is the NL East favorite in 2019?
16:43 – Cleveland Indians: solving the big holes in the outfield, building on the rock solid rotation, possibly trading from the strength of elite international program
20:50 – Breaking down how Cleveland fell short in the series vs. Houston, including Kiley’s thoughts about an article from The Athletic
24:24 – We make ill-advised World Series picks
25:34 – TOPIC TWO: The Mesa brothers + Sandy Gaston workout
28:30 – Kiley’s adventure in Miami and why this even was different than other open Cuban workouts
30:42 – Eric gives his take and we get into the FBI investigation
36:48 – Does an international draft solve some of these problems? Will the FBI investigation impact the next CBA? What’s the track record of MLB and the player association fixing these sorts of issues?
43:56 – TOPIC THREE: The Kyler Murray intrigue is increasing!
44:18 – Eric usurps Mel Kiper’s draft coverage hair throne
44:50 – Eric is steamed at the football draft illuminati
50:26 – Cal quarterback/center fielder Brandon McIlwain is back on the radar in both sports
51:20 – Kiley has some beef about Kyler Murray as well
53:22 – The guys audition to be football scouts, finding some similarities with baseball
1:00:45 – Eric has to leave to go have his mind blown by Forrest Whitley
Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 1 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.