UMP: The Untitled McDongenhagen Project, Episode 5
This is the fifth 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.
0:23 – What games Eric and Kiley have seen lately: Arizona Fall League and the Diamond Club showcase for Florida high school prospects, featuring a Tyler Callihan update.
2:19 – TOPIC ONE: Yahoo’s Jeff Passan joins us to talk about the Astros cheating scandal and its many facets.
7:15 – Eric reviews the Chinese phone the Astros were using, which should be called the fruit calorie counting machine.
14:50 – Jeff inquires about the status of Kiley’s backyard and dog while Eric reveals how revealing he currently is.
23:08 – We lose Jeff due to technology, and he returns via a time jump, feat. flight attendant announcements.
24:30 – Jeff reveals who is more petty than him, but only by a small margin.
25:23 – Jeff’s antisocial plane tips.
26:54 – A mini topic about Manny Machado’s playoff behavior affecting his free agent market.
29:00 – A mini topic about the Luke Heimlich/Dayton Moore connection living on.
32:48 – TOPIC TWO: How we would put together a scouting department in today’s baseball.
33:56 – Options for structuring the pro scouting department.
34:50 – The biggest factor we don’t have access to: minor league TrackMan.
36:25 – Pros and cons of the different pro scouting department structures.
38:12 – How Eric would structure his pro department.
38:58 – Something to keep in mind in terms of allocating scout days on the amateur side.
40:15 – Kiley jumps in to ask about DSL coverage.
41:39 – Introducing the concept of dynamic pro coverage.
44:00 – Kiley jumps in again to clarify the pyramid of scout experience/assignments.
46:05 – What sorts of scouts can beat the TrackMan data at projecting prospects in the upper levels?
49:10 – When are the robots coming for us?
52:20 – The structural question the guys aren’t sure about
56:16 – Jake makes the worst pun in the history of the podcast.
1:00:53 – Jake and Kiley laugh uncontrollably for the first time.
1:03:40 – Is varsity baseball a constitutionally protected right? You heard me right.
1:07:50 – Jake’s first great free idea for the Yee family.
1:16:26 – Jake’s second great free idea for the Yee family.
1:20:09 – The best outtakes portion we’ve ever had.
Audio after the jump. (Approximately 1 hr 22 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.