UMP: The Untitled McDongenhagen Project, Episode 7
This is the seventh 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.
1:41 – Our plugs, because we wrote a lot in the last week or so
2:52 – TOPIC ONE: FanGraphs’ Craig Edwards on his prospect asset value research that was rolled out this week over four articles
10:58 – Adjusting FV grades throughout a prospect’s career and how Craig adjusted for that and positional bias
15:15 – Can we put a dollar value on variance?
19:00 – Can we apply this framework to big leaguers?
25:15 – Craig takes a flamethrower to new managing editor Meg Rowley
25:45 – TOPIC TWO: New FanGraphs managing editor Meg Rowley joins the show to talk about the dark side of prospect asset value and what’s going on with the Mariners
27:00 – Are we bad people? You decide! (Meg decided.)
28:50 – Meg drops a swear. (Meg didn’t.)
30:50 – Kiley tries to defend himself
35:45 – Scrooge McDuck is referenced
40:25 – Does baseball’s salary structure need to completely change?
47:55 – Kiley proposes an ignored market inefficiency
52:10 – Meg bums everyone out
52:33 – We try to sort out our feelings about Dr. Lorena Martin’s accusations against the Mariners
1:14:13 – TOPIC THREE: Lightning round!
1:14:50 – SUBTOPIC ONE: MLB’s PDP program for high school players is expanding; how does this affect middle and lower income high school players, prep pitcher’s health, data collection, multi-sport athletes and the scouting schedule at large?
1:26:45 – Will this increase the trend of having more non-scouts having input in draft rooms?
1:28:10 – SUBTOPIC TWO: Houston and Baltimore’s front offices hiring influx, where they stand with staffing, how they’re making decisions and what assets Baltimore should be moving in the short-term
1:46:17 – SUBTOPIC THREE: U. of Arkansas pitching coach Wes Johnson was hired to go straight to the big leagues as the Minnesota Twins pitching coach on Rocco Baldelli’s new coaching staff. Is this a new pipeline of high-end college coaches heading straight to MLB?
1:53:00 – The job that MLB teams are outsourcing to the internet
1:56:30 – A somber goodbye to our dearly departed Carson Cistulli
2:02:12 – Eric brings up our third bummer topic of the podcast
Audio after the jump. (Approximately 2 hr 2 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.