Hello there. If you’ve been reading the site for a while, you might remember me. Back in 2014 and 2015, I did prospect stuff here. Then, at the end of 2015, I had to say farewell, having been hired to work in the Atlanta Braves front office. After spending a couple of years back inside baseball, both in the office and as a cross-checker, I’m pleased to announce that I’m rejoining the FanGraphs staff, effective today.
It’s a long story how this all worked out, but suffice to say that this was the right time for this move and I’m very happy how everything turned out. I enjoyed my time with the Braves, but am excited to be able to contribute here and be part of this community again.
However, I won’t be coming back to be the Lead Prospect Analyst as I was before.
Eric Longenhagen has capably taken that job and made it his own. Eric deserves all kinds of credit for his work, and I’m thrilled that I’ll get to work with him here. I will definitely be contributing prospect content in collaboration with Eric — and yes, I’ll be helping with the organizational prospect lists — along with some other ambitious plans that are coming together, including a project I teased over two years ago. I may also show up in pieces that aren’t specifically prospect related, but are interesting player evaluation (or valuation) situations.
You’ll be hearing a lot from me in the coming weeks as I jump back into the writing world. I’m excited to be here again, and look forward to talking baseball with all of you.
Lastly, I wanted to express some gratitude. Thanks to David Appelman and Dave Cameron for taking another chance on me here at FanGraphs, and thanks to the Braves for giving me a memorable couple years with their organization.
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.
MY GOD WE GET BOTH ERIC AND KILEY?
This truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Happy holidays, I’m crying now.
However this does ruin the Professor of the Dark Arts meme (which I suppose was ruined anyways since Eric came back for second year).
THIS IS JUST LIKE STANTON JOINING JUDGE.
I’ll second this! Having both Kiley and Eric is a real treat