Baseball America delivers baseball news you can't get anywhere else. Covering the game from a player-development point of view, the staff of BA will deliver its take on what's going on in the world of baseball every week on its podcast, analyzing the game from the majors and minors--with an emphasis on prospects--through our unparalleled college and high school coverage.
The college crew takes on Omaha! They discuss teams who can challenge presumptive favorite Vanderbilt, give their national title picks discuss the lack of West Coast flavor this year and talk about Adley Rutschman, our Player of the Year.
Astros catcher Garrett Stubbs and Indians pitcher Zach Plesac each made their major league debuts this week. Kyle chats with the Astros scout Tim Costic, who signed Stubbs out of Southern California, and Indians scout Junie Melendez, who signed Plesac out of Ball State, about what they saw in the pair as collegians and the process of signing a future big leaguer.
NCAA Tournament Preview Pod: Part 2 (Plus National Title Picks)
Continuing our NCAA Tournament breakdown focusing on the bottom half of the bracket, then making our national title picks. Fayetteville 1:11; Oxford: 8:08; Starkville: 13:55; Stanford: 20:40; Louisville: 26:41; Greenville: 31:22; Lubbock: 38:30; OKC: 45:50; National title picks 56:00
The college crew breaks down the NCAA Tournament field by regional. Part 1 covers the top half of the bracket: LA: 15:25; Corvallis: 19:25; Nashville: 26:45; Morgantown: 32:48; Atlanta: 38:40; Chapel Hill: 44:29; Athens: 50:45; Baton Rouge: 57:46
Should We Buy In On These Early Season Improvements?
Kyle and Matt debate whether they should believe in hot starts for guys like Joey Gallo, Byron Buxton, Lucas Giolito and others. Then they introduce 'Fantasy Hipster,' a new segment focusing on dynasty prospects before they become popular.
Phillies No. 19 prospect Cole Irvin made his big league debut Sunday. Richardson talks the process of scouting Irvin, who once had the look of a first round pick before undergoing Tommy John surgery, how to trust what you see even when the velocity isn't there, convincing Phillies brass Irvin was worth going over slot in the fifth round of the draft, and plenty more.
The college crew discusses Oklahoma State and Michigan joining the rankings, then debate whether a divide is forming between teams currently in Teddy Cahill's 'Eight For Omaha' and those on the outside.
Kyle Glaser and Matt Eddy discuss how it seems the MLB Player's Association again took a shortsighted approach to the newest batch of rule changes. They then talk about the targeting of 'openers' and question whether baseball is being *too* proactive with rules changes.
Corey Dickerson joins the pod to discuss how an 8th round draft pick and fringe-average defender can turn into an MLB All-Star and a Gold Glove winner. Plus, the untold reason why he struggled in 2016.
Draft Pod: Is Andrew Vaughn A Candidate For The No. 1 Pick?
Carlos Collazo joins Kyle Glaser to talk early MLB draft rumblings, including some serious buzz building around Andrew Vaughn. They also discuss prep stars Bobby Witt Jr. and C.J. Abrams, then focus on two rising college prospects from Mizzou and UNLV.
The Padres landed one of the better players in the game. Now, we figure out what it means for them, the Phillies and the White Sox. Plus, what is the market for Bryce Harper? And there's finally baseball games!
The college team talks what stood out to them this weekend, including No. 1 Vanderbilt, rising TCU and the overall competitiveness of the MLB4 Tournament. Then, the guys touch on the Big 12 (Texas Tech had its hands full with Oregon) and defending champ Oregon State.
Discussing our 2019 farm system rankings. Did the Padres have competition at No. 1? Plus, a look at two sleeper systems and why the Red Sox and Cubs shouldn't be worried despite being ranked at the bottom.
Dodgers international scouting director Ismael Cruz was in the same role in Toronto when the Blue Jays signed Vladimir Guerrero Jr. We asked Cruz what that process was like, and what memories stand out about the development of baseball's No. 1 prospect.
J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser discuss the merits of J.J's proposed 'Tank Tax' to dissuade losing across baseball. Then, the guys ID the MLBPA's underlying motive for its recent rule change proposals, and explain why a universal DH won't necessarily help more players get jobs.
MLB scouting directors voted on the best players in college baseball. Teddy Cahill and Carlos Collazo discuss the list, then talk to J.J. Bleday, an All-American on the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
Our San Diego Padres prospects chat begins with one of baseball's best prospects, a reason to be concerned with Luis Urias and then a debate about when the Padres can realistically expect a return to the playoffs.
Chaim Blooms joins Kyle Glaser to discuss one of the best Rays farm systems ever, how using "The Opener" impacts their scouting strategy, and why Tampa has placed increased attention on talented two-way prospects recently.
Our 2019 Top 100 list dropped yesterday. The prospect crew talks Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as a consensus No. 1 prospect, concerns about Victor Robles and Nick Madrigal, second-tier arms with some warts (Ale Reyes, Mitch Keller, Michael Kopech), just how difficult it is to whittle the list down to just 100 players and plenty more.
The Dodgers' player development continues to churn out talent. Carlos Collazo and Kyle Glaser look at what allowed LA to reach two consecutive World Series, and the prospects who may be able to help them reach a third..
Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro joins Kyle Glaser to talk the rise of Jazz Chisholm, Jon Duplantier's tantalizing stuff but considerable health risks, and a viable path back to the playoffs for Arizona.
A few months ago, Carlos Collazo scouted Nolan Gorman as a draft prospect. Now he's one of the Cardinals' best young pieces. Carlos joins Kyle Glaser to talk Gorman, Elehuris Montero, the status of Alex Reyes and why Jhon Torres is a player to remember.
Are the Braves best positioned among MLB teams for the future? Is Touki Toussaint for real? Kyle Glaser and J.J. Cooper discuss, and also look at top 10 prospects possibly available in Braves trade discussions and much more.
The Mariners are in the midst of rebuilding their system. Kyle Glaser and Bill Mitchell discuss where the likes of Justus Sheffield, Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn fit into Seattle's long-term plans and where the rebuild can go from here.
Should the Astros include either Forrest Whitley or Kyle Tucker in a blockbuster trade? What does the future hold for Seth Beer and J.B. Bukauskas? J.J. Cooper and Kyle Glaser discuss the state of Houston's system
Kyle Glaser and Ben Badler discuss how long until the Rangers are good again, what makes Hans Crouse the No. 1 prospect, whether time is running out on Leody Taveras, and just what they have in Anderson Tejeda.
John, JJ Cooper and Ben Badler discuss the Cubs, Dodgers and Phillies international spending sprees, the Angels lack of international spending and what's to come in the next CBA about international signing restrictions.