February 13, 2012

Show #172: Interview with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus

Kevin talks about his Top 11 Braves prospects and the minor league system.  And Spring Training story lines.



163 Responses to “Show #172: Interview with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus”

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  1. 26
    David Says:

    Great show guys. Looking forward to the weekly podcasts coming back in March!

    I disagree with the idea that until the Braves are owned not by a company but by an individual (or a group of individuals), they won’t be a team that gets far in the postseason. Ted Turner bought the team in 1976 — but the Braves were horrible through the next decade and a half (1982 Division Title being the exception). I think it’s wrong to assume that being owned by a person or people, rather than a corporation or a company, will salvage the Braves’ woes.

    On the subject of Pastornicky — I would’ve liked if he had more time in the minors, but I think that this is a fine time to bring him up if only because we’re well-stocked at all of the other positions. It’d be one thing if we had Pastornicky at short AND a platoon of Ryan Langerhans and Matt Diaz in LF, or a post-concussion Johnny Estrada was our catcher, or Jordan Schafer in CF. As it stands, I think we’re okay.

  2. 27
    Curt Says:

    David, all that about Turner is true. There are a hundred cases of singular owners who are terrible. There are plenty of them currently in MLB. The argument is not about success, it’s about change. The Liberty Media ownership is a disaster. I, personally, want an individual owner to have someone to be accountable. Liberty clearly doesn’t care about the Braves or their fans. To say otherwise seems to fly in the face of reality. I don’t want to hear about how they keep a $90 million payroll. They are scouting on the cheap. They are drafting on the cheap. They are running the team on the cheap. I want them out. There is no guarantee that new ownership would bring more success. Daniel Snyder spends tons of money and can’t do anything right. But he’s trying. Liberty is not.

  3. 28
    Bubdylan Says:

    I just found a source for some optimism: this could finally be the year we sell at the deadline. What can Bourn, Jurrjens, & Hanson land us? :)

    Could we get anything for Heyward? Like … maybe a right fielder? *ducks*

  4. 29
    Curt Says:

    Yeah, remember the last time we were sellers and pulled in that bounty? When we traded (essentially) Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Mark Teixeira, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Harrison, and Beau Jones, for Casey Kotchman and Stephen Marek?

    Amazingly, we turned down the Angels’ offer of a Tex for Kotchman straight up swap. How could we have been so blind?

  5. 30
    George Says:

    I think the Braves have a good team…if they correct the problems (i.e. Heyward, Prado, and McCann)…but other than pitching, they don’t have great depth in position players. If Chipper, Heyward and or Freeman get seriously injured…we’re likely cooked, unlike years past, that is, without the money. After the interview w/ Goldstein, I’ve gotta lock all my weapons, knives and sharp objects away from me to avoid harry-carry…tell him to help us be more optimistic…tell Curt to listen to him less. On the flipside, at least it’s not like listening to the Braves radio station with their old pitching coach who is like poly-anna. Anyways y’all have a good week.

  6. 31
    Steve Says:

    Hi George. Yeah, Leo on 680 is so half glass full as if to not be part of reality. Which is a shame because he’s a long time baseball man who should have great insight to provide.

  7. 32
    Leah Says:

    I’m getting very, very excited about baseball. Maybe it’s because I lost my job and I’m bored to tears or maybe I’m just an idiot. Regardless, super excited.

  8. 33
    Anne Says:

    Leah, Fredi needs a break. Come on down and manage the team this season. They let girls on the sidelines in the NFL now… Just a thought.

  9. 34
    Leah Says:

    Done! On my way!

  10. 35
    Nate Says:

    I’m getting pretty excited. Does anyone know if the Braves release a pitching schedule for ST games?

  11. 36
    Curt Says:

    Nate, they do. Not sure how far out it gets released. And how strict they are about keeping to it.

    Leah, sorry about the job. Full time ABT it is.

  12. 37
    Leah Says:

    Thanks Curt. Start up company with growing pains. I might be back one day. But for now it’s Bon bons, baseball and driving you all crazy!

  13. 38
    Curt Says:

    Anyone else notice how puffy and out of shape Chipper looks in these pictures?


  14. 39
    David Says:

    #38 — yeah, he’s got a bit of a gut on him. Hopefully that extra fat will make for some extra padding in preventing injuries? He’s tweaked his oblique and hamstring…but you’ve never heard of an athlete “tweaking fat,” have you?

  15. 40
    David Says:

    Speaking of fat and out of shape…I also read on Bowman’s Blog that Fredi Gonzalez is placing a greater emphasis on conditioning with a focus on running drills. Isn’t that kind of like Paula Dean teaching a “Healthy Eating For Your Heart” class?

  16. 41
    Curt Says:

    Isn’t that baseball training 101?

  17. 42
    Leah Says:

    Tommy Hanson concussion before Spring Training even begins. Not a good sign for the season.

  18. 43
    Anne Says:

    You know that old chestnut – redheads can’t drive.

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    Curt Says:


  20. 45
    Nate Says:

    Curt, thanks. I’ll look out for it. I want to go down for a 5 day weekend, but I want to see The 4 Horseman of the Pitchpocalypse and Meds. The only thing I miss about living in Tampa is good, cheap seats for Rays games in St. Pete and ST at Disney World.

    Chipper has looked out of shape for a while, imo. His figure can only help those knees and obliques, right. Maybe Brian Jordan was onto something when he called him out. Then again, I can’t remember Chipper ever being labeled a gym rat.

    I was more concerned with the picture of Venters where it looks like he’s stoned and holding a pack of soft batch cookies.

  21. 46
    Steve Says:

    Seriously, if this Hanson concussion thing turns out to be a lingering issue I will be absolutely pissed. What a way NOT to start spring training.

  22. 47
    David Says:

    #46 – yeah, me too. Concussions can be tricky things. Hopefully he won’t have the same effects as Ryan Church or Justin Morneau

  23. 48
    Leah Says:

    “I know in my heart I tried my best [last season],” he said. “It didn’t happen the way I wanted it to be, but that’s the past. I’ve got a present and I’ve got a future. I’m looking for good things, good things for the team.”

    Hmmmmm…which Brave speaks poetic words of inspiration such as these?

  24. 49
    Walker Says:

    I hope Chipper’s gut doesn’t affect his swing.

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    Curt Says:


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