The Orioles' Director of Player Development, Matt Blood, joins this week's podcast to talk about the progress being made down on the farm. We touch on just about everything, from organizational philosophy to data and analytics to the difficulties associated with returning to a full baseball schedule. Blood drops a few names of prospects that he believes deserve some more love in an episode that will surely get you excited for the future of the O's.
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Episode 15 - On Rebuilding and Mike Elias
1:00:43This one's pretty simple. I'm tired of explaining to people what this rebuild is all about, so I made a podcast about it. I touch on the player personnel moves Elias has made since 2018, everything going on in the Minor Leagues, player development, analytics, the importance of the international market, and so on. Unedited, raw, and passionate. I hope you enjoy.
Episode 14 - Opening Day
38:46In this episode, I return from another unanticipated month-long break to celebrate Opening Day by answering some questions from my Twitter followers. I break down the 26-man roster and my expectations for the guys on the team, give a few hot takes, and talk a bit about the future of the podcast and my plan to open it up to other fans. A few over/unders, my favorite for Orioles MVP, possible prospect debuts this season, and my hope for the June first-year player draft are all answered here. Spoiler alert: I don't think John Means will be the Orioles' best starting pitcher this year.
Episode 13 - Kevin Brown
55:16One of the voices of the Orioles, MASN play-by-play announcer Kevin Brown, joins me on the podcast this week as the O's begin their Spring Training games. We discuss his plans for this season, his relationships with MASN personalities past and present, his back-and-forth with Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley, how he prepares for his broadcasts, and much more including thoughts on the current team.
Episode 12 - Matt Blood
30:21The Orioles' Director of Player Development, Matt Blood, joins this week's podcast to talk about the progress being made down on the farm. We touch on just about everything, from organizational philosophy to data and analytics to the difficulties associated with returning to a full baseball schedule. Blood drops a few names of prospects that he believes deserve some more love in an episode that will surely get you excited for the future of the O's.
Episode 11 - Keith Law
38:47The Athletic's Keith Law joins me this week to take me through the thought process that led him to ranking the much-improved Orioles farm system just 18th in baseball, much to the chagrin of many O's fans. We discuss several current Orioles prospects ranked in Law's top 20, the importance of trusting your own evaluations, the value in the international scouting market, and much more.
Episode 10 - Dillon & Danny
54:12After the holiday break turned into a life-induced hiatus, I'm back and I brought a couple friends along for this episode. You might know Dillon Atkinson and Danny Majerowicz from their days on the O's Uncensored podcast; I know them as OK slow pitch softball players. In Episode 10, we discuss some recent transactions, dive into some prospect talk, and share our thoughts on the Orioles' activity in the international market. I also tease a few of the big guests I'll have on the show in the next month.
Episode 09 - Todd Fitz-Gerald
36:28In the third and final episode featuring interviews with the former coaches of recent Orioles' draft picks, Stoneman Douglas High School's Todd Fitz-Gerald joins me to discuss 2020 4th round pick, Coby Mayo. We talk about the strengths and weaknesses in Coby's game and what makes him a special talent. In the preceding minutes, I reminisce on the Frederick Keys and discuss how the Orioles were impacted by last week's Rule 5 Draft.
Episode 08 - Mark Roering
35:31Coach Mark Roering of Dowling Catholic High School joins this week's podcast to discuss Orioles 2020 5th round draft pick, RHP Carter Baumler. We discuss his progress from freshman to senior year of high school and what he should bring to the table in the future, as well as his recent Tommy John surgery and how that will impact him moving forward. But first, I give my thoughts on the Rule 5 draft and throw out some names I'd like to see the Orioles consider.
Episode 07 - Nate Thompson
33:29University of Arkansas Hitting Coach Nate Thompson joins me on the first of three December episodes centered around 2020 Orioles draft picks. Thompson coached the Orioles' first round draft pick and #3 overall prospect, Heston Kjerstad, from 2018-2020. We chat about what O's fans can expect from Kjerstad and why he has had such a successful amateur career, preceded by some of my own thoughts on recent Orioles transactions.
Episode 06 - Eric Arditti
1:10:58Barstool Sports' Eric Arditti joins this week's podcast to talk Trey Mancini, Adley Rutschman, Mo Gaba, and much more. If you're not into snakes or Breaking Bad, the O's chatter begins around the 16-minute mark. We both love Mike Elias and Jim Palmer, and we're going to walk from Baltimore to Nashville if the Orioles move there.