There are a lot of things on tap for today that are worth talking about, so let’s jump right in.
SABR held their Analytical Conference last week and have started adding podcasts from the different forums/discussions/presentations. While I have probably listened to 6 hours worth of presentations, the one that I want to point you guys to is the Player Development Panel. It is just over an hour long and 58 MB to download (so you may not want to download it from a phone). One of the more interesting discussion points for me was when they discussed how to handle the workloads of guys in the minor leagues, especially within the first two seasons. Go download it and give it a listen when you get a chance. It is well worth it.
Marc Hulet at Fangraphs has up his Top 100 Prospects. He has four Reds on the list:
- 30. Billy Hamilton – OF
- 32. Robert Stephenson – RHP
- 69. Tony Cingrani – LHP
- 71. Daniel Corcino – RHP
Hulet is the highest I have seen on Stephenson thus far, but I think he is more right than everyone else. I just can’t buy into so many other pitchers being ranked higher than Stephenson on other lists. So I am glad to see that someone out there agrees with me on him heading into the 2013 season. Here is what Hulet had to say about Stephenson:
32. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati: I don’t know why Stephenson doesn’t get more love but he’s a hard-throwing young pitcher with an impressive frame and two potentially-plus pitches (fastball, curveball). The delivery has improved and the repertoire is working itself out nicely.
I also find it a little funny that both “groups” of Reds were just separated by one spot. Former Red Didi Gregorius also cracks the list at 98.
Speaking of prospect lists, John Sickels is schedules to release his Top 120 Prospects later today. I will have a post about that in the afternoon for discussion.
Last night we had Redleg Nation Radio for the night owls at 11pm. We had scheduling conflicts this weekend and couldn’t work out a show time for Sunday when we normally have the show. You can listen below on the built in player, download the MP3 for later use, subscribe on iTunes and have it sent directly to your iOS device/computer. Chad Dotson from RedlegNation.com and I discussed Todd Frazier and what to expect from him in 2013, Aroldis Chapman once again now that he has come out and said he prefers to be in the bullpen while the pitching coach and GM have other ideas and two minor spring training battles.