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Date Edit

May 3, 2014

Summary Edit

Ben and Sam banter about position player pitchers and headfirst slides, then draft starting pitchers under the age of 26.

Intro Edit

The Coasters, "Young Blood"

Banter Edit

  • Sliding head first: Following up from a previous episode, it was recently revealed that the Astros organization instructed their players not to slide head-first. Includes mention of manager Bo Porter and outfielder George Springer.
  • Running into the wall as a form of hustle: Yasiel Puig crashed into the wall, and it was discussed whether this degree of hustle is ever worth it, considering injury risk.
  • The shift: Ken Rosenthal wrote an article that said the Astros were shifting only as a means to gain information.
  • Position player pitching: Catcher Martin Maldonado pitched for the Brewers. Ben and Sam discussed the minimum deficit required for it to be reasonable to use a position player to pitch, and mention the White Sox using a position player to pitch in an extra inning tie game.

Draft - Under-25 starting pitchers Edit

Following up on a previous draft in episode 201 (their first ever), Ben and Sam drafted a new set of starting pitchers under 25 years old who qualified for the ERA title. The winner would be decided by whomever's set of draftees has the most Baseball Prospectus WARP after 5 seasons.

Sam's selections (Sam picked first overall)

  1. Michael Wacha
  2. Masahiro Tanaka
  3. Zack Wheeler
  4. Tony Cingrani
  5. Chris Archer
  6. Julio Teheran
  7. Alex Wood
  8. Tyler Skaggs
  9. Dan Straily
  10. Drew Hutchison
  11. Jarred Cosart
  12. Roenis Elias

Ben's selections:

  1. Yordano Ventura
  2. Gerrit Cole
  3. Sonny Gray
  4. Danny Salazar
  5. Martin Perez
  6. Nathan Eovaldi
  7. Rick Porcello
  8. Henderson Alvarez
  9. Jenrry Mejia
  10. Jordan Lyles
  11. Robbie Ross
  12. Brett Oberholtzer

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