Future Projection — A Baseball America Podcast

Baseball America’s Ben Badler and Carlos Collazo offer scout-level insight into all levels of baseball—everything from the amateur MLB Draft, international scouting, minor league prospects to the bigs. New episodes drop every week.


Episode 20: The Wonderful Wander Franco, Players To Watch In The AFL & LHP Depth In The 2022 Draft Class
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Episode 19: The 2022 Draft Order, Jupiter Preview & Thoughts On The MLB Playoff Structure
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Episode 18: The Royals 2018 Draft Haul, Minor League Pay & Pitch Clocks + Extended Mailbag Episode
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Ben and Carlos talk about the college pitching heavy Royals 2018 draft class and how that group recently accomplished an impressive feat. The two then discuss the #FairBall protest over the weekend and talk a bit about the depressing state of minor league pay and whether or not pitch clocks are effective without being disruptive to the game. After that, the two talk about a recent story about Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and his play at all costs mentality and how they might create issues before diving into an extended mailbag segment with plenty of listener questions.

Time Stamps:

-Opening banter (0:00:03)

-Royals 2018 draft class (0:07:36)

-How we pronounce stats like OPS+, wRC+, wOBA, etc. (0:19:50)

-#FairBall protest and MiLB pay (0:25:19)

-Thoughts on the pitch clock (0:35:43)

-Freddie Freeman’s always play mentality (0:42:18)

-Mailbag (0:49:49)


-Rany Jazayerli’s tweet on the Royals 2018 draft class

-Brittany Ghiroli on the MiLB #FairBall story

-Jayson Stark’s pitch clock story

-JJ Cooper’s pitch clock story

-Hannah Keyser’s Freddie Freeman story

-Josh Norris’s story on 30 prospects who improved their stock in 2021

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Published Sep 21, 2021 at 3:10am
Episode 17: Showcase Pros/Cons, Projecting Who Sticks At Shortstop & Whether Age vs. Level Matters
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Episode 16: Behind The Scenes Of The Top 100, Polarizing Prospects, The 20-80 Scale & Player Comps
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Episode 15: Why Analyzing The Draft Is Difficult, Early Thoughts On The 2022 Class & Farm System Rankings
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Episode 14: A 2021 Draft Preview & Roundtable
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Episode 13: A Futures Game Preview & Draft Combine Review + Helium Prospects
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Episode 12: A Resurgence of Stolen Bases & The Impact of Prospect Hype
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Episode 11: Minor League Prospects Off To Hot Starts & Comparing Top High School Righthanders
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Episode 10: At Long Last... Minor League Opening Day
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Episode 9: The Pros & Cons Of Video Scouting, What Makes A Pop-Up Player & First Round Sleeper Candidates
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Episode 8: Early-Season Exploits Of Ronald Acuña Jr., Byron Buxton and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
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Episode 7: The Magnificence of Shohei Ohtani, Two-Way Prospects in the Pipeline & Draft Ramifications for Jaden Hill
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Episode 6: 102 MPH High School Pitchers, Where To Sit When Scouting & How We Would Pick 1-10 In The 2021 Draft
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Episode 5: Updated Draft Rankings, Short vs. Tall Hitters & Pitchers We Could Soon Be Talking About Like MacKenzie Gore
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Episode 4: When Scouts Disagree and Deciding Between Ronald Acuna Jr., Juan Soto & Fernando Tatis Jr.
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Episode 3: Bobby Witt Jr., 484 Foot Homers & The Top Shortstop Prospects In Baseball
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Episode 2: What An International Draft Might Look Like + 2021 Draft Risers
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Episode 1: Elijah Green, Jasson Dominguez & Draft Standouts From College Baseball's Opening Weekend
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