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Find out about the stars of tomorrow, from the guys who know today. Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) are your tour guides for this ride through the unfolding stories & breaking news in Minor League Baseball. From top prospects to scouting executives to farm directors, the MLB Pipeline is jam-packed with exclusive coverage of the minors you can't get anywhere else.

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Hot Stove: Prospect trades, Draft picks lost & ...
As the offseason action begins to percolate, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss the prospects involved in the deals that sent Adam Frazier from San Diego to Seattle and Jacob Stallings from Pittsburgh to Miami, and they look at which teams have lost and gained Draft picks due to free-agent signings. They also review their ranking of the Top 25 prospects in this year's Arizona Fall League as well as some of the circuit's biggest breakouts. The trio wrap up by answering a question about Red Sox slugger Triston Casas.
48 min
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Pipeline Podcast: That's a wrap on the AFL
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff tie a bow on the 2021 Arizona Fall League by breaking down the championship game and taking a closer look at this year's award winners, including MVP Nelson Velazquez of the Cubs and Pitcher of the Year Owen White of the Rangers. Jim interviews Reds area scout Sean Buckley, who signed NL Rookie of the Year Jonathan India and the guys look at some off-the-radar 40-man roster additions before dipping into the listener mailbag.
75 min
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The Fall Stars Come Out
The latest edition of the Pipeline Podcast focuses on the recently completed Fall Stars Game, which showcases the Arizona Fall League's top prospects and performers
79 min
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A (Fall) Classic Episode
A (Fall) Classic Episode
65 min
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Packed Pipeline Podcast!
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff have a lot to discuss in the latest edition of the Pipeline Podcast, starting with the loaded rosters in the Arizona Fall League, which is set to kick off on Oct. 13.
68 min
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Prospect Team of the Year | Best debuts by 2021...
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff make their picks for the 2021 MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Year, led by Yankees' Anthony Volpe, Kansas City's Bobby Witt Jr. and M.J. Melendez and Orioles right-hander Grayson Rodriguez.
59 min
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Prospects in the MiLB postseason
As the Minor League playoffs get underway, Jonathan Mayo, Sam Dykstra and Jason Ratliff look at the 14 Top 100 prospects who are part of the postseason action and they rank each of the nine series based on prospect talent. They also discuss the impressive big-league debut of Rays right-hander Shane Baz, and Sam and Jonathan break down the newest addition to the Top 100 Prospects list, Mariners 2021 first-rounder Harry Ford. And they wrap up by answering a couple of questions in the Mailbag.
59 min
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Looking ahead to the 2022 Draft
Fresh off their Top 20 lists of the top high school and college players in the Draft Class of 2022, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo break down the strengths of each group, led by Termarr Johnson at Mays High School in Georgia and Brooks Lee at Cal Poly. And when the Draft is involved, Jim and Jonathan must hold their own version, each picking 10 players from the class. The rest of this week's episode turned to Minor League prospects, from the hottest hitters in the Minors to a new addition to the Top 100 list, before finishing things off with the Mailbag.
61 min
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International affairs
Jesse Sanchez joins Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff to discuss the new Top 50 International Prospects list, led by 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Roderick Arias, who is expected to sign with the Yankees. Jim, Jonathan and Jason also discuss the recent farm system rankings and the strong correlation between being at the top of that list and subsequent success at the big league level. They then spotlight the three newest additions to the Top 100 Prospects list and wrap up by answering a question from the mailbag.
65 min
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New farm system rankings
Jim Callis, Sam Dykstra and Jason Ratliff break down MLB Pipeline's new farm system rankings in the latest edition of the MLB Pipeline Podcast. They discuss the three best systems (Orioles, Mariners, Marlins), plus four on the rise (Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox, Reds) and why the White Sox sinking to the bottom somewhat reflects their big league success. Also on tap: a rare Top 100 Prospect pitching debut against another Top 100 prospect (Edward Cabrera vs. Josiah Gray), the latest addition to the Top 100 list (Indians RHP Daniel Espino) and a couple of questions from the mailbag.
55 min
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The updated prospect rankings are out!
The Top 100 Prospects, team Top 30s and Top 10 by Position lists have all been updated, and Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the Top 100. They discuss trends and demographics (an all-time low number of pitchers on the list, and an all-time high number of catchers and shortstops), the Top 10 overall, the highest risers on the list, the biggest falls, the highest-ranked newcomers and where 2021 draftees debuted on the list. They also look at which teams are best represented on the list and and answer a listener's question in the mailbag.
67 min
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Impact callups and a sneak preview of the new T...
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo, Jason Ratliff look ahead to some potential prospect callups that could make an impact down the stretch
60 min
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The Double Deadline
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo, Jason Ratliff recap the action from last week's trade and draft signing deadlines in this week's Pipeline Podcast.
50 min
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Our favorite picks of the Draft
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff continue their look at the recently concluded 2021 Draft. Jim and Jonathan pick their favorite selections for each round through the fifth. Much like the scouting industry is forced to do, they then started examining the top prospects in the '22 Draft class. Finally, they turn their attention to pro ball by breaking down recent Top 100 callups in Boston's Jarren Duran, Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh and Dodgers right-hander Josiah Gray, before finishing up, as always, with a question from a listener.
65 min
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Draft recap, Futures Game takeaways and more fr...
From Denver, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down one of the most fun -- and most consequential -- weeks in MLB prospect history. The crew talks through their impressions of the Draft experience and all of the twists and turns in three days of picks, starting with the Pirates’ selection of Henry Davis. Then they discuss the Futures Game, including Spencer Torkelson’s impressive batting practice power display. And finally, they finish the show with takeaways from the High School All-American Game and High School Home Run Derby.
69 min
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The Inaugural Draft Combine
On the latest edition of the Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the first-ever MLB Draft Combine and discuss which players stood out the most in North Carolina. In advance of the College World Series finals between Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, they discuss the top Draft prospects for 2021 and beyond still in Omaha. Also on tap: Jonathan interviews Diamondbacks scouting director Deric Ladnier. Plus Blue Jays catcher Gabriel Moreno and Royals first baseman Nick Pratto join the Top 100 Prospects list, and multiple mailbag questions.
66 min
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Wander Time
The Pipeline crew sets expectations for No. 1 prospect Wander Franco ahead of his big league debut, updates Draft news with a focus on the MLB Draft Combine, lobbies for a few Futures Game picks including Marco Luciano and Bobby Witt Jr, examines new prospects entering the top 100 and then debates the long-term outlooks for Joe Adell and Jarred Kelenic.
58 min
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Draft fever! Catch it!
Jason Ratliff returns to shepherd Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo through a ton of Draft talk, from the expansion of MLB Pipeline's rankings to 250 for the first time ever, to the top tools in the Draft class and a discussion of five guys who have helium. Then the trio took a victory lap by looking at big leaguers leading the All-Star Game voting who were ranked as top prospects as Minor Leaguers. And finally, they welcomed the Marlins' Jesus Sanchez back to the Top 100 list and finished, as always, with a question from listeners.
56 min
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Tournament Time
Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo break down the teams that survived and the prospects that stood out in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Also on the docket: comparing potential No. 1 overall picks Marcelo Mayer and Jordan Lawlar and putting them in the context of a historically deep high school shortstop class, Jarred Kelenic's rough first taste of the Majors and what it might mean for the future, former No. 1 overall picks Adley Rutschman and Spencer Torkelson heat up, the latest addition to the Top 100 Prospects list (Rockies LHP Ryan Rolison) and our weekly mailbag question.
69 min
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College Playoffs & The Draft
With the NCAA Division I tournament about to start, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss the best prospects who will be involved and how moving the Draft to July will change how teams scout the college playoffs. They break down the half-dozen Top 100 Prospects involved with the Olympic baseball qualifying tournament, one of whom (Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran) might be able to help his contending big league club right now. They also chat about the newest Top 100 Prospect, Indians shortstop Gabriel Arias, and answer a couple of questions from readers.
47 min
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It's a Mock-ery: Draft scoop and more
Mock Draft season is heating up, and Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo will file new ones every week. The duo take a look at first-round projections, discuss how events like conference tournaments could impact those prognostications, and check if fans' wish lists would come true in future mocks. Then they break down five college lefties in this year's class. Jim and Jonathan also discuss Taylor Trammell's torrid bat since he returned to Triple-A, welcome Angels outfielder Jordyn Adams into the Top 100 and kick off "Wander Watch," our vigilant look at when Wander Franco might get called up.
56 min
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Kelenic Is Coming! Kelenic Is Coming!
In this week's edition of the Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo break down the impending big league arrival of outfielder Jarred Kelenic (No. 4 on the MLB Pipeline Top 100) and what he'll mean to the Mariners. They also discuss who might be the next big-time prospect to make the Majors and top performers from the first week of the Minor League season. They ponder the lack of clarity at the top of the 2021 Draft, candidates to go in the first round who didn't quite crack last week's mock draft and new Top 100 Prospect Jackson Rutledge (and outgoing Top 100 Prospect Michael Kopech) and answer a mailbag question about Mets prospects Francisco Alvarez and Pete Crow-Armstrong.
64 min
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It’s Minor League Opening Day!
Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo get ready for Minor League action for the first time in almost two years, talking about which prospects they’re excited to watch at the start of the 2021 season while also looking at the most stacked Minor League teams this year. It’s not a podcast without talking Draft, with Jim and Jonathan looking at the top of the first round as Jim works on a new Mock as well as five guys with interesting family trees. Finally, Jonathan talks with Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin about Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter.
68 min
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Draft & More Draft
Jim Callis and Sam Dykstra discuss Jonathan Mayo's first full first-round projection of the 2021 Draft, and they later conduct a draft of their own by picking teams of prospects who have changed organizations. They also break down baseball's hottest rookies, including the curious case of Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia, discuss the newest Top 100 Prospect (Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran) and discuss a Mailbag question about top Mariners prospects.
70 min
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Experts take shot at top 20 Draft picks
As a preview of the Top 150 Draft Prospects list, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff conduct their own draft, with Jim and Jonathan alternating to make the top 20 picks of the first round. They also take a look at the two most recent additions to the Top 100 Prospects list, Giants left-hander Seth Corry and Reds shortstop Jose Garcia. They wrap up by answering a couple of questions in the Mailbag, including one about Yankees phenom Jasson Dominguez.
58 min
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The newest top-100 prospects, and rookies on th...
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss prospects off to fast starts, including a group of starting pitchers who are being used in relief roles in the big leagues this year. Plus a look at five new addition to MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list, an update on Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter’s performance and five Draft guys on the rise.
65 min
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Hot rookies; Arcia trade, The Yerminator and a ...
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss rookies who are off to a hot start in the first week of the season. Jonathan chats with White Sox senior director of baseball operations Dan Fabian about Yermin Mercedes' historic start to the season and how he was acquired through the Rule 5 Draft. The trio discusses the the Orlando Arcia trade and the three players who recently entered MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list. Finally, get your weekly update on Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter, and we answer another Draft question in the mailbag.
71 min
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Opening Day rosters surprises; Rookie Power Ran...
With the arrival of 2021 regular season, Jim Callis, Sam Dykstra and Jason Ratliff take a look at some top prospects who made Opening Day rosters, as well as some who didn't, and when we can expect to see them. They also break down the preseason Rookie Power Rankings and Sam's rankings of the farm systems based on hitters, pitchers and 21-and-under talent. The crew discusses the continued dominance of Vanderbilt's Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter and answers a Mailbag question about Braves outfield prospect Michael Harris.
68 min
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Farm system rankings; Rocker and Leiter 1-2? RO...
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss the Top 5 teams in MLB Pipeline’s Farm Systems ranking, with the Rays at No. 1 again. Jim and Jonathan highlight some players that have impressed them in Spring Training and they discuss the 2021 Draft, as Vandy pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter are living up to the hype, and some college catchers -- including Miami's Adrian Del Castillo -- are making some noise. Finally, Jim and Jonathan break down their picks in an experts' Rookie of the Year draft and answer questions from the mailbag.
61 min
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Top 30 Lists, Hot Springs, Draft Update, New Rules
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss MLB Pipeline’s newly released Top 30 Prospects lists, highlighting the Indians, Twins, Giants, Cardinals and Braves. Then the guys detail some prospects standing out in Spring Training, such as outfielders Mickey Moniak (Phillies) and Heliot Ramos (Giants), check in on the Vanderbilt aces and other players making draft news and give their reviews of the new rules being implemented in the Minors. And as always, they dive into the mailbag to take a question from a listener.
62 min
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Top 30 lists are here! (AL West, Yankees, Red S...
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down MLB Pipeline's new 2021 Top 30 Prospects lists -- four from the AL West (Astros, Angels, Rangers and A's), plus the Red Sox and Yankees. Hear updates on how potential top Draft picks Kumar Rocker, Jack Leiter, Jaden Hill and Sal Frelick have performed this season. And finally, Jim and Jonathan discuss which prospects have impressed in big league spring training games.
63 min
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A look ahead to Spring Training and to 2023, th...
Jason Ratliff, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis get excited about the start of Spring Training and discuss how it will be different this year. They also break down the extensive changes coming to the Minors in 2021, speculate on who might emerge as the game's top prospects in 2023, rehash MLB Network's Top 100 Prospects show and answer reader questions.
67 min
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Analyzing Bucs-Yanks trade, Top 10 prospects by...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the prospects the Pirates acquired in the Taillon and Musgrove deals. The guys also discuss the release of the Top 10 by position prospect rankings and preview the overall Top 100. They also break down the MLB Prospects All-Defense team and answer a listener’s question.
56 min
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International Signing Period Began, Pirates acq...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff are joined by MLB.com National Reporter Jesse Sanchez, who discusses top international prospects who have turned pro as the international signing period begins. The guys also discuss the release of the Top 10 RHP prospects list, kicking off position-by-position coverage in advance of the overall Top 100, and respond to Twitter comments about the RHP rankings. They also talk about the MLB Dream Series, the three-team Joe Musgrove trade and answer a listener question.
59 min
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Blake Snell & Yu Darvish Trade Breakdowns, 2021...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff welcome in the new year and discuss the Padres-Rays Blake Snell trade and the Padres-Cubs Yu Darvish deal and break down all the prospects involved. Rays pro scouting director Kevin Ibach joins the show to provide insight into the process involved in the Snell trade and talks about the team philosophy. Finally, Jim and Jonathan predict which of MLB’s top prospects will debut this year and which prospects are poised to break out in 2021.
62 min
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A look back at the best of MLB Pipeline in 2020
Jonathan Mayo looks back at a few of the best segments from the MLB Pipeline Podcast in 2020. First, we revisit our initial 2021 Mock draft, where Jonathan and Jim Callis made their top 10 picks. Pirates GM Ben Cherington follows that with a discussion on draft philosophy as he prepares to make the No 1. overall selection in the '21 draft. Finally, hear from scout James Bonnici, who signed undrafted free agent Mike Brosseau and look back at his game winning home run for the Rays in game 5 of the ALDS.
62 min
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White Sox to sign Yoelquis Cespedes, Rays prosp...
Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Jason Ratliff discuss the report that the White Sox will sign No. 1 international prospect Yoelquis Cespedes and where he fits into the organization. Jonathan catches up with Xavier Edwards and talks about his first season in the Rays organization. Jim and Jonathan redraft the top 10 picks of the 2018 Draft class. Plus, they look back at each team's no. 1 prospect from 2015 and answer your questions.
75 min
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The 2021 Draft Top 100
The Draft Top 100 Prospects list is out, and Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff cover everything you need to know about the 2021 Draft class. In addition to analyzing the top players on the list and breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of the class, they look at which schools and areas are best represented and examine the top tools in the Top 100. We also hear from the No. 1 and 2 players on the list: Vanderbilt right-hander Kumar Rocker and Texas high school shortstop Jordan Lawlar.
80 min
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Rangers-White Sox Trade Breakdown, Pirates GM B...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss the White Sox-Rangers trade involving Lance Lynn and two prospects, Dane Dunning and Avery Weems. Jonathan talks to Pirates GM Ben Cherington about having the No. 1 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. Plus, the gang previews this week’s Rule 5 Draft and answers your questions.
66 min
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A 2021 mock draft, Rockies-Reds trade breakdown...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff conduct a mock draft of the first 10 picks of 2021 and discuss why Kumar Rocker may not go No. 1. They then discuss the changing landscape in the Minor Leagues and break down the prospects dealt in last week’s trade between the Rockies and Reds. Finally, the trio looks back at memorable trades made during the Winter Meetings and discusses whether there will be any elite prospects dealt this December. Plus, we answer your questions.
63 min
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40-Man Roster Decisions, Padres Pitching Prospe...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss which prospects made their team’s 40-man roster and which ones are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.MLB.com National Reporter Jesse Sanchez chats with Padres pitching prospect Luis Patiño about his offseason workout routine in Colombia, and Padres director of player development Sam Geaney discusses Patiño’s makeup and the progress he made this season. Finally, the trio discusses what a potential Blake Snell trade could look like and answers your questions.
65 min
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Marlins' Glass-breaking Hire, Updates on “The M...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff are joined by MLB.com National Reporter Jesse Sanchez to talk about Miami's hiring of Kim Ng as the first female general manager of a team in a North American major sports league and the state of the Marlins as she takes the reins. The quartet also discusses Yankees prospect Jasson "The Martian" Dominguez and Dodgers 18-year-old prospect Luis Rodriguez. Finally, get an update on Wander Franco & Julio Rodriguez playing the Dominican Winter League.
60 min
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Scouts Honor – Meet the Scouts who discovered t...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the AL and NL rookies of the year, discuss who are the frontrunners for the 2021 ROY races and chat with scouts who drafted this year’s winners. Jim is joined by John Wiedenbauer, who scouted and helped sign the AL Rookie of the year Kyle Lewis, and Jonathan catches up with Harvey Kuenn Jr., who scouted the NL Rookie of the year Devin Williams. Then, in a tribute to the late Alex Trebek, the trio play Rookie of the year themed Pipeline Jeopardy  
68 min
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Homegrown Dodgers lead to WS Crown, VP of Amate...
Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Jason Ratliff swing into the offseason as they look back at the homegrown talent that led to the Dodgers’ World Series victory. Jim chats with Dodgers VP of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino about his role in building the club’s young talent. The group discusses which teams are poised to make the biggest turnaround next year and predict what players will be in MLB’s Top 10 Prospects at the end of 2021 season. Finally, they light up the Hot Stove to discuss which players received qualifying offers, how that affects the Draft and answer your questions.   
66 min
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Just how good is Randy Arozarena?
Jim Callis, Jason Ratliff and Mike Rosenbaum put the World Series in a prospect context by discussing the ongoing heroics of Randy Arozarena and where he would rank among the best postseason rookies of all time. Does his performance merit him soaring up MLB Pipeline's Rays Top 30 Prospects list and the overall Top 100? After that, Jason tests Jim and Mike with a quiz on past scouting reports of current World Series participants. The guys also discuss instructional league with a focus on Nationals pitchers and open the reader mailbag to answer a question about relief prospects.
58 min
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The World Series and Jazz
Jonathan Mayo, Jason Ratliff and Mike Rosenbaum dig into the World Series as only the Pipeline crew can (though they did make their predictions), looking at how the Dodgers and Rays were built and ranking the World Series players as prospects. Mayo does a deep dive into how the Rays acquired postseason hero Randy Arozarena and interviews Marlins rookie Jazz Chisholm.
63 min
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Scouts honor
On this week's Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff talk about the rookies still making headlines in the postseason, led by the Rays' Randy Arozarena and the Braves' Ian Anderson. The trio really dig into the story of how Anderson was scouted and became the No. 3 overall pick of the Braves back in 2016 before Jim interviewed Rays Scout James Bonnici, the scout who signed ALDS hero Mike Brousseau. Sights turned to next year's Draft as the 2021 Draft order has been set before finishing off with a question from fans about Dodgers catching prospect Keibert Ruiz.
65 min
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Twins Prospect Alex Kirilloff; Top Rookie Posts...
Twins prospect Alex Kirilloff joins the Pipeline Podcast this week and he and Jonathan Mayo discuss playing at the Twins alternative site, making the postseason roster and then making history by getting his first hit during his MLB debut in the postseason. Mayo, Jason Ratliff and Mike Rosenbaum break down other rookies making impressions this postseason. The trio also looks in-depth how these postseason teams were built and which Draft class has the biggest impact among playoff teams. Also, Mike discusses his article ranking the top rookies through statcast metrics. Plus, they answer your questions.
61 min
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The Postseason Cometh!
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff have all things at the intersection of prospects and the MLB playoffs covered, starting with a look at how all 10 top farm systems two years ago are in the postseason now. The trio make their postseason selections, look at rookies who both have made playoff contributions in the past and could impact the postseason this year, looking closely at a pair of surprising Top 100 callups in the Twins’ Alex Kirilloff and the Rays’ Shane McClanahan. After discussing the Top 25 rookies list, they looked at the change in rookie eligibility rules and the Draft date before finishing off by dipping into the mailbag to answer your questions. 
66 min
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Rage Week: Potential No. 1 pick Kumar Rocker; r...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss their ranking of 2020's rookies and the rage it incites among readers. Vanderbilt Ace and potential No. 1 Draft pick Kumar Rocker joins the show. The guys discuss the MLB debuts of Garrett Crochet and Mickey Moniak, Jim and Jonathan's bet about Moniak vs. Zach McKinstry, and rookies who could make an impact this postseason. Plus, they answer your questions.
66 min
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A Look Ahead to the 2021 Draft, Rookie Power Ra...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the best college and high school prospects for the 2021 Draft and explain how the pandemic has affected scouting. They also reveal a new No. 1 player on the Rookie Power Rankings, discuss Rangers catcher Sam Huff's MLB debut, discuss the most exciting prospects in each team's alternate camp and answer your questions.
61 min
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Mariners Prospect Taylor Trammell, MLB’s Hottes...
On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, recently traded Mariners prospect Taylor Trammell joins the show. Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the most improved farm systems in baseball. Plus, find out who joins Rays Outfielder Randy Arozarena among MLB’s hottest rookies. The guys also look toward the 2021 MLB Draft after last week’s Perfect Game All-American Classic. Finally, the trio discusses Jonathan’s roundtable with five MLB Black Scouts which can be found on mlb.com/pipeline.  
71 min
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Top prospects dealt at the Trade Deadline
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff dig into the Trade Deadline and all of the prospects who changed teams as a result, then touch on how trades and the 2020 Draft impact the new farm system rankings. From there, the trio discuss the latest Rookie Power Rankings and examine the Rookie of the Year races before looking at the big league debuts of top prospects like the Braves’ Ian Anderson and the Yankees’ Deivi Garcia while looking forward to the debut of Ke’Bryan Hayes of the Pirates.
69 min
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The Year of the Prospect!
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo talk about the vast quantities of top-tier prospects who have been called up and are currently in the big leagues, as well as the reasons why this is the “Year of the Prospect.” Jim and Jonathan go through the Top 100 prospects who have made their debuts in just the last week alone before discussing the hottest rookies in the game, starting with Rookie of the Year candidates Kyle Lewis and Jake Cronenworth. The duo wraps up the episode by looking into a crystal ball for ideas on which prospects might get traded before the Trade Deadline.
69 min
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Breaking down top 100 prospects who have made t...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff talked about all the Top 100 prospects who have made their big league debuts this year, from recent callups like the Cardinals’ Dylan Carlson, the Phillies’ Alec Bohm and Keibert Ruiz of the Dodgers to looking ahead to the debuts of Tigers top pitching prospects Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal. The trio also dug into the most recent Rookie Power Rankings, lead once again by Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis before finishing up with discussing whether Reid Detmers of the Angels will, and should, be the first 2020 draftee to make the big leagues this season.
60 min
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Breaking down the hottest rookies this season
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast Jim Callis, Mike Rosenbaum and Jason Ratliff take a look at some of the hottest rookies in the big leagues, including Padres’ Jake Cronenworth, Dodgers’ Dustin May and Oakland lefty Jesus Luzardo. They also discuss the debuts of right-handers Luis Patino (Padres) and Spencer Howard (Phillies). The crew digs into some Statcast numbers to help identify what’s behind the strong starts of relievers Josh Staumont (Royals), Jordan Romano (Blue Jays) and Devin Williams (Brewers), and they wrap up the show by looking at some of the top performers from the East Coast Pro Showcase and the Area Code Games.
62 min
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Breaking down the new Top 100 Prospects list
On this week’s episode of the Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the newly unveiled Top 100 list that features 13 members of the 2020 Draft class. The trio discuss which teams now have the most players on the Top 100 and how that might impact their standing on the farm system rankings before looking at prospects -- both elite-level and lesser-known -- who have come up to make an impression in the big leagues during the early stages of the 2020 season.
58 min
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Looking at the big league debuts of top prospec...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down all things Major League debut-related, from Kyle Lewis’ power output to Tyler Stephenson’s home run in his first big league at-bat on the offensive side and from Brady Singer’s first big league start for the Royals to what to expect from the Blue Jays’ Nate Pearson on the mound. Stephenson’s debut sparked a conversation about the difficulty in drafting and developing high school catching and the podcast also turned from guys who are on big league rosters to those who aren’t, focusing on two Brendans in the Top 100: Brendan Rodgers of the Rockies and the Rays’ Brendan McKay. Things wrapped up with Callis discussing his interview (now on MLB.com) with who he feels is the most interesting man in the 2020 Draft: Landon Knack.
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Breaking down prospects to watch on Opening Day...
With the 2020 season about to get started and summer camps winding down, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff spent most of this week’s Pipeline Podcast talking about prospects in camp and their chances to impact the big leagues this year, starting with the news that National League Rookie of the Year favorite Gavin Lux will not start the year with the Dodgers. They discussed prospect who have impressed, like White Sox outfielder Luis Robert and Blue Jays right-hander Nate Pearson, and some who have gotten hurt, like Julio Rodriguez of the Mariners and A.J. Puk of the A’s. The trio touched on where Draft signings stood before Jonathan interviewed Red Sox infield prospect Jeter Downs.
49 min
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Breaking down Opening Day rosters and looking a...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff talked about prospects who could land on Opening Day rosters, candidates for Rookie of the Year and guys who have impressed in summer camp. They also looked ahead to who they’d like to see in the 2021 Futures Game before wrapping up with a look at the 2020 Draft signing landscape.
52 min
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Breaking down the 2020 draft signings, Top 10 p...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff start by talking about players they would’ve loved to see in this year’s Futures Game had it taken place, along with who they would’ve been excited to watch in the PDP League and High School All-Star Game that became a part of All-Star Weekend last year in Cleveland. The trio provided an update on 2020 Draft signings, focusing on some intriguing off-the-radar high school signees by some teams. They broke down the recent Top 10 prospects draft held with colleague Mike Rosenbaum, looked at the farm system rankings Pipeline did according to left-handed and right-handed pitching and finished up by making 2020 Rookie of the Year predictions.
62 min
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Breaking down which prospects will be joining t...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Mike Rosenbaum and Jason Ratliff discuss the cancelation of the Minor League season, prospects who were named to their teams’ 60-man player pools, which 2020 Draft picks we’ll see in the big leagues first and which farm systems have the most talent among their middle-infield prospects. They also look at baseball’s best switch-hitting prospects -- a list led Tampa Bay’s Wander Franco, Baltimore’s Adley Rutschman and 17-year-old Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez – and a couple of record-breaking Draft signings.
57 min
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Breaking down the return of baseball and the im...
  On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss the announcement of a return to baseball and how it might impact prospects and player development, they look at the top performers in the PG National Showcase and break down the recent look at the top farm systems based on talent at catcher. The podcast concludes with Jonathan’s interview with Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez.
55 min
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2020 MLB Draft Recap: What team got the best ha...
Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff reconvene for the first post-Draft Pipeline Podcast to break down their favorite picks and the most surprising selections from the Draft. They also discussed which teams had the best Draft hauls, previewed an upcoming story about each team’s first pick from the 2017 Draft, looked ahead at the 2021 Draft class and finished with a discussion about the non-drafted free agent landscape this summer.
51 min
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Predicting the top of the 2020 Draft, "Tools-Tw...
Just days before the Draft, the Pipeline Podcast crew – Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff – assembled to talk about the upcoming Draft broadcast, discuss the top of the Draft, particularly Spencer Torkelson, and broke down “tools twins,” looking at current Draft prospects and how they compared grades-wise to draftees in years past. Jason then sprung a pop Draft quiz on Jim and Jonathan before Jim’s interview with top high school prospect Zac Veen.
55 min
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Latest buzz surrounding the 2020 Draft, the sco...
Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss the best Draft classes of all time, the unsual scouting story of Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon and the latest buzz surrounding the first round of this year’s Draft. Jim then talks to University of Minnesota right-hander Max Meyer, who most project to be a top 10 pick.
54 min
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Breaking down best draft classes and an intervi...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff dig into Draft history and talk about some of the best Draft classes for teams over the years as well as a look at how the 2010 Draft should’ve have gone with some hindsight. They also look at the top two-way Draft prospects, past and present before discussing the most recent mock draft buzz. Texas A&M lefty Asa Lacy, considered to be the top pitching prospect in the class, chats with Jim to close out the pod.
64 min
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Top 200 Draft prospects, latest mock, best OF p...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss the new Top 200 Draft Prospects list, some of the most intriguing players from the 150-200 range and some similarly ranked players from recent Drafts who have become early picks. They also look at Jim’s latest mock draft and each team’s best outfield prospect of the past 20 years.
48 min
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No. 1 pick: Spencer Torkelson vs. Austin Martin...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discussed what scouting execs had to say about whether Spencer Torkelson or Austin Martin should be the No. 1 Draft pick, identified the best small-school Draft prospects, past and present, and played the tools comp game, looking at current and past Draft prospects.
51 min
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Breaking down International Prospect List and 2...
Jason Ratliff, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo are joined by Jesse Sanchez to break down his newly released Top 30 International Prospects list, led by Yoelqui Cespedes. Then the trio turned their attention to the Draft, which now looks like it will take place on June 10 and analyzed Jonathan's first mock draft of the first round.  
54 min
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Breaking down the new Top 150 Draft Prospects a...
Jason Ratliff, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo break down the new Draft Top 150 prospects rankings and also take a look at the best shortstop prospects over the past 20 years.
55 min
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Callis and Mayo's Top 20 Picks
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jason Ratliff, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo dive into the 2020 Draft as they work on their Draft rankings. Jim and Jonathan did a self-draft, taking turns for the top 20 picks based on who they would want, not what they think teams will do.
50 min
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Analyzing Pipeline Prospect Quizzes; Vlad Jr. v...
On this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jason Ratliff, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo talk about the Pipeline Prospect quiz and how they did in naming the top prospect from each organization. Speaking of prospect quizzes, the trio dove into Jim’s story comparing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Wander Franco, and what scouts in the industry had to say about the duo. They also looked at the top second base prospects for each team and teased Jonathan’s story about ranking the No. 1 prospects from over the years of MLB.com rankings (2004-2020).
52 min
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Breaking down the "expert drafts" and top first...
Jason Ratliff, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo are joined by Pipeline colleague Mike Rosenbaum to discuss the “experts draft” they held. They also talked about the top first base prospects for each organization and the terrific series about scouts by Alexis Brudnicki before closing out with Jonathan’s interview with Twins prospect Royce Lewis.
50 min
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The '20 Draft, all-time prospect teams, compari...
Jason Ratliff, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo talk about the new deal for the MLB Draft, while also disussing Jim and Jonathan’s all-time all-prospect teams, MLB Pipeline’s picks for best catching prospects for each team this century and how their Top 100 measures up when compared to other Top 100 prospects lists put out by colleagues and competitors.
49 min
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Prospects who will be creating buzz in 2022
On today’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff look ahead to 2022 and some prospects who will be generating buzz a couple years down the road. They discuss a big recent international signing (Yhoswar Garcia with the Phillies) and the news that Yoenis Cespedes’ younger brother Yoelqui is now on the market. They also consider how the coronavirus and the suspension of the season could impact the Draft.
39 min
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Breaking down the Top 30 prospects for each club
Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis break down the new Top 30 farm system rankings, talk about their favorite guys who just missed the top 30 team rankings list and discuss their favorite parts of traveling around the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.
37 min
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Prospects in Spring Training to get excited about
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo), as well as Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ, discuss which prospects they are most looking forward to seeing in Spring Training, especially ones that they haven’t seen before, including Yankees OF Jasson Dominguez and Giants SS Marco Luciano, among others. Then, they review which prospects in big league camp they are most intrigued to see compete for a job, including Blue Jays RHP Nate Pearson, Astros RHP Forrest Whitley, Twins SS Royce Lewis, Angels OF Jo Adell, and D-backs C Daulton Varsho.
24 min
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Reviewing the real Mookie Betts trade, the fast...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo), as well as Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ, discuss the finalized deal between the Dodgers and Red Sox that sent Mookie Betts west and netted Boston prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong. Then they review the deal that sent Brusdar Graterol to the Dodgers and the Minor Leaguers involved in that trade, Luke Raley and Jair Camargo. Next, they debate which of the 30 prospects listed as the faster players in each organization is actually the definitive fastest. Finally, they review the best fastballs in the Minor Leagues.
31 min
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Mookie Betts trade reaction and intriguing clos...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo), as well as Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ, discuss the reported trade between the Red Sox, Dodgers and Twins that is sending Mookie Betts to LA. They also touch on the reported trade that is sending Joc Pederson from the Dodgers to the Angels, and the interesting young OF prospect Andy Pages that is expected to be involved. Finally, they review three young pitching prospects who were not quite on the Top 100 list but could be with a strong 2020: White Sox RHP Jonathan Stiever, Twins RHP Jhoan Duran and Rockies LHP Ryan Rolison. 
32 min
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New Top 100 List Discussion and Starling Marte ...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo), as well as Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ, discuss the 2020 Top 100 prospect list and the process behind how the list gets put together, including: why Wander Franco was the unanimous no. 1 overall prospect; the most likely candidates to be no. 1 on the 2021 list; where the 2019 Draft class slotted into the list; which Brewers prospect was closest to cracking to the Top 100; which team’s group of Top 100 prospects is most intriguing; comparing Yankees RHP prospects Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia; and more! Finally, they touch on this week’s trade between the Pirates and D-backs which netted Pittsburgh two very young high-upside prospects, SS Liover Peguero and RHP Brennan Malone.
42 min
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Reviewing the Top 10 2B, SS, 3B, and OF Lists
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo), as well as Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ, discuss the last four Top 10 positional lists in the lead-up to the reveal of the 2020 Top 100 prospects. First, they discuss the 2B list and the nature of putting together a list of the best prospects at a position that is rarely a player’s first choice, Nick Solak’s strong MLB Debut and the upside of Aaron Bracho. Next, they slide across the diamond and cover the shortstops, including many of the highest-ceiling prospects in the Minors. But which of them is most likely to actually stay at shortstop long-term? Then, they discuss the top third base prospects in baseball, why the top half of the list could go in any order and why Bobby Dalbec might be a bit underrated. Finally, they review the top outfield prospects, the deepest position on the new Top 100, and which players not currently on the Top 10 list could comfortably be included this time next year.
39 min
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Reviewing the Top 10 RHP, LHP, C and 1B Lists
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ review the first four positional Top 10 lists. First, they discuss the Top 10 right-handed pitchers list, including Spencer Howard’s breakout, comparing Casey Mize and Nate Pearson and the right-handers that just barely missed the list, like Logan Gilbert. Then they move to the southpaws, covering Tarik Skubal’s meteoric rise, recently traded Matthew Liberatore and the hard-throwing Brailyn Marquez. Next, they delve into the top catching prospects in baseball, including Francisco Alvarez’s aggressive ranking, Sam Huff’s Futures Game-driven breakout, Daulton Varsho’s ranking and why Tyler Stephenson just missed. Finally, they check in on the top first base prospects in the game, including Andrew Vaughn being in his own tier, Triston Casas’ development and the Rockies having three players on one positional list.
51 min
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Angels OF prospects Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh...
From the 2020 Rookie Program in Miami, MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ are joined by two pairs of prospect friends. First, they sit down with Angels OF prospects Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh to discuss the first time they played each other in high school, what they like most about each other’s games and the likely possibility of soon joining Mike Trout in the Anaheim outfield. Then, they are joined by Padres OF Taylor Trammell and Reds C Tyler Stephenson to discuss their longtime friendship dating back to their high school days in Atlanta, playing together in the Reds system, the drama surrounding Trammell’s trade to San Diego, how much they still keep in touch despite no longer being in the same organization and reliving Trammell’s unique Futures Game experiences.
34 min
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Kluber for Clase trade, 2020 Draft fun facts, a...
MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss RHP Sterling Sharp being selected in the Rule 5 Draft, the many sides of the Corey Kluber to Texas trade (especially former Rule 5 pick Delino DeShields Jr.), some of the best fun facts about the top of the 2020 Draft class, and conclude the final Pipeline pod of 2019 with one prospect wish for the 2020 season, both of which involve outfield prospects in the AL West.
33 min
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The Draft goes to Omaha, prospects on the move ...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo), as well as Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss the news that the MLB Draft will be moving to Omaha, the site of the College World Series, and how that will change the way the Draft looks and feels for the better. Next, they discuss the latest Hot Stove trades involving prospects, including the Padres/Rays trade, the Angels/Orioles trade, the Angels/Giants trade, and the White Sox/Rangers trade. Finally, they discuss the Rule 5 Draft and how the new 26-man roster could affect teams’ motivation to select players.
26 min
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A fresh 2020 Draft Top 100 and reacting to the ...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo), as well as Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss the latest edition of the Top 100 Draft prospects for the 2020 Draft. They review the clear top tier of RHP Emerson Hancock, 1B Spencer Torkelson, and SS Austin Martin; the strengths (college pitching) and weaknesses (high school position players) of the class, the guys in the 50-100 range who could rise in the spring, the Draft stock of Blaze Jordan, and more. Finally, they touch on last week’s trade between San Diego and Milwaukee which saw two recently graduated prospects, Trent Grisham and Luis Urias, change teams.
40 min
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Remembering Bellinger as a prospect, Angels and...
Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ joins MLB Pipeline's MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) to look back at NL MVP Cody Bellinger’s days as a prospect. They highlight his time as a lanky high schooler in Arizona and rise to one of the best prospects in baseball in the 2016 Arizona Fall League. Then, the guys turn to the State of the System series and discuss two farm systems on the rise, the Angels and the Giants. Finally, using a recent article on the best athletes from all 30 farm systems, they each draft three players who they believe are the best athletes in the Minors.
29 min
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Alonso and Alvarez Win ROY, 2020 ROY Contenders...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss the vastly different ascents of sluggers Pete Alonso and Yordan Alvarez from their days as amateurs to Rookie of the Year winners. Then, they take a look back at AL Manager of the Year Rocco Baldelli’s past as an elite Draft prospect from Rhode Island in 2000. Finally, Jonathan tells a story of seeing an epic showdown between 2004 first-round picks Justin Verlander and Justin Orenduff, and Jim explains the complex behind-the-scenes story of why the Padres chose not to take Verlander with the no. 1 pick.
46 min
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World Series Reflections and AFL Wrap-up
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss their reflections on the 2019 postseason and the Nationals becoming World Series champions, including the journeys of Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman and the 2005 Draft, and the long-time connection between Mike Rizzo and Max Scherzer. Then, the guys put a bow on the 2019 AFL season with a discussion on some of the biggest breakout players and top Statcast performers, including Rangers RHP Nick Snyder, D-backs SS Geraldo Perdomo, Reds C Tyler Stephenson, and Mets SS Andres Gimenez.
25 min
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Ranking World Series Stars as Prospects, Greg D...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss Jim’s article ranking the players in the 2019 World Series based on how highly rated they were as prospects, and focus specifically on the prospect development of Stephen Strasburg, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and Juan Soto. Then, the guys discuss Athletics OF prospect Greg Deichmann and how he is running away with the Arizona Fall League HR title. Finally, we hear interviews with this week’s AFL Pitcher and Player of the Week – first, Rockies RHP Ashton Goudeau, and then, Twins OF Luke Raley.
34 min
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Fall Stars Recap, Postseason Stars as Prospects...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss a wide variety of topics from the Fall League to the postseason. First, they review a few standouts from the Fall Stars Game, including Rangers RHP Cole Uvila and his spectacularly-high spin rate, and Reds C Tyler Stephenson’s big power. Next, they discuss the recent ejection of Giants prospect Jacob Heyward for arguing balls and strikes with the robot umpir, and how the electronic strike zone has worked thus far in the Fall League. Then, they take a look back on the prospect journeys of current postseason heroes, including a couple excellent Howie Kendrick stories from Jonathan, and the unusual signing stories of super-aces Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer. Finally, we hear two interviews with a couple Arizona Fall League standouts: Jonathan talks to Angels OF prospect Brandon Marsh, then Jordan sits down with Nationals pitching prospect Sterling Sharp.
57 min
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Fall Stars Game Preview, Prospects on Team USA,...
33 min
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The Postseason, Updates from the Fall League, a...
MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) discuss the 2019 Postseason getting under way and how each team was built.  Callis and Mayo make their predictions on who they think will win the World Series and whether or not Clayton Kershaw needs to be dominant to cement his legacy. Next, they give an update from the Arizona Fall League, discussing their early breakout candidates.  Finally, we hear an interview from Padres prospect Owen Miller.
43 min
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The ROY Race, AFL Sleepers, and an Interview wi...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss the 2019 AL and NL Rookie of the Year races, including the historic seasons of Yordan Alvarez and Pete Alonso, the loaded NL rookie class, and comparing Alonso’s rookie year to Aaron Judge’s 2017 campaign. Next, they discuss two other rookies having big Septembers, Mariners OF Kyle Lewis, and Rockies OF Sam Hilliard. Then, they cover three intriguing Arizona Fall League sleepers: Blue Jays RHP Jackson Rees, Cardinals OF Conner Capel, and Dodgers RHP Marshall Kasowski. Finally, we hear an interview from the AFL with Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley, who discusses his second trip to the AFL, and how he has dealt with adversity over the last two seasons.
38 min
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The Fall League begins, Biggest Top 100 Movers,...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss the Arizona Fall League getting under way in Phoenix, where 20 of the Top 100 prospects will be participating over the next six weeks. Jonathan discusses a few early impressions from Opening Day, including the incredible batting practice and infield practice of Pirates SS Oneil Cruz. Then, the guys discuss some of the biggest risers and fallers on the final Top 100 prospects list of the 2019 season, including Twins OF Trevor Larnach, Mariners OF Julio Rodriguez, Nationals SS Luis Garcia, and D-backs OF Kristian Robinson. Next, they discuss Jim’s article projecting the future value of the top rookies that graduated off prospect lists this year. Finally, Jonathan interviews two of the more intriguing Fall League participants about their seasons, Royals LHP Daniel Tillo, and Braves OF Trey Harris.
35 min
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Prospect Team of the Year, Nico Hoerner’s Surpr...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss some of the most notable members the recently announced MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Year, including Josh Rojas, Joe Ryan, Jared Walsh, and Daulton Varsho. Next, they cover the surprise call-up if Cubs INF Nico Hoerner, the first player from the 2018 Draft to reach the big leagues, how he managed to speed through the Minors at such a wild pace, and which 2018 Draftee is most likely to be the next one to make their debut. Finally, they discuss the A’s decision to call up LHP Jesus Luzardo, and how much we can expect him to help Oakland down the stretch.
25 min
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Hitter/Pitcher of the Year, 20-20 Seasons, and ...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss the recently announced MLB Pipeline Hitting and Pitching Prospect of the Year awards, won by White Sox OF Luis Robert and Padres LHP MacKenzie Gore respectively. They discuss why Robert edged out Dodgers INF Gavin Lux for the award, and how his monster season really showed what all the fuss was about when he originally signed with the White Sox. Then, they review Gore’s outstanding season and why he beat out a few other exciting arms that may have had slightly better statistical seasons. Next, they review the 10 Minor League players who joined the 20 HR/20 SB club in 2019, and which of those prospects are most intriguing going forward. Finally, Jordan is joined by Rays pitching prospect Shane Baz to discuss his season in the Midwest League, being teammates with #1 overall prospect Wander Franco, being the youngest pitcher in the upcoming Arizona Fall League, who he is excited to play with and against in the AFL, and more.
31 min
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Fall League Roster Reactions and the Top Colleg...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@jonathanmayo) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss the recently released Arizona Fall League rosters, which feature 20 of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects and a ton of other young talent. The guys discuss which Fall League players they are most excited to see, including Mariners OF Julio Rodriguez, Pirates SS Oneil Cruz, Rays RHP Shane Baz, White Sox OF Blake Rutherford, Astros RHP Forrest Whitley, Padres C Luis Campusano, Red Sox OF Jarren Duran, and many more. Next, they discuss Jim’s list of the top 15 college prospects for the 2020 Draft, how Nick Gonzales played his way onto the list, the potential of Cole Wilcox and C.J. Van Eyk, and more.
29 min
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High School 2020 Draft prospects, Adley Rutschm...
MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis (@JimCallisMLB) and Jordan Shusterman of @CespedesBBQ discuss where the 2020 high school Draft class stands as the summer showcase events have wrapped up, and why RHP Jared Kelley (Refugio, TX) earned the top spot on Jim’s list of the top 15 HS prospects. Next, they discuss the #1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft Adley Rutschman’s recent callup to Class-A Delmarva and how quickly he could move up the Minor League ladder. Then, they cover the return of Red Sox LHP prospect Jay Groome, and where he may factor in among the best left-handed pitching prospects in baseball should his stuff fully return post-surgery. Finally, the guys discuss the new Arizona Fall League schedule and name a few guys that they are most excited to see participate in the AFL.
30 min