Kelly’s Westport Inn and the Kansas City Baseball Vault Present: Awards, Projections and More 2014

It’s the time of year when all the prospect lists start hitting the press, and we took a look at two of them: MLB.com’s top 100 and the top 101 from Baseball Prospectus.

What followed was a look at the differences between the two. MLB had four Royals listed; BP had seven. Why? We talked about the differing perspectives we saw in the building of the lists and talked about some of the intriguing players like Sean Manaea, who both sides liked (but only one ranked), and Yordano Ventura, who both liked, but BP *really* liked.

We also did a brief look around the state of the AL Central and discussed ZiPS projections and the Clay Davenport 77-85 projection for the Royals 2014 record that everyone’s been bringing up. Along with those, we talked about the relative importance of stats in analyzing the game, and how projections can answer some questions, and don’t answer others.

Then, we looked at the starting pitching market in the wake of the Mashiro Tanaka signing with New York and Matt Garza’s deal with the Brewers, including a comparison of Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez and what their value really is now and what it might be in the future. We also included a brief discussion of the value of contracts.

Finally, we wrapped up with a few little odds and ends – Jon Rauch signed a minor league deal, Justin Maxwell settled on an arbitration amount, FanFest is coming again (and listen to the episode to see how you can win some money to Kelly’s Westport Inn) – before digging into Royalman’s quest to reach the MLB Fan Cave and finishing with some words about Mike MacFarlane and Bob Kendrick making it into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

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