THE Joshua Kusnick Experience #19

Recording one day after the tender deadline date, MLB certified agent Joshua Kusnick graciously clears some time to record a NEW Joshua Kusnick Experience!

On this episode Josh begins by giving some insights into the new Jeremy Jeffress contract signed with Milwaukee the previous day.  Next Josh talks about completing a prized baseball set from his childhood and potentially donating/ loaning Vladimir Guerrero memorabilia to the Hall of Fame.  Then our conversation shifts to Kevin Goldstein & Jason Parks from the Podcast Up And In now both having World Series rings (Wow!) and the changing dynamics within the baseball agent industry.  Finally, the topic of free agency and the dearth of signings thus far this winter is discussed and his plans for pranking Jim Bowden at the Winter Meetings next week.

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THE NatsGM Show #111 – Matt Trueblood

THE NatsGM Show #111 has dropped and we are pleased to welcome from Baseball Prospectus and Penning Bull, Matt Trueblood!

On this episode Matt breaks down the upcoming National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals, including the strengths & weaknesses of each team, story lines for the series and expectations for Bryce Harper.  In addition, Matt gives his theories for why each team will win and lose this series, along with a prediction for the outcome.

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THE NatsGM Show #103 – Guest Bennett Brauer

THE NatsGM Show Episode #103 is now available and we are proud to welcome author at BP Toronto & former minor league executive, Bennett Brauer!

This week’s episode focuses on the business side of minor league baseball, as Bennett describes the differences between a major and minor league general manager and the relationship between the team and the parent organization.  Then our conversation shifts and he describes the importance of promotional items to minor league teams, and what a typical day is for someone working in a general manager capacity.  Finally Bennett gives some advice to those who might want to work in baseball and we play a game of “Rapid Fire”.

Thank you to Bennett for joining me this holiday week and to you for downloading!

Scouting The MLB Draft – Interview with Christopher Crawford

IMG_1528With the 2016 MLB Draft now less than 2 weeks away, I reached out to Baseball Prospectus writer and noted draft guru Christopher Crawford to ask him a few questions about this year’s prospect crop.  Even this close to draft day, Christopher was kind enough to spare some time to answer a few questions.

NatsGM – “So Chris, the place to start is your “big-picture” thoughts on this year’s draft crop – How is this class talent wise and what are the strengths and weaknesses of the class overall?”

C. Crawford – “It’s a frustrating class. One week you’ll look at this group and think it’s one of the best of the decade, the next you’ll compare it to some of the dreadful classes of the previous. The strength to me is in the outfield, there’s a couple of handfuls full of guys who can make an impact both at the prep and collegiate level. The weakness is pitching, particularly in college. This is the worst collegiate pitching class that I can remember in quite some time.”

NatsGM – “There are two high school arms getting plenty of attention this year, Jason Groome and Riley Pint – Thoughts on these two and whom do you prefer?”

C. Crawford – “Groome is the top player on my board. He’s a southpaw who has shown two 70 pitches in his fastball and a disgusting curveball, and he’ll complement them with a pretty solid change as well. He’s had some command issues and that whole suspension thing, but he’s still the guy I’d take 1.1. 

Pint has the best fastball of any pitcher — college or prep — eligible this year, and if you gear for that as a hitter, he can make you feel silly with a plus change. The issue is the delivery; there’s some effort, and I’m not sure it’s conducive to having starter command long-term. The upside is huge, but the floor is reliever, unfortunately.

NatsGM – “If you were the GM of each team inside the top-5, who would you take (not who do you think they will take) and why?”

C. Crawford – “I believe in taking the best player available approach, so if I’m Philly, I’m taking Jason Groome, if I’m Cincinnati I am taking Corey Ray, If I’m Atlanta I’m taking Delvin Perez, if I’m Colorado I’m taking Blake Rutherford and if I’m Milwaukee I’m taking Braxton Garrett. That will almost assuredly not be what happens, but that’s how I’d do it if someone were foolish enough to let me try.

NatsGM – “Let’s do some Rapid Fire Question –  Who is your favorite Day 2 prospect(s) and/or your personal cheeseball in this class?”

C. Crawford – “Really tough to say, but a guy I really like who will likely go on day 2 is Bo Bichette, a infielder who can really hit and gets rave reviews about his instincts. My favorite cheeseball is the kind with the nuts.

NatsGM – “Who is your favorite HS bat, Rutherford, Moniak or someone else?”

C. Crawford – “Delvin Perez. I get the immaturity questions, but in terms of just pure upside, he’s the best player in the class.

NatsGM – “Best catching prospect (long-term) in this crop?

C. Crawford – “It’s close, but I would have to say Matt Thaiss. He’s not a lock to stick behind the plate, but he can really swing the bat, so he doesn’t have to be an elite defender.”

Thank you so much Christopher.  I want to encourage everyone to buy his 2016 MLB Draft Guide available here -> https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/baseball-prospectus-mlb-draft/id1090576351?mt=11