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bnpodcastimagesmallIt’s the fifteenth episode of a super awesome podcast featuring me and Sahadev Sharma (and another guest!). You can listen to the podcast there below, or download it for later listening. You can also subscribe via iTunes. Here’s your iTunes link, and you can also find it by searching in the iTunes store. For those of you who use other feed-catching services, here’s the podcast feed. For those of you just tuning in who want to catch up on prior episodes, here’s the whole lot.

As always, you can send questions, comments, etc. to the official podcast email address (podcast AT bleachernation DOT com) if you want your thoughts included on a future show. Today’s email (alas, just one) hit on a very prescient topic: sleeper prospects.

And the question was prescient because the episode’s guest is the national prospect/player development writer at Baseball Prospectus, Jason Parks. You may know him more simply as “the really smart prospect dude at BP.” You may also know him as ProfessorParks on Twitter, and, if you don’t, you should give him a follow. He also used to do the wildly popular Up and In podcast with Kevin Goldstein, so he’s something of a titan in the field.

Jason was good enough to sit down with us for the better part of an hour to talk about all things Chicago Cubs prospects. We touch on how prospects are evaluated and ranked, the Baez/Almora debate, the value of a Logan Watkins, the future of Arodys Vizcaino’s arm, the future of Christian Villanueva’s bat, the young arms in the Cubs’ system, the possibility of a Cubs prospect rocketing up the rankings a la Oscar Tavares, developing prospects at certain positions, and much, much more.

Jason also expresses a deep fondness for Cincinnati chili and fedoras. Or the opposite of that. Sahadev and I hit on some of the latest news, Sahadev trolls TMZ, and we look back on the first 15 weeks of the podcast.

Enjoy:

  • cjdubbya

    No disrespect to Mr. Parks meant by this whatsoever, but I was really hoping that Brett’s hint on Twitter yesterday was in reference to Nick Offerman, because I think that’d be a pretty awesome podcast guest to get. (saw the hint and thought Parks & Recreation, then combined that w/ the Nick & Craig New Era hat commercials and got hopeful for a bit).

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Although it would be swell to talk to Ron Swanson, Jason’s knowledge is a bit more substantive …

      • TWC

        I can imagine Ron Swanson taking exception to that comment.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Ron would spend most of the interview talking about the craftsmanship of bats. Which would be fine.

          • TWC

            I’d actually listen to that one.

            • Internet Random

              Heh.

    • JoeyCollins

      Didn’t think about Offerman at all but now that you mention it that would be awesome. This may need to happen now.

  • Scott

    Brett,

    Non-itunes link isn’t working for me. Using Chrome on a windows laptop.

    • Scott

      Got it.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      When you say the link isn’t working, what do you mean? It doesn’t load, or it doesn’t work in your feed-catching service? I’m on Chrome (Mac), and the link opens properly to the feed.

  • Mirky Waters

    Brett-

    Jed Hoyer is going to be on AM 670 at noon.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks for the heads up.

  • Spencer

    So does Sahadev like being both the producer and the host?

    • Sahadev Sharma

      It’s definitely more fun to be the producer when you’re also the host. Being able to get the guest and also be the one to interview them is much easier to enjoy.

      • Spencer

        I can imagine that makes the experience more enjoyable. This was a good listen, nice work gents.

  • TC

    WHOA guys this is AWESOME that’s a pretty big get for the podcast! NICE!

  • Marc N.

    Surprised Soler didn’t get a mention with Baez as far as a guy who can explode in the rankings ala Taveras.

    I’m not sure how much I disagree with Parks on Almora not being an explosive talent, but there is some disagreement there. His perceived upside is hurt a little by the fact that he isn’t a possessor of any wow physical tools, which is fine, but I feel like that is simplifying the talent a little. Maybe I’m just overly biased here as Almora is already my favorite prospect in the system. Parks did have alot of good to say about him anyway…

  • beerhelps

    Just finished the podcast, it may be the best yet. Keep up the good work Ace and Sahadev!

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  • Finner

    That was awsome. Best one yet. Thanks Brett.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Thanks, Finner. Most of the credit goes to Jason and Sahadev on this one.

      • Finner

        Tell them thanks too.

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  • WNebCub

    Anyone else experiencing problems trying to listen to podcast off the BN website…click play it won’t play, play in other window won’t work and downloading it won’t play.

    i usually listen on my phone at home of itunes, but at work today looking for the fix and can’t access it.

  • WNebCub

    nevermind got podcast download figured out.

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