Future Projection Episode 47: An Off The Charts Episode

Image credit: Wander Franco (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

Ben Badler and Carlos Collazo chat about their varying levels of disdain for the phrases “have a catch,” “off the charts” and new pitch classification trends before getting into a conversation about why evaluating younger players is so exciting—and difficult!—at times.

The two talk about how excellent the Rays have been early this season, starting the year 13-0, and seemingly winning every trade they make. Carlos makes the case that Wander Franco is in the midst of a breakout season and Ben makes the case that he’s already the superstar player we all expected and hoped he would be. Then they get into the depth of the Rays system and talk about some of their impressive upper-level bats.

The duo then discuss how electric Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday has continued to be, and compare and contrast him with another 2022 first-round shortstop who has similarly done nothing but produce in his professional time so far: Mariners No. 2 prospect Cole Young.

After that, the two talk about D-backs prospect Druw Jones and his fantastic catch, and try to think about how they would place Jones with the current 2023 high school outfield duo of Walker Jenkins and Max Clark.

At the end of the podcast, the two take a few listener questions, including complex league talk, a rising prep prospect in the 2023 class and how they would tier break the top of the 2023 draft class.

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