Effectively Wild Episode 1595: How Cleveland Became a Pitching Powerhouseon September 26, 2020 at 3:12 am

Effectively Wild Episode 1595: How Cleveland Became a Pitching Powerhouse

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about late-season playoff uncertainty, whether they’re happy with how the playoff field has turned out, the Cubs’ strange season, the surprising number of top prospects who’ve made their MLB debuts in 2020, and the percentage of promoted prospects who’ve skipped the upper levels of the minors. Then (20:47) they talk to free agent left-handed pitcher David Speer about spending six seasons in Cleveland’s system, witnessing the team turn into a pitcher development powerhouse, the organization’s individualized plans for pitchers, learning about and being receptive to advanced stats and technology, nature vs. nurture, playing with many members of Cleveland’s current staff, reaching Triple-A, getting released and job-hunting in 2020, the reduction of the draft and contraction of the minors, minor league pay, and preserving player dev advantages.

Audio intro: Jim James, “Out of Time
Audio interstitial: Yo La Tengo, “Periodically Double or Triple
Audio outro: The Roches, “Losing Our Job

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