Rates & Barrels: A show about Baseball

Rates & Barrels: A show about Baseball

By The Athletic

Eno Sarris and Derek VanRiper, along with Trevor May and Britt Ghiroli, discuss advanced stats, strategy, prospects and more. From the first move of the Hot Stove season to the final pitch of the World Series, join us for year-round baseball talk.

Episodes

The 2024 Second-Half Rebound Draft, Jacob Wilson Comps & Weekly Waiver Targets

Eno and DVR host their first second-half rebound draft looking for players who have accrued negative value to this point (12-team, 5x5 leagues) with the best chances of turning things around in the second half. Plus, they consider comps for the recently promoted Jacob Wilson, Brooks Baldwin's opportunity with the White Sox, River Ryan's model-breaking arsenal, and a few names to consider on the waiver wire this weekend. Rundown 1:31 Second-Half Rebound Draft: Luis Robert Jr. v. Gerrit Cole 4:50 Xander Bogaerts & Dansby Swanson 7:50 Blake Snell & Kevin Gausman 11:56 Josh Lowe & Bo Bichette 15:44 Lars Nootbaar & Hunter Brown 17:51 A Waffle to Yusei Kikuchi, the Case for Closers & Sean Murphy 23:01 Camilo Doval & Edwin Díaz 27:52 Project Prospect: Jacob Wilson Gets the Call 34:25 Brooks Baldwin's Opportunity in Chicago 39:30 River Ryan's Model-Breaking Stuff Numbers 47:14 Other Pitching Prospects to Consider Stashing 53:09 Injured Pitchers Nearing Return 58:12 The 12-Team Mixed League Outfield Puzzle 1:04:55 Future Saves: Time to Stash Ben Joyce & A.J. Puk? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Thursdays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Hosts: Derek VanRiper & Eno Sarris Producer: Brian Smith Executive Producer: Derek VanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/241h 11m

Trade Deadline Surprises, The Cards & Red Sox as Contenders & Getting Beat by Pull-Happy Hitters

Eno, DVR and Trevor discuss the Cubs and Dodgers squaring off in Tokyo to begin the 2025 regular season, mic'ing up pitchers, potential Trade Deadline Surprises, how the Cardinals and Red Sox might approach necessary upgrades in the coming weeks, and how to pitch Isaac Paredes and other pull-happy power hitters. Rundown 5:32 Mic'ing Up Pitcher on the Job 11:01 Making Cases for Unexpected Players to Be Traded 23:43 How Would You Approach the Cardinals' Trade Deadline? 33:13 How Would You Approach the Red Sox's Trade Deadline? 49:55 The Game Plan: Pitching to Isaac Paredes & Pull-Happy Power Hitters Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us at 1p ET/10a PT on Thursday, July 18th for our next livestream! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Host: Derek VanRiper & Eno Sarris With: Trevor May Producer: Brian Smith Executive Producer: Derek VanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/07/241h 13m

Teoscar Hernández's Home Run Derby Win, Yearly Changes in Pull Rate & Bidding Frenzies

Eno and DVR discuss Teoscar Hernández's Home Run Derby win, and how he's managed to do so much more at the plate than Adolis García despite similar strikeout, walk and barrel rates. Plus, they look at spray angles for hitters, and wonder if Anthony Volpe might put everything together in the final two-and-a-half months of the season.  Rundown 1:23 Teoscar Hernández Wins the 2024 Home Run Derby 10:42 Adolis García as a Failed Comp 16:36 Year-to-Year Changes in Pull Rate 20:24 Can Anthony Volpe Consolidate 2023 & 2024 Approaches? 30:10 Kevin Gausman: Trusting Recent Success? 34:35 Clayton Kershaw's Velocity Returning in Rehab Starts? 36:36 How to Manage Luis Gil & Other Potential Workload Restrictions for SPs 44:58 Is MJ Melendez Pulling Us Back In 49:59 Rates & Barrels Listener Check-In 52:12 Where the Money Went: Hunter Harvey, Rece Hinds & Lawrence Butler 1:02:23 Intriguing Drops: Edward Cabrera, Colton Cowser & David Fry Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Thursdays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Hosts: Derek VanRiper & Eno Sarris Executive Producer: Derek VanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/07/241h 18m

Recapping Day 1 of the 2024 MLB Draft w/Melissa Lockard

Melissa Lockard joins Eno and DVR discuss Day 1 of the MLB Draft including the Guardians' decision to take Travis Bazzana first overall, Charlie Condon's outlook with a future that includes playing half of his games at Coors Field, top pitchers Chase Burns and Hagen Smith going second and fifth to the Reds and White Sox, respectively, Nick Kurtz's fit with the A's, Jac Caglianone's chances of continuing as a two-way player with the Royals, and a few intriguing picks outside of the Top-10, including switch-pitcher Jurrangelo Cijntje, who went 15th overall to the Mariners.  Rundown 1:05 The Guardians Select Travis Bazzana First Overall 4:47 Charlie Condon Heads to Colorado 7:15 The Growing Trend of Fast-Tracking Prospects 12:11 Chase Burns Goes No. 2 Overall to Cincinnati 16:13 A Draft That Went Largely to Script Up Top? 23:13 Nick Kurtz's Fit with the A's 26:00 Jac Caglianone & Two-Way Players In This Class 32:39 Hagen Smith to the White Sox (Smith v. Burns) 35:15 Trey Yesavage Slides to the Blue Jays at No. 20 38:17 Intriguing Players Outside the Top-10 Overall 46:31 Best Draft Class Foundations Through Day 1 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Melissa on Twitter: @MelissaLockard Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us at 1p ET/10a PT on Thursday, July 18th for our next livestream! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Hosts: Derek VanRiper & Eno Sarris With: Melissa Lockard Executive Producer: Derek VanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/07/241h 2m

Paul Skenes' Dominance, Mailbag Questions & Weekend Waiver Preview

Eno and DVR discuss Paul Skenes' latest dominant performance -- seven no-hit innings against the Brewers on Thursday -- and the balance of preserving his workload to make him available if the Pirates remain in playoff contention through September. Plus, a setback for Jordan Lawlar, charges filed against Wander Franco in the Dominican Republic, mailbag questions about Gerrit Cole and Luis Castillo, and a few players to consider this weekend in weekly formats.  Rundown 1:01 Paul Skenes Carries A No-Hitter Through Seven 10:01 A Setback for Jordan Lawlar 17:14 Steven Kwan & The 'Lucky' Power Hitter Eno's Story ($) https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5632162 21:56 Wander Franco Charged in Dominican Republic 23:50 Thoughts on Gerrit Cole Through Four 2024 Starts? 31:14 Buying Into Big Second Half for Josh Lowe? 36:56 What Is Going On With Luis Castillo's Slider? 41:59 Curating Your Own "What Happened?" Data 50:55 Project Prospect: 50+ FV, 2024 MLB ETAs, Yet to Debut 55:47 Weekend Waiver Preview: Matt Wallner & Rece Hinds Bring Power  1:05:32 Pitchers to Consider: Luis L. Ortiz, Keider Montero, Justin Wrobleski, Yilber Diaz Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Thursdays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Host: Derek VanRiper & Eno Sarris Executive Producer: Derek VanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/241h 21m

Bobby Miller's Reset, 10 Years of Statcast & Pitching to Gunnar Henderson

Eno, DVR and Trevor discuss the demotion of Bobby Miller as his 2024 struggles have persisted, the Dodgers' pitching depth being tested more than expected, 10 years of Statcast, and 'new' tools that they think will be a big part of the conversation 10 years from now. Plus, they look at what happens in extended plate appearances, how they would pitch to Gunnar Henderson, and a red-hot start to the MLB career of Reds outfielder Rece Hinds. Rundown 1:18 Trevor Needs to Tell DVR Where He's Buying Cool Hats 3:52 Bobby Miller Optioned by Dodgers; Headed to Triple-A Oklahoma City 14:00 Celebrating of 10 Years of Statcast 25:04 What 'New' Tool(s) Will Be Even Better Down the Road? 39:43 What Happens During and After Extended Plate Appearances? 57:30 The Game Plan: How to Pitch to Gunnar Henderson 1:06:54 Rece Hinds' Starts His MLB Career on a Heater Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us at 1p ET/10a PT on Thursday, July 18th for our next livestream! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Host: Derek VanRiper With: Eno Sarris, Trevor May Executive Producer: Derek VanRiper Producer: Brian Smith Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/241h 19m

How The Guardians Have Surprised Us, Misevaluations of Francisco Lindor & The Yankees' Flaws

Eno, Britt, and DVR discuss how the Guardians have exceeded our expectations and found success in a different way in 2024, the surprising snub of Francisco Lindor from the NL All-Star Team roster, the actual flaws of the Yankees amidst a 5-15 stretch over their last 20 games, and a few trade fits for Jazz Chisholm Jr. Rundown 1:10 The Guardians Are Making Us Look Foolish, But How? 11:16 Great Defense is Often Underrated 18:02 Trading for Pitching...in Cleveland? 25:57 Why Don't People Evaluate Francisco Lindor Correctly? 33:39 Lindor Snubbed by His Peers!? 40:05 Assessing the Yankees' Actual Flaws 46:50 The Importance of Clarke Schmidt's Eventual Return 54:04 Finding the Right Fit for Jazz Chisholm Jr. Trade Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us Thursday at 1p ET/10a PT for our weekly live episode with Trevor May! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/07/241h 2m

Shane Baz Is Back in the Rays' Rotation & Finding the Next Hunter Brown

Eno and DVR discuss the busy long weekend in baseball including the return of Shane Baz to the Rays' rotation, the quietly productive season from Luis L. Ortiz, who now has an opportunity to start in Pittsburgh again, and the search for the 'next' Hunter Brown. Plus, they take a look back at where the money was spent in weekly leagues.  Rundown 3:10 Injury Updates 8:26 Ranking of ROS Impact of Currently IL'd Pitchers 16:53 Shane Baz Returns to the Rays' Rotation 22:37 Is Luis L. Ortiz Having a Breakout? 26:16 Can We Find Another Hunter Brown? 37:05 Yilber Diaz Getting a Look in Arizona 41:17 Where the Money Went: Brooks Lee & Yariel Rodriguez 51:37 A Splashy Bid From Eno 1:00:41 Spencer Arrighetti and 'The Line' for Pitching in 12-teamers Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Thursdays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/07/241h 11m

Aaron Civale to the Brewers, Home Run Derby Tweaks, A Derby for Pitchers & Trouble Spot Splits

Eno, DVR and Trevor discuss the Brewers' acquisition of Aaron Civale from the Rays, and Shane Baz's return to the Tampa Bay rotation. They also cover the tweaks to the Home Run Derby rules, and try to design an equivalent showcase for pitchers to have during All-Star Week in future years. Plus, Trevor shares a few more deep splits looking at Trouble Situations and rest for pitchers. Rundown 1:45 Aaron Civale Traded to Brewers; Changes On Tap? 13:27 Shane Baz's Progression Through Rehab Assignment & Recent Triple-A Outings 20:54 Modifications to Home Run Derby Rules 28:11 What Would a Pitcher Equivalent of the Derby Look Like? 36:02 Trouble Situations for Pitchers 40:46 Performance Around Rest 48:39 Hypermobility v. Hypomobility 1:00:19 Q&A From the Stream Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us at 1p ET/10a PT on Thursday, July 11th for our next livestream!https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/07/241h 10m

A Prospect Promotion In July, Building Midseason Momentum & A Fast Decline

Eno, Britt, and DVR congratulate Jayson Stark for his induction in the NSMA Hall of Fame, and discuss the arrival of James Wood and the intriguing timing of his promotion by the Nationals relative to the league's tendencies to promote top prospects. Plus, they discuss a few teams attempting to carrying the momentum of strong June into the second half, before discussing a handful of players they are interested in seeing during the Futures Game, and the swift decline of Tim Anderson.  Rundown 0:44 Jayson Stark Inducted to the NSMA Hall of Fame 4:00 The Nats' Decision to Promote James Wood on July 1 14:02 Whose June Momentum Will Carry Into Second Half? 25:23 The Cardinals Are Quietly Hanging Around & Pitching Well Recently 33:28 Futures Game Rosters Released 39:42 KBO Regular Season Games in Theaters?! 44:01 Tim Anderson DFA'd by Marlins; Why Did He Decline So Quickly Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us Wednesday at 1p ET/10a PT for our weekly live episode with Trevor May! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/2454m 20s

Timing the Rebuild, Evaluating the Fringe Fantasy Contributors & James Wood's Promotion

Eno and DVR discuss how to navigate the timing of playing for the future in long-term leagues, the difficulty in making decision in shallow leagues at the bottom of the roster, the promotion of James Wood by the Nationals, Triston McKenzie's demotion to Columbus, and where the money went over the weekend in weekly FAAB leagues.  Rundown 0:56 Timing a Rebuild (How to Avoid Being Like the Angels) 10:37 Assessing the Fringe Player in Shallow Leagues 21:52 James Wood Promoted by Nats, Debuting Monday 27:54 Triston McKenzie Optioned to Triple-A 32:23 Injury Updates: Jordan Romano, Josh Jung & Mike Trout 39:57 Where the Money Went 51:25 Heston Kjerstad Comps Based on Hard-Hit Rate & Max Exit Velocity 59:53 Weekend Drops: Davis Schneider & Dylan Moore Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us at 1p ET/10a PT on Wednesday, July 3rd for our next livestream! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/07/241h 11m

2024 Predictions Check-In, The Rangers & Reds Reach a Fork in the Road, and Pitching to Steven Kwan

Eno, DVR and Trevor discuss Eno's story examining the long-term pitch velocity ceiling, how a few of their 2024 predictions are looking as the first half of the season comes to close, the Trade Deadline outlook for the Rangers and Reds, plus a game plan for pitching to Steven Kwan. Rundown 1:04 Where Was Trevor on the Night of August 5th, 2019? 4:45 The Human Limit for Pitching Velocity ($) https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5571107 13:00 Bold Predictions: Midseason Check-In 24:58 How Well Is Information Being Communicated to Players? 34:37 The Rangers at the Fork -- What Will Texas Do at the Trade Deadline? 44:11 The Reds at the Fork -- Is a 2024 Playoff Berth Still In the Works? 54:47 The Game Plan: How To Pitch to Steven Kwan Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us at 1p ET/10a PT on Wednesday, July 3rd for our next livestream! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/241h 11m

Midseason Buy-High Considerations & Weekend Waiver Preview

Eno and DVR discuss midseason buy-highs while taking a trip through the FanGraphs 2024 Player Rater. Plus, they discuss a few pickups to consider ahead of the weekend, including Jhonkensy Noel in Cleveland, Heston Kjerstad in his second stint with the O's this season, and David Festa joining the rotation for the Twins. Rundown 3:55 Gunnar Henderson Makes the Leap to First-Round Status 6:31 Ranger Suárez: No. 1 SP in Player Rater for 2024 (So Far) 11:15 Accounting for Wins in a Player Rater 15:15 Adjusting Ratio Baselines for Run Environment 18:08 Which Hitter(s) Are You Targeting? 25:14 Brice Turang's Step Forward and Projecting Ceiling Comps 34:11 Which Pitcher(s) Are You Targeting? 41:35 A Case for Joe Ryan 43:55 Weekend Waiver Preview: Jhonkensy Noel & Heston Kjerstad 54:32 Weekend Waiver Preview: David Festa & Hayden Birdsong\ Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/06/241h

The Outlook in Anaheim with Sam Blum

Sam Blum of The Athletic joins Eno and DVR to discuss all things Angels, including the impact of manager Ron Washington during a challenging year, the overall direction of the club with Arte Moreno's decision to continue forward as owner, and the future of Mike Trout.  Rundown 0:43 The Impact of Ron Washington on the 2024 Angels 7:23 Missed Opportunities to Add Depth 11:52 Should the Angels Have Perry Minasian Lead the Rebuild? 17:00 Fast Promotions for Zach Neto & Nolan Schanuel 21:00 Angels Prospects Nearing an Opportunity 26:11 Arte Moreno's Decision to Take the Team Off the Market 31:09 Mike Trout's Future in Anaheim 41:10 José Soriano as a Key Piece of the Core? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Sam on Twitter: @SamBlum3 e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/2450m 55s

Edwin Díaz's Sticky Stuff Ejection, Max Scherzer Returns, and Lowered Expectations

Eno and DVR discuss another busy weekend of baseball that included a sticky-stuff ejection for Mets' closer Edwin Díaz, the return of Max Scherzer to the Rangers' rotation, more injuries in the Marlins' starting unit, Giancarlo Stanton's quietly strong season before a trip to the IL, and much more.  Rundown 4:57 Edwin Díaz: Ejected for Sticky Substance Violation; 10-game Suspension on Tap 10:11 Max Scherzer: Picks Up Victory in Return from IL 15:02 Jesús Luzardo Likely Out 4-6 Weeks 22:36 Giancarlo Stanton's Quietly Good 2024 30:25 Which Early-Round Player(s) Are You Avoiding in Trades? FanGraphs Player Rater: https://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy-tools/player-rater  45:45 Where the Money Went 58:05 Weekend Drops Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/06/241h 8m

A Memorable Night at Rickwood Field, the 2024 Run Environment & Bequeathed Baserunners

Eno, DVR and Trevor discuss a few takeaways from Thursday night's game between the Cardinals and Giants at Rickwood Field, the 2024 MLB run environment and try to determine why scoring has fallen back to 2022 levels despite rule changes implemented last season to increase offense. Plus, they look at deep split stats for starters and relievers to take a closer look at inherited and bequeathed runners, and which pitchers battle back most often from difficult counts. Rundown 1:34 Takeaways From Thursday's Game at Rickwood Field 8:16 The 2024 MLB Run Environment 13:29 Is Talent Being Maximized More Effectively Now Than Ever Before? 21:24 Eno Is Ready to Adjust the Mound 26:58 But, What is a Reasonable Adjustment 30:52 Looking at 3-0 Counts & Pitcher Mindset 44:27 Why You Should Care About Inherited & Bequeathed Runners 55:14 Relievers Adapting to Current Stolen-Base Environment 59:00 Bob Feller's Fastball Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/241h 2m

The Greatness of Willie Mays, Gerrit Cole Returns & Another Surprise in Cleveland

Eno and DVR discuss the greatness of Willie Mays following his passing at the age of 93 earlier this week. Plus, they take a look around the league at key injury news, including an opportunity in the Houston rotation with Justin Verlander's move to the IL, before checking in on minor-league news and notes, and a few early waiver-wire considerations for the weekend. Rundown 5:31 Willie Mays Passes Away at 93 13:41 Gerrit Cole Returns From the IL 19:25 Kyle Bradish Undergoes Tommy John Surgery with Internal Brace 24:02 Max Scherzer Returning Saturday Against the Royals 30:56 Jake Bloss Getting a Call to Houston 35:42 Jordan Lawlar On Minor-League IL with Hamstring Strain 39:45 Dylan Crews Joins James Wood at Triple-A 43:15 Other Prospect News & Notes 51:47 Daniel Schneeman Getting a Look in Cleveland 56:35 Ben Rice and Other Bats to Consider 1:01:45 Tobias Myers Roster Rates on the Rise Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/06/241h 9m

Pat Hoberg, Parity in Mid-June, Tatis' Quiet Move Back Toward Stardom & Snoop in the Brewers' Booth

Eno, Britt, and DVR discuss MLB's disciplinary action against umpire Pat Hoberg for violating the league's gambling rules, and Hoberg's ongoing appeal. Plus, they consider the parity with all but two teams in the National League within two games of a playoff position as play began Tuesday, Fernando Tatis Jr.'s bid to return to stardom with less fanfare outside of San Diego, and Snoop Dogg's surprise visit to the Brewers broadcast over the weekend.  Rundown 1:12 Pat Hoberg Disciplined by MLB for Violating Gambling Rules 10:31 Can Hoberg's Appeal Actually Change Anything? 12:50 Mid-June Parity: Love It or Leave It? 28:57 Remind Us if This is Still Happening in September 34:05 Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Quiet Move Back Toward Stardom 42:36 Jurickson Profar's Amazing 2024 46:05 Snoop Dogg Dropped by the Brewers' TV Booth Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/241h 3m

Impactful Injuries for the Dodgers, Tough June Hitter Rankings & The Weekend Shuffle

Eno and DVR discuss a weekend packed with impactful injuries, a few tough hitters to rank as their "new" roles become more stable, Manny Machado's push to play through injuries this season, and fallout from the weekend roster shuffle in weekly leagues. Rundown 3:20 An Apology to Our Friends in Europe 8:46 Mookie Betts Suffers a Fractured Wrist 18:25 Yoshinobu Yamamoto: Goes on IL with Rotator Cuff Strain 24:01 Corbin Carroll Leaves with Oblique Injury 25:50 Trea Turner Returns; Is the Outfield A Possibility? 28:00 Bryan Woo's Forearm Discomfort 30:51 Tough Ranks: David Fry, David Hamilton & Addison Barger 46:57 Manny Machado & Playing Through Injuries 53:05 Where the Money Went: Saves in Seattle & Toronto, Cade Povich and DJ Herz 1:08:20 Weekend Drops of Note Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/241h 18m

Baseball at Rickwood Field, Team Rebound Candidate & Game Planning for Luis Gil

Eno, DVR and Trevor discuss historic Rickwood Field, ahead of next week's matchup between the Cardinals and Giants in Birmingham, teams with currently low playoff odds with a chance to rebound toward contention, and how they would approach hitting Yankees starter Luis Gil. Read More about the history of Rickwood Field in this SABR article from Clarence Watkins: https://sabr.org/bioproj/park/rickwood-field-birmingham/ Rundown 3:52 Rickwood Field Hosting Cardinals-Giants Next Week 8:57 Where Else Should MLB Play Regular Season Games? 10:56 Trevor's Case for the Giants to Rebound Into 2024 Contention 18:33 Eno's Case for the Pirates 23:30 DVR's Case for the Reds & Attempting to Understand Andrew Abbott 38:06 How to Hit Against Luis Gil 54:54 Listener Question: Intangible Aspects of Playing 162 Games Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/241h 7m

Searching for Buy-Low Bats, Banking on a Pablo López Bounce Back & Weekend Waiver Preview

Eno and DVR search for buy-low bats and discussing the struggles of Austin Riley, Julio Rodríguez, and Dansby Swanson -- plus a group of hitters that may look like buy-low targets on the surface, but could underwhelm the rest of the way. Plus, they answer a few mailbag questions, and look ahead at potential pickups on the waiver wire this weekend. Rundown 1:58 Austin Riley is Going to Be OK...Right? 6:18 Julio Rodríguez & Dansby Swanson 10:53 The 'Don't Buy' Lows 17:32 Corbin Carroll v. CJ Abrams in the Past Calendar Year 23:26 Is MJ Melendez the Opposite of Isaac Paredes? 30:09 What's Going on with Pablo López? 34:25 FanGraphs Custom Leaderboards as Watchlists 37:15 Should the Dodgers Target a Shortstop Instead of an Outfielder 44:51 Weekend Waiver Preview 55:14 First Impressions of Drew Thorpe Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/241h 4m

The Top of the 2024 MLB Draft Class, Rookie Hitter Struggles & Prospect Risers w/Keith Law

Keith Law joins DVR to discuss a few intriguing names near the top of 2024 draft boards including Charlie Condon v. Travis Bazzana and Chase Burns v. Hagen Smith. Plus, they discuss the sluggish starts for many position players at the big-league level, the early success of Jackson Merrill, the Pirates' next wave of pitching prospects behind Paul Skenes and Jared Jones, and the ascent of James Wood to a top-five position on Keith's updated in-season prospect list. Rundown 2:07 Charlie Condon v. Travis Bazzana 9:06 Nick Kurtz and Risk/Reward of a First Base Prospect Early 11:59 Chase Burnes v. Hagen Smith 19:01 The Increasingly Difficult Adjustment Phase for Rookie Hitters 30:35 Paul Skenes Meteoric Rise To Ace Status & Pittsburgh's Pitching Development 42:59 Does Luis Robert Jr. Make Sense for the Pirates? 52:14 Noah Schultz & James Wood Move Up the Prospect Ranks Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Keith on Twitter: @keithlaw e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/06/241h 4m

The Athletic's 2024 MLB Player Poll w/Katie Woo

Katie Woo joins Eno and DVR to discuss several takeaways from The Athletic's 2024 MLB Player Poll including a few 'others receiving votes' for Baseball Player in Baseball behind Shohei Ohtani, the players' selections for 'most overrated' player, the organizations that have bad reputations among the players.   Check out the full poll here ($): https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5529966/2024/06/10/mlb-player-poll-overrated-underrated-worst-organization/ Rundown 2:27 The Others Receiving Votes for 'Best Player in Baseball' 9:45 Who Do the Players Think Is the Most Overrated Player in Baseball? 14:53 Who Called Yordan Alvarez and Juan Soto Overrated? 19:58 'Anthony Rendon Was Right -- The Season Is Too Long' 25:53 Where Do Players Want to Play, Removing a Few Variables 31:45 Organizations with Bad Reputations Among Players 39:40 Taking a Pause for the 2028 Summer Olympics? 46:34 The Impact of Analytics on Your Career Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Katie on Twitter: @katiejwoo e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/06/2455m 45s

A Promotion-Filled Weekend, Maximizing Development & Chasing the Second Tier

Eno and DVR discuss a promotion-filled weekend including the debuts of Hurston Waldrep, Adael Amador and Tyler Locklear, and the expected arrival of Carlos F. Rodriguez to the Milwaukee rotation this week. Plus, they look back at where the free-agent bids were directed over the weekend.  Rundown 2:41 Hurston Waldrep's Debut Against the Nationals 8:06 Adael Amador Joins the Rockies 16:37 Tyler Locklear's Short-Term Fit in Seattle 21:15 Carlos F. Rodriguez: On Track for Tuesday Debut 28:05 Is Player Development Too Narrowly Focused in Some Organizations? 37:02 Promotions by Necessity Rather Than Desire? 41:06 Freddy Peralta's Poor Outings & Connection to Velocity Drops 44:50 Heliot Ramos Joins the Shallow League Fray 49:13 Finding Value in Max Meyer, Jake Irvin, Simeon Woods Richardson, David Peterson and JP Sears 56:53 Chas McCormick: The Healthy Drop of the Week Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/06/241h 2m

MLB Returns to London, Paul Skenes v. Shohei Ohtani, A Fork in the Road for the Jays & Cubs

Eno, DVR and Trevor discuss baseball's return to London for a two-game weekend series between the Phillies and Mets. An exciting matchup between Paul Skenes and Shohei Ohtani that took place in Pittsburgh earlier this week, how they would game plan trying to pitch to Ohtani, and two teams -- the Blue Jays and Cubs -- facing a critical stretch of schedule in the middle-third of the season. Rundown 1:18 MLB Returns to London with Phillies-Mets 12:21 Paul Skenes v. Shohei Ohtani 18:41 The Game Plan: How We Would Pitch to Ohtani 28:11 At the Fork — The 2024 Blue Jays 32:44 It’s Not (All) Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Fault 41:37 At the Fork — The 2024 Cubs 50:31 Adding From the Inside: Cade Horton in the Second Half? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/241h 1m

May Pitching Risers & Fallers, and Pitchers Waiting in the Wings

Eno and DVR discuss some of the biggest risers and fallers among starting pitchers from April to May, over and underperformers compared to initial 2024 projections, pitching prospects closing in on opportunities to help their big-league clubs, and a few weekend waiver-wire targets to consider. Rundown 1:25 Stuff+ Risers From April to May 6:34 From Below Average to OK, From OK to Good, and From Good to Great 11:42 Cooper Criswell Remains Interesting, Brandon Pfaadt Changes The Mix 15:16 Gavin Stone's Quietly Strong Season for the Dodgers 17:54 Stuff+ Fallers From April to May 22:44 A Willingness to Trade Shōta Imanaga? 26:05 YTD Performance vs. Initial Projections (from The BAT) 34:44 Project Prospect: A.J. Blubaugh's Future Path to the Astros' Rotation 39:18 Cade Povich's Similarities to Robert Gasser 44:25 Will Joey Cantillo Earn a Second-Half Rotation Spot in Cleveland 47:23 The Early Days of Justyn-Henry Malloy & Connor Norby in the Big Leagues 52:37 José Miranda, Blaze Alexander & Enmanuel Valdez 1:00:47 Tylor Megill Underrostered in Shallow Leagues Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/06/241h 9m

A Lifetime Ban, May Hitting Risers & Fallers, and The Shape of a Season

Eno and DVR discuss a round of suspensions from MLB for gambling -- including a lifetime ban for Tucupita Marcano, before looking at some of the biggest risers and fallers among hitters from April to May.  Rundown 1:00 Tucupita Marcano: Lifetime Ban for Betting on Baseball 16:47 Biggest Shifts in Hitter Performance: April v. May 22:01 Risers From April to May 30:54 Rookie Bats in Month 2 38:39 Colton Cowser to Fallers From April to May 43:04 May Barrel Rate Risers 49:04 May Hard-Hit Rate Risers 52:04 Full-Season Projections v. Performance to Date 1:07:45 Is a Randy Arozarena Rebound On Tap? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/241h 23m

Tough Decisions, Staying Ahead of Second-Half Fades & Starting Pitchers We're Worried About

Eno and DVR discuss tough in-season decisions for the Tigers (Spencer Torkelson's demotion) and Twins (Edouard Julien's demotion), and the promotion of Connor Norby, before considering the factors to account for when trying to move on from pitchers that have performed very well during the first two months of the season.  Rundown 1:48 Spencer Torkelson: Optioned to Triple-A 8:31 Justyn-Henry Malloy Gets the Call 12:38 Royce Lewis' Return Bumps Edouard Julien to Triple-A 23:19 Connor Norby: Promoted by Orioles 29:08 Adam Mazur: Gets the Call to San Diego 31:42 Question of Our Times: Timing Value Drops for First-Half Stars 42:31 Which Pitchers Are You Most Worried About? 53:38 Where the Money Went: Yimi Garcia, Matt Vierling, Mark Vientos & David Hamilton 1:02:00 Reid Detmers' Long-Term Outlook Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/06/241h 12m

Making Sense of Atlanta's Step Back at the Plate, Career-Shaping Opportunities & One-Hit Wonders

Eno, DVR, and Trevor analyze the surprising step back for the Atlanta lineup through the first two months of 2024, and discuss players at pivotal points in their careers with a limited window to secure their future role. Plus, they'll take live questions from viewers throughout the show! Rundown 1:33 More Changes From the Mets; Christian Scott & Brett Baty Optioned to Triple-A 12:55 What's Happening in Atlanta's Lineup? 20:27 Teams Are Pitching the Braves Differently 25:17 Can Hitters Adjust Quickly to a Change Like This? 28:25 A Closer Look at Matt Olson 34:15 Practice Swings Revealing A Hitter's Plan? 37:40 Confidence Levels in Albies, Riley, Harris, Kelenic Getting to Power Again? 42:49 When Careers Reach Pivot Points 57:20 Who Is Your Favorite MLB One-Hit Wonder? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/241h 10m

Starting Pitcher Fallers, Prospect News & Weekend Waiver Preview

Eno and DVR discuss the news that MLB has integrated stats from the Negro Leagues into its official records, a bad day for the Mets, fallers from Eno's latest Starting Pitcher Rankings update, prospect news, and a few names to consider as waiver-wire targets this weekend. Rundown 1:18 Negro League Stats Added to MLB's Official Records 7:06 An Eventful Day for the Mets 11:52 'There is No Way They Are the Worst Team in Baseball' 16:42 Fallers From Eno's Starting Pitcher Rankings Update ($) https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5513570 30:45 The Z-Contact% Laggardboard 36:40 Ben Brown's Excellent Outing, Window to Continue Starting 39:40 Junior Caminero, Jasson Dominguez, James Wood, Jett Williams & Drew Gilbert Updates 47:05 Can Chase DeLauter Take Over a Spot in Cleveland By Season's End? 50:00 Jacob Wilson: Another Low Barreler with a Great Hit Tool? 52:22 Spencer Schwellenback Arrives 56:17 Matt Waldron & Other Weekend Waiver-Wire Considerations Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/05/241h 5m

Ronald Acuña Jr.'s Second ACL Tear, Carroll Questions & May Starting Pitcher Risers

Eno and DVR discuss a brutal diagnosis for Ronald Acuña Jr., who suffered another torn ACL over the weekend. Plus, they consider the ongoing struggles of Corbin Carroll, Ángel Hernández's abrupt retirement, and a few May risers from Eno's updated Starting Pitcher Rankings.  Rundown 2:06 Ronald Acuña Jr.'s 2024 Season Ends with Another Torn ACL 10:43 The Ongoing Struggles of Corbin Carroll 18:43 Victor Robles: DFA'd by Nationals 27:13 Is Passing on Low Barrel Rate Bats An Easy Call? 31:15: Ángel Hernández Retires 35:24 Injury Updates: Cristian Javier, Jorge Polanco & Kodai Senga 46:49 May Risers: Eno's Updated Starting Pitcher Rankings ($) https://www.nytimes.com/athletic/5513570 59:38 Jake Meyers & Colt Keith As Popular Weekend Waiver-Wire Adds 1:09:35 David Fry is Unbelievable 1:12:09 Casey Mize's Rapidly Declining Stuff Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/05/241h 18m

Tipping Pitches, Best Strikeouts We've Seen & A Case For Massive Expansion

Eno, DVR and Trevor go live at 1p ET/10a PT to discuss pitch tipping, the 'fighters' we did not choose last week and their long-term outlook -- Tanner Bibee, Kyle Harrison, Hunter Greene, Taj Bradley, and Christian Scott -- the best strikeouts they have seen so far this season, and a case for massive expansion that would completely change baseball as we know it. Rundown 1:18 Tipping Pitches 8:27 A Recent Example from Clarke Schmidt 10:45 Taj Bradley: Tipping Pitches or Too Predictable? 18:40 Tanner Bibee: A Fastball That Is Getting Hammered 26:41 Kyle Harrison: Will He Build Confidence in Secondaries? 31:58 The Case for Hunter Greene 38:33 Christian Scott: The Need For Improved Command 44:55 The Best Strikeouts We’ve Seen This Season 51:31 A Case for Massive Expansion in MLB Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! (We're back 5/31!) Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/05/241h 6m

Playing the Long Game with Stars, The Aging Curve & Delayed Breakouts

Eno and DVR discuss aging stars whose long-term value might be on the cusp of falling, as well as a few players to target despite an overall body of work that leaves something to be desired.  Rundown 10:07 Freddie Freeman Is the Power & Speed Drop a Sign of Things to Come? 18:02 Marcus Semien & Nearly Impossible Durability 23:12 Jose Altuve & Extreme Pull Tendencies Over Time 28:59 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: Should We Still Chase A 2021 Ceiling? 34:58 Adolis García: Fearing the Fast Peak From Late Bloomers with Aggressive Approaches 36:37 Oneil Cruz: Will He Improve Enough Against Lefties in the Long Run? 43:02 Zach Neto: Sacrificing Ceiling for a Safer Floor? 46:01 Jordan Walker: No Homers at Triple-A This Season?! 53:58 Alex Kirilloff: A Delayed Breakout Coming, or WYSIWYG? 1:02:14 Project Prospect: The Prospects to Target Via Trade As Top 100 Lists Have In-Season Updates Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us this Thursday 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episode! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/241h 16m

A Break for Edwin Díaz, Buying A Luis Gil Breakout & Leveraging Pitching Depth

Eno and DVR discuss Garrett Whitlock's injury and the prolonged opportunity for Cooper Criswell in the Red Sox's rotation, expectations for Edwin Díaz's break from the closer role, Luis Gil's impressive stretch to begin 2024, ways to consider leveraging pitching depth, where the money went this weekend, a few frequently dropped players from the weekend. Rundown 1:50 Cooper Criswell's Extended Window in Boston 7:47 Edwin Díaz's Break From the Closer Role 16:00 Luis Gil: Analyzing his Early 2024 Breakout 29:52 Any Reason to Worry About Framber Valdez? 33:24 Did Ryan Weathers Figure Something Out? 39:00 Leveraging Starting Pitching Depth 43:24 Disconnect Between Stuff+ & D-backs Starting Pitching 47:56 Still Optimistic About Daulton Varsho? 51:24 Big Weekend Adds 1:02:11 Buying Any Drops? MJ Melendez, Brett Baty & James Outman Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/05/241h 13m

Stuff+, the latest on bat tracking stats and making your mark Max Bay

Eno is joined by co-parent of Stuff+ and former member of the Houston Astros' analytics department Max Bay. The guys dive into the state of analytics in the sport... Rundown: 4:09 - The past, present and future of Stuff+ 29:45 - How should we be using the new bat tracking data 41:44 - How can people who want to get into baseball analytics for a team stand out Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/05/2452m 52s

Elly's Pursuit of 100 Steals, Bat Tracking in Scouting Reports & Choose Your Fighter, SP Edition

Eno, Trevor and DVR discuss Elly De La Cruz's bid for 100-steal season, how bat tracking info could be used to supplement scouting reports and game plans against hitters, and their choices from a group of a dozen starting pitchers in an effort to project the next few seasons. Rundown 1:06 Keeping a Good Receipt (Don't Worry, We Keep The Bad Ones Too) 2:10 Elly De La Cruz's Bid for a 100-Steal Season 8:25 How Many Stolen Bases Would Rickey Henderson Rack Up with Today's Rules 10:49 Building Scouting Reports From Bat Tracking Info 17:31 How Interested Would Players Be In Utilizing This Angle? 30:45 Choose Your Fighters: Two Starting Pitchers From This Dozen, Next Three-Plus Seasons 50:28 Does Trevor Buy Eno's Plan to Make Ben Brown a Closer in 2024? 55:10 How Much Information Does a Typical Player Consume? 1:01:07 Trevor's Wiffle Ball Update Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/05/241h 6m

Opportunity in San Francisco, Struggling Pitching Prospects & Weekend Waiver Targets

Eno and DVR discuss Ronel Blanco's sticky-stuff suspension, Austin Riley's quiet start and recent injury, another opportunity for Luis Matos in San Francisco, and the bullpen woes of the Cubs before digging into the early struggles of many prospect pitchers, and a few waiver-wire targets to consider as the weekend approaches. Rundown 1:29 Ronel Blanco's Sticky-Stuff Suspension 7:38 Austin Riley's Side Injury; Slow Start 11:39 Jung Hoo Lee: Structural Damage in Shoulder 19:26 Adbert Alzolay to the IL; Searching for Answers in the Cubs' Bullpen 27:39 Still Waiting on Junior Caminero 33:16 Heston Kjerstad Usage & Demotion to Triple-A 44:37 A Look at the Early Struggles of Many Pitching Prospects 54:57 Weekend Waiver-Wire Considerations Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/05/241h 9m

A Closer Look at the Ways to Preserve Starting Pitchers

Eno, DVR and Britt discuss baseball's aim to preserve starting pitchers. How much of a problem is the current use of starting pitchers compared to the past? With injury rates on the rise, what rule changes and tweaks make sense? Will small changes to move the game slightly in the direction of previous era's pitcher usage cause other problems? Plus, they discuss Britt's recent story about a partnership between Perfect Game and Fanatics, and former big leaguer Travis Snider's efforts to improve youth sports.  Rundown 1:13 The Starting Pitcher 'Problem' 6:55 Big Changes in the Last 10 Years 11:15 Incentivizing Pitching Deeper Into Starts 16:39 The Difficult of Getting Everyone on Board with New Rules 20:00 DVR Blames the Reliance on Short Relievers 26:40 Reducing the Fifth Inning Exits When a Starter is Dealing 31:37 Why Don't Starters Try to 'Save' Velocity for Later Innings? 42:46 Britt's Story About the Concerning Perfect Game-Fanatics Partnership 48:52 Travis Snider's Efforts to Improve Youth Sports Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/05/241h 1m

How We're Using Statcast's New Bat Tracking & Bat Speed Leaderboards

Eno and DVR discuss Paul Skenes' MLB debut against the Cubs before digging into ways they are utilizing the new bat tracking and bat speed leaderboards from Statcast, including a few players to consider targeting via trade.  Rundown 1:45 Takeaways From Paul Skenes' Debut & Unexpected Comp 13:39 New Bat Tracking & Bat Speed Leaderboards from Statcast! https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/leaderboard/bat-tracking 19:27 How Should We Apply Bat Speed Information? 25:47 'Squared Up' vs. 'Blasts' 27:59 Players to Target 40:14 A Tool to Use for 'Buy High' Players? 44:44 Learning From Good Players Without 'Ideal' Swing Speed & Length 52:11 Robert Gasser's Debut & Where the Money Went 1:04:13 Other Bids & Frequently Dropped Players Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/05/241h 14m

What Makes a Pitcher Role Change Work & Who Might Be Next to Move?

Eno, Trevor and DVR discuss an all-time no-hitter jinx, Willson Contreras' injury and the sharp increase in catcher's interference around baseball, pitchers going through role changes in 2024 -- and who they would like to see make a switch in the future -- plus their game plan for hitters facing Pirates pitcher Jared Jones. Rundown 1:30 An All-Time Great No-Hitter Jinx? 5:48 Willson Contreras' Injury & The Rise of Catcher's Interference 15:05 Maybe Just Stop Erasing the Batter's Box? 19:48 Is It Time to Regular the Sliding Mitt? 25:41 Switching Roles Between Starting & Relieving 31:41 Adrian Morejón & Needing to Fix Splits Before Becoming a Starter? 36:00 From Long Relief to the Rotation (Bryse Wilson) 40:53 Luke Weaver's Success in the Bullpen 52:06 Game Planning to Hit Jared Jones Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/241h 8m

Paul Skenes Gets the Call, Tyler Black Demoted & A Rays' Rotation Shuffle

Eno and DVR discuss the highly-anticipated debut of Paul Skenes, set for Saturday against the Cubs, before digging into a deep list of news items including an injury for Christian Encarnacion-Strand, a quick return to Nashville for Tyler Black following Christian Yelich's activation from the IL, Taj Bradley's return to health, and the triumphant return of Prospect of the Week.  Rundown 0:57 Paul Skenes is Joining the Pirates! Rest of Season Expectations? 9:14 Christian Encarnacion-Strand: On IL with Fractured Wrist 20:06 Christian Yelich's Return Bumps Tyler Black Back to Triple-A 26:50 Finding Replacements for Willson Contreras (Fractured Forearm) 30:22 A Setback for Max Scherzer 33:31 The Rays' Rotation Shuffle: Taj Bradley is Back, Ryan Pepiot to the IL, Shane Baz at Triple-A on Rehab Assignment 46:13 Braxton Garrett: Tread Carefully Upon Activation? 49:42 Project Prospect: Bryan Ramos, Rhett Lowder, Mason Black & Parker Meadows 60:11 Other Waiver Targets to Consider: Jonny DeLuca, Again! Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/05/241h 11m

Who Do You Like In the AL Central?

Eno, DVR and Britt discuss Walker Buehler's return to the Dodgers' rotation before digging into the four contenders in the AL Central to assess each team's current strengths and weaknesses. Plus, they share a few players they underestimated in the past.  Rundown 0:51 Walker Buehler Returns to the Dodgers' Rotation 4:04 Forays Into Free Agency After Two Tommy John Surgeries 10:57 Buying the Guardians' Early Uptick in Offensive Output? 21:32 Weathering Early Injuries In Minnesota 26:15 If Nothing Else, The Royals Are Interesting Again 33:11 Can the Tigers Fix Their Struggling Hitters? 45:02 Players We Were Wrong About (Exceeded Expectations) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/05/241h 3m

Luis Arraez to San Diego, Hitters on the Rise & Christian Scott's Debut

Eno and DVR discuss the five-player trade that sent Luis Arraez to the Padres, the Marlins' return from the trade, a few hitters that made significant moves up in DVR's updated hitter rankings, and how aggressively Christian Scott was pursued in weekly leagues after an impressive weekend debut against the Rays.  Rundown 3:35 Luis Arraez Traded to the Padres 8:05 Dillon Head & Betting on Best Long-Term Outcome 19:56 Injuries News & Notes: Trea Turner, Joe Musgrove, Wyatt Langford, Christian Yelich, Grayson Rodriguez 31:46 Is Robert Gasser the Next Pitching Prospect to Get the Call? 36:23 A Few Big Risers in DVR's Updated Hitter Rankings ($): https://theathletic.com/5344859/ 44:59 Christian Scott & Massive Weekend Bids 59:59 Frequently Dropped Players From The Weekend Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/05/241h 10m

Surprising Starting Pitchers, The Challenge of Hitting in Seattle & How to Pitch to Elly De La Cruz

Eno, Trevor and DVR discuss Christian Scott ahead of his debut against the Rays, and four surprising starting pitchers that have put up great numbers over the first month-plus of the season. They also examine the unique challenges of hitting in Seattle -- and try to determine why the park consistently boosts strikeouts -- before building a game plan to pitch to Elly De La Cruz. Rundown 1:10 Christian Scott Debuting Saturday 3:45 Jack Flaherty: Career-Best K%, BB% & SwStr%! 14:07 Spencer Turnbull: Can He Maintain the Elevated K%? 21:48 Tanner Houck’s Breakout 29:38 Is Zack Littell’s Approach Meshing Well in Tampa? 35:42 What Makes Hitting in Seattle So Difficult? 55:15 Building a Game Plan: Elly De La Cruz Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/241h 12m

A Search for Acuña's Missing Power, Strength of Schedule & Waiver Targets

Eno and DVR discuss several news items including a trip to the IL for Grayson Rodriguez, the return of two other Baltimore starters, more knee trouble for Byron Buxton, and several rehabbing pitchers. Plus, they examine the missing power from Ronald Acuña Jr. this season, strength of schedule considerations, and several players to consider as waiver-wire targets as the weekend approaches. Rundown 4:53 News & Notes: Grayson Rodriguez, John Means, Byron Buxton 12:48 Suspensions & Rehab Updates: Shane Baz, Taj Bradley & Walker Buehler 20:11 Ronald Acuña Jr.'s Currently Missing Power 25:13 Factors to Consider in Strength of Schedule 30:52 Fluctuations in Lineup Quality Due to Absences 35:08 Toughest Stuff+ Faced This Season 41:57 Project Prospect: Tyler Black, Jordan Beck, Jackson Jobe, Paul Skenes & Heston Kjerstad 57:24 Weekend Waiver Preview: Wenceel Pérez, Nick Senzel, Jacob Young & Pitching Darts/Matchup Plays Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/05/241h 9m

Is the Nationals' Rebuild Ahead of Schedule?

Eno, DVR and Britt discuss Mike Trout's knee injury, José Abreu's demotion to West Palm Beach, the Twins' unusual home-run celebration, and the newest additions to the City Connect uniform lineup, before taking a look at the Nationals' current rebuilding efforts.  Rundown 1:12 Mike Trout Has a Torn Meniscus; Looked Like He Was 'Back'. Before Injury 9:46 José Abreu Optioned to rookie-level West Palm Beach 18:09 Bring Food to Home-Run Celebrations? 22:22 Thoughts on Mets, Rays City Connects 29:49 How Far Along Is the Nats' Rebuild? 45:21 Early-Season Series of Note: O's-Yankees, Rays-Brewers & Dodgers-D-backs Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/241h

Promotions, Triple-A Strikeout and Walk Rates & Early Hitter Movers

Eno and DVR discuss promotions for Joey Loperfido and Pete Crow-Armstrong, the impact of the ABS strike zone and Triple-A, big movers among top hitters in DVR's upcoming hitter rankings, concern about Corbin Carroll's power outage, and fallout from another weekend of waiver-wire adds and drops. Rundown 2:33 Joey Loperfido Promoted to Houston 7:35 The Impact of Triple-A ABS Strike Zone on Strikeouts and Walks 17:32 Injury Updates: Kyle Bradish, Vaughn Grissom & Taj Bradley 25:55 Elly De La Cruz Moving Up Redraft Rankings 33:11 Concern Level About Corbin Carroll's Shoulder, Lack of Pop 39:24 Nolan Jones Struggles + IL Stint 41:53 Where the Money Went: Jo Adell & Pete Crow-Armstrong 51:26 Tempering In-Season Bids w/Streamers vs. Players That Might Stick 58:03 Frequently Dropped Players From the Weekend Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/04/241h 19m

Sweepers, Pitch Design & Colorado with Adam Ottavino and Early Hitting Metrics that Matter

Eno and DVR are joined by Mets pitcher Adam Ottavino to discuss sweepers, pitch design and development, and the success he had during a long run in Colorado. Plus, they examine the quick demotion for Jackson Holliday, several surprising starting pitchers, and hitting metrics that move the needle despite limited samples from the first month of the season. Rundown 0:21Adam Ottavino Joins the Show! 8:44 How Adam Throws His Sweeper 16:35 Citi Field's Unique Park Factors Based on Game Time 21:22 Players Entering the Game with More Pitches, Even as Relievers 27:11 Jackson Holliday Sent Back to Triple-A 36:57 Erick Fedde's Successful Return to MLB from a One-Year Stint in the KBO 43:01 Ranger Suárez's Early K% Jump 47:37 Graham Ashcraft: Casey Mize in Reverse? Ks Preceding Better Ratios? 51:24 What Matters for Hitters in Smaller Samples? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com -Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe -Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! youtube.com/ratesbarrels -Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/241h 8m

How to Build an Elite Bullpen, the Pirates' Paul Skenes Plan & Another Jordan Walker Demotion

Eno, Trevor and DVR discuss Jordan Walker's demotion, the Pirates' plan for building up Paul Skenes' workload while trying to backload his innings, and the key ingredients to building an elite bullpen. Rundown 0:43 Make It Make Sense: Jordan Walker's Demotion to Triple-A 6:31 Falling Between Organizational and Individual Coaching 15:34 Tracking Workloads: The Pirates' Plan for Paul Skenes 21:41 In-Game Monitoring Technology 29:51 Building an Elite Bullpen 30:17 What Traits Do You Want In a Closer? 35:03 How Many Defined Roles Do You Want? 46:13 Unintended Consequences with Limited Pitcher Availability? 56:19 Command Thresholds For Elite Relievers Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/rates&barrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/04/241h 4m

The New Challenge of Being Patient with Prospects & When to Worry About A Contender's Slow Start

Eno, DVR and Britt discuss another excellent showing from Jared Jones and an impressive outing from Mason Milller in the Bronx on Monday afternoon. With teams having greater incentives to bring prospects up when they are ready, the new challenge is having a plan to change course if they struggle. Plus, is there legitimate reason to worry about the slow start of the Astros (7-16 entering play Tuesday) or the Cardinals (10-13)? And, is Blake Snell's bumpy start in San Francisco the byproduct of a late-spring signing? Rundown 4:10 Jared Jones & Mason Miller Continue to Impress 13:50 An Ump Show in the Bronx 17:52 Jackson Holliday's Early Struggles & When to Adjust a Plan 28:45 Having Defensive Value to Fall Back On 36:53 What's Different About the 2024 Astros? 49:35 The Cardinals' Offense is Going to Wake Up (Right?) 58:01 Is Blake Snell Struggling Because of Signing Delay? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/04/241h 8m

Early Season Starting Pitcher Risers

Eno and DVR discuss news and notes from the weekend including an encouraging diagnosis for Spencer Strider before examining several risers from Eno's first in-season update of his 2024 starting pitcher rankings.  Rundown 4:20 Underwent Internal Brace Procedure Rather Than Second Tommy John Surgery 7:28 Another SP Injury for Arizona: Merrill Kelly 13:10 Francisco Àlvarez: Out 6-8 Weeks 21:46 Eno's Updated Starting Pitcher Rankings ($) https://theathletic.com/5426812 27:31 Reid Detmers' Early Success 32:22 Casey Mize: Will Strikeouts Show Up With His New Arsenal? 38:09 Javier Assad: What Eno Likes About Him 40:51 Brady Singer: Moves Up Slightly! 44:21 Zack Littell: LODEM Goodness? 48:56 Paul Skenes: Callup Coming Shortly? 53:47 Where the Money Went: Looking Back at Weekend Pickups Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/04/241h 7m

Buying High on Surging Starting Pitchers, Future Power Sources & Recent Debuts

Eno and DVR discuss Tanner Houck's excellent start to 2024 on the heels of a 'Maddux' against the Guardians on Wednesday. Plus, they look at the ongoing health struggles for Kris Bryant in Colorado, Yu Darvish's move to the IL, hitters with a path to develop more power over time, and a few recent callups including Jack Leiter, Andy Pages, and Landon Knapp.  Rundown 1:45 Tanner Houck and Buying High on Surging Starting Pitchers 9:35 Ryan Weathers Makes DVR Look Dumb 15:02 Yu Darvish & Kris Bryant Land on the IL 27:25 Finding Power that Follows Contact Skills 37:08 Jack Leiter Gets the Call 40:31 Andy Pages & Landon Knack Join the Dodgers 47:02 Jonatan Clase Lands in Seattle 51:16 A Very Quick Look Ahead at Weekend Waiver Consideration Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/2455m 53s

John Sterling Retires, Rivalry Heat Check & A Case for the Cubs

Eno, DVR and Britt discuss John Sterling's abrupt retirement after 36 years with the Yankees, the Marlins' surprising decision to send Max Meyer back to Triple-A, the current state of baseball rivalries including a few potential new feuds that could develop. Plus, they discuss the Cubs as a potential top-five team for the next five years, before a round of 'Buy, Sell, Hold'.  Rundown 1:07 John Sterling Abruptly Announces Retirement 6:03 The Changing Role of Baseball Broadcasters 11:25 Why Did the Marlins Option Max Meyer to Triple-A? 17:50 Baseball's Rivalry Heat Check 24:20 New Rivalries On the Horizon? 29:30 The Case for the Cubs as a Top-Five Team for the Next Five Years 43:46 Buy, Sell, Hold: Tyler O'Neill's Excellent Start in Boston 47:29 Buy, Sell, Hold: Francisco Lindor's Quiet Bat, When to Actually Worry About Early-Season Slumps 56:21 Buy, Sell, Hold: Joe Musgrove Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/04/241h 7m

Exercising Caution with High Velocity Starters, Tough Early Holds & Drops

Eno and DVR discuss the idea exercising more caution with high velocity starting pitchers in the future, weekend news and notes, several recent drops and difficult holds amidst early struggles, and where the money went in weekly free-agent pickups from the weekend.  Rundown 2:28 Jackie Robinson Day, 2024 8:20 Another High Velocity Starter (Bobby Miller) Heads to the IL 15:40 Will Trends Make Starters with Slightly Less Velocity (93-94 mph fastballs) More Popular? 20:28 Justin Verlander Nearing Return 31:25 Surprising Drops & Difficult Holds 43:23 A Pod Divided: Brandon Pfaadt in Shallow Leagues 56:07 Where the Money Went: Colton Cowser, Kirby Yates, Jeff Hoffman and Jose Buttó  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/241h 10m

Making Early Adjustments & How to Pitch to Mookie Betts

Eno, Trevor and DVR discuss a few surprising takeaways from the criminal complaint against Shohei Ohtani's former translator Ippei Mizuhara, the difficulty of making early-season adjustments, and Henry Davis' current struggle against elevated fastballs. Plus, they introduce a new segment 'How I Would Pitch to This Guy' where Eno and Trevor share a detailed gameplan for pitching to Mookie Betts, before taking a few live questions. Rundown 1:28 Surprises From Criminal Complaint Against Ippei Mizuhara 8:07 The Difficulty of Making Early Adjustment & Henry Davis' Struggles w/High Fastballs 20:23 An At-Bat Trevor Will Never Forget 24:38 How I Would Pitch to This Guy: Mookie Betts 36:59 Looking Beyond Swinging Strikes 40:45 Guessing v. Anticipating 49:51 Are Certain Hitters More Prone to Pop-Ups? 56:24 Making Sense of Hunter Brown's Rough Day Against the Royals 1:02:35 Most Underrated Second Baseman? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/241h 7m

Jackson Holliday's Arrival, Ceddanne Rafaela's Early Struggles & Looking Ahead at Weekend Pickups

Eno and DVR discuss recent progress in the Ippei Mizuhara story, as Mizuhara is in the process of negotiating a guilty plea with federal prosecutors with evidence suggesting that Mizuhara may have stolen more than $4.5 million from Shohei Ohtani. Plus, they consider the arrival of Jackson Holliday and his 2024 comps before taking a look at several minor league injury updates, the early-season struggles of Ceddanne Rafaela, waiver-wire targets, and a few mailbag questions. Rundown 2:07 Movement in the Ippei Mizuhara Case 5:25 Jackson Holliday Gets the Call to Baltimore; Debuts Wednesday 15:17 Spencer Arrighetti: Promoted by Astros to Fill Rotation Vacancy 18:16 Minor League Injury Updates: Junior Caminero, Jeferson Quero, Robert Gasser, River Ryan & Walker Jenkins 27:42 Ceddanne Rafaela's Ongoing Struggles at the Plate 37:22 Good News (Nick Pivetta), Bad News (Yoán Moncada) 43:13 Early Waiver Wire Outlook: Colton Cowser, Cody Bradford, Bryce Elder and José Soriano 55:30 Mailbag Questions: Pitching+, David Bednar's Hold on the Closer Role, and JP Sears Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/04/241h 4m

A Closer Look at Pitcher Injuries Throughout Baseball

Eno, DVR and Britt take a closer look at pitcher injuries that have mounted at all levels in recent years, and dissect the varying reasons behind the significant increase in major elbow and shoulder problems. Plus, they consider the fast start of the Pirates and the dismal start of the Marlins in their first installment of 'Buy, Sell, Hold' for 2024.  Rundown 1:25 The Problem Starts at Youth Levels 7:31 Incentivizing Starters with In-Game Rules to Reduce Velocity & Pitch Deeper Into Games 12:33 Justin Verlander's Thoughts on the Uptick in Injuries 17:58 Lack of Consistency Across Different Levels 21:13 Adding More Factors to a Multi-Factor Problem 26:55 Injuries Spike Early in the Season 32:11 The Benefits of Playing on Multiple Sports 36:42 Strikeout Rate Growth from the 1970-1990 20-Year Window Compared to 2004-2024 42:02 Eno's Unexpected Suggestion for a Solution 46:15 Buy, Sell, Hold: The Pirates' 9-2 Start 54:22 Buy, Sell, Hold: The Marlins' Miserable 1-10 Start Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/04/241h 8m

A Weekend of Major Injuries and Another Attempt at Making Adjustments

Eno and DVR discuss another round of injuries including a UCL sprain for Spencer Strider, Tommy John surgery on tap for Shane Bieber, a significant hip flexor strain for Luis Robert Jr, and a dislocated shoulder for Trevor Story. Beyond injuries, they discuss Ronel Blanco's encore and the ongoing battle in the Astros' rotation for a spot once Justin Verlander returns, and several players whose value shifted over the past week.  Rundown 1:31 Spencer Strider Has a UCL Sprain; Course of Action TBD 6:20 Shane Bieber Will Have Tommy John Surgery 14:09 How to Adjust to Losing an Ace Early 17:04 Luis Robert Jr.: Grade 2 Hip Flexor Strain 25:30 Gerrit Cole: Ready to Begin Throwing Program! 32:11 Adjusting Draft Strategy or League Setting in the Future to Counter Multi-Year Trend of Elevated Pitching Injuries? 44:25 Trevor Story's Suffers a Dislocated Shoulder 48:01 Alex Kirilloff & Oliver Dunn 53:22 Eno's Bargain Adds From Week 2 59:22 A Case for Spencer Turnbull Beyond Streaming 1:04:10 Good Pickup, Bad Pickup? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/241h 12m

The A's Are Headed to Sacramento, Toughest Places to Win & Changeup Deep Dive

Eno, Trevor and DVR discuss John Fisher's decision to temporarily move the A's to Sacramento for the next three years (2025-2027) while attempting to complete an eventual move to Las Vegas. Plus, they examine the teams currently facing the toughest path to winning in the next five years, before resuming their pitch deep dive series with changeups. Rundown 0:54 The A's Are Making a Three-Year Stop in Sacramento 9:01 Challenges In Making the A's Competitive Again 17:00 The Rockies' Built-In Uphill Battle 21:36 Another Rebuild Coming in Miami Under New Leadership? 27:47 Loyalty to a Fault on the South Side of Chicago? 34:49 Is It All On Arte Moreno in Anaheim? 45:51 Pitch Deep Dive: Changeups 56:35 Q&A: Changeup Feel in Games v. Bullpens, Commanding Splitters & What You Would Want for Ohtani's HR Ball Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/04/241h 15m

Shōta Imanaga's Debut, Monitoring Pitcher Workloads & Mailbag Questions

Eno and DVR discuss several injury updates, including a longer-than-expected timetable for Josh Jung's return following wrist surgery,Justin Verlander's progress to a two-start rehab assignment, Walker Buehler's rehab work, and a pair of prospects that avoided scares. Plus, Shōta Imanaga's debut against the Rockies, listener league strategy and roster rates, and several mailbag questions about Luis Gil, monitoring pitcher workloads, and Triston McKenzie's fastball velocity drop Rundown 2:17 Josh Jung: Lengthier Absence Than Initially Anticipated 5:41 Justin Verlander: Two Rehab Starts on Tap 10:38 Junior Caminero: Avoids Major Injury 15:52 Norfolk & Charlotte Light Up the Scoreboard in the International League 23:25 Shōta Imanaga's Debut 29:10 Listener League Strategy; Notable High & Low Roster Rates 39:15 Luis Gil: No Innings Limit From Yankees? 45:37 How Would a Forward-Thinking Organization Handle RP to SP Shifts? 55:42 Triston McKenzie's Fastball Velocity Drop in Start No. 1 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/04/241h 1m

The Top Five MLB Teams for the Next Five Seasons & Ronel Blanco Makes History!

Britt Ghiroli returns to Rates & Barrels (regularly on Tuesdays, all season!) with Eno and DVR to discuss Ronel Blanco's no-hitter, and the start of a new chapter in Baltimore with an ownership change accompanying the organization's rise toward multi-year success. The trio then discusses the five MLB teams best position for the next five seasons. Is the Astros' window coming to a close, or will Dana Brown's front office begin to thrive in the first-year player draft? Plus, if there are a consensus three teams that belong in the group of five, which two teams are the most deserving of the remaining spots. Rundown 1:40 Ronel Blanco Throws a No-Hitter 8:36 Yainer Diaz's Big Night At and Behind the Plate 11:44 The Next Chapter of Orioles Baseball 22:21 Which Organizations Are Best Positioned for the Next Five Years? 30:42 Agreement About the Dodgers, Braves & Orioles? 36:52 Buying Britt's Case for the Rangers? 45:01 Eno's Ideas for the Fifth Spot 56:54 Getting Buy-In with New Voices Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/04/241h 8m

Opening Series Observations & Dealing with Small Samples

Eno and DVR take a look back at the Opening Series for each team and discuss their takeaways, along with some of the surprisingly good and bad starting pitcher performances that have unfolded so far. Plus, they highlight a few other important things to monitor in the early days of the season. Rundown 2:40 Where the Money Went: Jason Foley, Kevin Ginkel, Griffin Jax, Brock Stewart, Jordan Hicks & Garrett Crochet 15:52 Making Sense of Starting Pitcher Debuts (Good & Bad) 20:45 Keeping a Close Eye on Zac Gallen's Upcoming Starts 26:51 Bailey Ober's Brutal Start Against the Royals 34:17 Impressive Outings from the Red Sox's Starters 38:32 What Else Matters In Small Samples? 51:56 Trey Lipscomb's Opportunity to Start at Third Base in Washington 55:11 Injury Updates: Eloy Jiménez, Royce Lewis, Edward Cabrera & Sean Murphy Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/04/241h 3m

Opening Day Takeaways & 2024 MLB Season Predictions!

Join Eno, Trevor & DVR as they recap Opening Day and share their predictions for the 2024 MLB Season! From Garrett Crochet's excellent start to Royce Lewis' homer and early exit with an injury, they discuss some of the highest and lows from the first "full" day of the season before making several predictions for the upcoming campaign. Rundown 1:03 Opening Day Takeaways 18:57 Rookie of the Year Predictions 30:28 Cy Young Award Predictions 41:53 MVP Predictions 45:14 AL Division Winners 48:46 NL Division Winners 52:53 World Series Matchup & Winners Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/03/241h 8m

Opening Day is Here! Will Smith Signs a 10-Year Extension, Bold Predictions & Eno's Main Event Squad

Happy Opening Day! Eno and DVR discuss Will Smith's 10-year extension with the Dodgers, good news for Jordan Romano, a tough break for Jordan Lawlar, and other news and notes as the 2024 MLB season gets underway in full. Plus, they break down a few Eno's bold predictions for the upcoming campaign, and discuss a few wrinkles from this year's Main Event of the NFBC. Rundown 3:42 Will Smith Signs 10-Year Extension w/Dodgers 8:26 Jordan Romano May Return Quickly From IL 9:26 Jordan Lawlar Out 8-10 Weeks Following Thumb Surgery 12:38 Other News & Notes (Jon Berti, Ronel Blanco, Marco Luciano) 29:08 Eno's 2024 Bold Predictions ($): https://theathletic.com/5351937 47:12 Unique Wrinkles of the NFBC's Main Event Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! (next live show: 3/29) Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/03/241h 5m

Jordan Montgomery to Arizona, Spring Stats We Care About & The 2024 All-Oatmeal Team

Eno and DVR discuss Jordan Montgomery's move to Arizona on a one-year, $25 million deal, shoulder surgery for Matt McLain, and an opportunity for Victor Scott II following a late-spring injury to Dylan Carlson. Plus, they examine a few spring stats worth caring about, and reveal their selections for The 2024 All-Oatmeal Team. (Reminder: We *Like* Oatmeal!) Rundown 1:53 Jordan Montgomery to the Diamondbacks 6:32 Matt McLain Undergoes Shoulder Surgery 9:39 Will Victor Scott II Offer More Pop Than Similarly Speedy Outfielders? 16:00 Spring Training Stats We Care About: Stolen Bases 32:40 Spring Training Stats We Care About: K-BB% 40:18 The 2024 All-Oatmeal Team Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! (next live show: 3/29) https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/241h 3m

Shohei Ohtani Meets with the Media, Spring Job Battle Winners, Injury News & 'Our Guys' for 2024

Eno and DVR discuss the latest in the story involving Shohei Ohtani and his former interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, before catching up on a lot of other news around baseball including job battles that have been decided, late spring injuries wreaking havoc on depth charts, and the subsequent opportunities that have opened up. They wrap up the episode with a quick look at some of their most heavily-rostered players as the rest of the league approaches Opening Day on Thursday.  Rundown 1:37 Shohei Ohtani Speaks About Ippei Mizuhara's Gambling Debts 15:20 Ezequiel Tovar Signs Extension with Rockies 24:20 Injury Follow-Ups: Corey Seager, Josh Jung, Kevin Gausman & Eury Pérez 30:20 Luis Gil, Jared Jones and Max Meyer Get Early-Season Opportunities 38:46 Paul Sewald Heads to IL w/Oblique Strain 47:03 Jackson Holliday Misses Opening Day Roster 52:48 Dylan Carlson's Shoulder Injury Creating Path for Victor Scott II? 56:17 J.D. Martinez's Fit with the Mets 59:38 Our Most Heavily-Rostered Players for 2024 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! (next live show: 3/29) https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/03/241h 21m

A Strange Second Day of the MLB Season & Tough Hitter Ranks w/Mike Petriello (Live at Other Half Brewing -- Domino Park)

Eno and DVR are live in Brooklyn for their second show at Other Half Brewing to discuss a slugfest in Game 2 of the Dodgers-Padres series in Korea and a developing story around the swift firing of Shohei Ohtani's interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. Plus, they're joined by Mike Petriello of MLB.com to discuss several groups of tough hitters to rank, and much more before an excellent round of listener questions. Rundown 0:51 A Slugfest in Game 2 Between the Dodgers-Padres; Yamamoto's Debut 3:22 Continuing Struggles for Joe Musgrove 6:43 Dodgers Fire Shohei Ohtani's Interpreter Amidst Illegal Gambling Allegations 11:52 Mike Petriello of MLB.com Joins the Show! 17:02 Tough Rankings: Aging Veterans Still Producing (Paul Goldschmidt, Salvador Perez & George Springer) 22:56 Tough Rankings: Younger Players We Still Believe In (Ke'Bryan Hayes, Jeremy Peña & Andrés Giménez) 34:24 Tough Rankings: Big-Side Platoon Risk (Edouard Julien, Gavin Lux, Colt Keith) 44:22 Mike's Favorite Stats 52:08 Listener Q&A Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Mike on Twitter: @Mike_Petriello Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! (next live show: 3/29) https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/241h 29m

Baseball is Back! More Tough Pitcher Rankings (Live at Other Half Brewing -- Domino Park)

Eno and DVR are live in Brooklyn and joined by several friends as the 2024 MLB season is underway! Guests include Nick Pollack of Pitcher List, Niv Shah of Ottoneu, Chris Towers of CBS Fantasy and Ellen Adair from the Take Me In to the Ballgame podcast, and several great listener questions! Rundown 0:45 What Are We Trying to Learn From One-Game Samples & Early-Season Baseball? 10:30 Nick Pollack of Pitcher List Joins the Show! (Cole Ragans Love) 20:52 Tough Rankings: Converted Relievers 30:56 Tough Rankings: Model Surgers w/Bad Spring Results 38:30 Would You Rather? Toss-Ups 52:10 Niv Shah of ottoneu Joins the Show! 59:24 Chris Towers of CBS Fantasy Joins the Show! 1:11:13 Ellen Adair from the 'Take Me In to the Ballgame' podcast Joins the Show! Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Nick on Twitter: @PitcherList Follow Niv on Twitter: @nivshah Follow Chris on Twitter: @CTowersCBS Follow Ellen on Twitter: @ellen_adair Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! (next live show: 3/29) https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/03/241h 40m

Another Closer Injury & Tough Pitcher Rankings

Eno and DVR discuss Jhoan Duran's oblique injury and the short-term pecking order for saves for the Twins during his absence before discussing some of the most difficult pitchers (and groups of pitchers) to rank in 2024.  Rundown 1:15 Jhoan Duran: Headed to IL with Oblique Strain 5:25 Pitchers with Uncertain Health Situations (Eury Pérez, Gerrit Cole, Kyle Bradish) 13:26 Future Aces with Short MLB Track Records (Bobby Miller and Grayson Rodriguez) 29:01 Model Disagreement with Other Projections (Zac Gallen, Cole Ragans, Bailey Ober) 34:44 Non-Buzzy Veterans (Merrill Kelly, Chris Bassitt, Eduardo Rodriguez) Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! (next live show: 3/29) https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/03/2458m 37s

Eury Pérez, TJ Friedl, Josh Lowe Injury Updates & Tough Hitter Rankings

Eno and DVR discuss another busy weekend filled with injury news including elbow soreness for Eury Pérez, a fractured wrist for TJ Friedl, and an IL stint to begin 2024 for Josh Lowe. Plus, they dig into several tough hitter rankings as draft season heats up.  Rundown 2:58 Eury Pérez: Dealing with Sore Elbow 7:08 TJ Friedl: Out with Fractured Wrist 11:33: Josh Lowe: Will Open Season on IL 16:26 Kyle Manzardo: Sent to Minor League Camp 23:40 Corey Seager: May Be Ready for Opening Day? 28:29 Any Reason to Worry About Bryce Harper or Aaron Judge? 31:15 Tough Rankings: Luis Robert Jr. & Frequently Injured Early-Rounders 38:52 Oneil Cruz & Young Players Returning From Lengthy Absence 50:42 Luis Arraez & Categorically Imbalanced Players 56:04 Junior Caminero & Players We're Waiting For in 2024 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! (next live show: 3/29) https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Eury Pérez Thumbnail Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/241h 6m

Gerrit Cole Update, Blake Snell Linked to Astros, New Faces in New Places, Deep Dive Into Curveballs

Eno, Trevor, and DVR discuss the latest news on Gerrit Cole’s elbow injury, the Astros’ interest in Blake Snell, the best rotations in baseball, and several new faces in new places, before digging into curveballs, and taking a few viewer/listener questions.  Rundown 0:55 Gerrit Cole: No UCL Tear Detected 7:20 Blake Snell: Astros Interested? 8:45 Best Rotations in Baseball Right Now New Faces in New Places 14:50 Chris Sale’s Fit in Atlanta 21:00 Josh Hader: Adding to the Astros’ Strength 24:59 DL Hall’s Starting Opportunity in Milwaukee 31:16 Jorge Polanco’s Fit in New-Look Seattle Lineup 34:43 Teoscar Hernández: Getting Into a Better Fit for a Home Park 39:15 Michael Soroka: A Fresh Opportunity for Rebuilding White Sox 42:05 Pitch Deep Dive: Curveballs 59:41 Q&A: Which Spring Stats Do We Pay Attention To? 1:03:32 Q&A: Game Planning for Opponents’ Weaknesses, or Your Own Strengths? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/03/241h 10m

Dylan Cease to the Padres, Devin Williams' Back Injury & Swing v. Take Decisions in The Shadow Zone

Eno and DVR discuss the trade that sent Dylan Cease to the Padres, the impact of a significant injury for Brewers closer Devin Williams, the increasing possibility of an early-season opportunity for Victor Scott II in St. Louis, and swing decisions in 'The Shadow Zone'. Rundown 5:20 Dylan Cease Traded to the Padres 10:01 Assessing the White Sox's Return 14:10 Buying the Similarities Between Dylan Cease & Blake Snell? 22:17 Devin Williams' Extended Absence 30:43 Injury Updates: Ronald Acuña Jr. & Tommy Edman 35:58 Swings v. Takes and 'The Shadow Zone' 54:23 Mailbag Questions: Quinn Priester & Unique Leagues in FanGraphs' Auction Calculator Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes w/Trevor May! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/241h 7m

Position Player Walk Years, Disagreements Between Projections & Jackson Merrill Gets a Plane Ticket

Eno and DVR discuss Eno's recent story examining the tendencies of position players in their walk year, disagreements across projection systems and how to work through those differences (and when to target players with projection systems agreement). Plus, they discuss Junior Caminero getting sent to Triple-A to begin the season, Jackson Merrill's upcoming flight to Korea, an injury for Taj Bradley, and the growing concerns about Gerrit Cole as the wait for an update on his status lengthens.  Rundown 5:52 What Happens in Position Players' Walk Years? ($ Eno's story: https://theathletic.com/5321626/) 11:13 Gleyber Torres' Path to More Power 16:24 Eno's Most Rostered Player From Story? 23:43 Disagreement Between Projection Systems 31:26 Rookies of Interest v. How the Fantasy Market Treats Rookies 38:17 Jackson Merrill Gets a Seat on the Plane 46:53 Taj Bradley's Pectoral Strain 53:20 Ongoing Uncertainty with Gerrit Cole & Current Rankings Adjustment Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Please fill out a quick survey to share your podcast habits with us by going to theathletic.com/survey24. Three lucky entries will win $100 worth of Amazon vouchers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/03/2459m 44s

Cole & Judge Injuries, Mixed LABR Draft Strategies and Projections Pushback w/Mike Gianella

DVR is joined by Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus to discuss a busy weekend of news and notes including MRIs for Gerrit Cole and Aaron Judge (among others), an 80-game PED suspension for Noelvi Marte, and more. Plus, they discuss their strategies from the 15-team Mixed LABR draft in which Mike built a roster around a power-heavy base and DVR opted for a 'Pocket Aces' build.  Rundown 2:06 Gerrit Cole: Has MRI on Elbow; Likely to Miss Opening Day 3:40 Aaron Judge: MRI on Abdomen; Timetable Unclear 5:02 Noelvi Marte: Suspended 80 Games for Positive PED Test 8:48 Edward Cabrera: MRI Reveals Shoulder Impingement; Targeting Late-Round Marlins Starting Pitchers? 13:14 Sonny Gray: Progressing From Hamstring Injury 15:10 Devin Williams: Visiting with Spine Specialist 21:16 Jordan Lawlar: Optioned to Reno; Stashing Prospects in Redraft Leagues 29:04 Mixed LABR Draft Apporaches (Full Draft Board: https://rtsports.com/labr-mixed-draft) | Building From a Late-Round Position 42:46 When Do You Disagree with Projections? 55:42 Experiences with Pocket Aces Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow DVR on Bluesky: @dvr.bsky.social Follow Mike on Bluesky: @mikegianella.bsky.social Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Please fill out a quick survey to share your podcast habits with us by going to theathletic.com/survey24. Three lucky entries will win $100 worth of Amazon vouchers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/03/241h 8m

The Pitching Injury Problem, Catching Targets, Altering Pitch Shapes & Slider/Sweeper Deep-Dive

Eno, Trevor, and DVR discuss Eno's co-authored story with Ken Rosenthal about the ongoing concern regarding pitcher injuries as velocity and breaking ball usage continues to increase. Plus, they examine the Rays' use of a relatively simple approach to maximize the effectiveness of their pitchers, and how some pitchers like the Cubs' Justin Steele alter the shape of a smaller arsenal to keep hitters off-balance. Finally, they wrap up the show with the deep dive into the slider and sweeper and a few listener/viewer questions. Rundown 0:58 The Neverending Quest to Reduce Pitcher Injuries (Related reading -- Eno's story with Ken Rosenthal ($) https://theathletic.com/5325032/) 17:24 Catcher Targets & How the Rays Simplify Their Pitching Plans (Related reading -- Chad Jennings' story on the Rays' pitching development ($) https://theathletic.com/5318763/) 28:22 Altering Pitch Shapes to Increase a Small Arsenal (Related reading -- Sahadev Sharma on Justin Steele's ability to change the shape of his 'two' main pitches ($) https://theathletic.com/5311112) 41:43 Deep Dive: Sliders & Sweepers 53:32 Viewer + Listener Q&A 58:01 Joey Votto Signs with the Blue Jays Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Please fill out a quick survey to share your podcast habits with us by going to theathletic.com/survey24. Three lucky entries will win $100 worth of Amazon vouchers! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/03/241h 8m

2024 Team Previews: Braves, Phillies & Mets

Eno and DVR finish up their 2024 Team Preview series with the Braves, Phillies, and Mets. What's next for the Atlanta lineup after an excellent 2023 that featured five players among the league's 20 biggest risers in wRC+? With quality young pitching depth, is the rotation stronger than ever behind Spencer Strider, Max Fried, and Chris Sale? Will the Phillies get even more from Trea Turner during his second season in Philly? Behind Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, which starting pitchers are most likely to deliver quality innings? Will the retooling Mets exceed expectations with a potentially underrated lineup and a pitching staff with a few intriguing rebound candidates? Rundown 4:13 2024 Atlanta Braves Preview 9:25 Jarred Kelenic's Fresh Start in Atlanta 18:01 Good Pitching Getting Even Better? 28:24 2024 Philadelphia Phillies Preview 37:16 Starters of Interest Behind Zack Wheeler & Aaron Nola 44:01 2024 New York Mets Preview 50:11 Buying the Mets' Rebound Candidates in the Rotation (Luis Severino, Sean Manaea & Tylor Megill) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Please fill out a quick survey to share your podcast habits with us by going to theathletic.com/survey24. Three lucky entries will win $100 worth of Amazon vouchers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/03/2457m 51s

2024 Team Previews: Red Sox, Marlins & Nationals

Eno and DVR continue their Team Preview series with the Red Sox, Marlins and Nationals. Can the Red Sox's lineup produce enough to cover the potential shortcoming of their pitching staff? Will the Marlins' young rotation find enough quality innings in a season without Sandy Alcantara? As the Nats' rebuild continues, how long will we have to wait before James Wood and Dylan Crews enter the mix in Washington? Rundown 3:37 2024 Boston Red Sox Preview 5:55 Nick Pivetta's New Pitch Mix 13:30 The Red Sox's Current Outfield Situation 23:27 2024 Miami Marlins Preview 37:39 A.J. Puk's Growing Pitch Mix 40:10 2024 Washington Nationals Preview 47:48 Underappreciated Catcher: Keibert Ruiz Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Please fill out a quick survey to share your podcast habits with us by going to theathletic.com/survey24. Three lucky entries will win $100 worth of Amazon vouchers! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/2458m 32s

Acuña Injury Watch, March Movers, Zack Wheeler Extension & Matt Chapman to the Giants

Eno and DVR discuss a busy weekend of news including further examination of Ronald Acuña Jr.'s surgically-repaired knee, shoulder fatigue for Kevin Gausman, Zack Wheeler's extension with the Phillies, Matt Chapman's three-year deal with the Giants, a pair of big March movers in recent drafts, and the increasingly complicated playing time situations in Baltimore and Cincinnati.  Rundown 1:31 More Knee Trouble for Ronald Acuña Jr.? 7:36 Chris Sale's Rapidly-Rising ADP 11:00 Kevin Gausman Slowed by Shoulder Fatigue 12:57 Zack Wheeler Signs Three-Year Extension w/Phillies 16:07 Matt Chapman Goes to the Giants 23:43 Fallout & Secondary Benefits to Chapman's Arrival in San Francisco 30:57 Wyatt Langford is Flying Up Draft Boards 37:05 Colt Keith v. Jordan Westburg? 38:44 Building a Bench: Orioles Edition 44:45 Jordan Hicks v. A.J. Puk v. Reynaldo López 51:04 Building a Bench: Reds Edition 58:57 How Much Do We Pay Attention to First- and Second-Half Splits? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/03/241h 8m

Statcast Bat Tracking, Blake Snell's Big Misses, Spencer Strider's Curveball & Cutter Deep Dive

Eno, Trevor and DVR discuss Statcast's new Bat Tracking technology and the potential benefits of having that information as it becomes publicly available in 2024. Plus, they discuss Blake Snell as a free agent still available in March in a league desperate for quality starting pitchers, the importance of Spencer Strider's developing curveball, the challenges of getting ready for an earlier Opening Day, and take a deep dive into the cutter. Rundown 1:10 Trevor's Takeaways From Oakland's Fans Fest 7:38 Coming Soon! Statcast's Bat Tracking Leaderboards 15:20 Blake Snell's Big-Miss Dominance 21:56 League-Wide Similarities in Contract Offers & Player Valuations 29:37 The Clear Need for Snell in San Francisco 32:28 The Importance of Spencer Strider's Developing Curveball 38:26 Challenges for the Dodgers and Padres Ramping Up for Early Opening Day in Korea 42:48 Cutter Deep Dive 54:09 Live Q&A: Camilo Doval's Unusual Cutter Movement, Mo's Cutter v. Maddux's Two-Seamer to Lefties, Evaluating Pitchers Coming Back from Tommy John surgery Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/03/241h 6m

2024 Team Previews: Blue Jays, Rays & Orioles

Eno and DVR continue their Team Preview series with the Blue Jays, Rays, and Orioles, three teams in the AL East with very little separation in projected wins. All three clubs are loaded with intriguing players, and plenty of mid-round and late-round targets to consider. Can you trust Yusei Kikuchi's walk rate improvement from last season? Will Taj Bradley put the pieces together for a complete season in Tampa Bay? Is Jordan Westburg primed for a breakout despite a late ADP? Rundown 5:28 2024 Toronto Blue Jays Preview 13:39 An Undervalued Bat Behind the Stars? 25:06 The 'New' Yusei Kikuchi 33:14 2024 Tampa Bay Rays Preview 40:43 Josh Lowe's K% Improvements 50:54 Unlocking a Taj Bradley Breakout 55:07 2024 Baltimore Orioles Preview 1:04:38 Should We Be More Excited About Jackson Holliday in 2024? 1:10:54 Buying the Grayson Rodriguez Adjustments Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/03/241h 22m

2024 Team Previews: Yankees, Royals & White Sox

Eno and DVR continue their Team Preview series with the Yankees, Royals and White Sox. With the addition of Juan Soto to the lineup, will the Yankees make good on their projection and win the AL East in 2024? Can Clarke Schmidt find a solution against left-handed hitters? Are we buying another improvement in the Royals' young group of hitters? Is there any help coming through the system to bolster the team's rotation? And just how bad is the rebuild going to be in Year 1 for the White Sox? Rundown 1:17 2024 New York Yankees Preview 9:32 Will Alex Verdugo Tap Into More Power at Yankee Stadium? 19:06 Clarke Schmidt's Struggles Against Lefties 26:32 2024 Kansas City Royals Preview 30:37 Maikel Garcia's Sleeper Case 42:03 2024 Chicago White Sox Preview 50:16 Are Potential Surprises Coming From This Group of Pitchers? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/FyBa9f3wFe Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/241h 3m

Cody Bellinger Goes Back to the Cubs, Spring Games Begin, & Working Backward for Draft Strategy

Eno and DVR discuss Cody Bellinger's return to the Cubs on a short contract with multiple opt-outs, the start of TGFBI, a busy first weekend of spring action that featured a lot of new pitches, and a lot of information about velocity and iVB changes. Plus, they dig into the importance of working backwards when building out draft-day roster construction plans.  Rundown 5:32 Cody Bellinger Re-Signs with the Cubs 17:37 A Live First-Round Pick from Eno’s TGFBI Draft 22:56 Two (!) New Pitches for Hunter Greene 28:02 Cole Ragans’ Improved Fastball Ride in Spring Debut 34:02 Carlos Rodón Has a New Cutter 39:55 Quick Thoughts on Strikeout Park Factors 46:03 Draft Strategy: Working Backwards, or At Least From the Middle 57:15 Looking for Late Power, Without Sacrificing Average Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/r9u5jBvV Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/02/241h 21m

What to Watch in Spring Training Games, Two-Seam Fastball

Eno, Trevor and DVR discuss an unusual day at Phillies camp, superstitious teammates, and what to look for in spring training games. Plus, they continue the deep dive pitching series with a detailed look at two-seam fastballs/sinkers, before discussing a few challenges organizations have getting coaching staffs on the same page in player development. Rundown 1:38 A Rough Day in Phillies Camp 7:26 What to Look For in Spring Training Games 18:45 Reliever Usage in Closer Battles 26:28 'Two-Seamer' v. 'Sinker' 32:33 Good Two-Seamers & Newer Location Strategies 37:39 An Ineffective Sinker 48:35 Two-Seam Fastballs in Stuff+ 50:37 Organizational Philosophy v. Individual Approaches 1:06:15 Viewer Q&A Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our livestream episodes! Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/r9u5jBvV Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/02/241h 14m

2024 Team Previews: Twins, Guardians & Tigers

After discussing a few spring news items, Eno and DVR return to their Team Preview series to break down the Twins, Guardians, and Tigers. Will the Twins' position player core take a leap forward with a full season of Royce Lewis at third base? Is the Twins' pitching depth and bullpen good enough to withstand the loss of Sonny Gray from the rotation? How much will the Guardians lean on Kyle Manzardo and Chase DeLauter this season in a bid to improve their run production, and can the Guardians' young starters to take another step forward in 2024? As the Tigers' rebuild continues, are they primed to close the gap and contend for a division title? Rundown 0:59 Kodai Senga: Will Begin Season on IL 4:46 Mitch Keller: Signs Extension with Pirates 7:39 Tim Anderson: Finds New Home in Miami 16:11 2024 Minnesota Twins Preview 27:33 Can Joe Ryan Find a Quality Secondary Offering? 40:35 2024 Cleveland Guardians Preview 47:34 Assessing the Draft-Day Value in the Guardians' Top-Four Starters 55:28 2024 Detroit Tigers Preview 1:06:55 Buying Reese Olson's Improved Changeup? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/r9u5jBvV Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels and join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/241h 19m

2024 Team Previews: Cardinals, Cubs & Brewers

Eno and DVR return to their Team Preview series to break down the Cardinals, Cubs, and Brewers. Will the Cards' loaded lineup be able to outhit their shaky starting pitching? Are the Cubs preparing to lean on a group of young players to fill a few remaining gaps in their lineup? How will the Brewers' pitching fare following the Corbin Burnes trade and with Brandon Woodruff likely unavailable in 2024? Rundown 1:17 2024 St. Louis Cardinals Preview 7:11 Buying the Breakout From Jordan Walker? 20:30 The Pitching Plan: Is This Going to Work? 30:38 2024 Chicago Cubs Preview 34:20 Will Jameson Taillon Build on Second-Half Success? 43:57 Youth Movement Coming in Center Field and at Third Base? 50:27 2024 Milwaukee Brewers Preview 54:49 Which Young Players Will Emerge for Large Supporting Roles? 1:03:27 The Pitching Staff Sans Burnes & Woodruff Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/B3Ymqwrd Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels and join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes w/Trevor May! Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/02/241h 18m

Eno's Case for Elly De La Cruz, Pitcher Injury Risk Considerations, and Spring News & Notes

Eno and DVR discuss a few takeaways from Eno's squad in the Bay Area Rotisserie Fantasy League before digging into the latest round of news as spring training is in full swing. With a lot of positive injury news around recently hampered players, how should you adjust your plans as ADP begins to reflect improved spring health? Rundown 0:50 Eno's Case for Elly De La Cruz 8:10 Recapping Eno's BARF League Build (From Sober Values to YOLO) 13:10 Josh Jung's Calf Strain 15:53 Xander Bogaerts Moves to Second Base 20:49 Whit Merrifield to the Phillies 24:14 Carlos Rodón's Velocity is Back This Spring 36:00 Byron Buxton's Knee is Gone! 41:17 A Quick Nick Lodolo Update 49:23 Are the Rays Backloading Shane Baz's 2024 Innings? 55:41 Starling Marte & Riley Greene Follow-Ups 56:55 A.J. Puk as a Starter & Occasional Six-Man Rotations in Miami? 1:08:15 Applying Roto Advice to H2H Points Leagues 1:13:06 What Might a Team See in Luke Weaver? 1:19:57 Live Episodes in New York at Other Half Brewing! Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes! (https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels) Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/B3Ymqwrd Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Elly De La Cruz Thumbnail Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/02/241h 25m

Getting to Know Trevor May, Making Sense of Spring News & A Deep Dive Into Four-Seam Fastballs

Trevor May makes his Rates & Barrels hosting debut, joining Eno and DVR to discuss missteps with the new MLB uniforms, wearing other people's pants, unusual self-designed training regiments, and the difficultly of processing news when the flood of information happens at the outset of spring training. Plus, Eno & Trevor do a deep dive into four-seam fastballs, before a round of listener Q&A. Rundown 0:56 Getting to Know Trevor 10:45 Making Sense of Spring Training News Updates 19:48 Four-Seam Fastball Deep Dive 51:54 Listener Q&A Follow Trevor on Twitter: @IamTrevorMay Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join us on Fridays at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episodes! (https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels) Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/B3Ymqwrd Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/02/241h 8m

2024 Team Previews: Dodgers, Reds & Pirates

Eno and DVR discuss a flurry of news updates from Orioles camp before continuing their Team Preview series, looking at the Dodgers, Reds and Pirates. Is it possible that the Dodgers are slightly underprojected even as a 101-win team in PECOTA? Will the Reds' young pitching stay healthy and deliver enough for them to contend for the NL Central? Can the Pirates turn the corner sooner than expected with Oneil Cruz's return to health and a nice group of young pitchers knocking on the door? Rundown 1:15 Kyle Bradish's UCL Sprain 6:00 Other Injury Updates From Orioles Camp 9:44 2024 Los Angeles Dodgers Preview 14:09 Build a Bench! Finding the Platoons in LA 27:28 2024 Cincinnati Reds Preview 34:51 Breakout Potential for Elly & Noelvi Marte Despite Wide-Range of PT 49:50 2024 Pittsburgh Pirates Preview 55:09 How Aggressively Will the Pirates Promote Their Pitching Prospects? Join our Discord: https://discord.gg/B3Ymqwrd Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Join us on Fridays starting 2/16 at 1p ET/10a PT for our new livestream episode w/Trevor May! Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/02/241h 5m

A Giant Power Boost, Spring Moves, Draft Season Risers & Fallers + Show News!

Eno and DVR share some show-related news and discuss Jorge Soler to the Giants, a recent swap between the Twins and Marlins, catcher additions for the Brewers and Pirates, and a few spring items to watch for the Rays. Plus, they examine a few risers and fallers among pitchers since the start of draft season in the fall.  Rundown 0:49 Show Announcements! Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels 5:20 Jorge Soler Signs a Three-Year Deal with the Giants 11:37 Nick Gordon to the Marlins for Steven Okert 17:29 Spencer Turnbull Joins the Phillies 23:40 Gary Sánchez to the Brewers 29:26 Yasmani Grandal to the Pirates 33:39 Things We Recently Learned About the Rays 42:54 Spring Injury Updates: Edwin Díaz, Shohei Ohtani, Garrett Crochet 46:11 ADP Risers & Fallers (Pitchers) Since the Start of Draft Season Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Jorge Soler Thumbnail Photo by Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/241h 10m

2024 Team Previews: Diamondbacks, Padres & Giants

Eno and DVR continue their Team Preview series, looking at the three teams projected to finish in the middle three spots in the NL West -- the Diamondbacks, Padres, and Giants. Will Arizona's offseason upgrades be enough for them to return to the playoffs in 2024? Can the Padres rebound after sending Juan Soto to the Yankees in a blockbuster trade in December? Is there a reasonable path forward for the Giants with their current core? Rundown 1:11 2024 Arizona Diamondbacks Preview 11:25 Key Rotation Questions & Depth Concerns 21:24 2024 San Diego Padres Preview 28:23 Fernando Tatis Jr.'s Pulled Barrel Rate Shift From 2021 to 2023 48:12 2024 San Francisco Giants Preview 56:29 Marco Luciano's Breakout Potential & Contact Quality Comps Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Corbin Carroll Thumbnail Photo by Christian Petersen-Getty Images Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/02/241h 14m

Choosing & Building the Right Fantasy Baseball Leagues in 2024

There is an infinite number of ways to play fantasy baseball, so what factors should you consider when joining or creating a league?  Eno and DVR discuss some of the basic elements of building or finding a league to play in, as well as a few 2024-specific strategy considerations to keep in mind in the face of MLB's 2023 rule changes and the resulting impact on the run environment.  Rundown 1:40 How Do You Want to Play? - and - Key Questions to Consider 14:17 Where Do You Want to Play? - and - League Formats/Entry Fee Options 23:05 Yes, Free Leagues Still Exist! 39:03 Why We Like the FanGraphs Auction Calculator (https://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy-tools/auction-calculator) 46:43 What Are You Adjusting for 2024? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/02/241h 9m

2024 Team Previews: Astros, Mariners & Rockies

Eno and DVR continue their Team Preview series, looking at a few key questions for all 30 clubs as spring training approaches. Part 2 of the series wraps up the AL West with the Astros and Mariners, before examining the ongoing struggles of the Rockies at the bottom of the NL West.  Rundown 0:54 Jose Altuve Signs a Five-Year, $125M Extension w/Astros 5:05 2024 Houston Astros Preview 18:25 Paths to a Hunter Brown Breakout 25:56 2024 Seattle Mariners Preview 33:06 Bryan Woo's Need for a New Approach Against Lefties 43:27 2024 Colorado Rockies Preview 55:38 Will Brenton Doyle's Glove Carry Him to Everyday Playing Time? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Yordan Alvarez Thumbnail Photo by Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/02/241h 7m

2024 Team Previews: Rangers, Angels & Athletics

Eno and DVR begin their Team Preview series, looking at a few key questions for all 30 clubs as spring training approaches. The series begins with three teams from the AL West, including the defending World Series Champion Texas Rangers, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Oakland A's.  Rundown 4:47 2024 Texas Rangers Preview 18:27 Will Josh Jung Take Another Step Forward? 24:37 2024 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Preview 35:56 Can Chase Silseth Find a Solution For Left-Handed Hitters? 43:52 2024 Oakland A's Preview 50:04 Potential Power Growth for Esteury Ruiz? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Marcus Semien Thumbnail Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/241h 8m

Corbin Burnes to the Orioles, Jorge Polanco to the Mariners & Catching Up on Moves

Eno and DVR catch up on several moves -- big and small -- including the trade of Corbin Burnes to Baltimore for DL Hall and Joey Ortiz, Jorge Polanco to the Mariners, two veteran additions to the A's rotation, and much more.  Rundown 1:10 Corbin Burnes Traded to the Orioles 8:15 Comps for Joey Ortiz 14:47 Jorge Polanco Traded to the Mariners 20:45 Carlos Santana Joins the Twins 23:55 Justin Turner Signs with the Blue Jays 28:25 Gregory Santos Traded to the Mariners 32:40 Dominic Fletcher Acquired by the White Sox 37:54 A's Add Alex Wood and Ross Stripling 42:55 Shohei Ohtani's Bid for Opening Day 44:53 News & Notes (Carlos Correa, Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, and more!) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/02/241h 11m

2024 Relief Pitcher Preview

Eno and DVR close out Pitcher Week with their 2024 Relief Pitcher Preview!  For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 2:27 ADP Tier 1 (Devin Williams, Edwin Dîaz, Josh Hader, Emmanuel Clase, Jhoan Duran) 15:02 ADP Tier 2 (Camilo Doval, Raisel Iglesias, David Bednar, Jordan Romano, Alexis Dîaz) 27:53 ADP Tier 3a (Paul Sewald, Pete Fairbanks, Andrés Muñoz, Ryan Helsley, Tanner Scott) 36:30 ADP Tier 3b (Evan Phillips, Craig Kimbrel, Clay Holmes, Kenley Jansen, Adbert Alzolay) 43:53 ADP Tier 4 (José Alvarado, José Leclerc, Alex Lange, Mason Miller, Carlos Estévez, Kyle Finnegan, Robert Suarez) 58:33 Beyond Pick 250: Targets For Saves & Saves + Holds Leagues Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/241h 16m

2024 Starting Pitcher Preview, Part 3

Eno and DVR continue Pitcher Week with the third and final installment of their 2024 Starting Pitcher Preview! This episode focuses on the starting pitchers typically drafted outside the Top 200 overall. For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 2:36 ADP Tier 9 (Aaron Civale, Brandon Pfaadt, Shöta Imanaga, Lucas Giolito, Yu Darvish, Brayan Bello, Charlie Morton, Yusei Kikuchi, Nick Lodolo, Reid Detmers) 29:31 ADP Tier 10a (Kenta Maeda, Cristopher Sánchez, Andrew Abbott, Nestor Cortes, Taj Bradley, Marcus Stroman, John Means) 53:13 ADP Tier 10b (Kyle Harrison, Kutter Crawford, Seth Lugo, Edward Cabrera, Reese Olson, Emmet Sheehan) 1:12:58 ADP Tier 10c (Luis Severino, Michael Wacha, Griffin Canning) 1:23:16 Beyond Pick 300 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribers to The Athletic can check out Eno's 2024 Starting Pitcher Rankings ($): https://theathletic.com/5224402/ Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/241h 41m

2024 Starting Pitcher Preview, Part 2

Eno and DVR continue Pitcher Week with the second installment of their 2024 Starting Pitcher Preview! This episode focuses on the starting pitchers frequently in the Pick 100-200 overall range in recent drafts.  For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 1:18 ADP Tier 5 (Dylan Cease, Joe Musgrove, Walker Buehler, Tanner Bibee, Sonny Gray & Justin Verlander) 26:15 ADP Tier 6 (Chris Bassitt, Hunter Greene, Michael King, Merrill Kelly, Jordan Montgomery, Chris Sale & Bailey Ober) 46:23 ADP Tier 7 (Carlos Rodón, Gavin Williams, Shane Bieber, Mitch Keller, José Berrîos & Nick Pivetta) 1:10:07 ADP Tier 8 (Cristian Javier, Bryce Miller, Eduardo Rodriguez, Hunter Brown, Shane Baz, Bryan Woo, Nathan Eovaldi, Ryan Pepiot, Braxton Garrett) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribers to The Athletic can check out Eno's 2024 Starting Pitcher Rankings ($): https://theathletic.com/5224402/ Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/241h 40m

2024 Starting Pitcher Preview, Part 1

Eno and DVR start off Pitcher Week with the first installment of their 2024 Starting Pitcher Preview! This episode focuses on the starting pitchers frequently being drafted within the first 100 picks of winter drafts.  For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 2:44 ADP Tier 1 (Spencer Strider, Gerrit Cole, Corbin Burnes, Zack Wheeler, Kevin Gausman & Luis Castillo) 22:05 ADP Tier 2 (Pablo López, Zac Gallen, George Kirby, Tyler Glasnow, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Aaron Nola, Tarik Skubal) 39:39 ADP Tier 3 (Freddy Peralta, Framber Valdez, Max Fried, Logan Webb, Blake Snell, Kodai Senga, Grayson Rodriguez, Logan Gilbert) 1:04:31 ADP Tier 4 (Eury Pérez, Bobby Miller, Jesús Luzardo, Kyle Bradish, Zach Eflin, Joe Ryan, Cole Ragans, Justin Steele) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribers to The Athletic can check out Eno's 2024 Starting Pitcher Rankings ($): https://theathletic.com/5224402/ Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/01/241h 34m

2024 Outfield Preview, Part 3

Eno and DVR continue their 2024 Position Preview Series with the third and final installment of their outfield preview. This group of players is comprised mostly of late-round considerations for mixed leagues, and those that could make an impact in draft-and-hold and mono leagues (AL/NL-only).  For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 0:53 ADP Tier 9 Continued (Parker Meadows, Sal Frelick, Giancarlo Stanton, Will Benson, Alex Verdugo, Willi Castro, Jake Fraley, Jeff McNeil, Brent Rooker) 20:48 ADP Tier 10a (Matt Wallner, Luke Raley Jr., Jose Siri, Tommy Pham, Austin Hays, Johan Rojas, Pete Crow-Armstrong) 45:42 ADP Tier 10b (Brandon Marsh, Alek Thomas, Mickey Moniak, Henry Davis, Jake McCarthy, Hunter Renfroe) 58:12 ADP Tier 10c (Ceddanne Rafaela, Mitch Haniger, Harrison Bader, Andrew Benintendi, Garrett Mitchell) 1:10:48 Outfielders Beyond Pick 400 (Jesús Sánchez, Colton Cowser, Hunter Goodman, Brenton Doyle, Estevan Florial, Edward Olivares, Jonny DeLuca, Dylan Carlson, Joey Loperfido JJ Bleday, Lawrence Butler, Oscar Colás) Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/241h 45m

2024 Outfield Preview, Part 2

Eno and DVR continue their 2024 Position Preview Series with the second installment of their outfield preview. From the top of the positions, to the players that might only make an impact in draft-and-hold and mono leagues (AL/NL-only), they examine the wide range of talented options all over the draft board. For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Before getting to the Outfield Preview content, Eno and DVR discussed a few recent news items including Rhys Hoskins to the Brewers, Josh Hader to the Astros, James Paxton to the Dodgers, and a developing story about a cheating scandal in the NFFC.  Rundown 0:53 Rhys Hoskins to the Brewers 4:30 Josh Hader to the Astros 7:07 Robert Stephenson to the Angels 8:54 James Paxton to the Dodgers 13:08 A Cheating Scandal in the NFFC 18:58 ADP Tier 5 (Cedric Mullins, Teoscar Hernández, Anthony Santander, TJ Friedl, Jorge Soler, Ian Happ) 35:12 ADP Tier 6 (Wyatt Langford, Riley Greene, Chas McCormick, James Outman, Jarren Duran, Masataka Yoshida) 52:15 ADP Tier 7 (Brandon Nimmo, Daulton Varsho, Lars Nootbaar, Steven Kwan, Christopher Morel, Kerry Carpenter) 1:02:59 ADP Tier 8 (Jarred Kelenic, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Tyler O'Neill, Starling Marte, Taylor Ward, Jack Suwinski, Jung-Hoo Lee) 1:23:30 ADP Tier 9 (Nelson Velàzquez, Kris Bryant, Max Kepler, MJ Melendez, Bryan De La Cruz) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/241h 42m

2024 Outfield Preview, Part 1

Eno and DVR continue their 2024 Position Preview Series with the first installment of their outfield preview. From the top of the positions, to the players that might only make an impact in draft-and-hold and mono leagues (AL/NL-only), they examine the wide range of talented options all over the draft board. For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 1:19 ADP Tier 1 (Ronald Acuña Jr., Julio Rodríguez, Corbin Carroll, Kyle Tucker, Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Yordan Alvarez) 24:14 ADP Tier 2 (Luis Robert Jr., Michael Harris II, Adolis García, Randy Arozarena, Nolan Jones, Cody Bellinger) 39:30 ADP Tier 3 (Mike Trout, Jazz Chisholm Jr., Christian Yelich, Josh Lowe, Kyle Schwarber, Bryan Reynolds) 56:03 ADP Tier 4 (Nick Castellanos, Spencer Steer, Lane Thomas, Seiya Suzuki, Jordan Walker, Esteury Ruiz, George Springer, Evan Carter, Jackson Chourio) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/241h 39m

2024 Catcher & UT-only Preview

Eno and DVR continue their 2024 Position Preview Series with catchers and UT-only players. From the top of the positions, to the players that might only make an impact in draft-and-hold and mono leagues (AL/NL-only), they examine the wide range of talented options all over the draft board. For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 1:08 UT-Only ADP Tier 1 (Shohei Ohtani, 2024 Edition) 9:42 UT-Only ADP Tier 2 (Marcell Ozuna, J.D. Martinez, Eloy Jiménez & Byron Buxton) 15:51 UT-only ADP Tier 3 (Joey Meneses, Heston Kjerstad, Mark Vientos, Tyler Soderstrom & Jonathan Aranda) 33:48 Catcher ADP Tier 1 (Adley Rutschman, J.T. Realmuto, Will Smith, William Contreras & Yainer Diaz) 49:52 Catcher ADP Tier 2 (Salvador Perez, Cal Raleigh, Sean Murphy, Gabriel Moreno, Francisco Álvarez & Wilson Contreras) 1:00:05 Catcher ADP Tier 3 (Logan O'Hoppe, Bo Naylor, Jonah Heim, Keibert Ruiz, Mitch Garver & Luis Campusano) 1:10:59 Catcher ADP Tier 4 (Tyler Stephenson, Elias Díaz, Shea Langeliers, Ryan Jeffers, Danny Jansen & Alejandro Kirk) 1:16:44 Catcher ADP Tier 5 (Austin Wells to Freddy Fermin, and Beyond) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/01/241h 34m

2024 First Base Preview

Eno and DVR continue their 2024 Position Preview Series at first base. From the top of the position, to the players that might only make an impact in draft-and-hold and mono leagues (AL/NL-only), they examine the wide range of talented options all over the draft board. For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 1:08 ADP Tier 1 (Freddie Freeman, Matt Olson, Bryce Harper, Pete Alonso, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.) 20:46 ADP Tier 2 (Christian Walker, Paul Goldschmidt, Triston Casas) 32:53 ADP Tier 3 (Spencer Torkelson, Yandy Díaz, Josh Naylor, Christian Encarnacion-Strand) 50:38 ADP Tier 4 (Vinnie Pasquantino, Rhys Hoskins, Nathaniel Lowe) 55:30 ADP Tier 5 (Ryan Mountcastle, Andrew Vaughn, Justin Turner, Anthony Rizzo, José Abreu, Josh Bell) 1:03:09 ADP Tier 6 (Wilmer Flores to Joey Votto) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/01/241h 32m

2024 Third Base Preview

Eno and DVR continue their 2024 Position Preview Series at third base. From the top of the position, to the players that might only make an impact in draft-and-hold and mono leagues (AL/NL-only), they examine the wide range of talented options all over the draft board. For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 0:51 ADP Tier 1 (José Ramírez, Austin Riley, Rafael Devers, Gunnar Henderson) 17:43 ADP Tier 2 (Royce Lewis, Manny Machado, Alex Bregman, Josh Jung, Nolan Arenado) 39:45 ADP Tier 3 (Jake Burger, Noelvi Marte, Alec Bohm, Ke'Bryan Hayes, Max Muncy, Isaac Paredes) 51:14 ADP Tier 4 (Jeimer Candelario, Junior Caminero, Maikel Garcia, Ryan McMahon, Eugenio Suárez) 1:05:21 ADP Tier 5 (Matt Chapman, Tyler Black, Michael Busch, Colt Keith, Brett Baty, Anthony Rendon, J.D. Davis, Yoán Moncada, Curtis Mead, Justyn-Henry Malloy, Jordan Diaz, Jared Triolo, Orelvis Martinez, Damiano Palmegiano) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/01/241h 36m

2024 Second Base Preview

Eno and DVR continue their 2024 Position Preview Series at second base. From the top of the position, to the players that might only make an impact in draft-and-hold and mono leagues (AL/NL-only), they examine the wide range of talented options all over the draft board. For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 1:13 ADP Tier 1 (Mookie Betts, Ozzie Albies, Marcus Semien) 17:54 ADP Tier 2 (Jose Altuve, Ha-Seong Kim & Gleyber Torres) 30:51 ADP Tier 3 (Bryson Stott, Andrés Giménez, Ketel Marte, Zack Gelof, Thairo Estrada, Luis Arraez) 49:09 ADP Tier 4 (Nolan Gorman, Jonathan India, Edouard Julien, Brandon Drury, Brandon Lowe, Whit Merrifield, Gavin Lux, Jorge Polanco, Jeff McNeil, Brendan Donovan) 1:10:42 ADP Tier 5 (Jordan Westburg, Brice Turang, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Massey, Luis Urías, Davis Schneider, Mauricio Dubón, Luis García, Miguel Vargas, Josh Rojas) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/01/241h 33m

2024 Shortstop Preview

Eno and DVR begin their 2024 Position Preview Series at shortstop. From the top of the position, to the players that might only make an impact in draft-and-hold and mono leagues (AL/NL-only), they examine the wide range of talented options all over the draft board. For this series, players are grouped by recent Average Draft Position (ADP) data from the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC). Rundown 2:48 ADP Tier 1 (Bobby Witt Jr., Trea Turner, Corey Seager, Elly De La Cruz, Francisco Lindor) 24:40 ADP Tier 2 (Bo Bichette, CJ Abrams, Nico Hoerner, Matt McLain, Oneil Cruz) 46:11 ADP Tier 3 (Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson, Anthony Volpe) 54:22 ADP Tier 4 (Tommy Edman, Trevor Story, Willy Adames, Ezequiel Tovar) 59:46 ADP Tier 5 (Jackson Holliday, Jeremy Peña, Vaughn Grissom, Carlos Correa, J.P. Crawford, Zach Neto) 1:14:37 ADP Tier 6 (Amed Rosario, Jordan Lawlar, Orlando Arcia, José Caballero, Javier Báez, Geraldo Perdomo, Masyn Winn, Tim Anderson, Colson Montgomery, Jackson Merrill & Brayan Rocchio) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/01/241h 33m

Shōta Imanaga Expectations, Choosing a Weakness & Early-Round Skepticism

Eno and DVR discuss Shōta Imanaga's move to the Cubs and expectations for him in Year 1 against MLB hitters. Plus, they return to the draft room for the first time in 2024 and discuss choosing a 'weakness' in your roster foundation, early-round players they're skeptical of at their current prices, and unique considerations when playing in a draft-and-hold league (no in-season pickups). Rundown 1:42 Shōta Imanaga to Cubs; 2024 Expectations 11:10 Choosing Your Foundational Weakness 22:13 Nolan Jones' Surprising 20-20 Campaign, Top-50 Status for 2024? 28:09 DVR Is Flip-Flopping About CJ Abrams 31:49 Choosing an Elite Closer over an Early Speedster? 35:51 Concern About Gerrit Cole's Small Skills Loss in 2023? 43:30 Looking Back at Past Earn Values; Cooling on Aaron Nola? 49:42 Trusting the Vlad Jr. Steamer Projection? 52:55 Mike Trout's Difficult Plate Appearance Projections Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/01/241h 3m

A Giants-Mariners Swap, Teoscar Hernández to LA & The Mets Make a Pair of Signings

Eno and DVR discuss a trade between the Mariners and Giants that sent Robbie Ray to San Francisco with Mitch Haniger returning to Seattle with Anthony DeSclafani. Plus, Teoscar Hernández joins the loaded Dodgers' lineup, the Rays make a pair of small trades, and the Mets sign a pair of veteran free agents.  Rundown 2:12 Robbie Ray to the Giants; Mitch Haniger & Anthony DeSclafani to Mariners 11:05 Teoscar Hernández to the Dodgers 18:38 Luke Raley Also Added to the M's Outfield Mix 26:35 José Caballeros with the Rays 33:20 Andrew Kittredge to the Cardinals for Richie Palacios 39:22 Sean Manaea Signs with the Mets 44:08 Harrison Bader Also Signs with the Mets 52:04 Other News & Notes Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/01/241h 5m

Yoshinobu Yamamoto to the Dodgers, Chris Sale to the Braves & More Pitchers on the Move

DVR is joined by Todd Zola of Mastersball & RotoWire to discuss the flurry of activity that took place over the past two weeks including Yoshinobu Yamamoto's decision to sign with the Dodgers, the trade that sent Chris Sale to Atlanta, Vaughn Grissom's outlook in Boston, Lucas Giolito's rebound potential in Boston, and Frankie Montas' fresh start in Cincinnati.  Rundown 1:52 Yoshinobu Yamamoto the Dodgers 11:44 Chris Sale to the Braves 17:13 Assessing Atlanta's No. 5 Starter Job Battle 20:33 Vaughn Grissom's Outlook with the Red Sox 31:53 Would You Rather: Late MI v. Grissom Edition 38:45 Lucas Giolito's Rebound Chances in Boston 43:14 Frankie Montas to the Reds 48:10 Yuki Matsui Joins the Crowded Padres Bullpen 52:08 Another Look at the Four New Padres SP Candidates 1:01:37 Mitch Garver to the Mariners; Clear Path to Regular DH Duty? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Todd on Twitter: @ToddZola e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/01/241h 15m

Tigers Pitching, Max Scherzer's Injury & Putting a Bow on 2023

Eno and DVR discuss Eno's annual piece looking at the best pitches of 2023 before cleaning out their rundown refrigerator for the end of the year. With new additions to the Tigers' rotation and a clean bill of healthy for Casey Mize, which starters in Detroit are they targeting this draft season? Plus, can the Rangers weather a lengthy absence from Max Scherzer with their current group of pitchers? Will Brett Baty step up and take a the bulk of the playing time at third base following Ronny Mauricio's ACL injury, and what should we expect from Henry Davis at the plate in 2024? Rundown 1:00 Best Pitches of 2023 ($) https://theathletic.com/5146544 3:32 Casey Mize's Clean Bill of Health 7:36 Tarik Skubal's Impressive Projection and Early ADP 11:32 Kenta Maeda & Jack Flaherty Join Reese Olson, Sawyer Gipson-Long, and Matt Manning in the Rotation Picture Behind Skubal 22:29 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Re-Ups with D-backs 28:17 Max Scherzer Undergoes Back Surgery 39:17 Ronny Mauricio Suffers a Torn ACL; Brett Baty time? 42:51 Endy Rodríguez Out for 2024; Henry Davis Back to Catcher? 49:15 The Pirates Make Several Additions 57:49 FOMO on Oneil Cruz in 2024? 1:02:54 Nick Senzel Gets a New Start in Washington Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow The Show on Twitter: @RatesAndBarrels e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Give the gift of The Athletic this Holiday Season! One-year gift subscriptions are just $19.99 at theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/12/231h 12m

Tyler Glasnow to the Dodgers, Jung Hoo Lee to the Giants & A More Crowded Reds Infield?

Eno and DVR discuss the four-player trade that sent Tyler Glasnow to the Dodgers, the subsequent four-year extension that Glasnow signed after the deal, expectations for Jung Hoo Lee in San Francisco, the surprising addition of Jeimer Candelario to the Reds' infield, and a few other recent moves including the D-backs' addition of Eduardo Rodríguez.  Rundown 1:04 Tyler Glasnow to the Dodgers 7:53 Buying Ryan Pepiot's 2023 Skills Growth? 12:34 Rays' Rotation: Would You Rather? 17:10 Waiting on Walker Buehler This Draft Season? 21:47 Jung Hoo Lee's Outlook with Giants 29:43 Eduardo Rodríguez: Lands with Arizona 35:18 Jeimer Candelario to the Reds?! 44:57 Elly De La Cruz's Second-Round ADP, Are You In? 52:19 Weighing Early Pitchers v. Bats 55:47 Seth Lugo & Michael Wacha to the Royals Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow The Show on Twitter: @RatesAndBarrels e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Give the gift of The Athletic this Holiday Season! One-year gift subscriptions are just $19.99 at theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/12/231h 5m

Working in Baseball, Pt. 2: Kyle Boddy & Lance Brozdowski

This episode is part two of a two-show series called “Working in Baseball”. At this year’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, we had an opportunity to discuss jobs in baseball with several people in different positions around the game. Whether you’re a long-time fan interested in knowing more about the inner workings of the sport, or someone who hopes to build a career in baseball, we think you’ll enjoy these conversations.  On this episode, Eno sits down with Driveline Baseball founder Kyle Boddy, and Lance Brozdowski of Marquee Sports Network. Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow The Show on Twitter: @RatesAndBarrels e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Give the gift of The Athletic this Holiday Season! One-year gift subscriptions are just $19.99 at theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/2348m 39s

Working in Baseball, Pt. 1: Sam Fuld, Ross Fenstermaker & Sean Ahmed

This episode is part one of a two-show series called “Working in Baseball”. At this year’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, we had an opportunity to discuss jobs in baseball with several people in different positions around the game. Whether you’re a long-time fan interested in knowing more about the inner workings of the sport, or someone who hopes to build a career in baseball, we think you’ll enjoy these conversations.  On this episode, Eno sits down with Phillies general manager Sam Fuld, Rangers assistant general manager Ross Fenstermaker, and Pirates Director of Research & Development Sean Ahmed.  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow The Show on Twitter: @RatesAndBarrels e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Give the gift of The Athletic this Holiday Season! One-year gift subscriptions are just $19.99 at theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/2354m 25s

Shohei Ohtani Agrees to Record-Shattering 10-Year, $700M Deal with the Dodgers

Shohei Ohtani is a Dodger! In an emergency podcast special, Eno and DVR discuss Ohtani’s record-shattering 10-year, $700 million deal with the Dodgers. Plus, they take another look at the now finalized trade that sent Juan Soto to the Yankees, and a swap that gives Tyler O’Neill a fresh start and a nice home park for right-handed power in Boston.  Rundown 0:17 Shohei Ohtani is a Dodger with a 10-year, $700M Deal 10:12 Ohtani's 2024 Fantasy Outlook w/Dodgers 15:09 The Juan Soto Deal Goes Final 21:31 Michael King's Health and Effectiveness as Full-Season Starter 25:35 What's Next for Padres? 31:15 Concerns About Blake Snell's In-Start Workloads Are Overblown 39:08 Tyler O'Neill Traded to the Red Sox Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Give the gift of The Athletic this Holiday Season! One-year gift subscriptions are just $19.99 at theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/2350m 22s

A Juan Soto Deal Nears Completion, Yamamoto's Market, and the Alex Verdugo Trade w/Ken Rosenthal

Ken Rosenthal joins Eno and DVR to discuss the latest on a potential deal that will send Juan Soto to the Yankees, Yoshinobu Yamamoto's soaring price in free agency, Alex Verdugo's move to the Bronx, and the potential impact of RSN uncertainty on spending this winter.  Rundown 0:22 Is a Juan Soto Deal Between the Yankees and Padres Nearly Done? 3:38 Did the Yankees Acquire Alex Verdugo to Keep Him, or Deal Him? 4:46 Yoshinobu Yamamoto's Soaring Market 7:25 Slow Market Causes, Beyond Ohtani? 11:33 Erick Fedde Lands with the White Sox 14:17 Fallout in Boston From the Alex Verdugo Trade 17:41 Craig Kimbrel to the Orioles 24:17 Other Notes From Nashville 31:02 Jackson Holliday's Shot at the Opening Day Roster Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Ken on Twitter: @Ken_Rosenthal e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/12/2350m 22s

Early Winter Meetings Update, Jarred Kelenic to Atlanta & Jackson Chourio's Deal

Eno, DVR and Britt discuss the reason for the slow start to moves during the Winter Meetings before digging into the surprising five-player swap that sent Jarred Kelenic to Atlanta on Sunday night. Are the Mariners' positioning themselves for a big move as a result of their recent cost-cutting? Plus, Jackson Chourio's record-setting contract for a player with zero MLB service time, a full-time move to second base for Mookie Betts in 2024, and a role change on tap for Mason Miller.  Rundown 1:12 What Is Holding Things Up in Nashville? 9:32 Jarred Kelenic to Atlanta in a Five-Player Swap 19:47 Jackson Chourio's Record-Breaking Deal with the Brewers 25:56 Can the Padres 'Win' the Juan Soto Trade? 33:40 Other Nashville Tidbits Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Ghiroli Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Give the gift of The Athletic this Holiday Season! One-year gift subscriptions are just $19.99 at theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/2350m 12s

Sonny Gray to the Cards, Kenta Maeda to the Tigers & the Mariners Deal with the D-backs

Eno and DVR discuss Sonny Gray's move to the NL Central to head up the Cardinals' rotation, Kenta Maeda's shift to Detroit, and a swap between the D-backs and Mariners that opens up a few different paths for Jerry DiPoto, while Arizona adds thump at the hot corner with Eugenio Suárez.  Rundown 6:05 Sonny Gray to St. Louis 13:13 Gray v. Hunter Greene in Early Drafts? 17:23 Kenta Maeda to Detroit 23:45 Opportunity for Rotation Competition in Minnesota? 29:47 M's-D-backs Trade 36:29 Choosing From an Oatmealy Corner-Infield Trio 39:30 Strikeout Park Factors 45:33 Why Do We Love Seattle's Pitchers? 48:45 A Question About Fastball Shape 56:50 Shota Imanaga: Making Sense of WBC Stuff+ Numbers; Outlook as SP 1:03:45 Chris Sale, Carlos Rodón and Low IP Projections Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Holiday Special through 11/27/23! Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Links from this Episode Alex Chamberlain's Pitch Leaderboard: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/chamb117/viz/PitchLeaderboardv5/Dashboard Check out this offer from our sponsor: Get 20% OFF with our code RATES at calderalab.com/RATES to unlock your youthful glow with Caldera + Lab! #teamcaldera Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/11/231h 15m

Aaron Nola Stays in Philly & November Non-Tender News

Eno and DVR discuss Aaron Nola's new deal to remain in Philadelphia, Lance Lynn's return to the Cardinals on a one-year pact, the posting of Yoshinobu Yamamoto ahead of his highly-anticipated foray into free agency, and the fallout from a non-tender deadline that led to a flurry of activity plus the potential end of Brandon Woodruff's time in Milwaukee.  Rundown 1:29 Aaron Nola Gets a New Seven-Year Deal to Stay in Philly 9:31 Lance Lynn (Back) to the Cardinals 13:43 Other Potential One-Year Deals for Free Agent Starting Pitchers 18:46 Reynaldo López: Stretching Out as Starter in Atlanta? 30:29 Yoshinobu Yamamoto: $200 Million Deal Coming? 39:22 Brandon Woodruff Non-Tendered by Brewers 43:05 Injured Pitchers to Target? 51:57 Other Movement Around the Non-Tender Deadline Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ratesbarrels Holiday Special through 11/27/23! Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out this offer from our sponsor: Get 20% OFF with our code RATES at calderalab.com/RATES to unlock your youthful glow with Caldera + Lab! #teamcaldera Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/11/231h 8m

Live from First Pitch Arizona & Catching Up with Kyle Manzardo

Eno, DVR & The Welsh are LIVE from First Pitch Arizona discussing a few interesting ideas that bubbled up during the conference, how they are trying to build roster foundations in 2024, and potentially undervalued pitchers for the first leg of draft season. Plus, Kyle Manzardo of the Cleveland Guardians joins the show to discuss his approach, changes following his midseason trade to Cleveland, and his combination of contact and power as he's moved through the minors.  Finally, Eno, DVR & Welsh discuss the AFL Stuff+ Report and prospects that have stood out to Welsh in live looks this spring.  Rundown 5:28 Who Is the Best Pitcher in the World, Right Now? 9:32 Changes to Prioritizing Aces in 2024? 13:52 Looking at Total Pitches v. Innings Pitched 18:35 An Eno Board: Above Average Stuff, Below Average ERA in 2023 31:57 Kyle Manzardo Joins the Show! 56:37 Changing a Teams' Plans During the Spring 60:15 Arizona Fall League Stuff+ Report 66:57 Other Standout Prospects This Fall Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1.99/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/11/231h 17m

Making Sense of Disappointing Hitters From 2023

Eno and DVR discuss several disappointing hitters from the 2023 season with an eye toward their rebound potential and long-term outlook.  Rundown 4:17 Carlos Correa: Did Injuries Sap Overall Performance? 13:58 Daulton Varsho: Going Too Far with Pull-Heavy, Flyball Approach? 28:02 MJ Melendez: Is More Power on the Way? 32:47 Eloy Jiménez: Will He Hit Enough Without OF-Eligibility in Some Leagues? 39:04 Trevor Story: Optimism in Underlying Numbers Post-Injury? 47:32 Paul Goldschmidt: It's All Relative 54:01 Cedric Mullins: Is 2021 or 2022 Still in Reach? Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1.99/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check this offer from our sponsor: Caldera Lab: Get 20% OFF with code RATES at calderalab.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/231h 11m

Missing on Adolis García & Mostly Pleasantly Surprising Hitters of 2023

Eno and DVR discuss the upcoming World Series matchup between the Diamondbacks and Rangers, and how they drastically underestimated Adolis García when he broke through as a regular for Texas two years ago. Plus, they examine several hitters that were pleasant surprises in 2023 (and one disappointment thanks to lofty expectations).  Rundown 1:26 Assessing the D-backs-Rangers World Series Matchup 9:09 Brandon Pfaadt's Postseason Surge; 2024 Outlook 13:25 Why We Underestimated Adolis García 20:02 Chas McCormick's Breakout 27:17 Buying Lane Thomas' Career Year as Repeatable? 33:56 Spencer Steer's Future Outlook 41:57 Attempting to Make Sense of Cody Bellinger's Bounceback 48:03 Does Vlad Jr. Still Offer an Elite Ceiling? 56:40 Would You Rather Have Triston Casas than Vlad Jr.? (No....at least, probably not.) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $1.99/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/10/231h 6m

Jordan Montgomery, Nola v. Snell, & October Injury Updates

Eno and DVR discuss the recent success of Jordan Montgomery and changes he's made since leaving the Yankees via trade in 2021, Aaron Nola v. Blake Snell as real-life free agents and for 2024 fantasy value, and several offseason injury updates including shoulder surgery for Brandon Woodruff and Kyle Wright, knee surgery for Byron Buxton, turf toe surgery for Jazz Chisholm Jr., and more.  Rundown 1:40 Jordan Montgomery 3.0 & Future Outlook 7:53 An Intriguing Market for Free Agent Pitchers Awaits 11:05 Clayton Kershaw's Health 13:08 Shoulder Capsule Surgery for Brandon Woodruff & Kyle Wright 18:40 Justin Verlander is a Top-___ Pitcher in 2024 24:29 Nathan Eovaldi's Postseason Success; Challenging Projection 29:34 Blake Snell v. Aaron Nola 41:25 'Sitting Slow': How the Astros Hit Sonny Gray? 44:31 Byron Buxton Undergoes Knee Surgery 52:05 Kim Ng Chooses to Part Ways with Marlins 58:36 Jazz Chisholm Jr.'s Turf Toe Surgery; Chisholm v. Varsho in 2024? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1.99/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/10/231h 12m

The Year in Review

Eno and Welsh talk season winners, value risers, league offense numbers, elite average player totals and a little AFL talk around Jackson Jobe. Rundown Jackson Jobe - 6:14 Fantasy Awards - 13:23 Mailbag Question Jazz vs Chourio - 25:02 RP values from 2023 - 39:11 Super player averages - 44:22 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/231h 7m

Final Streamers and Looking Back at 2023

Eno and Al wrap up the Friday edition of the show for 2023 by recommending a handful of streamers for the final weekend and reviewing the trends that made this season an interesting one from a fantasy perspective. Specifically, they look at how the regulation of shifts and increase in stolen bases affected the fantasy landscape, and they looked back on a busy season for prospect debuts. Rundown 1:06 The latest news 6:26 Streamers for the final weekend 11:04 The latest news, continued 20:06 Looking back at 2023: The rule changes 33:21 Looking back at 2023: The never-ending Prospect-Palooza 45:44 Some ERA risers and fallers 48:33 Final thoughts Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/2358m 58s

The Last Week Before Fall League

Eno and Welsh talk final week hitters and pitchers to stream and the release of the Arizona Fall League rosters. Rundown Zac Gallen vs Blake Snell 2024 - 6:33 Blake Snell stuff - 8:11 Felix interviews Snell - 14:35 Pitchers for Tue-Thur - 19:09 Hitters to pick-up - 30:47 AFL Roster release - 35:04 Top AFL hitting prospects - 38:48 Colson Montgomery - 48:05 Top AFL pitching prospects - 52:21 Deeper AFL prospects to watch - 57:08 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/09/231h 11m

The Final FAB and Sandy Alcantara’s Possible Return

Eno and Al take their final look at weekly FAB, identifying players to target to help out in the season’s concluding week. They also discuss Max Fried’s move to the IL as well as Shane Bieber’s return and Sandy Alcantara’s timetable, and they talk about their expectations for Rays prospect Junior Caminero, who is set to make his major league debut. Rundown 1:24 IL comings and goings: Max Fried, Sandy Alcantara, Shane Bieber 12:42 The rest of the big news 20:47 How to approach the final FAB 24:14 Hitters to consider 37:41 Starters to target 45:03 Closer Corner Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/09/2354m 13s

Injuries, Awards and Prospects

Eno and Welsh are talking Ohtani's injury, Snell's CY Young bid, streaming options Thur/Fri, prospects and more Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/231h 9m

Heston Kjerstad’s Debut and Tommy Pham’s Late-Season Surge

Eno and Al look into the fantasy viability of recent callups Heston Kjerstad and Pete Crow-Armstrong, and they identify several hitters who could and should still be added in 10- and 12-team leagues. They also prioritize which starting pitchers are worth adding for the stretch run and discuss the Cubs’, Rays’ and Cardinals’ bullpen situations. Rundown 1:00 Heston Kjerstad is the latest top prospect to debut 9:58 Pete Crow-Armstrong’s debut and other big news items 27:37 Other hitters to consider 36:42 Two-start pitchers and streamers 50:53 Closer corner Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/09/231h

Bring up the Kids

Eno and Welsh discuss the injury to Jasson Dominguez, Pete Crow-Armstrong's call to the majors, the Brewers almost 11-inning no-hitter, pitchers for the week and more. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/09/231h 6m

The Prospect Parade Continues with Jordan Lawlar

Eno and Al talk about what to expect from the latest prospect callups, Jordan Lawlar and Evan Carter, and consider the fallout from injuries to Sandy Alcantara and Jorge Soler. They also sort through a lengthy list of projected two-start pitchers and discuss some recent bullpen changes for the Marlins, Rays and Rockies. Rundown 1:17 Prospect-palooza continues with Jordan Lawlar, Evan Carter and Davis Daniel 10:54 The rest of the big news items 25:12 A few more hitters to consider 34:31 Two-start pitchers and streamers 49:26 Closer corner Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/2359m 59s

Hot Finishes, Early Starts

Eno and Welsh discuss the posting of Shōta Imanaga, Clayton Kershaw worries, Altuve vs Jazz in 2024, a prospect to get now and more. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/09/231h 11m

Project Prospect Season Finale

Eno and Welsh talk about what made this new Cole Ragans, who's next, Jasson Dominguez, Mason Miller and more on the season finale of Project Prospect. Rundown Success of under 6-foot pitchers - 4:42 Ohtani to hit and pitch in the future - 10:52 Julio Urias suspension - 17:30 How "THIS" Cole Ragans came to be - 22:16 Minor League development lacking - 29:08 Who is the next Cole Ragans? - 39:07 Mason Miller - 47:04 Dynasty: Ragans or M. Miller - 49:37 Royce Lewis and Jordan Walker - 51:05 Jasson Domginez - 54:08 Top Prospect Update - 58:10 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/09/231h 8m

Jasson Dominguez’s Arrival and Reds’ Waiver Pickups

DVR and Al discuss where they are looking to add several prospects who have made or are about to make their major league debuts, including Jasson Dominguez, Austin Wells, Ceddanne Rafaela and Ronny Mauricio. They also look at how Lucas Giolito, Hunter Renfroe and Harrison Bader might fare with their new teams and sort out a thin week for pitching on the waiver wire. Rundown 1:22 Jasson Dominguez and a bevy of prospect debuts 18:02 The other news, including players waived by the Angels 27:21 Other hitters to consider 31:38 Pitching developments 39:43 Streamers and two start-pitchers 49:14 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/09/2358m 12s

The Halos Waive a Trade Deadline Haul & Late-Season Rebound Potential

Eno and DVR discuss the group of players placed on waivers Tuesday -- including five members of the Angels -- and try to determine if there is a need to alter the timing of the Trade Deadline, or if a return to the 'waiver trade deadline' era is necessary. Plus, they discuss causes for the recent struggles of Lucas Giolito, Alex Cobb's brush with a no-hitter, and the potential for a final month rebound in the face of disappointing 2023 performances at the plate.  Rundown 1:25 The Angels Trade Deadline Additions Get Placed on Waivers 8:03 Is a Roster Rules Refresher Needed? 10:57 What's Causing Lucas Giolito's Recent Struggles? 17:45 Finding Viable Contributors Among Other Waived Players 32:50 Alex Cobb's Brush with a No-Hitter 40:48 Evaluating Potential September Rebounds (Hitters) 55:09 Join Us in Arizona for Baseball HQ's First Pitch Event in November! Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow R&B on Twitter: @ratesandbarrels e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out this offer from our sponsors: Give ZBiotics a try for yourself. Go to zbiotics.com/RATES to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/231h 1m

Project Prospect - Post-Hype Bats to Target

DVR and Welsh are looking at post-hype prospect bats to target that have exhausted their prospect eligibility, plus Ceddane Rafaela's outlook and more. Rundown Ceddane Rafaela - :57 Rafael vs P. Meadows - 5:17 Kyle Harrison - 7:09 Miguel Vargas - 13:46 Brett Baty - 21:45 Pete Alonso potential trade - 27:23 Matt Mervis - 29:30 Henry Davis - 34:56 Estevan Florial - 38:05 Easier in Triple-A? - 46:40 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out this offer from our sponsors: Give ZBiotics a try for yourself. Go to zbiotics.com/RATES to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/08/2359m 1s

Surprise Pitching Contributors for the Stretch Run

Eno and DVR discuss several increasingly important pitchers for the stretch run of the 2023 fantasy baseball season -- including Cole Ragans, whose increased velocity and new slider have put him on the fast-track to a place among the league's Top 40 Starting Pitchers.  Rundown 0:43 The Rapid Emergence of Cole Ragans 10:04 Any Changes for Aaron Civale in Tampa Bay? 15:09 Cristopher Sánchez's Arrival in Philly 18:02 Seth Lugo's Renaissance with the Padres 27:28 Zach Eflin and Escaping The Glob 29:57 Kodai Senga's Improved Second-Half Walk Rate 35:58 Brandon Williamson: Lower Walk Rate in MLB than Double-A and Triple-A? 42:38 Adbert Alzolay's Move Toward the Circle of Trust 45:45 A Longer List of Reliable Closers Looking Toward 2024? 55:10 Tyler Wells' Shift to the Bullpen in the Minors Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow R&B on Twitter: @ratesandbarrels e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out this offer from our sponsors: Give ZBiotics a try for yourself. Go to zbiotics.com/RATES to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/08/231h 2m

The Angels’ Rough Week and The Yankees’ Callups

DVR and Al discuss the fallout from Shohei Ohtani’s torn UCL and Mike Trout’s return to the IL, and they also look into the fantasy appeal of several recently-promoted players, including Oswald Peraza, Everson Pereira, Wilyer Abreu and Korey Lee. On the pitching side, DVR and Al consider the types of leagues that Cole Ragans and Ryan Pepiot should be added to, and they talk about the potential for saves in the Athletics’ bullpen. Rundown 1:27 Bad news for the Angels 9:46 The rest of the week’s big news 24:06 Other hitters of note 35;09 Pitchers to consider 43:24 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates. Get 20% OFF with our code RATES at calderalab.com/RATES to unlock your youthful glow with Caldera + Lab! #teamcaldera Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/08/2352m 3s

An Eye Toward 2024 & Protecting v. Chasing Leads

Eno and DVR discuss a few takeaways from the first seven rounds of the Too Early Meatball Draft -- including the myriad of great choices from the No. 3 spot on the first round, continuing to draft starting pitchers early if other teams try to wait, a potential rebound from Trea Turner, and Elly De La Cruz's push toward top-15 status for 2024. Plus, they discuss a few differences in how to approach protecting a lead at the end of the season compared to attempts to make up ground.  Link to Too Early Meatball Draft Board: https://twitter.com/deadpullhitter/status/1694203814910275867/photo/1 Rundown 1:20 The Top of the Board from the 'Too Early Meatball Draft' 6:47 Skills Growth From Fernando Tatis Jr. 10:31 Spencer Strider v. Elite Bats at Pick 3 14:54 A Smaller Circle of Trust for Closers in Early Draft Formats? 21:21 Freddie Freeman Keeps Getting Better 25:37 Chasing Power In The Current Run Environment 26:55 Elly De La Cruz's Push Toward Round 1 32:47 Interest in Re-Drafting at All-Star Break 38:07 What's Going On with Trea Turner? 43:08 Matt McLain's Great Rookie Season 51:17 How to Protect a Lead 60:35 Chasing a Lead Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/231h 8m

Project Prospect - Time to Adjust to Faster Tracks?

DVR, Eno and Welsh discuss the rapid development of prospects and how they are moving levels. Do we need to re--think the process for prospects as a whole, or is it case by case? The guys also take look at Paul Skenes stuff+ numbers and the ever debating fastball shape. Rundown Nolan Schanuel - 1:07 Is there much of a gap between levels anymore? - 3:43 Do we buy into age to level anymore? - 8:22 Hitters adjusting to Stuff+ - 9:54 Paul Skenes usage - 19:07 Skenes Stuff+ in MiLB - 21:02 Strasburg vs Skenes - 27:57 Team KPI - 31:20 Eno's Paul Skenes worry? - 35:01 A-ball Stuff+ pitchers - 36:45 Dylan Crews - 37:41 Fantasy approach to rookies moving forward - 40:30 Prospect Top-5 for 2024 fantasy - 46:12 Pete Crow-Armstrong - 56:29 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/08/231h 5m

A Closer Look at the Location of Pitcher Whiffs

Eno and DVR discuss the local of pitcher whiffs and whether it matters if swings and misses are generated inside the strike zone, outside the strike zone, or if a truly elite pitcher needs to do both.  Rundown 2:36 Are High O-Swing% & Low Z-Contact% Pitchers Elite? 5:52 Getting In-Zone Whiffs with Fastballs 10:54 Bailey Ober's Surprising Placement in Both Categories 13:07 Whiffs In the Heart of the Strike Zone 17:45 High O-Swing% & High Z-Contact% = Great Command? 25:53 What is Justin Steele? 29:33 Low O-Swing%, Low Z-Contact% 42:03 Expecting A Unique Role for Kyle Harrison 44:37 Is There Anything Supporting Brady Singer's Recent Surge? 48:23 Making Sense of Luis Severino's 2023 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Get 20% OFF with our code RATES at calderalab.com/RATES to unlock your youthful glow with Caldera + Lab! #teamcaldera Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/08/2358m 10s

The Angels’ Surprise Call-Up and Masyn Winn’s Arrival

DVR and Al discuss their expectations for the two latest top prospects to be called up to make their major league debuts, Nolan Schanuel and Masyn Winn. They also identify other prospects who could be promoted soon, including Jordan Lawlar and Pete Crow-Armstrong. DVR and Al also discuss some outfielders seeing increased playing time, a healthy cohort of streamable pitchers, and the bullpen situations for the Mariners, Mets, Diamondbacks and Rays. Rundown 0:52 The big prospect debuts: Nolan Schanuel and Masyn Winn 16:59 More big stories from this week 22:53 Other hitters to consider 32:45 Streamers and two-start pitchers 47:37 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners... HelloFresh: Go to hellofresh.com/50rates and use code 50rates for 50% off plus free shipping! LinkedIn: Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn.com/rates23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/08/2357m 30s

A Closer Look at Chase Rate & 'The Perfect Hitter'

Eno and DVR discuss broader aspects of O-Swing% (chase rate) and whether it's a skills flaw that can draw excessive negativity -- especially with younger players. Plus, they consider whether 'The Perfect Hitter' exists, and which current player has the best case for that title.  Rundown 1:07 Do the Circumstances Matter Around Chasing 4:54 Salvador Perez & Aging Hitters 10:26 O-Swing% Leaders in 2023 (High%) 17:58 Amed Rosario 21:14 The Best $20+ Hitter Season We Haven't Talked About 26:00 Luis Robert Jr.: Elite Skills w/Chase Concerns? 31:29 Bryce Harper's Recent Increase in O-Swing% 37:46 The 2023 Version of Juan Soto 39:30 Does 'The Perfect Hitter' Exist, and Who Is That Player? 47:06 Where is Vlad Jr.'s Power? 52:45 Did 'Gather As You Go' Work for Steals? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners... HelloFresh: Go to hellofresh.com/50rates and use code 50rates for 50% off plus free shipping! LinkedIn: Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn.com/rates23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/231h 1m

Project Prospect - Walking the Rookie Workload Tightrope

DVR, Eno and Welsh are taking a deep dive into prospect pitcher workloads, recent call-ups and more. Rundown Wade Meckler - 0:58 Luis Matos - 3:35 Osleivis Basabe - 11:24 Colton Cowser - 17:04 Line Drive Rate and Vaughn Grissom - 20:32 Logan Allen - 32:45 Pfaadt vs Allen - 38:55 Taj Bradley - 41:58 Reese Olson - 50:15 6-Man rotation vs Piggy backing - 56:07 Innings Cap Alarm - 1:02:54 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners... HelloFresh: Go to hellofresh.com/50rates and use code 50rates for 50% off plus free shipping! LinkedIn: Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn.com/rates23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/08/231h 10m

Saberconference Takeaways, Late-Season Pitching Strategy & Sweepermania

Eno and DVR discuss the disturbing allegations against Wander Franco that have prompted the Rays to place him on the restricted list. Plus, Eno shares a few takeaways from this weekend's Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball Conference in Chicago, before digging into several mailbag questions about late-season pitching strategy and the effectiveness of sweepers as the league-wide usage of the pitch increases.  Rundown 1:10 Wander Franco Placed on the Restricted List 3:57 Eno's Trip to the Sabermetrics, Scouting, and the Science of Baseball Conference 19:24 Training Stuff+ On Previous Years & Players Making Adjustments 31:33 Checking in on the 2023 Sweeper Craze 40:04 Late-Season Starting Pitching Strategy 51:54 The Stone Age of Arm Health? 59:26 Using Defense in Fantasy? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners... HelloFresh: Go to hellofresh.com/50rates and use code 50rates for 50% off plus free shipping! LinkedIn: Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn.com/rates23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/08/231h 8m

Emerson Hancock Debuts and Oakland’s Rebuild Continues

DVR and Al discuss where to add recently-promoted Mariners pitching prospect Emerson Hancock and what changes to expect in the Orioles’ rotation in the coming weeks. They also consider whether the ranks of teams to stream pitchers against has changed over the course of the season, and whether Matthew Liberatore has earned our trust in favorable matchups. DVR and Al talk about the growing ranks of young players on the Athletics’ roster, and they conclude by looking for saves in the Tigers’ bullpen. Rundown 0:46 This week’s biggest news items 7:29 Should we be streaming against the same teams we streamed against earlier in the season? 17:48 More news items from the past week 26:53 Hitters of note 43:29 Two-start pitchers and streamers 48:37 Closer corner: Should we add Beau Brieske? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/08/2355m 43s

Future Expectations for This Year's Strikeout Rate Risers & Fallers

Eno and DVR discuss Ronald Acuña Jr.'s massive improvement in strikeout rate as he continues to build a NL MVP resumé, and dig into other year-over-year risers and fallers in that category while trying to determine the future expectations for the biggest movers in both directions.  Rundown 0:49 Ronald Acuña Jr.'s Massive K% Improvement 7:50 The Value of a Good Two-Strike Approach 12:41 Other Hitters with Positive Gains in K% 18:37 Selling Out for Power 23:33 Giancarlo Stanton's xStats v. ROS Projections 29:32 Improved K% and Weight on Future Projections 33:47 Biggest Fallers in Strikeout Rate 38:28 Luis Robert Jr.: Making a Fair Trade-Off to Max Out Power? 46:58 Thairo Estrada's Uphill Battle to Stick in Everyday Role 49:28 Brett Baty's Demotion 55:34 xStats Remain Underwhelmed by Isaac Paredes Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Get 20% OFF with our code RATES at calderalab.com/rates to unlock your youthful glow with Caldera + Lab! #teamcaldera Give ZBiotics a try for yourself. Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/08/231h 5m

Project Prospect - Preparing for Final Call-ups

DVR, Eno and Welsh discuss how difficult pitching prospects have become to project, Curtis Mead's debut and the call-ups that could be coming soon. Rundown Curtis Mead - :53 Marcelo Mayer - 8:21 Masyn Winn - 14:50 Brooks Lee - 21:04 Tyler Black - 29:11 Everson Pereira - 35:18 Sept call-ups - 39:04 Prospect Pitchers tougher to value - 44:16 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Get 20% OFF with our code RATES at calderalab.com/rates to unlock your youthful glow with Caldera + Lab! #teamcaldera Give ZBiotics a try for yourself. Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/08/231h 7m

A KO in Cleveland & Another Injury Shuffle

Eno and DVR discuss the fisticuffs between José Ramírez and Tim Anderson in Cleveland over the weekend, and a slew of players swapping places on the IL with the return of Brandon Woodruff and Max Fried getting offset by injuries to Shane McClanahan and Carlos Rodón.  Rundown 0:59 José Ramírez and Tim Anderson Throw Hands in Cleveland 7:15 What is Going On with the White Sox? 12:29 Carlos Rodón Undergoing MRI on Hamstring 16:53 Can Rodón Rebound in 2024? 20:10 Shane McClanahan Returns To the IL 26:19 Brandon Woodruff Returns From the IL 31:46 Revisiting the Injury-Risk Pitchers in the Pick 100-200 Range 39:28 Potential Sleepers Post Trade Deadline 47:40 Max Fried's Excellent Return  50:16 Changes for Yonny Chirinos in Atlanta? 54:15 Another Big Slump From Jose Abreu Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Get 20% OFF with our code RATES at calderalab.com/rates to unlock your youthful glow with Caldera + Lab! #teamcaldera Give ZBiotics a try for yourself. Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/08/231h 11m

Shane McClanahan Injury and Post-Deadline Closer Changes

DVR and Al consider Zack Littell’s fantasy value in light of Shane McClanahan’s trip to the IL, Tyler Wells’ recent demotion, the returns of Brandon Woodruff and Brendan Rodgers and Randal Grichuk’s appeal for 12-team leagues. They also discuss an intriguing group of streamable pitchers and the recent changes in the Mariners’, White Sox’s, Royals’, Mets’ and Cardinals’ bullpens in the aftermath of the trade deadline. Rundown 0:42 The biggest news of the week 15:47 Hitters of note 27:49 Pitchers of note 33:18 Curtis Mead promotion 37:41 More pitchers of note 41:08 Streamers and two-start pitchers 52:35 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/08/231h 4m

Framber's No-Hitter & Trade Deadline Fallout

Eno and DVR discuss Framber Valdez's no-hitter, changes in his profile compared to past seasons, and the fallout from the Trade Deadline as opportunities for changes on several depth charts plays out for the final two months of the season.  Rundown 1:01 Framber Valdez's 93-Pitch No-Hitter 7:25 Dominic Canzone Gets an Immediate Opportunity 10:07 DFA'd Veterans Seeking New Teams 19:33 Kyle Manzardo's Path to a 2023 Debut 22:57 The Marlins' New Depth Chart 28:14 The Rangers' Rotation, With Health 31:23 Spencer Howard's New Start with Yankees 33:44 Luis Patiño to the White Sox 37:38 YOUR Favorite Deals From This Deadline Window 42:07 Eno's Favorite Trades 56:01 Willingness to Pay a Premium for Prospects 58:29 Masyn Winn Getting the Call This Season? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/08/231h 6m

Project Prospect - Prospects on the Move

DVR, Eno and Welsh discuss the prospects on the move via the MLB Trade Deadline. Rundown Kyle Manzardo - 1:58 Aaron Civale - 8:37 Taj Bradley optioned - 12:34 Bliss/Canzone trade - 17:48 Over valuing years of control - 21:30 Drop A. Thomas for Canzone? - 24:37 How to project power - 29:02 Robert Hassell - 32:06 1 in 4 prospects at deadline become a thing - 36:43 Tekoah Roby - 38:44 Deeper traded sleepers - 43:00 Rich Hill trade - 47:00 Hype of FYPD vs older breakouts - 53:08 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Get 25% off your order when you go to jamesallen.com and use code: RATES Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/08/231h 10m

Scherzer to Texas, Lance Lynn to LA & More Bats to Anaheim

Eno and DVR discuss a busy three-day stretch in the final weekend before the Trade Deadline as Max Scherzer was flipped to the Rangers, Lance Lynn joins the Dodgers' rotation, and the Angels add two more bats.  Rundown 0:38 Max Scherzer to the Rangers 3:34 Luisangel Acuña Heads to the Mets; Ozzie Albies Comps 13:06 The Value in Knowing 'Why' Things Do/Don't Work 17:11 A Pitch Mix Question; Lance Lynn to the Dodgers 25:48 Will Justin Verlander Get Traded Too? 33:33 Jordan Montgomery & Chris Stratton to the Rangers 40:31 Jordan Hicks to the Blue Jays 42:33 Randal Grichuk & C.J. Cron Traded Back to Angels 51:39 The Royals Trade Nicky Lopez to Atlanta 55:06 A JP Sears Question Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/07/231h 4m

Deals Are Happening!

Eno and DVR discuss the big news of the week in anticipation of a busy weekend of waiver-wire pickups as Tuesday's Trade Deadline draws closer. Rundown 0:33 Lucas Giolito & Reynaldo López to Angels 7:44 Amed Rosario to the Dodgers; Noah Syndergaard to the Guardians 16:39 Carlos Santana to the Brewers 22:44 David Roberts to the Marlins 24:31 Marco Luciano's ROS 'Would You Rathers?' 31:33 Favorite Stashes In Hopes of Post-Deadline Spike in Value 35:10 Matt Walner's Surge in Playing Time 39:32 Weekly Pitching Outlook (Jose Urquidy, Johnny Cueto) 45:53 Somewhat Available Two-Start Pitchers 51:55 Streaming Considerations 55:34 Bridging the Gap From Jordan Hicks to Ryan Helsley's Return from the IL Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Get 25% off your order when you go to jamesallen.com and use code RATES! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/07/231h 4m

Opportunities Coming From the Trade Deadline

Eno and DVR take a spin around the depth charts of the expected sellers at the Trade Deadline in search of potential playing time winners in the fallout from swaps.  Rundown 1:22 Marco Luciano Joins the Giants 7:13 White Sox Deadline-Related Opportunities 13:38 More Bullpen Changes in KC? 20:35 Limited Options for the Tigers to Deal Away? 26:48 Any A's Worth Stashing? 33:00 AL Grab Bag 41:36 The Next Rockies Up 46:02 Will the Padres Sell? 49:13 Pirates on the Move 54:41 Tyler O'Neil & Cards Trade Chips 59:01 Are the Cubs Buyers or Sellers? 1:04:13 Finding Value In the Nats' Depth Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Get 25% off your order when you go to jamesallen.com and use code RATES! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/07/231h 22m

Project Prospect - Frelick Has Arrived and Double-A Surprises

DVR, Eno and Welsh look at Sal Frelick player comps. Is Alika Williams someone to buy? Tyler Black, Everson Pereira, Austin Wells and more. Rundown Alika Williams - 1:03 Nick Gonzales - 8:41 Sal Frelick - 13:20 Jackson Wolf - 21:49 Austin Wells - 25:03 Brandon Barriera - 29:20 Rockies Pitcher TJ's - 31:25 Eno's Kid Guest Stars - 36:03 Organization development - 36:52 Tyler Black - 42:53 Everson Periera - 45:53 Jorbit Vivas - 50:42 Johan Rojas - 53:41 Listener Questions - 54:29 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Get 25% off your order when you go to jamesallen.com and use code: RATES Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/07/231h 3m

Change Atop the AL East, Past Calendar Year Standouts & Mailbag Monday

Eno and DVR discuss the change atop the AL East with the Orioles taking first place away from the Rays over the course of a four-game series and a few movers on Eno's latest Starting Pitcher Rankings. Plus, they examine a few surprising pitchers from the past calendar year leaderboard, and answer several mailbag questions.  Rundown 4:44 O's Move to First Place in the AL East (& The Rays' Recent Slide) 13:21 What Did Baltimore See in Ryan O'Hearn? 18:48 Pitcher Improvement Amplified by Camden Yards Changes? 23:41 Surprises From the Past Calendar Year Leaderboard (SPs only) 32:33 An Inside Track to Extending Shohei Ohtani by Trading For Him Now? 39:06 Kutter Crawford's Emergence in the Red Sox's Rotation 45:57 Paul Skenes & Mound Placement 52:01 Is Alek Thomas Fixed? 56:55 Ongoing Concern About Emmanuel Clase; Is It Justified? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Get 25% off your order when you go to jamesallen.com and use code RATES! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/07/231h 5m

Christian Encarnacion-Strand’s Playing Time and Alex Kirilloff’s Fantasy Value

DVR and Al assess the fantasy value of several prospects who were promoted in the past week, including Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Endy Rodríguez and Cade Marlowe. They also look into the types of leagues where Alex Kirilloff and Oswald Peraza should be added, determine which pitchers are worth streaming in the coming week and highlight relievers who could become closers after the trade deadline. Rundown 0:51 This week’s big fantasy news stories 20:50 Hitters of note 32:06 Starting pitchers to consider, including streamers and two-start pitchers 44:33 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/2359m 48s

Summer Scoring Surge, Trade Tips & Long-Term Considerations

Eno and DVR discuss the barrage of runs from Tuesday night and wonder if an extremely hot summer will continue to propel offense around the league. Plus, they discuss a few tips for making trades, long-term concerns about Corbin Carroll's shoulder, aging catchers, and a pitch that might be the most unusual offering in baseball.  Rundown 1:52 DVR Loses Delivery Crown 3:14 Climate Change and Baseball 9:50 Future Adjustments to Stadium Dimensions & Amenities? 14:45 A San Francisco Stumper 19:13 Trade Tips: What Actually Gets Deals Done? 27:43 Cody Bellinger's Long-Term Outlook 34:11 Corbin Carroll's Shoulder 40:38 Dynasty Value of Veteran Catchers (J.T. Realmuto & Salvador Pérez) 50:23 Trust Location+ More In-Season? 52:04 The Most Unusual Pitch in Baseball? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/07/231h 2m

Project Prospect - Minor League Bumps and Midseason Checks

DVR is back with Eno and Welsh for a new Project Prospect! Jacob Misiorowski to double-A, and maybe the majors in the near future. Jasson Dominguez to trade or hold, interesting pitching prospects and more. Rundown Jacob Misiorowski - 1:29 Jackson Merrill - 7:19 Age to level Jasson Dominguez - 11:42 James Wood vs Junior Caminero - 20:09 Top of the list prospects - 25:55 Future prospect traps - 29:55 Jack Leiter - 33:20 Ben Brown - 40:24 Bryce Jarvis - 42:10 Chase Dollander and Rockies - 48:20 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Get 25% off your order when you go to jamesallen.com and use code: RATES Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/07/2356m 7s

Debut City

Eno Sarris and Chris Welsh are breaking down Christian Encarnacion-Strand's debut, where he can play and who else it hurts. Grayson Rodriguez vs Andrew Abbott vs Bryan Woo, waivers and more Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Get 25% off your order when you go to jamesallen.com and use code: RATES Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/2357m 47s

Athletics Prospect Callups and Padres' Park Factors

Eno and Al discuss the latest prospects on the cusp of their major league debuts — namely, Tyler Soderstrom, Zack Gelof and Johan Rojas. Eno talks about the good and the bad of Elly De La Cruz’s attack angle and the significance of the changing park factors at PETCO Park, and he and Al dissect the waiver wire options coming out of the All-Star Break. Rundown 1:15 The Athletics and Phillies call up top prospects 7:17 The other notable news items 15:39 Elly De La Cruz’s attack angle and other hitter developments 32:43 What we can learn from one-year park factors 39:29 Streamers/two-start pitchers 56:15 Closer corner Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/07/231h 8m

All-Star Game Takeaways and Enigmatic First Halves

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. may have won this year’s Home Run Derby, but Eno and Al are wondering why he has been hitting fewer homers so far in 2023. They also look at some takeaways from this week’s All-Star Game, including lower velocity for several pitchers and Jordan Romano’s back issues. Eno and Al also do a midseason recap of the top-15 starting pitchers in Roto value and try to better understand some enigmatic players, like Bryce Elder, Ha-Seong Kim and Joc Pederson. Rundown 1:05 What’s going on with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s home run power? 4:34 All-Star Game takeaways 18:46 Reviewing the top 15 Roto starting pitchers 27:46 A few All-Star break news items 42:04 First-half enigmas Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/231h 2m

Project Prospect - MLB Draft and Futures Game

Eno Sarris and Chris Welsh are breaking down Paul Skenes big numbers, Dylan Crews comps, Jacob Misiorowski's insane Stuff+ numbers and much more. Rundown Jackson Holliday to AA - 9:33 Blaze Jordan to AA - 12:12 Pauk Skenes - 17:01 Driveline Stuff+ vs Eno's Stuff+ - 18:56 Where does velo pass shape? - 23:10 Dylan Crews comps - 30:27 Max Clark - 37:21 Wyatt Langford vs Max Clark - 38:15 Tommy Troy - 42:15 Mini FYPD Rank - 45:17 Jacob Misiorowski's fastball - 47:17 Mick Abel - 51:47 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Get 25% off your order when you go to jamesallen.com and use code: RATES Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/07/231h 3m

Mike Trout Injury Fallout and Fantasy Free Agent and Trade Targets

DVR and Al prepare for the final weekend before the All-Star break, recapping the week’s biggest news, including the fantasy implications of Mike Trout’s hamate surgery. They also discuss their expectations for Colton Cowser and several more widely available hitters, and they look at a few pitchers to target, including Kutter Crawford and Graham Ashcraft. DVR and Al wind up by naming the players they will target in trades as we head into the break. Rundown 0:26 It’s not your normal fantasy baseball weekend 1:36 Mike Trout injury fallout for the Angels' roster 10:06 The week’s other news stories 21:51 Available hitters of note 33:52 Pitchers to target on waivers 43:33 Second-half trade targets Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/07/231h

Project Prospect - 2023 Futures Game Preview

DVR and Welsh discuss the recent callups of Colton Cowser and Oscar Colás, plus a preview of the Futures Game rosters, and who we could see in the majors soon. Rundown Colton Cowser - 1:47 Where to own Coswer - 6:24 Oscar Colas - 9:24 AL Futures Game Pitchers - 19:15 NL Futures Game Pitchers - 25:53 Which FG AL positions players debut soon - 33:19 Which FG NL positions players debut soon -37:05 Who could be the surprise FG debut in the future - 45:01 Why everyone was wrong on Chris Morel - 49:33 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $2/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/231h

A Few Surprising First-Half Pitchers

In an episode cut in half by technical difficulties, Eno and DVR discuss a few of the most surprising starting pitchers from the first half of the season including Nathan Eovaldi, Marcus Stroman and Mitch Keller. Plus, they consider a few pitchers who might benefit from adding a cutter to their arsenal.  Rundown 1:52 Nathan Eovaldi: Current Roto Value Leader Among Pitchers 7:57 Marcus Stroman's Excellent First Half 13:55 Mitch Keller: Buying a First-Half Repeat? 20:39 Giving Other Pitchers a New Cutter 25:22 Is This a Potential Fix for Alek Manoah? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/07/2332m 1s

Brandon Pfaadt Returns and Tommy Pham Heats Up

DVR and Al discuss the Diamondbacks’ big news, as Corbin Carroll deals with shoulder soreness and Brandon Pfaadt struggles in his return to the majors, They also discuss the arrival of Orioles prospect Jordan Westburg, other hitters to target, including red-hot Tommy Pham, pitchers to consider adding and the White Sox’s bullpen situation. Rundown 1:12 The Diamondbacks lead off this week’s news items 6:57 The other news items of the week 23:06 Jordan Westburg and some other notable callups 31:34 A few hitters of note 40:03 Streamers and two-start pitchers 50:11 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/2357m 26s

Surprising First-Half Hitters & A Look at 'Best Speed'

Eno and DVR discuss Alek Manoah's return to the mound in the Florida Complex League before digging into some of the most surprising hitters from the first half of 2023, and considering the value of 'Best Speed' as a better snapshot of a player's quality of contact than average exit velocity. Rundown 0:56 Alek Manoah's Game Action Resumes in FCL 5:51 Jonah Heim and Elias Díaz 9:32 Josh Naylor: Will Supporting Cast Limit His ROS Value? 14:43 Yandy Díaz: Groundball Rate Back to 2022 Levels 20:32 Spencer Steer 29:07 Targeting "Obvious Buy-Low" Players 32:45 Luis Arraez 34:54 Bryson Stott: Further Room for Improvement? 41:20 Lane Thomas & Surprising Outfielders 45:03 Esteury Ruiz: Will He Top ROS Stolen-Base Projections? 53:46 Jake Fraley's Success in Cincinnati 55:30 Jorge Soler: Buying K% Improvements? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Right now, Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/06/231h 11m

Project Prospect - Midseason Movers

DVR, Eno and Welsh are looking at prospect promotions, Druw Jones vs Colt Keith, Dylan Crews/Paul Skenes fantasy value and more. Rundown Colt Keith - 1:20 Dustin Harris - 9:50 Noelvi Marte - 21:28 Jared Jones - 26:48 Druw Jones Injury - 31:33 Colt Keith or Druw Jones? - 38:56 Ronny Mauricio - 42:09 Dylan Crews and Paul Skenes fantasy rank - 48:07 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Right now, Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/06/231h 7m

Jordan Westburg Gets the Call & Checking In on Second-Year Hitters

Eno and DVR discuss the promotion of Jordan Westburg and expectations for his offensive performance throughout the second half of the season, the 2023 success of Braxton Garrett, and several second-year bats.  Rundown 4:24 Jordan Westburg Gets the Call to Baltimore 12:39 Would You Rather? (Westburg Edition) 19:17 Concerns About Tim Anderson's Shoulder 22:39 Braxton Garrett's Improved K% and BB% 31:26 Another Atlanta Rotation Flip-Flop? 36:42 Julio Rodríguez: Still a First-Rounder for Second-Half Drafts? 43:05 Bobby Witt Jr.: More AVG + OBP Coming Soon? 47:10 Michael Harris II: Getting Back on Track 49:21 Corbin Carroll: Top-10 Overall Player? 53:29 Adley Rutschman & Gunnar Henderson 59:14 Josh Jung: Everything Is Better 1:04:30 Spencer Torkelson: Big Second Half Coming? 1:08:09 A Pod Divided! CJ Abrams' Outlook 1:11:56 Shea Langeliers: Better Than Surface Numbers Suggest? 1:14:38 Nick Pratto: Some Good News in KC? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Right now, Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/06/231h 21m

New Catcher Options and Changes in the Diamondbacks' and Cardinals' Bullpens

DVR and Al assess the potential fantasy impact of several recently-promoted prospects, including catchers Henry Davis and Bo Naylor. They also discuss where Joey Votto, Alek Thomas and Jesse Winker should be added, now that each is back on their active major league roster. DVR and Al size up the pitching options on waivers, including Graham Ashcraft, Jameson Taillon, Paul Blackburn and Bryan Woo, and look into the closer situations in Arizona and St. Louis. Rundown 0:53 Top news items of the week 21:40 Hitters of note 38:04 Pitchers, including streamers and two-start pitchers 56:15 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/06/231h 6m

Pitching Puzzles & Pull Rate Considerations

Eno and DVR discuss Vinnie Pasquantino's season-ending shoulder injury, several starting pitchers whose results don't line up with the quality of their arsenals, and the potential drawbacks of becoming too pull-happy at the plate.  Rundown 1:12 Vinnie Pasquantino's Shoulder Injury; Long-Term Outlook 9:58 Samad Taylor and Dairon Blanco Get a Look in KC 11:27 Sandy Alcantara's 2023 Struggles 21:39 Yu Darvish: Is Anything Wrong? 25:59 Kyle Bradish: What is His Ceiling With Current Fastball Limitations? 34:25 Nestor Cortes: Post-IL Expectations 37:46 Pull%: Is Their a Goldilocks Range? 48:51 Ozzie Albies' 2023: Categorical Surprises 52:49 Zach Eflin's Adjustments in Tampa Bay 56:50 TJ Friedl: How Does He Fit as Reds' Roster Improves? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Head to factormeals.com/rates50 and use code rates50 to get 50% off your first box Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at linkedin.com/rates23 Right now, Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/06/231h 9m

Project Prospect - Big Promotions and Dynasty Risers

DVR, Eno and Welsh get breaking news as the show starts that Gavin Williams is being called up to start on Wednesday. We also take a look at Emmet Sheehan's debut, Henry Davis vs Bo Naylor and Welsh's updated Dynasty ranks. Rundown Gavin Williams called up - 0:50 Bo Naylor is back - 6:41 Henry Davis vs Bo Naylor - 11:34 Emmet Sheehan - 20:55 Dynasty Rank changes - 32:01 Pitchers lower in dynasty - 40:56 Jarred Kelenic in dynasty - 45:08 Minor league stat and development problems - 51:27 Grayson Rodriguez - 59:02 Jose Miranda - 1:00:00 Vaughn Grissom - 1:02:11 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic for just $1/mo for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Check out these offers from our ad partners.... Head to factormeals.com/rates50 and use code rates50 to get 50% off your first box Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at linkedin.com/rates23 Right now, Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates Go to zbiotics.com/rates to get 15% off your first order when you use RATES at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/06/231h 10m

Two More Prospect Callups and Spencer Torkelson's Recent Surge

DVR and Al look into the fantasy impact of the two latest prospect callups, Emmet Sheehan and Luis Matos. They also discuss the recent improvements Spencer Torkelson has made and Spencer Strider’s home run problem. DVR and Al finish up with a preview of next week’s streamable pitchers and some analysis of the bullpen situations for the White Sox, Angels and Rays. Rundown 0:56 Prospect promotions: Emmet Sheehan and Luis Matos 13:48 The other big news 29:34 Hitters to consider 37:03 Starting pitchers of note 44:13 Two-start pitchers/streamers 56:41 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/06/231h 8m

Reverse Boycott in Oakland & Midseason Mulligans

Eno and DVR discuss the 'reverse boycott' put together by A's fans on Tuesday night and the future of baseball in Oakland if the team relocates to Las Vegas. Plus, they consider potential mulligans for the 2023 season as the midway point of the season draws closer.  Rundown 2:58 Eno Attends the Reverse Boycott in Oakland 12:07 Hogan Harris is Chewing Up Innings for the A's 17:56 Midseason Mulligans; Mid-Tier Middle Infielders 30:00 Underestimating Position Player Injury Risk 37:15 Incorrect Assumptions About Team Behavior 39:30 Playing More Importance on Pitcher K% 42:52 DVR's Corbin Carroll (2023) and Bobby Witt Jr. (2022) Missteps 49:53 Matt Olson's Increased Strikeout Rate 53:50 Isaac Paredes' Good Results v. Poor Statcast Numbers 1:00:37 xBA v. BABIP 1:03:09 Splitting CF From OF Positions  Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/rates and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/06/231h 13m

Project Prospect - One Step Away

Eno, DVR and Welsh look at how close Luis Matos and Emmet Sheehan are to the bigs. Plus Coco Montes as a deep league option, Eury Pérez timeline becomes clearer & more. Rundown Who is Coco Montes? - 1:15 Owen White Call-up - 9:08 Could Jack Leiter be next? - 14:41 Eury Perez's timeline - 17:46 Mike Vasil - 24:40 Emmet Sheehan - 28:36 Luis Matos - 33:09 Marco Luciano Buy-low? - 40:57 Tyler Soderstrom - 42:42 Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/rates and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/06/2355m 25s

Power Outages & Mailbag Mysteries

Eno and DVR discuss Quinn Mathews' 156-pitch complete game at Stanford, several players experiencing a downturn in power as the middle of June approaches including Tim Anderson, José Abreu, Eugenio Suárez, Kyle Tucker and Manny Machado. Plus, they answer several mailbag questions, including inquiries about Ryan Mountcastle and Bobby Miller.   Rundown 0:30 Quinn Mathews Throws 156 Pitches in College Playoff Game 6:43 A Look Back at Pitcher Abuse Points 16:01 Where Did Tim Anderson's Power Go? Will It Return? 21:21 José Abreu: Any Signs of Turnaround? 24:14 Eugenio Suárez: Summer Homer Binge Coming? 30:19 Kyle Tucker: Time to Tinker Again? 37:01 Manny Machado: Is Lost Power Entirely the Result of Injury? 42:32 Mike Trout: Zero Cause of Concern About Power? 45:37 Other Power Fallers; Fewer Reasons for Optimism 48:10 What's Up with Jeremy Peña? 55:02 Mailbag Monday: José Ramírez, Ryan Mountcastle, Bobby Miller Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/rates and get on your way to being your best self. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/06/231h 11m

Elly Week Continues and Planning for FAB in the Second Half

DVR and Al weigh how much FAB fantasy managers should part with for Elly De La Cruz and how to plan FAB spending in leagues where managers are already running low. They look into the recent resurgences experienced by Gary Sánchez and Aaron Hicks, and identify a few starting pitchers who are worth streaming in the coming week. Rundown 0:16 Elly De La Cruz Week continues 4:19 Navigating FAB when you’re almost broke already 11:40 Other notable news items 15:22 Hitters to consider 40:28 Starting pitchers of note 53:16 Streamers/two-start pitchers 59:02 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/06/231h 7m

Jacob deGrom's Elbow Injury, Alek Manoah's Reset & A Barreling Surprise

Eno and DVR discuss Jacob deGrom's upcoming elbow surgery, the outlook for his future as he tries to return in late 2024 or early 2025, the Blue Jays' attempt to press the reset button for Alek Manoah, the struggles of slow tempo starting pitchers in Year 1 of the pitch clock, the rebound of José Berríos, Austin Hays' big barrel rate improvement, and looking at recent snapshots of Statcast data in hopes of spotting trends.  Rundown 0:53 Jacob deGrom to Have Another Elbow Surgery 6:14 Planning for the Eventual Comeback 13:10 Injury Risk Tolerance is Relative 15:33 Examining Slow Tempo Starting Pitchers 20:33 Who Else Has Struggled This Much and Made It Back? 27:03 Losing Stuff & Recovering It 32:56 Buying the José Berríos Rebound? 36:03 Austin Hays' Big Barrel Rate Improvement 48:36 Splitting Statcast Numbers Into Smaller, Most Recent Samples Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/06/231h

Project Prospect - Expectations for Elly De La Cruz

DVR, Eno and Welsh welcome in the debut and expectations for Reds top prospect Elly De La Cruz. Andrew Abbott vs AJ Smith-Shawver, listener mailbag and more! Rundown 0:34 Elly De La Cruz 4:55 Eno is the Elly ice-man 9:08 Is Elly more Javy Baez or Tatis Jr? 21:11 Elly or Volpe ROS 22:56 Reds future lineup 29:52 Andrew Abbott 34:26 AJ Smith-Shawver or Abbott ROS 39:09 Will Eury stay in Marlins rotation? 51:11 Luken Baker 53:43 Henry Davis to Triple-A  61:00 Listener Questions  Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/06/231h 13m

Another Wave of Pitching, Tough June Rankings & Mailbag Monday

Eno and DVR discuss another wave of pitching prospects that have arrived in the big leagues including Andrew Abbott, Reese Olson, Bryan Woo and AJ Smith-Shawver. Plus, they discuss a few tough rankings from Eno's June Starting Pitcher Rankings update, and mailbag questions about Jazz Chisholm Jr., Luis Robert, and Taylor Ward. Rundown 1:15 Andrew Abbott Gets the Call 3:41 Reese Olson Pitches Well in MLB Debut 7:55 Bryan Woo's Tough Debut 14:32 AJ Smith-Shawver Arrives in Atlanta 19:47 Will the Yankees Continue to Show Patience with Anthony Volpe 27:48 Two Bad Months, Four Good Ones 35:18 Bad Injury Luck for the Brewers? 39:15 Jackson Chourio's Chances of a 2023 Debut 41:16 Banking on a Big Summer From Freddy Peralta? 49:12 Where Did Aaron Nola's Strikeouts Go? 54:47 Tough Rank: Nathan Eovaldi 58:13 Can We Trust Michael Kopech's Turnaround? 1:02:43 Jazz Chisholm Jr.'s Long-Term Outlook 1:07:18 Where Are Luis Robert Jr.'s Stolen Bases? 1:10:57 Taylor Ward's Disappointing 2023 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/06/231h 19m

Adding Royce Lewis and Jordan Walker and Pitching Start/Sit Dilemmas

DVR and Al weigh their interest in adding Royce Lewis and Jordan Walker in shallower leagues and discuss their approaches to FAB bidding for AJ Smith-Shawver. They also gauge their interest in adding the Tigers’ Akil Baddoo and Zach McKinstry, as well as Reds righty Ben Lively and Braves southpaw Jared Shuster. DVR and Al conclude with some difficult two-start dilemmas and a few closer candidates to consider. Rundown 0:59 Top developments heading into the weekend 16:54 Hitters to consider 31:48 A few starting pitchers of interest 38:47 Start/sit dilemmas for two-start Hunter Greene and Nestor Cortes 45:40 Two-start pitchers 55:26 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/06/231h 5m

Tough Breaks for the Tigers & Second-Chance Surprises

Eno and DVR discuss the promotion of AJ Smith-Shawver, a pair of key injuries for the Tigers with Eduardo Rodriguez and Riley Greene heading to the IL, another injury for Harrison Bader, the pitch mix of Grayson Rodriguez, and several second-chance league surprises -- including big risers Joe Ryan, Esteury Ruiz, Josh Lowe, and Merrill Kelly.  Rundown 1:10 AJ Smith-Shawver Joins the Braves 7:55 Eduardo Rodriguez's Finger Injury; Tarik Skubal Nearing Rehab Assignment 12:28 Opportunity for Reese Olson? 16:56 Riley Greene's Breakout Slowed by Tibia Injury 20:42 Colt Keith Time? 30:08 Harrison Bader Goes Back to the IL 37:43 Grayson Rodriguez's Pitch Mix 42:20 Second-Chance League Surprises 48:02 A Detour to Discuss Luis Medina 53:05 Esteury Ruiz Rising Up Boards in Second-Chance Leagues 58:20 Josh Lowe's Move Up; ROS Expectations 64:17 Merrill Kelly's Strikeout Rate Surge Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Head to factormeals.com/rates50 and use code rates50 to get 50% off your first box Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/05/231h 20m

Trade Season Is Here

DVR, Eno and Welsh are back for a Project Prospect trade edition. We're looking at long-term trade for and away options. We're also discussing Royce Lewis' rest-of-season value, Bobby Miller and more. Rundown 3:27 Royce Lewis 12:59 Royce vs McLain and Elly talk 18:36 Bet on Royce or Elly ROS 19:32 Bobby Miller 21:25 Rank these prospect pitchers ROS 28:11 Hunter Brown 34:04 Pitchers to target in trades 37:22 Nick Lodolo 38:22 Trading Justin Verlander 41:31 Buying Pfaadt and Grayson 43:38 Oneil Cruz 44:45 wRC+ buys 50:00 Drew Gilbert 59:27 wRC+ vs age/level Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Head to factormeals.com/rates50 and use code rates50 to get 50% off your first box Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/05/231h 11m

Bobby Miller's Debut and Two-Start Pitchers Galore

Eno and Al discuss Bobby Miller’s major league debut and consider if he needs to be added to all leagues where he is available. They also discuss Julio Teheran’s return to the majors, a pair of widely-available leadoff hitters, Eno’s ongoing fascination with Rougned Odor and a surprisingly robust week for streaming two-start pitchers. Rundown 0:42 Bobby Miller debuts 4:30 Other recent news items 17:21 Lineup developments 34:16 Pitchers of note 42;38 Streamers/two-start pitchers 55:03 Closer corner Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/05/231h 2m

Are Statcast Pages Pointless?

Eno and Welsh discuss a couple of Statcast anomalies, and deep dive into a listener question of the how trust worthy Statcast pages really are. We're also digging into Bryce Miller, Michael Kopech and more. Rundown 1:53 - The curious case of Ke'Bryan Hayes Statcast page 8:21 - Will Ke'Bryan ever live up to his Statcast page? 12:13 - Top and Bottom 10 Barrel % leaders 14:20 - What Eno looks for to determine future power 19:09 - The curious case of Bryce Elder's Statcast page 20:27 - Eno's first time looking at Statcast pitcher sliders 26:20 - Statcast percentile screen shots 28:27 - Prospect who beat projection 34:22 - Expected stats and Projections 36:12 - Stuff+ variance over the season 39:08 - Bryce Miller 42:45 - Bryce Miller release point vs the league 46:07 - Bryce Miller vs Jacob DeGrom pitch release points 50:42 - Michael Kopech success 54:57 - Andrew Abbott's 21 WHIFF Wednesday Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn dot com slash RATES23. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/05/231h 5m

Project Prospect - Opportunity in LA

DVR, Eno and Welsh look into the big opportunity in LA for prospect pitchers. Is Patrick Bailey someone to watch? Is George Valera underrated? Is this the time to buy Jordan Lawlar? Plus plenty more! Rundown 1:10 - Gavin Stone's odd outing 9:05 - Rookie pitching game. Welsh vs Eno 15:51 - Bobby Miller debut 22:08 - Emmett Sheehan 25:08 - Is Hayden Wesneski a hold? 30:59 - Is Luis Ortiz good? 35:44 - Forrest Whitley 44:30 - Patrick Bailey 49:42 - George Valera 55:35 - Is now the time to buy Jordan Lawlar Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn dot com slash RATES23. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/05/231h 6m

Dodgers Promotions, Logan Gilbert's Step Forward & May Disappointments

Eno and DVR discuss the promotion of Bobby Miller and the return of Gavin Stone as the Dodgers turn to their pipeline of starters to backfill from injuries to Dustin May and Julio Urías. Plus, they examine the 2023 step forward from Logan Gilbert, pushing starting pitchers more aggressively in the early rounds of 2024 builds, the recent struggles of Jameson Taillon and Graham Ashcraft, and the potential value of hard-hit averages.  Rundown 4:47 Bobby Miller En Route to Los Angeles 8:06 Reservations About Gavin Stone? 11:23 Why Don't Projections Like Logan Gilbert More? 17:08 DVR Gets Too Cute with a Keeper League Deal, Likely Falls on Face 21:02 Planning A More Pitching-Heavy Approach in 2024 Drafts? 31:52 What's Wrong with Jameson Taillon? 41:39 Graham Ashcraft Slams the Breaks on April's Breakout 47:37 Any Concerns About Julio Rodríguez 51:03 Looking at Batting Average on Hard-Hit Balls 55:34 Power Outages: Ke'Bryan Hayes, Ryan McMahon & Andrew Benintendi Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn dot com slash RATES23. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/05/231h 16m

Matt McLain Arrives and Jake Burger Stays Hot

DVR and Al look into how Matt McLain and Casey Schmitt stack up against other hitters in the shortstop pool, and they make the case for adding Jake Burger in a wide swath of leagues. They also consider the fantasy impact of the returns of Matthew LIberatore, Gavin Stone and Taj Bradley to the majors, and sort through a less-than-inspiring group of streamable pitchers. Rundown 0:29 Where should Matt McLain and Casey Schmitt be rostered? 12:28 Jake Burger’s return and other lineup developments 23:33 Josh Lowe is the No. 4 Roto outfielder? 28:09 Rotation developments 42:33 Streamers/two-start pitchers 54:34 Closer corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/05/231h 3m

Another Sticky Stuff Suspension, Deviating From the Pack & Playing for Now

Eno and DVR discuss the sticky stuff suspension for Domingo Germán, a new source of saves for the Yankees, a few surprisingly valuable pitchers, the actual benefit of LODEM, treating Jacob deGrom like an elite reliever, Emmanuel Clase's low strikeout rate, and more.  Rundown 0:56 Domingo Germán's Sticky Stuff Suspension 12:43 Wandy Peralta is Getting Saves 17:22 Surprising Pitchers: Earned Auction Values 22:54 The Actual Case for LODEM 27:51 Alek Thomas Demoted to Triple-A 33:24 Lance Lynn's Gradual Decline 38:05 The Importance of Updating & Adjusting Models 48:16 Matthew Liberatore is Back 52:13 Concerned About Emmanuel Clase's Strikeout Rate? 55:28 Should We Value Jacob deGrom Like an Elite Reliever? 59:06 Shallow League Decisions & Gunnar Henderson Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/rates and get on your way to being your best self. Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn.com/rates23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/231h 11m

Project Prospect - McLain Joins Rookie Shortstop Class

DVR, Eno and Welsh breakdown Matt McLain's Reds debut and his value rest of season. We're also talking Dynasty strategies, how to approach prospect pitchers and more. Rundown 0:52 Matt McLain 10:11 Souring on Tovar 12:17 Elly De La Cruz 14:25 More prospects coming for the future 18:58 What happened to Brandon Williamson 20:53 Eury Pérez 25:31 Eury Pérez's Curveball 28:34 Today's run environment 32:26 Pitching prospects in dynasty 38:02 Investment in pitching prospects 41:12 Lodem or Ledom? 43:10 Jake Eder 47:40 Listener dynasty questions Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/05/231h 10m

Another Test for the Rays' Pitching Depth and Battling ROS Projections

Eno and DVR discuss the injury to Drew Rasmussen and another test for the Rays' pitching depth, the return of James Paxton , the growth of Mitch Keller, and the tension between rest-of-season projections and growing samples of over- and underperforming players.  Rundown 6:41 Drew Rasmussen's Injury 11:01 Taj Bradley & The Rays' Pitching Depth 20:31 James Paxton is Back! Is James Paxton Back? 25:32 Mitch Keller's Past Calendar Year 34:22 DVR Joins Eno's Skeptical View of Alek Manoah 40:40 Rest of Season Projections: Navigating Risky Rebounds & Coping with the Buzzkill 53:41 Buying High Despite ROS Projections? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/rates and get on your way to being your best self. Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn.com/rates23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/05/231h 14m

Hello Eury Pérez, Goodbye FAB?

DVR and Al discuss how much FAB they think should be dedicated towards adding just-promoted Marlins pitching prospect Eury Pérez and consider the fallout from Max Fried’s forearm injury. They also look at several infield options, including Orlando Arcia, Nick Pratto, Casey Schmitt and Andy Ibáñez. DVR and Al walk through the pitching options on waivers (other than Pérez) and assess the Phillies’ closer situation. Rundown 0:32 How much FAB should we dedicate to Eury Pérez? 6:15 Other news items of note 23:56 Lineup developments 37:51 Pitchers of interest 44:54 Streamers/Two-start pitchers 51:49 Closer Corner Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/05/231h 1m

Miranda Optioned, Another Round of Pitching Injuries & Waiting for a Corbin Burnes Rebound

Eno and DVR discuss the Twins' decision to send Jose Miranda to Triple-A, Casey Schmitt's place in the Giants' infield mix, the rapidly rising number of injured pitchers, a Phillies bullpen bracing for the absence of Jose Alvarado, budgeting in-season FAB resources, the struggles of Corbin Burnes and the likelihood of a rebound back toward previous levels, and much more. Rundown 0:55 Jose Miranda: Optioned to Triple-A 8:34 Casey Schmitt: Homers in Debut, DVR's Corrected Comp 13:08 Brett Wisely v. David Villar 18:48 Jacob deGrom: Could Return in 2-3 Weeks; Then What Happens? 21:52 Significant Injuries Mounting Among Starting Pitchers 25:07 Changing Pitching Strategy in the Future? 34:44 Jose Alvarado Placed on IL with Elbow Injury 38:28 Becoming More Disciplined with In-Season Resources 44:16 Examining Corbin Burnes' Strange Start to 2023 51:26 Will Pitch Clock Push Older Starters Out of the Game Sooner than Expected? 57:23 IP Leaders Since 2017 Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Offers from our partners... Right now, Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn.com/rates23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/05/231h 7m

Project Prospect - Unusual Minor League Results

DVR, Eno and Welsh talk about Bryce Miller's pitch mix, Eno's conversation with him and why he struggled at Double-A. Are the Rays messing with Taj Bradley? Plus we've got some listener questions and tons more. Rundown 0:34 - Bryce Miller 2:23 - What is a Gyro slider 3:53 - What Savant says about Millers pitch mix vs what it really is 6:55 - Why Bryce Miller struggled at AA according to Bryce 13:14 - What's going on with Taj Bradley 20:23 - If minot league stats aren't sticky, can we trust stat driven prospect lists? 26:21 - Ben Brown 30:06 - Is Liberatore the next big FAAB pitcher 30:42 - DVR only likes bad pitchers 35:51 - Eury Perez 37:01 - Can a high K and high BB pitcher like Edward Cabrera work? 44:09 - Can Chase Silseth be DVR's bad pitcher? 46:47 - Casey Schmitt 50:53 - Can Dominic Fletcher take real time away from Alek Thomas? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (paid ad), Visit betterhelp.com/rates today to get 10% off your first month. Head to factor75.com/rates40 and use code RATES40 to get 40% off your first box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/05/231h 1m

Strange Times in St. Louis, Opportunity for Ortiz & Morel, Mailbag Monday

Eno and DVR discuss the Cardinals' unusual decision to move Willson Contreras out of the catcher rotation (at least temporarily), the struggles of Jack Flaherty, a return to the big leagues for Christopher Morel and Luis Ortiz, and several mailbag questions.  Rundown 1:14 Willson Conteras: Moving Off Catcher, For Now? 7:59 Failures in Logic 12:44 Jack Flaherty's Ongoing Struggles 20:31 Luis Ortiz Back in the Pirates' Rotation 23:41 Christopher Morel is Back with the Cubs 28:02 Matt Strahm to the Bullpen? 30:09 Jack Suwinski Comp? 32:46 Cody Bellinger's Rebound; Statcast Numbers 36:47 Brandon Woodruff Injury Update 40:33 Jarren Duran: Post-Hype Sleeper? 44:45 Drew Rasmussen: Model Numbers v. Ranking 48:28 Falling Behind Season IP Pace 52:25 Aaron Judge is Coming Back on Tuesday Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Offers from our partners... Right now, Nuts.com is offering new customers a free gift with purchase and free shipping on orders of $29 or more at Nuts.com/rates Right now, you can try LinkedIn Sales Navigator and get a sixty-day free trial at LinkedIn.com/rates23 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/231h 4m

Matt Mervis and Brandon Pfaadt Arrive At Last

DVR, Eno and Al discuss the latest round of prospect callups, including Matt Mervis, Bryce Miller, Brandon Pfaadt and Gavin Stone, and share their approaches for determining FAB bids. They also talk about the two latest additions to the Twins’ rotation and assess the coming week’s cohort of streamable pitchers. Rundown 1:04 This week’s big callup news 16:59 Deeper-league hitter callups 22:33 Should we stash Christian Encarnacion-Strand? 26:24 Lineup developments 28:35 Notable pitchers 45:10 Streamers/two-start pitchers 55:42 Bullpen report Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/05/231h 5m

Miller v. Miller and April's Rising & Falling Hitters

Eno and DVR discuss an excellent battle between rookie starters Bryce Miller and Mason Miller in Oakland on Tuesday night before a rookie pitcher installment of 'Would You Rather'. Plus, they examine some of the biggest risers among starting pitchers from the first month of the season.  Rundown 0:35 Mason Miller v. Bryce Miller 6:11 Would You Rather? Rookie Pitchers Edition 14:21 Per-Pitch Stuff+ Question 19:09 Hayden Wesneski's Low K% 22:16 Will Smith Takes Over As Rangers Closer 29:29 Shifting Toward Rostering Non-Closer Relievers? 35:55 April Risers & Fallers: Hitters 46:34 Jack Suwinski's Rise to Shallow League Relevance 52:48 Brandon Lowe's Elevated K%, Power Returns 57:47 Any Concerns About J.D. Davis & Michael Conforto? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/rates and get on your way to being your best self. Head to factor75.com/rates40 and use code RATES40 to get 40% off your first box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/05/231h 10m

Project Prospect - 2023 Rookies After One Month

DVR, Eno and Welsh review some of the biggest rookie performances from April. Who to buy and sell, plus some Dynasty rank overall changes. Rundown 1:27 - Outman production vs K rate 12:45 - Corbin Carroll 18:28 - Esteury Ruiz 22:31 - Josh Jung's adjustment for more power 26:39 - The "who got demoted" game 29:25 - Oscar Colas 34:04 - Outman vs Colas 42:34 - Could Evan Carter get called up? 50:45 - Wander Franco's dynasty rise 59:33 - What pitchers are left to speculate on in the minors Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (paid ad), Visit betterhelp.com/rates today to get 10% off your first month. Head to factor75.com/rates40 and use code RATES40 to get 40% off your first box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/05/231h 8m

April's Starting Pitcher Risers & Fallers

Eno and DVR discuss some of the biggest risers -- and a few fallers -- among starting pitchers from the first month of the season.  Rundown 0:45 Jacob deGrom Returns to the IL 6:23 Nathan Eovaldi's First Month in Texas 13:51 Dustin May's Rise Up Eno's Rankings 18:50 Freddy Peralta's Velo Returns; Pitch Mix is Strong 23:08 Jesús Luzardo's Step Forward in Miami 26:26 Joe Ryan New Arsenal 28:54 Zac Gallen's Continued Dominance 31:20 Other Big Movers 44:10 JP Sears: Sneaky Fallback Add From April? 50:30 Hunter Brown's First 50 MLB Innings 57:04 Big Fallers in the Rankings Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/rates and get on your way to being your best self. Head to factor75.com/rates40 and use code RATES40 to get 40% off your first box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/231h 11m

Tanner Bibee, Logan Allen and Other Top Waiver Targets

DVR and Al consider how aggressively they want to pursue Guardians pitching prospects Tanner Bibee and Logan Allen, now that they have made their major league debuts. They also discuss the shallow-league appeal of Jack Suwinski and Jason Heyward and identify the streamable pitchers with the best upcoming matchups. Rundown 0:54 Prospect promotions and demotions 22:13 Injury fallout 28:35 Hitter developments 40:14 Notable pitchers 51:09 Streamers and two-start pitchers 1:02:13 Bullpen update Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/04/231h 11m

A Delayed Breakout, Taj Bradley's Demotion & In-Game Command Monitoring

Eno and DVR discuss the excellent start to 2023 for Jarred Kelenic, other young players who may be on the brink of breaking through after initial struggles at the big league-level, Jake McCarthy's demotion, the Rays' approach with Taj Bradley, monitoring command in-game, Pete Alonso's power binge, and the 2023 version of Charlie Morton.  Rundown 0:56 Jarred Kelenic's Year 3 Step Forward 6:27 Looking for Other Young Players Nearing Breakout 14:47 Jake McCarthy's Demotion = Alek Thomas' Extended Opportunity 18:26 An Attempt to Understand the Rays' Approach with Taj Bradley 31:32 What Are Teams Using to Monitor Command During Games? 40:44 Pete Alonso's Early Power Binge 50:32 The 2023 Version of Charlie Morton Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (paid ad), Visit betterhelp.com/rates today to get 10% off your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/231h 5m

Project Prospect - A Pitching Wave In Cleveland

DVR, Eno and Welsh breakdown some Stuff+ factors to consider for Triple-A pitchers, the latest call-ups and prospects to stash. Rundown 1:07 - Welsh was on Logan T. Allen before Bibee 3:15 - Tanner Bibee 8:14 - Stuff+ numbers for pitchers who go 50 pitches vs 80 pitches 12:31 - Altitude and it's affect on Stuff+ in the minors 18:16 - Tanner Bibee vs Brandon Pfaadt 31:05 - Michael Busch to the Majors 36:09 - Pirates prospects that could be on their way up 46:14 - Liberatore vs Silseth 52:!6 - Jordan Westburg vs Connor Norby vs Joey Ortiz 1:00:00 - Heston Kjerstad Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (paid ad), Visit betterhelp.com/rates today to get 10% off your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/04/231h 8m

Swing Changes, Overlooking Tools in the Face of Flaws & Searching for Cheap Power

Eno and DVR discuss several players with significantly changed swing rates to begin 2023 before considering the possibility of some toolsy players getting overlooked due to a flaw. They also answer a few mailbag questions, including one in pursuit of cheap sources of power via trade or waivers.  Rundown 1:08 Swing Rate Changes; Juan Soto Concern Level? 6:15 Jorge Mateo's Big Adjustments 9:23 ROS Would You Rather: Mateo or Gunnar Henderson? 12:43 Learning From Adolis García's Continued Success 18:07 Defense Buying Players Longer Opportunities to Adjust 21:53 Scouting + Stats: Finding Extreme Tools 24:56 A Look Into the Future of Will Benson 31:03 Making Sense of Josh Lowe's Changes 36:58 Hitters Going the Wrong Direction with Swing Rate Changes 41:47 Should Jazz Chisholm Jr. Be More Aggressive at the Plate? 44:58 Pitching Drops in 12-Team Leagues 56:08 The Early-Season Pursuit of Power Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp (paid ad), Visit betterhelp.com/rates today to get 10% off your first month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/04/231h 7m

Mason Miller Week and Streamable Pitchers

DVR and Al discuss how much to bid on Mason Miller and when to start anticipating the major league debuts of Brandon Pfaadt and Tanner Bibee. They also look at several hitters benefitting from expanded roles and assess the pool of streamable pitchers for the coming week. Rundown 0:31 It’s Mason Miller Week 6:05 Other pitching prospects to consider 14:20 News items: Bryce Harper/Max Scherzer/Mookie Betts 19:44 Lineup matters 30:20 Notable pitchers to target 39:48 Streamers/Two-start pitchers 53;50 Bullpen update Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/04/231h 4m

Promotions, Extensions, and New Opportunities

Eno and DVR discuss the promotion of Mason Miller to Oakland, Brayan Rocchio and a potentially brief look in Cleveland, an extension for Hunter Greene, another impressive outing from Taj Bradley, Mike Soroka's comeback bid, A.J. Puk's early results in Miami, and a few mailbag questions. Rundown 1:17 Mason Miller Promoted! 9:20 Brayan Rocchio Gets the Call to Cleveland 11:30 Hunter Greene Extension 13:53 Taj Bradley Continues to Impress 19:01 Adjusting for Alek Manoah's Disappointing Start to 2023 25:45 Josiah Gray's New Pitch Mix 33:49 Trusting A.J. Puk 37:10 Jake Burger's Impressive Power Profile 42:22 Statcast v. FanGraphs' Hard-Hit Rates 49:12 Other Factors to Consider w/Pitching Model Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/04/231h 5m

Project Prospect - Prospects on the Fast Track

DVR, Eno and Welsh are taking a look at Prospects on the fast track. Is Brett Baty here to stay? Zach Neto or Edouard Julien? Plus a now hilarious conversation about Mason Miller vs Brandon Pfaadt minutes before Mason Miller is called up. Rundown 0:46 - Brett Baty 6:20 - Minor league hard hit hard leaderboard 11:46 - Yeison Morrobel hard hit numbers 14:39 - Lenyn Sosa a thing? 17:39 - Zach Neto 20:24 - Volpe vs Tovar vs Neto 32:29 - Edouard Julien 33:50 - Of course Welsh brings up Corbin Carroll 36:21 - Could Vaughn Grissom go to the outfield? 42:38 - Old crusty vs lottery tickets 45:24 - Matt Mervis vs Nolan Jones 51:28 - Mason Miller vs Brandon Pfaadt 56:38 - Ricky Tiedemann vs Kyle Harrison Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Today's episode of Rates & Barrels is brought to you by ... Factor: Head to factormeals.com/rates50 and use code RATES50 to get 50% off your first box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/231h 7m

Early Drops, Unlucky Hitters, A Gorman Breakout & Weekend Pickups

DVR and Eno discuss a few sluggish early bats that have been on the radar to be dropped before examining some unlucky hitters. Plus, they break down the great start to 2023 for Nolan Gorman, the ongoing struggles of José Berrios, and the step forward for Louie Varland and several other Twins starters.  Rundown 3:14 Terrestrial v. Aerial Movers 6:57 Early-Season Drop Decisions 8:49 Jean Segura Falling Toward Waiver Wire 12:37 Chris Taylor's Ongoing Contact Woes 16:29 Trey Mancini's Slow Start in Chicago 21:24 Nick Gordon: King of the Unlucky Hitters? 26:21 Byron Buxton: Regular DH Now 31:02 Is This a Nolan Gorman Breakout? 35:47 Tyler O'Neill's Slipping Playing Time 43:52 José Berrios: Is This It? 48:33 Stuff+ on FanGraphs 54:07 Big Bids From the Weekend Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/04/231h 3m

Taj Bradley Debut and Shortstop Replacements

DVR and Al assess the short- and long-term fantasy value of Taj Bradley and Edouard Julien, both of whom debuted this week, and they look at at the pool of free agent shortstops who could replace Corey Seager or other injured shortstops. They also look at other free agent hitters and pitchers to target in FAB. Rundown 1:22 Shortstop injury replacements 9:05 Edouard Julien and Taj Bradley debut 17:17 Rotations in flux: Diamondbacks, Guardians, Brewers 23:39 DVR makes a case for Brad Keller 29:54 Streamable pitchers to pursue 37:30 Hitters to target 44:06 Have these fantasy zombies come alive? 52:54 Who are we targeting for saves? Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/04/231h 3m

Biggest Movers in Stuff+, Searching for Meaningful Early Adjustments & Taj Bradley's Debut

DVR and Eno discuss some of the biggest movers in Stuff+ according to Eno's pitching model, early K-BB% laggards to target (and a few to worry about), and Taj Bradley's impressive arrival and potential for more starts due to another injury in the Rays' rotation.  Rundown 0:44 2023 Changes to the Run Environment 4:20 Stuff+ Improvers, No. 1 Graham Ashcraft 9:30 Looking for Differences Between Low-End Starters & Waiver Options 13:30 Ashcraft v. Bubic 17:17 Fastball Movement Impacted By Park Factors? 21:23 Good in the Model, Bad Results  32:12 Improved Command From Hunter Greene? 38:42 K-BB% Laggards; Potential Buy-Low Targets? 49:25 DVR Sticking with Chris Sale, Eno Sticking with Blake Snell 53:12 Taj Bradley's Debut; Chances to Stick Around w/Three Rotation Injuries Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Today's episode of Rates & Barrels is brought to you by ... Factor: Head to factormeals.com/rates50 and use code RATES50 to get 50% off your first box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/04/231h 4m

Project Prospect - Triple-A Stuff+ Numbers

DVR, Eno and Welsh dig into some Triple-A stuff+ numbers. The guys look at what these numbers mean and how much more we need, as well as the latest prospect news, call-ups and graduations. Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Today's episode of Rates & Barrels is brought to you by ... Factor: Head to factormeals.com/rates50 and use code RATES50 to get 50% off your first box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/231h 3m

Oneil Cruz Injury, Early Starting Pitcher Pickups, and the Value of Two-Start Weeks

DVR and Eno discuss the lengthy absence on tap for Oneil Cruz, another frantic weekend of free-agent pickups in fantasy baseball, the value of two-start weeks in weekly leagues, and several players of interest as the second week of action winds down.  Rundown 1:47 Oneil Cruz's Injury & Lengthy Absence 6:40 A Woefully Thin Waiver Wire Position 13:26 Pitchers of Interesting From Weekend Pickups 22:41 A Wide Range of Outcomes for Kris Bubic? 25:51 Why Two-Start Weeks Are So Valuable 34:02 JP Sears: A Second Viable Starter in Oakland? 44:28 Digging for Deep League Bats 52:29 Francisco Álvarez's Opportunity to Stick Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Today's episode of Rates & Barrels is brought to you by ... Factor: Head to factormeals.com/rates50 and use code RATES50 to get 50% off your first box. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/04/231h 3m

Grayson Rodriguez Debut and Waiver Wire Preview

DVR and Al explore this weekend’s waiver wire options, starting with top prospects Grayson Rodriguez and Francisco Álvarez. They also discuss several hot-hitting Brewers, Seth Lugo’s impressive return to starting, a thin cohort of streamable starters and some bullpen developments. Rundown 0:41 Breaking news, including Grayson Rodriguez and Francisco Álvarez promotions 16:07 Notable lineup developments 30:18 Pitchers of note: Seth Lugo, Kris Bubic, Braxton Garrett 40:24 Streamable pitchers 50:32 Bullpen check-in Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/04/231h 6m

Playing Time Analysis With Mike Kurland

DVR and Al are joined by Mike Kurland of The Athletic and Gaining The Edge Fantasy to talk about playing time analysis. Mike reveals his process for analyzing lineups and batting orders, and the group sorts through some rest-of-season player toss-up dilemmas. Rundown 0:39 Mike talks about his process for analyzing playing time 4:47 How important is it to track pinch-hitting trends? 6:49 How does Mike use lineup analysis in order to give him an edge? 18:50 How does Mike handle making decisions in the absence of larger samples? 22:36 How far ahead in the schedule should we be looking? 27:05 Player toss-ups 39:18 Looking for stability in fluid roster situations Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB Follow Mike on Twitter: @Mike_Kurland e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/04/2354m 39s

Project Prospect - Impact Upon Arrival

DVR and Welsh discuss some prospect impact in the majors with Brice Turang and others. The Triple-A season is underway with some interesting performances, plus a look at a few minor league assignments. Rundown 1:03 - Brice Turang 8:47 - Esteury Ruiz vs Brice Turang 15:47 - Jhony Brito 24:24 - Jared Shuster 26:59 - Are we back in on MacKenzie Gore? 36:48 - Brandon Pfaadt's less than great Triple-A debut 39:57 - Brett Baty 45:00 - Tyler Soderstrom's 113.5 Max EV 48:36 - Interesting Minor League Assignments Follow Derek Van Riper on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/04/231h 2m

Early Arsenal Changes & Big Splashes for Saves

DVR and Welsh discuss takeaways from the Opening Series, including a closer look at the arsenal of Kodai Senga, the 'new' Noah Syndergaard, the significant increase in steals right out of the gate, plus a few massive free-agent bidding pickups from the first in-season waiver run in many leagues.  Rundown 4:30 Kodai Senga's Mets Debut 7:23 New Pitches & Velo Spikes Drive Quick Decisions 14:27 Jeffrey Springs & 'Buy High' Considerations 22:04 Noah Syndergaard Version 3.0 36:27 Ranking Dodgers Starting Pitchers By Expected Innings Pitched 42:52 By the Numbers, Early Impact of New Rules 47:04 Weekend FAB Takeaways Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Welsh on Twitter: @IsItTheWelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/231h

Opening Day Reactions and Waiver Options

DVR and Al look at some actionable news items from opening day, including IL stints for Justin Verlander, Max Fried and Ryan Pepiot, and they consider players worth pursuing on the waiver wire, such as Elehuris Montero, Clarke Schmidt and Hunter Gaddis. Rundown 0:34 A new approach to the waivers show 1:40 Opening day lineup Implications 31:37 Injury news impacting waiver options 35:42 Other pitching options on waivers 42:33 Which teams should we stream pitchers against? 47:12 Two-start pitchers to stream 55:53 Opening day bullpen observations Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/03/231h 7m

Final Draft 2023 Season Takeaways

DVR returns to join Eno and discuss their takeaways from the 2023 draft season including teams' varying processes for promotion prospects on Opening Day, a few of their most heavily-rostered players, and a few things they need to go right to have a successful season. Rundown 3:45 Taking a Moment to Look Back at Draft Season 8:34 Was DVR's Heavy Targeting of Fringe Top-100 SPs Too Risky? 15:28 Leaning Into Mid-Tier First Basemen 20:55 Did Spring Performances in WBC Have Elevated Impact on Drafts? 23:02 Rookie Helium: Anthony Volpe & Jordan Walker 30:42 What Puts Prospects Over the Top for a Roster Spot During Spring Training? 37:39 Team Factors Are Critically Important and Tough to Read 43:32 What Needs to Go Right For You in 2023? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/03/231h 3m

Project Prospect - Spring Prospect Stat Standouts

Welsh and Eno are discussing Grayson's option to the minors and discussing prospects with stand out stats from spring training. Rundown Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/03/231h 6m

Eno's Bold Predictions

Eno dropped his top-10 bold predictions for the season on the Athletic this weekend. Welsh is picking to find which makes Eno nervous, plus a breakdown of Eno's main event draft. Rundown 3:10 - Which prediction made Eno nervous 8:00- Bold Ryan McMahon call 10:38 - Votto story and the Reds pitching staff 16:03 - Welsh wonders about pitch shape manipulation 26:23 - Prospects make the bigs 32:21 - Welsh watched Juan Soto on the backfields Monday 37:47 - Eno's Main Event roster breakdown Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/03/231h

Replacing Rhys Hoskins and The First FAB

Eno and Al look at the Phillies’ roster in the aftermath of Rhys Hoskins’ season-ending injury and consider first base replacements in fantasy. They also discuss FAB options for both 12- and 15-team leagues. Rundown 1:20 Replacing Rhys Hoskins 7:47 Spend early in FAB or save up? 13:06 12-team FAB hitting targets 26:36 12-team FAB pitching targets 32:32 15-team FAB hitting targets 42:00 15-team FAB pitching targets Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/03/2353m 20s

Adam Wainwright Injury and ADP Refresh

Eno and Al look at the players who have moved up and down the farthest in NFBC ADP over the last week, and they also discuss the fantasy fallout from the injuries to Adam Wainwright and Raisel Iglesias. Rundown 1:24 Who takes Adam Wainwright’s spot in the Cardinals’ rotation? 7:44 Who gets saves for Atlanta with Raisel Iglesias out? 10:36 Top ADP risers overall 27:34 Top ADP hitting risers 41:29 Top ADP fallers Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/03/231h 3m

Project Prospect - Optioned, But Not Forgotten

Eno and Welsh react to Roki Sasaki's electric stuff in the WBC. Project Prospect continues as the guys look at players that were optioned, but could still be up soon, as well surprising names still in camp. Rundown 3:20 - Roki Sasaki reactions 14:35 - Brandon Pfaadt 23:10 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand 27:12 - Addison Barger 33:37 - Kyle Manzardo 38:52 - Gavin Stone 41:52 - Bryce Miller 47:09 - Ben Joyce Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/03/231h 2m

MLB Weekend News and WBC Stuff+ Numbers

So much news one little weekend can pack in. Eno and Welsh discuss Altuve's injury, should we be worried about Soto's oblique and Eno digs into some of the biggest Stuff+ numbers from the WBC. Rundown 4:19 - Jose Altuve's injury and how to draft him 22:34 - Juan Soto's oblique 29:45 - Jacob DeGrom's first spring start 32:55 - Brandon Nimmo 34:43 - Jurickson Profar to the Rockies 39:34 - Weird Vaughn Grissom situation 44:57 - WBC Stuff+ numbers Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/03/231h 4m

News Roundup and Position Battles

Eno and Al discuss the latest news items, including some positive developments for Kyle Wright and Byron Buxton, and they look at several position battles that are still looming with opening day less than two weeks away. Eno also identifies several pitchers who are Stuff+ laggards. Rundown 1:08 News updates: Edwin Díaz, Kyle Wright, Byron Buxton, Mitch Haniger, David Villar, Eric Haase, Jackson Jobe 20:12 Position battles - hitters: NYM 3B, LAD CF, MIA OF, CHC OF/DH, KC OF, OAK CF 37:03 Position battles - rotations: OAK, ATL, ARI, TB, CIN 49:06 Stuff+ laggards Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/03/2359m 33s

Injury Updates and Spring Training Stats

Eno and Al talk about the latest injury updates, including Edwin Díaz’s knee injury, Tony Gonsolin’s return from a sprained ankle and Harrison Bader’s strained oblique. They also consider whether certain spring training stats have meaning, such as Michael Toglia’s playing time and Oscar Colás’ lack of strikeouts. Rundown 1:16 The media reaction to Edwin Díaz’s knee injury 6:05 Implications of Díaz’s injury for the Mets bullpen 9:34 Implications of Díaz’s injury for the reliever pool 15:36 Mark Melancon’s shoulder injury and the Diamondbacks’ bullpen 18:49 Starting pitcher injury updates (Tony Gonsolin, Garrett Whitlock, Ranger Suárez, José Quintana, Cade Cavalli) 36:11 Harrison Bader’s oblique strain and the Yankees’ roster crunch 39:45 Do these spring stats mean anything? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/231h 9m

Prospects to Target in Re-draft

Welsh watched Jacob DeGrom pitch his first live game on the Rangers backfield Tuesday, so Welsh and Eno breakdown the videos. We've also got 10 prospects to watch for re-draft leagues that don't currently have a set job. Rundown 5:10 - Welsh's live look and video of Jacob DeGrom's first game against live hitters 12:21 - Where and how to draft DeGrom 27:05 - Jasson Dominguez 35:10 - Mark Vientos 37:06 - Zac Veen 44:03 - Ricky Tiedemann 49:07 - Brett Baty 51:17 - Matt Mervis 53:45 - Sal Frelick 57:12 - Bradon Pfaadt 59:56 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand 1:03:37 - Anthony Volpe Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/231h 12m

Crazy March ADP Data

Eno returns from his Florida trip with some wild tales for Welsh, as well as some great conversations and perspectives with players. Eno and Welsh also dig into some interesting March ADP trends from the NFBC. Rundown 6:18 - Eno talks with Clay Holmes, Pete Fairbanks and more 14:36 - Can a starter have one pitch to a righty or lefty and succeed? 19:56 - Is adding a pitch tangible enough to up someone's rank? 24:27 - Crazy high min picks on NFBC 48:40 - NFBC guys inside the top 100 min, with a post 130 ADP Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/03/231h

Spring Training Injuries and Stuff+

Eno is at the trop recording live on location. Welsh and Eno are talking about the latest spring training injuries and the new stuff+ release. **Warning: Welsh is a dummy, and had a mic issue that is less than we normally expect** Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/03/231h 8m

Interview with Driveline's Chris Langin

Eno interviews Chris Langin, the Director of Pitching at Driveline Baseball. They discuss whether this season’s rule changes will impact pitchers’ preparations, and they also delve into the process behind the creation of unique pitch shapes. Eno and Al then discuss some fantasy-relevant perspectives to take away from the interview. Rundown 0:46 Eno introduces his interview with Chris Langin 2:21 Chris talks about how pitchers prepare to throw at Driveline 5:52 Chris discusses Driveline’s approach to addressing the rule changes 13:35 Chris explains the process pitchers undertake to create new pitch shapes 21:30 How important is it for pitchers to create unique pitch shapes? 30:35 Chris talks about working with pitchers on command 34:47 Chris addresses some recent trends in pitchers’ arsenals 39:21 Eno and Al discuss some fantasy takeaways from the interview Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/03/2358m 4s

FYPD Ranks with James Anderson

First Year Player Draft ranks can be tricky. How do you value the newest coming prospect class, and how do they relate to overall prospect lists? Chris Welsh and James Anderson talk about to tiers of FYPD ranks, what happened to the pitchers and some deep names to watch. Rundown 2:48 - Druw Jones and Jackson Holliday 3:49 - Welsh and Druw Jones Snippet 8:07 - James Wood 14:49 - Kodai Senga and Masataka Yoshida 17:12 - James breaks down Senga's start 22:10 - Tier 2 of FYPD 23:53 - Zach Neto 32:26 - Kevin Parada 38:26 - Jett Williams 40:59 - Ethan Salas 44:26 - Dalton Rushing 46:25 - Where are the pitching prospects? 50:58 - Deeper FYPD prospects to target Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/03/231h 3m

AL LABR Draft Recap

Fresh off of drafting his AL LABR team, Eno discusses his process and assesses his results, and he and Al talk about some of the more interesting winning bids. Rundown 1:33 What did Eno take away from his title-winning 2022 season in AL LABR? 5:53 Eno talks about his preferences for his endgame players 8:05 Eno discusses how he allocated his budget 12:35 Al asks Eno about some winning bids that surprised him 25:03 Eno and Al talk about some of the players on Eno’s roster 28:29 Eno assesses his draft 39:05 Takeaways for mixed league managers Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/03/2352m 34s

Closer Potpourri with Greg Jewett

Greg Jewett joins Al to discuss his general approach to drafting relievers this season and to discuss likely opening day closers who could lose their jobs and relievers who could emerge from committees to become primary closers. Rundown 1:45 How is Greg approaching getting saves in his drafts this year? 7:25 ADP conundrums: Félix Bautista, Clay Holmes, Jason Adam 18:00 Closers who are potentially at risk of losing their job during the season: Daniel Bard, José Leclerc, Alex Lange, Carlos Estévez 25:40 What should we look for from relievers in spring training? 27:59 Can anyone emerge as a primary closer from these committees: Dodgers, Angels, Phillies, Twins, Cubs, Marlins, Diamondbacks? Follow Greg on Twitter: @gjewett9 Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/03/2354m 13s

Early Spring Training News Analysis

Eno and Al dig into the biggest news items from the early portion of spring training and assess the fantasy impacts. Rundown 1:47 News impacting pitchers (Tyler Glasnow, Joe Musgrove, Chris Sale) 12:33 Gavin Lux and Yordan Alvarez updates 22:05 A position battle on the Cardinals 25:43 Injury news in the NL Central: Seiya Suzuki and Tyrone Taylor 31:00 How will the Rockies replace Brendan Rodgers? 34:15 Clean-up surgeries for Rhys Hoskins and Ozzie Albies 39:39 Early sluggers and Stuff+ standouts Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/03/2355m 35s

2023 Rookies to Target: Pitchers Edition

Which rookies should you target in your 2023 drafts? Eno and Welsh breakdown all the pitchers, from the guys who have a locked down job to speculative adds. Rundown 4:13 - Grayson Rodriguez 13:01 - Hunter Brown 18:45 - Kodai Senga 26:29 - Cade Cavalli 34:00 - Andrew Painter 40:42 - Hayden Wesneski and Ken Waldichuk 44:41 - Brandon Pfaady, Ryne Nelson and Drey Jameson 51:00 - Ricky Tiedemann and other speculations Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/231h 3m

Spring Training Reactions and The Latest News

Spring training is here and Eno and Welsh react to it all. How do the Padres pay everyone, who is on the outs? Pitch clock mania, stolen base numbers are up and lots of player reactions. Rundown 6:36 - Machado contract 15:20 - Pitch clock 25:24 - Spring training stolen base numbers 34:56 - Yordan Alvarez still not swinging a bat 38:51 - Suzuki oblique injury worries 40:55 - Masataka Yoshida NOT going to leadoff 44:01 - Sean Manaea velo uptick 46:43 - Nathan Eovaldi velo and moving up draft boards 49:03 - Joe Ryan's new sweeper 52:04 - Nolan Gorman's new approach 54:15 - Spring Training at-bat leaders 57:00 - Can we believe in Jarred Kelenic? 1:00:00 - Corbin Carroll's stolen base in first spring training at-bat Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/02/231h 8m

Lars Nootbaar Interview

Eno interviews Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar, and they talk about the work that Nootbaar has done at Driveline and how it helped him at the plate. Eno and Al also look at other hitters who share Nootbaar’s proclivity for pulling flyballs and discuss the degree to which they weigh news of changes in players’ offseason training regimens. Rundown 1:17 - Eno talks about Lars Nootbaar’s 2022 breakout 5:00 - Eno takes a lesson in how to identify sleepers from Nootbaar’s progression 7:31 - Eno provides a primer on some training techniques  13:22 - Eno’s interview with Lars Nootbaar 34:12 - Eno and Al discuss the 2023 outlook for some hitters who frequently pull flyballs (Nootbaar, Nolan Arenado, Juan Yepez, Jonah Heim, José Ramírez, Isaac Paredes, Wilmer Flores)  52:44 How skeptical should we be of offseason reports of players adopting new techniques? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/02/231h 8m

2023 Deep Sleepers: Pitchers

Eno and Al talk about processes for finding deep pitching sleepers, and then they discuss several pitchers whom fantasy managers should tuck away as late-round targets, especially in deeper league. They consider three groups of pitchers who may be undervalued: contact managers, pitchers on lesser teams and rookies. Rundown 1:12 - Eno talks about the projection system he uses to identify sleepers 7:05 - Is contact management actually a thing? 9:14 - Deep sleepers: contact managers (Kyle Bradish, Tyler Wells, Graham Ashcraft, Hayden Wesneski, Nick Martinez) 30:22 - Deep sleepers: starters on lesser teams (Spencer Turnbull, Matthew Boyd, Michael Lorenzen, Shintaro Fujinami, Drew Rucinski, Paul Blackburn, Braxton Garrett, Ryan Yarbrough) 48:56 - Deep sleepers: rookies (Andrew Painter, Luis Ortiz, Ryne Nelson) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/02/231h 4m

2023 Rookies of Interest: Hitters Edition

Which rookies/prospects should you pay attention to for 2023 drafts? Eno and Welsh discuss players the have locked down jobs, some of the fringe to break camp and a dart throw or two if you're feeling lucky. Rundown 3:53 - Pitching + projections 15:16 - Corbin Carroll 24:52 - Gunnar Henderson 32:45 - Masataka Yoshida 37:12 - Triston Casas 40:46 - Triston Casas vs Josh Jung 43:53 - Ezequil Tovar and Esteury Ruiz 47:35 - Is Miguel Vargas the most underrated rookie/prospect to own this year? 51:10 - Can Jordan Walker, Oscar Colas, Oswald Peraza and Matt Mervis break camp? 101:30 - Speculative rookie adds? Anthony Volpe? Elly De La Cruz? Brett Baty? Colt Keith? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/02/231h 11m

New Stolen Base Rules and Stephen Vogt Interview

Eno and Al look at the potential impact of some of the new MLB rules on stolen base production. Eno also discusses the new rules and catcher preparation routines with former major league catcher and Mariners bullpen coach and quality control coach Stephen Vogt. Rundown 0:21 Some big Rates & Barrels news 3:20 Summary of the new rules that could impact stolen bases 6:53 How much will the rules really help with steals? 9:23 What are the stolen base ceilings for Oneil Cruz and Trea Turner? 13:12 Will Eno approach drafting steals differently this season? Eno’s interview with Stephen Vogt: 16:11 Stephen discusses his new position with the Mariners 17:30 Stephen talks about his daily preparation routines as a catcher 23:42 Stephen recounts his preparations for containing the running game 28:25 Eno and Stephen theorize about how teams will adapt to the rule changes 32:20 Stephen talks about his efforts to improve his ability to contain baserunners 37:09 Stephen anticipates more stolen base attempts in 2023 38:29 How much stealing should we expect during spring training? 41:07 Does Stephen like the pitch clock? Stolen base expectations for: 42:49 Andrés Giménez 47:55 Xander Bogaerts 50:18 Wander Franco 52:32 Javier Báez 54:52 Jon Berti/Jorge Mateo Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Al on Twitter: @almelchiorBB e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/02/231h 4m

2023 Outfield Preview, Part 3

Eno and DVR examine the outfielders going outside the Top 200 overall in early fantasy baseball drafts.  Rundown 0:45 Riley Greene: Can We Learn Anything From Jarred Kelenic & Dylan Carlson? 7:14 Alex Verdugo: Steady Value as OF4 or OF5 8:42 Joey Meneses: More Intriguing Than Previously Acknowledged? 13:34 Digging Through Oakland's Outfield (Ramón Laureano, Seth Brown & Esteury Ruiz) 23:24 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. & Andrew Benintendi: Where Did the Power Go? 26:08 Bryan De La Cruz & Christopher Morel: Intriguing Skills, Can They Hold PT? 34:24 Joc Pederson: Thriving in Platoon Role, Does It Work in Weekly Leagues? 38:30 Good Oatmeal, Bad Oatmeal? (Randal Grichuk, Wil Myers, Austin Hays, Jesse Winker) 49:55 Brandon Marsh: Is There One More Level? 55:07 Jose Siri: Trust the Glove to Drive Playing Time? 56:55 Late, Late Darts: Outside the Top 300 (Jarred Kelenic, Dylan Carlson, Trent Grisham, Jake Fraley, Oscar Colas, Alex Kirilloff, Alek Thomas, Jesus Sánchez) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/02/231h 11m

2023 Outfield Preview, Part 2

Eno and DVR examine the outfielders in the Pick 100 to 200 overall range in early fantasy baseball drafts. Rundown 0:47 Bryan Reynolds & Potentially Improved Supporting Cast 8:36 Tyler O'Neill's Quiet Improvement 12:00 Byron Buxton and the Neverending Hope for a Healthy Season 18:00 Seiya Suzuki: A Year 2 Step Forward Coming? 22:43 Jake McCarthy: Risky Because of D-backs' Outfield Depth? 30:45 Lars Nootbaar: Moving Up Draft Boards 34:24 Steven Kwan: Undraftable In Top-125 Overall? 40:11 Taylor Ward: Trusting a Late Breakout? 42:43 Christian Yelich: DVR Hype Machine Malfunction -- or -- Good Value? 45:49 Anthony Santander: Big Power in More Difficult Home Park 47:17 Nick Castellanos & Kris Bryant: Rebound Candidates? 50:27 Giancarlo Stanton: Easy Power, Lower Draft-Day Cost 53:57 Harrison Bader: Full Season in the Bronx! 1:01:30 Brandon Nimmo: Christian Yelich with Fewer Steals? 1:04:31 Oscar Gonzalez: Viable Power & Everyday Role? 1:08:55 Cody Bellinger's Fresh Start in Chicago Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/02/231h 21m

Dynasty Ranks Breakdown

DVR is officially out and on baby watch, so Eno and Welsh hold down the fort to talk about Welsh's dynasty ranks release and some of the most interesting players. Rundown 2:33 - Dynasty Ranks overall talk 6:30 - Bobby Witt in dynasty 7:36 - Witt vs Jose Ramirez 11:50 - Bryce Harper 13:11 - What players rank Eno likes and doesn't like in Welsh's top-15 23:31 - Jordan Lawlar vs Jordan Walker 29:25 - Elly De La Cruz 32:15 - Jackson Chourio 41:17 - Miguel Vargas and Kyle Manzardo 51:29 - Andrew Painter, Grayson Rodriguez, Ricky Tiedemann and Brandon Pfaadt Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow Welsh on Twitter: @isitthewelsh Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/02/231h 6m

2023 Outfield Preview, Part 1

Eno and DVR examine the outfielders within the Top 100 overall in early 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.   Rundown 1:41 Early Round 1 Outfielders (Acuña, Julio Rodríguez & Aaron Judge) 8:52 Mid/Late Round 1 Outfielders (Kyle Tucker, Juan Soto, Yordan Alvarez & Mookie Betts) 19:44 A Quick Drop to Round 2-3 Outfielders? (Mike Trout, Michael Harris II, Randy Arozarena) 32:46 Cedric Mullins, Luis Robert, Kyle Schwarber, Adolis García & Corbin Carroll 39:24 Eloy Jiménez: Undervalued Early-Round Target? 41:54 Does a Small Sample Low Barrel Rate Shape Short-Term Expectations? (Corbin Carroll) 44:10 DVR is Still Skeptical of Adolis García & Teoscar Hernández 49:44 Starling Marte & George Springer at Relative Discounts? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/2359m 12s

Digging Deep for Endgame Hitters

Eno and DVR discuss several endgame hitters of interest for those playing in deeper leagues in 2023.  Rundown 0:38 Aaron Ashby Shoulder Fatigue, Behind Brewers' Other Pitchers 4:36 DL Hall Entering Spring as a Starter 9:16 A.J. Puk Stretching Out This Spring 14:42 Will Benson Traded to Cincinnati 22:32 Adam Frazier, Good Deep League Oatmeal? 27:04 Opportunity in LA: Trayce Thompson v. James Outman 29:13 Nolan Jones' Role in Colorado 32:02 The Late, Late Rays (Jonathan Aranda, Kyle Manzardo, Curtis Mead, Josh Lowe & Vidal Bruján) 45:17 Brice Turang and Surprising 2022 Power 49:30 David Villar v. J.D. Davis 58:30 Scouring the Nats' Depth Chart for Bargains 1:01:26 Aaron Hicks & David Peralta 1:11:50 Conner Capel's Opportunity in Oakland Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/02/231h 22m

2023 Catcher & UT-Only Preview

Eno and DVR examine the catchers and Utility-only players ahead of 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.  Rundown 1:00 ADP Tier 1: J.T. Realmuto, Daulton Varsho, Will Smith, Adley Rutschman & Salvador Perez 15:08 ADP Tier 2: Willson Contreras, Alejandro Kirk, MJ Melendez, William Contreras, Sean Murphy & Tyler Stephenson 25:42 ADP Tier 3: Cal Raleigh, Danny Jansen, Keibert Ruiz, Travis d'Arnaud 36:27 ADP Tier 4: Gabriel Moreno, Logan O'Hoppe, Jonah Heim, Christian Vázquez, Yasmani Grandal, Eric Haase 42:21 Beyond the Top 300 Overall 52:49 Shohei Ohtani & Unparalleled Positional Flexibility 1:01:22 Bryce Harper & Waiting for a Lengthy Recovery 1:06:10 UT-Only Players Headed for Catcher Eligibility Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Offers from Ad Partners Visit ro.co/athletic to get 20% off your first Roman order today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/231h 24m

Introducing Chris Welsh and the Rates & Barrels Prospect Project!

Eno and DVR welcome Chris Welsh to the Rates & Barrels crew as they introduce a new prospect-centric weekly episode focusing on keeper and dynasty leagues, prospects, scouting, and player development.  Rundown 2:08 Preferred Keeper/Dynasty League Formats 11:40 International Free Agent Bonus Money v. Draft Slot Money 15:42 Dynasty Rankings Are Incredibly Hard to Do Well; Welsh's Process 31:11 Exit Velocity & The Challenge of Finding Robust Prospect Batted Ball Data  44:27 Who Do You Like More Than Their Current Stat Lines? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Follow Welsh on Twitter: @IsItTheWelsh Have mailbag questions or ideas for future episodes, drop us a note! e-mail: ratesandbarrels@gmail.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Offers from Ad Partners Visit ro.co/athletic to get 20% off your first Roman order today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/02/2358m 43s

2023 Second Base Preview

Eno and DVR examine the second base position for 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.  Rundown 3:03 ADP Tier 1: Top-50 Overall Second Basemen (Jose Altuve, Marcus Semien, Jazz Chisholm Jr. Ozzie Albies) 18:18 ADP Tier 2: Tommy Edman, Andres Giménez & Gleyber Torres 31:34 ADP Tier 3: A Large Group of Multi-Position Players (Jorge Polanco, Brandon Lowe, Vaughn Grissom, Thairo Estrada, Jonathan India, Max Muncy, Jeff McNeil, Brandon Drury, Jake Cronenworth & Whit Merrifield) 55:13 ADP Tier 4: Beyond the Top 200 (Ketel Marte, Gavin Lux, Luis Urías, Jean Segura, Nick Gordon, Brendan Rodgers) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Offers from Ad Partners Visit ro.co/athletic to get 20% off your first Roman order today! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/231h 13m

2023 Shortstop Preview

Eno and DVR examine the shortstop position for 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.  Rundown 1:25 ADP Tier 1 (Trea Turner, Bobby Witt Jr., Bo Bichette, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Francisco Lindor) 14:15 The Fernando Tatis Jr. Problem(s) 27:56 ADP Tier 2 (Corey Seager, Oneil Cruz, Tommy Edman, Dansby Swanson, Wander Franco, Xander Bogaerts, Tim Anderson, Willy Adames) 46:43 ADP Tier 3 (Jeremy Peña, Carlos Correa, Amed Rosario, Nico Hoerner) 55:24 ADP Tier 4 (Thairo Estrada, Javier Báez, Adalberto Mondesi, Bryson Stott, Jorge Mateo) 1:01:17 ADP Tier 5 (Ezequiel Tovar, CJ Abrams, Luis Urías, Anthony Volpe, J.P Crawford) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/02/231h 21m

2023 First Base Preview

Eno and DVR examine the first base position for 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.  Rundown 1:07 ADP Tier 1-1.5: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt & Pete Alonso 15:24 Does Matt Olson Belong In This Group? 17:02 Tier 2: José Abreu, Rhys Hoskins, C.J. Cron, Christian Walker, Vinnie Pasquantino & Nathaniel Lowe 27:40 Is Andrew Vaughn Overpriced? 36:30 Tier 3: Ryan Mountcastle, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Bell, Josh Naylor, Ty France, Rowdy Tellez & Miguel Vargas 49:10 Tier 4: Young Players & Late Darts (Triston Casas, Spencer Torkelson, Jared Walsh, Brandon Belt and Matt Mervis) 1:02:37 Kyle Manzardo: Capable of a Late 2023 Arrival & Impact? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/231h 12m

2023 Third Base Preview

Eno and DVR examine the third base position for 2023 fantasy baseball drafts.  Rundown 0:53 Tier 1-1.5: José Ramírez, Bobby Witt Jr., Manny Machado, Rafael Devers & Austin Riley 10:15 Tier 2: Nolan Arenado & Alex Bregman 17:37 Gunnar Henderson: Expectations For First Full Season? 21:53 Tier 3: Henderson, Max Muncy, Jose Miranda, Eugenio Suárez, Matt Chapman, Ke'Bryan Hayes & Ryan McMahon 32:04 Tier 4: Outside the Top 200 Overall (Luis Urías, Justin Turner & Yoán Moncada) 39:24 Young Players to Consider (Josh Jung, Miguel Vargas, Jordan Walker, Isaac Paredes & Brett Baty) 58:35 Tier 5: Late, Late Darts (Jeimer Canderlario, J.D. Davis, Josh Donaldson v. DJ LeMahieu, Brian Anderson & Spencer Steer) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/231h 16m

Late January Deals & Signings, Managing Young Starting Pitchers

Eno and DVR discuss several noteworthy news items including a few recent trades, signings, and proclamations about opportunities for a pair of interesting 2023 rookies.  Rundown 2:53 Adalberto Mondesi: Buying Into Opportunity in Boston? 10:40 Adam Duvall's Chances of a 2021 Repeat 13:57 Grayson Rodriguez Expected to Opening in O's Rotation 26:54 Miguel Vargas: On Track for Second-Base Job? 35:15 Breaking Down the Twins-Marlins Swap 43:11 Luis Arraez: What You See, Is What You Get? 53:28 More Stability for Alex Kirilloff & Trevor Larnach 59:56 Lightning Round Signings! (Josh Harrison, Jesús Aguilar, Ian Kennedy, Nelson Cruz, Aroldis Chapman, Ian Kennedy & Zack Greinke) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/231h 17m

2023 Relief Pitcher Preview

Eno and DVR close out Pitcher Week with their 2023 Relief Pitcher Preview.  Rundown 0:53 ADP Tier 1: Edwin Díaz, Emmanuel Clase, Josh Hader 12:48 ADP Tier 2: Jordan Romano, Devin Williams, Ryan Pressly, Raisel Iglesias, Félix Bautista, Ryan Helsley & Kenley Jansen 23:46 ADP Tier 3: Camilo Doval, Scott Barlow, David Bednar, Daniel Bard, Alexis Díaz, Jhoan Durán 29:47 ADP Tier 4: Andrés Muñoz, Liam Hendriks, Paul Sewald & Pete Fairbanks 36:41 Unsettled Situations Without Top 200 ADP Relievers Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/01/231h 6m

2023 Starting Pitcher Preview, Part 3

Eno and DVR continue Pitcher Week with a look at the starting pitchers typically available outside the Top 200 overall in early drafts.  Rundown 1:46 Pick 200-250 Overall Starting Pitchers (Lance McCullers Jr. Patrick Sandoval, Jack Flaherty, Sonny Gray, Edward Cabrera, Reid Detmers, Jameson Taillon, Aaron Ashby, José Berríos, Trevor Rogers, Jose Urquidy) 26:03 Pick 250-300 (Eric Lauer, Marcus Stroman, Michael Kopech, Miles Mikolas, Merrill Kelly, Justin Steele, Zach Eflin, Noah Syndergaard, Roansy Contreras) 43:44 Beyond Pick 300 (Martín Pérez, Carlos Carrasco, Cal Quantrill, Taijuan Walker, Aaron Civale, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Matz, Adam Wainwright) 52:18 Rookies of Interest Available in Late Rounds (Brandon Pfaadt, Ryne Nelson, Drey Jameson, Ken Waldichuk, Eury Perez, Ricky Tiedemann, Daniel Espino, Gavin Williams, Tanner Bibee, Andrew Painter, Kyle Harrison, Bobby Miller, Gavin Stone, Taj Bradley) Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/01/231h 25m

2023 Starting Pitcher Preview, Part 2

Eno and DVR continue Pitcher Week with a look at the starting pitchers with Top 100-200 overall ADP in January drafts.  Rundown 1:37 A Quick Breaking News Item (Adalberto Mondesi Traded to Boston) 4:20 ADP Tier 3: Robbie Ray, George Kirby, Logan Gilbert, Hunter Greene, Luis Severino, Nestor Cortes, Logan Webb, Kyle Wright, Blake Snell, Clayton Kershaw, Nick Lodolo 19:50 The Clayton Kershaw 'Problem'  36:58 Lingering Questions About the Ball (Related Reading: https://www.insider.com/mlb-used-two-balls-again-this-year-and-evidence-points-to-a-third-2022-12 - by Bradford William Davis w/research from Dr. Meredith Wills) 42:01 ADP Tier 3.5 - Lance Lynn, Joe Ryan, Freddy Peralta, Jesús Luzardo, Lucas Giolito, Chris Bassitt 50:05 ADP Tier 4 – Dustin May, Luis Garcia, Pablo López, Jordan Montgomery, Chris Sale, Charlie Morton, Tony Gonsolin 1:11:07 ADP Tier 4.5 - Jeffrey Springs, Drew Rasmussen, Brady Singer, Grayson Rodriguez, Jon Gray Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/01/231h 26m

2023 Starting Pitcher Preview, Part 1

Eno and DVR begin Pitcher Week with a look at the starting pitchers with Top 100 overall ADP in January drafts.  Rundown 5:34 ADP Tier 1: Elite of the Elite: Corbin Burnes, Gerrit Cole, Sandy Alcantara, Jacob deGrom 14:43 ADP Tier 1.5: Spencer Strider, Brandon Woodruff, Aaron Nola, Shane McClanahan, Dylan Cease, Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodón, Max Scherzer, Zack Wheeler, Julio Urías 53:25 ADP Tier 2: (Pick 60-80) Mostly SP2s: Shane Bieber, Luis Castillo, Kevin Gausman, Alek Manoah, Cristian Javier, Zac Gallen, Max Fried  1:18:08 ADP Tier 2.5: (Pick 80-100): Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish, Framber Valdez, Triston McKenzie, Tyler Glasnow Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/01/231h 37m

The New Crew, Offseason Health Updates & Risky Early-Round Decisions

Eno and DVR discuss the potential impact of Brian Anderson and Jesse Winker during in the Brewers' lineup, a new fan on the way in February, Alex Kirilloff's health winter, Tommy Pham and Adam Duvall in new outfields, and Julian Merryweather's fresh start in Chicago before discussing early-round strategy including high-risk, high-reward players in the top-20, and working backward through the draft board while making decisions on draft day.  Rundown 2:05 Jesse Winker's Healthy Winter 7:38 (Another) Brian Anderson in Milwaukee 14:27 A Show & Life Update! 23:20 Alex Kirilloff Progressing From Wrist Injury; Twins Depth Chart 28:57 Tommy Pham Joins the Mets 32:56 Adam Duvall to the Red Sox 37:05 Jullian Merryweather Enters the Cubs' Closer Picture? 44:50 Early Risk Considerations 48:22 Problem Solving Roster Foundations 1:04:20 Waiting on Speed, Without Relying on Esteury Ruiz Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/01/231h 18m

Rounding Out Rosters & Depth Chart Diving

Eno and DVR discuss the Yankees' rotation depth with Frankie Montas expected to miss time at the start of the season, Trey Mancini's impact on the Cubs' depth chart, Brandon Belt's ripple effect in Toronto, and the addition of Miguel Rojas to an unsettled playing-time mix in Los Angeles. Plus, the A's addition of Shintaro Fujinami, Andrew McCutchen's reunion with the Pirates, and Jorge Alfaro's move to Boston.  Rundown 2:00 Frankie Montas' Shoulder Injury 10:27 Trey Mancini to the Cubs 18:11 Brandon Belt's Role in Toronto; Impact on Kirk & Jansen 27:02 Miguel Rojas & The Unsettled Dodgers Depth Chart 35:28 Jacob Amaya's Path in Miami 39:00 Shintaro Fujinami to the A's 46:50 Andrew McCutchen Returns to Pittsburgh 52:30 Jorge Alfaro to the Red Sox 58:44 Luke Weaver to the Reds; Future Reliever? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/01/231h 12m

A Phillies-Tigers Deal, Questionable First-Rounders & Roster Construction Problems

Eno and DVR discuss the still unsettled status of Carlos Correa and the Twins' move back into the fray, a trade between the Phillies and Tigers, Michael Conforto as a high-volume player in Year 1 with the Giants, current first-round picks that appear to be overdrafted, and a few roster construction concerns that have surfaced in the early portion of the 2023 draft season.  Rundown 4:29 Carlos Correa: Twins Back in the Mix? 8:41 Phillies-Tigers Trade: Closer Questions All Around 19:19 Making Sense of Matt Vierling & the Tigers' OF Playing Time Mix 24:59 Michael Conforto Officially a Giant 28:57 A.J. Pollock to Seattle 31:26 Eric Hosmer to Chicago 35:43 Dodgers DFA Bauer, MLB Reinstates John Coppolella  37:33 Best Wishes to Liam Hendriks 40:49 Current First-Rounders of Concern? 56:18 Roster Construction Questions Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Promo Codes From Our Advertising Partners Roman: Get 20% off your first Roman order at http://www.ro.co/athletic Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/01/231h 15m

Uncertainty with Carlos Correa, Jays-D-backs Trade, Mid-Range Free Agent Moves

Eno and DVR start the new year by discussing Carlos Correa's unexpected lingering free-agent status, a blockbuster trade between the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks, Brandon Drury's chances of a 2022 repeat, Jameson Taillon's move into a more pitcher-friendly environment, Nathan Eovaldi in Texas, and potential changes to the closer picture in Philadelphia and San Francisco.  Rundown 5:09 Carlos Correa in Limbo 8:19 Blue Jays-Diamondbacks Trade 19:18 Jean Segura Lands in Miami 25:45 J.D. Martinez & Justin Turner Switch Coasts 31:03 Brandon Drury to the Angels; Chances of 2022 Repeat? 38:43 Wil Myers Wins Park Factors Lottery 44:11 Jameson Taillon to the Cubs 46:38 Nathan Eovaldi Joins Rebuilt Rangers Rotation 54:04 Craig Kimbrel to the Phillies 58:44 Taylor Rogers: Save Chances in San Francisco w/Camilo Doval? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/01/231h 13m

Moves, Moves & More Moves: Carlos Rodón, Carlos Correa & Sean Murphy Relocate

Eno and DVR discuss the latest round of moves including Carlos Rodón's six-year pact with the Yankees, Carlos Correa's move to the Bay Area, Dansby Swanson's new deal with the Cubs, a three-team swap that sent Sean Murphy to Atlanta, William Contreras to Milwaukee, and another group of young players to Oakland, and much more.  Rundown 1:18 Carlos Rodón Gives the Yankees Another Ace 9:37 Chris Bassitt to the Blue Jays 12:32 Ross Stripling to the Giants 16:02 Noah Syndergaard to the Dodgers 21:34 Other Pitchers on the Move 26:51 Carlos Correa to the Giants 31:33 Dansby Swanson to the Cubs 40:22 The Three-Team Sean Murphy Trade 52:24 Esteury Ruiz & The A's Return 1:04:23 Oakland's New Pitchers 1:07:10 Andrew Benintendi to the White Sox 1:13:55 Justin Turner & J.D. Martinez Switch Coasts 1:18:24 Joey Gallo to the Twins? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/221h 36m

Kodai Senga to the Mets, Xander Bogaerts to the Padres & Another Flurry of Hot Stove Moves

Eno and DVR discuss a very busy week of movement around the league including Kodai Senga's five-year deal with the Mets, other pitchers on the move including Andrew Heaney, Sean Manaea, Kenley Jansen and Carlos Estévez, plus Xander Bogaerts' move to the Padres, Willson Contreras as a St. Louis Cardinal, Mitch Haniger to the Giants, and Josh Bell in Cleveland.  Rundown 1:38 Kodai Senga Signs with the Mets 11:11 Other Free-Agent Deals for Starting Pitchers (Andrew Heaney, Sean Manaea) 25:37 Kenley Jansen to Boston 34:07 Xander Bogaerts: Rebound Coming in San Diego? 41:25 Masataka Yoshida: Expectations in Year 1 with Red Sox 47:30 Willson Contreras, Cardinal 52:35 Making Sense of the St. Louis Lineup in 2022 1:01:43 Mitch Haniger Lands in San Francisco 1:05:50 Josh Bell to the Guardians 1:11:14 A Few More Starts for Shohei Ohtani? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $2/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/221h 20m

Winter Meetings Fun: Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander & Trea Turner On the Move!

The Winter Meetings are underway! The Rangers swooped in with a five-year pact to land Jacob deGrom, and the Mets quickly backfilled in their rotation by signing Justin Verlander. DVR and Eno discuss those moves, their process for building rankings, Zach Eflin to the Rays, and a swap between the Mariners and Brewers. Plus, the Phillies provided a late breaking news segment for the episode with an 11-year, $300 million deal for Trea Turner.  Rundown 1:04 Jacob deGrom to the Rangers 10:26 Justin Verlander to the Mets 15:24 Expecting a Longer Deal for Carlos Rodón 23:28 Building Rankings From Scratch 35:14 Zach Eflin's Three-Year Deal with the Rays 42:12 Accessing Pitching+ Leaderboard (https://theathletic.com/3356328 'In this Google Doc') 43:16 More to Come From Isaac Paredes? 51:06 Mariners-Brewers Trade: Kolten Wong, Jesse Winker & Abraham Toro 62:12 Breaking News: Trea Turner to Philly Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/221h 16m

2022 Catcher & UT-only Review

Eno and DVR discuss the 2022 catcher and utility-only hitter pool. If two-catcher leagues remain a standard, should you push for top-end talent at the position in the early rounds? Can Yasmani Grandal stay healthy with less time behind the plate? Was there enough value in the middle and later rounds for second catchers? On the UT-only side, is there anything left for Shohei Ohtani to unlock? And, can J.D. Martinez adjust his approach and get to more consistent pull-side power? Rundown 6:11 A Plea for One-Catcher Leagues 11:49 2022 Bust: Yasmani Grandal 14:09 Strong Returns Overall From Early Catchers 19:10 Prioritizing Top-End Options? 27:41 Finding Value Later 35:06 Other Catchers of Interest? 39:42 Shohei Ohtani's Brilliant 2022 Campaign 49:42 Bryce Harper Joins UT-only Club; Surgery On Tap 52:08 Can J.D. Martinez Get to 25+ Homers Again? Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first year: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels Podcast Apple: http://bit.ly/AppleRandB Spotify: http://bit.ly/SpotifyRandB Google: http://bit.ly/RatesGoogle Stitcher: http://bit.ly/STRandB TuneIn: http://bit.ly/RBTuneIn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/221h 7m

2022 First Base Review

Eno and DVR discuss the 2022 first base pool. How much can we trust Paul Goldschmidt's incredible season? Can Vlad Jr. get back to his 2021 levels? How reliables are mid-round and late values at the position? And, what is next for Vinnie Pasquantino, Spencer Torkelson, Triston Casas, and Joey Meneses? Rundown 2:19 Paul Goldschmidt's Incredible 2022 12:54 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s Small Step Down 19:16 Uneaten Hats: Freddie Freeman 24:58 Mid-Round & Late First Base Surprises (Good & Bad) 35:09 Vinnie Pasquantino's Arrival 44:04 Spencer Torkelson's Disappointing Debut 51:29 Triston Casas' Late Look 58:20 Joey Meneses' Impressive Performance Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarris Follow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper e-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Subscribe to The Athletic at $1/month for the first six months: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Subscribe to the Rates & Barrels YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RatesBarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/221h 8m