Defensive Indifference (Limited Series) — AFL Episode 2

In the second episode of this limited series of Defensive Indifference: A 2080 Baseball Podcast, co-hosts Ryan Sullivan and John Eshleman are back to discuss John’s first week of AFL action, highlighted by lights-out Astros hurler Forrest Whitley. They proceed to talk about valuing fastballs, both in a vacuum and as part of the whole repertoire, before discussing how the AFL context influences defensive grades. Tangents abound.

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Segment 1: The Forrest Whitley Shove-show
2:00 – Forrest Whitley (RHP, Astros) discussion.
4:40 – Define “best secondary”.
8:45 – Define “ready”.
Segment 2: Fastballs and Tangents
16:50 – Fastballs.
21:10 – Melvin Adon (RHP, SFG) discussion.
26:50 – The hitters kinda tell us stuff (sometimes)
28:35 – J.B. Bukauskas (RHP, HOU) discussion.
34:00 – Grading the 3-4 inning role
36:40 – Instructional League tangent: Jonathan Ornelas (3B/SS, TEX) discussion
39:55 – Summary: fastballs matter.
Segment 3: Fielding…Context Matters
41:40 – Fielding…context matters.
43:00 – Taylor Trammell (CIN), Ronnie Dawson (HOU) and outfielders.
48:45 – Daulton Varsho (C, ARI) and catchers.