Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 63 with Jim Callis

Credit: EVT Sports

Credit: EVT

We were extremely excited to talk to Jim Callis.

He is widely recognized in the industry as one of the best in the business. MLB and MLB pipeline are where everyone goes for prospect information.

In speaking with Jim, we learn about what goes into creating the site’s lists. The timing was perfect for today’s podcast, as Jim just revealed his prediction for next years top-10 overall prospects. Mackenzie Gore and Fernando Tatis were both named on that list.

We all know Jim loves Gore. The three of us discuss him and well as Tatis, who has made great strides this year.

The conversation about Gore led us to a brief talk about each of the Padres’ young pitching prospects. We speak about Adrian Morejon, Michel Baez, Cal Quantrill, Dinelson Lamet, and Joey Lucchesi. It is no secret that the Padres are stockpiling pitching.

The Padres system in general was discussed at length. The three of us agree that this team has built one of the best minor league systems in the game.

Franchy Cordero, Josh Naylor, Luis Urias, Michael Gettys, and some more position players were discussed, as we get Jim’s feeling on each player. It is important to get someone’s view from outside the organization. Jim is unbiased and he tells it like it is. Padre fans need to curb their enthusiasm about the prospects in the system.

The 2017 draft class is talked about briefly. We ask Jim what his thoughts were on the Padres’ draft.

I ask Jim for some players in the system to keep an eye on. He pointed out Mason Thompson and Mason House as potential players to keep watch. I couldn’t agree with him more, as I have spoken to both men and they are highly dedicated to their craft.

In closing, we speak about Shohei Otani. The Padres are not likely to land the star Japanese player, but it was fun to hear Jim’s thoughts about the man and where he could potentially land. His situation is complicated and who knows what is going to happen with his potential signing this winter.

Thank you for the listen. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

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2 thoughts on “Padres EVT Podcast: Episode 63 with Jim Callis

  1. Another great listen guys. For as many prospects as Callis has seen over the years, it is great to hear him contiually gush over Gore and now he seems to be on the “Tatis Train” as well. Hearing Callis, and previously Law, say such encouraging things about so many of the Padres prospects puts a smile on my face, I’m sure yours as well. The Padres need to add 3-4 more top notch prospects between the draft and the return for Hand to help protect the team from the natural attrition rates of all of these young men.

    I sure wish I lived near San Diego and was able to attend this years prospect game. With the collection of players on the field, it is going to be one heck of a night.

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