TS Podcast After Hours #03 – Reviewing Past Drafts

TS-AH-LogoDan and I go through the Swallows’ last seven drafts to review who has been drafted and how it’s turned out for the team. We discuss the roster dynamics at play in Japanese baseball and evaluate each draft class according to its performance and discuss the potential for further performance. Hopefully this walk through memory lane will also serve to remind people who is in the farm and who may be coming up in the pipeline. Also, as an exercise in audio editing I’ve bleeped out some swear words. I have no problem with swearing, but I do think bleeping is inherently funnier. This episode features intro music arranged by Tsubamegun’s own Dave Watkins.

Show Notes

  • Intro (0:00)
  • Follow-up
    • Montréal Memories (0:50)
    • Swallows Cheer Song Updates (1:36)
  • Draft Review
    • Intro (2:49)
    • Discussing NPB Roster Dynamics (3:53)
    • Discussing the Grading Scheme (7:13)
    • The 2009 Draft
    • The 2010 Draft
      • Swallows (14:27)
      • Other Players (18:40)
    • The 2011 Draft
      • Swallows (20:06)
      • Other Players (23:17)
    • The 2012 Draft
      • Swallows (24:12)
      • Other Players (27:21)
    • The 2013 Draft
      • Swallows (28:11)
      • Other Players (32:25)
    • The 2014 Draft
      • Swallows (33:30)
      • Other Players (37:01)
    • The 2015 Draft
  • Stray Thoughts About the Swallows and High School Player Development (38:45)
  • Closing Remarks (40:47)
About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.