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MLB Pipeline

MLB Pipeline, MLB.com
276 episodes

Find out about the stars of tomorrow, from the guys who know today. Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) are your tour guides for this ride through the unfolding stories & breaking news in Minor League Baseball. From top prospects to scouting executives to farm directors, the MLB Pipeline is jam-packed with exclusive coverage of the minors you can't get anywhere else.

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It’s Minor League Opening Day!

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo get ready for Minor League action for the first time in almost two years, talking about which prospects they’re excited to watch at the start of the 2021 season while also looking at the most stacked Minor League teams this year. It’s not a podcast without talking Draft…

Draft & More Draft

Jim Callis and Sam Dykstra discuss Jonathan Mayo's first full first-round projection of the 2021 Draft, and they later conduct a draft of their own by picking teams of prospects who have changed organizations. They also break down baseball's hottest rookies, including the curious case of Rangers ou…

Experts take shot at top 20 Draft picks

As a preview of the Top 150 Draft Prospects list, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff conduct their own draft, with Jim and Jonathan alternating to make the top 20 picks of the first round. They also take a look at the two most recent additions to the Top 100 Prospects list, Giants left-han…

The newest top-100 prospects, and rookies on the rise

Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss prospects off to fast starts, including a group of starting pitchers who are being used in relief roles in the big leagues this year. Plus a look at five new addition to MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list, an update on Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter’s perf…

Hot rookies; Arcia trade, The Yerminator and a Draft update

Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss rookies who are off to a hot start in the first week of the season. Jonathan chats with White Sox senior director of baseball operations Dan Fabian about Yermin Mercedes' historic start to the season and how he was acquired through the Rule 5 Draf…

Opening Day rosters surprises; Rookie Power Rankings; Farm rankings; Rocker & Leiter

With the arrival of 2021 regular season, Jim Callis, Sam Dykstra and Jason Ratliff take a look at some top prospects who made Opening Day rosters, as well as some who didn't, and when we can expect to see them. They also break down the preseason Rookie Power Rankings and Sam's rankings of the farm …

Farm system rankings; Rocker and Leiter 1-2? ROTY draft

Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss the Top 5 teams in MLB Pipeline’s  Farm Systems ranking , with the Rays at No. 1 again. Jim and Jonathan highlight some players that have impressed them in Spring Training and they discuss the 2021 Draft, as Vandy pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Le…

Top 30 Lists, Hot Springs, Draft Update, New Rules

Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss MLB Pipeline’s newly released Top 30 Prospects lists, highlighting the Indians, Twins, Giants, Cardinals and Braves. Then the guys detail some prospects standing out in Spring Training, such as outfielders Mickey Moniak (Phillies) and Heliot Ramos…

Top 30 lists are here! (AL West, Yankees, Red Sox); Rocker, Leiter update

Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down MLB Pipeline's new 2021 Top 30 Prospects lists -- four from the AL West (Astros, Angels, Rangers and A's), plus the Red Sox and Yankees. Hear updates on how potential top Draft picks Kumar Rocker, Jack Leiter, Jaden Hill and Sal Frelick have pe…

Let the games begin, Spring Training Update plus Pirates prospect Jared Oliva

Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Jason Ratliff discuss how some of the Top 100 prospects are performing as Spring Training games have begun and what Twins SS Royce Lewis' torn ACL does for his prospect status. Jonathan catches up with Pirates prospect Jared Oliva as they look back at his 2020 MLB debu…

Spotlighting Spring Training & Under-25 Stars

In this week’s Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff talk about why they’re anticipating this Spring Training more than most and highlight non-roster invitees to watch. They also talk to Rangers right-hander Dane Dunning, discuss  MLB.com ’s 25 Under 25 Draft, break down a c…

A look ahead to Spring Training and to 2023, the new-look Minors and MLB Network's Top 100 Prospects show

Jason Ratliff, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis get excited about the start of Spring Training and discuss how it will be different this year. They also break down the extensive changes coming to the Minors in 2021, speculate on who might emerge as the game's top prospects in 2023, rehash MLB Network's…

Top 100 Prospect Whiffs, Red Sox RHP Prospect Tanner Houck and Extended Mailbag

On this week’s MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis discuss which prospects they missed on through the years when ranking the Top 100 Prospects. Jim chats with Red Sox pitching prospect Tanner Houck about his MLB debut in 2020 and the myth that pitchers with low arm slots can't make i…

Top 100 breakdown, Adley and J-Rod interviews, Arenado trade, Jeopardy!

The new 2021 Top 100 Prospects list is out, and the Pipeline crew digs into it with a breakdown of the list, interviews with two of the top five players (Orioles' Adley Rutschman and Mariners' Julio Rodriguez) and a round of Top 100 Jeopardy! See whether Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo or Mike Rosenbaum …

Analyzing Bucs-Yanks trade, Top 10 prospects by position, All-Defense Team

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the prospects the Pirates acquired in the Jameson Taillon and Joe Musgrove deals. The guys also discuss the new rankings of the Top 10 prospects at each position and the upcoming Top 100 list.…

International Signing Period Began, Pirates acquire 5 prospects, MLB Dream Series

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff are joined by  MLB.com  National Reporter Jesse Sanchez, who discusses top international prospects who have turned pro as the international signing period begins. The guys also discuss the release of the…

The Lindor trade, special guests Ian Anderson (Braves) and Nolan Jones (Indians)

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Mike Rosenbaum and Jason Ratliff discuss the Francisco Lindor trade between the Mets and Indians. The Rookie Program is underway, and Braves RHP Ian Anderson and Indians top prospect Nolan Jones join the podcast to discuss their 2020 s…

Blake Snell & Yu Darvish Trade Breakdowns, 2021 Prospect Outlook

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff welcome in the new year and discuss the Padres-Rays Blake Snell trade and the Padres-Cubs Yu Darvish deal and break down all the prospects involved. Rays pro scouting director Kevin Ibach joins the show …

A look back at the best of MLB Pipeline in 2020

Jonathan Mayo looks back at a few of the best segments from the MLB Pipeline Podcast in 2020. First, we revisit our initial 2021 Mock draft, where Jonathan and Jim Callis made their top 10 picks. Pirates GM Ben Cherington follows that with a discussion on draft philosophy as he prepares to make the…

White Sox to sign Yoelquis Cespedes, Rays prospect Xavier Edwards, 2018 redraft

Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Jason Ratliff discuss the report that the White Sox will sign No. 1 international prospect Yoelquis Cespedes and where he fits into the organization. Jonathan catches up with Xavier Edwards and talks about his first season in the Rays organization. Jim and Jonathan red…

The 2021 Draft Top 100

The Draft Top 100 Prospects list is out, and Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff cover everything you need to know about the 2021 Draft class. In addition to analyzing the top players on the list and breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of the class, they look at which schools and are…

Rangers-White Sox Trade Breakdown, Pirates GM Ben Cherington and a Rule 5 Draft Preview

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss the White Sox-Rangers trade involving Lance Lynn and two prospects, Dane Dunning and Avery Weems. Jonathan talks to Pirates GM Ben Cherington about having the No. 1 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. Pl…

A 2021 mock draft, Rockies-Reds trade breakdown and a look back at Winter Meetings blockbusters

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff conduct a mock draft of the first 10 picks of 2021 and discuss why Kumar Rocker may not go No. 1. They then discuss the changing landscape in the Minor Leagues and break down the prospects dealt in last …

40-Man Roster Decisions, Padres Pitching Prospect Luis Patiño and a potential Snell trade

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff discuss which prospects made their team’s 40-man roster and which ones are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. MLB.com  National Reporter Jesse Sanchez chats with Padres pitching prospect Luis Patiño about hi…

Marlins' Glass-breaking Hire, Updates on “The Martian” and Luis Rodriguez

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff are joined by MLB.com National Reporter Jesse Sanchez to talk about Miami's hiring of Kim Ng as the first female general manager of a team in a North American major sports league and the state of the Mar…

Scouts Honor – Meet the Scouts who discovered the 2020 Rookies of the Year

On this week’s episode of the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff break down the AL and NL rookies of the year, discuss who are the frontrunners for the 2021 ROY races and chat with scouts who drafted this year’s winners. Jim is joined by John Wiedenbauer, who scouted …

Homegrown Dodgers lead to WS Crown, VP of Amateur Scouting Billy Gasparino joins show

Jonathan Mayo, Jim Callis and Jason Ratliff swing into the offseason as they look back at the homegrown talent that led to the Dodgers’ World Series victory. Jim chats with Dodgers VP of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino about his role in building the club’s young talent. The group discusses which t…

Just how good is Randy Arozarena?

Jim Callis, Jason Ratliff and Mike Rosenbaum put the World Series in a prospect context by discussing the ongoing heroics of Randy Arozarena and where he would rank among the best postseason rookies of all time. Does his performance merit him soaring up MLB Pipeline's Rays Top 30 Prospects list and…

The World Series and Jazz

Jonathan Mayo, Jason Ratliff and Mike Rosenbaum dig into the World Series as only the Pipeline crew can (though they did make their predictions), looking at how the Dodgers and Rays were built and ranking the World Series players as prospects. Mayo does a deep dive into how the Rays acquired postse…

Scouts honor

On this week's Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff talk about the rookies still making headlines in the postseason, led by the Rays' Randy Arozarena and the Braves' Ian Anderson. The trio really dig into the story of how Anderson was scouted and became the No. 3 overall pi…