August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 3/22/16
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august fagerstrom
11:52
happy Tuesday!
chat soundtrack: El-P - Fantastic Damage
be back in 10!
12:06
sorry guys, need a few more minutes before I begin. will go extra today
12:14
ok! apologies. lets begin
Bork
12:16
How crushed would Cleveland be if Lebron opted out and signed somewhere else? HE UNFOLLOWED THE CAVS TWITTER!!
august fagerstrom
12:16
sometimes the internet can be a terrible place
CamdenWarehouse
12:17
Who are your favorite non-FG baseball writers?
august fagerstrom
12:19
I probably get more excited for a new Sam Miller piece than anything. Then the rest of the obvious ones -- Jonah Keri, Grant Brisbee, Ben Lindbergh, Buster's daily column, anything Rosenthal puts out. As far as beat guys go, I don't think anybody does it better than Derrick Goold in St. Louis. Travis Sawchik is a must-read in Pittsburgh, as are Andy McCullough and Pedro Moura in LA, Brian MacPherson and Tim Britton in Boston and Zack Meisel and Jordan Bastian in Cleveland
Christian
12:20
Can you rank the rookie shortstops as far as production this year? Turner, Story, Arcia, Jp Crawford. Thanks!
august fagerstrom
12:20
as far as counting stats go, it's gotta be Story just because he's there on Opening Day and is likely to stick for the year
Turner is probably up the next-quickest, so he'd be next, followed by Arcia and then Crawford
Long-term and the list is the exact opposite order
Nick in Cleveland
12:21
"Cody Anderson Looks Like Matt Harvey" !!!! -- just that headline alone turns me into that emoji with hearts for eyes. Does Anderson's velo uptick on its own give him a shot at overtaking Tomlin for the last starting spot at the beginning of the season?
august fagerstrom
12:22
I'd be surprised. I suppose Tomlin could open the season in the pen, but with the extension (albeit a small one) and the way he pitched last year, I'd be surprised if he isn't the 5th starter on Opening Day
The velocity is encouraging, but I need to see a more from Anderson than just velocity to be sold on him as a quality big league starter
Larry
12:23
Do you think the Brewers will trade Will Smith?
august fagerstrom
12:24
Yeah, not much need for a back-end reliever entering arb next year on a rebuilding team, and he's good enough to where he could net them a useful prospect
12:25
Might not be before the season starts but I'd be surprised if he were still a Brewer by season'e end
Mike
12:25
Should I be worried about Jacob Degrom only throwing 91-93 versus his normal velocity in his ST start yesterday?
august fagerstrom
12:25
No
You should be worried if he does it in the regular season
Ross
12:26
How worried should I be about the Mariners bullpen?
august fagerstrom
12:27
It wasn't very promising to begin with and already there's been several key injuries. It's definitely not encouraging
You should allot six of your 10 worry points towards it
Broakland
12:27
Could the A's still swing a trade for a SP - such as James Shields - with a B-level prospect that has been jumped in the org - such as Nunez or Pinder?
august fagerstrom
12:27
what do the A's want with James Shields?
uru
12:28
What happened to the very awesome Fangraphs Top 200 Prospects List? Did I miss it? It was published in February of last year — not happening this year?
august fagerstrom
12:28
Still got 7 more prospect lists to go
Bork
12:29
Do you believe in Chris Colabello?
august fagerstrom
12:29
I dont believe in Chris Colabello, .900 OPS
I believe in Chris Colabello, improved and useful hitter
12:30
He probably shouldn't be an everyday player, especially on a team that has an everyday DH
Eric
12:30
Thoughts on Tyler White? Will he play? What's his ceiling?
august fagerstrom
12:30
He should play. Him, Singleton and Reed should all get their shot this year
12:31
Hard to see anything less than a hitter there, given what he's done in the minors, and he's got the kind of profile that doesn't come with much risk.
He doesn't have Reed upside, but I like him more than Singleton
George Harrison
12:31
SI has picked the Astros to win the world series.
august fagerstrom
12:32
SI also picked the Cubs, Cubs and Mets to the win the World Series
they do this every year. they're regional covers
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