August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/5/16
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Borxa Dork
12:26
What do you make of the recent Astro prospect flops (Reed, Bregmen, White)? Are they victims of the Yankeeesque over-hype syndrome or just being rushed?
august fagerstrom
12:26
those guys already flopped?
that was quick
Brett W
12:27
Tigers: back in the race, or closest they will get?
august fagerstrom
12:27
Definitely back in the race. Playoff odds up to 50%.
12:28
Could see them making the WC, don't seem them taking the division
Max
12:28
Are most relievers in the bullpen because they don't have the endurance of starters or don't throw enough pitches?
august fagerstrom
12:28
More skewed toward the latter, I'd think
Richie
12:29
Wow! You're on time for once. I wasn't ready for this, so excuse me for a bit while I think up some volcano question.
august fagerstrom
12:29
Don't think of a volcano question!
You're confusing me with Jeff Sullivan!
We switched chats this week.
You're be sorely disappointed with my response to any volcano-related question
j6takish
12:29
August, whats up with your shoulder? Mine is also all screwed up. Going in for my 4th appointment Tuesday.I may legitimately have thoracic outlet syndrome, just like the pitchers!
august fagerstrom
12:30
Dislocated it playing third base last month. Second time in as many years. My labrum is shredded and apparently I have a stress fracture in there too. Getting surgery later this month at the ripe age of 25 :(
Sportsnut61
12:31
Hello son ... Glad to see you are eating well ... Considering his second half meltdown a year ago, should Indians fans be concerned about Trevor Bauer?
august fagerstrom
12:32
Hey, it's my Dad! Say hi to my Dad, everyone
Last year's second-half wouldn't be my cause for concern. There's not much to the consistent first/second-half performer stuff, and with Bauer's arm strength/conditioning, he's one of the last guys I'd expect to wear down over the course of a season
12:33
That being said, last seven starts: 13.2% walk rate! Almost double from his first 11 starts! Not good. He's still getting the grounders, so he seemingly hasn't abandoned his new approach, but the absolute lack of command coming back is troubling
12:34
Could just be a rough stretch. Velocity hasn't dipped either
Guest
12:34
Do you think NYY wanted to TAKE Frazier, or CLE wanted to KEEP Zimmer
august fagerstrom
12:34
the former
Frazier usurped Zimmer's prospect status over the last calendar year. Zimmer's strikeouts are starting to get concerning
Rahul
12:35
Rays got two interesting prospects in Mejia and Fox. What do you think about them?
august fagerstrom
12:35
Probably about whatever Eric Longenhagen thinks about them: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/scouting-the-prospects-in-the-matt-moore-deal/
I'm not a prospect guy
I'm a guy who reads and talks to the prospect guys
12:36
I know extensions of whatever they know, and nothing more
Josh
12:36
What is your take on Miguel Sano? Word is that the Twins might demote him when Plouffe is activated on Monday. Good move?
august fagerstrom
12:37
Seems short-sighted and silly
Sano is a 23-year-old with a 131 wRC+ over 156 career games and is one of the two or three most important people currently in the Twins organization
Trevor Plouffe means nothing, and neither does the Twins current record
Bork
12:38
august fagerstrom
12:38
Bork delievers.
Bork always delivers.
Avi
12:39
Frazier is already embracing the NY scene. He's trying to take Jen Selter on a date.
august fagerstrom
12:39
He's got the kind of personality that seems like it will thrive in New York's spotlight
I hope he has a great career. He's a lot of fun to watch and seems like a great kid by all indications
Dave Kingman
12:40
Is this improved J.A. Happ the new normal going forward? Is his recent success (last year plus) sustainable for the foreseeable future baring injury?
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