Eric Longenhagen Prospect Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
3:02
I'm not going to give you a comp for Delvin and the reason I won't is illustrated in your question, they're ultimately just confusing and misinformative. I will tell you that he was #2 on my pre-draft board before he failed his PED test and I think he's exceptionally talented.
P-Nats
3:02
Max Schrock has been a blast to watch so far in A ball. What are his weaknesses that will stop him from rising fast?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:03
Cistulli going full-on Ricardo Lopez.
Erik
3:03
Has JP Crawford's stock gone up or down this year?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:04
It's been stable. He's continued to toy with different footwork and started having success when he began getting his front foot down earlier, sometime in (I think) May? I'd have to check my notes for exactly when it was.
The other Kyle
3:05
Any news on severity of Glasnow injury? Hoping they're just playing it cautious and it's something that wouldn't impact long-term outlook.
Eric A Longenhagen
3:05
Well it's the shoulder, so that's already not good. No idea how long he'll be on the shelf.
Jojo the Monkey
3:06
What do you see as the most likely outcome for Sean Newcomb -- top end of the rotation, middle of the rotation, back end of the rotation, or high-leverage reliever?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:07
I've been championing Newcomb since college and I still believe he has a chance to be a #2/3 type of arm, but I'm checking my watch more often.
Matt
3:07
Who was that kid hitting 98 at the UA game Saturday? Riley Pint 2.0?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:09
We had Hunter Greene up to 98, so that might be who you're talking about. He's ridiculous. Hit a few balls completely out of Wrigley during the pre-game HR derby and then was 95-98 in his inning of work. It's a 40 slider right now and I'd like to see some improvement there before anointing him 2017's top prep arm, but he's an exceptional athlete and I thin kit will come.
Jojo the Monkey
3:09
Who do you have as the top 3 amateurs for the 2017 draft, right now (I know it's way too early, but there must be a few guys you really like)?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:11
The prep guys who have stuck out are Greene and Jordon Adell. Adell has 70 bat speed and an idea of how to manipulate the barrel. He too, parked some balls onto Waveland Ave this weekend.
Sean from Tampa
3:11
Busy day for you...
Eric A Longenhagen
3:13
I got off the plane and learned of all the stuff that had gone down while I was in the air and immediately went home to write, then was up until 4 writing and sourcing, then woke up to Cameron basically telling me the trade was done at 8. I smell horrible right now.
Josh
3:13
Whereabouts in AZ do you live? I was there this past weekend doing vacation/house hunting combo. Recommendations for good neighborhoods? I'm in my 30s, like to be within shouting distance of nightlife.
Eric A Longenhagen
3:14
I'm in central Tempe and there are too many college kids here for me, let alone someone actively seeking quiet.
The PokeStops are lit, though.
Josh
3:14
Thoughts on Lucas Erceg? He has already been promoted once to Low-A ball and has looked impressive. Did the Brewers get a steal?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:15
Talent-wise, yes they did. There were some off the field issues at Cal and Menlo that scouts were concerned about and that's why he fell. Love the skillset, hope he grows up.
Matt
3:16
Do you think Blake Rutherford was top 10 talent in this year's draft? What is a reasonable prediciton for him - majors by 2019?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:17
Yeah he was right in that 7-11 range for me. He is older than the typical recent HS grad so I think it's fair to expect him to move a little more quickly than his peers. 2019 might be a little aggressive but it's not insane.
ShawnDC
3:18
What's the upside on Lazaro Armenteros? He seems to have wildly varying scouting reports
Eric A Longenhagen
3:18
Big upside, huge risk. Full report....
Philosoraptor
3:20
Dumb question: is it possible for a prospect to have a higher "Game Power" score than "Raw Power"? Like, he's not really that naturally powerful, but makes such good contact that it really plays up?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:21
Not a dumb question because Bobby Bradley got me thinking about his exact thing. Because Raw power and game power are really different things, I do think it's possible.
3:22
Raw power is just how far you can hit a baseball relative to your peers, but really isn't impacted by how consistently you can do it.
3:23
So I think there are two types of theoretical hitters who can have more game power than raw power: The guy you mentioned who makes a really high quality of contact and the guy whose swing is so geared for loft that a disproportionately high ratio of his balls in play are in the air.
Lark
3:23
What sort of future does Brennan Lund have in the majors? Similar case to your Thaiss answer, I know, but is there any chance he hits 60% of this at higher levels and turns out well?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:27
I saw Lund last spring and though he was okay, more a fit in an outfield corner for me than in CF where he played at BYU. And not just because of the body but because his feel for center wasn't great. He's a strong kid with some bat speed and leverage to the swing, but he's more of a fourth OF type for me. Great that he's hitting though.
Adam
3:27
Why are you not as high on Torres as others?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:27
Less confident that he's a SS and, even if he is, I'm kind of a snob about defense there.
GoTribe
3:28
Yu-Cheng Chang was mentioned as of interest to the Yankees in a possible trade. What are your thoughts on him?
Diazzz
3:29
Talk to me about Dom Smith. Scouts were split coming into season but he's playing well. Potential 1st division regular with .290/.350/.460?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:30
I've long been a fan. Think your slahs line is reasonable.
Drew
3:30
Re: 4/5 tool OFs--Where does Nick Williams fit in that group? Or does he?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:32
Tremendous bat speed and bat control but I still the the approach is hyper-aggressive and that it will dilute his output. He can run but it's hard to see him getting on base enough to make an impact in the steals category. Will probably still hit 18-22 homers, though.
Nate
3:33
Do you think prospect pitchers will have more success in the Majors if their best secondary pitch is a changeup rather than a breaking ball? Is there any evidence to suggest that?
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