Eric Longenhagen Prospect Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
3:34
All else equal, if you're asking me to chose between a fastball/changeup and fastball/curveball guy at the Major League level, I'm taking the changeup guy. If we're talking about prospects, give me the guy with natural curveball feel. Generally, it's easier to develop a changeup.
John
3:34
How has Jhailyn ortiz looked?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:35
Good. Philly was a little bit worried last year when he signed because of the direction his body was headed, but things are under control there now and 70 raw power plays pretty nice in the GCL.
Conner
3:35
Where have you stood on Byron Buxton throughout the last few years? Is this utter lack of production just a result of adjusting to the big leagues or something more?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:36
Breaking ball recognition has always been poor. Specifically with sliders. When he fails to identify them and tries to pull a pitch that ends up on the outer half, his plate coverage disappears.
3:37
I think it's just a case where Buxton is so physically gifted that he hasn't had to make any adjustments until the big league level. I still think he's going to be a really good big leaguer, just that it's going to take some time.
3:38
Remember, this was a kid pre-draft who the industry was worried was raw. And he had nothing but success until he got to Minnesota.
Deeds
3:38
Does Francis Martes get a call-up this season?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:39
I doubt it. That team is in a playoff race and I don't think tossing a 20 year old with strike throwing issues into that situation is a good idea.
Nathan
3:40
What do you think about Brayan Hernandez?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:41
That's the Mariners OF from Venezuela who signed for like $1.8 mil back in 2014. Just got stateside last week.
I've gotten average run times down the line from him so far and it looks like he may have ditched switch-hitting.
3:42
He looks okay, but I'm not willing to draw any definitive conclusion there just yet. So early, not just for him but for me watching him.
NYTT
3:43
Joey Wentz was 90-91 in his first start in danville. is that concerning and how much projection does he have left?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:44
Nah, he's had fluctuations in velo over the last 18 months or so (it's why he worked out as a 1B during last summer's showcases) and I think it's more a product of the rigors of pro ball. Even if he settles in throwing 90-93, the repertoire curveball and changeup projection are both really good.
Joe
3:44
Amed Rosario: future 10 HR, .300, 30 SB offensive player?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:45
I think you're light on the power. Easy plus raw.
I want the FO to leave
3:45
Dawel Lugo and Domingo Leyba have played really well this year. What do you see the, as going forward?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:46
I've never been a fan of Leyba. Lugo is twitchy and explosive and I think he could be a decent, power/first utility type who plays 3B, the corner OF spots, maybe some second.
Mike
3:47
Who's the next Altuve?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:48
No idea. Part of what makes players like Altuve special is that they come out of nowhere. Someone is undoubtedly lurking in the æther, and I promise you I'm looking for him. But as soon as I (or someone else) finds him, he ceases to be the next Altuve.
Conner
3:49
Were do you think Jeff Hoffman's floor/ceiling are at? Mike Nikorak? Do Colorado pitchers lose faith in their careers before ever getting to Coors?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:50
I really like Hoffman and, before his injury, I had him atop my draft board. I think he could be a good #3. Nikorak has been more 88-92 with sink for me. He's a raw arm from the northeast, so things are more in flux there than they are for others. He's throwing more strikes, though.
Zorak
3:51
Can you just have multi-hour chats every day until like november? Reading anything not-baseball related on the internet is too depressing
Eric A Longenhagen
3:51
I've lost all concept of time, Zorak.
Mike
3:52
You can't leave us Dodger fans hanging, Eric. Did you mean up or down regarding Jose De Leon? If down, why? Is it the fielding?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:53
You're right, I'm sorry. I think he's a #4, an average, mid-rotation starter. Reports on his secondaries just haven't justified anything more than that and I thin there's more risk than is usual for an arm that close to the majors because of the injuries and velo fluctuations we've seen this year.
If you want him to come up and help the club this year, I think that's possible, I just don't think he's a long term stud.
Justin
3:53
What kind of value do you think the Rays could get for Archer? And would you do it?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:54
Tampa is kicking back and waiting for someone to offer them the equivalent of the Louisiana Purchase. No pressure to deal there. I think Texas has the ammo to get a deal done if they want, but it would cut them pretty deep.
Bob
3:55
Gilbert Lara is really young, and started out hot for a month or two last summer before fading. He's struggled this year as well and is age-appropriate now for level. Time to worry? Be patient?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:55
Feel to hit just evaporated late last year. I assumed he was gassed and wrote as much, but I'm starting to sweat a little bit about Lara and some of the other bats in that system.
CW
3:56
Bregman/Dahl- trade either in a keeper and cash in on the hype? If so, what should I shoot for in a 10 teamer? Or sit and enjoy them?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:56
Keep Bregman, move Dahl.
Hank
3:56
Best college bat in the 2017 draft? Jeren Kendall?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:56
Based on what I've seen/heard so far, yes.
Thomas
3:57
Who was #1 on your pre draft board? (Did you publish it somewhere)
Eric A Longenhagen
3:58
Groome. My board was on a whiteboard in my office and I used it to help sort through guys with Keith, but the board we had at ESPN was mostly based on his preferences. They weren't all that different.
Bobby Blownilla
3:58
What is your favorite color or color combination to play in MTG?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:58
Jund
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