Eric Longenhagen Prospect Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
1:16
Encarnacion was a $10k signee with phsycial projection that he's starting to realize. I've got nothing on Michael, Conteras has rare athleticism for a catcher.
Babe Lincoln
1:16
Is it just me, or will the Mets' system be pretty 'blah' once Rosario/Smith exhaust prospect status?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:18
Agreed, and part of it is because they don't scout much, if at all, below full season ball and the players they acquire when they sell are, well, middling. They have developed pitching in-house, so while guys like Humphreys, Flexen, traded Merandy, etc. aren't potential superstars, the fact that they're solid little prospects is an encouraging sign. And I thin some of the Latin American players in Kingsport are interesting.
And  I think the Mets' Latin American scouting department does an amazing job.
Bear Hands
1:19
Have you seen Michel Baez lately? Where do you think he ranks among the known top SP prospects like Kopech, McKenzie, Keller et al?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:20
Saw him before he was moved to Fort Wayne. Changeup has improved since he left here. He's not on Kopech's level and I think Keller and McKenzie have better breaking balls but Baez is a top 100 guy for me already and trending up. Maybe he'll catch those guys next year.
smikey pineda
1:20
Does Yandy Diaz need a trade? Seems like he's buried in Cleveland and now 26.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:22
That's an interesting idea. I like Yandy but he's a 3B/OF utility guy for most scouts. If an analytically-driven club think he can play everyday, maybe they make a move for him, but the truth is that most clubs have a guy like that somewhere near the top of their system or can acquire one on the cheap as a free agent.
Alex
1:22
Power numbers usually rise from AAA to MLB. Can we expect Senzel's power numbers to increase as well?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:23
Yeah I think GAB will help a bit. Scouts I've spoken to are surprised he's hitting for as much power as he is right now because they don't think he uses his lower half all that efficiently.
Patrick
1:23
Can the Phillies find a way to keep Cesar Henandez and Scott Kingery? Can one play 3B given how awful Franco has been? If not, who gets moved?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:23
I think they move Hernandez.
Dale
1:25
Is Jordy Barley > Gabriel Arias at this point?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
Nah. Barley has more power but Arias' glove and contact ability still place him ahead of Barley for me right now.
My Fair Grady
1:25
Thoughts on Austin Allen? Hitting more balls in the air, but is he making enough improvement behind the plate to elevate him to actual catching prospect status?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
Saw him on my way to Area Codes and do not think so.
Jack
1:26
How much consideration did u give to Jhailyn Ortiz for the Phillies top 10?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
Very little. I think he's a good prospect, but the top of that system is so loaded that it was hard to include a 1B-only guy so far away from the Majors in the 10.
Lilith
1:26
How do Kumar Rocker and Ethan Hankins compare to Hunter Greene?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:27
A great question and one I've been ruminating one for the last few days. Here's how I had Greene graded out at this time last year compared to the other two right now:
1:28
Greene: Premium athlete, prototypical size, 70 fastball, 45 slider (fufutre 55), 40 change (future 55), ceiling on the command is pretty high because of the athleticism, already has present ability to throw strikes
1:30
Rocker: Average athlete, XXL frame, 70 fastball, 50 slider (future 60), 40 changeup (future 50), delivery is okay, average command projection.
1:31
Hankins: 70 fastball, 50 curveball plays up vs righties because of arm slot, not sure what to make of his style of pitching, which probably impacts command.
I'd go Greene/Rocker/Hankins if I had to pick from them, gap between Rocker and Hankins a little wider than Greene/Rocker
TJ
1:31
So Hiura is mashing but will he eventually need surgery on the elbow or will this just go away?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:32
I think they're trying to mend the thing without surgery but I have no idea if he'll need it or not.
Mike
1:32
Who is the best minor leaguer you ever saw? Not necessarily who turned out to be the best major leaguer, but simply most impressive prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:32
The guys you'd think. Trout, Harper, Gerrit Cole, Strasburg
Oh, Corey Seager
Glancing Glugnuts
1:33
Back in October, someone asked you in a chat who the breakout prospect no one had ever heard of would be, and you said that Abraham Toro-Hernandez looked really good in instructs. This year his numbers look really good in A ball. Prediction confirmed?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:34
Not completely, but he is playing well and I think he has some big league quality tools. Hit/power right around average, 70 arm, thought he had good defensive feet at third last fall and the arm and build for catcher.
Keith Hernandez
1:34
Thanks for chatting Eric.  Was surprised to still see Tyler Kolek still in the Marlins top 10.  Beyond those shocking walk numbers, he's rocking a nearly 30.00 ERA and has thrown 9 wild pitches in ~4 innings.  Was the ranking purely based on the hope that this guy ultimately figures out his stuff?  He seems completely lost post-surgery.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:35
That system isn't great and Kolek's upside is significant if he ever figures it out. But yes, it's been a rough road back for him so far. That I've moved him down as far as I have after just a few appearances post-injury should be instructive
Ben
1:36
If Mondesi comes back in September, he has a decent chance to face Colon. I think that would be Colon's 4th father-son duo.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:37
That's wonderful.
Matt
1:37
Just had fantasy minors draft. Took Matt Manning with a late round pick. Thoughts on him? You had him up relatively high preseason compared to other publications.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:38
He's a bit of a project but also a plus athlete with a mid-90s fastball and potential plus slider. The Tigers have had success developing those guys in the past.
Matt
1:38
Preseason you had Forrest Whitley at HOU #4, but not on top 100. Will he hit your mid-season - and followup: why/why not?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:39
Hell yes, he should have been on the last 100.
Nick
1:39
There haven't been many successful R/R firstbasemen but why does that matter if there are/were plenty of good R/R hitters that could profile at 1B (i.e. Trout, Manny Ramirez, A-Rod, etc.) if they weren't good defenders elsewhere?
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