Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
11:29
Love the bat, can't find a position for him.
El Guapo
11:30
Your write up on Urias seemed to focus some on the lack of projectability for his frame (short stocky guy). I understand that point at 5' 10" but there is a lot of talk that he might be all the way up to 6'2" (understandable for a 19yo to keep growing). Understanding the mistakes so far have been up, indicating he still lacks downward plane on his pitches, but does the potential for a couple more inches and more leverage on his pitches change your view at all?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:31
I don't think so. There was much ado about his height after I posted that article. I'm 5-10, I've stood next to the kid on the backfields and he's about my height. Unless my Vans are adding more than I realize, that kid is south of six feet. Does it really matter? No. His stuff is good and once he gets that delivery on line (he's been very frustrating to watch so far) and throwing strikes, he'll be fine.
Zonk
11:31
What is your take on the possibility of an IFA draft? Would such a draft unfairly reward teams that have not made significant investments in the DR?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:32
In general, I find the idea of the draft pretty repulsive, so I'm against an International one. I also have no idea how the hell they'd pull it off, infrastructure-wise.
Zonk
11:32
Is the big rush of Cubans coming to the US just the beginning, or is it nearing it's end? When will Cuba just become another development center like the Dominican or Venezuela?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:33
The well is pretty dry there. There are still some guys that could make an impact in MLB (Victor Victor is one. Told you we've just scratched the surface) but most of them have defected over the last few years.
11:35
Why? Because normalized relations between the US and Cuba are coming and most everyone I've talked to expects some sort of posting system similar to the one in place with Korea, which is good for the Cuban government and MLB owners but bad for players' earning power. That's part of what's been the catalyst for this recent exodus: guys getting off the island while they can still get paid.
Joe
11:35
Did the Orioles get a nice value with Sedlock at 27? What's his ceiling?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:36
I thought it was fine. I liked Dakota Hudson better but his stuff backed up late in the year and some are worried he's hurt. Sedlock will show you 95, he throws strikes and the secondaries are solid average. Nothing to miss bats and not sure he has a real way of getting out left-handed hitters right now. He could be a fourth or fifth starter, and that's about what you can expect as the profile of a late first rounder.
Zonk
11:36
Best minor league mascot? I always liked the Biscuits, because who doesn't like a buttery biscuit?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:37
I'm with you. Any mascot that is something consumable is automatically plus.
RedsAlert
11:37
With Iglesias going to the pen, do you think Cody Reed or Robert Stephenson (or both) will be called up soon? Who do you like better, both ROS and long-term?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:37
Not sure which of them Cincy would have a look at first but I like Reed better, both long and short term.
bryan
11:38
Hi Eric, I am sure most of this will be draft related but please allow me to venture into the high minors. Tyler O'Neill and Hunter Renfroe both appear to be having breakout seasons. What do you see as the MLB potential of each? Is their power legitimate or more a function of jumping on mistake pitches that they won't see at the MLB level?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:38
Everyone is kind of in wait-and-see mode with Renfroe right now. O'Neil though, is climbing. He's rumored to be a frequent target for trades this July.
Q-Ball
11:39
How bullish are you on Willson Contreras offensively? He is demolishing AAA after raking all of last year. Are we talking all-star level offense?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:39
We're certainly talking All Star level physical talent. I've never seen that kind of explosiveness from a catcher before.
Chris
11:40
Who has the best combination of hit + power tools in the minors right now?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:41
A great question and my default answer to that for the past 18 months had been Nomar Mazara and I haven't really stewed over this question in my own head since his call-up.
I think Austin Meadows is a candidate.
RJ
11:41
You mentioned last night on twitter that you just dont get the Joe Rizzo buzz. What about his game bothers you the most?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:42
Not a good athlete, no position (and I actually think he could be passable at 3B but the industry, in general, does not) body has no projection so you can't really project power and he doesn't have any in games right now. Sounds like Brett Wallace to me.
Sean C
11:43
Do you have a 'biggest surprise' in this draft so far?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:43
Lowe at 13 was the one that officially put me behind during our live analysis over at ESPN.
Justin
11:44
Lots of mixed opinions and hot takes on the Cardinals Day 1 picks. What are your thoughts? Seems to me like they took some much needed risks
Eric A Longenhagen
11:45
I'm out on Connor Jones, but I liked the other three picks, even Carlson.
I think that what we saw from St. Louis last night is not nearly what anyone, even the Cardinals, thought was going to happen. I think Perez fell to them and they made a decision they didn't think they'd have to.
Zorak
11:46
Thoughts on the Mets taking two college arms? With their system light on advanced pitchers, was this a draft of need for them? Preparing for Life After Harvey?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:47
I like both Justin Dunn and Anthony Kay. Dunn might just be getting started: NE arm with limited miles and limited reps because of cold weather and the bullpen, crazy athlete....
Guys like that come on late.
Kay is a bulldog, flashes plus changeup, might not have the physicality to start.
11:48
Do I think they were actively hunting college arms specifically in anticipation of losing Harvey? No, but they're more prepared for that now than they were before.
Guest
11:48
Lucas Erceg was pegged as a tough evaluation considering his level of competition last year. What is your take on him?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:49
Huge talent, fell in part because of off-field issues.
Randy Savage
11:49
Would you say the Braves plan was a success last night? Risky proposition to pass on some of the early names available and hope that players fall to you.
Eric A Longenhagen
11:50
I think the Braves successfully executed the plan they had in place, but don't know if it's the course I would have taken if I were in their position. On paper, the class looks great so far.
Mike
11:50
Just how good can Benson actually be? Odd pick from the industry eye by the Indians, what do you think they see out of him to select him 14th?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:51
Rare physicality, plus bat speed, plus raw power, great athlete. Swing is a mess and its undergone several iteration just in the last year or so. But the fact that he's shown an ability to make adjustments, even though they've been bad, is encouraging. Can't wait to see him in the AZL.
Shawn
11:52
What are the character concerns on Jason Groome? Feel like whatever they are, they are overstated - kid's only 17yo
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