Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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John
1:21
What's the word on sixto sanchez? Aside from having an awesome name, there isn't a lot out there on him.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:21
Like 92-96, might touch higher than that, hard upper-80s slider that will kiss 90. He's a dude.
Also I heard he wears #66 which...FV grade automatically gets a half grade bump for that.
Ronnie
1:21
Am I crazy to hope for one of Jurado, Payano or Taveras as the PTBNL in the Lucroy/Jeffress trade?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:22
Not crazy, because those guys are good (Taveras especially was drawing A LOT of trade interest last week). Delusional? Maybe. I have no idea what that list of names looks like.
Tim
1:23
Hi Eric. Nick Senzel has looked great in Dayton thus far - but, given that he's a polished hitter from the SEC, should I withhold my optimism until he starts doing damage in A+ or AA?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:23
I think you're allowed to be excited simply because Senzel is quite good, but you're right to be cautious about college hitters (esp. from big conferences) performing in low levels.
Paul
1:24
Eric - tell me things, hopefully even good things, about Dustin Peterson. I'm just scouting the stat line, but he's had a really impressive year for a young AA guy - I think I read he's only taken 4 ABs against pitchers younger than him. 35 doubles! Could he be a fringe top 100 guy in the offseason? Don't think I've ever seen him on any national lists, but getting cautiously excited about him. Thanks!
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
Probably not a top 100 guy but he's definitely improved. He's always been pull-only with that power and guys like that need to have really good timing to make sure they, you know, are pulling whatever they can. Peterson's added a little big of a leg kick to help with that, a la Josh Donaldson. Not as extreme as that, but elements of it. He's buoyed his stock.
Jason
1:25
Explain Franklyn Kilome to me. Is he still an exciting prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
Huge dude who throws hard with extension and movement. Doesn't repeat, but has slider feel. I think that's exciting, even if it's risky. But I just got done watching a lot of kids throw 87-89 who I thought were exciting.
Rob
1:26
Francis Martes, top of the rotation ceiling there?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:27
That's probably a little rich. When I started full time at FG a couple months ago I was getting "Is Fran Martes done for?" questions. Give these guys time. Martes struck out (I think) 11 or 12 guys the other night? He has great stuff and is locating the slider again. Body comps to Frankie Montas, wildness might push him to the pen. A familiar tale.
Philip
1:28
Any Padres sleepers you like?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:28
Yeah I've got some deep sleepers for ya...
1:29
I like Rod Boykin and Stralin Cordero. Not gonna be top of the org types, but guys I've seen and am interested in.
Tim
1:29
Tebow!!! This is nothing more than a perfect opportunity for schadenfreude, right?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:31
I don't dislike Tebow. His lifestyle is extremely different from mine but he appears to be a model citizen. If you're repulsed by the media's coverage of him, I get it. But that isn't Tebow's fault. I'll go see his workout here in AZ if CAA will have me. I'm skeptical of his ability, but it's something to do and write about.
Mike
1:31
Which Yankees prospect(s) do you see becoming above-average players in the majors?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:32
Purely my views and not a more objective, FV type of approach: Judge, Frazier, Rutherford, I'm getting there on Torres and Tate if he can reclaim his stuff from the spring. Oh and Sanchez.
JD15
1:33
How do you like Ian Happ? When do you think he will have a role with the Cubs considering they have Baez at utility and Zobrist at 2B for the foreseeable future?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:34
I think Happ's bat plays anywhere so it shouldn't be a problem. Also, Zobrist's versatility should allow for some flex.
Eric
1:34
What's a reasonable expectation for Zack Granite?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:34
4th OF is reasonable. College kid from Seton Hall, good body, can run and play CF, has contact skills but I can't project better than 30 game power there because of the swing.
JD15
1:34
Have you seen Eddy Julio Martinez play at all in South Bend? He was just the cubs minor league player of the month, so he must be doing something right :)
Eric A Longenhagen
1:35
I haven't seen him at SB but saw him this spring and thought he was solid. Has bat speed, 50/55 runner for me, maybe gets a little over aggressive. Has been better as the season has gone along than he was in the spring when I thought he'd looked rusty.
Greg
1:35
What are your tool grades for Jordon Adell? Most upside we've seen in a while? Legit 1-1 shot?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:36
Future 6 hit, 6 power, future 7 arm. He was running in the 4.4s down the line for me this week so I'm pretty sure he ends up in right field but I'd take that kid in the top 10.
Philip
1:36
Padres involved in any more available Cubans?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:37
I haven't heard any specific rumors (Preller was at Area Codes, btw) but it just makes logical sense for them to kick the tires on everyone who becomes available over the next 10 months because they're already pot-committed to this J2 period.
chronicles of Reddick
1:38
What is your outlook on Nick Gordon, twins? potential everyday player?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:38
Yup. Tools aren't that loud but he's all-around solid and plays a decent SS. That'll get you far on its own.
Zonk
1:38
At what minor league level do you start paying more attention to stats?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:40
Depends on what you're doing with them. I look at AZL stats to make sure I'm not missing anyone I want to see, but don't base my evaluations off of them. I think Double-A is a good place to start looking and trying to map stats for the future, though of course park size and other external factors still play a more volatile role than they do in the big leagues. Always be skeptical.
CB
1:40
Luke Weaver scouting/expectations?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:42
Gonna write on Weaver and Reyes today as I continue to sift through AC video, but in short Weaver throws hardf, low slot makes it hard for him to consistently get on top of his breaking balls, change flashes plus, he throws strikes. He's a solid #4 for me.
Billy Beane
1:42
Ryon Healy has a .238/.265/.413 slash line in the bigs so far. That's probably what I should expect from him going forward, yeah? Some pop but no discipline and not great contact skills?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:43
Maybe not that exact line, but yes the overall tool distribution you describe is what I expect. Healy's swing is grooved, not a lot of bat control. Big league arms will pick up on that.
chronicles of Reddick
1:43
Do you know what is the status of Alex Meyer's injury? I hoping he might enjoy the change in scenery...
Eric A Longenhagen
1:44
I don't know specifics other than "shoulder fatigue" but more than that may be out there if local beat reporters on on it.
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