Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
11:02
Morning all. Going to be a shorter chat than the usual hour and a half as the Rangers and Padres AZL game for today was moved up to 10am and I want to see Alex Speas. I'll give you a couple more minutes to get questions in since so far an overwhelming ratio of the ones in the queue are about 25 year olds.
CarrotJuice
11:06
Do the Orioles have any prospects that could be if any use for this season? (Sorry, but I accidentally clicked send before I finished the question before)
Eric A Longenhagen
11:07
If you would have asked my this before the season I would have said Tanner Scott and Jason Garcia could come up late in the year and add some juice to the pitching staff but neither has been very good this year. I suppose Park Bridwell? Not really any clear candidates.
GPT
11:07
You've seen Sandro Fabian over the course of the season, final thoughts? His stats have held up. Is he a top 15-20 in the system type player?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:09
Body lacks projection (I think) but solid bat speed, natural loft and timing. Not a CF for me but a solid little prospect. 15-20 in the system feels right, would be ahead of the system's pure relief arms and Clayton Blackburn for me.
Great8
11:09
Morning! Which young Rays SS do you think has the brighter future? Rondon or Fox? Do you think either will be Allstar quality players? Thanks
Eric A Longenhagen
11:10
I like both but if I had to choose it'd be Fox.
James
11:10
What did you think of Carlos Rincon?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:11
He's okay. Takes some massive hacks. Approach is hyper-aggressive but has more raw power projection than Ariel Sandoval who was the 2015 version of this.
Jack Law
11:11
Have you seen Khalil Lee yet? 400 OBP and 500 SLG seems impressive for a guy that turned 18 after he was drafted. Lotta Ks though
Eric A Longenhagen
11:12
I have and it's waaaaay different than it was pre-draft. He's filled out considerably and is punishing the baseball, approach has been great. He's one of the top prospects in the AZL for sure.
CarrotJuice
11:12
Who has a better chance of sticking behind the plate long term: Sanchez or Contreras?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:12
Contreras, bet on athletes.
Stepheb
11:12
The NFL is obsessed with trading draft picks why does that not happen in baseball?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:12
It's mostly not allowed.
Tom Penney
11:12
Anyone under the radar right now that could help a team when rosters expand?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:15
"Under the radar" for me is anyone that, say, beat writers aren't talking about. The Dodgers have had Jordan Schafer relieving and pinch running in the AZL and attempting steals every time he can. That might be a thing. They'd have to clear 40 man space, though.
Peter
11:15
How far has Robert Stephenson's prospect status dropped? Senzel is the clear-cut top prospect in the Reds' system now, yeah?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:15
I've never been quite that high on Stephenson. Ceiling still the same, just more likely he becomes a reliever as time goes along without success. Senzel is probably #1 for me, yes.
Matt
11:16
Do you see anyone int he Yankees system (including Green and Cessa) that you think has a legit chance to be in the big-league rotation out of camp next year? Or am I going to have to hope they just make a trade?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:16
Maybe Jordan Montgomery. Good athlete, four pitch mix with abv avg changeup.
Domingo
11:16
Will Dixon Machado hit enough to be an mlb ss?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:17
I think so. Not a first-division type of SS, but one capable of starting? Sure.
Peter
11:17
Taylor Trammel upside?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:17
All Star
Carrotjuice
11:17
Today's my birthday! Tell me the best thing about my Cubs farm system!
Eric A Longenhagen
11:19
Congratulations, you are one year closer to death. The three arms the Cubs drafted with the savings they accrued from signing Kyle Schwarber below slot (Justin Steele, Dylan Cease and Carson Sands) have all had underwhelming seasons from either a health or statistical standpoint. Happy birthday!
Toto
11:19
Has Michael Gettys shown anything this year that indicates he's turned a corner? When do we start thinking his ship has sailed?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:20
Saw him last month, he was out taking early BP, working on taking the ball the other way. Hit an oppo bomb later that night. Even if the skillset has a hole, we're talking about CF so there's some room to give if he's only ever a 30/40 hitter. I think he's at least a Drew Stubbs type of player.
Sean
11:20
Any word out of the AZL on Kole Enright (TEX) or Gabriel Garcia (MIL)?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:22
Enright has come along late but I'm still skeptical. Garcia is 1B-only for me so far, but there's definitely something in the bat. Some all-fields power, barrel control...he's interesting.
Jack C.
11:22
Travis Blankenhorn now slashing .308/.356/.538 between Rookie and A-ball. 12 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR in 53 games. He is obviously a few years away from having the chance to make a Major League roster, but should the Twins view him as a third baseman of the future? Or are you not so high on him?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:23
Don't think I'd label him "3B of the Future" already but he's a prospect worth following. PA kid with good hand-eye and bat control, fringe athlete, body has held serve so far.
Mark
11:23
Will you be the first to start giving jays' sluggers Tellez and Guerrero some real love? Tellez is arguably having the best year of any 1B prospect in baseball, and Vladdy Jr is having almost unprecedented success as a 17yr old in the Appy, and both have barely tapped into their raw power upside yet.
Eric A Longenhagen
11:23
Nope. Love Lil' Vlad's bat speed, have concerns about the body and approach holding up at upper levels. Rowdy I'm not on.
The Cincinnati Kid
11:23
Is there a rough math way you can use a stat such as wRC+ from one level to get an idea of where a guy will be at the next level?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:25
MLEs attempt to do something like this but map to the Majors instead of the next minor league level up. I'm not a fan of them. Minor league hitting environments are possibly too volatile to make something like worth exploring, especially when data miners have all sorts of new MLB data to sift through with their time.
Dougy
11:25
Do you see Tyler Wade as an everyday MLB player?
Eric A Longenhagen
11:25
Not quite, think he's a nice big league piece though. UTIL for me.
Cartwright
11:26
Eric, do you think there's a chance JP Crawford could develop unforeseen power in the major leagues, like Lindor?
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