Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
2:28
Definitely has upside. Guys with that build sometimes grow into elite velocity out of nowhere and Hudson has great curveball feel as well.
Stuafoo
2:29
To what extent do MLB scouts have access to Cuban players who haven't left their country yet? Does the government impose any restrictions on scouting within Cuba given scouts are seemingly obviously there to determine whether or not to sign a guy if/when he leaves?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:30
Most of those guys are scouted during international competition. Team Cuba did a PanAm tour this summer. How this will change as Cuban relations evolve is hard to predict.
Reggie
2:30
Do you (or other scouts) pay any attention to summer wood bat leagues such as the Northwoods league?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:30
Scouts are omnipresent, yes.
NYTT
2:30
Can you elaborate on what you heard about Max Fried from his last start? Are those better grades than what he had before TJ surgery?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:30
He's been into the mid-90s, up to like 96 or 97 and flashing a 70 breaking ball.
Reggie
2:31
What's the difference between a catcher being a good receiver and a good framer?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:33
Framing is only the ability to make pitches on the fringe of the zone look like a strike. Receiving is a broader term that includes setting up good targets, catching the baseball cleanly, etc.
Q-Ball
2:33
Is Joey Gallo overrated? He's been pretty hack-tastic this year, and the Rangers have had periodic need for a fresh bat. Is he just a left-handed Mike Olt?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:34
Don't think he's overrated. 80 raw power, really good athlete. We've seen other power-before-hit guys flop in the big leagues and yes, Olt is an example. But we've also seen guys like Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis bloom late. If you bet on good athletes (and I do) then you can't just give up on Gallo.
Willis
2:34
Whose longterm outlook/ceiling do you like better? Nick Senzel's or Kevin Maitan's?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:35
I like upside too much not to say Maitan. I'm a sucker for it, man.
Paddington
2:35
Jesus Luzardo: If he comes back from TJ, could he become a top of the rotation guy?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:36
Probably not that good. Mature body, not much projection. Throws hard and has a mature three-pitch mix. Could move fast when he's healthy, but more of a mid-rotation starter for me, which is still really good. Thought Healthy Luzardo was worthy of a first round pick.
bob
2:36
Anyone in the Reds Organization you're higher on than your colleagues?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:36
I typically just answer these questions with a sleeper prospect I like. So, Michael Beltre.
weber
2:37
Demi Orimoloye has a great season after being drafted last year. His 2016 didn't go great. Understandably still a young player.....how good can he be?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:38
Raw but big physical tools. Was tinkering with some things mechanically this year. Poor performance probably at least partially explained by all the experimenting, but he has always been a long-term project type of prospect.
Kurt
2:38
Thoughts on Braden Shipley? Very little buzz after call-up, performance being the main detractor. Does he profile as a #2 or #3 still?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:39
Looked great when I saw him last week and I'll point you to the Fangraphs facebook page for my report.
Scott
2:39
Favorite player you saw this year and why?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:40
Chris Torres from Seattle. He has this swinging drag bunt thing he does that I find entertaining as all hell.
Loose Seal
2:41
Does Yandy Diaz become an everyday MLB player?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:41
Maybe, but it will be based on his glove if he does. I think he's going to K a ton.
Sir Nerdlington
2:42
What're your offseason plans for prospect coverage here?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
All 30 org lists with reports on everyone who is a 40 or better and notes on the interesting names below that, a top 100 at the end and lots of coffee.
Bot
2:44
What skill or player-type do you think is the biggest blind spot for scouts? What does the scouting community miss on again and again and is there a solution?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:46
I think it's hard for amateur decision makers to evaluate wrist strength in hitters. It's something, at least for me, that I kind of have to interpolate based on hit location (ie. that ball went farther than I thought it would based on this guy's swing) and is really only something I can do after seeing it happen several times which, for GMs, directors, guys who only get a look or two at a prospect, isn't possible.
Danny
2:46
What's a realistic outlook for Francis Martes in the majors?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:47
High-leverage reliever or inefficient but electric mid-rotation starter
hhh
2:48
Joey Wendle seems like, as an oldish contact oriented second-baseman, he's one of those guys who gets overlooked. Have you seen him? Is there an MLB regular in there?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:49
Yeah I actually saw him at West Chester. Probably not enough power to profile as a regular, especially if even a modicum of the power spike we saw at 2B this year is here to stay.
WYR
2:49
Who do you have more confidence in to be a top MLB Pitcher at this point Brady Aiken or Jason Groome.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:49
Groome
Hannah Hochevar
2:49
Hi Eric. Curious if you think Angel Miranda's impressive run so far with the M's is a sign that the O's missed something or just beginner's luck. Thanks!
Eric A Longenhagen
2:50
Wrote about him at the deadline and I was indeed smitten with him. I think the Mariners did an excellent job unearthing him as things started to click. Let me pull up that report for you quick...
2:52
I put a 40 value grade on him because of risk but thought a little more of him. Alas, such is downside of the FV system.
Hiya
2:52
How excited should I be about Franklyn Kilome
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