Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
1:20
I did think he was a starter, not sure anymore. I'd say he has three pitches already in the heater, change and cutter.
Lloyd
1:21
As long as he's a Brave, Ozzie Albies is done at SS huh? Still as excited about him as a 2B?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:22
Yes, though I think it's worth asking if the power spike we saw across baseball this year (which was especially strong at 2B) is here to stay and whether or not it should change the way we view baselines for player evaluations/valuation (which, it follows, would most impact 2B)
CarrotJuice
1:22
The Theo Epstein lead Cubs have drafted/developed a lot of great position players (obviously) but very few MLB pitchers. Is this simply the result of them drafting position players early in the draft, or a failure to identify and develop amateur pitchers?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:24
Epstein has been running the Cubs for what, four years? Five? Not really long enough to pass judgment on player devo/scouting, especially when they have a bunch of fun young arms at lower levels. I do think the prioritization of hitting early in drafts is a reason the big league team hasn't had much internal help beyond the spot starter/relief types.
Mullet Head
1:24
At what position does Isan Diaz end up at long-term?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:24
2B and hitting in the middle of Milwaukee's order
jon
1:24
What does the future look like for Rob Zastryzny? Lefty reliever?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
Yeah or multi-inning, swingman, 5th starter type. Every org needs two or three guys like this.
Jedidiah
1:25
Who's improved their stock the most since the draft -- Cal Quantrill or Alec Hansen?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
Hansen, though Quantrill is the better prospect
Jedidiah
1:25
Heard anything on Jose Miguel Fernandez? Where are his likely destinations, and are there any comps that spring to mind?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
Haven't heard any specific clubs but I'd expect it to be a team that has exceeded their pool allotment for the year.
Mullet Head
1:26
Any chance Greg Garcia turns into something more than a utility guy that OBP's .380 with 5-10 HR annually?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:27
Probably not but he's having success in his current role so I wouldn't go messing with it.
Sam
1:27
J. Cotton or J. De Leon from here on out?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:27
Probably about the same, honestly. Both #3s for me.
Fred
1:27
Quick take on Amed Rosario & his season/progress?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:28
Top 15 prospect in baseball, power is coming.
KINGINDANORF
1:28
What should Yankee fans be on the lookout for in Fall League?
Jon Targaryen
1:28
I remember in the last start before the injury, Kaprielian touched 98 and 99 once or twice.. If he can consistently work in the 95-96 range with his fastball and on very rare occasions touch 98, what is his ceiling given he has two other potentially above average pitches?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:29
Those two go hand-in-hand. Tate, Kaprelian, Torres and Tyler Wade are all in Fall League so obviously those guys. On Kap: I don't expect him to be bumping 99 when he comes back. He didn't do that at all in college and don't expect it going forward.
1:30
Oh and Miguel Andujar, who I didn't love when I saw but who hit well at AA at a young age and tough hitter's park is also worth monitoring.
Wakawaka
1:30
Other than a decrease in K rate, is there anything specific you could imagine seeing from Travis Demeritte in the AFL (mechanical adjustments, more walks, better approach etc.) that would make you less bearish on his chances to become an average player in the majors?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:31
Just taking better at-bats and being more consistent defensively.
Undecided
1:31
How much of a talent gap is there between Josh Bell and Dan Vogelbach. They have profiles that seem very similar to me. Dan a little more power and Josh a little more bat2ball skill?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:32
Bell a better body, athlete has more raw power than Vogelbach but the latter sells out for it in games and I think the statline reflects it. Give me Bell.
Owen
1:32
Anyone in the Pirates system you're high on outside of the usual suspects?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:32
I like Hearn.
Marky Mark
1:32
As a prospect enthusiast but not an expert in the mechanics of baseball, what resources do you recommend to improve knowledge on this aspect of scouting?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:33
Ted Williams' book is a pretty solid start. Driveline's Kyle Boddy posts research papers on Twitter that talk about that aspects of delivery that have positive correlations with velocity so that's worth checking out, too.
Also just going to games and seeing what works and what doesn't is probably necessary.
Jeff
1:33
The Cubs have some interesting arms, outside of Cease and Clifton, in my mind. Thoughts on Kellogg, De La Cruz, and Paulino?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:34
Ryan Kellogg, lefty from Arizona State: Backend stuff, pitchability guy. Low-90s, good breaking ball shape but it can be loopy, thought the changeup would be his best pitch at maturity when I saw him in college.
1:35
De La Cruz: I've seen him up to 95 or 96, plus slider, has issues staying healthy and repeating, might just be a reliever but a great arm.
1:36
Paulino: Low-90s, above average slider, waiting on a change.
CoolWinnebago
1:36
Kind of a boring question, but I'm curious as to how you (and scouts in general) take notes during a game. Do you have a template you use? Some kind of system? Or do you just show up with blank paper? Is there consensus among scouts about how notes are taken or does everyone have their own way of doing things?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:38
My own system has developed a lot over the years and probably will be in perpetuity, but for now I use a lined moleskin notebook. I give two lines per hitter and block off the bottom third of the page for notes on pitchers. Each team gets a page for that game. Take notes, if time allows I transcribe either onto a spreadsheet (doing this more) or onto a paper page with a scouting report template my wife created. It helps with recall more than anything but also keeps things organized which is more important than ever considering this is now my full time job instead of a freelance thing I did for ESPN whil holding down a full time insurance gig.
1:39
Teams do it all sorts of different ways, as do individual scouts.
I've seen some scouts use my approach, some guys take no notes, some have tablets with amazing software (NYY, I think MIL now) that lets them take notes directly in the team's database and they can look at things like stats on the tablet if they want....
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