Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Matt
2:37
Hey Eric, for all the love given to the Braves young pitchers, can you make a case that their four best prospects are all hitters? (Thinking Dansby, Albies, Maitan, and Acuna make up that list.)
Eric A Longenhagen
2:39
Actually, yeah. I don't totally agree with you because of how talented Fried, Allard and Newcomb are, but preferring the hitters isn't total lunacy or anything.
GPT
2:39
Giants have had a pretty poor international pipeline the last couple of decades (Sandoval aside), why haven't they overhauled that department, which has pretty much been the same over that period?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:40
Keep in mind that they've traded away international guys like Fox, Mela and Mejia for big league pieces which makes it look like the Int'l department hasn't done anything when they actually have. Also, it looks like they hit on Sandro Fabian.
fresh basil
2:41
Kyle Tucker or Eloy Jiminez?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:41
Eloy.
kevinwc
2:41
Have you had a chance to get a good look at Ranger's third rounder Kole Enright?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:42
Yes, was bad right after he signed but improved as the summer went along. He's proabably a bat-first, multi-positional utility prospect for me right now rather than a future regular but I do like him.
Ron T
2:42
Who has the most repeatable, most reliable swing from this past June's Rule 4?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:42
Moniak
Loose Seal
2:43
Lindor or Baez?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
Lindor
Jeb
2:43
Regarding your comment about teams lacking infrastructure and 1st rounders failing...does enough infrastructure exist in totality? Or is there a scarcity in coaches/physicians/fields/etc. so that this is likely to perpetuate?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:46
Aha, good question. I think you're right, it's not always easy for teams to find the people they need to have a perfect player development infrastructure in place. Ownership frugality is another barrier.
Tim
2:46
Mind giving us a Tebow update from AFL? Either what you've seen or heard?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:47
I've been writing daily notes on Fall Leaguers here: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/fall-league-daily-notes-october-14/
Tebow's report is in one of those. He's not a prospect.
2:48
I will say that I hope he has one singular moment of triumph here, though. If for no other reason than because the people coming to the games want to see it. I get criticism over the move and it is kind of a circus but, with much of the world crumbling around us, it is just baseball and people are just looking to escape.
John
2:49
Is Amed Rosario a top 10 prospect in baseball?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:49
I think so.
Sonny
2:50
Which C's big AAA numbers are most representative of their true MLB potential; Zunino, Hedges, Murphy
Eric A Longenhagen
2:50
I don't think Hedges will hit in the big leagues like he did in Triple-A so I'll say Zunino. But I prefer Hedges as a prospect because of the glove.
Urban
2:51
Related to your Trenton comment. Is there any evidence extreme parks help or hinder development of position players and pitchers?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:53
Teams have consciously had pitching prospects skip the Cal League completely in the past, which is at least evidence that teams THINK weird playing environments can be detrimental. Mostly though, those odd environments can create unrealistic expectations from fans who, say, see Darin Ruf hit 38 homers and think he's the next big thing.
G
2:53
Were the Pirates to trade McCutchen this offseason, would Meadows be ready to contribute at the start of 2017?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:54
He'd probably experience some growing pains in MLB like most other prospects. I think Cutch will have a better '17 at the plate than Meadows would, but they need to move him out of CF.
EC
2:55
Best prospect you've ever seen?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:56
Trout, Harper, Cole, Strasburg
Erik
2:56
How does someone like Andrew Toles completely fall through the cracks, only to be rediscovered and promoted so quickly?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:56
Still trying to figure that out. With Toles it may have been non-baseball stuff.
Erik
2:57
You've mentioned before that Domonic Brown is your personal biggest miss. What was it about him that made him appear to be a top-tier prospect when he was in fact a below replacement level player? And what top prospects are you most afraid might become the next Domonic Brown?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:58
With Brown I mistook explosiveness for athleticism. Hit ball far and run fast is not "athleticism". Athleticism is body control and the ability to make adjustments because you have that body control. Brown looked like a baby giraffe in the outfield into his 20s which should have been a red flag that he wasn't really all that athletic. I'm also convinced his hand injury had permanent effects on his power.
2:59
And the answer to your second question is Giolito. I have no reason for that fear, just know that I feel it.
Andy
2:59
I feel like the White Sox have some intriguing prospects in AZL. Any reason to think someone like Corey Zangari can make it to the bigs?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:01
Zangari has the power and will flash the feel to hit, they may have promoted him aggressively, though. I saw Micker Adolfo hit the ball hard on Saturday morning, so that was nice.
leprekhan
3:01
How did Yunior Severino look when you saw him down at instructs?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:01
Really raw
Barry
3:01
Patrick Weigel took a big step forward this year and seems to be the underrated product of that absurd Rome Braves rotation. Do you see him having TOR upside?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:01
No, but he'll touch 99+. Doesn't have TOR control/command for me.
Loose Seal
3:02
Are you going to dump us for an MLB team like Kiley? :(
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