Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
3:02
I'll never leave you, bu.
Roger
3:03
Seems like since being drafted Aramis Garcia has transitioned from being a bat first C with questionable defensive abilities to a glove-first C with questionable bat. How did that happen?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:03
No idea but you're right, he hasn't looked good with the glove in AFL.
Hurtado
3:03
So with AZ even hiring a yong-ish white ivy league fella, do you think scouting departments will start getting filled up with them as well or is that already the case? Is there any chance that other non-traditional candidates can get in on the baseball ops side at this point? It even seems that Fangraphs and BP writers have stopped getting poached by teams.
Eric A Longenhagen
3:08
I think we may see fewer scouts who are ex-players as we move forward but, while available data at the Major League level is a constantly growing and evolving thing, amateur baseball and baseball around the world is still scouted with eyeballs-only. So it may be a while before we wholesale changes to the duties of John or Jane Q. Scout, which I think is fine.
3:10
I know of some front offices that are made up of entirely white dudes that have consciously looked around the table and said, "hey, we need to hire some different people." and I think I'm starting to see more divserity here in AZ. Oakland, LA and Chicago all have women working in Player Dev or on the physical fitness side of things down here.
FJ
3:11
What is your evaluation of Andrew Knapp? Can he be a starting catcher?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:11
Just short of that for me, especially with Alfaro in the system.
PSM2f
3:11
What was your initial take on Kevin Maitan from ATL Instructs? Any guess as to where the Braves will start him next year?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:12
I saw his debut and he was clearly rusty but also clearly gifted. I was told he put a ball into the parking lot later that week. No idea where he starts, probably just the GCL.
JCM
3:12
Really want to know your thoughts on Ryan McMahon. Do you think he bounces back from an awful 2016? Have you seen him this fall or talked with scouts who have?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:12
I have and he hasn't made a lot of loud contact but there's clearly power in there. I know a scout who likes the idea of his club buying low on him this winter.
Dan
3:13
How long do you give Gallo before you figure he just won't ever develop good enough bat to ball skills?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:13
As long as he has 80 raw he'll keep getting chances. Nellie Cruz didn't figure it out until he was 28.
GW
3:14
What is Francisco Mejia's offensive ceiling?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:14
.300 with 15 homers if he tones down the violence
Bob
3:14
Why was Bubba Starling promoted to AAA?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:16
Plays a fine CF, has made adjustments in attempt to hit which satisfies coaches but they haven't led to an uptick in performance which, to me, means it makes sense to move him to a different level to receive some different instruction and see what happens.
Nick S
3:16
Did you know temperament had an "a" in it before this presidential election?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:17
Of all the shattered truths I once knew before this election, that one is perhaps the most important.
Warren
3:18
What was it like working with Keith Law?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:19
Don't know whether to make a joke about this or be serious, so I'll just say that we each ate an entire pizza of our own at a bar while watching an MMA fight involving two out-of-shape dudes this weekend.
DTH
3:20
I've seen guys down on Happ's defense and saying the bat isn't good enough to carry him; you see him as a bench guy, an average everyday 2B, better?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:20
Everyday player at @B and if he can't play there I still think there's enough bat for the OF
Carmen Fanzone
3:21
Team needs aside, where do you see Yoan Moncada's best defensive position fit?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:21
CF, though I think he's going to be fine at 3B.
kevinwc
3:22
What are you expecting with Leody Taveras; and more specifically when it comes to his power potential?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:22
Average game power which, from a 6 future hitter who plays a good CF, is really great.
Randy
3:22
Can Garrett Stubbs be at least an average starting catcher in the majors? Seems to have everything except size (and perhaps power).
FireDrayton
3:22
Further to Astros catchers -- any thoughts on Stubbs?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:24
Defense has looked bad in AFL but he's a unique player with rare speed for a catcher and I'd be interested in seeing him play all over the place. I think positional flexibility is a huge plus.
KINGINDANORF
3:24
Is there anything you've seem from Greg Bird in AFL that indicates shoulder is still an issue?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:25
The bat looks fine so far, nothing too different, but he's been DH'ing here in my looks so not really a chance to see him throwing or moving around in the field.
Jeremy
3:25
(roughly) how does the weighting work on a typical top 100 list- is the gap between 10-20 the same as the gap between 50-60, or is it usually more top heavy with less separation at the back end?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:28
Usually the top of the list has a few elite prospects (maybe 3-5) and then two dozen or so prospects in the next tier down before it levels off in the 25-75 range where most of those guys are potential above average regulars. From 75 and onward it's a lot of future average players or big upside guys in lower levels.
3:29
So I might have a guy at 30 on my list who has the same FV grade as the guy at 60, which creates the illusion that they're different guys when all that's separating them is my personal preference.
Jim
3:29
Have you seen Will Smith (C)? How does he compare to Zach Collins, Thaiss, Rogers, Okey etc. from this deep 2016 College Catcher draft class....and who do you think will be biggest impact at C at the MLB level?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:31
I have not seen him because he's back at Louisville taking classes. He's twitchier and more athletic than everyone on that list, save for maybe Rogers. Thaiss is already a 1B-only guy. Collins probably will be soon. Okay has had some hiccups defensively but I think he stays there long term and has more power than Smith while Smith is the better defender. Rogers is a glove-only guy, but it might be an elite glove. Smith has the best all-around skillset of the bunch in my opinion.
kevinwc
3:31
Thoughts on Anderson Tejeda? Swing looks nice and the power he's showing is promising. How does the defense look?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:32
Not a lock at SS but might have the power to project as an everyday 2B anyway.
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