Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
2:38
Gimenez
Vanimal
2:38
LaMonte Wade.... Your thoughts?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:39
2B/OF type with good bat to ball skills and some speed but probably not enough power to play everyday.
Brian
2:39
is there any comparison between Luis Arias of the Padres and Jose Altuve?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:39
No, Altuve is a unicorn. No comps allowed there.
Ryan
2:40
Hey there Eric -- Andrew Benintendi more or less single-handedly knocked my high school team out of the state playoffs two years in a row. As such, my friends and I can't help but be invested in his career (especially one friend who thinks he should be pulled out of his accounting office and onto the mound, after keeping Benintendi 1-6 lifetime against his high school stuff). ANYWAY, what's your long-term projection for him?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:40
I think he's a star. Proabbly not going to hit 25+ homers or anything like that but viable D in CF or plus D in a corber with a great OBP and 40+ doubles. Really, really good player.
Lila
2:40
Big fan of yours!! Can you tell me what you see in Thomas Szapucki? I hear everything from ace to bullpen
Eric A Longenhagen
2:41
"Ace" is a little overzealous in my opinion. He has velocity and good breaking ball feel but some are turned off by the delivery and command.
Roger
2:41
How does the general talent level in the AFL this year compare to years' past? Especially the hitting/pitching balance.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:42
Much lighter on pitching than it was last year but average compared to other years. Hitting probably a tick below average this year even with some insane names. Scottsdale's roster is unspectacular and some nights the lineup only has two prospects everyone likes.
Ben
2:42
Braves fans are lucky to see some big OF arms (Lien, Didder, Pache). Your best outfield arm in the minor leagues is...
Eric A Longenhagen
2:42
Monte Harrison
Roger
2:43
How close is Tyler Beede to being ready to be a major league contributor in the rotation?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
Wanna see how things go at Triple-A. Keep in mind RIchmond is a lovely place to pitch when viewing his numbers from this year. Check out his home/road splits.
Tyler
2:43
International draft good idea?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
No
HH
2:43
Does Justus Sheffield remind you of Johan Santana?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
No
JDX
2:44
Given the state of the Reds farm system (and ignoring the Reds front office), do you think fans should be optimistic about the future? Apathetic? Worried?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:45
I wasn't on board with a lot of their pitching acquisitions of late. Thought Howard, Iglesias, Lorenzen and Cingrani were all relievers. But they nailed this last draft. Senzel is going to hit, Trammell has huge upside and Hanson looked good in AZL, has big time stuff. There is reason for optimism even if the system is on par with SD or ATL.
Lark
2:45
Does Taylor Ward have any reasonable chance at playable offense? How does he get there?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:45
I'm very skeptical of it.
Brendan
2:46
How bad is Gavin Cecchini's defense looking so far?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:46
It's the arm strength more than anything else.
Millers beard
2:46
Do you put a grade on baseball iq and makeup? I feel like there aren't enough tools graded in a lot of cases.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:49
Makeup is hard for me to know about because I just show up at the ballpark and watch the guys play between the chalk lines. I'm not seeing them in the weight room or checking on how much sleep they're trying to get. Unless I get consistent reports of poor work ethic from within the org or from other scouts (who also have a hard time evaluating makeup unless they know a guy who knows a guy) I stay away from it.
Student
2:49
Do you think a better approach to the drafts would be to institute a budget to each team, X amount across the board with maybe small deviations for mkt size and previous year record, and say you can spend up to that amount but not over on any amateur domestic and international players?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:49
I think no draft is the best solution for the draft's issues.
neel
2:50
What can you tell me about leody Tavares and his big league future?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:50
Mature feel to hit, plus run, plays CF, projectable power. Top 100 prospect for sure.
Jesse
2:51
I really enjoy your work. You've been a great addition to fangraphs........Have you seen Zack Collins yet? What are the chances he can stick at catcher?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:51
I have and I think they're slim.
H
2:52
Any Rockies prospects in Arizona turning heads?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:52
Julian Fernandez during instrux.
leprekhan
2:52
Hi Eric! What has been the most challenging thing this past year about taking over for your predecessor at Fangraphs in terms of revamping the prospect coverage?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:52
I've been with FanGraphs for like 4 months
Jeb
2:53
Will you eat ice cream today?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:53
Double Points at Aloha Yogurt are Tuesdays.
Ben
2:53
Favorite AFL team logo?
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