Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
12:02
Good morning from AZ, let's chat.
Seth
12:02
Is the Dodgers list coming this week?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:03
Submitted to editing at 2:30am so should be today or tomorrow.
Twins Fan
12:03
Thoughts on Fernando Romero?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:03
Good stuff, up to 100, relief delivery.
Jeremy
12:03
Is Brett Phillips still a top 100 prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:03
Doubtful, too much swing and miss.
Tacos
12:03
Is Willie Calhoun destined to be a DH?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:04
Probably. Dodgers hoping he's passable at second base but I can't find a scout that thinks he more than a 40 there. Doesn't have the footspeed for LF.
z
12:04
Is Isan Diaz a potential top-50 prospect next spring? Also, any thoughts on Lucas Erceg?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:05
Top 50 might be high but almost certainly top 100, because of the potential with the bat. I like Erceg's tools. 7 arm,, potential plus D at 3B, 15+ homer potential. He was a steal based on talent.
Jaime
12:05
Gleyber Torres has looked very good in fall league. Any idea where he'll be on top prospect lists? 10-20 range? 20-30?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:06
His numbers are good but he hasn't always looked good. The talent is undeniable and yes, he's probably a top 20 prospect in all of baseball. But his defense and approach have been very sloppy here.
Erik
12:06
The Phillies have a lot of money to spend but aren't ready to contend just yet. Are they better off spending that money on free agents who will still be around in a few years, or taking on other teams' bad contracts along with prospects? Are there any opportunities for that sort of move this offseason?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:08
Probably the latter because this year's free agent crop is so weak. I don't try to milk sources for trade buzz or take the time to read the roster tea leaves and try to unearth situations where that might be a potential scenario though.
Chris
12:08
Which white sox pitching prospect has the best chance to be a reliable starter moving forward?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:08
Probably Adams, still risk that Hansen is a reliever.
But Hansen's stuff is better.
Avery
12:08
What is your opinion on the Screwball? Do you think Honeywell is going to hurt his arm early because hes throwing it?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:10
If it misses bats I like it. No opinion on the injury possibility, don't see how anyone could have one.
Steve
12:10
What's your take on an International Draft?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:10
I think it's a bad idea for everyone involved except the owners who get to save some money.
Steve
12:10
Even if MLB decided to stay with the current international signing system, shouldn't the minimum age be raised to 18? I've always thought it was silly that teams are giving away these bonuses to guys who aren't developed and are basically high school sophomores.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:12
"Silly" isn't justification for change in my opinion.
12:13
If you're worried about young kids having money they don't know how to handle then teams should put support systems in place to help them handle it, not take a bunch of it away.
Erik
12:13
Why is raw power a grade separate from the ceiling of a player's game power? What is the ceiling of game power other than what the player could do if they tapped into all their raw power?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:13
Guys with gaps in raw/game power typically have an approach to hitting that prioritizes contact, hence the gap. BP swings and game swings are often quite different.
12:14
I've seen Xavier Paul hit third deck homers in BP.
Erik
12:14
Do you grade approach as part of the hit tool? Or is hit mostly about swing, while approach is left ungraded along with things like makeup?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:14
Approach is not factored in.
Kiermaier's Piercing Blue Eyes
12:14
Thoughts on Brent Honeywell after a dominant Fall Star Game start?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:15
He's a lot of fun, potential #3 starter for me, aka a 60 on the scale.
Justin
12:15
Can Gomber be anything more than back-end starter? Impressive fall performance so far. Also - what's your ceiling for Carson Kelly?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:16
Probably not more than a backend guy but I do really like him and that's still valuable. Low-90s, plus change potential, average curveball and he's been one of the more visibly competitive guys out here. I like Gomber.
Ken Phelps
12:16
If Vogelbach winds up in a DH or 1B platoon, do you see him having success, speaking bat-only? Those stats are pretty, pretty nice. What's the one worry that you have for his bat (besides not hitting Ls)?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:17
I don't think his approach gets the most out of his offensive tools. Below avg regular for me.
Erik
12:17
From all your chats and articles, it seems that you're more interested in low-level prospects and amateurs than those about to break into the majors. Would you agree with that? And if so, why do you feel that way?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:18
I'd agree with that simply because the "amateur and low-level" prospects make up a substantially greater portion of the prospect population than guys at Double and Triple-A. Not really a preference thing for me. Also, I think it's important to write about prospects people don't know about instead of the billionth article about Joey Gallo's raw power.
Ken Phelps
12:18
Will Jorge Alfaro be an above-average all-around C by 2018?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:19
Certainly has the tools for that but I'd expect a longer period of adjustment before he's that kind of player.
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