Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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baek
1:23
why are you higher on yadier alvarez than other scout? no other list seems to have him higher than bellinger or verdugo
Eric A Longenhagen
1:24
He has the same FV as Bellinger so you're splitting hairs there. I don't know of any other Dodgers list that has come out so no idea where others have him. I'm pretty sure I've seen more of Alvarez, Bellinger, Verdugo and that entire system than anyone else writing about it (just because I live in AZ) and feel comfortable with where I have those guys.
Matt
1:25
Tyler Wade going to be useful UTIL? In 2017?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
I think so, yeah.
David
1:25
Last March Dan Farnsworth said that Luiz Gohara would be limited by his lack of command and arm-heavy delivery. He then went on to a fantastic year in 2016, including more than halving his BB%, what changed with him?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
Not totally sure that this was causal but he was in much better shape this year than last.
Guest
1:25
Would you rather have the Brewers farm system (arguably most depth in baseball, but no one at the top end of the top 100 lists), or the Pirates (top heavy with Glasnow/Meadows/a few others, but falls off a cliff in terms of quality depth pretty quickly)?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
MIL
Guest
1:26
Based on what you've seen out of Kyle Tucker & Francis Martes...would you deal them with Joe Musgrove for Quintana?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
I'd try to find a way to do the deal without parting with Tucker but have no issue parting with the other two.
Bort
1:26
Juan Soto or Ronald Acuna -- which high-upside OFer do you like more, and why?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
Acuna, better defensive profile
Kathy
1:26
Technically no longer a prospect, but what are your expectations for Joey Gallo next year? Long term?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:27
He's such an extreme that I think it's hard to predict what happens there. I kinda doubt he ever hits, but I said the same thing about Chris Davis.
Sonny
1:27
Moncada's K% has been pounded by the Boston FO and media but it undersells his high OBP, BABIP and quality of contact. The issues shouldn't be dismissed totally but haven't we seen this profile succeed more than fail recently? With the Kris Bryant example the most optimistic
Eric A Longenhagen
1:28
I agree, but we shouldn't be shocked that BOS is trying to manipulate the media. Again. John Henry literally owns the Globe.
Josiah
1:28
Is it just me or does Anthony Kay seem like the perfect candidate for the Jacob deGrom/Robert Gsellman path - decent in minors, learn Warthen slider, dominate?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:29
Stuff isn't like that but I do love Kay. Smallish, bulldog competitor with a great changeup. Probably only a #4/5 at best but a good prospect. Avoid the deGrom comps, deGrom had a unique background.
Mike
1:29
Is underwoods stuff overrated and prolly bust or never make it to MLB for Cubs? Is there any Cubs pitching prospect that really projects as good starter?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:30
Underwood's stuff is overrated because the fastball doesn't play as well as the velo indicates. Pitch is flat. If he's 96+ in relief maybe it will work. Cease is your guy in the system to watch.
Spa City
1:30
Do you think Willie Calhoun can handle 2B well enough to hold a major league job? If not do you think he could handle a corner outfield position? He seems like a legitimate major league prospect as a hitter.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:31
DH for me
Brendan
1:31
What's the ceiling for W. Adames? Where does he rank among SS prospects for you?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:31
All Star. Top 6 SS prospect in baseball for me.
somedude
1:33
You mentioned that the reports on Joe Jimenez's stuff have been lackluster...Can you elaborate? Every report I've seen from this year has his fastball somewhere around 70/80 Present/Future and touching 98-99mph with the slider something like 60/70 Present/Future--did he trend downward or something? Thanks in advance!
Eric A Longenhagen
1:34
Scouts who saw him mid-year in Double-A saw a middle reliever, he struggled to command anything. He was mostly 94-96 this year, touching higher than that early in the year. FB plays up due to extension. Slider is plus for me. I really like him, have a 45 FV on him for the Tigers list, which is really high for a pure reliever. 45 FV basically means I think he's worth 1.5 WAR annually which only 30 or so relievers were worth in 2016.
1:35
Of course, if anything, ANYTHING, goes backwards, he's a 40 and a 7th inning guy at best. Tigers fans know first hand that hyped relief-only guys either take time or don't work out (see, Rondon, Bruce)
Trixie
1:35
Was it worth giving up Josh Van Meter to get a shot at Luis Torrens in the Rule 5 Draft?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:36
I think so. Van Meter a UTIL at best, Torrens was a legit top 10 catching prospect in baseball before he got hurt.
Paul
1:36
What would Billy Hamilton run the 40 yard dash in?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:37
Fun one. So, Tim Tebow ran a 4.71 at the combine. He was a 40 runner in the fall league, basically 4.3 from home to first.
Hamilton is routinely sub-3.9 from home to first, especially from the left side.
1:39
Obviously we're talking about different distances and levels of acceleration, but I think it's reasonable to ballpark Hamilton's 40 around a Darrell Green, Deion Sanders, Chris Johnson type of range. The dude flies.
The first time I scouted Hamilton he bunted and was such a blur on his way to first that it literally took my breath away to see a baseball player move that fast.
Johnny Coconuts
1:39
What do you think the odds are that Paxton can develop into an ace, especially considering his age and injury history?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:39
5%
Mike
1:40
Harrison Bader...4th OF or solid regular?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:40
I lean toward the latter.
David
1:40
Better super young pitching prospect. Luiz Gohara? or Huascar Ynoa?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:41
Gohara. Lefty, touches 98. Ynoa has a lower slot, might have platoon issues, less velo with very little physical projection.
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