Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Justino
12:26
How legit is Ian Happ?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:26
Quite
Erik
12:26
When a team like the Reds has an abnormally high number of relief prospects, is that the result of some odd organizational focus, or just the quirk of who happened to develop well so far?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:28
I think it's more of an acquisitions trend. Let's look at the high profile draft picks and signings CIN has made: Lorenzen, Cingrani, Howard, Stephenson, Iglesias, Gutierrez. Lotta pure relief guys for me or at least likely relievers.
Jerry Johns
12:28
If Hunter Greene comes out this spring and consistently throws 97-99 mph in starts, and the slider shows half grade improvement, do the Twins take him with the first pick?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:29
If a prep righty is gonna go 1-1 then yes, that's what it looks like. I think the new regime scoops up a college arm, though.
Deb
12:29
Should the team that signs Otani pull the plug on him hitting regularly, or do you think he can hit enough here? Can he realistically DH every game and pitch every 5th for an AL club?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:30
I think pinch-hitting more often than the average pitcher is fine but he's a pitcher only for me.
Buff
12:30
Anderson Espinoza or Yadi Alvarez? And will they be your top two pitching prospects?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:31
I'm abstaining until the top 100 but Reyes will very likely be #1
Rays Fan
12:31
How well will Brent Honeywell’s Screwball play in the Majors? Does it play better or worse than more traditional pitches because of its rarity?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:31
I think it will miss bats and that it plays better because it's such a freakish thing.
DR
12:32
Triston McKenzie has absurd K/9 and control numbers, and reports of control more than command and not quite elite velo. Cody Reed had absurd K/9 and control numbers but then got lit up in A+, evidently because higher level hitters can hit strikes better. What makes you confident T Mack won't face the same fate?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:33
I've never seen Cody Reed break 90. Ate up lower level hitters with a curveball but I haven't spoken with a scout who has seen him in pro ball and liked him. McKenzie's fastball plays.
Joey
12:33
Deep keeper league. First pick. Maitan. Yadier Alvarez. Triston McKenzie?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:33
Yadi
YKnotDisco?!
12:34
Kyle Lewis ceiling/floor comp, please. Do you see him staying in CF?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:35
The craziest ceiling comp I've ever gotten on Lewis is Gary Sheffield. That'd be pretty extreme. Low end, Michael Taylor? Hard to say if he has the wheels for CF after the ACL tear.
Ron J
12:35
Comments on new Cuban defector Luis Robert?
Eric A Longenhagen
He's really good.
And Cuba is officially dry.
Dave
12:36
Do you think it's possible that Giolito is somehow underrated by some in the industry at this time? I get that the concerns have perhaps decreased his upside, but he still had some dominant starts late in AAA that it feels like some people are forgetting about/ignoring.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:39
I do. If you're a pro scout and only crossed paths with Giolito this year or if you're an exec looking at reports from this year only you might not know how dominant this guy looked in past years and would have no reason to hope that guy returns because you've never seen it.
12:40
I talk to pro scouts all the time who don't know or care when a guy was drafted or what his pedigree is. There's something freeing about that and that ignorance (if you want to call it that) definitely removes bias but it also means the scout is working with less information. I'm not sure which way is correct. For my job I need the info.
Names
12:40
Is there a better name in the prep 2017 class than Cash Case?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:40
That one is pretty good. I still like Adisyn Coffey.
Japanese Imports
12:41
Would you estimate that Shohei Ohtani is a 70 FV with hitting included?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:41
70 FV without it
2018 Draft
12:41
Odds on favorite for first pick in 2018 draft? Seth Beer?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:41
I guess but (shrugs)
Aidan
12:41
Who of the trio of Greg Allen, Bradley Zimmer, and Yandy Diaz is best equipped to really help Cleveland in 2017? More likely that there are multiple immediate-impact players there or zero?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:43
Probably Diaz. He could put on an Indians jersey right now and play great defense at a bunch of spots. Allen would be next and I like him better than Diaz as a prospect. Zimmer's swing and miss would probably take some time to iron out before he's ripping homers and doubles.
Mike
12:43
What role do you see Norge Ruiz filling on a ml roster?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:43
Relief.
Padres
12:43
How well does Brice Turang stack up against previously drafted Shortstops early in the first round?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:43
Pretty well. Even if you think it's mostly average to above average tools (I do) that's basically what Dansby Swanson was and he went 1-1.
The Tone
12:44
Eric, Desmond Lindsay is a guy for the Mets who has been getting a good deal of attention (rightfully so given his pro debut and tools) and seems like a breakout candidate for full season ball this year. How concerned are you, though, by a guy this young who has been plagued by soft tissue (most notably, hamstring) injuries the past couple years? Is there reason to think this is something that will follow him throughout his career, and does it affect evaluations on him, particularly when it comes to whether he can handle CF long term? Thanks.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:45
I think you're all over this one. Definitely an impressive physical talent, absolutely has some stiffness and the hammy issues are a concern as it pertains to his prospects in CF.
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