Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Josh
12:39
I am 17 and completely healthy. Will I see a woman playing major league baseball before I die?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:39
I hope/think so.
ks
12:40
Isn't the phillies system more quantity than quality? As a phils fan, I still hate the return for hamels. Missed a golden opportunity to get a star prospect
Eric A Longenhagen
12:40
I think it's a good mix of both. They got the best deal they could, TEX wasn't budging on Mazara.
Unless they could have had the foresight to ask for Leodys Taveras, who the Rangers were loathe to deal this summer.
SHF
12:41
On paper (stats and scouting reports), Kevin Newman's bat sounds a lot like Dustin Pedroia's. Is that a totally outrageous comp or something we might see if he taps into the 99th percentile of his talent?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:42
Pedroia is just one of those guys you never comp someone to. Total freak, nobody like him before or since. Newman is more like...maybe Michael Young? Not peak Young but career-average Young?
Sean from Tampa
12:43
In your write-up on San Diego's system, you mentioned that Logan Allen projects as a no.3-4. Is that his best case scenario?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:43
More like 75th percentile, combo optimism/realism.
ks
12:43
mitch hansen project to be an everyday OF?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:44
Has the tools for that but has been too inconsistent to expect that.
Stuafoo
12:44
Most unsung (insert laugh track) Mariners hitting and pitching prospects?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:44
Bryson Brigman and Aneurys Zabala
12:45
AL West are the last divisional lists I'm doing and those two will be sung.
JH
12:46
What kind of draft range would you put on L. Robert? Is he a first-round type talent?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:46
Oh yes. Top 10.
Jose
12:46
Any work being done by major league teams on adaptability and coachability for young players, i.e. the mental side of the game? Feels like there's a chance to bring some real rigor to the 'makeup' component of scouting
Eric A Longenhagen
12:47
There is. Mental skills tests are commonplace now and even analytically driven teams place a high value on makeup.
Alex
12:47
Anderson Espinoza or Michael Kopech and why?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:48
Espinoza. Repertoire more well-rounded, better command profile. Kopech throws harder and is bigger but I only care about one of those things.
Timmy
12:48
Kyle Tucker = Christian Yelich?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:50
Doesn't have Yelich's speed but there are swing/body similarities. Good eye.
Tommy
12:50
What under the radar international signing do you think has a chance to make a splash with the Padres?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:51
If Michel Miliano is under the radar, then him.
Alan
12:51
Do you expect Ronald Acuna to end up in your overall top 50? Maybe 30?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:51
Top 50, I do.
Keith
12:51
What allows a pitcher to get better at commanding a pitch? Simply more repetition? Muscle memory?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:52
I think athleticism /body control allow the muscle memory required for command to be built.
rich101682
12:52
Dies to removal? If that's the case, do you think Tragic Slip can overtake Doom Blade?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:53
I think you mean Fatal Push and I know at 11am on Friday I'm going and buying a playset.
Q-Ball
12:53
What are your favorite "scouty" terms?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:54
"Tools goof", "catalytic qualities", the verb "to carve"
Matt
12:54
When teams are overloaded with young back end starters what are the main factors that determine who starts and who goes to the pen? Is it totally different between organizations, or are there some key characteristics that pretty much always give one guy the leg up?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:55
Good question. Let's take the Cubs since I just did that list and there are a lot of guys who qualify as interesting case studies for this question in that system.
12:58
Arms with two good pitches but who lack a third or viable starter's command (like Jake Stinnett, Felix Pena, Bailey Clark) are more likely to be good relievers than others because you care less about the command in the bullpen and that stuff might tick up in shorter bursts.
12:59
Pitchers like Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny have deep repertoires and could pitch through a lineup several times but either don't have an out pitch or enough command to squeeze the most out of their stuff. Those guys don't play as well in the bullpen because an 89mph fastball that ticks up to 92 in the pen still isn't missing bats.
Jim Lonborg
12:59
So with Fagerstrom gone, I guess it's between you and Sawchick for best FG name. You both need to change your first names to something more interesting, though. At least they're not collecting more Daves.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:00
I love my last name but it is a huge pain in the ass to spell for people every time I'm doing something clerical.
BK
1:01
Rumored Cutch package: Biagini, Vlad Jr, Reid-Foley, Tellez, Harold Ramirez for Cutch and Watson. How do you assess this offer by the Jays?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:01
Vlad and Reid-Foley are the only real prospects in that deal. I've spoken with multiple sources over the last week that think Vlad Jr. is in the big leagues before he's 21 and/or that he'd go 1-1 in this year's draft.
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