Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
1:03
In other news, I've failed to move up to #6 in my Diamond Mind draft and Julio Urias (my target) was taken. Let us all observe a moment of silence.
Tumov
1:03
If otani was eligible, does he No.1 prospect or behind Moncada?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:03
#2 behind Moncada but a 70 FV right there with him.
RMR
1:04
What does it mean when you say a swing is "grooved"?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:04
It means the hitter doesn't move the bat around the zone, his swing is his swing and he needs to run into a pitch that just happens to be in the way of hit bat to hit it.
ryan
1:05
when ranking prospects do you weight tools or proximity to majors more? what annual years-from-majors discount rate do you apply to FV?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:06
Tools uber alles. There's no formula for dialing back a player's projection into a FV, you need to have a feel for curating it based on risk/proximity. I full grade of dilution is the most I've done this winter.
Guy
1:06
Besides bat speed, height, and weight, what else can tell us about a hitter's raw power? I always read about young hitters filling out their frame, but wouldn't hand/wrist strength be as important as height and weight, if not more so? And is there a way to measure that? Thanks.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:07
Wrist strength is important and I don't know of a way of measuring it or even evaluating it short of noticing it over a sizeable number of looks at a player. But I think it's why I missed on, say, Joe Panik.
BJ
1:07
I agree with your rank of Strahm as a 55 FV, more bold than other prospect pundits. I'm pondering between Strahm, McKenzie, Yohander, Quantrill, Clifton, or Braxton Garrett in a dynasty prospect draft - which do you prefer? Are the other guys 55s like you've rated Strahm and McKenzie? Thanks
Eric A Longenhagen
1:08
Quantrill and Mendez are both right there. Garrett is a comparable talent but farther away. Clifton not on that level.
Steve
1:09
Joe Rogan said on a recent UFC event that many fighters make a leap at age 23. I assume he meant in many areas, including physical maturity. At what age does the normal MLB player reach the top of their physical maturity?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:10
Is this Joe Rogan's first ever FG chat appearance?! It has to be, right?
1:11
Every player is different. There's some research that says power output peaks earlier in your 20s than you might anticipate. In general I do think 23 is about where the cement is dry on average, but not because Joe Rogan said so.
Choo choo
1:11
How good is Max Schrock?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:12
Below average regular foe me. Good pick by the Nats analytics department.
Electric
1:12
Is Royce Lewis a top 10 pick?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:12
He's a top ten talent but I think this draft is deep enough up top that he falls out of the top 10.
Travis
1:13
What's your early prediction on Luis Robert? What kind of player will he be? What team(s) will be in on him?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:15
Teams pursuing Robert will be dictated by when he's cleared to sign. His camp's hope is that it's sooner rather than later so he can get a deal done before the new CBA kicks in. If he gets cleared between now and May, expect the teams who are already heavily committed to the '16-'17 J2 class (SD, CIN, OAK) to be in.
The bidding can and should be high. This is your last chance to make a splash on the Int'l market in a way that only costs you money.
Will
1:15
Did you enjoy your time at Baseball Info Solutions? Was it a valuable experience?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:16
I did and yes. Until I got this one that was my favorite job.
Sterling Malory Chris Archer
1:16
You forgot Country Music Superstar Brett Myers in your Phillies core ;)
Eric A Longenhagen
1:16
And Burrell
Will
1:17
What are the best places to check out in the Allentown, PA area?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:17
Bolete, The Bookstore Speakeasy, Cali Burrito, Blue Sky Cafe
Jordan
1:18
What do you think is the main reason why Groome COULD be kept out of a major league rotation? Attitude, development of secondary pitches? Something else?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:18
None, I think he's an excellent pitching prospect.
Erik
1:18
I know you started off as a Phillies fan/writer. How much of that fandom is left today? Do you think you're 100% neutral when evaluating Phillies prospects, or is there a slight bias still there (either positively or negatively) that you can identify in hindsight?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:19
Zero. I began working in baseball in 2008 and within months it was gone. I felt very little joy when they won the thing, more relief than anything.
Snapface
1:19
Do you think that fan participation in your prospect chat is proportionate to the market size of the fan/guest's favorite team? The depth and quality of prospects of the fan's favorite team? Or just hardcore baseball fans, with universal interest in prospects?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:19
Market is definitely a component as is the team's place in the competitive cycle.
LudeBurger
1:20
didn't draft SRF in my dynasty league because the 'stache + unbuttoned shirt creeps me out
Eric A Longenhagen
1:20
Stache, no undershirt, chain, deep V. Huge red flags.
afnj
1:21
This seems like its the Erik chat
Eric A Longenhagen
1:21
He asks evocative questions.
Jolly Joe Timmer
1:21
Which cornerman from the 2016 draft do you like better Erceg or Thaiss?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:21
Erceg
1:22
Watch Thaiss be sent to the Cal League, rake for half a year and then be traded.
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