Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
1:54
(nods emphatically)
john wick
1:54
any chance for isan diaz to improve the hit tool? or is the swing what it is at this point?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:55
I suppose there's a chance but I'm less inclined to argue that he needs to make an adjustment because, while he's going to swing and miss, his swing allows him to get to his power consistently anyway.
MeDeKe
1:55
Hi Eric, Brett Phillips seems to be the next coming of Matt Joyce - maybe a little less hit tool and a bit more speed? Thanks.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:55
That's a pretty good comp and reaffirms my 45 FV there.
John
1:56
A non straightforward prospect question. In soccer, you see many clubs loan out their younger players to get regular playing time with other teams in different leagues. Do you think you would ever see an MLB team loan out a prospect to say a Japanese team?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:57
No. The financial gains from such a practice are probably marginal compared to the risk incurred from outsourcing development.
Young Radicals
1:57
With the increasing cost of high-leverage inning arms on the open market, do you think teams will increase their draft and develop focus for relief arms, or continue to use starters who didn't make it?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:57
Depends on where teams are in the competitive cycle but I'm always leaning on the "we can make relievers from scratch" train.
Eric Longenhagen
1:57
I'm a fan of Jake Bauers. What say you? Keep in mind that I am you.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:58
Stop trying to break my brain.
David
1:58
Where do you see Dozier going now/at the deadline? Giants? Cardinals? Nats? Mets? Does any "likely" team have a prospect package that entices the Twins?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:58
I think Minnesota waits for someone to get hurt so they can leverage that club. Of course, if Dozier starts slow....
Guy
1:59
As of today, if you had the 3rd pick in the 2016 rule 4 draft, the now top-3 on your board are...?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:59
Gah, my FOUR are Faedo, Kendall, Wright and Greene. Don't make me narrow it to 3 in January.
2:00
Also, it depends on the club and my other picks/bonus pool situation.
Chachi
2:00
I'm hearing positive buzz on OFs Jonathan Machado and Victor Garcia in the STL org. Are they the next emerging Cards guys?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:00
I wasn't big on them in July.
But again, working on that list now so we'll see if anyone can convince me otherwise.
seth r
2:00
where would you slot luis castillo and austin brice in the reds system? do you think both of them could start for the Reds in 2017?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:01
Excellent question, I updated the Reds list with those guys. Let me apprehend a link for you...
BobSteve
2:01
Should Robert Stephenson be converted to a reliever this year?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:02
Probably not next year because CIN has time to see if he can figure things out but I do expect that to be his future role.
Hank
2:02
How do you view the Braves rebuild as a prospect writer? As a Braves fan, I keep going back and forth. I know people think highly of the system, but rebuilding around pitching just seems so risky.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:03
I'd take comfort in the fact that they clearly have a plan and that it probably includes awareness for the attrition likely to occur with the pitching.
Mariners101
2:03
What does Mitch Haniger project to? Average bat with good defense?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:04
Wrote him up on the Dbacks list and kept him there until the Mariners list gets done so check that out if you want a deeper report. 6 raw power, 6 speed, has made real changes to the swing.
Richard
2:04
I've seen conflicting reports on Robert Gsellman. Some say he's a kitchen sink guy with all average pitches, making him a 4/5. There are also reports that his fastball is plus (at least) and that he has a plus offspeed with potential for growth on other pitches, making him a 2. What do you have to say about this?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:05
It's a 70 fastball. 92-95 with insane movement. Secondaries are, you're right, like 50s, 55s. But he locates them pretty well and gets a lot out of them. I think he's a #3/4 floor guy.
If you have MLB.tv go put on a Gsellman start where he shoved and watch that heater dart around.
Zonk
2:05
Why are there not more Taiwanese prospects? Teams from Taiwan do very well in Little League; where do those players go when they get older?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:06
I don't have an answer for this but will ask people more in touch with baseball over there what they think. Probably a complex answer to that question.
baby bull
2:06
are there any leading attributes that make Mickey Moniak's body project able? He seems like a small, skinny kid now, heard he added 20lbs. Interested to see if that causes injury which is always a risk when adding substantial weight. Does he have broad shoulders, tall parents etc
Eric A Longenhagen
2:06
Yeah not you
2:07
Yeah, not you're prototypical frame but he's not irredeemably skinny. Saw the parents at a game last spring and he'll probably grow into a stronger, more mature version of what you can already see but he's not going to be Cutch or Evan Longoria, physically.
2:08
I think the Steve Finley body comps are pretty solid. I don't expect that kind of power from him, though.
Nick
2:08
Faedo and Wright seem like the top tier 2017 college pitchers. I was wondering how would you rank the next tier of guys like Beck, Bukauskas, Houck, Lange, & Solomon?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:08
Right now, probably the order you have them, though Solomon could move up into the middle of that group if you think Houck is a reliever and Lange's stuff doesn't bounce back.
Q-Ball
2:09
What impact is the unrest/problems in Venezuela having on player development and scouting there?
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