Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Ryan Dunne
12:52
Who is the most exciting prospect participating in the WBC?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:52
Victor Mesa
John
12:52
Does Moniak have a 70 Hit tool upside?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:52
Yes
soaktherich
12:53
When teams recruit you, are they offering positions that would require you to live in the MLB city or could you just as easily stay in AZ (if they aren’t the D-Backs)? You're gone as soon as you finish the team prospect lists, aren't you?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:54
It has been mixed. But no, I'm unlikely to go anywhere at this point. Teams have their staffs for the year.
SDinSEA
12:56
You mentioned that scouts liked Potts more than Tatis Jr. It seems like Tatis is the one who gets all the love though. Do you Potts has the talent to be a potential top 100 prospect? Is there hope for me to not always wonder what if with Perez?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:56
Did I say that? I don't recall that and my Padres list doesn't reflect that. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/prospect-reports-san-diego-padres/
I doubt Potts is ever a top 100 guy but I do like him.
John
12:56
If you were ranking the best players in the world, how far would you get before naming a non-MLB player?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:57
This is one hell of a question
Basically, how far down is Otani, right?
12:59
And with Otani we're talking about 94+, plus curve, 55 slider, 55 change. Right now. That's almost definitely top 50 in baseball, I think.
Andy
1:00
What's the best nickname given to a current prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:01
Itchy
Itchy Xu
Drew
1:01
When grading fastball, do you not make a distinction between 4 and 2 seamers? Do they all roll together into a fastball "grade"
Eric A Longenhagen
1:02
I do not, unless there's a huge difference in utilization for the given prospect it just isn't worth the extra sourcing to nail down that sort of specificity.
Jane
1:03
I cannot believe that Estanli Castillo is 15...
Eric A Longenhagen
1:03
I know, right. Insane power.
Brazilians baseball
1:03
How much interest is Eric Pardinho getting from MLB teams? And where do you see baseball in Brazil in ten years?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:05
Had workouts for LAA and CLE here in AZ but I have Toronto as the front runner. I think it will continue to grow and I hope we can start coaxing athletes who might otherwise have played soccer or basketball onto the diamond. Someone needs to find the next Ronaldinho and put a mitt in his hand at 12.
Natitude Adjuster
1:05
I feel somewhat ashamed as a Nats fan--I'd never even heard of Juan Soto before. But you blow him up as the system's #2-rated prospect! Your write-up has me optimistic, though in decidedly tempered fashion, given his age. Would you be the over on his KATOH 3.2 first-6-season WAR figure?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:06
He's one of those guys that's too far away for KATOH to get a real grip on, I think. I'm more interested in KATOH for guys with multiple years of data at higher levels.
Drew
1:06
I'm really surprised about everything I've read about Rutherford. What makes him so special? Tools look like a corner-OF with low 20s HR power and some batting average but I've seen him ranked in top 50 lists.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:07
Has always hit as an amateur, only fell in the draft because the price was artificially high due to teams in the 40s trying to move him back to their pick.
1:08
Give credit to the Yankees amateur staff for figuring out how out how to fidget with their bonus pool to get him signed and still have a solid draft class.
Jim Lahey
1:08
How do you rank the first tier of Yankees SP prospects? Kap/Sheffield/Domingo/Abreu/Adams?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:09
Still shuffling them a bit but have Kap, Sheffield, Abreu, Adams, Acevedo right now.
$200 hot dog
1:10
How did you get your job?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:10
Incriminating photos of Appelman.
Rod
1:11
I'm a little new to all this. When I was browsing the top 30 international prospects from 2016 on MLB.com, I noticed that a lot of them have these huge 50-60 grades (Almanzar, Almenteros) but appear nowhere on MLB's top 100 prospect list. Are the grades wrong, should at least somebody beyond Maitan be on the top 100 prospect list, or something in between?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:12
The MLB grades are on ceiling/likely future outcome. My grades try to combine that + risk/proximity into one number. Both on the 20-80 scale, but saying different things.
Drew
1:13
Where do you think Forest Wall ends up defensively? Does he even matter or is he just an empty batting average?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:14
You try him at 2B until he he's so bad there for the level that you can't keep him there anymore, then you try CF and then LF.
Bert Campaneris
1:14
Any perspective on DJ Burt? Have you seen him? Reaching base on 54 consecutive games sound like a nice little feat.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:15
Yeah, he's one of those prospects I love to watch but realize his upside is limited. Utility guy for me and that's an abstract projection because he hasn't branched out on defense yet.
Ron
1:15
Prospect in your top 25 with the highest bust probability?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:15
Pick an arm, any arm.
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