Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Tommy N.
1:19
Noticed Jacob Nix was first on the just missed list for RHPs. Was he the #101 prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:20
Nope, Pache and Franklin Perez were the last two cuts.
And both were on at like 4 different times during list creation. Doing a top 100 is weird.
976
1:20
What are your thoughts on Sean Murphy, the catcher Oakland drafted in 2016? Any offensive hopefulness there or is he strictly a defense-first backstop with a cannon?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:20
I'm a fan, think there's something to the bat, too. Had hand injury issues last year.
Not Felix Fermin
1:20
better closer prospect: AJ Minter, Joe Jimenez, Zach Burdi?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:21
Burdi. Minter is right there with him on stuff but can't stay healthy. Already has a nerve issue this spring.
Philip
1:21
Higher upside purely (not likelihood of doing it): Nick Senzel or Tatis
Eric A Longenhagen
1:21
Tatis
TO Fan
1:22
What does the schedule for the last 2 divisions of team top prospects lists look like? Does top 100 release slow it down?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:23
By a couple of days it did but part of the reason I saved these two divisions for last is because clubs like LAA, BAL, SEA, etc will go quickly because they're shallower systems.
Roman
1:23
If you had to rank Eloy Jimenez as a prospect with the rest of the young Cubs when they were prospects (Bryant, Schwarber, Russell, Baez) where would he fall? Thanks
Eric A Longenhagen
1:24
Behind that group.
AlternativeFactMan
1:24
Is Alec Hansen the type of prospect who could make a monster jump in various rankings this year? Seems like in a short time period the White Sox fixed some issues holding him back.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
Yes, assuming what we saw in pro ball last year was not a mirage. Was definitely a small sample. I saw Hansen...twice after the draft last year I think? Definitely looked better but if mechanical tweaks were made they were too subtle for me to notice and recall them right now.
Matt
1:25
Why does Pi day always sneak up on me?!
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
Because it isn't also your mom's birthday like it is mine? Also my PA Dutch roots force me to pie all the days pie is a thing.
O Dizzle
1:26
Which former top prospect do you think will have a big season this year?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
Buxton
Nick
1:26
What can you tell me about the 2018 draft? Beer is the popular name at the top but are guys like Rocker & Turang close?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:27
I definitely think Turang is close, purely based on my looks at him at Area Codes. Rocker...I'm weary of guys who have matured, physically, as early as Rocker has.
Scouting Q
1:27
Can you talk a little about the evaluation of bat speed? Seems tough to measure.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:29
It is hard to evaluate, not sure it's hard to measure as the folks at Zepp do it every summer at showcases. It really takes reps to hone an eye for it, the hardest part for me (still) is making sure I'm not seeing effort in the swing and mistaking it for bat speed or seeing length in the swing and mistaking it for a lack of bat speed.
CarrotJuice
1:29
Apropos of "nothing", what kind of health care do baseball scouts get?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:30
Good enough that it's the first thing scouts talk to me about if they're encouraging me to work for a team.
But not sure on the specifics.
Matt
1:30
New time...is this a result of ARZ not saving the daylight?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:31
Yup, new time for you but not new for me.
John
1:31
are you able to tell how the yankees' development team is getting velocity boosts out of so many college arms? change in delivery, selective drafting, conditioning, or something else?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:32
There seems to be a common arm action so I'd guess they have a way to teach it. It's pretty cool. We'll start talking about the Dodgers like this soon, I'm guessing. Like half a dozen of their guys were touching 95+ yesterday on Day 1 of minor league spring training games.
Anthony
1:32
There's always been a perception that scouting and analytics are conflictual. As an analytically-inclined scout, do you think there's buy-in from most scouts today on things like spin rate that would be more associated with the analytics side of things?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:33
It's a mixed bag. Some scouts are aware and well-versed in that stuff, others are not. Teams have differing views on how much they'd like scouts to know about a player they're evaluating before they see him so not every team would prefer them to be aware of it.
Charlie
1:33
Hi Eric, thanks for taking questions: who has highest floor and highest ceiling among Will Benson, Brady Aiken and Nolan Jones?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:34
Floor: Jones, Ceiling: Benson
Snow
1:34
MUA HAHAHAHAHA
Eric A Longenhagen
1:35
Sure, snow. Have your fun.
While you can.
Legeisc
1:35
Surprised that you had Martes rated higher than Tucker on Top 100 based on past comments. Anything specific change your opinion (e.g. too hard on Martes for one really bad start in AFL)?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:37
I talked to people who saw Martes during the year, took a step back and re-evaluated my own assessment, and put what I thought was the right FV grade on him, and he slotted on the list where that put him. Welcome to prospect writing, where a totally different but still defensible opinion is one phone call away.
Chachi
1:37
What makes Cristian Pache interesting?
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