Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
12:33
Makes sense to keep him there as long as possible but, eventually, it's 3B.
12:34
And the reasons it makes sense to leave him there are 1) trade value purposes 2) what if something happens to Swanson?
Ted
12:34
If you were a GM right now looking to deal with CHC, & looking for a pitching prospect, & could deal for any one of their arms, who would you select?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:34
Either del la Cruz or Albertos
Gotta know
12:35
When I go to minor league games, I sit behind the plate with the scouts. I have never -- ever -- seen one get up and go to the john during a game. Do you guys all wear Depends, or is rock-solid bladder control sort of an unwritten career requirement?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:36
All that driving and game-watching does incredible things to one's body.
davels
12:36
Nick Williams looked a little more patient in approach this spring (4 walks!), and he seemed so much more like a "MLB player" this spring. You feel any more optimistic about him now?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:36
No
dart
12:37
What kind of pitcher do you think Cole Ragans will be in his prime?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:37
Mid-rotation starter. Didn't have big velo when I saw him last, 88-92 or so, but it moves late and misses bats in the zone. Smooth, athletic delivery, great changeup. I quite like him.
Ben
12:38
Have you gotten a chance to see Xavier Turner? He hit well for two years at Vanderbilt before his suspension and has hit pretty well in the minors (although he was somewhat old for A-Ball). Still, I haven't seen him on anyone's Rangers list -- even 30 names deep.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:38
I have seen him, fringey prospect for me. Maybe some bat to ball skills but no position. Definitely old for his level.
DR
12:39
buzz from Dodgers camp about Buehler. Heard anything new since your Dodgers list? Seems he's really making a push.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:39
Was like 95-99 throwing live BP last week. It's great if he can keep it up for a whole season.
Nietsniew
12:39
Why is it that scouts don't specialize? There are hitting coaches and pitching coaches but not hitting scouts or pitching scouts.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:40
Some teams do deploy scouts who have a specialty.
Pat
12:40
Going to (Arizona) Spring Training this week! Any recommendations for a first time attendee? Food, local spots, whatever!
Eric A Longenhagen
12:40
Depends on where you're staying.
12:41
I'd say go to at least one minor league game while you're here but I'm biased.
Javier Garcia
12:41
Good morning! Are you buying on Matt Chapman?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:41
Yes, I think the power and glove will help mitigate the K's and he'll be a good everyday big leaguer.
Gallantly Goofus
12:42
Casey Gillaspie or Sam Travis?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:42
Travis
Luis Robert
12:43
Where would I have ranked on your top 100? Rough estimate.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:43
Either in the 50s or at the back of the 55s
Wes
12:44
In regards to work ethic affecting grades, do you ever get skeptical that a player is just putting on a show for the scouts and that behind closed doors the work ethic isn't really there?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:44
Nah, I don't know what I'd look for that would indicate that.
mtsw
12:45
Should more organizations look to specialize in a particular weird type of player, like Tampa was supposedly doing with knuckleballers?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:45
They should, because it is super fun to scout. Please give me more LOOOGY/Pinch runners.
I don't know why I typed than many O's, it was an accident.
12:46
Roster expansion would have helped our cause on this end but it didn't happen.
JT
12:46
I was surprised to see Chance Sisco with a future 55 hit tool given his high batting averages in the minors. Why so low?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:46
Catchers get beat up and their tools typically play down a little bit.
ohioastrosfan
12:47
Stubbs is a dude?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:48
Garrett? He's unique but I'm a fan. Might not be able to catch 100+ games but he's athletic enough to potentially have various roles and be a nice little gadget player.
Kev
12:48
Does #Rake Bauers have power in him that hasn't been seen yet? Been hitting some crazy bombs in Spring Training.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:50
Yeah this is the big question with Bauers as I work on Tampa's list: How much power is in there? It's 1B-only for many so there has to be a lot. It didn't look to me, when I saw him in the AFL, that he had the kind of bat speed necessary to generate first division, 1B-worthy power. But scouts who saw him here and in affiliated ball said he looked gassed here and there's more to it than I saw. He's a good prospect, top 5 or so in a good system, if you want to argue he should have been considered for the back end of my 100 I'd be receptive to that.
John S
12:50
Watching Maton in spring training. You were on the money. I'm in love. As a pure reliever, any real reason to leave him in El Paso?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:50
I don't think so.
Barnaby B Jones
12:51
In terms of stuff and proximity to the bigs, which guy are you highest on: Buehler, Szapucki, Kaprielian? Love the chats.
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