Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
12:01
Howdy, is this thing on?
'Tis.
Let me tweet a link to the started chat and we'll get rolling.
12:03
Okay. How are you folks? I am well. Walker Buehler is pitching in the Dodgers big league road game today so if you've got MLB.tv and that game is on, you should check that out.
Gary
12:03
Are you heading to Florida for camps there at all or just staying in Arizona?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:03
Just here, if I do Florida it will be to straddle Extended and the FSL while also hitting draft stuff.
Philip
12:03
Michel Baez seems to be getting a good amount of buzz for the Padres, what are you hearing/seeing?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:05
He's huge and throws hard. Has some nascent breaking ball feel but is generally very raw. Just based on my singular look (I have video that needs to be posted but I'm collecting video faster than I can sift through it right now because there's so much going on ) he looks like a reliever but it's very early so don't consider that definitive.
cyclops
12:05
haven't seen bellinger play, but how is his approach the other way? Do teams shift in the minor leagues? Or will MLB be the first time he sees a shift?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:06
Nah, he pulls the ball. Yes, he's possibly a shift candidate but if he's hitting balls over everyone's head it won't matter.
Erik
12:06
How closely will Jorge Alfaro's statlines resemble Freddy Galvis's 2016? Sub-.300 OBP, but 20+ HRs and solid defense at a premium position. Should the Phillies be happy if that's what Alfaro turns out to be?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:07
I think, yes, most of the offensive value there will be derived from the power on contact. And yeah, I'd be happy with that.
xavier
12:07
Is Isan Diaz moving off SS because of the presence of O Arcia or because he's not a legit SS?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:07
Yes
Cranedio
12:07
Thoughts on the never-too-hyped Andrew Toles... I noticed someone on FG had him as their NL ROY in their Top 10 Bold Predictions. Can you see Toles carrying the magic stick (and magic legs) this year?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:08
Interesting tools, was out of baseball due to off field stuff for a while which is why he was off prospect radars.
Has serious platoon issues.
12:09
I think he has a chance to be an everyday player, but acknowledge there's a chance MLB pitching solves him at some point.
harrison-esque
12:09
Do LHB who have a great opposite field approach play up in MLB as opposed to someone who is strictly pull? I tend to be higher on Winker & D Smith because of their approach and willingness to hit the other way and think that will play up in MLB, am i wrong to think that?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:10
Different strokes for different folks. Some guys make a pull-only approach work because they hit the ball in the air consistently. For others, spray is favorable. Pull-only ground ball hitters aren't a demographic I'd be investing in, though.
Garrett
12:10
Do you foresee the majority of Delvin Perez's value in his defense or his offense? Can he develop into valuable fantasy player?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:13
Probably in the defense but he has the physical tools to do damage with the bat, he just needs significant polish. Like all prospects that age there are several scenarios. One where everything goes bust, one where the defense is good but everything else is marginal and he becomes a glove-only shortstop a la Adeiny Hechevarria, another where he makes a lot of contact of the line drive and ground ball variety too and is a very valuable big leaguer like maybe some of Alcides Escobar's better years, and a third where there's power too and he's a superstar. But the fact that the third scenario even exists at all is rare because, for most shortstop prospects, it doesn't.
AJ
12:13
Do you think that any other Angels prospects crack next year's top 100 beside Jahmai Jones?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:14
Possibly their draft pick or Brandon Marsh if he ever gets healthy.
adam
12:14
are there any good comps for Luis Urias
Eric A Longenhagen
12:15
Not really, which speaks to Urias' uniqueness somewhat but more so that comps, in general, are no bueno.
Tim
12:15
Favorite under-the-radar Brewers prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:17
Depends upon your radar's depth I guess. Of the guys who didn't make the main section of the Brewers list I guess I'd say Joantgel Segovia.
Ace
12:17
What is the strength of this years draft? College hitters? Prep pitchers?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:19
College arms but it's a weird class. The first college arm off the board might be a 6' righty, or it might be a college arm drafted as a hitter.
Also, Southern California is really strong.
12:20
That's an evergreen statement but this year it's especially true, I think.
Tommy N.
12:20
You recently uploaded a video of Jordy Barley, his swing seems more aggressive compared to before. Has your opinion on him changed? If so what do you think about him.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:22
I think I'll be looking for power performance in games that I wouldn't have been looking for had I only seen last year's approach. I guess I do like him better now than I did last fall, but I'd like to see him get to power in games before tossing him ahead of a bunch of the others guys in the system that he previously had been behind.
OC
12:22
You a big believer in the Ramon Laureano breakout?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:23
Sure, probably not going to put up the kind of numbers he did last year in the big leagues but I believe in the bat and think he's going to provide value on defense and on the bases too. Could be a solid everyday guy.
J to the T
12:24
Hi Eric, I love your work. What is your feeling on Nonie Williams. I know he is really raw. It looks like he struck out in 25% of his at bats. Do you see anything in him that makes you think he can put the tools to use?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:25
Definitely has some tools but you're right, he's raw. The Angels believe in the tools enough that he's getting reps at short in minor league games instead of Julio Garcia, who I think is the better defensive player right now.
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