Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric
12:53
Do you think Torres makes an appearance for the Yankees this year? How about Frazier?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:53
No (unless someone's job is riding on it), yes.
Josh Hader
12:53
What are the chances I stick as a starter?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:53
>50%
Dave Mc
12:53
Cedric Mullins is getting a lot of buzz among Orioles writers for his big spring. Is there more there than write ups have suggested?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:54
Not to me, because it's my writeup.
But I like him and think he has a chance to be a big leaguer of some kind, probably a bench OF, which is a great outcome for the player and where he was drafted.
Zihuatenejo
12:55
The top prospects in the Dodgers' farm system are all pretty well known at this point. Who are some lesser-known or further-away guys that we should keep an eye on?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:55
Keibert Ruiz, Oneil Cruz, Mitch White, etc, etc.
Here's their list. It's a fun, deep system. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/top-21-prospects-los-angeles-dodgers/
Alan
12:56
Random question about handling of a J2 class. Seems like most reports say the Braves signed a lot of shortstops with different likelihood to stay at the position -- Maitan, Severino, Soto, Pena, Vasquez among others. Obviously there's no need to move any of them right now, and im sure the Braves want them all at SS as long as possible. But With only the GCL and DSL available, how do they make that happen with such a talented J2 class?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:57
Good question, and this applies to any team that has had huge J2 classes. Teams like the Yankees have added an affiliate to deal with the playing time crunch. The Padres are adding a second AZL team this year. The more advanced guys will come to the states for Extended and then the GCL while others will stay in the Domincan for the DSL and then come to the states for instructs in the fall.
Brian
12:58
What are your thoughts on Yoan Moncada's eating habits? The reports on his consumption of twinkies are staggering. Could be very risky for his future health and fitness.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:58
Yeah I thought that was weird, too.
Yoan, if you're reading this, don't keep doing that.
1:00
Stuff like that is always a risk for prospects who go from living in a country stricken with poverty to suddenly having money and a McDonalds within walking distance from every minor league park they visit in their new country of residence.
Claudio
1:00
which one of the Braves top arms make it to the MLB rotation first (not counting Folty of course)? My money are on Fried, yours?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:01
That's probably a sound bet because he's older, has had injury stuff in the past that might incline me to push him before he breaks again. But if I had to pick one to start a big league game tomorrow? Soroka.
DTH
1:02
Spring stats mean nothing caveat, but has Happ surprised you with how advanced he's looked? He seemed to struggle a little in AA last year, I didn't expect this kind of showing against MLB competition, especially the power output
Eric A Longenhagen
1:03
Not really, Happ has been a cheeseball of mine since college.
mat
1:03
what are your thoughts on Jordan Montgomery?What's his ceiling?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:04
I like him, he's a huge victory for Yankees PD. Wrote him up here:
Terry's Sarape
1:05
Which current MLB players have (close to) 80 bat speed?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:06
There might be an objective answer to that but based on my eyes I'd say Javy Baez, Corey Seager, Cano, Mookie. Segura and Anthony Rendon are close for me, too. There are probably more but not that I can think of off the top of my head.
Mark
1:06
Jahmai Jones... I've seen him sporadically on a few top 100 lists this year. What's your take on him? He's still raw, but do you think s bat play at the mlb level?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:07
I really like him. Good athlete, great makeup, watched him have a few tough at-bats yesterday but he has a quick bat, good approach, tracks pitches well. I think he's a plus hitter who stays in CF.
Tom
1:07
It seems pretty clear that Luke Weaver will be the first one called up for the Cards in the event of an injury. Anybody in spring training that impressed you that could be a surprisingly solid #7 option?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:08
I think Alcantara's stuff is good enough to merit consideration but the weirdo name I'll throw out there is Daniel Poncedeleon.
Bubba
1:08
You buying that Shelby Miller is good again?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:09
I'm buying that 97+ is harder than he threw last year.
Mark
1:09
Matt Thaiss looked solid this spring with his approach. Again, long way to go, but how do the tools jump out at you? Do you predict his body will fill out anymore and thus more power? Or has he maxed out?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:09
The tools do not, his ability to avoid striking out does.
DTH
1:10
are you more on Jamai Jones or Thaiss as the Angels top prospect? and the cupboard is pretty bare there, do you see a productive Angels farm in the next 2-3 years without a Trout trade?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:11
I'm on Jahmai and, on tools, Brandon Marsh more than Thaiss. But Marsh is riskier due to injury (I still haven't seen him this spring and only saw him take BP last fall because of a back injury). There are some young Latin American arms at the lower levels that are worth monitoring. Hopefully most of them are here for the AZL.
Harry
1:11
Dylan Cease's curveball getting Justin Verlander comps some places and below average others. How good is his stuff?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:11
It's a 50 curveball for me. Thought I saw a true mid-80s slider last week, too.
Matt
1:11
Have you seen enough from Buehler this spring to bump him up to a 55 already? Or do you want to see him do this over several months first?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:12
The latter, especially because his workload is probably going to be a topic of discussion in general.
Terry's Sarape
1:12
What is the biggest factor in prospect failure? pre-existing conditions/weaknesses, coaching, mental limitations, mis-diagnosed scouting reports, other?
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