Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
12:40
I am but you're right, it's a bat-only profile in LF without much of anything else, which means the bat needs to max out, like I think Winker's will, for him to be anything.
odapm
12:41
you've talked about you're biggest miss when it comes to failing (dom brown). Who has been you're biggest miss when it comes to success? sorry if you have covered this before.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:42
I didn't think he was a non-prospect or anything like that but there was a time I was skeptical of Corey Seager's stardom, which I corrected the following year. I saw him in the AFL and he was gassed. The next spring he looked like an obvious monster.
Justino37
12:42
What does the ceiling of Eloy Jimenez look like?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:42
Like .280 with 30+ homers
CJ's Eyeballs
12:42
And how do you measure bat speed?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:42
Eric's eyeballs
odapm
12:43
is the power surge from certain recent prospects once they reach higher levels (bregman and turner come to mind) just maturity progression or something else? These weren't big power guys on multiple scouting reports, but seem to have shown it in MLB. Is there something there that you/we can better project in the future?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:44
I'd say physical maturity plays a role, and pro coaches have different priorities and philosophies than college coaches. It's a much different game. Pro coaches are more likely to try to coax power from a player's swing than college coaches who often prioritize contact. That might play a role.
Erik
12:44
With changes in launch angle being all the rage, will it make sense to put "if he changes his launch angle" in reports, just like you'd put something equally speculative like "if he develops a changeup" for pitchers?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:45
If prospects show they can actually do that, yes. It may take a while before we start identifying it, since we'd need to see Swing 0 and then recognize Swing 1 with more loft. And do that for several hitters.
Andrew
12:46
If I had a conversation with a scout about trying to get into scouting although I haven't played since Middle School, what questions should I ask him?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:48
I'm not sure. I guess I'd ask when/how the scout started to look at the game through an evaluative lens and go from there?
Kevin
12:48
Is Ryan Mountcastle a future major leaguer? If so, what position?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:48
I think so, LF.
David
12:49
More future big league starters: Fields 3-6 on the east side of the Peoria Sports Complex tomorrow or the combined minor league systems of the D'Backs, Angels and Marlins?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:49
The former
Eloy Jimenez
12:49
Am I a better offensive player long term than Amed Rosario?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:49
Independent of position? Probably.
Spicy boy
12:49
Am I wrong to think that arm strength is the least important tool for a position player? Aside from allowing a prospect to profile at a position, I don't see how it could make or break a toolset
Eric A Longenhagen
12:50
I agree. It's more important in some situations than in others (like if a guy can't play SS only because he doesn't have the arm for it) but generally the least important one.
Joe
12:50
A few years ago, you were really aggressive in your ranking of Albies before everyone else, now you're really aggressive with Acuna's ranking. Do you think Pache could follow if he develops like you expect?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:51
I didn't rank Albies years ago, I was working a 9-to-5 at an insurance company and horribly depressed. McDaniel ranked him aggressively, and was dead on. And yes, I think Pache could be very special.
Billy
12:51
Where were you on Ryon Healy? Is he a legit 3-hitter?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:52
70 raw power, but 1B for me and that's an aggressive approach. I was a little apprehensive. Probably would have been a 45 for me like Tellez.
Jake
12:52
Heard anything about Corey Ray? He didn't make the Brewers' A+ roster, presumably to spend more time ramping up in Arizona. But I thought he was cleared for game play a while ago.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:53
He's been playing out here, I've seen him a few times. He's terrific. Strangely detailed Corey Ray report from the weekend.....
He took three fastballs juuust off the plate, looked like he identified them as either balls or unhittable very early in flight.
12:54
He's up 3-0 in the count, takes strike one, then destroys 92 on the inner half. Triple off the wall.
I think he's going to be very good.
Philly Fanatic
12:56
Nick Williams' swing looked a lot more controlled this spring to my untrained eye. Any truth to the rumor that Matt Stairs has fixed him and we can expect big things from him?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:56
No idea. Williams has been "fixed" before.
Dancing Dan Mcgraw
12:56
what do you mean when you say a player has a rubber arm? like if Trevor Bauer pitched like Kershaw, he could throw 300 innings?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:57
That it's a loose, perhaps strange but low-effort delivery.
JJP
12:57
Are there any UCLA bruins that are prospects other than Griffin Canning?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:57
Not for this year's draft. I guess Bouchard is kind of a prospect but that team is largely comprised of underclassmen.
Ricky
12:58
Can Yandy Diaz be an everyday guy?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:58
I have a UT grade on him. If he's a regular it's because his ability to walk gets him there.
12:59
Okay everyone, that's going to do it for me today. See you next week, same bat time same bat channel. Thank you for reading and enjoy competitive Major League baseball.
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