Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
2:28
If you made me pick I'd throw Frazier out there.
Yuen
2:28
Eric, this is off-topic a bit, but where can one go to look up UZR data, and can it be a reliable tool for MiLB players?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:28
I'm a DRS guy and it's on our very site, sir.
Oh not for MiLB players. I don't know.
LudeBurger
2:29
Re: Oneil Cruz, he grew 7 inches in how much time as a oldish teen???
Eric A Longenhagen
2:29
He hasn't grown THAT much. He was 6-4 last year, though.
Brendan
2:30
You gave Bichette a 20/40 grade on his hit tool on your prospect evaluations. Another evaluator recently commented that Bichette has some of the best bat speed in the minors. I'm assuming you are low on his hit tool due to his eccentric/noisy swing. I would just like to know what it would take for you (in terms of production or swing improvements?) for you to revise your opinion of Bichette.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:30
Probably an especially low strikeout rate and, more importantly, scouts who see him this year who think he's going to hit anyway. Or a mechanical adjustment of some kind, though it doesn't make sense to do that until Bo shows he can't hit with what he's currently working with.
2:32
BTW, the difference in opinion on Bichette between are a great example of why it's great that different publications list/grade prospects differently. It shows the reader something that is entirely unique to prospect coverage: that differences in opinion are extant and legitimate. And it can be done without the two publications explicitly saying so. It's really cool.
Aaron
2:33
When do the Braves starting trading prospects for big leaguers? Is that anytime soon?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:33
Not yet, not in a meaningful way, anyway. You can kind of tell how teams feel about their competitive position based on how they deploy their scouts.
Erik
2:34
There's a 6'8" SS prospect? How does that even work? Is he a sure thing to move to an outfield corner and strike out 35% of the time?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:34
It's friggin crazy.
I don't know how it works because I've never seen it before.
Well, I saw it for two games last week.
Alex
2:34
You just said Oneil Cruz, a SS, was a legit 6 foot 8. Am i missing something?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:35
You're missing video I didn't get because he swung too early in the count for me to get down the line and take some.
Anthony
2:35
Looking at Fabian and Guerrero, they seem to be similar players. Why the huge discrepancy in the way they're seen by the scouting community (age and genealogy only, or am I missing something)?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:36
Vlad? They're way different. I'd say they both have similarly advanced feel to hit but physically, very different.
Mike
2:37
Anything new on Colin Holderman?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:37
You're the second person to ask about him in my queue and so I'll try to find out. Nothing that I have currently.
Other than I can say my phone tries to autocorrect it to Spiderman.
bruins
2:38
Does Hagen Danner wind up the mound or at C? Also, any chance he makes it to UCLA?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:38
I liked him at C at Area Codes and I do think there's a chance he ends up at school but neither of those are locks.
Big Tuna
2:39
Daniel Palka is off to a good start for MIN. Is he a legit power prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:40
There is power there, yes. Lots of K's, too. I think he fits into more of a platoon role.
Anthony
2:40
What ever happened to Yoan Lopez? Did he retire, injury? Weird career for that dude
Eric A Longenhagen
2:41
I last saw him here in the Fall. He was 88-92, touching 93 with an average curveball and a new delivery. Haven't heard a peep about him since. I just hope he's at peace, he had a rough career.
Jason
2:42
Are you buying the Austin Beck hype and do you think he is worth a top 5 pick at this point?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
I'm buying that he has monster tools but there are a few things (that have more to do with scouting processes than the kid himself) that might push him past that a little bit. Especially with clubs who value showcase performances against elite pitching, because Beck hasn't had much of that.
ChiSox2020
2:43
Can a 23 year old pitching prospect increase his velocity? Asking for a friend.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
Yes, it seems as though science has made that possible.
2:44
CaptainPeanutbutter
2:44
If you were given 200 points (on the 20-80 scouting scale) to build a pitcher, how would you distribute them? For sake of this exercise you can't choose knuckleball
Eric A Longenhagen
2:46
So there are other things I'd like to control (height, weight, delivery, etc) but let's just say that all of that stuff is average (so 6'2 or 6'3, 200 or so with a standard delivery)
Let's also say that this is NOT a prospect and instead a MLB ready pitcher.
2:47
Because if it were an 18 year old these would look different:
2:48
60 FB, 60 CH, 80 CMD
I couldn't figure out a way to have a fringe breaking ball and enough of anything else
So with 200 points, that's what I'd say
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