Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
1:02
Morning from Tempe.
Let's get right to it.
Ron
1:03
Albies has 80 games at Triple A with a wRC+ of 85 and OBP below .300. When are we allowed to start being concerned?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:04
He's the age of a college sophomore and was hitting .290 before the weekend started. He's fine.
Tommy N.
1:04
Do you have any thoughts on Joey Lucchesi? Could he be a fast riser considering his age?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:04
He's got sort of a funky, slingy arm action, stuff is solid. Probably needs to be in Double-A. Chance to be a back end guy for me.
Kendrick
1:04
What was the first step you took out of HS in learning how to scout/watch games? Thank you
Eric A Longenhagen
1:05
I'd just try to attend minor league games and locally relevant high school games if I were you.
Bob
1:05
What is Ryan O'Hearn's ceiling at the big league level? He is torching the ball.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:06
I like him, think he has a chance to be an average everyday first baseman, full report: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/top-20-prospects-kansas-city-royals/
GoDucks
1:06
Has David Peterson surpassed Seth Romero as the best college lefty available in the draft?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:07
After McKay, I assume? Probably depends on how clubs view Romero's off-field issues. On stuff? No.
Cool guy
1:07
Which of these guys has the best chance of making top 100 lists next year? Kieboom, Marcus Wilson, Duplantier, Pannone
Eric A Longenhagen
1:08
Good question. Probably Kieboom on pedigree but Duplantier's stuff is the kind that gets you on the back of a list like that and if he's healthy all year that makes one feel more comfortable about his Rice-era injuries being behind him.
Dom
1:08
How can one tell the difference between Matt Andriese's cutter and change up, when watching the broadcast? They both average 86mph and have cutter/glove side downward movement.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:09
Watch to see what fingers the catcher is putting down or try to look at his grip in the glove or, if you're good, as he's releasing the ball.
The other Kyle
1:09
Thoughts on Mountcastle? SSS but putting it together offensively. Is it sustainable, and do you think he sticks at SS?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:10
Can definitely hit but not a SS and probably not an infielder at all. LF for me.
Dale
1:10
Thoughts on Cody Reed of the dbacks? Heard he had weight issues which may have contributed to his injury and struggles at A+ last year. Is he in better shape this year seeing as how he is back in form at A ball
Eric A Longenhagen
1:12
It's not that he's had weight issues as much as he arrived in pro ball sitting in the high-80s with no physical projection. He has a really good curveball and he throws strikes, scouts are just skeptical about the fastball playing at upper levels. I haven't heard of any upticks from this spring but I can check on that today to make sure. Send me a reminder on the Twitter if you have it.
Guest
1:12
Is Bo Bichette making you a believer? Do you think he's a top 100 guy at this point?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:12
He's raking, but we're three weeks in. If he does this all year I have no choice but to consider him, right?
Corntraveler
1:12
What does it take for a pitcher to improve his command? Does it sometimes just click for them?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:13
Some combination of athleticism, mechanical consistency, maybe the right pitching coach, and even something as simple as more reps. It's probably a little different for each player.
PJ
1:13
Walker Buehler or Yadier Alvarez?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:14
Had them ranked Alvarez, Buehler on the Dodgers list and we're three weeks into the seasons so, still have them in that order.
Tumbler, Whiskey
1:15
Tell me about OSU's Nick Madrigal. He's mostly playing 2B because Cadyn Grenier, but can he move back to SS in the pros and stick? How high might he go in 2018?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:16
High energy, high baseball IQ player with good bat speed, strike zone recognition, at plus to plus-plus runner who fits defensively on the middle infield. Chance for plus hit, a premium defensive position, valuable speed, intangible leadership qualities. He's a first rounder for me.
But he's a skinny 5-foot-8 or so....
Dom
1:16
Do you believe A's prospect Daniel Mengden will pitch his way back into the major league rotation by the all-star break?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:17
Not sure on what the timeline will be but I think Mengden is a big leaguer of some kind, 5th starter or swingman type.
John Wick
1:17
can you explain what the cubs are doing with jose albertos? is this injury-related, an attempt to limit innings, an attempt to hide him? where do you think he heads once they send him to the minors?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:18
It's probably some combination of things but mainly to manage his work load. He's throwing live BP and stuff like that in extended but I haven't seen him in games yet.
Tumbler, Whiskey
1:19
You noted Jhoan Duran in your notes a few days ago. Did you put any grades on his stuff? Long way to go, but does he look like a starter or reliever to you?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:19
Just an arm strength lottery ticket at this point, but definitely a guy to watch in that system.
GPT
1:19
Saw your interesting note about Jose Layer moving to SS a few days ago, good stuff. Anybody else on the Giants XST team that stood out?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:20
Jeffery Parra has a 7 arm and some of the quickest feet I've ever seen on a catcher. Not sure if he can hit, though.
1:21
I saw Raffi Vizcaino. Up to 94, average slider. The Giants have two extended teams so lots more to see.
Drew
1:21
Any reports on Corey Ray seems like he is struggling a bit
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