Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
1:21
He's dealing with Spontaneous Dental Smallsamplosion.
Tumbler, Whiskey
1:22
Jon Duplantier is healthy (for now) and pitching very well. Does he look like a GUY to you? Might he move quickly if he stays healthy?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:22
Wasup to 97 during spring training with a 60 slider.
Babe Lincoln
1:22
Everyone hits at Vegas. So how can you/anyone tell whether a 51s player is actually good?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:22
By scouting them?
The other Kyle
1:22
Domingo Acevedo, future starter or reliever? Whatever the role, will he succeed?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:23
Relief for me, and yes I think he could be a dominant late inning arm.
Jacob Pearson
1:23
You wrote before that I won't be able to produce airborne contact with my swing but I have hit 11 homers this season. Am I first-round worthy?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:24
You're probably in that 20-40 range with several other prep outfielders and you have a better chance to stay in CF than a bunch of them while being more polished than others. I'd say there's a chance.
The other Kyle
1:24
Terrible start to year for M. Chapman. At 24, is it time to start wondering if there's a major-league career here?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:25
He's played in 8 games due to wrist injury. He's always going to have swing and miss issues (the quality of his at-bats before the injury was horrendous) but the glove won't slump. Be patient.
aaron
1:25
How about Nats CF situation...looking at Goodwin..better than Taylor or Bautista for solid production (higher floor?)
Eric A Longenhagen
1:28
Taylor has the highest ceiling, Bautista is probably the safest bet of those three to help out. He's always hit, has a career average up around .290, and is a big, physical, 70 runner. He makes some mental mistakes on the bases. I think I'd play Taylor just to see if he develops. The team is good enough to survive Taylor hitting .210 with some power and if he makes adjustments he could be very valuable. If not then you make a change. At least they have the in-house pieces to do it.
Moltar
1:28
Andres Gimenez watch is officially on. So far so good in his admittedly small sample?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:28
Definitely small sample but we're talking about an 18-year old in full season ball and that' already very impressive.
Matt
1:28
I've seen Jordon Adell slipping a lot in other draft rankings, is his prospect status falling to you too? Is it based on new questions on the bat this spring, or the struggles last summer still standing out?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:30
I think some of it is misinformation as teams picking in the late-30s and early 40s try to get him to fall. But yeah, I've heard some of the tools are down.
He was a top 10 pick for me after seeing him last summer
BuenoWaino
1:31
Do teams have someone whose entire job consists of scouting other team's MiLB prospects in anticipation of future trades? If yes, what's that job title called? If no, how do teams looking to trade for prospects approach evaluating the talent available?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:32
Team allocate scouting resources based on what sort of players they're likely to need reports on. So competing clubs are more likely to have scouts seeing upper-level ball and big league games than they are to send them to low level minor league games at the complexes.
If a specific player is the topic of trade discussion, the team usually sends in a special assistant for a look.
Matt
1:33
Ignoring proximity to majors and the likelihood of reaching his full potential, which prospect in the minors has the highest ceiling?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:34
Moncada? Delvin Perez? Those were the first two that came to mind.
Trevor
1:34
Thoughts on Luken Baker? 1st rounder next year?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:35
I'm always skeptical of 1B-only guys with no physical projection but he has monster raw power so, if he hits, it's certainly possible.
YKnotDisco?!
1:35
Did Marcus Wilson make some swing adjustments, or is he just getting better results with what he already had?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:35
He has made a swing change. Wrote about it last week: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/daily-prospect-notes-427/
Mike
1:35
Juan Soto your thoughts long term? Have you seen him in person?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:37
Have seen him in person and he has a chance to hit and hit for power. Was on the back end of my top 100 this year. Potential middle of the order bat, obviously still a high risk prospect because it's RF-only and he's eons away.
Pete
1:37
Any recent draft developments in the top 5?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:38
I think Kyle Wright is firmly in there at this point, it will be interesting to see how teams deal with having far less data on Austin Beck than they do with other high end prep bats.
JJP
1:38
Do you expect Roman Quinn to get a call up before September?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:38
Yes
Vegan Man
1:38
What is Mitch White's ceiling?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:39
Probably a good mid-rotation guy
Greg
1:39
Where do you stand on MacKenzie Gore? I've read people saying he could be better than Greene. Is that too rich?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:40
Yeah that's a little heavy for me. Gore is really good though, chance for plus command of a bunch of above average or better pitches.
Westernal
1:40
Who would you rather have in your organization, Ariel Hernandez or Jacob Barnes?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:42
Good question. Hernandez has an upper-90s cannon and plus breaking ball but has erratic control. Barnes was a pretty generic middle relief prospect who'd flash 94-95, sit below that, with a 55 slider but he got the most out of his stuff because he located it where he wanted to.
Barnes is throwing harder this year, which makes it easier to say him, but as prospects it's a little tougher. Still think I'd take Barnes.
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