Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Ink Stained Wretch
12:22
Not rookie eligible, but do you think Oswaldo Arcia has a meaningful big league career ahead of him?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:23
I do but probably more in the Alcides Escobar mold than a top of the order threat.
Scotch Tape
12:23
A few Brewers prospects i'd like your thoughts on, Mario Feliciano, Jake Gatewood, and Corbin Burnes
Eric A Longenhagen
12:25
Feliciano twitchier and more athletic than the average catcher. Good chance to catch and could hit enough to play every day. Gatewood is 1B only with huge raw power but glaring K issues. Burnes is athletic, 90-94 with a chance for average or better slider, curve, change, a potential league average starter for me.
Rick
12:25
What do you know about Dan Jansen in the Blue Jays System? He didn't make your list this year but is a prospect to note according to Mark Shapiro.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:26
Definitely playing well and if it continues it's worth re-evaluating but scouts here were not on him during the AFL.
Bren
12:27
A lot is made of the challenges that come with having affiliates in offense inflated leagues like the PCL. Do teams do anything special to try and make sure that players don't fall into bad habits, or that they're not affected mentally, above and beyond what they might do for players in more neutral environments?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:28
They do and at times will have players skip that level entirely to avoid what you describe, and it goes the same for pitchers, too.
Lilith
12:28
Is Nick Senzel close to becoming a top 10 prospect in the game?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:29
That's probably a little aggressive for me. Just spoke with a scout who saw Senzel recently who wonders how much game power there's going to be. He's a great prospect but maybe not quite on that tier.
Bert Campaneris
12:30
More Royals' questions: Samir Duenez. It feels that many were questioning his power coming into this year. In your write-up, you also alluded to the lack of power but the existence of nice contact skills. He is showing some power as we speak. Positive sign? Should we make more of that or not? Thanks for chatting, Eric. Appreciate you taking time. I always look forward to this time of the week.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:31
I thought he was using his lower half a bit better this spring so perhaps some of it is real.
Lilith
12:31
Where would you rank Greene and McKay on the top 100?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:32
Polishing up the draft board this week and those guys are hovering at 55/60 FVs right now.
12:33
So, 60s would be top 20 in baseball at the moment
and the 55s range from like 20-70
Mike
12:33
Trey Supak and Freddy Peralta have sported high K-rates this year. Any updated thoughts on their upside?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:35
Supak is a big bodied guy, 86-90, can really pitch, locates his breaking ball well. Not much ceiling there. Peralta is interesting because, while he was a maturely built AZL prospect with Seattle, I remember a scout saying he thought he'd develop mid-90s velo with age because the arm action was good. He's deceptive and has great breaking ball feel. I'm on Peralta more than Supak.
Tempering early helium
12:35
How much weight is fair to give early season stats? Given offseason routines/developments, it seems that increases in raw talent levels would present themselves more frequently early in the season while refinements/polish would more frequently occur later in the season. Given the "beat the level" approach to the minors, how demonstrable do ridiculous early-season performances have to be before a player is declared ready for the next step?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:38
We've seen our first flurry of promotions and most all of them are of players who started this season at the level at which they finished 2016.
12:39
I agree it's probably too early for the statline to mean anything and think it's important to consider that teams take more than performance into account when promoting players.
Mets :(
12:39
How impressive is gimenez playing in A ball as an 18 year old? What's his potential?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:39
It's amazing. He effectively skipped three levels. He could be a plus regular.
Shawn
12:39
What are your thoughts on Carlos Rincon? Big riser in the prospect ranks or he strikes out a tad much to be considered a legit prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:40
The raw power is real but yes, scouts are concerned about the K's.
John
12:40
Has your outlook on Alex Jackson changed given the hot start?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:42
A bit, sure. He's hitting (which he hasn't really done since high school) but I can't find anyone who thinks he's going to catch. I suppose it's still a little early to close the book on that (as an evaluator I mean, the Braves should leave him there as long as possible) but I think eventually we'll have to ask ourselves if the bat profiles in an OF corner or first base.
Sam
12:42
Conforto hit at every level of the minors and has always shown elite batted ball profiles. Is there a reason why he never showed higher than bottom of top 100 prospect lists even as an advanced hitter coming out of college. Were the scouting profiles just that down on his fielding prior to him proving he could be average to plus in the corner in the majors?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:43
I know I was worried he'd be a bad OF defender and thought there was a chance he'd need to go to first. I was wrong.
Tommy Tutone
12:43
From a dynasty stand point, would you rather have Juan Soto or Leody Taveras?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:43
Leodys.
John
12:43
How do you talk about these prospects like you've scouted them when you went PG AA and two days of Area Codes??
Eric A Longenhagen
12:45
Four days of AC, John. I wouldn't dare rob myself of extra lunches at Seoul Mate. Also, I've been out to see guys this spring and am on the phone a lot. Pretty standard.
Henry Jones, Jr.
12:45
How worried are you about Beck not facing top competition? Seems like a guy with his toosl probably would've done at least alright.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:46
Not worried about Beck, just less sure about him than I am about, say, someone like Royce Lewis. Because we've seen Lewis against elite peers and he's succeeded.
seth
12:46
Tony Santillan--enigma? or real deal?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:47
The former, but that slider is vicious.
Brandon M
12:47
Is Garrett Mitchell around for the Rangers at 26 or 29? If he is, do you think they will grab him? He seems like the kind of prospect Texas loves
Eric A Longenhagen
12:48
I think he might be around (Mitchell is diabetic and it's clouding his stock) but not sure if Texas is on him. I really like him. Plus bat speed, 7 runner, plays CF for me. GB-heavy swing.
Justino
12:48
When is the last time you recall someone being promoted so aggressively as Magneuris Sierra (and do you think it was a good decision/will help development)? A+ straight to the bigs doesn't happen all that often.
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