Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
2:21
Some of the prep arms that have a hole in their profile (Trevor Rogers is a big lefty who touches 98 but he's almost 20 and the breaking ball isn't great, Jeremiah Estrada is small and has had a mixed spring but will touch 95 with a plus change, Hans Crouse has a plus curveball and throws hard but his delivery is relieverish, etc) and a bunch of the college arms that are likely relievers, like Alex Lange, Nate Pearson, Brendon LIttle or perhaps Tanner Houck.
Seanto
2:21
Just traded for Isan Diaz. Tell me something good (pretty please).
Eric A Longenhagen
2:22
Has rare power for a middle infielder and gets to it in games, also has a good idea of the strike zone.
2:23
But next time I encourage pre-trade research and list consultation. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/top-25-prospects-milwaukee-brewers/
Rob
2:23
Hard not to scout the stat line in a deep dynasty, so let me ask you in what order you would add Gatewood, Mountcastle or Colton Welker.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:23
Mounty, Welker, Gatewood.
Dylan
2:24
I've read a lot of draft things saying the A's could take JB Bukauskas, but for some reason the thought just doesn't excite me. Who's a fun, exciting pick that could be there at 6?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:24
Bukauskas is pretty exciting. Short of a falling McKay (the way Puk fell last year) I can't think of anyone I'd rather have at six that, a month out, I expect to be there.
DTH
2:25
what's your opinion on Seth Romero? I've heard analysts say he's a top 10 talent who will fall to the second or third round because of the character stuff, agree?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:25
I do.
CamdenWarehouse
2:26
How much amateur positioning is done by the fielders vs. coaches? Can you learn anything about a player's instincts by how they are positioned?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:27
There is some shifting going on at the college level now. Instincts almost always means they get a good initial jump, have a good internal clock for hosing runners.
Jerry
2:27
How far could Jeren Kendall slide and where could you see him going?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:28
Just on tools I think it will be hard for him to fall out of the top 12ish picks.
Sam
2:29
Do Thairo Estrada, Hoy-Jun Park or Tito Polo have the ceiling to develop into a top 10 organizational prospect?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:30
Depends on the org. Given the state of the NYY system it's unlikely. Estrada and Park could be UTIL types, Polo I left off the Yankees list completely (he's a mature bodied 5-9, among other things) but he's got some tools and probably should have been on there as at least a potential bench outfielder.
Jerry
2:31
Who could be a surprise top 10 selection in June?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:31
David Peterson
Zach
2:31
Does McKay have number 1 starter upside?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:31
No
Franklin Barreto
2:32
Would you like a side of crow with that order of "your foot"?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:33
Isn't he hitting well at Triple-A? He ranked #1 for me in the system and somewhere in the middle of the 100. Am I missing something?
Jerry Sizzler
2:34
Hi Eric. Thoughts on Sandy Alcantara? Haven't had a chance to eyeball him but I catch reports he has touched 102. Good prospect or one-trick pony?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:34
I really like him. Ranked him third in the system. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/top-24-prospects-st-louis-cardinals/
Roger
2:34
How high could Hiura rise? He strikes me as most underrated 1st round college hitter. I understand the arm/position questions, and maybe I'm not discounting him enough, but I can also see people looking back in a few years and asking why he didn't go higher.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:35
I'm with you. I really believe in the bat and think he has the actions and feet to play 2B. He might spend the first year of his career DHing but I do have him projected at 2B long term and he's got more bat than Scott Kingery did, and I thought Kingery merited late first round consideration.
Randy
2:36
I was a little disappointed to read most of the reading on Kolby Allard have been 90-92 this year. What makes him project so highly in rankings when that's where he sits and obviously doesn't have projectable size?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:36
Command, plus curve, potential plus change.
Bionic Danny Hultzen
2:36
Anything about Kyle Lewis? Still a few more weeks away?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:37
Not yet, I'm tapping my foot and checking my watch too. Pretty sure I'm seeing their Extended group tomorrow? Have to check the schedule. I'll keep an eye out for him. Ask me next week and I'll try to have some sort of update as to where he's at.
John
2:38
Any chance Royce Lewis sticks at shortstop?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:38
Yes but I think it's small and even if he stays there it's more of a 45 or 50 glove. I prefer him in CF where I think he could be an elite defender.
John
2:39
Do you know anything about Adrian Morejon's extended absence?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:40
He threw a bullpen on Friday so whatever has been ailing him might be remedied. They've been very careful with him and they don't really have any reason to push him if he feels sore at all because his innings are going to be very limited this year anyway.
Mets Fan, feeling great
2:41
Amed Rosario. Is it even worth it for the Mets to bring him up or is this season turning into a disaster of such epic proportions that they shouldn't risk harming his development for a team that's going no where?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:41
Hm, I hadn't thought about that but yeah, I can see an argunment where you just keep him away from the dumpster fire in New York.
Bionic Danny Hultzen
2:43
Is Robert supposed to be great? I don't understand really why there isn't a bidding war among all teams who aren't in the luxury tax penalty box. Why is that?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
Because those teams have commitments to the upcoming J2 period they don't want to break, and they'd have to if they signed Robert.
Juan
2:43
Who are players who have made the jump from outside the top 100 prospects to inside of it this season? Flaherty, Urias?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
Flaherty for sure. Urias is making a strong argument.
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