Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
3:05
Yes but realistic about what he is, which is a bat-only guy.
Oddball Herrera
3:05
Seen any of Jae-Gyun Hwang? Struggling offense in SF seems like they could use him
Eric A Longenhagen
3:06
Haven't seen him but have spoken with scouts and they think he's a bench guy and noted it was telling the big club hasn't given him the call yet.
Andy
3:07
Anything on Jordan Humphreys?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:08
88-92 , abv avg change, fringe to average curveball but he locates it. Nice prospect.
Seven Costanza
3:08
Vladimir Gutierrez is striking out all the guys and walking none of the guys. Any thoughts on him?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:09
Wrote about him for today. Throwing hard, curveball is great and yes, throwing strikes. Scouts want to see the repertoire start to expand, but he's off to a great start.
Kyle
3:09
Have you heard any updates on Brady Aiken?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:10
Not very recently but within the last couple of weeks. Pitching with a 40 fastball.
Joe
3:10
I'm a frequent visitor to the MLB Draft each year at MLB Network Studios. What would be some advice you could give that might improve overall interest in the event?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:10
Adding me to coverage.
3:11
No, I think the way the college game is becoming more visible will be helpful.
But because so much of the draft is comprised of high schoolers and JC players it's much harder to market prospects the way the NFL and NBA can.
Bob
3:12
Thoughts on Carlos Tocci?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:12
Love his feel for CF and bat to ball skills, he hasn't added much strength.
Seven Costanza
3:13
Does baseball have the equivalent of a Wonderlic Test for potential draftees?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:14
I don't think the Scouting Bureau administers a uniform test to all prospects but some clubs have mental skills tests they ask prospects to take.
Jimmy
3:14
Can you rank the following OFers: Jesus Sanchez, Cristian Pache, and Esteban Florial? Thanks!
Eric A Longenhagen
3:15
In the order you have them but it's close, especially between the last two.
Erik
3:16
Would the draft be better and/or more fun with a lottery and pick trading, like the NBA? Or will the MLB draft never be all that fun since the players are all years away from contributing?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:17
Yes to both.
Jeff in T.O.
3:17
Whereabouts would Luis Robert be on your 100 list?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:17
In the 55 FV tier
VampWeekAtBern
3:17
Angelo Gumbs was a 2nd round pick in 2010. He just reached AA for the first time. Non-prospect, or might there be something there? It seems like Cistulli is a fan.
Eric A Longenhagen
3:19
He has always had good bat speed but a messy, noisy swing. Sounds like his body has matured a bit and he's controlling the bat a little bit better. Might be some late blooming going on there.
Ford
3:19
Anyone who has received better than anticipated reports in the A's system?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:20
If I see Marcos Brito taking BP on the side during extended game I go watch.
VampWeekAtBern
3:20
Got a favorite pitching prospect with sub-90s velocity?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:22
Favorite? The Padres have a little 18-year old named Omar Fernandez who sits 84-86 with a good changeup and curveball. Not a great prospect but I enjoy watching him pitch.
Ford
3:22
If the A's don't go college pitcher at #6, which demographic would you expect them to pick from?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:22
prep bat
dan
3:23
I imagine you can't cover every prospect by yourself, so how much of your evaluations would you say are based on your own eyes vs. what other scouts see/their opinions?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:24
Depends on what's being covered. Pro stuff is an amalgamation, draft stuff is weighted more toward me because teams spout a lot of misinformation to try to get guys they like, J2 is all sourcing.
Rob
3:25
What's your favorite Paul Giamatti film? asking for a friend
Eric A Longenhagen
3:25
Bat Fat Liar
I'm kidding. American Splendor.
Mark
3:25
Thanks for the weekly chat. Any early reports on K Funkhouser's stuff? Stat line looks impressive K's wise.
Eric A Longenhagen
3:26
You're on it. Changeup is missing bats, breaking ball is too, sounds like he's throwing harder.
mike sixel
3:26
Odds MN goes for an under slot guy, since they also have picks 35 and 37, IIRC?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:30
Small. Bonus amounts up top are more uniform and clubs' ability to save pool money is limited as a result. I think the only clubs for which an under slot deal might make sense are Oakland And Cincinnati. The Reds because they pick for the second time before everyone else at the top of the draft except for Tampa but they have the $1mil difference in slot value vs Tampa up top. Oakland because, after what I think is a clear top 5 in the class, they might have several similarly graded players with whom to leverage negotiations.
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