Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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Eric A Longenhagen
12:01
Good morning from, pretty sure it's Tempe? Yes, it must be.
Mock draft went live yesterday, it's here: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/fangraphs-2017-mock-draft/
12:02
Today's daily notes have a few more rumors. I'll link that here when it goes live.
Hobbs
12:02
At this point are you moving Acuna up? Rather have him or Eloy Jimenez longterm in real life and fantasy (if you answer fantasy questions)? Thanks.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:03
I'd give it another month. Probably have those two on equal footing at this point. Easier to see elite power from Eloy, Acuna has a better defensive home, might steal you 15-20 bags.
Estuve
12:03
How much cheaper would Gore have to be than Greene for you to draft him if you were in charge of a team with a top pick (let's say the Reds)?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:04
I'm just taking the one I think is better. More uniform bonus amounts from pick to pick means under slot deals are harder to come by.
Estuve
12:04
Who was a better pitching prospect coming into the draft, Aaron Nola or Brendan McKay?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:04
Depends on what you thought of Nola's delivery.
Troutmageddon
12:04
Is Kopech looking more like a reliever given the walk issues?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:04
Nah, he's still just 21. Give him another 4 years to harness that stuff.
GPT
12:05
Is there an arm linked to the Giants at 19? Your mock has three hitters there, but was wondering about pitchers.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:05
Not that I've heard, or else it would have been on the mock.
dupu
12:05
best change up you've seen in Braves minors? also thanks for answering my Albies vs Demeritte question on the Twitterz yesterday.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:05
Best I've seen is the 55 Allard will flash.
adam
12:06
TCU doesnt have any names in a top 50 list despite a nationally ranked program. no exceptional talent or talent just not ready?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:07
They have some underclassmen who might be early picks in '18 and '19. Baker (for some, I'm still not sure) and Nick Lodolo are two
Ted
12:08
Your mock mentioned crazy Braves rumors. Can you give us an idea of what rumors are out there?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:08
That sounds irresponsible and click-baity.
Patrick
12:08
Eric,

If you were in the Phillies war room, who would you suggest they take at #8 (making reasonable assumptions about who will / won't be there)?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:09
If Haseley is there he'd be a fine pick, if not I'd be on Peterson, I like Baz, Hall.
Troutmageddon
12:10
Is Bo Bichette a top 50 prospect at this point?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:12
This question is essentially, "Is Bo Bichette either a low-risk above average regular or high-risk potential star?" and I think there's an argument that he's the latter. Not sure where he falls on the continuum of other guys who fit those descriptors or if it's within your arbitrary endpoint, but I was certainly too low on him.
Steve
12:13
In your first mock, you mention that Braves have interest in McKay. The Coppy regime has been notorious for targeting high upside players. Is McKay a high upside play?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:13
If you have him in as a bat and think he has a chance for plus hit and power, yeah.
Kyle
12:13
You, Klaw, BA, and MLB.com have all had the Brewers taking Adell or Beck in the latest mock or in recent mocks. Is it known the Brewers are targeting high-ceiling prep OF or is this just how the board is likely to fall for them?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:14
Have heard them on OFs, unsure who they prefer. Adell has some teams that love him and others who don' t have him in their top 30.
Ayye
12:14
How do you think exit velocities at the NCAA Baseball Tournament compare to MLB exit velocities? Metal bats but inferior athletes/swings.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:15
Yeah, I wonder how the bats impact the exit velo but I saw too many guys with 30 and 40 bat speed last weekend to think the velos are higher than in big league games.
banksy_
12:16
When your sortable draft board came out, you said people told you to move Austin Beck down from 7, does a private workout really change that much, is there more to that? I kinda just saw the A's bringing in Beck as standard operating procedure, but I could be wrong.
Eric A Longenhagen
12:17
Not really. The board is just a composite picture of lots of different opinions. It's easy to see why a team picking in the top ten would like Beck, he has insane tools. There are just lots of people who are worried about him hitting. If you think he hits he's a top 10 pick, no doubt.
Larry
12:17
Any signability concerns with UF recruits -- Carlson, McConnell, Mace, Leftwich, Ruth, etc?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:17
I've heard a little bit on McConnell, but nothing either way on the rest of them.
banksy_
12:18
No Faedo? No "Gage" Canning? I've heard them both being top 15 picks, is there a reason you dropped them out of the 1st?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:20
The mock is about the teams, not the players. Those guys (especially Griffin Canning {did I mix up nomenclature on that somewhere? Gage is an OF at ASU and they blend together in my aging brain}) are going to be gone and maybe as early as 10 overall. But I haven't heard them with anyone, specifically. And that's what the mock is about, trying to decipher who teams like, who they're chasing. Someone will look at their board and say, 'welp, Canning is the best guy' and take him.
old timer
12:21
reminder from last week for more about Aaron Whitefield
Eric A Longenhagen
12:23
Been told he runs well enough (especially underway, big strides) to stay in CF and, while he's 6-4, he's of barrow build and not likely to fill out so much that he can't stay in CF. Pretty extreme pull-heavy approach, so there are questions about the bat. Sounds like a tweener/bench OF type of prospect right now but another interesting Australian prospetc in Minnesota's system.
Patrick
12:24
Does anyone have a system with players who have better names than the Phillies?

Sixto Sanchez
Seranthony Dominguez
Ranger Suarez
Cornelius Cleopatrick Randolph
Arquimedes Gamboa
Adonis Medina
Eric A Longenhagen
12:24
Nope
You missed Jojo Romero
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