Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat
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David W
1:26
Hey man, thanks for taking the time.   What can you tell me about the Braves' Yunior Severino?  Seems like a major helium guy for 2018?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:26
Takes big, out-of-control swings. Has some power, 2B profile. Needs to hit.
Hank
1:27
Lucas Sims makes his big league debut tonight. His walk rate is way down this year and the Ks have remained. Any hope he can start?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:28
I had lost all hope for it at one point but he's throwing strikes this year and  I'm always willing to re-evaluate.
PF
1:28
How much is the new soft cap deterrent (lowering draft picks if spend more than x amount a year) going to affect teams?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:28
This is a great and important question that I have not yet had time to consider or ask around about.
bringbackdelgado
1:28
Were Jorge Lopez's AAA failures primarily Colarado Springs related? Everything at AA Biloxi was fine and his arsenal is relatively complete. Or will the control issues prevent him from a rotation future?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:31
Colorado Springs is, and I think it's inarguable, just bad for your pitching prospects. His stuff is electric at times. I would have thought circumstances dictated Milwaukee give him a big league shot every fifth day but just tossing him into a playoff race with that sort of command is different.
I think he's probably a relief prospect at this point.
TKDC
1:31
Who did a better job trading Garcia, the Braves or the Twins?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:31
I like Huascar.
No Hay Anthony Banda
1:33
Are you concerned about Willie Calhoun's extremely high IFFB% (30% this year, 35% last year) preventing him from hitting for a high AVG? Despite his awesome K%, about 25% of his PAs the past two seasons have ended in a K or infield pop-up.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:36
Yeah, I noticed that yesterday too and am not really sure what to make of it. Calhoun swings at a lot of stuff most people wouldn't be able to hit at all and he finds a way to make it work, but I suppose it does cause some of his contact to be sub-optimal. I wonder if other hitting prospects whose bat-to-ball skills were so good that it cannibalized their approach (Josh Vitters is always who I think of) had similar IFFB rates
Mark
1:36
Have you seen Yordan Alvarez this year? Thoughts on his season so far?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:36
I have not, but it sounds like he's a total stud. And if you read the site regularly you know I'm not one to get enthused about 1B prospects.
Johnny Coconuts
1:37
Does Lewis Brinson need to go back down? The plate discipline looks a little better but his only solid contact has been those two home runs.
Eric A Longenhagen
1:38
I don't think he has anything left to learn at Triple-A, only way he gets better is in the big leagues. And if you get him regular at-bats now and he has time to make an adjustment, maybe he helps you in September. A talent like that quickly putting it together is what they need to compete with Chicago.
Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe
1:38
Who are a few minors guys who you think will have the greatest effect on the Wild Card races?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:39
Good question. Probably one of Tampa Bay's prospects at Durham, Honeywell as the obvious one. NL race isn't as much fun. I'd have liked to have seen Ildemaro Vargas get a look with Owings and Marte shelved for very different amounts of time.
Bean B.
1:39
I know Verdugo is a better defender, but do scouts/execs think of his bat in the same category as Calhoun? Is it fair to say that Calhoun's batting profile translates to the bigs more than that of Verdugo's?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:39
I think they're relatively similar but Verdugo has a 70 arm and an actual defensive home
prospectlove
1:40
Why is there such little buzz on Jordan Yamamoto? Do you still feel that the lack of projection limits his upside to backend SP?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:41
Probably because that system has so many other good guys. Hell, that rotation has several other good prospects. Yamamoto is a potential 4/5 for me.
Ziggy
1:44
What's Chance Adams' ceiling like?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:45
Mid-rotation
GraphsFan
1:45
What is the most common tool to be graded 80? What is the most rare?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:45
Fastball. Hit.
Prospect Idiot
1:45
Help me with some context?  Brandon Marsh and Starling Heredia are doing video game stuff in the Pioneer league.  Is that due to the launchpad environs?  Relative level?  Elite talent?  They look like superstars
Eric A Longenhagen
1:45
It is a hitter-friendly league
JSDee
1:46
If you were the Padres, would you have taken the same package for Hand that Detroit received for Wilson? If not, what better course could the Padres have done rather than keep the guy with 2+ years of control?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:46
I'd have taken that deal for Hand, yes.
Enlightening Round
1:46
What are your thoughts on Austin Hays? Middle of the order thumper?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:47
Power/speed, approach is very aggressive and I worry it will be exposed at upper levels
Saint
1:47
Any information on Dodgers RHP Melvin Jimenez? 6'0", 170 lber out of DR in the Midwest League who *just* turned 18. Was in the DSL All-Star Game last year but didn't come over for Instructs. Was in the AZL for all of 11.0 IP this season before his promotion to Great Lakes. From his last start, he's a fastball/curve guy, didn't see any changeups, but the curve looked impressive. Thoughts on a pitcher so young (he'd be starting his senior year of high school this coming fall) making it to full-season A-ball in his second season?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:49
93-96 in AZL before promotion, have heard he's touched higher than that. Below avg height and command, scout I spoke to only saw curveballs too. Relief risk, but the stuff is good.
Hector R
1:49
Are you a believer in Touki
Eric A Longenhagen
1:49
Yes. Even if he's just a reliever I think he's going to be an effective big leaguer.
jda
1:49
Brusdar Graterol's only tool to rival his fastball is an 80-grade name.  He just was promoted to Elizabethtown.  How excited should we be about this kid?  I know he doesn't belong in the Michel Baez tier of pop-up guys but is he close to a 45 for you despite the enormous risk/distance?
Eric A Longenhagen
1:50
Yes. Mid-90s, strong, athletic build.
Saint
1:51
Has Wes Rogers established himself enough this year to be back on the prospect map? Do you think the bat can progress enough to be a top-of-the-order hitter?
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