Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat 7/18
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Eric A Longenhagen
2:04
I don't have anything especially witty to open the chat with this week so...
GPT
2:05
Can Giants fans start to get excited about Sandro Fabian?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:05
I think it's fair to say you have a nice little prospect down here in Scottsdale, but not that he's burst on the scene and has obvious star-level tools.
2:06
Before I went in to see the Giants I texted a bunch of scouts who have the AZL as part of their coverage to ask who I should be watching and none of them said Fabian.
2:07
I think he's a solid athlete with a chance to have an average bat and power, maybe above average D in RF.
But he's a long way off.
Rob
2:07
You think Teoscar Hernandez is a future regular?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:07
I like him but he's more of a fringe-regular/high end bench guy for me. Hard to see him hitting for enough power to play everyday.
Philip
2:07
Michael Gettys raw power is starting to play a bit more what's a realistic optimistic outcome for him in majors?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:09
He has star-level tools, the question has always been whether or not he'd hit. If by "realistic optimistic" (a phrase that I really like, even if it makes my head hurt) you mean something like a 66th percentile projection, I think it's an everyday player who gets by on his physical skill while frustrating fans with a lot of swing and miss and technical miscues.
BK
2:09
Rowdy Tellez has been destroying the ball since a rough April. Is he a legitimate middle of the order bat 2 years from now?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:11
I remain skeptical. For that swing to work, Rowdy needs to have amazing timing and I don't think he does.
Bryant
2:11
The Padres recently said - and I'm paraphrasing - that they're building to compete in 2019. Is Luis Urias a AAAA guy, bench player, or potentially something more for that team?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:12
Probably not enough game power to profile as an impact regular at 2B/3B but I do believe in the bat-to-ball and think he's going to be a fun utility-type or fringe regular.
Pat
2:12
Greg Allen: Any chance he gets to AA soon/what's his upside -- starter or fourth OF?
Brad
2:13
Bo Bichette has been a machine in the GCL. Does he see under-the-lights baseball this season? Also, do some teams look at how he's performed so far & regret not taking him late 1, or is this not enough sample size to draw any Tye of conclusion?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:14
I'd definitely give him some time up at either Bluefield or Vancouver toward the end of the season, but think it's fine to let him barbecue in Florida and have success for a while. I don't think anyone regrets passing on him, too early for revisionist history on this draft class.
John
2:15
Is jake thompson ready for the majors?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:15
Yeah, I think he could come up now and compete for five or six innings. But he still has some things (fastball command, primarily) I'd like to see him improve upon overall.
Zack
2:15
Is Vogelbach alone enough of a return for Miller? Chapman?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:16
I'm not on Vogelbach. WOuldn't do that if I were Cashman.
Dave
2:16
If the Astros don't make any moves for starting pitching, how do you feel about Joe Musgrove's potential this season and the future?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:17
Think he's an inning-eating #4 starter.
KG
2:17
Zack Collins with a great start at Winston-Salem. Chances of staying at catcher? Thoughts on the bat?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:18
Just submitted a piece to Cistulli for editing on White Sox prospects I've seen lately, Collins included therein. He looked better, defensively, than I anticipated in the AZL but pre-draft reports were far too pessimistic about his chances of staying there to just toss them out.
2:19
Plus, AZL pitchers' stuff isn't generally very good, and that could have masked some of his issues.
2:20
Offensively, his approach is mature, there's plus bat speed but it's a pull-heavy approach that might limit the contact he makes.
Eric
2:20
Scallops or shrimp?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:20
Scallops, assuming they're done correctly.
Ronnie
2:21
Hader is the clear #1 Brewers pitching prospect but would you slot in Woodruff at #2 with his success this year & the regression of Lopez?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:21
No, I'd probably have Ponce #2.
@jordo2323
2:21
How far into your prospect-radar radius is young Brewers pitcher Marcos Diplan? Has he moved into significant prospect status with his work in the Midwest League and the extremely young promotion?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:22
Definitely on the radar, the stuff has always been interesting. But the body, delivery, command...all have scouts leaning reliever there.
CJM
2:22
Ceiling for Yadier Alvarez?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:22
Top of the rotation starter.
Eric B Longenhagen
2:22
Last week you said you had more faith in Hoskins than Cozens performing at the Major League level. Why is that?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:24
Cozens' off-speed recognition is poor and his swing -- which features a really heavy weight transfer that leaves him way out on his front foot in general, let alone when he's fooled by off speed -- exacerbates the issue. He's so strong that it might not matter and he might be able to just muscle balls into play all over the place, even when he's fooled.
I thin Hoskins tracks better and has a better feel for hitting, overall. I'm just more confident in him making contact.
2:25
Reading is a power hitter's paradise. It's given us a 38 homer season from Darin Ruf an 20+ homer seasons from guys like Tagg Bozied, Jim Murphy, Matt Rizzotti....
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