Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat 7/18
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Eric A Longenhagen
2:26
And yet every few years someone comes thru Reading, hits a bunch of homers and everyone forgets about those guys.
Guest
2:26
Any thoughts on Gurriel? Did the Astros land an impact guy or do you think he is over the hill now? Also, thoughts on his brother?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:27
International scouts I've spoken with on Yuli have generally lukewarm but positive things to say. 7 arm, average defense at 2B, 3B or either OF corner.
2:28
50 raw power, scouts expect something like 15-20 homers though I suppose the Crawford Boxes will have something to say about that.
The most polarizing tool is the bat. I've has some say 55, others say the swing is long and expect more of a 45.
Nick
2:28
Have you seen any 2017 draft guys yet? You'll be at the Area Code games, correct?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:29
Just the dudes I ran into this spring while seeking out 2016s (Hunter Greene, Nick Brueser, etc). Heading to Chicago for the UA game this weekend then right back to AZ for the PG World Series. Area Codes and PG All America are in August and I'll be there, too.
Adam
2:30
Could it be argued that the Padres didn't receive enough of a return for Pomeranz considering the volatility of young arms, especially in a one-for-one deal?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:31
I think you could argue that they didn't do anything to mitigate risk, but I don't agree that they didn't "receive enough"
Adam
2:31
Espinoza and Morejon on the same minor league pitching staff? Which of the two has more upside?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:31
Espinoza has more upside.
FTF
2:32
Any thoughts on Tristen McKenzie ? D. Farnsworth was quite high on him.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:34
Love him. Had as much, if not more, physical projection than any prep arm I've seen. Actually, there were lots of people who were concerned that he would never fill out because his frame was too slight to support it. But everything is going right there.
Bob
2:34
What do you think of Scott Kingrey? He has looked good.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:36
Plus run, plus hit, plus defense at 2B. Probably won't ever have better than 40 game power, but I think the rest of the profile is good enough to play everyday regardless of the power.
Matt
2:36
I consider myself relatively well informed in farm systems, but yet when I'm in your chats, I don't know half of the guys asked about. You always have answers. Do you know this off the top of your head, or are you referencing notes?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:38
Depends on the player. I do have my notes here on the coffee table in our Hipster Lounge just in case they merit reference. It's a practice driven by paranoia rather than vigilance.
BJ
2:38
Any thoughts on Genesis Cabrera?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:39
Like him more than Rush Fernandez but not as much as Yes Gonzalez or Emerson Lake Palmeiro.
Chris
2:39
Would you attribute Winker's power drain to the wrist injury or are there other concerns?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:40
He looked bat rehabbing here in the AZL. Bat speed is gone, he was late on 89-91 and missing those in the zone. It could be because of the injury, yes, and there's a chance that explosiveness comes back as he gets healthy, but it's something to watch.
2:41
And is Winnker ever really healthy?
I had a 7 on that guy's bat at one point, so I'm bummed about it.
Josh
2:41
Kolby Allard seems to be recovered from his back procedure and is missing bats. What's his realistic projection ? Strong #3 ?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:42
After the summer showcases in 2014, I had Allard in my own personal 1-1 conversation, albeit on the outskirts. I think "strong #3" is realistic, yes.
Brad
2:42
Any thoughts on Leody Taveras? Any other helium (fast-rising) prospects like him to keep on eye out for?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:43
He's been creating quite a buzz here in AZ and, considering the position Texas is in as we approach the Trade Deadline, there have been an unusually high number of scouts at Rangers AL games of late.
It's a 6 arm and he has the speed for CF but his feel for it right now isn't great, he failed to make some plays I thought he should late last week. His feel for hitting from the left side is exceptional for his age but his right-handed swing is bat.
2:44
He's really interesting.
jon
2:44
Has Lewis Brinson fallen at all in your estimation this year? Or just chalk it up to a snakebitten year?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:44
The latter. Too much talent to simply cast aside. He looked incredible during ST.
Tom
2:44
Any reason for Christin Stewart to remain in A+?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:46
Sure, it gives FSL pitchers the opportunity to make adjustments to him and evaluate how he responds, though I don't dismiss your desire to push him a little bit. He's exceeded my pre-draft expectations so far.
jon
2:47
Are you higher on Soler or Kepler? I feel like Soler is a change-of-scenery away from realizing some success.
Eric A Longenhagen
2:47
Soler's tools are more explosive but I'm more confident in Kepler's ability to hit.
Roger Salkeld
2:48
Is James Paxton always going to be limited by his ability to locate quality secondary pitches? His velo on FB has returned, but strikeouts and consistency do not really speak to having "turned the corner".
Eric A Longenhagen
2:49
I think it's tough for guys with extreme vertical arm slots to command the baseball east and west. He might find a way to succeed anyway, but if he does it will probably be through non-traditional (and thus difficult to predict) means.
Jeff
2:50
Now that Jason Groome has signed, how does he compare to the other Red Starting pitcher prospects?
Eric A Longenhagen
2:50
With Espinoza out of the system, he's the man. And yes, I have him ahead of Kopech.
Roger Salkeld
2:50
Why are there few/no players with high OBP and great base stealing ability in MLB today? Is this a feature of clubs devaluing steals, the rarity of on-base skills combined with speed?
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