Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat 7/18
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Eric A Longenhagen
3:30
Not necessarily, Teheran just doesn't have that natural downward snap the creates dive in breaking balls. His hand is often behind the baseball instead of on top of it.
Bartolo
3:30
Tell the world about Ricky Aracena!
Eric A Longenhagen
3:31
High-effort player who is about 5'8, already physically mature and profiles as a utility-type. He signed for $850K in 2014. Nice little player.
Randy
3:32
You say Musgrove is a #4 starter--to illustrate could you give a few examples of #3 and #4 starters in MLB?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:34
#4 starters are league average, produce about 2-2.5 WAR annually. #3s are really good, 60s on the scouting scale and worth upwards of 3 WAR annually.
I looked the other day and something like 12 pitchers have been worth an average of 4+ WAR over the past three years. Top of the Rotation arms are rare, we overuse that term.
handing out strikes guy
3:36
how's trent clark doing in the minors so far? i've heard good things about his progress.
Eric A Longenhagen
3:38
I've gotten some mixed reports, actually. Still a believer in his ability to play CF and have a plus bat. But based on how he's performing this year he'll probably require more external sourcing than I thought he would in April when he looked great.
Clarence
3:38
Have you seen that Stephen Alamais double-play turn from the other night? His athleticism has really stood out at WV
Eric A Longenhagen
3:39
Both he and Jake Rogers were a lot of fun to watch play defense in college.
Adam
3:39
Based on how he's looked thus far in his return from Tommy John surgery, where do you think Cal Quantrill begins next season? High A?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:40
I think his assignment next year probably depends more on how he looks next spring, honestly. He looks okay right now. The velo is back and that changeup is flashing but the breaking ball is bad and I expected a more sturdy, strong physique. He's just getting started up again after rehab so I'm not concerned.
Donaldson
3:41
Christin Stewart, Ruddy Giron, Oscar De La Cruz - Could you see any of these prospects becoming top 100 in the near future?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:44
Stewart's raw power is tough to ignore and I'm more confident in his ability to hit than I was pre-draft. I like Giron but not sure there's anything about the skillset that commands top 100 consideration. De la Cruz I saw this week and he was 92-95 with a plus slider, but he's hurt a lot and the delivery limits his ability to throw strikes. He might be the kind of guy who gets moved to relief with the hope that he can fast track before he breaks again. That's not a top 100 type of guy.
Brad
3:44
Derek Fisher or Jake Bauers better fantasy producer?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:44
Would rather have Fisher's power and speed than Bauers bat-first, 1B profile but I think Fisher's bust potential is higher.
YK
3:45
What do you think about Shohei Otani as a hitter? Currently slashing .328/.439/1.058 this year
Eric A Longenhagen
3:45
It's cute but he's a pitcher only for me.
Benny Boop
3:45
What do you think of Adalberto Mejia? Any chance he's up this year before Sept?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:46
Solid average four pitch mix with a good idea of how to use it. I think he's a #4 and I do believe he could help the big club this year. I need to watch the video I took of him at the Futures Game and comp it to last fall because I think the arm slot might be a little lower.
Bobby Sandy
3:47
Do you think Kevin newman is more above average regular or quality utility guy?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:47
Closer to the former. I buy that he hits and stays at SS
Mike T.
3:48
Is there a recent worse idea than trying Kyle Drabek at shortstop?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:48
Have you seen who's running for president?
I'm really excited to see Drabek at SS. I don't think it'll work, but it will sure be fun.
Ryan
3:48
Otani a pitcher only because you don't think the bat translates, or because he's such a good pitcher that you put him in a bubble the 4 days he isn't on the mound?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:48
Both.
Ryan
3:49
With the 2016 struggles of Giron and Javier Guerra put Jose London back at the top of the Padres prospect depth chart?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:50
I'm not ready to toss Guerra aside just yet and I'd have Rondon ahead of Giron anyway because I like the glove much more.
Adam
3:50
Is Jake Bauers a Yonder Alonso type player or something more?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:51
Those two have very different backgrounds but I see what you're getting at there and I don't think it's off base. Hit before power 1B-only guys.
Bobby Sandy
3:53
Do you think Anthony Banda has a chance to be more than a number 4 starter?
Eric A Longenhagen
3:54
No and I think projecting him as a starter at all is a little optimistic.
Good chat today (nearly two hours). I've got a piece on White Sox prospects up today (including Fulmer) and more on the guys I've seen lately coming this week before I head to Chicago this weekend for the Under Armour All American game at Wrigley, so you'll have some 2017 draft content next week as well.
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