Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 12/16/16
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Jeff Sullivan
11:24
Further on this -- by talent, it makes sense. But Musgrove looks like a big-league starter now. Astros already have rotation questions, so they wouldn't want to subtract to add
Sean
11:24
why aren't angels a fit for quintana?
Jeff Sullivan
11:25
Literally nothing to trade for him
JBOII
11:25
Who has the higher ceiling: Odor or Bregman?
Jeff Sullivan
11:25
Bregman
Odor next year might not draw a single walk
Although he might curiously get beaned 20 times!
DTH
11:26
If you could create a player whose tools are all 40 except for one 80 tool, how good would that player be? and what tool would you choose to be the 80 to make the best possible player?
Jeff Sullivan
11:26
Well that's basically Billy Hamilton, him having 80 speed.
He's been worth 3.6 WAR per 600 PA
11:27
Someone with true 80 power would be valuable -- like a better Mark Trumbo -- but we already have the Hamilton skillset and it's great
Phil
11:28
If Dodgers have Kershaw, Hill, Urias, Maeda, Wood as their top 5 SP options, that leaves Kazmir, McCarthy, DeLeon, Ryu, Stewart, and Stripling on the outside looking in. Which ones are wearing a different uniform come 2017?
Jeff Sullivan
11:28
I bet Kazmir and/or McCarthy get dumped
Alan
11:28
A ridiculous question: how good is MLB at finding MLB caliber players? Are amateur players ever missed? If 100% of the population were forced to practice baseball with the same intensity as MLB players, what percentage of the population is suddenly capable of competing with the rest of the league?
Jeff Sullivan
11:29
No idea on the second part. There are definitely good potential baseball players out there who don't play baseball for whatever reason. But I have an example for the first part!
11:31
The league as a whole is good, but teams just can't know about everybody. I heard a story at the winter meetings -- not long ago I wrote an FG post about Jae-Gyun Hwang. After that post, four different teams reached out to his agent
Implying that, before that post, at least those four teams didn't know about him, or didn't think about him
And he's one of the best players from the KBO!
So, there are blind spots
And that's how I'm going to wrap this up
11:32
So thank you everybody for hanging out, and I'm sorry for what I didn't or couldn't address. We'll do it again next week at the same time, and until then, be well and have great days
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