Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 6/16/17
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mike
10:34
outside of pitching, what does cle need to do to right the ship?
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
Wait
Outta my way, Gyorkass
10:35
Thornburg is out for the season, Smith is hurt too, and Jeffress sucks. How long until the rest of the league rejects Stearns trade offers out of his bullpen out of principle?
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
Always Be Trading Relievers
Bob Mapplethorpe
10:35
Will the Reds try to trade Iglesias this season?
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
Nope
Jerry Dipoto
10:35
If you were a GM/scouting director, how would you approach the draft? Or does it all depend on the team makeup? Seems like some teams skew college, others high school, some position players, others pitchers, etc. Does it depend on the strengths of your development system?
Jeff Sullivan
10:36
Completely boring answer of drafting the best available player at the time, as determined by the people in charge of evaluating that. I'd give pretty much zero weight to the current makeup of the MLB roster and farm-system depth
Andrew Miller
10:37
If Cashman could predict the future, would he undo the trade if he could now? I am what the Yankees bullpen needs
Jeff Sullivan
10:37
Nope
botchatheny
10:37
how bad is pujols gonna git?
Jeff Sullivan
10:37
It's going to get bad. Which, in turn, will suck for us, watching a very depleted Albert Pujols trying his best
JIMMY V
10:39
What is your thoughts on pirela? Post hype prospect who crushed the ball at triple a and since his promotion to the big leagues.  He always had good plate discipline and the 93mph exit velocity has me intrigued! Are you buying?
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
I wouldn't get my hopes up quite yet, but check back in two months.
10:41
This 2017 power appears to be unprecedented, but god knows we've seen enough of those sudden adjustments to believe an improvement could be possible
Porcho Villa
10:41
Are Happy Thames here again?
Jeff Sullivan
10:41
I imagine a part of that slump had to do with his lower-body injuries. I still believe in him as a quality hitter
connor
10:42
When do the phillies start bringing up the kids and letting them get experience for next year?  ridiculous to see the team that they are trotting onto the field these days.
Jeff Sullivan
10:42
Well, the biggest problem is that Crawford has been terrible
10:43
Hoskins will show up eventually, but Joseph has been a lot better since April, so I don't know what you do there
Ronnie
10:43
If the Brewers & Twins each somehow hold on to win their respective divisions which would be the bigger surprise?
Jeff Sullivan
10:43
Ooh, good one
10:44
Before the year, we gave the Brewers a 0.2% chance at the division. Twins, 1.5%
I'd say the Brewers, because while the Cubs and Indians looked about equally strong, the NL Central had more teams worth a damn than the AL Central
Billy Beane
10:45
Do you have thoughts on Luke Heimlich? I am very torn, because he did an awful thing, but he also already faced his punishment for it legally. I understand not drafting him early and giving him millions of dollars, but I suppose I'm surprised he wasn't drafted late.
Jeff Sullivan
10:45
No team wants to be the team that saw something redeemable in Luke Heimlich, and MLB can survive just fine without him as a member of the player pool
10:46
He doesn't have a right to being drafted. His problem, not baseball's
Peanut Butter
10:46
Is what Jed Lowrie is doing sustainable?
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
He's done pretty much this exact thing before. Last year, he was hurt
i'm with connor
10:47
Re: Phillies - crawford is their "best prospect" but the results of Hoskins/Cozens/Williams/Alfaro point elsewhere. Why not improve your club if you can?
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
They're all going to play. They're all going to make the majors
jp crawford
10:47
Am I the most overrated prospect in all of baseball?
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
Will depend on the midseason prospect lists. Don't know where you're being currently rated
WC
10:48
Do you think Semien will be out of a job when he returns from the DL?
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
Nope. Lowrie will probably just be traded somewhere
Jake
10:48
With Trout talking about returning at AS break and the Angels holding their heads above water, do you think that they have an actual shot at getting the 2nd wild card with how mediocre the AL is behind the top 4 teams? I just want to see Trout in the playoffs, there's gotta be some hope.
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
They have a legitimate shot, sure, especially with Bedrosian about to return. By no means are the Angels the favorites, but no one stronger has truly emerged
Nick S
10:50
Likely return Braves can expect for Jaime Garcia?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
Very little
Chuck
10:50
If Theo could predict the future, would he undo not trading Schwarber for Miller? He would really shore some things up for the Cubs. Also in turn Gelyber Torres could really net them the starter they need.
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