Klawchat 3/23/17
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Keith Law
1:20
Upper 80s. Not good.
David
1:20
Does Yankees P Jordan Montgomery have a chance to be an effective starter?
Keith Law
1:20
I do not think he's a ML starter.
Michael
1:20
Why is there so much talk about how Tebow can't hit? Shouldn't we be talking more about how he can't throw?
Keith Law
1:21
Or we could talk about how he can't field, which means he's going to hurt someone if he plays too much leftfield this spring.
Darren
1:21
The AL seems to be loaded with candidates for the ROY, but I'm not seeing much competition for D. Swanson. Who are some of the top candidates you expect to get enough at bats to qualify for the NL ROY?
Keith Law
1:21
I had it as Swanson, Reyes, Bell coming into the spring, and now with Reyes out I think those two are the leaders.
Philip
1:22
At this moment how would you rank McKay, Bukauskas, Wright, Faedo, Romero
Keith Law
1:24
McKay, Wright, and Faedo all project as sure starters if healthy. Bukauskas might have the best 3-pitch mix of all of them, but he's a 6' RHP with no plane and no use of his lower half in his delivery. I would have to rate him lowest because I think he's probably a reliever.
Ted
1:24
Thoughts on the Tim Anderson extension?
Keith Law
1:24
Seems fine to me.
Eddy
1:25
Percent chance that Mitch White is a top 100 prospect at this time next year?
Keith Law
1:25
Pretty high if he stays healthy and pitches all year like what I saw last week. Whoa boy.
JQP
1:25
If a reader sees you at a ballgame, do you get annoyed if they approach you because you are working and they are interrupting? When would be the best time to approach you during a game?
Keith Law
1:26
Between innings, before the game, after (if you catch me ... sometimes I leave skid marks), all fine. While the game is in progress is just less than ideal, because I need to focus on what's on the field. But overall I'm very happy to meet any of you at the park.
Josh
1:28
Finally getting to try Terraforming Mars this weekend. Do you know of any new games you'll be reviewing soon? Or once the season starts is your time too full?
Keith Law
1:28
I have at least six here that I need to play and review, but spring travel has wiped out my free time for this.
John
1:29
You made the point in your last klawchat that "'you're in america, speak english' people should go jump off a tall building". I'm wondering how consistent you are with that belief. Do you think that no matter where one lives, it is the responsibility of the locals to adapt to the foreigner's language? I'm an American living in Peru. The vast majority of people here don't speak any English. Should I insist they learn English to suit my needs? Or in an attempt to better integrate myself into their culture, should I continue learning Spanish so that I can better understand them and make them more comfortable?
Keith Law
1:29
Congratulations on completely missing the point.
Miz
1:29
Do you see Adolis Garcia playing at the big league level this year? What should we expect out of him as a prospect?
Keith Law
1:29
I'm hoping to see him this upcoming week. I'd rather not offer an opinion now that I have to revise in a few days.
Chuck C
1:30
I know Spring Training doesn't matter and SSS, but have you seen or heard anything that has changed your opinion on a particular prospect or two since your rankings?
Keith Law
1:30
Only what I've written about so far, like Mitch White.
Tony
1:30
The Dodgers have reportedly focused on "rebuilding" Willie Calhoun's defense, including a diet/exercise regime losing him 16 pounds a "crash course" on defensive fundamentals. Does that investment by the Dodgers give you any optimism that Calhoun could stick at 2B? And, more generally, are defensive skills/talents more easy to improve than offensive skills/talents? Off-hand, it seems to me that I hear of more minor league guys who blossom at the major league level with the glove rather than the bat. Just anecdotal or something to that?
Keith Law
1:30
Zero. You can't just give a guy new feet. Or make a non-athlete an athlete.
John Wick
1:30
As a fan, how should I approach reports of prospects with increased velocity in spring training? Take Max Povse. Word is he's up a few ticks? Should I trust a beat writer's take or the spring training gun? And, if I should, what's the likelihod that the velo bump sticks?
Keith Law
1:32
I'm very skeptical of media reports on velocity, because I don't know where they're coming from. Stadium gun? One scout? Front office? Someone trying to juice a guy? Players do show up with more velocity, sometimes, and other times they're just throwing harder because they're working 1-2 innings at a time, or are airing it out because they're in big league camp and trying to make an impression.
Adam
1:32
If teams are already pitching around Seth Beer, could that effect his development in terms of being able to make adjustments?
Keith Law
1:33
I guess the counterargument is that the pitching he's facing might not be good enough to force those adjustments. I think the 3-year rule is hurting him; he'd probably go 1-1 if he came out right now into this good draft class that's muddled at the very top.
Adam
1:33
What are the chances Jordon Adell leaps to the top of position player draft boards by June?
Keith Law
1:33
Under 5%. More likely that he's drafted on the mound.
Josh
1:34
Not sure you know the answer to this, but do you know why The Netherlands team featured players from Curacao but Puerto Rico had a separate team from the US? I guess the obvious answer has to do with the talent available, but was not sure if there was another reason.
Keith Law
1:34
Puerto Rico has its own IOC entry - separate committee, separate teams, etc. - and they can easily fill a WBC roster. The Netherlands team is almost exclusively players from Aruba and Curacao, and if you split them, you wouldn't have a Dutch team at all.
Jason
1:34
One of your ESPN colleagues suggested a trade of Longoria for a package led by Ozzie Albies. Does even a straight-up deal for those two make sense for Atlanta?
Keith Law
1:35
No, that's ridiculous.
Chris
1:35
With more teams moving to crazy 13 person pitching rotations, do you think a positive benefit could be that teams may work to develop players who can handle multiple defensive positions? I am thinking about players like Austin Barnes or Josh Morgan, guys who don't quite profile as starters at premium positions or perhaps have demonstrable platoon splits, but could fill a backup role at two premium positions. Or, is it just too difficult of a developmental process?
Keith Law
1:35
I think the 13-man staff is an abomination. I agree with you on positional flexibility, although I think Morgan has a chance to be a good everyday guy as a catcher.
Tom
1:35
Any thoughts on Bill Simmons tweet calling out Jonah Keri for stealing his idea of ranking players by trade value?
Keith Law
1:36
I 100% believe that was in jest. It certainly brought Jonah's column a lot of attention, all positive.
Jay
1:36
Keith, If pressed to build around 1 of these players to build a franchise, who would you select and why? (Maitan, Vladdy Jr, Leody Taveras, Moniak)
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