Klawchat 3/23/17
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Keith Law
1:36
Just go back to my top 100, which included all four players. I wouldn't give a different answer here.
Minty
1:36
Whether you agree with it or not, do you think that the Sox are positioning to call Moncada up in May after they save a year of service time?
Keith Law
1:36
No, I don't think so.
Roman
1:37
Keith, always love your take on well, everything. Anyhow, what do you think the Cubs will do with Ian Happ?
Keith Law
1:38
I think he may end up trade bait, but that depends on how Baez looks as the regular 2b. Happ can play 2b well enough for me to be an everyday guy there for somebody.
JJ
1:38
Is Yadi Molina a future HOFer, of is he the catching equivalent of Omar Vizquel?
Keith Law
1:38
Probably not a HoFer for me, will certainly get the same media/fan treatment as Vizquel, but has a better subjective case (game-calling, pitcher handling) than Vizquel does.
Mark
1:39
What would you major in if you were to go to college all over again?
Keith Law
1:40
Applied math. And then I'd take language courses for all my electives. I had access to such amazing educational resources in college and feel like I didn't take enough advantage of them.
Chip
1:40
Was hoping to see Jose Ramirez on the breakout list. Was he under consideration? Would he have been as an everyday 2B as opposed to playing somewhat out of position at 3b?
Keith Law
1:40
He wasn't "under consideration." He hit .312/.363/.462 last year; what's the argument that he's going to get better this year? If anything I'd say he broke out in 2016.
Rob
1:41
I saw video of Luis Castillo pitching. You had him rated #99 on your prospect list. Nasty, nasty stuff with what appears to be good control/command. Looks like a great find for the Reds. Oddly, his name does not appear on many other prospect lists. What do you think his ceiling/floor is? Thank you.
Keith Law
1:41
Ceiling mid-rotation starter. Most likely dominant two-pitch reliever. Floor good setup guy. All depends on health, and in his case the lack of a breaking ball.
Chip
1:41
Francona continues to mention Yandy Diaz's shortcomings at 3B. Back in 2015, EL Managers voted him as the league's best defensive 3B. Has he grown out of the position? The Indians rolled with chisenhall at 3b for several years so the bar can't be that high.
Keith Law
1:41
I don't think he's that bad at 3b and neither do opposing scouts.
Rob
1:41
Kendall still ranked #1 on your draft board??? What do you think of this Austin Beck climbing up boards? Top five guy?
Keith Law
1:43
Beck is a very toolsy prep OF, not a top five guy, more than enough questions about feel to hit and about his makeup (I have no idea what, but three scouts from different teams all independently mentioned that to me). He's probably ahead of Adell at this point. As for #1, it's not Kendall, but I won't do a formal ranking until mid-April, I think.
Marshall MN
1:43
Should Twins fans expect a bounce back season from Sano, or was 2016 an accurate representation of his reality? I had hopes of him being a better hitter than what he showed last year, not a guy who hits .230 with an OBP of .319.
Keith Law
1:43
Yes, I think there's more in that bat, in average and in OBP.
David
1:43
Thoughts on Greg Bird?
Keith Law
1:44
30 HR potential, but a DH.
joe
1:44
Did you get a chance to se Shed Long? I always like prospects with unique profiles. I wonder if he can hit enough to be a regular 2B.
Keith Law
1:44
I did not, but I don't think anyone views him as a potential regular.
Jon
1:44
Do you think Daulton Jefferies has the stuff to move quickly and become a #3 starter if his health holds up?
Keith Law
1:44
The health question is enormous with him. He's a slight guy who's had real arm trouble. He's healthy this spring and throwing well, but I would have a hard time projecting him as a mid-rotation starter right now given the last 12 months.
Drew
1:45
When will you be doing your column on breakout players? Thanks.
Keith Law
1:45
It went up this morning.
chauncey
1:45
This is much better and easier to read?
Keith Law
1:45
That's my hope too. And the folks at Jotcast have been great about working with me on formatting.
Denis
1:45
Any thoughts on Bellinger this spring? It looks like he has been struggling.
Keith Law
1:45
Ignore. Spring training stats are useless.
Jeff
1:45
Braves fans are pushing the idea that Christian Pache is the next Acuno type player to breakout for the Braves. What kind of ceiling do you think he has?
Keith Law
1:46
That's not crazy. Could end up a lot like Inciarte.
Mike
1:46
How far may Jeren Kendall fall in June's draft after his slow start to his season ?
Keith Law
1:47
He's hitting .297/.363/.560, leading Vandy in HR with 5, and while his strikeout rate is a little high it's down from last year at 23.3%. That's not a slow start.
Pete
1:47
So Trump/Russia......biggest political scandal or overblown?
Keith Law
1:48
I think it's the former, but my knowledge of American political scandals is pretty limited.
Monkie_J
1:48
Probably asked and answered countless times, but what's the best way to buy the book? As in, does one way get you an extra nickle over another?
Keith Law
1:49
Just buy it however you want. Yes, there are slight differences in what I get and I appreciate you asking - I think at least at the start I get more for an e-book than a hardcover - but really, it's all good. If you buy it in any format, I'm happy.
Brian Snitker
1:49
What is the eta on Ronald Acuna? He looked awfully impressive in the Braves camp. Could he be ready by 2018?
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