Klawchat 4/13/17
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Keith Law
2:46
I don't have any minor league games scheduled yet because of draft work and the book. I'll probably pick that up more in May.
Nick
2:46
Sounds like the Yankees were pushing for Kap to get TJS last year but he opted for rehab. Now same thing happens a year later.
Keith Law
2:47
Some guys do rehab it successfully though, as long as it's not a full tear. Besides, it's his elbow, right? Easy to say "go get this major operation" when it's not your skin getting cut open.
Logan
2:47
Thanks for the answer regarding Beck! Had seem some mention the Braves, but doesn't seem like a great fit in my humble opinion.
Keith Law
2:47
I would agree; I think they can do better at 5. Heck, Mackenzie Gore is a better prospect in the same state.
Nick
2:48
I know you're not a big believer in Jordan Montgomery but he got a lot of swings and misses yesterday and look like a solid major league starter with room to get even better.
Keith Law
2:48
TL;DR. I think you're saying a pitcher had a decent start.
Neil
2:48
I don't think it is too early to think Matt Cain isn't good anymore. Would the Giants be better off letting Beede have a go at the 5th spot in the rotation?
Keith Law
2:48
Yes, they would. Cain has stunk for two-plus years now.
James
2:48
Still out on Mike Soroka as an elite prospect?
Keith Law
2:49
This is a stupid question. I have never said anything of the sort.
Jason
2:49
Should the boycott of major sporting events apply to states that don't have laws against sexual-orientation discrimination (or partial laws, like just for state employment), or only ones that pass laws forbidding their cities and counties from passing ordinances?
Keith Law
2:49
Isn't the latter an active act of discrimination (or, let's call it what it is, creeping theocracy), while the former is, at worst, a passive one?
Rick
2:50
Keith, any examples of guys you were "most" wrong about? Both better than you anticipated and worse?
Keith Law
2:50
I do a column on that every September.
Scott
2:50
Did you see Pedro comparing Jharel Cotton to himself mechanically? How much upside does he realistically have?
Keith Law
2:51
I heard about it, and I think the only person who can compare a pitcher to Pedro is Pedro. Cotton's probably an average big-league starter in the end.
Greg
2:51
Keith, I like your stuff a lot but weren't you at least a little hesitant to title a book Smart Baseball as if you claim to know what is the absolute smart way to view baseball? That didn't give you even the slightest hesitation?
Keith Law
2:51
One, it refers to a running gag on Twitter. Two, "as if you claim" is your problem here. I didn't claim what you said. I didn't come close to it. You just made some shit up.
Tom
2:52
Keith, maybe this is too personal but... do you have any interest in returning to work for an MLB team? What would sway you to accept a job? Is there a specific role ie scouting director that would most appeal to you? Rumor has it you turned down a job with an AL West team a few years back. Do teams often contact you?
Keith Law
2:53
I can't imagine doing so at this point in my life. Yes, I turned that job down, and it was almost entirely for family reasons. (Another reason: I didn't want to raise a daughter in Texas.) I'm with my daughter a lot more in this job than I would ever be in a front office or full-time scouting job. That's the most important criterion to me.
Evan
2:54
What's the biggest surprise to you from this season so far?
Keith Law
2:54
Absolutely nothing.
mike sixel
2:54
It's April. He's 23. He only has 500ish ABs in the majors, but when should we worry about Buxton if he isn't hitting well?
Keith Law
2:55
I think you can worry about him now, given that he struck out a ton last year before September too. And if he starts to make more contact right now, I'd want to see him do it for a few weeks or months before thinking he's turned the corner.
Evan
2:56
What's your opinion on what happened on the United flight? Should the guy sue? And if you think he should, how much do you think he will get?
Keith Law
2:56
I don't think he has any case against the airline, does he? The contract of carriage says they can deny you a seat you paid for.
Brian
2:56
Why are so many of the top draft prospects out of college not highly drafted out of high school? I would think most guys take something similar to the Gerritt Cole path in which they are very highly regarded out of high school and 3 years later maintain that same outlook. Are most of the top college prospects guys who had tremendous development post high school? Were "missed" out of high school? Were such strong college commitments that they weren't worth a high pick? Something else?
Keith Law
2:57
Right - guys who went to college and got stronger, or grew, or threw harder, or proved they could hit better pitching after playing high school ball against bad competition. Some were hurt in HS. Lot of logical reasons.
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2:57
Is too early to ask if the Phillies are leaning towards a prep player or college player at 1-8 ?
Keith Law
2:57
I don't think they'll lean either way. I think they'll take BPA.
Bob
2:57
Keith, how split are teams on B. McKay in regards to pitching prospect or hitting prospect ? 50-50 or more like 70-30 on the pitching side ?? I ask as a Reds fan and rumblings they prefer him as a hitter. Thanks !
Keith Law
2:58
I think 60/40 is about right. I would take him as a LHP, though.
Chuck
2:58
My wife's aunt who is anti-gmo -anti-vaccine is coming to Easter dinner. And she is a cardinals fan coming into our Cubs loving house. Do the rules of normal civilization apply here. Thanks for the chat.
Keith Law
2:58
Go at her full bore. Bring the science.
Munchkin
2:58
What do you think about PRP Injections and stem cell therapy? Effectiveness and potential pitfalls
Keith Law
2:59
I'm interested but I haven't seen any research (which may exist, I just haven't seen it) on their efficacy.
BD
2:59
You are an adovocate of HS pitchers declaring for the draft (injury risk, coach overuse, etc). Ignoring family financial situation, what round/slot figure do you start to think "OK, maybe go to Juco for a year and try and increase the offer?"
Keith Law
3:00
After day one, which is two rounds, you get a chance to negotiate overnight with interested teams to take you high on day two and overpay you. But whether the number is $500K or $1 million is going to depend a lot on whether that difference is life-altering for your family.
Ricky
3:00
If/When Otani comes over, is he viewed as a two way player?
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