Klawchat 4/13/17
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Keith Law
3:00
Nope. This is going to be the most-asked question of 2017, I think. NPB pitching is not close to MLB pitching as a whole.
Josh L
3:01
What would you say Corey Ray's ETA is? Summer 2018?
Keith Law
3:01
Probably, since he's not going to play a full season this year as he comes back from knee surgery.
Touki
3:01
Juan Soto getting some notice this week. Your thoughts?
Keith Law
3:01
Was on my "just missed" column in January. Essentially prospect #101, although I don't rank beyond 100.
Jake
3:01
As a veteran myself, the bomb is exactly what was needed. If that veteran from earlier looked at a map. Or even knew where Nangarhar was, he would know that a bomb is needed for the extensive tunnel systems they have underground.
Keith Law
3:02
I truly know nothing about the subject. I just 1) don't particularly like how willing we are to drop bombs on other countries and 2) don't like what appears to be a cavalier attitude on the subject by our current president, after Pres. Obama was himself too enthusiastic about using drone strikes.
CT
3:03
There was an article today stating that the Astros renewing Correa for the minimum may be hurting their chances to sign him to a long term deal. Do you think there's validity to this or was he headed for the open market regardless? In general, do you feel teams should reward players by paying them higher than the minimum when they don't have to?
Keith Law
3:03
No, that's bullshit, whoever said that doesn't understand how the system works.
Matt C. (Fort Collins)
3:03
So many writers invoke SSS all the time, then ignore it regularly (you are an exception). Always makes me laugh.
Keith Law
3:03
This is the first question I've ever seen from you, but it's brilliant, so I think you're awesome.
Metro
3:03
As a Mets fan I think it's pretty cool (rare) to find a good local talent. Any thoughts on Queens native Quentin Holmes? Around where do you project him being drafted?
Keith Law
3:03
Probably goes in the 25-50 range. Toolsy, big question around the hit tool and ability to make contact.
Nick
3:03
Can a starter like Graveman who throws one pitch 95% of time, as he's doing with his sinker this year, succeed as a starter?
Keith Law
3:04
Bartolo Colon used to throw about 95% fastballs when he was younger.
Brian
3:04
Just to clarify—you've been positive towards Hoskins. But he doesn't get much buzz more broadly, and he's never sniffed top 100 lists. I understand the 1B/power thing, but you have to forgive us Phillies fans for seeing a guy who hits for average and gets on base at every level and getting excited. We're not used to people who can post an OBP over .315.
Keith Law
3:05
Gotcha. I thought you were using his absence from my top 100 as a proxy for lack of scouting support or interest in him. I think teams see what he's doing and value him - more than they do Cozens, certainly - but think of all the college 1b we've seen fizzle out in the high minors or majors. It's a really high bar to clear. I think that's why the world, myself included, was so skeptical of Goldschmidt as he came up - he raked where others had raked before, and he was of a class (although he was drafted lower) that has a huge bust rate.
Will in Vero
3:05
Cody Bellinger ... is he a good enough outfield defender to earn regular ABs there if Gonzalez stays healthy at 1B?
Keith Law
3:06
Yes, he definitely is, but I don't know if the Dodgers want to do that or just keep him at 1b.
josh
3:06
ASU baseball is a mess rught now with fumors that the players cannot stand T. Smith. How could he possibly have screwed this job up?
Keith Law
3:06
Hadn't heard any of that. You'd think it would be an ideal job - recruiting couldn't be easier. "Look at our weather! Our campus! Our facilities!"
Greg
3:06
Where does Royce Lewis go? Is he a top 3 pick, or could he fall to 5?
Keith Law
3:07
No idea. Draft is two months away and he's only been playing for four weeks.
Nick
3:07
At the time I seem to recall you liked the Jake Johansen pick. What went wrong with him? That whole draft is a mess for the Nats.
Keith Law
3:07
I didn't like that pick. But then he lost most of his fastball after he signed.
Greg
3:08
Is Soroka just a midrotation starter? #3? #4? He just keeps producing.
Keith Law
3:08
Jose Berrios produced everywhere in the minors, and while I still think he'll be a good big league starter eventually, look at his MLB work to date.
JWR
3:08
Ian Happ hit his 5th HR of the season this morning. Do we still waive it away as SSS or is that enough HR in a short period of time to have significance?
Keith Law
3:08
Zero significance. ZEEEEEEEROOOOOOOOOOOO.
Greg
3:09
You seem very angry.
Keith Law
3:09
Nope. Bad reading job by you.
Kyle
3:09
I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to do these chats. I learn a lot from you.
Keith Law
3:10
You're quite welcome. I hope you learned this week that nothing is real and 8 games of baseball stats are merely numbers spit out of a random number generator. Good times! I will be at the Florida/Vandy games tonight and tomorrow and hope to see a few of you there. Thank you for joining me and for all of your questions this week, especially on such short notice since I wasn't sure I'd be in my hotel room in time to do this. Twelve days to Smart Baseball!
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