Klawchat 4/6/17
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Keith Law
2:16
Character. Personality. Work ethic, aptitude, perseverance, ability to work with others. It can also include off-field stuff, so "bad makeup" might also mean he drinks too much or has had problems with the law.
Brady
2:16
Coming out of HS, were there character questions with Clint Frazier in his scouting report?
Keith Law
2:17
Not at all. Cocky kid who could back it up. I'm pissed that Waldman decided to sandbag the kid like that.
Andy
2:18
So Ian Kahaloa cost himself probably much needed development time. Is that a 20 mental makeup? I mean, I don't want to yell at a cloud here, but it seems like posting a video of you doing illegal drugs is more than just a youthful mistake.
Keith Law
2:18
It sounds like addiction rather than just stupidity. He needs help and I hope he's getting it.
Nick
2:19
Yo that Earl St. Clair from your playlist is smackin'!
Keith Law
2:19
Contrary to what he says, he's got it like that.
Erich
2:19
Watched the Orioles game last night and Bundy's stuff looked as good as I have ever seen. IF (big IF) he remains healthy, how high is his ceiling?
Keith Law
2:19
Except it wasn't. His fastball was down from last year, and way down by the end of his start.
Nick
2:19
Do you watch Archer? Some of the best comedy writing I've seen.
Keith Law
2:20
I used to but dropped off around season 4 when they tried that Vice storyline that kind of ruined the show.
Derek
2:20
Scouting report on Trea Turner's defense at SS? My recollection is that you thought he'd have enough arm to stick there. So far he looks good - seems to have good range to his right and his arm is solid and accurate (if not a cannon). One would expect his athleticism to play there...
Keith Law
2:20
Arm was there, footwork was fine, worried about his slight frame holding up under the work of a middle infielder but I think he's filled out better than i expected.
Jeff
2:21
What does Michael Gettys' hit tool need to be to be an average or better major leaguer? Likelihood he gets there?
Keith Law
2:21
He's not getting there. I don't think it's even a 10% chance. He can't find a swing that works, and he's been through quite a few already.
Robert
2:21
Twins opening day broadcast, Dan Gladden comments how it's such a great day for sons and fathers. Sent my wife through the roof. She also loathes every 'women, wine, and baseball' type of event. It's this kind of passive sexism that needs to be changed if MLB wants to grow. Women can enjoy sports just like men, without having to wear pink jerseys, drink wine, and told that it's worth going to see Kris Bryant in tight pants.
Keith Law
2:22
When people complain about hearing women (like my friend and colleague Jess Mendoza) on sports broadcasts, I'd like to send them this comment and see if they are similarly bothered by 19th century sexism too.
Burns
2:22
Higher ceiling, Franklin Perez or Forrest Whitley? Which is more likely to reach it?
Keith Law
2:22
Whitley definitely has the higher ceiling for me.
Brett
2:23
How many of Buxton, Sano, Kepler, Rosario and Polanco will become above average everyday regulars?
Keith Law
2:23
Yes, yes, yes, no, maybe.
Poppy
2:23
What are some good coffee places in San Diego? As a coffee novice espresso seems a bit strong what would be some of your recommendations for trying to get into it?
Keith Law
2:24
Love Bird Rock there. James and Copa Vida are solid. Espresso doesn't have to be strong, but you might start by asking for a gibraltar (or a cortado), a drink that has some milk in it but not enough to drown the coffee out like a latte would.
Jeff
2:24
I'm a huge fan of your work. Have you ever considered writing a book? I bet it would be great.
Keith Law
2:25
I have indeed considered that.
Moltar
2:25
So Lugo and Matz are down and Montero looked Monterrible in long relief yesterday. After Three Children In An Overcoat (aka Sean GilMartin), I have to imagine an off the board guy will make some meaningful starts for the Mets. The guy I've pegged is Chris Flexen. He's had some injuries, but with some Warthen tutelage I think he can be this year's Gsellman. What say you Klaw?
Keith Law
2:25
Flexen could be that 12th man type who helps, but what Gsellman did last year (adding a full grade of fastball) is kind of nuts and I wouldn't predict that for anyone.
Dante
2:25
When a pitcher is coming off a major injury (shoulder, elbow), how much do they usually work on fixing mechanics, or changing pitch mix (i.e., changing what likely got them injured in the first place)? It seems most pitchers go right back to what they were doing before, which likely leads to the injuries coming back.
Keith Law
2:26
Depends on the organization. Some teams will use that opportunity to rework a delivery. Marcos Molina's stuff is down, but post-TJ he's got his arm slot back up close to where it was when he first signed.
Nelson
2:26
Can you help me out: Is it incorrect to say "a high rate of speed" when refering to something going fast? I always thought that was wrong but then I saw it in a NYTimes piece so maybe Im the dummy
Keith Law
2:26
I thought the word for that was velocity.
Marcus
2:26
In your opinion, when is the right time to call up Cody Bellinger? By all accounts (aside from his ST batting average) he looks every bit a big leaguer right now. I'm sure they feel like Toles has earned a spot, but would a Bellinger/Joc/Puig OF be better?
Keith Law
2:27
They may want him to come up as a 1b, in which case there's an immovable object that will slow his timetable.
Matt
2:27
Who do you think is second on padres board (after Greene of course)
Keith Law
2:29
I've heard Austin Beck for them and the Rays, which was why I raced down there on Monday (and saw him do squat).
Wood
2:29
Do you think Andruw Jones belongs in the HOF?
Keith Law
2:29
Probably not, but he has a better case than Yadi. I just think Jones' career was too short; how many HoFers were done at age 31 other than guys who died young like Addie Joss?
Matt
2:29
Going to have new draft rankings coming out soon?
Keith Law
2:30
Later this month - we've pushed some things back because the draft is late (June 12) and so I can do a top pro prospects update next week, by which point #1 and #2 will have graduated along with Josh Bell.
Dmitry
2:30
My patient, who is a Murray Chass old school kinda guy bet me a dinner at Rao's (he has a table) that Beltre will not make the HOF within his first 2 years of eligibility. I say he does. Do you agree or is too much of his value tied to underappreciated SABR metrics?
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