Klawchat 4/6/17
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Keith Law
2:32
I think he does because of two factors. One, the electorate is slowly changing. Two, the old school is going to recognize his milestones - he'll get to 3000 hits this year and probably retires with 500 homers - and will simply consider his defense and clubhouse effects as additional positives.
Darren
2:32
Hi Keith, What are you thoughts on Braden Shipley. Can he recover from the mismanagement of the previous regime. Did you happen to see him? What is his ceiling now? Thanks.
Keith Law
2:33
I've heard the new regime is trying to work on his delivery to restore some of the lost power but I haven't seen it myself. I didn't put him on my breakouts list, despite past faith in his offspeed stuff, because I heard in spring training that it's still a lot of average.
No Pepper On The Grass
2:33
My team can't score a touchdown, so I'm going to invoke the nuclear option and change the length of the football field to 80 yards.
Keith Law
2:33
That seems fair.
LA Baseball Fan
2:33
Hi Keith. Love the chats. Do you think Hunter Green is a first round talent as a SS? If so why? Is his arm at that position enough?
Keith Law
2:33
Yes. He has a 70 arm at short. top ten pick as a SS.
Harrisburg Hal
2:33
At what Eastern League parks are you most likely to be seen? Reading? Trenton? Would love to catch you in Harrisburg.
Keith Law
2:33
Reading and Trenton most likely. I've been to one game in Harrisburg and two in Bowie since I moved here.
Niklas
2:34
Why is there a rule 5 draft? It just seems like a lot of times it actually hurts the players that are drafted. Tyler Goeddel sat on the bench on a bad team for a whole year when he really needed at bats. How does that help the development of these players?
Keith Law
2:35
Its purpose was to help players from becoming trapped in loaded farm systems when they could help a major-league club. The rule change about ten years ago undid a lot of that, so now eligible players are often too far away to handle the jump. Goeddel should have played more in the second half last year, though. I don't understand the Phillies taking him, keeping him all year and all winter, not playing him enough for a real look, and then dumping him this week.
Tim (NJ)
2:35
Finnegan's start last night for the Reds got a lot of buzz in Cincinnati - up to 94-96, vastly improved changeup. Know you were on him as reliever a while ago - anything change since then?
Keith Law
2:35
Answered above, but I've seen him hit 97 before.
Erik
2:35
Did you get a chance to listen to any audiobooks during all your driving? If so, any new recommendations? You've been 2 for 2 for me so far with Ballad of the Whiskey Robber and Undeniable.
Keith Law
2:36
I listened to Delusions of Gender (interesting but dry) and I Contain Multitudes (a strong 70 for me). I'm now listening to S-Town like all the cool kids.
John
2:36
If you were the Astros, would you include Martes and Tucker in a deal for Quintana?
Keith Law
2:36
Yes, I would, but I don't think that reported deal was ever on the table.
RobertM
2:36
Congrats on your new, and I gather first book. That's has to be exciting. I know this has been asked previously, but will there be any bookstore signings, or perhaps at other types of locations?
Keith Law
2:38
Thank you, it is indeed my first but I hope not my last. I know I'll be at the Georgia Center for the Book on May 16th, and have been invited to one or more Pitch Talks events, including one in Toronto on June 26th. I've talked to Changing Hands in AZ about doing one in October too. Interested bookstores or other venues should contact Danielle Bartlett at Harper Collins; if I can accommodate something in my regular travels, I'm happy to do these.
Greg P
2:38
Are the Royals stunting the development of Raul Mondesi by having him start at the major league level? Would he be better off getting some time in AAA?
Keith Law
2:38
I think so. But I also didn't agree with how they developed him in the minors, such as asking him to bunt for hits when he hadn't figured out how to work the count effectively.
Hinkie
2:39
Is Pavin Smith the best hitter in this year's draft? Also, will he be there at 1-8 for the Phillies?
Keith Law
2:39
Not the best hitter, or in the top five. He'll be there at 8 and I bet he'll be there at 9 too.
RobertM
2:39
Just saw the news on James Kaprielian. Hopefully rest cures what ills him, but doesn't look encouraging. If you had to guess, is the rise in TJS all velocity related? And related, did you ever see the film Fastball and your thoughts.
Keith Law
2:40
I think year-round pitching is one major reason, higher velocity a minor one. Jeff Passan's book The Arm is the must-read on this subject. Never seen that movie.
Justin
2:40
Do you see Adam Frazier ever becoming anything more than a decent bench player?
Keith Law
2:40
I do not.
CB
2:40
Remember all the people who said that voting for Clinton and voting for Trump were one and the same? I wonder what happened to all of those people?
Keith Law
2:41
Actually I ran into a few online who called me a few names and said I was just falling for the corporate whatever it was I stopped listening.
Doug
2:41
Do you think Miguel Diaz is a potential starter for the Padres? He's looked nasty against the Dodgers so far this season.
Keith Law
2:41
Because he's throwing one inning at a time. Last year was the closest thing he's ever had to a healthy season, and he didn't reach 100 innings or pitch above low-A. I think he could be a really good reliever.
Chris
2:41
Any insight into Szapucki's arm issues? I've heard something is up.
Keith Law
2:42
He has a shoulder impingement. That's public info.
Chris
2:42
Soooooo the Mets are definitely ruining Conforto right?
Keith Law
2:42
They're ruining their lineup.
Wade
2:42
How much do you pay attention to college seniors?
Keith Law
2:43
Only if they're tabbed as prospects, like Wil Crowe (technically a redshirt junior, but he's going to be 23 in september).
Chris
2:43
First in the queue for the book at Portland PL! Does it make me a bad person for not buying it? (I do pay for Insider mostly for your work fwiw)
Keith Law
2:43
Read it and tell the world it's wonderful and I'll forgive you.
Andy
2:44
Will Shohei Otani be able to hit and pitch in MLB?
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