Klawchat 4/6/17
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Keith Law
2:55
Maybe 100 good innings as a starter and long reliever.
Scott
2:55
Who has the best slider in baseball? Saw Sale from behind home last night, and I would be impressed if there's one better.
Keith Law
2:55
Kershaw? I agree that Sale's is up there. I've told the story before, but he didn't have that pitch in college. I remember talking to a scout after Sale pitched against Lipscomb and the scout called Sale's breaking ball that day a 3 (or 30).
Keith Law Disciple
2:56
Do you have any insight on what happened to Javy Guerra last year? Overhyped to begin with, injury, new team, other? Thanks!
Keith Law
2:56
A medical issue that I think has been mostly resolved, at least enough for him to resume his career.
Justin
2:56
Any chance Piscotty just cost himself a LOT of money with that extension? I get the security aspect, but even if he improves marginally from last year that is a steal for the team
Keith Law
2:56
I agree it's a potential steal for the team but that's a lot of security too. I will never criticize a player for taking the money, whether it's choosing the higher offer in free agency or choosing security with an early long-term deal. Good for him.
Dan
2:57
I found Jayson Stark's column on how no current MLB players are among America's top 50 favorite pro athletes.I think attitudes of the Ian Kinslers of the world are contributing. While his commentary had a healthy dose of "we aren't like THOSE people" referring to Latin players, there are surely plenty of American born players with personality and passion, who would love to express it without the risk of retaliation. I mean, Jose Bautista celebrates a huge postseason homerun and the next season the Rangers were still out for revenge. For celebrating the biggest hit of his career.
Keith Law
2:58
I think there's something to this; we should be encouraging players who have some flair or personality to show it. But even the local media ran Bryce Harper down for being an enthusiastic, emotional player, and he posted one of the best seasons in MLB history two years ago.
RobertM
2:58
I'm nor sure if Waldman fabricated it, but she took someone's word on it, and never verified it, and then spread it on a radio show. That's even worse.
Keith Law
2:58
Yes, I would put that in the same bucket, and there has to be a consequence for that.
Gerald
2:58
I read your brief update on Matt Manning...did your or your sources see anything wrong with his delivery? Is he working on stuff that may lead to a loss of command? Is he destined to be a reliever long term? As a Tiger fan who sees the need for new blood on the horizon, your report really made me worry.
Keith Law
2:58
You probably should worry a little bit - he took a step backwards.
JB
2:59
Any thoughts on Kyle Wright's less than stellar season thus far? Could he be this year's Alec Hansen?
Keith Law
2:59
Don't think he falls anywhere near that far, but he's definitely hurt himself with his lackluster showing. There are more guys in this draft going down than going up.
Rob
2:59
Does Franklin Perez have ace ceiling?
Keith Law
2:59
I don't think so; I think more mid-rotation towards back-end.
David
3:00
What could the Yankees get for Betances in July? Robles from the Nats?
Keith Law
3:00
If you based it off the Miller and Chapman deals, yes, that's a fair starting point, although the Nats may not see it that way.
Ted
3:01
Did you see the ESPN mag piece on Yoan Moncada? Seemed to imply there were maturity issues - does behind scenes chatter indicate something like this may impact his development? Or just typical young kid with money (i.e. no big deal)?
Keith Law
3:01
I didn't read it, but there are maturity issues, for sure.
Andy
3:01
What do you think of Gorsuch as a Supreme Court candidate?
Keith Law
3:02
I think he's an excessively strict constructionist, which foretells a rollback in civil rights.
Danny
3:02
Do you make anything of Chance Adams starting at AA instead of AAA? If he has to work on pitch sequencing or any individual pitch, wouldn't he better served doing it in AAA after dominating AA?
Keith Law
3:02
Or the Yanks just don't think he's that great a prospect?
Bill
3:03
My real question - is there any way that the WBC could become worthy of your time? Is any World Cup style/Olympic system automatically less compelling because its an exhibition?
Keith Law
3:04
Doing it midseason with greater participation would help tremendously. I don't find exhibitions automatically less compelling. I do think the US winning was a terrible outcome for MLB, though. The league gets much more value from another country winning, especially if it's a team that hasn't won before.
Jeff
3:04
Rosario is going to tear it up in Vegas, right
Keith Law
3:04
Yes, but it's Vegas, so it shouldn't make us overrate him.
Erich
3:04
Why do you think Stroman struggled so much at the beginning of last year? Bad luck? Overuse of sinker? Stuff translates to better results id think.
Keith Law
3:05
I thought bad luck. Will never forget seeing some jays blogger saying in June that the team should send Stroman to AAA. It was like message-board level overreaction.
Aaron
3:05
Over the last couple years, Anderson Espinoza's star seems to have fallen slightly. Is there any concern from your end? Probability of reaching ace ceiling taken a modest or huge hit?
Keith Law
3:05
I don't think it's fallen at all, actually.
Brandon
3:05
I wish more athletes realized this is an entertainment sport. As Cam Newton says if you don't like me celebrating, don't let me score. It's that simple. You can celebrate without being dick pretty easily but not faux outraged has entered into sports. More enthusiasm is good for the game.
Keith Law
3:06
In baseball, if you're not actively trying to hurt someone, it's probably OK. Just don't throw at anyone's head or slide in spikes-up.
John
3:06
What is different about the spiked curveball that a lot of pitchers (e.g. Kluber) are throwing these days? I think I get how the grip is different, but what about the action?
Keith Law
3:06
Harder break, sharper to the eye, but more difficult to command.
Erich
3:06
You dont seem like the kind of person who would work at a large corporation like espn (with them becoming more and more of a hot take machine.). Have you ever considered branching off and doing something on your own?
Keith Law
3:07
They have never asked me to do hot takes and when the new baseball editor took over last summer I told her specifically I didn't want to do that. She agreed completely and it hasn't changed one bit. As long as they treat me well, I don't feel like I need to go out on my own.
Marshall MN
3:07
Do you have any plans to stop by the Twins Chattanooga AA team this year, because selfishly I would love to hear an updated scouting report on pitching staff? Both the rotation (Gonsalves, Stewart Romero, Jorge) and the bullpen (Burdi, Jay, others) are loaded with guys to watch.
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