Klawchat 4/6/17
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Keith Law
3:07
No, I don't fly to see minor league stuff, only draft guys. Minors I'll do what I can around here (which is a lot), then Futures Game and AFL.
CKS
3:08
Heard a few reports that labelled Braves 3B Rio Ruiz as the 'most improved player' in spring training this year. Does he have the ability to be an everyday guy or is that wishful thinking?
Keith Law
3:08
'most improved player' = (wanking motion)
Scherzer's Blue Eye
3:08
Beyond Soto and Robles, who is the Nats prospect you're most intrigued by?
Keith Law
3:09
Luzardo when he's back. Also drawing a blank on their big Latin American signing.
EricVA
3:09
About to have my first kid and everybody tells me to freeze a bunch of food for after. However, I cook for us every night and find it therapeutic. I firmly believe I'll still want to cook dinner every night while my wife watches our baby. Am I insane?
Keith Law
3:10
I kept cooking after my daughter was born. But I will suggest you keep it simple, because you'll be too damn tired to do much cleanup.
Bob
3:10
Ok, his bat is overhyped but will Otani be a top 20 pitcher in MLB? Top X?
Keith Law
3:10
Top ten. Maybe top 5.
Alex
3:10
Top 10 for Kopech seems high considering (iirc) you saying he has a legitimate chance to be a reliever. Is the upside just so enormous that that outweighs the risk?
Keith Law
3:11
Correct. It's potentially a top 5 starter in baseball.
He's, not it's.
Dan
3:11
Good luck with the release of your book! Can't wait to read it. I enjoyed your write-up about the day you went to Cardinals camp to see the minor leaguers. Was your overall impression better or worse than you expected? As in, could that group in the lower minors lead the charge to a top five ranked system in a couple years? Thank you!
Keith Law
3:12
Hicks was the big surprise - I'd heard about the 101 mph, but 92-97 with plus sink is even better than a straight 101. And he's got two other weapons, and the delivery works. The other guys I saw were all close to expectations; I might say Junior Fernandez looked more relieverish than I'd hoped.
Steve
3:12
Ryon Healy. Potential 30 Hr and 300 average guy?
Keith Law
3:13
No, I'd bet the under, a lot.
Kvothe
3:13
Thoughts on every pitcher's velocity being higher because of Trackman tracking velocity right when the ball is released from pitcher's hand?
Keith Law
3:13
Nothing to say. As long as we all know that, we're good.
JJ
3:14
I think most Red Sox fans are down on the Kimbrel and Pomeranz trades and the resulting dings to our minor league system, but the Sale for Moncada/Kopech was probably a win-win for all Sox involved, right?
Keith Law
3:14
I thought so at the time. I thought they overpaid for Kimbrel but it was in line with what Miller and Chapman fetched.
Erich
3:14
Do you ever voice displeasure with other espn analysts for hot takes? Its very frusterating to see guts say things just for attention.
Keith Law
3:14
If it's a baseball take, I will.
Virat
3:15
Do you think Conforto could handle CF on a daily basis? and is his bat worth playing him there?
Keith Law
3:15
I don't think he's a major league caliber CF.
Steve
3:15
Does Brendon Rodgers have the ability to stick at shortstop or is Trevor Story there for a bit
Keith Law
3:15
Definitely a shortstop, but not soon enough to worry about Story. That will work itself out somehow.
Tommy
3:15
It seems to me that both political parties look to appeal to the largest group they can get votes from, which usually means people who are less than educated, to put it mildly. How about setting up the voting machines to give a quick 3 question quiz to root out all of the people who haven't the mental capacity to vote on important issues? Everyone can feel like they voted, but only those who can pass a simple quiz will have their votes count.
Keith Law
3:16
I assume your question is well-intentioned, but that's basically a literacy test, which has been illegal in US elections since 1970.
JJG
3:16
Is Matt Chapman similar to Mike Olt in tools, or just statline?
Keith Law
3:17
Much better fielder. More similar to Matt Dominguez in that respect.
Craig
3:17
Bruce Rondon a future dominant closer or just another hard throwing middle reliever?
Keith Law
3:17
I'd bet on Joe Jimenez becoming a big league closer rather than Rondon.
Adam
3:17
It's interesting, the game is the best it has ever been in its history. Saying that, who playing now would you consider to be Hall of Famers? I agree Molina is not yet close, but I am wondering who you would think we will be seeing in Cooperstown in twenty years?
Keith Law
3:19
Anyone at all? Pujols, Beltre, Kershaw, Trout, Beltran, Miggy, Cano, Ichiro. Among younger guys, Machado, Harper, Bryant, Lindor all are off to that kind of start. And while it's early for a pitcher, Chris Sale is about 40% of the way there.
Steve
3:20
Does Jameson Tallion become a number two for Pittsburgh or does he have number one potential
Keith Law
3:20
Probably a good two when it's all said and done. He's another guy who got hurt and cleaned up his delivery while recovering.
Devon from DC
3:20
Any plans to come to DC for a book signing?
Keith Law
3:21
Not at the moment, but again, it has to come from the venue - Harper Collins is setting up a ton of media hits but not a book tour.
matt
3:21
Hey Keith, any idea why Buster Olney no longer does his daily links roundup? It was a valuable resource and (along with your work) the main reason I pay for Insider. I deeply miss it.
Keith Law
3:21
I don't know, sorry.
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