Klawchat, 5/11/17
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Keith Law
1:14
Maybe Wright. But I think he's 3rd in a two-car race, so to speak.
Dana
1:15
Has Aaron Hicks finally figured it all out?
Keith Law
1:15
I want this to be true. It's just too small a sample to say, but boy does it look like he's rewarding my faith in him.
guren
1:15
Keith, I have noticed that you always use the phrase "begging the question" correctly (unfortunately you are in the minority), plus you rarely if ever have typos. I would surmise that proper grammar and spelling are important to you. Do you have any grammar or usage pet peeves?
Keith Law
1:16
Yeah, although I don't trot them out in public because it's mostly just pedantry (and can come off as classism). I'll give you one, though: "is comprised of." The word "comprise" means "contains," in the sense that a group comprises its members (and the members constitute the group).
Andy
1:16
Knowing that you think he's the #1 talent, would you pick Greene #1 if you were the Twins GM? While there's risk no matter who you pick, a HS RHP with huge velocity has more red flags than other categories.
Keith Law
1:17
No, I think a college 1b without another position has more red flags. The history of that profile is god-awful. I'd take Greene.
Henry
1:17
Keith, sorry, accidentally posted this on comment box. Have any of your broadcast/journalist colleagues changed their view/reporting as a result of your book?
Keith Law
1:17
You'd have to ask them, sorry.
Kevin
1:17
Why did Gausman struggle in April? Do some pitchers not like pitching in cold weather or cold weather affects their pitches?
Keith Law
1:17
He's from Colorado. I think he's pitched in the cold before.
Mike
1:17
When do you think Leodys Taveras of Texas plays in the MLB? (Yes I know he is 18)
Keith Law
1:17
In 2019.
Nick
1:18
Buxton has been putting together some pretty solid ABs lately. It's a low bar, but how long do you think it takes before he gets his AVG into the .220s and OBP in the .320s?
Keith Law
1:18
Aaron Gleeman's been ... um ... gleefully tweeted about Buxton's rise. After the first 50 or so AB, Buxton's been on fire with more BB and fewer K. I would bet on him keeping it up.
msubin26
1:19
what is your take on the Matt Harvey situation now and historically?
Keith Law
1:19
No take. I don't know the truth behind it all, and any take I offer would be like a cream puff right out of the oven: Hot on the outside, totally empty on the inside.
Kyle KS
1:20
How difficult was it to resist the urge of putting a picture of yourself holding a bat or leaning on a bat on the cover of your book? Seems like the go-to for baseball books.
Keith Law
1:20
HC never suggested that, but I would have gone to court to stop it if they had.
Rob
1:20
Do you foresee any of Senzatela, Freeland or Marquez becoming long-term rotation options for the Rockies? Freeland & Senzatela aren't striking anybody out, so I'm planning on some major regression soon, but could one (or more!) of them stick around for the long haul?
Keith Law
1:20
Freeland is most likely for me. Marquez needs a third pitch. Senzatela does too, and lacks the velocity or any sort of swing and miss option to be a starter.
Erich
1:20
Showalter seems to be running starters out at pretty high pitch counts, including Bundy. Bundy has started the 7th/8th inning this year a couple of times over 100 pitches. Ubaldo was at 91 going out for the 8th and didn't get pulled until 115 pitches and 3 runs given up. Gausman started the 6th or 7th last week at over 100 pitches. With the bullpen being their strength, this seems counter intuitive, especially with Bundy in his first healthy season and the data showing his velocity decreasing later in games.
Keith Law
1:22
I think his usage of Bundy has been criminal. I know the kid's results have been good, but he's showing clear signs of fatigue within starts and he's compensating for the average (or worse) fastball by throwing a ton of sliders. I know the bullpen is nicked up with Britton out for a while and Brach returning to normal, but this isn't the solution.
Rob
1:22
Other than a couple of gems (Kreator, Gone is Gone, Pallbearer), it's been a pretty mediocre year for metal. Any records you can recommend that I might have missed?
Keith Law
1:23
The Mastodon album, for sure. I liked the new Sepultura album although I know some folks refuse to listen to anything post-Max from them. I need to listen to the whole Memoriam album too - I liked the first song I heard, "Memoriam."
Dave
1:24
I know the long standing best practice is draft what you consider best player available regardless of team needs. However I can't think of anything else I'd buy using that strict rule. I think stocks might be one but the conventional wisdom for investments is diversification. If marginal difference why not draft what you need?
Keith Law
1:24
Because you're selecting players you won't use for anywhere from one to five years. Are you that good at forecasting your needs five years out?
Fuzzy Dunlop
1:24
Next is a food/coffee question. Im going to be in Atlanta next month to watch my Braves play my best friend's Mets in a contest of which team can be more dysfunctional. Im vaguely familiar with good places to eat, but what food and coffee places can you recommend?
Keith Law
1:26
Spiller Park for coffee (I'll be there on Tuesday morning!). Food, man, it's a great town. Empire State South, The Lawrence, Cakes & Ale, the Luminary, Gunshow (I didn't love it, most people do), Staplehouse (haven't been), The Optimist (haven't been). Feels like I'm forgetting a couple of spots too.
Xolo
1:26
At what position do you see Royce Lewis ending up?
Keith Law
1:26
Centerfield.
Mike
1:27
The Mets are planning to continue to use Jose Reyes at third. At what point should they call up Rosario?
Keith Law
1:27
Yesterday.
Greg
1:27
I just finished reading your book (very enjoyable). I have a question about whether there has been any recent work done on pitch sequencing or the complementarity of certain pitches with one another (i.e. having two pitches with opposite breaks). I hear a fair bit about this during broadcasts, but haven't ever read anything concrete to back up the intuition.
Keith Law
1:27
Thank you. I believe BP wrote something on the subject last year but don't have the link handy.
Jack
1:28
If I recall you considered Brent Graves as good value for A's 3rd pick in 2014. Up until this year he's basically been a total bust. Certainly SSS his strikeout to walk ratio has improved drastically. Is it a case of 24 year old pitching in High A ball or have you heard anything to suggest he has a future as a decent major league starter.
Keith Law
1:28
I wouldn't buy into 26 innings for a guy repeating the level; last time I saw him was March 2016.
Jeff
1:29
Andrew Toles is now out for the year, but what's his ultimate ceiling going forward? I see a 4th OF, but many fans think he's much more than that. Can you please provide a final verdict?
Keith Law
1:29
Never thought he was more than that.
Brian
1:30
Dave Cameron at Fangraphs had a chat yesterday and commented about Lucas Giolito, "the stuff is down, the results are bad, and he’s been overrated for a while now." Everyone would agree the results are bad. Is the stuff really down, though? And if so, how down?
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