Klawchat, 5/11/17
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Keith Law
1:30
The stuff was down for maybe two starts. There's a lot of 94-95, still, but the delivery isn't back to where it was through the end of 2015.
Billy
1:30
Outside of Faedo, where do you project the rest of the Gators going in the draft?
Keith Law
1:31
Guthrie in the second or third, I would say third but college infielders tend to go high. Schwarz to me is undraftable - he has no position and doesn't hit enough to take as a bad 1b/dh.
Stanyon Turtze
1:31
Congrats on the book sales. I'm sorry your joy has to be tempered by the fact that your son is playing for the worst team in baseball. At least he (barely) picked up a save yesterday. You must be so proud! BTW, I think you called him your 6'5 son in a chat last year. ESPN lists him as 6'2. BAD DAD! :)
Keith Law
1:31
Oh, like THEY would know.
Sam
1:31
If Sean Spicer had a sense of humor, he'd go on SNL and play Melissa McCarthy in a spoof of one of her movies or Mike & Molly.
Keith Law
1:31
Well, it sounds like he'll have some free time on his hands soon.
Carlos
1:32
How does Gore compare to Allard coming out of high school? Both seems to have similar profiles based on your synopsis. Thanks!!!
Keith Law
1:32
Allard had a better CB (but a back injury). Gore I think has a bit more projection.
Rick
1:32
Despite no homers in AAA, Tapia is crushing to the tune of a 1.031 OPS. When does he get the call?
Keith Law
1:33
He's in Albuquerque, perhaps the best hitting environment in any full-season league. No homers there is kind of ... not good. (And I like Tapia a lot as a prospect. I'm just saying a 1.031 OPS there doesn't tell us anything.)
mike sixel
1:33
No Sam Carlson in your mock, unless I missed it. You don't think he's one of the top players, or he's not tied to any teams?
Keith Law
1:34
I ranked him in the top 20. I just don't think he's that likely to go in the first. He might be a sandwich/second-round overpay to buy him out of a good college (Florida) commitment, like Joey Wentz or Kevin Gowdy last year.
Gabriel
1:34
Hey Klaw! thanks for the mock draft, i read the other day that some scouts think gore is a better prospect than greene.. is this possible?
Keith Law
1:35
Is it possible that one scout said that? Sure. But I don't agree.
JimLindeman15
1:35
The Cardinals have ten successful sacrifice bunts, and all ten have dropped their win expectancy.
Keith Law
1:35
Maybe they should cut that out. Also, Matheny IBB'd the tying run last night in the 9th inning.
Andrew
1:36
Any 70/75/80 tool guys in this year's draft besides Hunter Greene's infield arm and Kendall and Thompson probably being 80 runners? I remember you being spot on with AJ Reed having 70-80 raw power as an amateur when most people had him pegged at lower.
Keith Law
1:36
Greene's fastball too. Baz has reached 98, so you might claim it's a 70 fastball, although I don't think he'll pitch there.
Kevin
1:36
Who is the first big leaguer from the 2017 draft class? Thanks for your time. Enjoyed your book!
Keith Law
1:36
I think McKay could appear this year as a LHS if someone wanted to move him fast.
ritchie vanian
1:37
I am currently reading "The Master and Margarita" -thanks for the tip. My wife is waiting for me to finish so she can start it.
Keith Law
1:37
You're welcome. Such a great, imaginative read.
Bryan
1:37
Thomas Pannone has a scoreless streak of 51 innings. Is he legit? A future ML starter? Career minor leaguer?
Keith Law
1:38
To be clear, he gave up a run, but it was unearned, which I mention because I talk about the worthlessness of the earned/unearned run distinction in Smart Baseball. Also, I don't think he's a prospect unless something changed in the last few weeks.
Vin
1:38
Looks like Collins can no longer hold Conforto back (hopefully)...what can we expect his end of season numbers to look like?
Keith Law
1:39
Don't doubt Terry's ability to screw with young players - and to do so with impunity, since it seems like nothing will get him fired. I think Conforto's a 400 OBP guy with 20+ HR.
George
1:39
Is Pavin Smith too high for Oakland at #6?
Keith Law
1:39
Smith's performance this year is unimpeachable. I even ranked him in my top 10. But gah, a college 1b with a single-digit pick?
Jim
1:40
I need to open a new bank account, and I wanted to get your advice. Do you have any thoughts on BofA?
Keith Law
1:40
Make sure you ask them for their Updog promotion.
Jon
1:40
I get San Diego what is trying to do with the Rule 5 picks. But aren't they doing a disservice to a guy like Luis Torrens, who isn't going to play the entire year, and then next year is going to get sent down to A ball again. This is a guy who didn't play much the past few years because of injury. Does his career survive this?
Keith Law
1:42
He gets a year of service and major-league pay, which isn't nothing. But I agree that it can screw up some guys' careers and I don't think it's that likely to work out for the team either.
Mike
1:42
Have you heard anything about how Ryan McMahon has looked defensively at 2B at Hartford, and do you think playing 2B significantly affects his path to the majors and/or future value?
Keith Law
1:43
It sounds like he's ultimately going to end up at first.
Bill
1:43
Anthony Banda has been pretty wild overall this year, but much better the last couple of starts. Do you think the Miller injury gives him a shot sometime this summer? Chance at a #3 or more back end for you?
Keith Law
1:43
Chance at a #3 is about right.
Ryan
1:43
Luiz Gohara appears to be a steal for the Braves. Are there any red flags that i'm not aware of that lead to Seattle giving him away for nothing?
Keith Law
1:43
Off-field stuff, including issues with drinking.
Adam
1:43
Not writing him off or anything, but has some of the sheen worn off of Fernando Tatis Jr as he strikes out at a high rate in Single A? Especially as the similarly aged Vlad Guerrero Jr dominates his level?
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