Klawchat, 5/11/17
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Keith Law
1:58
Way too small of a sample to draw any conclusions on his patience changing.
Matt
1:58
From what I understand, the Cape Cod league is the premier Summer league for collegiate players. I live near a field that hosts a team playing in the Northwoods League. Is there a steep drop in talent between the two leagues? Am I watching any future big leaguers when I attend these games?
Keith Law
1:59
Big drop, yes, but the NWL still produces lots of big leaguers.
NYTT
1:59
I'm surprised that the Braves would be in on Kyle Wright. He's been that good the past couple of months? What is his outlook like if he can be consistent with what he's shown lately?
Keith Law
1:59
He's been so good he shouldn't get to their pick. (BTW, I don't think I said anywhere they'd be on him.)
Danny
1:59
Does Sixto Sanchez have more potential than anyone in the Phillies organization? What is that potential?
Keith Law
2:00
It's a 70 fastball with control, but secondary stuff isn't there now. I know some folks would say a guy with that kind of velocity and a good delivery has a #1 ceiling but I would take less velo and a better breaking ball or changeup.
Chris
2:00
Any comment on this Kapler/Francona/Dodgers drama? The fact Francona rejected a $150K settlement has to give one pause.
Keith Law
2:00
Again, I know nothing about it, and thus can't offer an opinion.
MikeM
2:00
Can Greg Bird's struggles at the plate be explained by his bone bruise on his front ankle? I am not an expert on hitting mechanics but that kind of injury would seem to disrupt mechanics and timing.
Keith Law
2:01
Or maybe his shoulder isn't at 100% strength? Either would explain it. I'm fine with them taking it slow with him if they feel like sending him to AAA for a few weeks to rake would help.
Matt
2:01
Is there anything different in Serevino's approach this year to make you think he says in the rotation? His walks are down significantly....just SSS?
Keith Law
2:02
Slider has gotten much better and he's more physical up top than he was. I haven't seen the delivery except the centerfield view which isn't great for looking at a guy's lower half.
JL
2:02
Just finished reading your book - very well done! Are you going to hate me since I borrowed a copy from a library instead of buying one?
Keith Law
2:02
Nope. I like libraries. I use the one down the street from us quite a bit.
Ridley Kemp
2:02
I just finished the book, and as someone who worked in the shallow end of the baseball analysis pool for a few years...man, I wish I had been able to explain what I was trying to do as well as you did. No question to ask, I just wanted to say that yours is the best baseball book I've read this century, and the most enjoyable to read.
Keith Law
2:02
Wow, thank you so much.
Evan
2:02
Do you think that the MLB should allow all draft picks to be traded? If so, how do you think it would change the trade market?
Keith Law
2:03
Yes, perhaps with the caveat that a team can only trade up to $X million, or up to Y% of its bonus pool total. It'll help create more trades and make the draft more interesting too.
Matt
2:03
Thoughts on the Comey firing? Really trending to Watergate territory here....
Keith Law
2:03
I think you'd have to make a strong argument why this isn't the same thing as Nixon firing the special prosecutor.
JJ
2:04
During the run-up to the Oscars, you were pretty vocal about your distaste for Mel Gibson, for his past anti-Semitic comments. Do you feel the same way about Roman Polanski over his past actions? How do you separate the art from the artist?
Keith Law
2:05
I do. I've seen the Pianist, before I really knew anything about RP, but that's it. I won't watch films by him, Gibson, or Woody Allen. I don't really feel the loss. And I'm not a professional critic who has to watch any movies s/he doesn't want to watch.
Andrew Stevenson...
2:05
4th OF or MLB regular?
Keith Law
2:05
MLB regular.
JP
2:05
Michael Ruhlman speaking at Powells Books on Wednesday. Maybe he can have his store contact call your people to set up an event?
Keith Law
2:05
I think my publicist said they're not big on baseball books. Could be wrong.
Jon
2:05
Were you/are you a fan of Faith No More?
Keith Law
2:06
Yes, those two big albums, then I thought they fell off fast after Angel Dust.
Sam
2:07
By the way, in additional to my needy NY/BOS themed questions I really appreciate how vocal you are about vaccinations as a dad to a 17 month old. You seem to not mind the trolls, I'm just sorry that it's necessary.
Keith Law
2:08
But it is necessary, and I think I have some obligation to use my podium for good purposes.
Dave
2:10
Loved your appearance on MLB Now, hopefully there will be more in the future. Any chance that Jeren Kendell moves up into the top ten or has his season this spring been to damaging?
Keith Law
2:18
It was really fun to do - Brian & co were great, and the staff behind the scenes couldn't have been friendlier. As for Kendall, it's probably too late for that.
Jon
2:18
What's Updog?
Keith Law
2:19
Not much, dog, but the chat's over. Thank you all for all of your questions and your patience with me this week. I will be in Atlanta next Tuesday evening for a signing at the Georgia Center for the Book and Minneapolis on Thursday for a signing at Moon Palace Books. I'll try to squeeze in a chat next week as well. And, finally, thank you again to everyone who's bought and read Smart Baseball!
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