Klawchat 5/18/17
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Keith Law
3:23
Klawchat, top of the food chain.
Phil
3:26
What is your quick, reasoned, non-hyperbolic assessment of Jeter's career?
Keith Law
3:26
Great player, Hall of Famer, not the Second Coming.
Bertil
3:26
What should Atlanta do with Swanson?
Keith Law
3:26
Play him every day. I assume this was a question about sending him down or something, but that would be pointless and possibly harmful. Just play him every day this year and be patient.
Tim
3:27
Castro and Hicks. Mirages or is there something real going on with both that should give the Yankees long term hope? Castro has fooled us all before after all..
Keith Law
3:27
I'm a little more bullish on Hicks, since he's shown flashes of all of this before, just never for long enough to matter - and he's getting consistent playing time for the first time in a while.
Squire
3:27
Are the Phillies connected to anyone else at #8 other than Shane Baz?
Keith Law
3:28
Trevor Rogers. Other HS arms, but I've also heard that they're not specifically focused on that category.
Ben
3:28
Does Padres AAA reliever Phil Maton have a future in a big league bullpen?
Keith Law
3:29
Yes. Very high spin-rate fastball.
Kieth's Friend
3:29
Any tips on cooking an omelette? I bet if you saw mine you would run away
Keith Law
3:29
Without knowing what you're doing, I'll blindly suggest lowering the heat.
John
3:29
Leading up to draft day, Hunter Greene was a consensus 1/2. No win some mocks I'm seeing him slip down to the Padres at 3. Whats the cause of this and what are the odds it actually happens?
Keith Law
3:30
Nah, he was never consensus 1 or 2. He's the consensus number one talent. There was always a chance that he'd go below that, just like Jason Groome was (IMO) the #2 talent last year and went 12th. Well, not just like that, because Groome slid on some makeup concerns, while Greene, if he goes 3, hasn't exactly "slid" and also would buck history if he goes 1 overall because no HS RHP has ever gone there.
Tim
3:30
Any thoughts on the Dodgers thought process with Bellinger? Seems like with Gonzalez out, playing him at 1st would improve the defense pretty significantly over him in left with Utley at first. Have seen several misplayed balls over at 1st by Utley/Van Slyke.
Keith Law
3:31
I think they're temporarily prioritizing contract (AG is signed through next year for too much money) over the best alignment of players (Bellinger at 1b, AG on the bench). If they get everyone healthy and play AG at first and Bellinger in left, then I think you'd have cause for complaint.
Michael
3:32
Proper punishment for Pillar?
Keith Law
3:33
Five game suspension, roughly.
Justin
3:33
What your take on German Marquez?
Keith Law
3:34
Two-pitch guy. Can't see him staying a starter like that. Speaking of which, he's pitching like a mile away from me at the moment.
Tim
3:34
What do you make of TJ Rivera?
Keith Law
3:34
Just a bench guy, if that.
Brandon Johnson
3:34
Thinking long term, do Alex Verdugo and Willie Calhoun have more value to the Dodgers in LA or as trade bait?
Keith Law
3:35
I don't see where Calhoun ever plays for them because he has no position. Verdugo has a very good chance to be a star or at least an above average regular, so I wouldn't rush to put him in a deal, but Calhoun has more value in trade than he can ever have for the Dodgers.
Dane
3:35
Will Devers be in Boston before Sept callups?
Keith Law
3:35
I would have said no shot in March, but now it seems like that might happen.
Michael
3:35
Any thoughts on what the issue is with JP Crawford? SSS? Or do you think there is real concern regarding his ability to play against real competition?
Keith Law
3:36
I've had on and off but very trivial concerns about his effort level in the past, like he was coasting on ability but was so much better than everyone else that it didn't matter. And I've heard he's not playing hard all the time now, either. So is that it? Or is he actually overmatched? I find the latter hard to believe.
Tommy Wright
3:36
Luis Robert - how high will he be in your top 100 and do my Padres have a shot at him?
Keith Law
3:37
I don't know if he'll be on it at all. Every team has a shot at him unless they're locked out of the international market for this period.
Ben
3:38
Headed to Nashville next weekend...going to Catbird Seat. Any other suggestions?
Keith Law
3:38
Husk, City House, Two Ten Jack, 404 Kitchen, Rolf & Daughters, Mas Tacos, the Pharmacy, Pinewood Social.
John
3:38
How do you feel about strawberry-rhubarb pie?
Keith Law
3:38
Done right, it's an 80.
ExExpos
3:39
Any 2018 draft guys that we should keep an eye on next year? Like Seth Beer? Or way too early?
Keith Law
3:39
Beer's on the list, definitely, but I think it's worth remembering that no one is truly bearing down on 2018 kids right now. They all look better from a distance; once this year's draft is over, they'll get more than a cursory look.
Sean
3:39
Is Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo on your to be read list? I'm halfway through it and find it a very interesting and quick read.
Keith Law
3:40
It's a maybe. Reviews are great, I liked Saunders' short stories, not sure how much the subject appeals.
Ralph
3:40
Most likely to be used by Cubs in a trade for a SP- Schwarber, Baez, Happ?
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