Klawchat 5/18/17
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Keith Law
3:40
I'm sure they'd prefer to use Baez, but teams will start the ask with Eloy and Happ.
Mike
3:40
How late do you think you'll be at Moon Palace Books tonight?
Keith Law
3:41
I think the talk is an hour or so (it's me and two other authors), and then I'll sign and chat. The event in Atlanta ran about two hours, so I'd bank on that. I don't know when Moon Palace closes.
Roger
3:41
Will there ever come a day where an SP throws 275-300 innings again?
Keith Law
3:41
I don't think so. And I say that with 99% confidence.
Jack
3:41
Thoughts on Marcus Wilson slaughtering the Midwest League?
Keith Law
3:42
Great to see, and I think it's fair to say he's reestablished some value already, but he also played a month there last year so while he's not truly repeating the level, I'm at least trying not to get too far ahead of myself. I think this is probably a real step forward, but let's see him carry it longer.
Steve
3:43
Vladdy Jr. is turning heads, but Bo Bichette is ripping the ball too. Any chance BB sticks at short in the majors? What's his offensive ceiling?
Keith Law
3:44
Zero chance he sticks at short, but I loved his bat in the draft (and the pick) and I think he's at least a 55 overall at 2b. Good thing for the Jays, too, since JB Woodman has been a disaster.
Cory
3:44
Please tell me the Twins will take Wright #1. And, as a Minnesotan, any chance at all that Sam Carlson falls to their pick at #35? I have my doubts.
Keith Law
3:45
Nonzero chance of Carlson falling, just because there are too many HS arms for them all to go in the first round, and then I think Carlson gets an overslot deal in the sandwich. Couldn't tell you who they will take; I think it's Wright, McKay, or Greene.
PhillyJake
3:45
Why is Alen Hanson still on the Pirates roster?
Keith Law
3:45
Because he's out of options.
Seany
3:46
Any Rumblings on who the A's may be high on for the draft?
Keith Law
3:46
Nothing new on that since my last mock.
Joe
3:46
What's your opinion on Mueller being appointed to the special counsel
Keith Law
3:46
People who know about these things seem unanimous in their praise of him and the move, I have nothing I could possibly add to that.
Johnny O
3:46
What's the last non-fiction book you read? I know you did a NF top 100 years ago but you haven't posted a review of a NF book in forever.
Keith Law
3:47
I posted a review of The End of Ownership last week, and reviewed the excellent I Contain Multitudes a few weeks before that.
crawdaddy
3:47
Do you think Aaron Judge can be the Yankees long-term answer in RF.
Keith Law
3:47
I don't think there's any question he is.
Jason in Detroit
3:47
Keith, Beau Burrows is having a nice season. Too soon to say or is he sort of back on track?
Keith Law
3:49
I don't think he was off track, but the main concern from last year, the lack of a good third pitch to get LHB out, remains (I just checked his platoon splits, and, yep, still a wide gap).
Jack
3:49
Who would perform best in MLB right now if Yankees needed another OF, Fowler or Frazier?
Keith Law
3:49
I'd call up Fowler over Frazier today.
Justin
3:49
Thanks for the chats. Assuming the Pirates continue to be "meh," or worse, what would be the best path forward? Deal Cole for a trade deadline premium price, and then spend on new pitching in the offseason? stand mostly pat (while dealing... say... Watson)? I don't feel like they need a full rebuild.
Keith Law
3:50
Don't see them spending on new pitching - free agent pitching has largely gotten out of the reach of the lowest-payroll teams - but trading Watson makes sense for sure, and trading Cole if healthy and likely to get a huge return would be smart for the long term even if painful for 2017.
Tracy
3:50
Any Dickens' recommendations?
Keith Law
3:50
I loved The Pickwick Papers, and liked Bleak House although its length may scare some folks off.
Michael
3:50
Any concerns about Trea Turner or still a SSS
Keith Law
3:50
Nah, he'll be fine.
Sloth
3:51
Does David Peterson sneak into the first round? What's his ceiling?
Keith Law
3:51
I think I had him going 15th or 16th in the mock, and I've heard him as high as Miami's pick at 14. Ceiling is a 3, reasonable ceiling a 4.
Tom
3:51
Walker Buehler. 1.4 FIP so far in A+/AA seems good. Any chance we see a peak out of the bullpen this year, or will his innings cap prevent it?
Keith Law
3:52
They could manage him in a way that gets him to the majors this year, but they'd have to decide that sooner rather than later.
Jim
3:52
What have you heard about Matt Tabor? Potential 2nd rounder?
Keith Law
3:52
Up to 95 with bad delivery. Was told not a top 100 guy.
Ben
3:52
Thoughts on Sierra after seeing him for a stint with the Cards?
Keith Law
3:53
Nothing new. Plus run, plus field, will eventually be above average hitter with below average power. I wouldn't judge him differently on performance in 30 at bats.
Gregory
3:53
With Freddie Freeman now out, and the season about to be lost, should the Braves start the parade of prospects to MLB?
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