Klawchat 5/18/17
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Keith Law
3:53
Didn't they already start that? Guys will come up when they're ready, but I don't think you'll see any elite guys like Fried (or Acuna, if at all) till after the ASB.
Justin
3:54
Hearing anything new on the Luis Robert front?
Keith Law
3:54
I do not follow that market at all.
Steve
3:54
Have you heard anything about Duplantier this season? Couldn't ask for better results thus far and he's been healthy. Does he have a chance to be a top 100 guy come the end of the season?
Keith Law
3:55
Heard in spring training he looked great and felt completely healthy again; I thought he was the one pick they made last year that could really explode for them this season, because he might have been a first rounder if he had a clean medical and weren't at Rice. Teams really do discount Rice pitchers given their injury history, as they should. Until Wayne Graham is gone, that should be the draft room norm.
Jim
3:55
Tristen Lutz and Jacob Pearson, both top 100 proepects?
Keith Law
3:56
Pearson was on my draft top 50, no? Lutz I don't think so but I haven't done a full 100 yet.
Wendy
3:56
Any interest in being a teams GM?
Keith Law
3:57
I've never been offered that job, so this is an academic question, but I don't think I'd take such a drastic change in my work/life balance. I wouldn't like it, and it would be cruel to do that to my family.
Andy
3:57
Enjoying Smart Baseball on Kindle. I'm curious, have all MLB scouting departments fully embraced Sabermetrics or do any still rely on the traditional baseball card statistics and metrics?
Keith Law
3:57
Thank you! All 30 MLB teams have full-fledged analytics departments; they vary in how much they integrate that work into other areas.
Matt
3:57
In your "just missed" column, you described Zimmer as a possible 20/20 guy. Do you think he has the speed to steal 30+ in the bigs like he has in the minors each year?
Keith Law
3:58
Gotta get on base at a decent clip for that, and he has really never hit LHP (aside from a tiny sample this year in AAA), which may mean he's a platoon guy.
Marco
3:59
Is Clarke Thomas a Dodger profile for the first round? They selected Buehler two years ago, I don't see that so unlikely.
Keith Law
3:59
Schmidt? I think that's very unlikely. Buehler was a way better prospect pre-injury than Schmidt.
Steve
3:59
Erick Fedde was moved to the pen. Is he a future starter or reliever to you?
Keith Law
4:00
I thought he was maybe 60/40 reliever. Saw him last week, still lacks an average changeup. Great arm, definite big leaguer, maybe he could still fake it enough to start because the fastball and slider both flash plus. But I feel extremely confident he'll be a good reliever.
Gerard
4:00
Favorite Melvins' recording?
Keith Law
4:00
Stoner Witch. Is there another answer?
Zihuatenejo
4:00
Any advice on finding time to read? I was a voracious reader in my teens and twenties, but as a busy adult I can't seem to find the time to settle down with a book anymore.
Keith Law
4:01
Two suggestions. One is finding hidden moments where you're otherwise not doing anything - or screwing around on your phone - like waiting in line at stores or waiting for appointments or riding the bus or subway. I read a ton in those places. The other is choosing to dedicate some time every night to reading, even if it's just 20 minutes. I find that it's extremely calming, in addition to the pure pleasure I derive from reading.
Parker
4:01
Who surprised you more about their stardom from where they were in the minor leagues. AJ Pollock or Paul Goldschmidt?
Keith Law
4:02
Goldschmidt. Pollock was a first rounder. Goldschmidt was a lower round pick whom pro scouts weren't even that high on - I have notes from when he was in the minors from pro scouts who saw him and called him an "up and down guy" or a "platoon 1b."
Brian
4:02
What's Christin Stewart's MLB potential?
Keith Law
4:02
Solid average everyday LF with plus power and minus defense.
Jean
4:03
Are you still a big fan of Jordan Hicks? He has an underwhelming strikeout per 9 right now for a guy that hits 100 mph. Is he more stuff then results right now because of his age?
Keith Law
4:03
Yes, still a big fan. Stuff is there, but he's not just young but inexperienced.
Also, it's 35 innings.
Theo
4:03
Delvin Perez for Brad Hand who says "no"?
Keith Law
4:04
The Cardinals are not giving up last year's first rounder for a guy who was just waived a few months ago.
Parker
4:04
how did Nolan Arenado go from a bad defender to pure amazing?
Keith Law
4:04
I've never delved into the full story but the hints I've gotten over the years are that the kid worked his ass off and the Rockies coaches did an amazing job with his footwork and reads. He was a legit 45 defender (or below) in the AFL, and a year later he's a Gold Glover.
Elliott
4:05
Do you sear your meatballs or drop them in the sauce with a covered lid?
Keith Law
4:05
Sear and then braise in the sauce.
Andy
4:05
Assuming Sandy finally gets it and lets him play everyday, can Conforto maintain this level of production, or do you expect some natural regression ahead?
Keith Law
4:06
I think Conforto is a star. He has a .393 OBP, which I think is entirely sustainable for him, but is on pace for 45 HR with a .638 SLG, which I think is not.
Keith
4:06
Will Albert Abreu eventually be moved to pen or can he stick in rotation?
Keith Law
4:06
More likely to the pen, but absolutely let him start for now and the near future. He could become a starter.
Chad
4:07
A question I wanted to ask you in Atlanta on Tuesday: With the caveat that it's seven weeks in, most of the Braves top 20 prospects have met or exceeded expectations despite being aggressively promoted. Plus, Demeritte's and Jackson's flaws look legitimately improved. Credit to Clark and Bridges' scouts, player development, luck? All of the above? After Freddie's injury, my focus is now pretty one-directional.
Keith Law
4:07
Also pro scouts, and the front office's aggressiveness. It has been a tremendous year so far on their farm.
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