Klawchat 5/18/17
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Keith Law
4:21
Yep, at least two of their songs have made my monthly playlists, and one was on an annual top 100.
Ruth Bader
4:21
Any thoughts on the Cornell passing? Were you a fan of any of his music or appreciative of his versatile voice tool?
Keith Law
4:24
Loved, loved, loved Soundgarden, especially Louder than Love and Badmotorfinger. I remember an early interview with Cornell, maybe around 1991, where he cited Kafka, Camus, and Celine as influences on his lyrics. And while they were called grunge because they were Seattle-based and contemporaries of grunge acts, their music was quite progressive until Down on the Upside. I know their best output was behind them, but what a huge loss nonetheless. If you're in the US and you need help, the national suicide prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255 and someone is there 24 hours a day.
addoeh
4:24
Any chance in the future that Statcast is used to determine errors in place of some dude in the press box? If say a fielder had a high percentage chance (say 90%) to make a play and doesn't, they'd get an error.
Keith Law
4:24
We can only hope. Or just kill the error completely.
Jon
4:24
I know you've questioned the process behind the Craig Counsell hiring. But he's also the only Brewer manager who has never had me pulling my hair out with stupid decision making. Can we say the process was flawed but result was good?
Keith Law
4:24
That can certainly happen.
Jason
4:24
Would Sixto Sanchez be a top 100 prospect for you if the rankings were redone?
Keith Law
4:24
No.
Tracy
4:24
Thanks a lot for sharing your story about your recent struggles with anxiety and dealing with medication. Like any other disorder, it has to be dealt with regularly and it never completely goes away. Hopefully, for those who also struggle with anxiety, they were able to take some measure of solace from your story. Thanks, Keith.
Keith Law
4:25
I've gotten a lot of responses from readers to that newsletter edition, more than anything else I've sent out, and I apologize for not getting back to everyone yet. But I saw all your notes and am thankful for everyone's concern and well wishes, and glad I could do some good for those of you facing the same kind of mental illness issues.
Nate
4:25
Do you have any advice for a current college student who has aspirations to work in a baseball operations department from the analytics side? Thanks
Keith Law
4:26
Learn to code. Study topics relevant to big data, like machine learning and signal processing.
Nick
4:26
Mark Appel had one of the worst innings I've ever seen today. Struggled all year. Org guy or is there still hope for some value?
Keith Law
4:27
Stuff is still good, results are atrocious. Can't pitch from the stretch at all. I think you have to move him to the bullpen to try to hit reset, but guys in the bullpen pitch with runners on base too. Hate to give up on a healthy arm with stuff, but at some point he has to show he can miss more bats and find a way to pitch with men on.
Moltar
4:28
Going to Philly for a long weekend, any eat/drinks recommendations?
Keith Law
4:29
High St on Market, Dizengoff, Barbuzzo, High Street on Market, Pizzeria Vetri, Pizzeria Stella, Osteria. There are some great high-end places like Vernick and Zahav but it can be extremely difficult to get a table there - I tried to get into Zahav for my anniversary, which is in mid-June, and they had nothing even though I called over a month ahead.
Troy
4:30
Keith, what is going on with Lucas Erceg? He was hitting just .211 the other day but less than a 20% strikeout rate. Just bad luck or something more? Also, Corey Ray starting to hit more!
Keith Law
4:30
It's mid-May, and the minors have played a lot fewer games than the majors have. Don't get too worried about players we knew were good, who were good last year, but haven't performed yet.
Nate (Seattle)
4:30
For players under suspension (such as Brickford or S Marte), what kind of contact can they have with their team? Do they get sent to Arz/Florida for extended spring training type workouts?
Keith Law
4:31
I believe they can work out in extended, but TBH I'm not really sure what the restrictions are.
Zach
4:31
I'm disappointed I can't make it to Moon Palace tonight, I'm sure you'll have a good turnout. Peace Coffee around the corner will help get you through, too. What places will you be dining at while in town?
Keith Law
4:31
Thank you - I'm excited to meet everyone. I'll probably just have one dinner with my friend Evon, who lives in the area, but I'm not sure what the plan is. And then tomorrow I'll get breakfast and go to Dogwood for coffee.
Ken
4:32
Just wanted to say thanks for your newsletter. I'm stable on medication for OCD and anxiety, and have been for a few years, but I always want to be careful not to take it for granted, or think I can't have a rebound.
Keith Law
4:32
You're welcome. I took it for granted.
Chris
4:32
Is health and stature the knock on Cease? Does he have the durability to be a true ace
Keith Law
4:32
Stuff isn't quite what it was in HS, and I think the FB plays down. I do like him, just maybe not what we thought he'd be.
Bob
4:32
In general, should guys who project to be very good relief pitchers start to specialize in the minor leagues or should they start to get in the innings? After all, their development is a higher priority than wins at that level.
Keith Law
4:33
I'm fine with starting those guys so they work on developing secondary stuff and pitch on a regular schedule.
Brett
4:33
Did you make it to Staplehouse while in Atlanta?
Keith Law
4:33
No, I ate at Cakes & Ale in Decatur, within walking distance of the venue. And the meal was spectacular.
Eric
4:33
Khalil Lee doesn't have a great average in the minors, but his OB%, homeruns and SB look really encouraging. Have you hear anything about him?
Keith Law
4:34
He's young for low-A, so it is encouraging, but he's striking out a ton and the majority of scouts I know who saw him in HS had questions about the hit tool.
Santos
4:34
By career wRC+ Votto has the 7th best mark in baseball history, and is 14th on the list (lots of ties). It could be argued that he is a top 14 hitter in all of baseball history. Remember when people wanted him to change his approach a few years ago? RBIs are a hell of a drug.
Keith Law
4:35
By people, you mean Marty Brennaman, right?
Jeremy
4:35
Also Tim Tebow on cover of baseball america. They should know better over there right?
Keith Law
4:35
Gotta sell papers! The Tebow scouting piece I wrote in Arizona got huge traffic numbers. I wouldn't revisit that topic because then I'd be pandering, but the reality is that sometimes a washed-up non-prospect moves the needle.
Mary
4:36
Will Flaherty be close to top 100 by midseason?
Keith Law
4:36
He was on my top 100 this past offseason, and of course would still be on it.
Brett
4:36
Keith, when ranking prospects how much do you factor in the ability to make adjustments? A lot has been made of Aaron Judge's ability to improve once he gets comfortable with a level and he's certainly made positive changes on his stance and laying off pitches he swung at when he was first called up last year.
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