Klawchat, 6/12/17.
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Keith Law
3:03
Why do I find it hard to write the next line? It's Klawchat.
Alan
3:03
Still confident in Wright to Atlanta? Any rumors about them going underslot to save money?
Keith Law
3:04
As far as I know, that's still the most likely scenario (the 1-6 I had in my mock yesterday). Yes, there are those rumors, but I don't think it comes to pass.
Alan
3:04
Kyle wright was 1-1 a few days ago, now most people have him falling to at least 5. Have any concerns popped up with him, or is it just that teams at 2, 3 and 4 don't like him as much?
Keith Law
3:04
No concerns and not falling - just that teams 2-4 were focused on other players beforehand.
Alan
3:04
Keaton Hieura getting top 10 talk now. Is that a reach to you? Is it because he'll sign for cheap?
Keith Law
3:05
Hiura is a reach to me because he can't play the field and has some kind of arm injury that will have to be addressed postdraft. It's possible he won't play till next year as a result. But scouts tell me he's the best pure bat in the class (I didn't see, went to SoCal twice, Irvine was on the road both times) and if he'd been healthy all spring he might have legitimately gone top 10. I think he goes 8 or 10 although he's worked out at 5 and 6.
addoeh
3:05
Where does today rank in baseball related holidays for you? Start of free agency, Opening Day, start of spring training?
Keith Law
3:05
It's like Thanksgiving for me: I enjoy it, but by the time it actually arrives, I'm so exhausted by the preparation that I'm just relieved that it's happening.
Clubber Lang
3:05
Do Cubs finally go with some pitching with 2 1st round picks? Seems any bat they draft is a waste? Any dark horse SP there for them in round 1?
Keith Law
3:06
They can always trade bats they draft and can't use, so "waste" is not an appropriate description. I do think one of those two picks (27 and 30) will be a pitcher, maybe a prep or JC arm at 30 after a bat at 27 because the good college starters should all be gone by that point.
Jim - Chicago
3:06
Hi Keith- Bukauskas seems to give you less reservations than other similar "short" RHP draft prospects in recent years. Am I interpreting that correctly and, if so, is their something in his delivery that might eventually get him some plane on his fastball?
Keith Law
3:06
No, I have the same reservations - lack of FB plane, doesn't use lower half in his delivery - but this class is weaker than most.
Pete
3:07
If the Mets go pitching over hitting tonight, is that a reaction to their top arms having graduated the system?
Keith Law
3:07
Don't think so. I think it would just mean they liked the arm at 20 over available bats.
Rob
3:07
IYO, would Warmoth to the ChiSox at 11 (underslot deal) make sense? Or, is there nothing connecting them to Warmoth? Thanks Keith!
Keith Law
3:07
Don't think they're on Warmoth at all.
Zach
3:07
Could you please contrast Hunter Greene vs. Robert Stephenson at the time they were drafted? As a Reds fan, I'm hesitant to go down the "unpolished flamethrowing HS RHP" track again.
Keith Law
3:07
Stephenson had a better breaking ball but a more violent delivery. Greene is younger and more athletic and the delivery is very easy.
Steve
3:08
Shouldn't Rays take the best player at 4 instead of cutting a deal with Bubba Thompson?
Keith Law
3:08
I think they will and projected them to do so (BPA, not a deal).
Sean
3:08
Are the under-slot deals really a "good idea" for teams like the Rays, Braves, etc? Is the possible drafting of an over-slot 2nd rounder worth it?
Or do they only do it because they don't see anyone with enough high-level talent in the 1st round?
Keith Law
3:08
I don't think this draft has enough guys to guarantee you get who you want at pick 40 or 41 or whatever. Just take BPA in the top 5.
Brian
3:08
Thanks for the chat today. Are the Philllies still focused on the 2 UVA bats? Who would your pick be knowing their system.? thanks!
Keith Law
3:09
Also heard Hiura with them, some prep arms, but most likely a college bat.
Michael
3:09
Tangently related to the draft, I finished school a month ago and am in the middle of a business internship (paid). My friend is a mid-tier player on one of the teams still in the College WS chase and probably won't be done until almost July. School starts again late August. He can't get a real summer job that will help him and isn't going to play pro ball. How are these guys "student" athletes again?
Keith Law
3:09
Because apparently a "scholarship" worth 1/4 of your tuition is sufficient compensation even though the CWS chase brings in a lot of revenue to the school and the NCAA as a whole.
PhillyJake
3:09
Can one draw the conclusion that Pavin Smith and Nick Pratto are both destined to be future DHs?
Keith Law
3:09
Absolutely not.
S.S. Size
3:10
Last year we saw a few South Jersey kids get drafted (Groom, Mondial, that kid from Haddon Heights). Any SJ prospects of note this year?
Keith Law
3:10
Don't have any on my top 100, and don't think we'll see any till day 3, maybe Ergatuk there.
Paulie
3:10
How did Franklin Perez look yesterday?
Keith Law
3:10
Good, not outstanding, but the makings of a good mid-rotation starter. Chance for three pitches, 92-96, secondary wasn't plus, threw a lot of strikes.
Ryan
3:10
When reading about Jaren Kendall, based on the toolshe kind of reminds me of George Springer. Besides Springer being a bit more polished at the same age, is there really much that separates the two? Thanks Keith!
Keith Law
3:11
Springer was stronger & more physical, and his swing worked better mechanically, while he lacked a two-strike approach.
Balor
3:11
What odds would you give to Nate Pearson ending up a starter vs. a reliever?
Keith Law
3:11
50/50? Huge FB, but no one thinks he has a consistently above average second pitch yet.
Squire
3:11
Any non-first round names associated with the Phillies?
Keith Law
3:11
Nope. No one knows who's going in the top 30. Projecting the second round is like rolling dice.
Phil
3:12
Hi Keith. What's one player who you think will be picked later in the draft (so not first round) who you think could end up a star?
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