Klawchat, 6/12/17.
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Matt
3:41
Do any colleges have set-ups that allow them to track some of the new statistical measures we're seeing a lot of in the majors right now (e.g., exit velocity, spin rate, etc.)? If so, are those stats shared with MLB teams?
Keith Law
3:41
I believe a few have set up some of the equipment for this.
James
3:41
how good is hiura's bat? Good enough to stick him in left field and let him get to the majors asap?
Keith Law
3:42
Can't play left if you can't throw at all.
Garrett
3:42
What are the ceiling for Chris Seise and Ryan Vilade?
Keith Law
3:42
Both are on my Big Board ... everyday regulars, but both with some bat risks. Seise seems like he needs to get a lot stronger.
Andy
3:42
Not a draft question, but....what should Tigers fans take of Manning still being in extended spring? Are they holding him back to hold down his workload, or is he not ready for full season ball yet?
Keith Law
3:43
Had trouble throwing strikes in March. I think they couldn't send him out.
Joe-Nathan
3:43
I'm planning to get you to sign my book in Toronto. Any specific restaurants/coffee shops from your blue jay days you are excited about for your visit?
Keith Law
3:43
I haven't been there since 2005, so I'm treating this like a first visit. I'll only be on the ground about 24 hours.
Jay
3:44
Not a draft question, but how much research or questions are raised internally about players eye sight as they age? We know bat speed declines with age, but eye sight in general does as well for most people. Obviously it's really hard to combat this but how much is this talked about with clubs when signing guys or doing medical research on them and do you think this is something that eventually become a bigger deal as teams try to discover the next market inefficiency in the health/biometrics area?
Keith Law
3:44
Most teams want vision test results for potential draftees, and some teams will crush a guy with poor results. So it's definitely a factor tonight, but I don't hear it much for veteran players.
Wally
3:44
hey Keith - love the book. Was curious about your comment in the mock draft about Romero ('at a certain point it becomes indistinguishable from parody '). Is that a shot at the Nats or the industry generally for considering a screwup because he has talent?
Keith Law
3:45
Want to make an educated guess who the Nats are taking? Find the most famous player still on the board.
Jim
3:45
Where would Luis Robert go in this draft class?
Keith Law
3:45
Probably middle of the first round.
Dave
3:45
Keith, non-draft question, how many MLB stadiums have you been to?
Keith Law
3:46
I think 27. I'll add one in July at the Futures Game. I'd still need Seattle and Texas.
Quinn
3:46
Likelihood of Kyle Wright falling out of the top 5?
Keith Law
3:46
Under 5%.
addoeh
3:47
So no trip to Omaha then?
Keith Law
3:47
For me? No, we're not doing BBTN any more, so no BBTNs from Omaha either.
Wade
3:47
When is Rooker taken?
Keith Law
3:47
Tonight, somewhere between 30-50 is my guess.
Danny
3:48
Sorry if you've answered his before, but who are the players in mind that teams cutting a deal want to fall in the supplemental 1st or 2nd round?
Keith Law
3:49
Prep arms, largely. Carlson, Enlow, Jennings, Baz (in theory, doubt it happens), Crouse, Heatherly, etc.
Noah
3:49
Who has the final say for a draft pick, is it the GM, Farm Director, or President of Baseball Ops?
Keith Law
3:49
First round it's usually the GM, although he may simply choose to take who the scouting director wants. After that it's typically the scouting director, unless there's a deal already in place.
Steve
3:49
FYI, if you think having Sandy Hook Truthers on TV isn't a thing NBC should do, you can tell them about it here: http://www.nbc.com/contact-us
Keith Law
3:50
It's definitely not something any tv station should do, but let's face it, the networks will do anything for eyeballs at this point.
Scott C
3:50
This isn't a draft question, but did you get to see any of Newcomb's debut over the weekend?
Keith Law
3:50
Nope. Didn't watch any MLB games this weekend - I was either doing draft prep or at the Blue Rocks' games Saturday and Sunday.
Kyle
3:50
About where does JJ Schwarz go at this point?
Keith Law
3:51
Fourth or fifth round? Would he even sign there, or go back to UF to try to come out after a better senior year?
addoeh
3:51
Unless you have been there already this year, new Atlanta ballpark as well.
Keith Law
3:51
oh that's right. Boondoogle Park is on the list.
Andy
3:51
What are the chances the a player not in your top 100 is taken tonight? I guess the question is, have you heard other guys getting mentioned towards the end, that you have outside 100.
Keith Law
3:53
100% chance of that. Last year there were a couple - JB Woodman, the guy Ole Miss fans kept claiming was a 5-tool player, was the first, I think. (He has a 39% K rate as a 22-year-old in low-A this year.) The Pirates also skunked everyone with their last pick of day one, Travis "Monarch of the Glen" Macgregor.
Jerry
3:53
To combat the way some college coaches abuse their best arms, what is keeping the NCAA from instituting pitch limits and mandatory rest periods, the same way every amateur level in America is currently doing?
Keith Law
3:53
This would assume the NCAA cares one iota about keeping pitchers healthy.
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