Klawchat, 6/12/17.
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Steve
3:54
When you say Hiura can't throw "at all," how bad are you talking? Ben Revere bad? Or an actual bottom-of-the-scale 20 arm?
Keith Law
3:54
He didn't play the field all spring because of whatever's going on with his arm. That's why I listed him as a DH/2B.
Mo
3:54
Not a question, but as an African-American and lifelong baseball fan, Hunter Greene might already be my new favorite player
Keith Law
3:54
I was extremely impressed when I sat down with him. His answers weren't canned or hackneyed; he's intelligent and his answers were really thoughtful.
Dalton
3:55
Any thoughts on Chase Vallot this weekend? 129 wRC+ in A+ from a 20yo is nice with all the walks and power, even if he's striking out more than me when I try to ask girls out on a date.
Keith Law
3:56
He's terrible. It's a negative approach at the plate. FWIW, I don't think wRC+ is a useful stat for discussing prospects.
Joey Bag-O-Donuts
3:56
I appreciate you not mentioning me and my draft prospects this year, Keith. You have brought up my name every year for what seems like a decade. Maybe this year, without all of the hype, will be the year my dream finally comes true.
Keith Law
3:56
I gave you enough love in Smart Baseball, Joey.
Andy
3:56
The ESPN comments were annoyed with the fact that you "made it a black thing" about Greene.
Keith Law
3:56
As if I had made him black.
Brett
3:56
Hi Keith. Thank you for all your draft coverage. I have a question about KJ Harrison. It seems not many, if anyone, sees him as a C anymore. Do you just think the bat isn't good enough to make
Keith Law
3:57
I don't think the bat is good enough for him to be worth a top 3 rounds pick at another position.
Dalton
3:57
Care to clarify on wRC+ for prospects? Do you think linear weights are different in the minors? The only complaint I think could be that wRC+ adjusts for league but the not park (in the minors that is).
Keith Law
3:58
Why are linear weights the goal, though? Woodman has a 108 wRC+, so above average, but he just pulled his strikeout rate down under 40% in the last few days. So he does good things on contact (perhaps a function of being old for the league), but makes such infrequent contact that it won't matter. We're not looking for the most valuable players in the Midwest League, but the most projectable ones.
Brad
3:59
What is the boardgame you play most these days?
Keith Law
4:00
Usually new stuff - Santorini, Barenpark, and Unlock! the last three - with the family, older stuff more online.
Jeb
4:00
When is the actual first pick tonight (as opposed to the beginning of the broadcast)?
Keith Law
4:00
7:05 pm, I think.
Dan
4:00
I know it may not be realistic, but do you think there's a chance McKay ends up as a reliever/1B/DH? If he were to be an above-average reliever for 50 innings and say, Brandon Belt at the dish, he's a 5-win player. He is after all, the best two way player, maybe ever in college.
Keith Law
4:00
I don't. I think he's too good at both to end up in that role. You're talking brooks kieschnick.
Ed
4:01
Did you see Wonder Woman? We don't go to the movies that often anymore with the time to in-home availability shrinking, but we had a great time watching this one on the big screen. My 11-year-old daughter had been looking forward to it since she was about 9, and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
Keith Law
4:02
No, but we plan to see it somewhere. I haven't seen a movie in a few weeks now because of this draft nonsense.
Tallulah
4:02
Duke Uselton? As a huge Zootopia fan, I can only shake my head. Re Burger and scouts agreeing he won't stay at 3rd - is he 1B/DH only, or could profile at a corner OF spot?
Keith Law
4:02
First base only, I think. And that was my favorite line in Zootopia.
4:03
OK, the phone is starting to buzz again so I'm going to wrap this up. I'll be on Twitter tonight and there will be a live file running on ESPN that gathers my quick notes on each of the first round picks, and I'll shoot for a chat tomorrow afternoon once we are through round five. Thank you as always for reading and for all of your questions!
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