Klawchat, 6/13/17.
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Keith Law
2:01
You can't have the fire without the flame. It's Klawchat.
Jason
2:01
Hi Keith, what are your thoughts on the Brewers' first rounder, Hiura? Would you be seriously concerned about his elow?
Keith Law
2:02
He may need TJ. I ranked him lower because he's going to miss 200 or so PA of development. But folks say he can really rake.
Moltar
2:02
Today I learned that David Peterson's father was a legendary horse trainer who trained Seattle Slew. Over/under number of times he's referred to as a Thoroughbred? And am I right to think of him as a Dallas Keuchel type?
Keith Law
2:02
Keuchel's command has become exceptional; he wasn't like this in college at all. But Peterson is a similar guy in that he throws strikes and gets a ton of groundballs.
Moltar
2:02
Will the Mets have any issue signing Vientos? I really liked their day 1 haul.
Keith Law
2:03
You should assume any player taken in the top ten rounds is going to sign. I think last year two didn't sign. Teams check prices before drafting because it screws up your bonus pool if you fail to sign a high pick.
Adam D.
2:03
The Giants did what the Giants always seem to do and went way off-board. Am I wrong to criticize the picks, even understanding the both Ramos and Gonzalez could pan out?

It just seems to me that they really pain themselves into a corner picking guys that the industry is not nearly as high on. If they work out, great, but if they find themselves in a spot where trading a prospect for a ML player is something they want to do, they are stuck with guys that other teams don't value similarly.
Keith Law
2:04
They do have a good track record with bats they liked a lot more than the industry did, though, so I don't like to just assume they're doing something wrong. They've found nice value that way in the past. The problem I see in their system is they don't have up the middle guys with trade value.
Todd Boss
2:04
Nats Day 1 thoughts: do the picks of Romero (who has no school to go back to) and Crowe (4th yr, 3rd time drafted) indicate perhaps their attempt to save some slot dollars for a run at a prep kid today? Both players they picked have leverage issues.
Keith Law
2:05
I assume you sent this before the third round, when they took another college player, but I would have said then that Romero wasn't going to be an under slot guy. His advisor is Boras and I'm pretty sure he's getting slot or above.
Ryan
2:05
Re Astros' drafting of Joe Perez: What kind of bat does he profile to have? Is his selection to move money around to grab other talent?
Keith Law
2:06
I'll do recaps for every team in the next 48 hours, so I'll have more detail on lots of second to fifth round picks especially. Perez is having TJ surgery this week, though, and I assume there's a deal in place for him - he was hitting 97 and was probably going in this range of the draft anyway.
Bobby
2:06
Keith! Thanks, as always, for the chats and your great content. As a Yanks fan it is hard to be excited about their pick. I assume, as you wrote, they are not concerned w violent deliveries, as most others are. That said, can you see any logic here given who else was available? Could Schmidt at least be a cheaper sign leaving them able to go overslot later?
Keith Law
2:07
Clearly they see a starter there. Not every bad delivery guy ends up in the pen and not every good delivery guy stays healthy. What gets me on Schmidt is that he blew out and had a bad delivery and wasn't throwing 97 until this year, so if he comes back and is at his 2016 velocity again, then do you have a mid-first-round result? I don't think so.
Rick C
2:07
What happened to the Braves taking Vientos or Beck at #41?
Keith Law
2:08
They took someone else?
Serious answer - teams have LOTS of players on their boards for picks after the first one. We would rank ~50 on our main board in Toronto and then have categories for beyond that so that by the end of the meetings we had something like 400-500 magnets up. The board falls a certain way, a player's demands change, you just make sure you're prepared for any contingency.
John T
2:09
Looks like the Twins saved their cash for Enlow. Fair to assume that he'll sign, seeing as how they had a day to work it out with him? If so, that's a pretty nice move, methinks.
Keith Law
2:09
Yes, no way the first pick on day two doesn't sign - or doesn't already have a deal in place.
Nate
2:09
You said you thought Baz had a predraft deal with a team. Chances pretty high it was the pirates?
Keith Law
2:09
No, I don't think so, nor do I know if he had any deal. That was the rumor in the industry, but no one knows for sure except the kid.
James
2:10
Why did Bukauskus fall to the Astros at 15? Teams worried about his size?
Keith Law
2:10
Size, delivery, little bit of fatigue at the finish. He went right around where Sonny Gray went and ahead of Marcus Stroman, two even shorter RHP from good colleges.
addoeh
2:10
Are there teams that have a history of drafting guys with certain flaws specifically because they have had a good history of correcting them?
Keith Law
2:10
I think of the White Sox with unusual delivery guys - they're at least unconcerned with taking them. Maybe the Yankees have decided to adopt that philosophy.
Tim
2:11
How do you think the Reds have made out thus far w/ Greene, Downs, Fairchild & Heatherly?
Keith Law
2:11
And Cash Case too. Pretty strong for the first four rounds.
Alex
2:11
I think you could fit at least 10 more of your book on the shelf behind you. Go for broke!
Keith Law
2:12
That guy is still going and actually complained to the ESPN "Public Editor" (note: i have no idea who that person even is) on twitter.
Nick
2:12
Think the Cubs and A's could partner up on something involving Gray and Candelario+? Am I overvaluing Candy?
Keith Law
2:12
I don't see Candelario as the centerpiece of a deal like that, and the A's have lots of players in that same bucket anyway.
Marshall MN
2:12
Can Royce Lewis develop the footwork necessary to play IF? You seem doubtful of that possibility, is there any track record of players developing that skill?
Keith Law
2:13
I'm very skeptical. At least he has to move off short. Then you end up questioning whether you are better off with the player at 2b, where he might be an average or 55 defender, or in CF, where he might develop into a 70.
ReleasetheMckraken
2:13
Regarding Brent Rooker's position, is he truly limited to 1B? I read he can handle the OF but was playing 1st because MSU had a need.
Keith Law
2:13
Every scout I asked, even guys who liked him, told me he's a 1b in pro ball. I haven't seen him this year.
Nick
2:13
Not sure if you follow the NBA, but do you have any issue with Durant's move to the Warriors? I don't mind the transfer of talent, but players taking discounts seems to be bad for any league.
Keith Law
2:14
I know enough to know what you're talking about and see no problem with it. Free agency means free agency. A player should be able to go where he wants for whatever reasons he wants.
Cooper
2:14
Hey Kieth, thanks for all the work you do. Daulton Varsho fascinates me. Do you think he can stick at catcher, or will he move somewhere else? And, after reading the chapter about stolen bases, how important is it to have a catcher with a good arm? It's a nice luxury, but is it a necessity?
Keith Law
2:14
Much more important to get a good receiver/framer than thrower. Varsho was WAY off my radar - I know who he is, of course, but didn't think he was a top 5 rounds guy.
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