Klawchat, 6/13/17.
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Greg P
2:15
Keith - how do you characterize the Royals' selection of Pratto in the 1st round? You've stated he's limited to first and doesn't have much physical projection. Was there a better selection available to them at 14?
Keith Law
2:16
I think they took him in the right range, but there were better players available, and their system is so thin right now that I would have preferred the greater asset value of either some up the middle guys or one of the top HS arms still on the board. That said, if Pratto really rakes, it's going to be fine. He does have a great swing.
Marshall MN
2:16
Are there are any players from the first couple rounds that you would predict right now as not signing with team that drafted them? Sam Carlson seems to be a popular pick, anyone else?
Keith Law
2:16
Carlson's going to sign. They're all going to sign.
Aaron
2:16
In your chat yesterday you said Warmoth might be fastest to the majors. Are you higher on him than industry or is his ceiling not that high? Wondering why he was chosen somewhat lower than Haseley.
Keith Law
2:17
I didn't say that about Warmoth. I said I liked him as someone who could move fast, but would not call him fastest to the majors.
J
2:17
Yes, they're in a relatively unique position to take the chance, but does Kendall to the Dodgers have a chance to be the best value as pick number relative to player in the draft?
Keith Law
2:18
Yes, and yes, they're in a good position to roll the dice on that. Lot of work to do with his swing, though.
Bill
2:18
Jim Callis threw around a rumor of the Rays letting Mckay try to pitch and hit. Lets say the experiment works and he does play both relatively well. What would that most likely look like? DH/RP, 1b/RP, or some combo of DH/1b/SP with more days off than a typical position player?
Keith Law
2:18
I tweeted yesterday that the Rays WILL let him do both. It's not a rumor; he'll be developed both ways, probably starting next year. My guess is that he plays 1b 3x a week and gets some rest by DHing the day before he pitches.
Steve
2:19
Brandon Little's chance to be a starting pitcher and whats his ceiling if everything clicks?
Keith Law
2:19
I think he's got a good chance - 40-50% - delivery isn't ideal but has the fastball and out pitch in the CB. I saw a decent CH too.
Rick
2:19
Hey Keith. You have stated you think Royce Lewis probably ends up an outfielder by the time he reaches the majors. I'm wondering who you prefer as a prospect, Lewis or last years #1 overall, Moniak? Thanks.
Keith Law
2:20
Moniak has a higher probability of being a big leaguer but I think Lewis has more ceiling and would take him.
Joe-Nathan
2:21
Which guys drafted who immediately becoming the top prospect on their team?
Keith Law
2:22
McKay for sure. Wright maybe; depends on where Acuna ends up on my midseason list. Beck. Greene of course, although Senzel's pretty damn good. DL Hall. I think Pratto would be too. Rogers, by default, since Garrett is hurt.
EricVA
2:22
Non-draft question: What do you think would happen (congressional reaction, DOJ reaction, public reaction) if Trump got Mueller fired?
Keith Law
2:23
Congressional Republicans will be quick to issue stern comments expressing their Grave Concern.
EricVA
2:23
Does the Yankees' 2nd pick of Sauer make the Schmidt pick any better for you?
Keith Law
2:23
No, because I didn't have Sauer as a top 50 guy either.
Juan
2:23
What's the furthest you've ever had to drive from your hotel or an airport to scout a prospect?
Keith Law
2:24
Byron Buxton. Flew to Atlanta from Phoenix, drove to Macon, stayed the night, drove about three hours the next day to Baxley (his town), drove back to Macon, stayed the night, drove back to ATL, swapped rental cars, kept on driving to Greenville SC.
mike
2:24
There seem to be a lot of two position guys drafted at the top this year. Can you address how teams evaluate which way to go? How about the Jays saying Danner is a C to them?
Keith Law
2:24
If the two sides are close, teams nearly always choose bat first, figuring the player could always pitch later.
Marshall MN
2:24
Have you talked to people around the league to get their reaction to the Twins taking Lewis 1-1? It seemed to be an ongoing rumor for a while that it was a possibility, but from what you know did any other team have Lewis at the top of their board?
Keith Law
2:24
I can think of two teams that I believe had Lewis at 1, but it wasn't a majority view, and the reactions I got from other teams last night and this morning weren't favorable.
Arnold
2:25
What can you tell us about Giants 1st round pick Heliot Ramos? Is he really a 5-tool player like the Giants are claiming?
Keith Law
2:25
He is not a five-tool player.
Ryan
2:25
Do you have any information on Matt Tabor? You don't see a lot of pitchers throwing in the high 90s in Massachusetts.
Keith Law
2:25
I do; he wasn't a top 100 guy, and he doesn't throw in the high 90s. Up to 95 with really bad delivery and below average breaking ball.
John
2:25
Twins fan here. With the Blayne pick should I get off the ledge that the new management team blew their first draft?
Keith Law
2:26
That's way over the top. It's still mid-draft. No one really has any idea how this will look in five to ten years. We just have opinions.
Dave
2:26
Keith, thanks for all your draft coverage. How excited should A's fans be about Nick Allen? And do you like the A's draft with up-the-middle talent?
Keith Law
2:27
Love this pick. First round talent. But the A's didn't go up the middle all the way - Deichmann certainly isn't, and Merrell's best chance to stay in the middle is in CF, not SS.
John
2:27
Why wouldn't McKay take an underslot deal at #1 rather than falling to #4?
Keith Law
2:27
Because he could get over slot at 4.
Bret
2:27
I'm really excited about the Blue Jays selecting Logan Warmoth. If you could take a guess, where will he fit in amongst their top prospects?
Keith Law
2:27
Certainly behind Vlad and Bichette.
Dave
2:27
Are you exclusively answering draft questions today?
Keith Law
2:28
The draft is ongoing right now, so that's going to be my focus.
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