Klawchat, 6/13/17.
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Jesse
2:28
With Kyle Wright being a more advanced college arm than the Braves have been taking, where do you think he ends up pitching the remainder of this season? Starting next season?
Keith Law
2:28
Probably won't pitch much this year period since he's already over 100 innings, but I bet he spends the bulk of next year in AA.
Jeries
2:28
Should the White Sox move Burger to 1B immediately?
Keith Law
2:29
No reason to do that.
Tim
2:29
What kind of prospect is Heimlich? Where would he have gone if he hadn't molested that girl?
Keith Law
2:29
I think second round. I don't think he'll be drafted today, if at all.
Jeries
2:31
Is Carson Fulmer a fair comp for Bukauskus? Who do you like more?
Keith Law
2:31
Bukauskas throws better strikes and his delivery isn't violent like Fulmer's.
CWS
2:31
What is your outlook on Spencer Adams? I remember you had him as a top 100 at one point. He doesn't appear to be striking out many batters, but isn't walking anyone either and his ERA and peripherals looks good.
Keith Law
2:31
I don't think his fastball has ever gotten back to where it was in year one.
Mark
2:31
If Cincy had not taken Greene, do you think Preller would have or did he likely still favor Gore?
Keith Law
2:31
I think the Padres had them ranked Greene, Gore, McKay.
Linda
2:31
Does Peterson possibly have more in his arm? I ask mainly bc it seems all Mets pitchers somehow end up throwing a good bit harder once they hit the big leagues.....
Keith Law
2:32
Don't think so, but given his groundball rates, I wouldn't change anything.
Mike
2:32
What's the knock on Burger besides defense? The stat line looks great (sorry) power, average, obp, low strikeouts
Keith Law
2:32
Defense, hasn't faced great competition in that conference.
Guest
2:32
Thoughts on Luis Gonzalez out of New Mexico?
Keith Law
2:32
Would have gone higher but there were some late makeup concerns. Thought it was a solid value there.
Mike J
2:32
Pirates taking 4 HS players on Day 1 and now two college position players. Your thoughts so far on their draft? Thanks for your time.
Keith Law
2:33
I think they're doing money-savers now to pay Baz, Jennings, etc.
Tom
2:33
Is Pavin Smith 1b only, or does he have a chance to move to a corner outfield spot?
Keith Law
2:33
I can't fathom him in an outfield corner. He doesn't move like an outfielder would.
Tyler
2:33
Hey Keith, loving Smart Baseball! Why does it matter what position a draftee is announced at? Does it impact bonus $?
Keith Law
2:34
The team asks for him to be announced at a certain position, which can tell us if they intend to move him to another position or, in the case of a two-way guy, which way they intend to start him. Perez, Danner, Greene were all two-way guys announced one way. McKay was supposed to be announced as both but MLB made a mistake.
Tim
2:34
How long until players drafted this wee can be traded? Is this another rule (like pre-draft tradeable picks) you might like to see changed in the next CBA?
Keith Law
2:34
After the World Series. I wanted this changed like ten years ago.
Tim
2:34
Who had the best breaking ball in this draft? Bukauskus slider? Hall's curve?
Keith Law
2:34
Little's curve.
Archie
2:34
If your son had a strong college commitment and was going to get drafted, assuming he would be offered slot money, at what point would you deem the college experience more valuable than what he would get to sign?
Keith Law
2:35
The college experience will be there after pro ball if he wants it. If he's good enough to be drafted in the first few rounds and he wants to go play pro ball, I'd encourage him to sign.
Rob
2:35
Are you going to be on Buster's podcast on Tuesdays from here on out, or is it a temporary thing because of draft/scouting conflicts?
Keith Law
2:35
He wanted me to come on yesterday and today to talk about the draft.
Johnny O
2:35
Grade instant draft grades on the scouting scale. I believe 20 is lowest but I think we can make an exception and go down to 0 for these useless articles (even if your editor makes you do one).
Keith Law
2:35
I have steadfastly refused to do draft grades for eleven years now.
Jeries
2:36
Why don't minor league teams use 6 or 7 man rotations to keep IP down? Is it simply because there isn't enough SP talent?
Keith Law
2:36
A lot of minor league teams use six-man rotations.
Aaron C.
2:36
What's your personal policy on writing about/discussing "makeup" issues? Do you prefer to independently confirm them or do you only address them if they've already been publicly reported elsewhere? Thanks!
Keith Law
2:37
I rarely discuss them, because it's dangerous. If there's an arrest or a suspension, that's easy. A failed drug test is pretty concrete too. But on a guy like DL Hall, where I think some scouts just didn't like the kid very much, is that something you need to know about as readers? What if it's bogus, but still affected where he was picked? That's where I struggle. I'm supposed to explain to you what's going on, but if a stupid rumor is the cause, but is just a stupid rumor, how do I present that to you all?
Brett
2:37
Kyle Hurt is still on the board. Have you heard anything on him, or is he likely heading to school at this point?
Keith Law
2:38
He missed a chunk of the spring after an ACL injury and didn't come back at 100%, so he may just be a school guy.
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