Klawchat, 6/13/17.
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Keith Law
2:48
Answer every stupid falsehood with facts. And don't stop. If he has kids, their health is at risk, perhaps even their lives.
Jace
2:48
Best player going to college so they haven't been drafted yet?
Keith Law
2:49
Garrett Mitchell, Kyle Hurt, Adam Oviedo.
Matt
2:49
You remain a Kendall believer but if Toffey had better offensive #s across the board is past history and defensive ability the main reason he's a 4th rd pick? Harder to fall than it is easier to rise?
Keith Law
2:50
Toffey's just not a very good hitter. There's no upside there.
banksy_
2:50
What other arm actions/delivery flaws (i.e. Inverted W) are also nonsense? Any come to mind that are pushed hard throughout the public or industry?
Keith Law
2:51
The idea that short pitchers were more likely to get hurt is still around. I have never bought that. My issue with short P is that they need to be able to get the ball down. But I know of no evidence that they get hurt any more often than medium to tall pitchers do.
CVD
2:51
You a Will Crowe guy?
Keith Law
2:51
I like him. I don't have to sift through his medicals, though.
Dave
2:51
I'm an adult stutterer. I can control it most of the time but I do a lot of delay tactics and things to avoid speaking. Anxiety goes hand in hand with it. Do you have any tips to share? Whether it be something to read, breathing exercises to do etc.
Keith Law
2:51
I've recommended the book Fully Present to a lot of people - you may find the breathing and mindfulness tips in there useful too.
Jeries
2:54
What innings limit should the Sox look at for Kopech? 65 IP in 2015, 56 IP in 2016, and 62 IP already this year.
Keith Law
2:55
I don't really know the science behind this - whether there's any at all, to be honest. This idea of N+30 or N+50 or whatever, some fixed number above the previous year ... if there's real research demonstarting its value, I haven't seen it. The claim by one writer that increasing year over year by 30+ innings has been debunked. So with Kopech - I wouldn't push him excessively, not 150 or something, but I wouldn't panic if he gets to 100 or 120. And remember he probably pitched more than just those 56 last year if you consider sim games or extended spring.
Benny
2:56
Are the Reds the big winners of the draft so far? What do you think about Stuart Fairchild- especially with Waters still on the board?
Keith Law
2:57
I don't like to name winners or losers on draft day. It's hot-take-ish. I liked Fairchild and Waters would have required a bigger bonus.
MRA
2:57
Is there anything to like in the Cardinals picks in rounds 3 (Hurst), 4 (Robertson) or 5 (Kirtley)? Thank you.
Keith Law
2:57
They had no money to spend so I'm loath to be too critical. I didn't rank any of those guys or have them close to the top 100.
Jeff Sessions
2:57
And I perjure myself in 3....2....
Keith Law
2:58
I'm glad I have the draft to distract me from our crumbling republic.
Ed
2:58
Do the Cubs draft a player like Lange with the expectation that they can clean up his delivery? If so, does that often work?
Keith Law
2:58
I hope not. That's faulty logic - and I would be shocked if the Cubs thought that. I bet they saw Lange as a fast to the majors reliever - i heard that from a bunch of scouts this spring.
Charlie
2:58
Lucas Giolito thoughts? Seems to be really making some strides as of late, but obviously could just be some SSS
Keith Law
2:58
I have heard the delivery is much closer to where it was in 2015.
Drew
2:59
How quick could Rooker move? He's old but I don't know how that translates to a minor league assignment. Do they move him to AA?
Keith Law
2:59
Doesn't he have to? He's older than five current big league hitters (I think). Sending him to low-A seems futile.
Kevin
2:59
Thoughts on the Tigers 2nd rd pick Reynaldo Rivera. Gigantic dude, but didn't see him on any of your list.
Keith Law
3:00
For good reason. Gigantic, strong, but substantial questions about his hit tool.
Matt
3:00
I think a good argument to make for MLB being the hardest sport to play is the fact that the players getting drafted often don't appear in the majors for 3-5 years. Imagine the Patriots drafting Tom Brady and he doesn't get to be QB until 2007?
Keith Law
3:00
But then we wouldn't have had deflate-a-lago and all the bloviating that generated ... and I think to myself ... what a wonderful world.
3:01
OK, I have some draft recaps to write. Thank you all for your questions today and yesterday and for reading all my draft content. I will not chat again this week but should be back to my regular slot next Thursday. Look for my team-by-team draft recaps (focusing on the top five rounds) starting tomorrow!
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