Klawchat 6/2/17
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Keith Law
3:48
Blueberry is the easiest I've ever made. Skip the quiche, though. It's not pie.
Evan
3:48
What's your best estimate for when the Super Two deadline will pass? Do you think the Mets would call Amed Rosario up before it passes?
Keith Law
3:50
I wish Super Two would die, really, because it does nothing but confuse fans. And it's not fans' fault - it's just a bad system. We don't know the actual date, and we won't know the actual date for this year until after 2020. So teams guess, based on past history. Once we get to June 15th or so, we're almost certainly past it given previous years' cutoffs.
Rob
3:50
Any concerns with Gleyber's slow start in AAA?
Keith Law
3:51
He's been there a week.
Cole
3:51
Is Chris Seise a first rounder? Seems like one of the best prep SS. Major upside in all 5 tools
Keith Law
3:51
No. Nor does he have "major upside in all 5 tools." He can stay at short, which makes him a top 100 guy, but that's it.
Lukas
3:51
So, publications around Atlanta have thrown the idea of trading Kemp at the deadline. With his atrocious defense, high BABIP and extremely high salary, I don't think this is realistic. Do you have any insight on this?
Keith Law
3:51
Probably unrealistic.
Nate
3:51
What are your thoughts on small ball in youth and high school leagues?
Keith Law
3:52
Depends. Is the goal to win games? Then it might make sense, given the presence of players on those teams who just aren't very good hitters or fielders (bunt to make the other team make an error!). Is the goal to develop players? If so, then swing the fucking bat.
Tim
3:52
"Too big for 3B" - did that scout ever watch Scott Rolen in his prime?
Keith Law
3:53
I met Scott Rolen in or near his prime. Dude could carry an 18-wheeler on his back.
ScottyD in Downingtown
3:56
Kyle Tucker just got elevated to AA and is continuing to hit well. Is it possible to see a mid-2018 arrival in Houston or would that be overly aggressive?
Keith Law
3:56
Yeah, I was pissed about that because Buies Creek comes here next weekend. He's good, mid-2018 is not insane.
John
3:57
I wonder if you could give some advice. My adult sister was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The doctor is optimistic that it can go into remission with a powerful drug, methotrexate. I want her to do that, because I've seen how much pain she's been in and they say it's important to catch it early. She's reluctant because it's such a powerful drug, apparently the same thing used for some chemo. But I think she's also being influenced by her husband, who is a bit of a conspiracy theorist and is always talking about the drug companies influencing the medical studies. Any thoughts, including on how I can help her steer clear of her husband's loony ideas?
Keith Law
3:57
Get her to some other doctors (real doctors, not "alternative" anything) for further opinions. I know nothing about that drug other than, as you said, it's used for chemo. But maybe hearing it face to face from more qualified experts will help?
Jack
3:57
For a guy like Brendan McKay, how many years would he have to spend focused on pitching to lose his status as a top first baseman prospect? Does the skill go pretty quickly?
Keith Law
3:58
I would bet good money on him staying at first base for a while, rather than pitching and giving up hitting. He could do both, but if he does one thing, given how he's worn down on the mound, I think it'll be hitting.
Matt
3:58
What's up w/ the Paris Accord? Why would Trump withdraw the US if it doesn't take effect until after the 2020 election? Something about the entire thing smells fishy to me.
Keith Law
3:59
Sop to his base? Have you seen his supporters and cheerleaders celebrating this? I'd say it's bizarre, but with an entire wing of one of our major parties demonizing science, it's kind of par for the course.
Keith
3:59
Hi fellow Keith. I'm staying in Scottsdale in July for one night for my 17th anniversary at the end of a 5000 mile road trip . Recommendation for a restaurant pleas ?
Keith Law
3:59
I have a whole guide to Phoenix area eats right here http://klaw.me/21e74em
Rod
3:59
Where do you see Mark Vientos getting drafted? He was allegedly working out for the Braves yesterday but I don't know if he lasts until 41
Keith Law
4:00
He might, although I think he probably goes in the 30s to a team with multiple picks.
Carlin
4:00
Read Tough Guys Don't Dance last week and was blown away. Thanks for the suggestion, are you aware of any good noir in the same vein, beyond the obvious Chandler, Hammett, etc?
Keith Law
4:02
The Killer Inside Me, The Grifters, pop. 1280, all Jim Thompson. Double Indemnity & The Postman Always Rings Twice, both James Cain. Horace McCoy's They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is in a similar vein too. While not noir, I love the Nero Wolfe novels from Rex Stout, because they have such great characters.
Ben
4:02
NLE - moving forward, who would you have more confidence in, Vince Velasquez or Robert Gsellman?
Keith Law
4:02
Gsellman. Velasquez might be made of glass.
Tim
4:02
First to majors - Tyler Mahle or Luis Castillo? Both possible #3 starters?
Keith Law
4:02
Mahle more likely to start. Castillo better fastball, needs a breaking ball.
Jacque Jones
4:03
What are your thoughts on Nick Gordon after some time in the minors, compared to at draft time, etc? Should Twins fans be excited?
Keith Law
4:03
Yes. He's a damn good player. He'll produce, and he'll be one of those players you want to argue is worth even more than the stats say.
John
4:03
Thoughts on Giolito this year?
Keith Law
4:04
Still undoing the delivery damage done to him last year. His stuff has ticked back up and he's had outings where he looked more like his pre-2015 self.
James
4:04
Hey Keith. Thoroughly enjoying Smart Baseball. Mets question for you. Rosario has tore it up since being promoted to AA last year. Does he eventually entrench himself with the Lindors and Correas? Or fall short (no pun intended)?
Keith Law
4:04
I think he's that kind of talent. His bat speed is ridiculous.
Harry
4:04
Could the Nats take Hiura, given their penchant for guys with TJ on their plates?
Keith Law
4:04
Don't think he gets there, but along those lines, I could see them taking Schmidt or Drew Rasmussen.
Dan
4:05
It seems that the Cubs are connected to Nick Allen. What are your thoughts on that match?
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