Klawchat 6/2/17
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Keith Law
4:19
He sits 90-93. That's a 50, maybe 55 for a lefty.
Mickey
4:19
I just realized what a good retort to rudeness "This isn't Twitter" is. I may have to employ that on the subway.
Keith Law
4:19
Good luck. Don't get shiv'd.
Jake
4:19
Are you as impatient as I am for the new Arcade Fire album?
Keith Law
4:19
No. I didn't love Reflector.
Lyle
4:20
Anthony Jimenez was not on any Mariners top prospect lists that I recall but he's at 307/376/518 after two months in the Midwest League. Rising prospect? Anything interesting to hope for?
Keith Law
4:20
He's 21 and striking out about 30% of the time. Old for his level with that K rate = no.
Brian
4:22
What is your opinion on AJ Preller? Being in San Diego, most national media coverage doesnt talk about the Padres much except bringing up the hiding injury issue. How has he done so far in your opinion? How long should an owner give a GM who's doing a mass rebuild like Preller is doing before they look at a new GM?
Keith Law
4:22
Rebuild has been great so far. Ridiculous quantity of talent in that system.
Amru
4:22
Pardon my ignorance, but has Royce Lewis had any substantial time in CF? Or is it an assumption that his athleticism will make up for inexperience?
Keith Law
4:23
Don't think he's ever played it. He's a bad shortstop who's a plus runner and has shown great instincts as a baserunner, so the assumption is he'll be able to play CF.
Dave
4:23
Hi Klaw, thanks for the chats. Guess what, the head of the EPA has admitted that global warming is due to human activities. He can't say how much of the planet's warming is due to humans, that's too difficult. He also can't say if POTUS believes what all but flat earthers believe. But progress is progress, although there's no word on whether the administration has any plans whatsoever to try to fix or even slow global warming. I'm thinking of investing in some ocean front property in Iowa
Keith Law
4:23
Meanwhile, teachers in Florida aren't even allowed to tell their kids about climate change, so we're trying to raise a generation of dummies ... at least down there.
Isaac
4:24
Could Ronald Acuna be a top 5 prospect by seasons end? The reports are glowing, have you had a chance to see him this season?
Keith Law
4:24
I saw him in March and wrote about him then.
Potato
4:24
Julian Merryweather has looked good and ive read that his stuff has improved. Heard much about him?
Keith Law
4:25
His stuff hasn't changed but he's having more success than before and doing it at higher levels - up to 95, power curveball, good change, it's 3 at least major league average pitches, definitely a starter, not sure if that CB is the swing and miss pitch he needs.
Aaron
4:25
Does Brendan Rodgers have anything left to prove in HiA?
Keith Law
4:26
The problem is playing in Lancaster is like playing on one of Jupiter's moons. Get him to AA where he'll play in a real environment, even if it means he's going to start 2018 back there. I like him quite a bit as a prospect and have always ranked him high - #1 in his draft class - but hitting stats in Lancaster are a joke.
Robert
4:26
At the time of the Luis Robert signing, you wrote that there was a consensus among your scouting sources about concerns related to his hit tool. Have you heard from any sources since then that disagree?
Keith Law
4:27
Not a one.
J.O.
4:27
Grilling chicken breasts tonight from a homemade balsamic marinade.....any side suggestions? (we are having grilled corn on the cob as well.)
Keith Law
4:27
Just stay at the grill and don't cook them past about 155. The only thing easier to overcook on a grill than chicken breasts is fish.
Isaac
4:27
I know you haven't been to high on Jesus Sanchez, but he seems to be showing more power. Is he a rising prospect or more hype than anything else?
Keith Law
4:28
That's inaccurate; I've ranked him where he belonged. He's more hit than power, though.
Nick
4:28
Thoughts on Lamet?
Keith Law
4:29
Discussed on San Diego radio - he has a below average changeup, and lefties have killed him everywhere he's pitched, including so far in the majors (where they're on his fastball because his change is ineffective).
Jay
4:29
Lots of chat about Bo Bichette lately - do you think his 'violent swing' will play at higher levels, or will he need to calm down a bit?
Keith Law
4:29
Not a violent swing. That's out of date.
Tyler
4:29
Does Sheffield belong in the HOF? If so, what is keeping him out? Link to steroids, lack of 150+ game seasons, way he treated the media?
Keith Law
4:29
No defensive value. His WAR total gets wrecked by below average defense.
Matt R
4:29
Sorry if you've answered this question but are you planning a Cape trip this year? Less than 2 weeks til the season starts!
Keith Law
4:30
Don't know. ESPN wants me more focused on pro stuff over the summer than amateur, which makes the Cape tough.
(They're not wrong, BTW. More people are interested in pro content than draft.)
Greg
4:30
Rule 5 draft seems to be a dumpster dive, unless of course you're talking about the Padres grabbing prospects from the Cardinals. Córdoba & Perdomo represent a nice haul--did Mozeilak make a mistake not protecting either on the 40 man roster?
Keith Law
4:30
Perdomo surprised me. Cordoba was in the freaking Appy League. It's crazy that they even took him.
Greg
4:30
Keith- help a brother out... Is there any way to engage with or at least quickly end an argument with a close friend who is increasingly buying into climate-change denying claims? Besides ending the friendship? It's drives me mad that the think they're thinking critically by not accepting what they're told and questioning everything, but in reality they're just ignoring the vast majority of scientists.
Keith Law
4:33
I've had friends try anti- or pseudoscience bullshit on me. I give them facts. If they don't want to be friends after that, it's fine with me. I had someone recently try to tell me that celiac is the result of how we breed wheat in this country and that people with celiac can eat bread in Europe, which is ... just very, very wrong. And I said so. I don't think it went over well.
Sam
4:33
What did you think of Jose Ramirez when he was younger? I previously hadn't thought too much of him, but his run of success is getting to be too long for it to be a fluke.
Keith Law
4:33
He's legit. I had him just off the top 100 one year, highest I ever put him, and then I think he was ineligible the following year because of at bats. I'm fully on board. He was on my top 25 under 25 last month.
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