Klawchat, 6/22/17
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Keith Law
2:21
I found that out about a half-hour after the article was posted.
Vin
2:21
Is there anything that the stat line isn't telling us with Ahmed Rosario that is leading Mets mgmt to say he isn't ready and leaving him in the minors in spite of huge glaring needs and a season rapidly slipping away?  What sort of stats can we expect when he is called up?
Keith Law
2:21
Any hitter stat line in Vegas may be fool's gold. I happen to think he can really hit anyway, and he's a better defender than Cabrera or the domestic abuser, so I don't know why they won't call him up.
Dr. Bob
2:21
Joe Sheehan ranked Mike Matheny as the last major league manager for tactical managing. Making the sting even worse here in the midwest is that MM finished behind Scioscia, Ausmus, Collins, and Mattingly. Man, if you can't finish ahead of that group, you are bad.
Keith Law
2:22
And I think Joe was spot on. Matheny is really overmatched by in-game tactical decisions. It really shows when he's managing against one of the better tacticians.
Ron
2:22
Could you see Gordon up with the Twins in September and either Polanco or Dozier traded at the deadline? Thanks!
Keith Law
2:22
Gordon, no, zero reason for them to do that. Dozier, maybe, but only if they get a sizable return, I think. Again, no real push for them to do so.
Matt
2:23
At this point can we assume Dominic Smith is James Loney trapped in a Mo Vaughn-like body? His power numbers in Vegas seem to say "yes".
Keith Law
2:23
That's not what his numbers seem to say at all.
Sim
2:23
I saw your article on drafted players who would be their team's No. 1 or No. 2 prospect but didn't see Heliot Ramos on there. Where do you think he'd rank with the Giants?
Keith Law
2:23
No higher than third.
kim
2:23
Love the chat.  Have you been back to TO recently?  the city is exploding.  Wondering what was your favourite restaurants here.  Also the Tulo Hoffman trade -  while not quite Dickey Thor debacle  - is looking like worse each day.  comment?  thanks, Keith!
Keith Law
2:25
Monday's PitchTalks event - I think there are still a few tickets left - will be my first trip to T.O. since 2005. Not sure any of my old favorite haunts still exist - and I understand there's a huge culinary scene there now. Hoffman isn't going to post a 7% HR/FB rate as a Rockie for very long.
Rob
2:25
Rutherford, Andujar, Sheffield & Florial for Quintana.  Who says no?
Keith Law
2:25
You must be a White Sox fan.
Rick C
2:25
I know he can't run a .400+ BABIP and 2.0- BB% forever, but could Johan Camargo be a guy?  The Braves apparently felt he was worth protecting from the rule 5, and he hit well at AAA this year.
Keith Law
2:25
Nope.
Jonathan
2:25
Thoughts on the new Ride album. Also, with Chavis and Devers now both in Portland, does this mean Devers goes to Pawtucket and/or does one of them switch positions?
Keith Law
2:26
Front half of the album is superb, vintage Ride but maybe with cleaner production. It loses steam towards the end. Devers is a better 3b now than Chavis, so I wouldn't expect them to move him.
Dr. Bob
2:26
I am baffled by the number of players expected to be taken in the first couple rounds of the draft of whom it is said, "has no position" or "1B/DH only." If I were the parent or coach of a player who looked like he had a hit tool, I would try to teach them to play a position. These are decent athletes, right? Couldn't many of them learn a position if they started early enough? How does this happen?
Keith Law
2:27
A lot of them aren't very good athletes, but they can hit. Or maybe you could say their athletic ability is limited to their swings.
MAS
2:27
How does Gleyber Torres recent injury impact his future development?  Would it be better for a prospect to play well in AA/AAA as a 20 yo then have a major injury or struggle/ do OK at AA all year and remain healthy.
Keith Law
2:27
No impact. Non-throwing elbow, misses half a season of AB. Sucks that he won't get the callup in September, but long-term I don't think this means a thing.
JP
2:27
Is David Dahl is basically a clone Michael Brantley at this point? Very toolsy, but probably not playing more than 100 games/year?
Keith Law
2:27
I'm worried the back issues will be (or are) chronic.
Larry
2:28
Question about draft approach. For a team like Atlanta with a loaded farm system, they went all in with their money on basically three draft prospects  -- Wright, Waters, Tarnok. Do you like that approach or the one they used last year to spread the money out throughout the draft?
Keith Law
2:28
This draft class was not a good one to try to spread money out - the 2016 class had a lot of good prep arms to overpay, which they did, but the 2017 class didn't..
Ben
2:28
If Russia hacks affected voter registration & prevented certain people from voting, that's terrifying. And that our president & other republicans don't seem to care is worse.
Keith Law
2:29
And the cynic in me wonders if the Democrats only care because it may have cost them some elections. But yeah, it's terrifying, and the national apathy over it is even more so.
Stevie
2:29
Shed Long was recently promoted to Double-A after destroying High-A. Has his prospect status changed this year?
Keith Law
2:29
It has not.
Brian in ahwatukee
2:29
As an A's fan, did "I believe in Stephan Vogt" ever have trade value?
Keith Law
2:30
I think he did at the All-Star Break in 2015, and even suggested it on our SF area radio affiliate at the time, for which I was insulted, flamed, sworn at, etc.
Devin
2:30
in your opinion, does heliot ramos project to be a plus center fielder?
Keith Law
2:30
That's probably more than I'd project on his defense.
Nolan
2:30
Hey Keith, any thoughts on the Rizzo-Hedges play? A few things bug me about it, mainly: 1. That MLB told Rizzo he broke the rule but has no punishment system in place, and 2. Rizzos comment that "every ump I ask says if the C has the ball he's fair game." Is Rizzo lying, or do umps not even understand the rule? Does he go around asking when it's okay to railroad catchers?
Keith Law
2:31
He pretty clearly targeted the catcher, and I certainly wondered if his status as a very popular, face-of-baseball sort of player on a rather important franchise had any effect on MLB giving it a big shrug.
Angel
2:32
Keith 2 in one .. chavis was promoted from AA   Why the Yankees can't do the same with Andújar?.. and do you think Torres will be fine after the surgery?.. I mean you think he will change because of that?
Keith Law
2:32
Andujar was promoted to AAA the other day.
Jonah
2:32
Has then ship sailed on Appel ever becoming a big leaguer?
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