Klawchat, 6/22/17
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Keith Law
2:32
He just had his best start ever in pro ball, so your timing is curious. He's clearly going to be a big leaguer. The question is what kind of big leaguer.
Darren
2:33
Whom do you believe will be promoted to the majors first. Senzel, B Rodgers, Eloy or Rutherford? Would a good guess for all 4 be in that order?
Keith Law
2:34
Yep, that's just the order I'd suggest.
Jorge
2:34
Having read that the Yankees may soon be looking to the trade market to resolve their first base issues, I imagine Matt Adams is a potential target (This Freddie Freeman to third business is nonsense posturing I hope).  If a trade like that were to happen, in what prospect range (1-10, 11-20, 21-30) would you put a potential return for the Braves?  And could you see a prospect (11-20) included with Matt Adams to get to a (1-10) range?  Thanks, reading your book on my iphone while my dad reads the hard copy I bought him for father's day.  We are both really enjoying it.
Keith Law
2:34
Really doubt they get a top prospect for Adams. He's a platoon player, really.
Drew
2:34
We know S Romero was kicked off his team for fighting with a teammate, as well as marijuana use.   Does his overall character concern paint him as more of a "young guy who needs to grow up", or a legitimately bad guy you dont want in your clubhouse?
Keith Law
2:34
I think there's enough risk of the latter that I would have passed on him in the draft, especially where he was taken. Let someone else roll that die.
BD
2:34
What did the Orioles do to Kevin Gausman and is it fixable??
Keith Law
2:35
Kept changing his delivery, moving him on the rubber. They changed Bundy. They changed Harvey and wrecked him. A lot of this is Rick Peterson, who's now gone, but at some point don't Buck & co. have to answer for this stuff too?
Darren
2:35
Hi Keith, thanks for the chat. We were having a discussion on sending back food at restaurants, and as a general rule I will not do it and ask for a new meal. If it's completely inedible I will just ask for my money back and eat later. I've heard too many horror stories from people that work in the industry. What are your thoughts?
Keith Law
2:36
I will only send something back if there is something truly wrong (e.g., I didn't order that) or if it's cooked so poorly that it's inedible. I don't think I do this even once a year. If I just don't like something, I simply leave it. If the server asks, I'll (very politely) explain the issue, but I don't ask for anything at all - not a refund, not a replacement, nothing.
Buck
2:36
Am I right in thinking that Tyler Mahle will be making a big jump onto the midseason list?  JJ Cooper recently said he has "front-end stuff" and the AA stats sure seem to back that up.  Do you agree? Do you like him better than Luis Castillo?
Keith Law
2:37
I don't think it's front end of the rotation stuff? I like him, had him on the "just missed" list, think he's a big league starter, but wouldn't forecast him as a future #2.
Brad
2:37
Son's team won a 13u championship last week in East Cobb.  Played against a kid throwing 84.  Now another team from Texas is playing in the Semi-Finals of a perfect game 13U tournament at LakePoint.  Game is currently in the 10th, but team from Florida has a kid that is sitting 84-86 and has hit 88.  That is harder than most HS teams will have on their team next year.
Keith Law
2:38
That just strikes me as "not a good thing." You never really know - the issue isn't how hard the kid throws, but whether he's throwing at the max end of his velocity range. But it sounds bad.
norman
2:39
now that we're past the asg would you challenge vladito and bichette with high A? if that even is a challenge for them?
Keith Law
2:40
I don't think it's imperative, but I'd do it with Bichette before Vlad, given their ages.
Mark
2:40
Just want to say first how much I enjoy the chats and appreciate the effort on your end. Food question...When making Marinara sauce I know you have said in the past adding wine is key. I usually let the wine reduce  down as I saute the garlic , onions, etc. My  first question is , Red or White ? I tend to use red , but I think sometime it overpowers the sauce a bit. My second question is , is reducing the wine the right way to go or should I just add to the sauce as it cooks ?
Keith Law
2:40
Tradition says red. I use white. I think it's less overpowering, and reducing red wine can concentrate its bitter flavors. You can simply add with the tomatoes and let the alcohol simmer out - if the sauce is even gently simmering that'll cook out most of the booze.
Nick
2:41
Should the Braves just trade
Keith Law
2:41
Probably yes.
Nils
2:41
Can we get this out of the way early?  Yes, player _______ on your favorite team is going to sign before the deadline.  Thanks.
Keith Law
2:41
Yep. Last year two players didn't sign in the top ten rounds. Unless a guy flunks a physical or was never going to sign anyway, he's signing.
Chris
2:41
Just curious of youre aware of this insanity of Mike Francesa seeing nothing wrong with saying "Oriental-Americans", claiming CNBC used it first (no proof), and thinks finding one single Asian-American person to back him up vindicates him. Shocking that Mike's a Trump guy.
Keith Law
2:42
He probably loves the attention. I doubt any of this was an occident.
Jay
2:42
Recently had a chance to see Brady Aiken start and chat with him after a game. Velo was only 88-90. One of the coaches sounded like he was going to reprimand me because he thought I was asking Aiken about his velo. That's gotta be a red flag they are worried?
Keith Law
2:42
The coach is out of line if he thought he was going to do something to you. But yes, he's only upper 80s now and yes I believe they are concerned.
Ben
2:43
So Missouri voted to allow employers to fire women who use birth control? What the fuck, Keith. This country's going to shit real quick. Idk what to do anymore.
Keith Law
2:43
This is proposed, not passed, right? Still, that it is even reaching the legislature floor is absolutely ridiculous. The attempt to roll back basic women's rights in this country is brazen - just as one side tells us there's no "war on women" happening.
John
2:44
Before this year Zach Granite looked like a 4th OF at best. Has something changed, or are we just seeing SSS at work?
Keith Law
2:45
It's just 200 PA of BABIP madness. Although I look forward to lots of puns if he's called up.
Wade
2:45
STL signs 7th round JR (pinder) at 110k over slot ... really necessary there given their situation this year?
Keith Law
2:46
That's really strange. I thought he was great value in the round, but he wasn't a top 3 rounds talent for me.
Aaron C.
2:46
Favorite Mobb Deep track? Or was their heyday after your divorce from rap music?
Keith Law
2:46
Flavor for the Non-Believes. I know it's not considered one of their best, but I thought it showcased their flow best and I like the minimalist feel.
Adam
2:46
Any thoughts on Newcomb past that crazy Langston comparison? Command has looked pretty good so far. The walks are up from one bad inning where he was squeezed a bit
Keith Law
2:47
You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who walked as many guys as he did in the minors and then just stone-cold stopped in the majors. Let's give him some time.
Jeff
2:47
I have a daughter that is going to be a senior in high school this coming year. She's starting to explore her college options and I was curious if you had any tips on picking a school. She thinks she wants to go to med school afterwards but isn't sure. We are a middle income family and she is smart enough to get a decent amount of scholarships, but not enough to pay her way. What do you think we should look for? Should the school have a med school or can she undergrad elsewhere? In-state vs. out of state? Overall price? The education she'll be getting? Overall comfortability with the school? Thanks for your tips.
Keith Law
2:51
I couldn't advise you on the med school aspect, having never gone that route, but on the undergrad part itself, I don't think paying more for private school or going out of state makes sense if you have a reasonable in-state/public option. Few private universities have the brand name to provide sufficient ROI to match what you'd get by her going to state school and, if your daughter is a good student, excelling there.
Lilith
2:52
Who would you say was a better comp round pick? Jeter Downs or Taylor Trammell? Who has the better upside?
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