Klawchat 6/30/17.
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Keith Law
4:31
Let's shock the world with what we know. Klawchat.
Adam
4:31
What is a realistic ceiling for Juan Soto?
Keith Law
4:31
Funny you ask. I'll be seeing him tonight at 7 pm at Lakewood.
Billy Beane
4:31
Who was more upside, Anderson Espinoza or Sixto Sanchez?
Keith Law
4:32
If healthy, Espinoza, by quite a bit. But he's not healthy and Sixto is.
Adam
4:32
Chris Rodriguez seems to be skyrocketing up prospect lists. What about him stands out and just how high do you see him rising?
Keith Law
4:33
He isn't "skyrocketing" up any of my lists. I heard he looked good in extended, but those are glorified practice games. He's gotten bombed in two actual starts this year. He was a pop-up kid in Florida in last year's draft, very projectable, started to show more velocity this spring, still a work in progress.
Mason
4:33
Will Gregory Polanco ever figure it out?
Keith Law
4:34
I think he figured a lot out last year. I don't think he's a .264 BABIP guy (his figure this year).
CJ
4:34
How many career games will it take for Nick Williams to earn his first walk?
Keith Law
4:34
I'll answer this: I think it'll take at least 50 games for him to draw his 10th walk (unless they bat him right before the pitcher, that's cheating).
Sloth
4:35
Higher ceiling - Barreto or Chapman?
Keith Law
4:35
Barreto, with Chapman, a 70 defender at third right now, having the higher floor than Barreto, who still may end up at another position.
Bob
4:35
Luis Castillo was very impressive against Milwaukee this week. Specifically, that looked like a plus changeup and he sat 97-99 all game. Future two perhaps?
Keith Law
4:36
Not without a better breaking ball, which is going to be hard for him given his arm action/slot.
Jennifer
4:36
Do the Braves have a solid argument/reason to make a move now for a front-line, cost-controlled starter that will help next year and the year after or are they still better off waiting?
Keith Law
4:37
If the right one is available, sure, but I have a feeling if they call on someone like Sonny Gray the price is going to be exorbitant because wouldn't you ask Atlanta for the moon?
I guess that's me saying I doubt they end up doing that.
G
4:37
It seemed like Calvin Mitchell's stock dropped a good amount in the past 10 months or so. Were his problems mechanical? His swing looked nice in the HR in his first GCL game.
Keith Law
4:37
He didn't hit well all spring, and when your only tool is your bat, and scouts come see you not hit, it's kind of a problem.
Anthony
4:37
There are myriad teams in the AL technically "in the race." Who of KC, SEA, TEX, ANA, TOR, BAL should be selling?
Keith Law
4:38
I can't see the Angels selling, and unless the Orioles are willing to sell Machado I don't know that it makes a ton of sense for them. The Royals and Mariners should probably sell. The others probably should wait another 2-3 weeks before deciding. A 2-10 or 10-2 fortnight can change your strategy.
Adam
4:38
Is there anything left for Vlad Jr and Bichette to prove offensively in Low-A? Their numbers are ridiculous even when comparing them to a similarly vaunted prospect like Tatis Jr.
Keith Law
4:39
I would move Bichette before Vlad, since Bo's a year older. I don't think it's imperative that Vlad move right away.
Bertil
4:39
Do you think Astros should switch positions for Correa and Bergman? And if so, when?
Keith Law
4:39
I do, now, but I don't think it happens.
Jay
4:39
Just got back from Phoenix. Thanks for all the food and drink recommendations. They were all incredible. Blue Hound especially!
Keith Law
4:39
It's a better food town than its reputation would indicate.
Raphael
4:39
How outlandish is it to believe that Vladdy Jr is the #1 prospect in baseball?
Keith Law
4:39
It's 80 on the 20-80 outlandish scale. You must be a Jays fan.
Chad
4:39
Has Jorge Ona been dissapointing, or is he doing fine (despite being 20 yrs old in A-ball)
Keith Law
4:39
He's doing fine.
nb
4:40
Keith - Been a horrible season here in Philly.  I need some good news.  What have you seen or heard about Sixto Sanchez?  Thanks!
Keith Law
4:40
Throwing very hard (regularly topping out at 99) with plus control but fringy to below average secondary stuff.
Adam D.
4:40
Should I be excited about what Brian Reynolds is doing at High-A, or skeptical because he is a college guy playing in an offense-friendly league against young(ish) competition?
Keith Law
4:40
I'd like to see more power and walks, really. San Jose hasn't historically been good for home runs, but I'm surprised he isn't walking more.
Pat
4:40
Mitch K. or Walker B. ?
Keith Law
4:41
It helps if you give me the last names. If that's Mitch Keller, I have him ranked well above Walker Buehler.
Casey
4:41
Rockies have lost 8 straight... do you think they have the pitching to make the playoffs?
Keith Law
4:41
The odds of them missing the playoffs are pretty low, given how far ahead they are in the standings. I don't think they have the pitching to do much in the playoffs, but that's another question.
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