Klawchat 6/30/17.
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Jeff
4:41
Bellinger' future average will look like? Sub .280 due to aggressive nature of swing?
Keith Law
4:42
I don't know what you're referring to about his swing, but I think his feel for the zone is so advanced that he'll gradually get up to high batting averages and OBPs.
Josh in DC
4:42
What are you feelings about Red Sox' trade for Tyler Thornburg? With full hindsight, it's as bad a trade as one can imagine. But it still made sense (to me, anyway) at the time. How do you evaluate something like this?
Keith Law
4:43
I agree, it made sense on the day they made it. And really, Shaw's having a great season, but he's still a platoon player (.293 OBP vs lefties) and is already 27. It's not like they gave up a top prospect.
Emily
4:43
Hi Keith,

I don't have a question, but as someone who has suffered with depression, I was just hoping you could share this link with your readers. I came across an article today about someone sharing the story of their own battles with depression and how baseball has helped them through it.

http://toronto.locals.baseballprospectus.com/2017/06/30/staying-in-the...
Keith Law
4:44
Thank you. The more we talk about mental illness, the more we reduce the stigma around it.
Sam
4:44
Yandy Diaz...Where do you see him long term?
Keith Law
4:44
Think he ends up a regular at 3b.
Casey
4:44
Ever had any roommate conflicts?
Keith Law
4:44
I've been married for 22 years, so, yeah, a few.
Scherzer's Blue Eye
4:45
Soto is on the DL, dammit.
Keith Law
4:45
Dammit is right - I didn't even check the rosters.
Chris
4:45
It doesn't seem like many people believed Bo Bichette had this in him. Can he keep it up, and where would he fall in your top 100 today?
Keith Law
4:46
I've always liked him and spoken well of his bat, but really, if anyone thought he'd do this, he would have been a top ten pick last year, and even I didn't argue for that. I'll do an updated top 50 after the Futures Game and I assume he'll be on it - but I haven't actually sat down to make up the list, so I reserve the right to change my mind.
Joe
4:46
What do you think about the Cardinals sending guys down to the minors to work out their swings; such as Grichuk and others? Is this a good thing or a sign that the major league coaching staff isn't able to help them?
Keith Law
4:46
I would think it's easier to alter a swing in the minors than it is while your MLB club is trying to win. Also, his issue is less his swing and more his chronic problems with recognizing offspeed stuff.
Scherzer's Blue Eye
4:46
Thoughts on Daniel Johnson? He'll be at Lakewood too--would love a report!
Keith Law
4:47
Watson is pitching too, plus Adonis Medina throwing for Lakewood ... should be a productive night anyway.
Levi
4:47
What does an Andrew McCutchen trade return look like at this point? Seems like a 4 WAR bat in left field
Keith Law
4:47
He didn't seem like a 4 WAR bat in left field a month ago, so I wouldn't expect a trade return to value him as such. I think he gets them a couple of mid-level prospects.
Guy Smiley
4:48
With  Gurriel Jr., the recent draftees, and the on-fire Bichette in the Jays' system, is Urena the odd SS out? What's he worth as trade bait?
Keith Law
4:49
Bichette isn't staying at short, and I wouldn't bank on G(o)urriel just yet.
Casey
4:49
Is Anthony Banda in Arizona minors anything special? A 3?
Keith Law
4:49
A 4 with a chance to be a 3.
Guest
4:49
Why can't Nats fans have nice things? Is it because of the whole relocation from Montreal? We didn't actively solicit the team or steal the team like some other cities, release us from this curse fickle Baseball tyrants.
Keith Law
4:50
Well Baltimore stole an NFL team from Cleveland, only to have them win two Super Bowls, so I'm going to say that the fates don't seem to care about morality in sports franchise success.
Iggy
4:50
New QOTSA song, yay or nay?
Keith Law
4:50
Yay, it's on my latest new music playlist.
Rob K
4:50
Could any Mets with expiring contracts (Bruce, Asdrubal, Grandy, Walker, Addison Reed, Duda, Reyes) bring anything back that could help the team in 2018? Keep in mind the Wilpons will eat zero money.
Keith Law
4:50
Bruce might get something now that he's hitting again. Reed would. Reyes they can fire into the sun for all I care.
Braves Fan
4:51
They say you can never have too much pitching but are the Braves getting close? It seems like every level has multiple good prospects
Keith Law
4:51
No, because you're already seeing some of the attrition, like Weigel getting hurt.
Mike
4:51
In the end Lindor, Correa, or Seager?
Keith Law
4:51
Oooof. Seager's the best bat, but Lindor is probably the best all-around player including defense and baserunning. Except the bunting. Stop bunting.
Vic
4:52
Does Mountcastle stick at short? Enough bat to play left?
Keith Law
4:52
Zero chance he sticks at short. Maybe on LF. I was hoping he or Austin Hays (more Hays) would make the Futures Game, rather than Tanner Scott, who throws hard but is just a reliever in the end.
Taylor
4:52
Most upside out of Tyler Austin, Tyler Wade, Miguel Andujar, and Dustin Fowler (get well soon)?
Keith Law
4:53
Fowler or Andujar. What a horrible, freak injury for the kid.
Matt
4:53
Given the trajectory of Cubs' season, should they be aggressive with their inventory of prospects to acquire a controllable, young SP?
Keith Law
4:53
Yes - and I said in April on the BBTN podcast that I believe that's been their plan all along. Maybe not young, but with years of control.
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