Klawchat 6/30/17.
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SJ
4:54
Rabbit-cocktail sounding name aside, does Victor Caratini project as a league average catcher or is he destined for another position?
Keith Law
4:54
OK, now he's Victor Carrot-ini forever. I had him as more a multi-position UT who can also be your backup catcher, so maybe a guy who's more valuable because he essentially frees up a roster spot than his performance might indicate.
Kevin
4:54
I know we are less than ecstatic about comps but is Kyle Wright a strong one for Brady Singer? I couldn't help but conclude that during the CWS. Wright is a tick or two higher with velo and a deeper repertoire while Singer has the better breaking ball. Thoughts? Thoughts on the Florida fireballer?
Keith Law
4:55
Don't think Singer has a better breaking ball, and he has a worse arm action. I saw them pitch against each other in April; Singer was 90-91 all night, Wright 92-96. Singer has thrown harder since then, and I did see him 92-95 in a short start as a freshman, but I don't think he's close to Wright as a starter prospect.
Brad
4:56
How soon do you think before you think we'll be seeing Devers man the hot corner in Boston? Just after the ASB, or will he be a September call-up? Thanks!
Keith Law
4:56
I think he gets up in September, but why is he still in AA? He should be in Pawtucket to try to get him more ready for a callup.
Pat D
4:57
If someone is going to write, "Considering Frazier's perceived bravado, could Frazier have asked for a Yankees number to be unretired?  Yeah, it's possible." should I ever read that person's work again?  This is kind of thing that it seems only a sportswriter can get away with, and I find it infuriating.
Keith Law
4:57
I would not read that person's work again, no. That's basically the "you have to ask the question" backhanded accusation bullshit we've seen with bogus PED claims. It makes me insane.
JoeNathan
4:58
Hey Keith, I just wanted to say thank you again for signing my book and I enjoyed our chat.  I wanted to ask you about what you meant when you said that you would be much further along with your career had you started 5 years earlier?  Was that a comment on the landscape of MLB offices at the time or something else?
Keith Law
4:58
I was referring to the benefit of experience seeing players to my ability to evaluate players.
Tony
4:58
Do you ever read a book where you can definitely see why it's considered "great," but it's not necessarily good? I'm about 2/3 of the way through EAST OF EDEN and struggling. I respect it as a work of literature, but I'm not sure I actually like it.
Keith Law
4:59
All the time. I've commented on some of the Pulitzer winners I've read that I understand why they won but didn't enjoy them.
nb
4:59
Keith - Just bought the book and it's set to be my beach reading next week.  Are you planning on ant Trenton trips soon?  Book can use an autograph.  Thanks!
Keith Law
4:59
I'm sure I'll be there again soon, but I don't plan minor league trips more than a few days in advance because of weather and pitching matchups.
Mike Maddux
4:59
Over/under 200 Ks for Giolito next year with him discovering his old form after I screwed him up?
Keith Law
4:59
I'll take the under, but I think he's eventually a 200 K guy.
Rob K
4:59
Do teams really avoid trades that otherwise make sense if it's with a division rival? Is that wise?
Keith Law
5:00
I think that is going by the wayside with the changes in front offices around the game.
Arin, D-town
5:00
Is Scott Kingery a future starter or utility guy?
Keith Law
5:00
Come on, he's at least an above average everyday 2b. I just wrote and raved about him a week ago.
AJ
5:00
Fernando Tatis Jr comp?
Keith Law
5:01
I don't do comps, sorry ... but I will say that I think he's modeling himself a bit after Manny Machado. He does have a similar frame to Manny at 18, and it looked like he's adopted some of Manny's actions and mannerisms. That's a pretty good guy to imitate.
Asdrubal
5:01
Think Duplantier could crack the top 100 this year?
Keith Law
5:01
He's just dominating younger competition. I liked the pick a lot and it's great to see him healthy, but he needs to get to high-A or even AA now that he's rolling.
Guest
5:02
Hi Keith! Any updates on Morejon and Espinoza of the Padres?
Keith Law
5:03
Morejon's been pitching for Tri-City in the Northwest League. Espinoza is just playing catch and I don't know if we'll see him at all this summer.
Juwan
5:03
To your mind, did Anthony Rendon live up to your pre-draft eval? Some analysts predicted that he'd win a batting title or two, and he hasn't quite been that level of hitter, but he's been red hot for 50 games now and he's stacked together multiple very solid seasons.
Keith Law
5:04
Fangraphs has him at 17 career WAR already, so I'd say yes, he's living up to it, and he'll end up a great pick at 6th overall.
Eric
5:04
Is Luis Urias  a top 20 prospect now?
Keith Law
5:04
No. I feel like when people ask "is my favorite team's prospect in the top X now," the instinct is to make X too low. Top 20 is ridiculously selective.
Gerard
5:04
How did Z Collins get in the Futures game this year?
Keith Law
5:05
Getting enough catchers is hard.
Chris
5:05
Nick Williams from Phils just called up... he anything good?
Keith Law
5:05
See above. Has raw power, some tools, chronically undisciplined at the plate.
John S
5:05
Any reason to believe that Lamet should stay in the rotation?  His numbers against lefties have been... bad.  But, four of his six starts have been better than any other padre this season
Keith Law
5:05
It won't hurt his development to get smacked around by lefties as a starter, but he can't remain one long-term without a viable third pitch.
Dylan
5:06
Is there anything preventing Francisco Mejia from being the top prospect in baseball? His bat at catcher just seems so absurdly good, I'm not sure what the comparison is outside of the elite.
Keith Law
5:06
He's not that advanced a defensive catcher.
Arnie
5:06
When the Astros picked up Yordan Alvarez for Josh Fields, I assumed he was a marginal or (non-) prospect. Is there real prospect value there beyond his loud stat line?
Keith Law
5:06
He's legit, no question. Dodgers had given him $3 million, I think.
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