Klawchat 6/30/17.
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Ryan D
5:18
Has your opinion on Jordan Montgomery changed? I know SSS, but he looks like a solid 4 sp this year, or do you still think he ends up in the pen long term?
Keith Law
5:19
He might be a back-end starter. It's still pretty average stuff across the board, but he's throwing everything for strikes enough that I would revise him up to 'starter.'
Tony
5:19
In your chat last week, you mentioned that a scout said JP Crawford's swing changed. Is this a case of a launch angle change gone bad?
Keith Law
5:19
I don't think so. I think the kid is overswinging right now to try to hit for power he probably doesn't have.
Jason
5:19
Is Chris shaw starting in San Francisco by the trading deadline?
Keith Law
5:20
Meh. Not a big believer in his bat.
Rob K
5:20
I know you don't like talking about Tebow, but: does his promotion High A over AA (where he'd be downright embarrassed by good breaking stuff) mean we'll see 2 years of this sideshow?
Keith Law
5:20
As long as he's willing to play (and get his cut of jersey sales), we'll see this sideshow.
hg
5:20
how was your trip to Toronto.  Get to any restaurants?  has the city changed, in your opinion, since your last visit?
Keith Law
5:21
Pitch Talks was a lot of fun, but I didn't get to explore at all due to time constraints. My one good rec was Sorry Coffee on Bloor, which is excellent.
Vic
5:21
Odds of Josh Ockimey being a productive 1B?
Keith Law
5:21
Low, not zero, maybe 20%.
JC
5:22
Thoughts on the Mo/Girsch move today?
Keith Law
5:22
These tend to be paper moves, so I wouldn't think anything of it until we see any real operational changes.
Nate
5:22
What would you say the chances are the White Sox trade Q...60/40?
Keith Law
5:22
That's probably about right. I think they should shop him aggressively, but they don't *have* to trade him.
Mike
5:23
With Terry Collins likely retiring after this year, do you have any early favorites as far as who the Mets should interview to replace him?
Keith Law
5:23
Judging by his work, I thought he already retired.
Christian
5:24
Any update on Willie Calhoun's defense? Bat is certainly holding up fine
Keith Law
5:24
This sounds like wishful thinking. He's almost certainly a DH.
John
5:24
Why would it be that Bogaerts doesn't hit for power these days?
Keith Law
5:24
More generally, why doesn't he make hard contact? He was a power prospect when he was still a teenager. I don't understand how or when he made that tradeoff.
Zach
5:26
Hey Keith, How quickly so you think Brendan Rodgers moves through the Rockies system? Thanks!
Keith Law
5:26
I think he's going to have a big adjustment to make in AA now to guys with better secondary stuff. I still rate him very highly, but he hasn't been challenged much yet, playing in two great hitters' parks.
John K
5:27
Is Mookie Betts a good comp for Scott Kingery?
Keith Law
5:27
No, Betts is a borderline MVP, Kingery is ... not that.
Steve
5:27
Travis Blankenhorn a potential everyday guy?
Keith Law
5:27
Yes, although I'm not sure where.
Nick
5:27
Is expansion to 32 likely in the next decade?
Keith Law
5:27
Depends on whether owners decide they want more money.
Jeff b
5:27
Thoughts on Sean Newcombe so far? Had little control at AAA.
Keith Law
5:28
Very skeptical that this has improved in the majors just via magic.
Patrick
5:28
What's the ceiling for Christin Stewart? And how close is Jairo Labourt?
Keith Law
5:28
Solid average regular in LF; close but likely to be wild in the majors.
5:33
OK, my battery is dying and I'm not near an outlet, so I'll wrap this up. Thank you as always for all of the questions and for joining me for this impromptu chat. I'll be back next week, almost certainly Thursday, for a pre-Futures Game chat.
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