Klawchat 6/9/17 (nice)
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Dustin
1:52
Keith, who are you hearing connected to Houston at #15? So far I've seen Hiura, Baz, and Peterson
Keith Law
1:52
I believe I've mentioned all three of them with Houston in past mocks.
Fonz
1:52
What are your thoughts on Tarik Skubal? And will he be offered enough to forgo another year in school to rebuild his stock?
Keith Law
1:54
He's throwing bullpens for teams now, but no one ever scouted him in a game (he had TJ on 4/20/16) so unless he's willing to take a deep discount he may be better off either 1) heading to school or 2) trying to pitch somewhere like the Cape this summer to see if a team drafts him late and will go over slot for him.
Oren
1:54
Revisiting last year's draft, what have you heard about Cal Quantrill? His numbers look okay, but I know he's in a bit of a hitter's league. What are the scouting reports saying? Does he look anything close to the guy he was when he was seen as a 1-1 candidate?
Keith Law
1:55
I've heard yes, he has, but he's also barely two years off TJ and has outings where he doesn't have his command.
Matt
1:55
I don't think it applies here to the Addison Russell case because they are married, but it appears the rates of false accusations amongst professional athletes in SA/DV cases is higher than the general population given their income levels (and therefore monetary value to gain). Isnt it best to wait for the facts (when possible) before permanently changing opinions on players?
Keith Law
1:56
I'd like to see proof of that claim about such false accusations. You mention the monetary gain to claimants, but ignore the vitriol they face from mouthbreathing fans who will call them sluts or golddiggers, who'll dox them, who'll go after their jobs, and so on. Just look at what Patrick Kane's victim went through.
Brett
1:56
Kind of piggy backing off of Nick's question, do you ever sit back at night and watch a baseball game for pure enjoyment?
Keith Law
1:56
Never. Baseball is work. If I do something that isn't work, it won't be baseball.
Wrong Verb
1:56
Speaking of trading newly drafted players, what is the reason why MLB won't allow draft picks to be traded?
Keith Law
1:57
The fear that small market teams would choose to trade picks rather than pay high bonuses - and that agents would use that as leverage. I think those are overblown; small market teams have the most to gain from gathering picks and paying to add amateur talent at the draft's discounted prices.
Ed
1:57
Is Pearson's stock getting too high for him to fall to the Cubs?
Keith Law
1:57
I have heard Nate Pearson has a deal in the 21-26 range.
Greg
1:58
Keith, how much did injuries impact your Tristian Beck ranking? I've read others say he's a first-round talent, do you agree?
Keith Law
1:59
He was on my list as a potential first-round talent coming into the spring, but never pitched. I don't see how you can handwave away a back injury for a pitcher.
Matt
1:59
You don't watch the World Series unless you get paid?
Keith Law
1:59
You think I'm paid by the game?
Greg
1:59
Signability issues with Brady McConnell?
Keith Law
1:59
He won't come cheap. Kind of kid who could end up a first rounder in 3 years if he goes to school and performs at the plate, but hasn't performed enough this year and of course there's the risk he goes to school and flops.
Hank
2:01
Hey Keith, can you clarify this for me -- Your Shane Baz write up mentions three plus pitches but not much deception. Does the lack of deception not have an impact on the grade of the pitches?
Keith Law
2:01
Not to be flippant, but if it impacted the pitch grades, I would have said so. You can throw 98, and that's a plus fastball, but if hitters square it up (Mark Appel comes to mind), then there's a reason - lack of movement, lack of deception, lack of command - and that's a separate line item.
Rick C
2:02
So I take it Tristan Beck is a lesser pitcher than Kolby Allard? And/or is his back injury more serious?
Keith Law
2:02
Allard pitched that spring; I saw him.
Brett
2:02
I'm assuming, assuming, that you have your work emails on your phone. Assuming you do, how do you balance that with your home life. Do you find it hard, when spending time with your wife and daughter, to not peak at your emails? I struggle with that as a professional and as a Father.
Keith Law
2:04
Absolutely. Especially this time of year. There's always another person looking for me. I get so many inbound messages through various platforms that I have stopped responding to most of them because I just don't have the time.
Hank
2:04
Geez man, just asking a question. Not really sure why you need the tough guy mantra when people are asking questions.
Keith Law
2:04
Yes, that's how people describe me, a real "tough guy."
Jason
2:04
Had he been stateside and eligible, where would Vlad Jr. fall?
Keith Law
2:05
Top ten guy, don't think he would have been 1-1 (as some others have asked in the queue) because of body type and positional question. Very, very hard to compare Latin American kids to US kids because of different ages (sign at 16 internationally, usually 18 here) and levels of competition.
Nick
2:07
Keith, halfway through your book and enjoying it thoroughly. The amount of historical baseball queries is pretty impressive; do you pull each of those points as you write, or can you outsource that part to someone else?
Keith Law
2:07
I did most of them myself, while writing, but Meredith Wills helped quite a bit too.
satya
2:08
who are some of the high school kids who teams could try to push down?
Keith Law
2:09
Carlson, Enlow, Baz, Jennings (heard maybe 30 to Texas), Hurt, Heatherly, Corry.
Kevin
2:09
Loved your Orphan Black list. I would probably argue that Allison is underrated because she's a great character. Her storylines over the last year hurt her, though. She's every bit the survivor that Sarah is.
Keith Law
2:10
They all are, I think, but her storylines have always been the worst IMO. It's a great performance by Maslany - Alison is like this strange mix of Leah Remini and young Valerie Bertinelli - but the writers too often put her into ridiculous situations.
Brad
2:10
It would seem to me Gore has just as much upside as Lewis and possibly even Green. Is he under serious consideration at 1-1?
Keith Law
2:10
He doesn't have as much upside as Greene, at all, and I have heard he's on the Twins' longlist at 1 but not short list.
Michael
2:11
Why did you decide to inject race into that Hunter Greene article?
Keith Law
2:11
If you know Greene at all, you know this is an issue that's extremely important to him. You don't know Greene, obviously, but you just wanted to say something really stupid.
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