Klawchat, 7/13/17.
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Keith Law
1:25
I see as many players as I can, but I can't see everyone, and I don't get long looks at guys, so I talk to lots of scouts and execs. I circulated several versions of the top 50 starting about a week ago and asked folks (all with teams) for feedback. The final list reflects much of what they gave back to me.
NYTT
1:25
How did Cristian Pache look last night?
Keith Law
1:25
Great in center, overwhelmed at the plate by the dude throwing 100.
Marc
1:26
Any consideration for Woodruff in top 50?
Keith Law
1:26
Players in the majors right now are not eligible for my midyear lists. He's actually on the major-league DL, so he's out.
NYTT
1:26
I know Joey Wentz didn't make the top 50, but everything I've read about him has been very positive. What does he need to show next year to be put on that level with the elite left handed starters in the minors, aside from durability?
Keith Law
1:26
Would like to see better pure stuff. I think he has modest projection, not huge but enough that another half-grade of everything ought to be in there.
Jason
1:27
Any chance Alex Jackson can play himself back into being considered a legitimate prospect?
Keith Law
1:27
He's a prospect, just no longer an elite one. I think he'll get to the majors.
Marc
1:27
What's your take on Hoskins? Some Phillies fans think Tommy Joseph is "too good" to trade away...
Keith Law
1:28
I would have Hoskins up in the majors already.
Alec Asher Wojciechowski
1:28
Do you think Kyle Tucker will ultimately be traded this deadline?
Keith Law
1:28
I don't. I think they'd trade Fisher first.
Nick
1:28
Didn't expect him to be in the top 50 but what are your thoughts on Jesus Sanchez? Can he be top 50 by the January top 100?
Keith Law
1:28
Could be top 100 in January, but I didn't rank more than about 60 guys in this exercise.
Rick
1:28
With Corey Ray, is the talent out of line with results? Thanks a lot for the list and chat.
Keith Law
1:29
He, Clark, and Erceg have all been various shades of disappointing in high-A. Ray perhaps the most - just swinging and missing too much at pitching of a caliber he should hit.
Nick
1:29
Franklin Perez... what do you think his ETA is? Pitching well at AA but so young why rush, right? Or does he still have a lot of arm strength and durability build (total assumption based on age)?
Keith Law
1:30
After Julio Urias' injury, why NOT rush? Perez isn't a projection guy - he's pretty filled out already - but needs to work on command and learning to pitch more off the FB, based especially on what I saw from him last month.
Jason
1:30
Was Luis Urias close at all to making your top 50?
Keith Law
1:30
He was not.
Tim
1:30
Do you think Bo Bichette will be a guy who has trouble in more advanced levels because of his unusual swing/approach?
Keith Law
1:30
I think his hand-eye coordination is so good and his hands so quick that he won't.
Dallas
1:31
Hunter Greene has the exact same size (6-3, 195) as Michael Kopech when Kopech was drafted.  Judging by their draft slots it's obvious Greene was a far better draft prospect but is Kopech in 2017 someone who Greene could be in 2019 (earlier because hopefully no injury or suspension)?
Keith Law
1:32
That's a reasonable forecast, but I will say I hope that Greene in two years has a more consistent slider than Kopech has now. Kopech's will show plus, and then he'll throw one that's a 45. He's missed so much time and his arm has gotten so fast that I think he's still figuring out how to use it, but the fact that he can show a plus slider and can show an above-average changeup is all positive.
Lee D, LA
1:32
Keith, if you were Dodgers GM, would you trade a top prospect (e.g. Verdugo) to upgrade left field from Chris Taylor (.285/.365/.480)?
Keith Law
1:32
I would promote Verdugo to upgrade left field from Chris Taylor.
J.P.
1:32
Thoughts on the Q for Eloy/Cease/etc trade? We gotta know!
Keith Law
1:33
Already filed to ESPN an hour-plus ago. Waiting for them to post.
Nick
1:33
Do you think Lucius Fox can hit enough to be a major league starter one day?
Keith Law
1:33
He needs to get a LOT stronger. But he's also the age of a HS senior.
TJ
1:33
In terms of prospects, how much would Brad Hand or another good reliever fetch in trade? Two top 100s?
Keith Law
1:33
Any GM who gives up two top 100s for Brad Hand should be fired.
Jake
1:33
Now that Quintana is off the board, who do you think is the best starter available for trade?
Keith Law
1:33
Probably Gray.
Frank
1:33
Keith thanks again for doing these chats.  There were no Giants on the list.  Were Beede, Reynolds or Suarez close to cracking the top 50?
Keith Law
1:34
Not really, no. Been a tough year on the farm for them.
Mo
1:35
The Yankees had 5 top 50 guys preseason.  One graduated, one got hurt (Kaprelian), and two (Rutherford and Frazier) seem to have dropped off.  Two questions -- (1) it seems like the farm overall has had a good year, with something like 6-9 top 100 or near top 100 caliber prospects even after the graduations and injuries, but that there's been a move from those guys being concentrated at the top of the list to the bottom.  Is that fair? (2) Why in particular did Frazier and Rutherford drop as much as they did.  Frazier has a 122 wRC+ in AAA and success in his tiny sample in the majors.  Curious what you're seeing on him that isn't necessarily reflected by the stats.
Keith Law
1:35
Frazier is in the majors and ineligible.
KG
1:35
Hi Keith - in the Quintana trade to the Cubs, did the White Sox get more from the Cubs than they were being offered by other teams in the offseason? The Sox weren't going to contend so not trading him before the season seemed to introduce risk from subpar performance or injury to Quintana. And if the Sox were waiting for a bidding war between multiple teams still in contention at the trade deadline, did they trade Quintana too soon now? Thanks.
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