Klawchat, 7/13/17.
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Keith Law
1:52
Defense is still a big question for me. Also not sold on the approach vs better pitching, but we'll get a better read on that now that he's in AA.
Joe
1:52
Keith, how concerned are you about the underwhelming seasons of Moniak and Rutherford?
Keith Law
1:52
quite concerned, for different reasons - Rutherford because he's already 20, Moniak because he really doesn't like left-handed pitching at all.
Little Jerry Seinfeld
1:53
What are the Braves doing with these aggressive promotions?  Austin Riley to AA??  He's struggling at high A.  Why move up Acuna so quickly ?  There's not even a spot for him on the ML outfield.
Keith Law
1:53
Riley to AA makes absolutely no sense. That's like the Yanks promoting Mateo after a .290 OBP in high-A. I know it's not just about statistical benchmarks, but don't you want to reward good performance and avoid rewarding bad performance?
Grant
1:54
Keith - How much is proximity to majors factored into these new ranks? I ask because Hunter Greene over Brent Honeywell provides an interesting debate!
Keith Law
1:54
Does it? Greene has way more upside than almost any pitcher in the minors. Honeywell is closer to major-league value.
Nate
1:54
Quintana get about what you thought or more than you expected?
Keith Law
1:54
Given how much I believe in Eloy, I'd say it's about what I thought.
Dave
1:55
Love what you do for the fan's Klaw!Now that Jimenez and Cease have moved south, does that impact their ranking in any way?  Is organization a factor in your ranking?
Keith Law
1:55
It is not. Jimenez was #5 this morning, and he's still #5 now (but we've updated the article and logo).
Dougie Jones
1:55
Do the White Sox now have the #1 system?
Keith Law
1:56
I don't think I'd put them over Atlanta, which has so much more depth (7 guys on my top 50, and the list keeps on going). But they might be #2. I haven't done a ton of work on that.
Cam
1:56
What are your biggest concerns with Triston McKenzie?  Could he potentially be an ace?
Keith Law
1:56
That he has to walk around the storm grate or he'll slip through the bars.
Joe
1:57
Yankees only had 1 Top 50 prospect, which isn't the worst thing since a lot of their top talent has lost eligibility, but is it a concern to you that they don't have enough top end talent? I assume that they have at least 3 back end Top 100 between Rutherford, Frazier, and Sheffield.
Keith Law
1:57
Frazier isn't eligible, as I said above, but Kaprielian would be somewhere there, and I think Adams would be too. Florial I discussed above, but I think the jury is still out on him.
Andrew
1:57
Yordan Alvarez sure shot up quick. He says he models his swing after Hosmer. Do you see any similarity in that comp? More power potential (I hope)?
Keith Law
1:57
Looked like it (more power, now and future) to me.
John
1:58
I realize its sss but Royce Lewis is posting huge numbers in rookie ball, any reason not to move him to Cedar Rapids (low-A)?
Keith Law
1:58
You're proposing a two-level jump for an 18-yo after 13 games. I don't agree with that.
Chris
1:58
I am guessing Royce Lewis is SSS but I am guessing he is top 75? Could you see him top 50 at years end?
Keith Law
1:58
Probably top 75, based on draft ranking. Still playing short, and I don't believe he can stay there. (If I thought he had even a 50/50 shot at staying at short, he'd have been a top 50 prospect.)
Andy
1:59
Why is there no baseball today? This would be a great day to do make up games or even schedule games to allow an off day later this season.
Keith Law
1:59
Union wanted the extra off day. I can't blame them.
Grant
1:59
Walker Buehler and Mitch Keller close by on the list - Seems like Buehler's stuff is more impressive, what does Keller do well?
Keith Law
1:59
Keller has been up to 99 before, so I dispute the premise of your question. He's also got a better build/frame.
Paddy
1:59
Why is Robles ranked higher than Acuna?  Acuna seems to be a better hitter and has played at higher levels?
Keith Law
2:00
I dispute that he's a better hitter, and he's played at higher levels because they're rushing him up the ladder. I think Robles has a better approach and is presently a better defensive CF.
Chris
2:01
Hot take on the trade?
Keith Law
2:01
I don't do hot takes.
Neema
2:01
Do you think there's >20% chance that AJ Puk makes the necessary improvement to become a Top-10 prospect?
Keith Law
2:01
I'd probably take the under on that. I rarely have more than 3 pitchers in my top 10, and I don't feel like i could see him as a top 3 pitching prospect.
Jack
2:02
Was Alec Hansen close to making it ?  If not on the list, has he surpassed Lopez and Fulmer in the system?
Keith Law
2:02
I have had Hansen over those two (who project as relievers for me) all along.
Paddy
2:02
Why aren't you high on Jon Duplantier?  You can't argue with his numbers!
Keith Law
2:02
I can indeed: He's a 22-yo college product in low-A. And it's not huge stuff.
Amy
2:02
I was a little surprised to see Groome ahead of Greene. What was the (small) separator and who is more likely to reach a no 2ish?
Keith Law
2:02
Groome has the out-pitch curveball. I think they're both likely to get to #2 or better status.
Chris
2:02
Were any July 2 guys in contention this year?
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