Klawchat, 7/13/17.
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Keith Law
2:03
No. I think I've ranked exactly one July 2nd 16-year-old on my top 100s in the last five years, Maitan, who by all accounts was an exceptional prospect.
PJ
2:03
When Bour has a breakout year you indicate it's a fluke.  When Kingery has a huge power spike is it a fluke or him getting stronger, older, etc.  When's the cutoff on determining that?
Keith Law
2:03
Bour is 29. And I don't believe I ever called it a "fluke."
Salty
2:03
Missed you at Lakewood by a day a couple weeks ago - wanted to check out Sixto live.  Would you rank the following based on pure stuff alone Groome/Keller/Sixto?  Of the three, does Keller have the more likely chance to become a #1/#2, or is Groome on the same level?
Keith Law
2:04
Sixto probably has a top three fastball in all of the minors. He hit 100 six times in 46 or 47 fastballs last night, and it's got a little life to it. Groome and Keller have way better breaking stuff.
Tracy
2:04
Book question: you mentioned Andersonville in a previous post. Is that on your reading docket or not?
Keith Law
2:04
Eventually. I have seven Pulitzer winners left, and that's one of them. It looks like a beast, though, so I'm procrastinating.
Tim
2:05
Saw you at Lakewood last night, and noticed you did not stand for God Bless America.  I think the requirement of one, let alone two patriotic songs is ridiculous, but do you ever get criticized by fans for doing so or worry about it impacting your employment?
Keith Law
2:06
That's correct. I don't care if folks don't like it. You stand if you want to. I'll refrain from standing if I want to.
Matt
2:07
Did Christin Stewart get any consideration? The power seems to be legit, and after a slow start, he's up to .268/.346/.533 in Erie.
Keith Law
2:07
Power is legit but I think he's a 45 glove in left.
JR
2:07
You called it on the podcast yesterday - the Cubs would look to trade for a young, controllable starter. I'm assuming we will get a write up from you on the trade at some point?
Keith Law
2:07
I'm still waiting for a link over here.
2:08
Whoop, they never sent it to me, but it's up. http://klaw.me/2tjoIxT
Dom
2:08
How do you rate players who will obviously make the majors at some point, i.e. someone like Kyle Holder who fields well enough to at least be a UTIL, versus objectively higher ceiling guys who may never make it?
Keith Law
2:09
Huge tilt in favor of the latter. I think the Holders of the world are relatively easy to find. Not value-less, but low value.
Aubrey
2:09
Considering the wide variability apparently in what Derek Fisher could be, is it safe to say some organizations might consider him a future star, and value him accordingly? Or his potential floor would temper that for pretty much any team?
Keith Law
2:09
Probably fair. I think questions about his defense and how much contact he'll make in the majors will ding his trade value, but he'd still be a major piece in a larger trade.
Jake
2:10
Brewers prospect most likely to crack your next rankings update?
Keith Law
2:10
The next update will be 100 names in January. I imagine there will be a half-dozen or so Brewers on there.
2:12
OK, I need to wrap this up and get some other work done. Thank you as always for reading and for all of your questions - I had hundreds more than I could answer this week. I should be back next Thursday or Friday, depending on travel, for another chat. Come see me in Harrisburg at Midtown Scholar at 3 pm on Saturday, and at Books Inc in Berkeley CA on Wednesday at 7:30 pm!
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