Klawchat, 7/27/17.
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Keith Law
1:05
I'm on track, like a Long Island train. Klawchat.
Sean
1:06
With the Sonny Gray situation do you think the A's should take the best offer now or wait until the offseason hoping a better market develops?
Keith Law
1:06
I don't think they HAVE to take the best offer now; if they feel like they're not getting sufficient return, they can and should wait. But I think they will get an offer they like.
Dodgers catchers
1:06
Do you like Keibert Ruiz or Will Smith more? Do you think both make it as catchers?
Keith Law
1:06
Ruiz has a lot more offensive upside than Smith, but lower probability. Smith is more advanced on defense right now; I think Ruiz is more bat-first.
Jack
1:06
JP Crawford has gotta be a september callup this year right?
Keith Law
1:07
Depends. A month ago, he hadn't done anything to justify a callup. If he keeps hitting AND playing hard AND shows better defense, then yes.
Noah
1:07
Is Turang your early favorite to go 1-1 next year?
Keith Law
1:07
He's a possible candidate for 1-1, not an early favorite. Don't think there is a favorite in this class.
International
1:07
One thing that's always intrigued be is that despite the fact that the Dominican Republic and Haiti are the same island we see so few players come from Haiti, do you have any insight into why that is?  Are they truly that different from a socioeconomic standpoint?
Keith Law
1:08
Same island, different countries, cultures, and languages. They play baseball as kids in the DR everywhere on the island, but don't in Haiti. Players with Haitian ancestry have all grown up in the DR (I think).
brian snitker
1:08
is Dansby's demotion too early or too late?
Keith Law
1:09
It is short-sighted and unnecessary. When you're building, you don't demote your long-term shortstop in favor of short-term assets (Phillips, Adams) or flashes in the pan (Camargo). It's really out of character for Atlanta, who've done almost everything for the long term.
Nick
1:09
What're your thoughts on the Neshek trade?
Keith Law
1:11
Phillies got three useful pieces, none elite prospects, nobody in the Rockies' top 15 or so. Requena is the most intriguing because it sounds like he can stay a starter and he's pitched well in a horrible home environment (Asheville). Hammer is a one-pitch reliever with a high spin rate on the FB. Gomez is probably a good utility infielder; if he got on base more, I'd like him as a potential regular at 2b.
Nick
1:11
As a Phillies fan, I'm really frustrated by managements commitment to Tommy Joseph. Why won't they just bench him and play Hoskins???
Keith Law
1:12
I think they were hoping they'd get something for Joseph in trade. That seems unlikely now.
Ed
1:12
What do you do to keep your knives sharp?  Steel, steel + something else, send them out every once in a while.
Keith Law
1:12
I have a small knife sharpener recommended by Michael Ruhlman (et al) that I use maybe twice a year.
Johnny Lee
1:12
In your opinion, what Blue jays should do before this 7/31?
Keith Law
1:12
Sell anyone unlikely to be part of the 2019 Jays. Wouldn't sell Stroman, which I've seen suggested on the interwebs, in what appears to be a buyer's market.
Jon
1:12
Giolito with another strong outing, of course on the heels of a few lesser ones. How much longer until we see him in the CHW rotation in a lost year?
Keith Law
1:14
I expect he'll be up in September. Reports I've gotten have generally been positive on the stuff but varied start to start on his delivery. I would love to see him in the majors working with Don Cooper regularly, once they feel like they can trust his delivery enough that he'll come up and be around the zone.
Sour beer
1:14
Yadier Alvarez or Mitch White?
Keith Law
1:14
Alvarez by a small and decreasing margin.
David
1:15
Duane Underwood Jr has the lively arm and athleticism, but has never put it together. Do you try him as a reliever or let him continue to eat up a 40 man spot and try and make it happen as a starter?
Keith Law
1:15
I'd try him as a reliever, with the possibility of returning him to the rotation one day if he ever fulfills his physical projection. But you're right - it's not happening yet.
Justen
1:15
Pirates had a triple SS promotion last week with Kevin Newman, Cole Tucker and Stephen Alemais all moving up a level. Know you've been bullish on Newman and he seems to be hitting better of late. Do they have anything with the other two guys?
Keith Law
1:16
I like Tucker - missed a year with shoulder surgery, bit slow coming back, great kid, very good athlete, still young for AA and probably spends most of 2018 there.
Terrence (Atlanta)
1:16
KLaw, what's the report on this kid Flexen starting for the Mets tonight?
Keith Law
Toby
1:17
Josh Naylor seems to be acclimateing well to AA, has he put his maturity issues behind him?
Keith Law
1:17
I haven't heard anything about that, but his body is getting somewhat worse. I think he's going to have to work to avoid becoming a DH.
Bob
1:17
How excited should we be in Padre-land about Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon?  Which are you higher on?
Keith Law
1:17
Morejon is a 3-pitch guy right now, and LH, but Baez has size and hasn't had Morejon's injury scare this year. I prefer Morejon.
James
1:18
In April you wrote that Amed Rosario has "so much bat speed and strength ... that he should eventually hit 15-20 homers." Assuming he ever gets called up, is that still your expectation for him? Which young SS is he most comparable to (Lindor, Correa, Bogaerts, Seager)?
Keith Law
1:18
Yes, I think he'll peak in that power range. I don't like player comps; he's his own guy.
Kyle KS
1:18
Is Bader a CF long term or destined for a corner? I thought it was odd that he was starting there over Pham who has performed well in CF in a small sample.
Keith Law
1:18
Bader looks much better than expected in CF, but I think the standard for CF defense is so high right now that he'll eventually end up bumped by someone better (like Sierra).
Greg
1:19
Hey Keith, I was wondering what your general outlook was on the Pirates' current state. On one hand, they have a good, young, controllable core in place (Polanco, Marte, Bell, Taillon, Rivero, etc). On the other hand, they still seem to be a few pieces away from being legitimate contenders. If you were Neal Huntington, would you aggressively pursue trades for Cole/McCutchen/Harrison now or in the winter, or would you stay the course, hope for better luck and try to win within next 2 years? Thanks!
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