Klawchat, 7/27/17.
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Brett
1:44
Atlanta promoted Luiz Gohara to AAA  today.  Are you a fan of the move?  What do you think his ceiling could be?
Keith Law
1:44
#2 starter. I guess you could argue it's ace stuff and size but he's never indicated that he'll have that kind of command/control.
Nate
1:45
Thoughts on Jordan Luplow?
Keith Law
1:46
Good kid with some power and a bit of length to his swing.
James
1:47
Matt Strahm - starter or reliever for the Friars?
Keith Law
1:47
Starter once he's healthy again. He'll be in the ideal ballpark for developing as a starter.
Joe
1:47
Keith, it is unrealistic for the Orioles to land a Chapman/Miller package for Britton?
Keith Law
1:48
If they put him out there they should demand a package like that.
Manu
1:48
Is it possible to see Acuña in ATL this year?
Keith Law
1:48
I bet he and Gohara come up in September.
JR
1:49
Conforto on pace to hit 30 HRs (and that is with a stint on the DL and the Mets dinking around with his playing time early season). Would you be surprised if he had some 40 HR seasons (assuming he gets his name in the lineup almost every day)?
Keith Law
1:49
I would definitely be surprised - and I've always been a Conforto guy. Thought he'd hit .300/.400 AVG/OBP but didn't foresee 30+ HR power.
David
1:49
Who is the worst prospect you have seen that became a star in the majors?
Keith Law
1:50
I don't think anyone who's been a 'terrible' prospect has been a star; I can think of guys I didn't rate highly who became stars, and guys like Kinsler (whom I never saw as a prospect) who were late picks and always old for the levels but turned into stars.
Peet
1:50
So how does next year's draft class compare to others, overall? Thanks!
Keith Law
1:50
It looks stronger, especially on the HS side.
David
1:51
Did you expect Hunter Renfroe to look this bad in the majors? Is he really just Jeff Francouer without the speed and defense?
Keith Law
1:52
He has always had two issues - bat speed is just fair, and he does not see breaking stuff well. So I'm not shocked at the struggles. I'm more shocked by Margot's numbers.
1:53
Sorry, just found out a cousin of mine passed away yesterday, in her 70s I think - very sweet person who helped me reconnect with a branch of the family we'd lost contact with years ago. What a bummer.
Mike
1:53
Are the Orioles *trying to injure DylanBundy?
Keith Law
1:54
I have not liked or understood their handling of him going back to last spring. They knew he had calcification in his shoulder, they knew his injury history, and the moment he started hitting 95 in relief, they put him back in the rotation and had him going 100 pitches an outing - and did it again this year. It's a shame. He would be on my very short list of the best HS pitchers I've ever seen live.
Otto
1:54
Who do you like better for the next 10 years.  Manuel Margot or Andrew Benitendi?  Thanks
Keith Law
1:54
Benintendi.
Mark
1:54
Blake Rutherford - second division regular or 4th OF?
Keith Law
1:55
I'm not willing to downgrade him that much just yet. It's not the year we expected from him, but the swing is still really good and he has a solid approach.
Jay
1:55
Given Bo Bichette's numbers, have we ever seen a prospect ever come in and hold batting averages as high as he has since being drafted?
Keith Law
1:55
I'm sure we have. Look at what his brother did that first summer. Kinsler hit like .420 or so in low-A.
Tim F
1:55
Can you critique Paul DeJong of the Cards - is his current play an outlier or can he be a solid professional shortstop?  Thanks.
Keith Law
1:57
Of course his current play is an outlier (2% walk rate, 31% K rate, .300+ ISO) - but he's definitely a big leaguer of some sort, maybe not an everyday shortstop but either a regular at 2b/3b or a multi-position regular.
John
1:58
If you had to hitch your horse to a tall Yankee pitching prospect -- is Domingo Acevedo or Frecier Perez the guy to bet on?
Keith Law
1:58
Perez. Acevedo's delivery is really rough. He can't repeat it.
Zirinsky
1:58
Keith: What's going on with Mateo?  SSS or did the (undeserved) promotion cause something to click?
Keith Law
1:59
He looked pretty good the other day - bat speed was good, hit that HR I tweeted about, made one really great play at short, then didn't run out a grounder and half-assed a throw on a routine play that the 1b had to scoop. I do not know this firsthand, but I have a feeling he was moping in high-A and started to play harder after the promotion. The player I saw on Wednesday should not have hit .240/.280/.whatever in high-A.
Carlin
1:59
Been reading rumors about the A's coveting a CF prospect for Gray and scouting Florial heavily.  Even speaking as a Yankees fan, isn't Florial a really underwhelming centerpiece for the a top-of-the-roto guy?
Keith Law
2:00
He should be the second piece, not the first. 30% K rate and just generally raw. He's like a Cameron Maybin sort of prospect - enormous upside due to his physical gifts, but a long way to go as a player.
HugoZ
2:00
Why should we be so exercised about Swanson's demotion if he's likely to be brought back on Sept. 1?
Keith Law
2:00
Because of the philosophy behind it - it seems to be entirely driven by recency bias and an emphasis on winning, what, one or two extra games this year?
Gene Mullett
2:01
Have you ever been really excited to try a restaurant or something by a celebrity chef & been disappointed?  Care to share?
Keith Law
2:01
Spotted Pig in NYC. I have her cookbook and liked a few recipes from it. Meal was disappointing start to finish.
2:04
Gotta wrap this up for a phone call - sorry to cut it a bit short this week. I will be in Bristol on Monday for our BBTN trade deadline show that afternoon, and will probably not chat now for two weeks. Thank you as always for all of your questions. I hope to meet many of you this weekend in Chicago!
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