Klawchat, 7/7/17.
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Keith Law
1:19
Find something you love to do and see if there's any potential for a career in it. Many people don't get that opportunity at all, but you're young enough to give it one shot.
Jerry
1:19
I got rid of my cable specifically because of ESPN. Chord cutting and ESPN's general crapiness are not independent of one another. What's it like to work for a failing company?
Keith Law
1:20
You seem to have some issues, not the least of which is your atrocious command of the language. ESPN isn't failing and Disney, which is my actual employer (my paychecks say Disney, my benefits are Disney), is thriving.
Benjamin
1:20
What is Brent Rooker's potential?
Keith Law
1:21
I think there's a low probability of him hitting enough high-level pitching to be a regular, but that potential is there - he could be a regular at 1b/dh. The swing itself is fine and he's strong as heck.
Nick
1:21
Bobby Bradley seems to be getting better as the year goes on, any chance he makes enough contact in the majors to be a starting 1B?
Keith Law
1:21
Any chance, yes, but a low one. Didn't look good when I saw him last month, especially in terms of picking up pitches.
James
1:21
Do you think players like Fulmer and Aaron Nola will be available at the deadline for huge returns?
Keith Law
1:21
I would be surprised if either was traded.
Nate
1:21
Keith, Chicago media is pumping Collins defensive improvement. Have you heard anything to validate this?
Keith Law
1:21
Not at all.
Kris
1:22
What are the chances of Aaron Blair and Jake Thompson regaining their footing on possible MLB careers?
Keith Law
1:22
I'd give Blair more of a chance than Thompson, but both have lost stuff, not just results, and I don't know why or when to forecast a pitcher recovering lost velocity.
John
1:22
I have read several articles about the ball 100% being juiced this year. What say you?
Keith Law
1:23
I interviewed Rob Arthur (538) on the BBTN pod yesterday, and he mentioned the Ringer article on the same topic. The evidence is quite clear. The ball is different, enough to explain more than half of the rise in HR.
Todd Boss
1:23
How is Seth Romero getting an overslot deal?  He has no college team to return to and all these well-known character issues.  What leverage does he have?
Keith Law
1:24
I think some teams told players pre-draft, "we'll give you $x if you get to our pick, so tell teams above us you won't sign." That's not legal, of course, but everyone does it and I don't see any harm at all in it. However, if you picked above Washington and liked Romero, wouldn't you just take him and dare him to turn you down? Maybe give him Matt Harrington's phone number? Or Karsten Whitson's?
Jon
1:25
Any concerns over Austin Meadows' injury history?
Keith Law
1:25
Yes, very much so.
Jon Orr
1:25
What's Jack Flaherity's upside and when can Cards fans expect to see him up?
Keith Law
1:26
It's mid-rotation/average starter sort of stuff, with plus command. I would like to see him Sunday vs the good World bats to see how guys who haven't seen him before seem to pick up the ball out of his hand; he's always had a very clean delivery, but I don't know how much deception is there. I do like him quite a bit, just not sure how high the upside is.
Brian
1:26
Bashing JP Crawford and downgrading his potential has become a common media theme in recent weeks. But does his performance since a week on the DL indicate that he's a young guy who was pressing and just needed a break and is now reverting to the mean for someone with his natural talent?
Keith Law
1:26
I can't and won't speak to what anyone else might have said about him. I can tell you I am getting consistent, negative feedback from scouts who've seen him, saying he's swinging too far uphill and isn't playing the same caliber of defense as in the past.
Jon V
1:28
What are your early thoughts on Zimmer at the major league level?
Keith Law
1:28
I think he's been as expected - solid vs RHP, atrocious vs LHP.
fortekay
1:28
Klaw!  Thomas Nido made the futures game and Pat Mazeika is having a big offensive year (even if he's a bit older for the league).  Either long term options at Catcher?
Keith Law
1:29
Nido at least as a backup. Mazeika less. Hasn't held up since the hot start and he's too old for A-ball.
Jake
1:30
Buxton seems to have figured some things out. Swing looks shorter, eliminating some holes. Have you seen the changes and do you think they are sustainable?
Keith Law
1:30
I do think so - better swing decisions, better contact in the zone.
John
1:30
Hey Keith. Anything new to report on Alec Hansen. Was looking at his numbers and he is just dominating guys. But that is reading the stat line. Do you think he has legit #1 upside or more like 2 or 3?
Keith Law
1:30
He dominated guys in low-A, where he was last year, and has been fair in 3 high-A starts. Stuff is huge, command not there yet.
Evan
1:31
Is it time to start worrying about Thomas Szapucki with his injuries?
Keith Law
1:31
No.
Mike Mitchell
1:31
Is there an argument for the Astros to do nothing? They have 5 of the top 57 in Baseball America's update. The playoffs are a crapshoot. Long window. Why shorten it?
Keith Law
1:33
I think the argument for pushing now is that they may never be this good again in the window, even if they have other good years. It's rare to be in this comfortable a position in July, so Luhnow can patch around the edges and focus on acquisitions likely to improve their October odds.
Your fan
1:34
Healy not likely to be an average MLB regular? that's a bit of a surprise......
Keith Law
1:34
It's a surprise that a bad defensive 3b with a .304 OBP isn't an average regular?
Matthew
1:34
Can we talk about Jose Ramirez? You seemed to be higher on him than most (IIRC, he was on a "just missed" top 100 list), but I don't think anyone saw this coming, right? Last 365 days, 144 wRC+???
Keith Law
1:35
He was on a just missed list, then wasn't eligible the next year when he might have made the list, but no, I would never have forecasted this kind of star-level offense from him. Thought he'd be a good player, but if I thought he'd be this, I would have been way more aggressive.
Paul
1:35
I've been really excited reading the box scores for Gohara this year. I watched him for the first time last night, and I'd read that he was large, but he's even bigger than I thought. Can that body work and hold up as a big league starter?
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