Klawchat, 7/7/17.
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Keith Law
1:36
I'm not concerned about the body as much as the fact that he's been throwing so hard at such a young age. I guess eventually he could have knee and back issues from his size - he looks like CC Sabathia already - but for now it's just arm health and command that I'd focus on .
Derek
1:36
Brian Goodwin has been playing well at the MLB level recently. Has the former top-75 prospect regained some of his luster? What do you expect going forward? Related, who do you like more for the Nats in 2018 - Goodwin or Michael A. Taylor (who also has been hitting well, though may be coasting on some BABIP fuel). MAT can clearly stick in CF. Can Goodwin? So far the arm looks plus but what about Goodwin's range?
Keith Law
1:38
I think there's some SSS going on with Goodwin, but at least he's turning on good fastballs again. I'd like to know where his speed went - dude was a plus runner as an amateur. Would probably bet on Taylor over Goodwin going forward.
Derek
1:39
The Nats aren't foolish enough to give up Robles for a reliever, are they? Soto, too, has to be untouchable in a reliever trade, right?
Keith Law
1:40
Don't think Robles is going anywhere. Soto's intriguing but the guy has barely played this year and is still on the DL (now rehabbing in the GCL). If he's untouchable too, what do they have left to make a big move? I think that's tantamount to saying you're not going to swing a Miller/Chapman type of trade.
Evan
1:40
What are you thoughts on Mets first rounder David Peterson?
Keith Law
1:41
Mid-rotation starter type. Big groundball guy, deception, average fastball, can really pitch - feel, command, control. Thought he was a little light for a first-round pick but I think the industry as a whole valued him in the top 20.
Joe
1:41
I'm assuming Ryan Mountcastle ends up in the OF but how good of a prospect would he be if he hypothetically played just average defense at SS?
Keith Law
1:41
If he were capable of playing average D at short he probably wouldn't hit like he does.
Mike M
1:41
Is J.B. Bukauskas a top 100 guy? The Astros sure love drafting electric two-pitch guys and insisting on starting them.
Keith Law
1:42
He'll probably be on the back of the list; anyone I've ranked in the top 10 in a draft class who has signed right away has made a subsequent top 100 barring something catastrophic (like surgery).
Ryan
1:43
I keep hearing Cards draft pick Fuller being referred to as "intriguing."  Do you have any additional insight on him?
Keith Law
1:43
I wrote him up in the Cards draft report. There's some Larry Green comparisons there.
Jay
1:43
Planning a board game night with my 6 year old son and some of his friends. Some suggestions?
Keith Law
1:44
Ticket to Ride would be appropriate for that age. Mole Rats in Space is a great coop game that you could probably play with them, just giving them a little guidance.
BobbyL
1:44
Can Juan Soto make a jump into top 20 range by the end of the season
Keith Law
1:45
I said this last week too - people in general want their own prospects to be too high. Look at the typical top 20: it's guys who are performing at a huge level for their ages, guys who were very high picks/big bonus kids, or otherwise guys with plus tools.
Logan
1:45
If you're the Jays, 4.5 back in the WC, do you sell or buy at the deadline?
Keith Law
1:45
Probably sell.
Isaac
1:45
Have you had a chance to see Maitan yet, any initial reactions other than his original write ups. Obviously he just got in games, but hadn't heard anything from extended
Keith Law
1:45
I haven't. I think he's played 2-3 games.
Al
1:46
Really enjoyed the podcast yesterday. You're truly great in that format. What can your readers do to get you a regular podcast?
Keith Law
1:46
Thank you - it was great to be at the helm and to get back together with Eric. ESPN doesn't run many podcasts, however; they've decided at a corporate level that it's not an area for investment.
Matt
1:46
The Orioles appear to not be signing Conlon. How does that happen? Don't they agree to a number prior to the selection?
Keith Law
1:48
Sometimes one side or the other changes their minds post-draft. Also, it sounds like they're going to go way over for Cameron Bishop, a UC-Irvine starter who missed the whole spring with a strained oblique* but has been dealing on the Cape with an average fastball and two plus secondary pitches. (*Bishop strains his oblique and doesn't pitch for four months. Clarke Schmidt at South Carolina strains his oblique, misses one start, comes back to throw 100+ pitches a few times and then blows out his elbow. Weird.)
Jason
1:48
Fair to say that the whole "voter fraud" phenomenon is the Rs way of trying to insulate against the coming demographic wave that (if they don't change their message) is going to wash over them?
Keith Law
1:48
I interpret it as "we're going to purge voter rolls of people who aren't likely to vote for us."
fortekay
1:48
Best Futures Game prospect no one has really heard of?
Keith Law
1:49
Yordan Alvarez.
Dave
1:49
How is Greene not signed yet? Chances he doesn't sign?
Keith Law
1:49
Doesn't matter until the deadline. I believe he'll sign.
Larry
1:49
As a University of Florida baseball fan, I'm curious your thoughts on Brady McConnell. I know he was a top-100 draft prospect, but what kind of player is he?
Keith Law
1:50
More tools/athleticism than performance. Could develop into a first-rounder if he hits, but I saw a guy who couldn't wait to swing at the first strike he saw.
John
1:50
There's been plenty of talk about Rosario; but, how far away is Dom Smith? September? 2018? Thanks!
Keith Law
1:50
Ready this fall, but I'm sure the Mets will wait a good three or four more years just to be on the safe side.
AJ
1:50
Have you heard anything about Jesus Luzardo recently? Eric Longenhagen said he was throwing in the mid 90s.
Keith Law
1:50
I believe it. He was doing that pre-injury too.
Mark
1:51
Hi Keith - my sister is moving to Milan and I'm looking to get her some (translated) Italian novels as a parting gift. So far my ideas are The Betrothed (Manzoni), The Leopard (Tomasi), and Christ Stopped at Eboli (Levi). Do you have any (other) recommendations that give nice background/introduction on Italian/Milanese culture? Thanks!
Keith Law
1:51
Perhaps the Elena Ferrante novels? I also liked Alessandro Piperno's books, but they are weird and in some ways a little testosterone-fueled like Portnoy's Complaint (Roth is a clear influence).
Tye
1:52
Would someone like Stroman, Gray, or Archer be a reasonable get for the Twins?
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