Klawchat, 7/7/17.
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Keith Law
1:52
It makes absolutely no sense for the Twins to trade prospects for major-league help right now.
Your fan
1:52
One thing that surprised me about your book is that you didn't discuss the value of traditional scouting more as online you're a big advocate for those skills.
Keith Law
1:52
I gave scouting a whole chapter in a book about analytics.
Will
1:52
Lucas Sims still a reliever for you?
Keith Law
1:52
Yes, more likely than starter.
Tye
1:52
Has Zack Granite changed his prospect status from fringe prospect to an actual one with his play this season?
Keith Law
1:52
No.
Mike M
1:53
K. Tucker, Franklin Perez and Martes for Gerrit Cole. Who says no?
Keith Law
1:53
Doubt the Astros would consider that. Tucker is ridiculously good for his age. Actually, so is Perez.
romorr
1:53
Cedric Mullins a future regular, or 4th OFer?
Keith Law
1:54
Probably a fourth OF but a real (nonzero) chance he's a regular. Kind of undersized but strong for his build.
Morris
1:54
We all got a chuckle out of bookcase-gate. But it wasn't really funny at all - the guy got on your case because he's an Oregon State fan that didn't like what you said about Luke Heimlich. That seems incredibly dangerous to me - the rush to defend someone who molested a girl aged 4-6 because he's good at baseball.
Keith Law
1:55
I saw some of his other tweets about Heimlich and he was kind of a truther - not denying the crime, but handwaving it away as something that's over, that no one should be concerned about going forward, which at the very least is a naive interpretation of events about which none of us knows very much at all.
Steve
1:55
How concerned are you over Anderson Espinoza's lingering injury? How much of it is legitimate worry about a smaller pitcher who throws that hard, albeit with an easy delivery? How much might be the Padres just trying to manage his innings?
Keith Law
1:56
He's not small, but I wonder if they're delaying the inevitable here. He's going to miss the entire summer anyway.
Scott
1:56
What should oakland do with Alonso? Is he an ok guy to offer something like 3/36 to?
Keith Law
1:56
Age 30, so no, I wouldn't.
Steve
1:56
What do you think of the O's strategy to sell off all of their international signing pool money?
Keith Law
1:57
I think it's awful but it's par for the course for that org. You can't ignore an entire swath of the player pool and suffer no consequences.
Jason
1:57
Talk dirty to me about Fernando Tatis.  Star or Superstar?
Keith Law
1:57
I would say 'likely' to star with a chance to be a superstar. Scouts are all in. I saw him in March and physically he reminds me a lot of Machado at that age.
Greg
1:57
Is it time for the Pirates to move Chad Kuhl to the bullpen?
Keith Law
1:57
If they have a better option for the spot, yes. I don't think Kuhl can start, never did.
Johnny O
1:58
Chance Adams?  I can only scout the stat line but he's been promoted to AAA and jumped into BA's midseason top 100.  What have you seen/heard about him?
Keith Law
1:58
Performer, not big ceiling, get very mixed opinions from scouts, definitely a big league starter.
Nick
1:58
Thanks for the continued hard work, Keith. Have you hard anything more about Lucas Giolito's mechanics and delivery?
Keith Law
1:58
Mechanics largely back to where they were and his velocity is up again. Just not consistent start to start like he needs to be.
Steve
2:00
I once hit a homerun in Little League the day after we got our flu shots. So flu shots must cause power breakouts. I'll make a YouTube video and soon everyone will agree.
Keith Law
2:01
If you ever want to see some of the most facepalm-inducing arguments ever, check out that mammoth vaccine/anti-vax Twitter thread I'm on. The denialists are the best cherrypickers I've ever seen, on top of their innumeracy and inability to distinguish correlation from causation.
Devin
2:01
What should the Brewers do? Stand pat and see if they can still win the division?Trade a top 100 prospect for Quintana? Weird since they are technically still in a rebuild.
Keith Law
2:01
I think so. Can't sell if you're in first place, right? What a terrible message to the fans. But I wouldn't buy, especially not with several major prospects (Ray, Clark, Erceg) having disappointing years.
Tom
2:01
So last year it was Brach, this year it's LeMahieu... actually, my question is, why do you think Andrelton Simmons didn't get any consideration for the AL team? If nothing else, he's sporting a 3.4 WAR this year which makes him equal with Trout (shut up).
Keith Law
2:02
Simmons should probably be an All-Star regular, but his value is so much on the defensive side that he's rarely recognized for what he is.
Justin
2:02
The cable industry is failing, ESPN is just caught in the tailspin. Eventually the cable industry with have to make adjustments.
Keith Law
2:03
I agree with that. Can ESPN sell directly to consumers via an app and streaming package? I don't know, but I think we need to try that, as do most cable channels.
Guest
2:03
Any chance you have gotten to see Domingo Acevedo this year? Do you think he has a future as a starter?
Keith Law
2:03
Last year. Not with that delivery he doesn't.
BEN
2:03
Is Yordan Alvarez a top 10 1b prospect, even if that's not that much
Keith Law
2:03
Yes, he's legit.
Matt
2:04
You might not remember this, but last year I asked you about Kingerys potential and you said Altuve with more power. I thought you were crazy because no scouts said Kingery would develop power. I just wanted to say that, you sir, are very good at what you do.
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