Klawchat, 7/7/17.
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Keith Law
2:04
Sometimes I get something right.
Aaron
2:04
What does this injury do to Torres? Will he still become a star?
Keith Law
2:04
Not worried about it. It sucks for us, and maybe pushes back his arrival by a few months, but he's still going to be a star.
John
2:04
What do you make of the Rays' failure to sign Rasmussen? Who, pardon the pun, dropped the ball here?
Keith Law
2:06
Because the player didn't participate in the predraft voluntary MRI process, he loses the protection granted by rule 4 if, hypothetically, the Rays found something wrong with his arm in their post-draft physical. (I must be very clear that no one has told me what, if anything, they found.) So the Rays can walk away and still get same-slot compensation, while Rasmussen has to re-enter the draft next year rather than gaining free agency. Do I blame anyone? I think the lesson is that there's a benefit to submitting an MRI pre-draft if MLB includes you in that program - had he done so, and whatever team took him declined to offer him the minimum for that slot, he would have gained free agency. But Griffin Canning submitted an MRI, and whatever was on it - supposedly he might need TJ surgery - was enough to knock him out of the first round completely.
Joe
2:07
Can Rutherford or Frazier play cf or  is Fowler the CF of the future for Yankees?
Keith Law
2:07
Rutherford and Frazier are corner outfielders only.
Will
2:07
Speaking of Karsten Whitson, what do you make of Kyle Serrano's situation? Talented pitcher turns down $$$ to play for his dad, has an underwhelming college career+TJ, and then leaves the team in his final season for personal reasons but just signed an overslot deal with Houston.
Keith Law
2:08
"Overslot" was $200K. He turned down seven figures out of HS. If you're a pitcher and you get that kind of offer, take the money.
Jake
2:08
No chance for R. Lewis to stay at short? Nick Gordon?
Keith Law
2:08
Gordon is a true SS. Lewis has no chance IMO.
Reds Fan
2:09
Why Herget over Mahle in the Futures game? Please explain this to me.
Keith Law
2:09
I think you're taking that a little too seriously. Herget's really good as a reliever - and putting one or two good relievers on each roster is a good plan, IMO, given the nature of the game and the fact that every year we get someone who comes in and can't get an out (or throw a strike).
Nate
2:09
Keith, how frequently are you speaking with scouts on players? Daily, Weekly
Keith Law
2:09
Daily is about right.
Your fan
2:10
do you ever film when scouting? If so, what equipment do you use?
Keith Law
2:10
Always, HD-quality sony camera (so we can use the footage on air).
Steve
2:10
Since you saw Brito recently, did you get any eyes on Jojo Romero?
Keith Law
2:10
No, I saw Medina, great arm, really loose, not very polished but the breaking ball is in there.
Moltar
2:10
Who names all three of their kids Wander? Is he lost?
Keith Law
2:11
I think this is a custom in some countries/cultures - same first name, differing middle names - although I'm not certain.
Dan
2:11
What's your projection for Derek Fisher? Is he a regular as a corner OF?
Keith Law
2:11
Yes, potentially a star.
Ryan
2:11
I read Delvij Perez was upset about being sent to a short season team and then he was benched for throwing his helmet after a K or something silly like that.  Add on the steroid test, are there real makeup issues at play there?
Keith Law
2:12
There were real makeup issues pre-draft too. Lot of reports of immaturity. Got in a yelling match with an opposing coach once before the draft. He needs to grow up.
Greg
2:12
Keith, my brother is having a tough time. 25, unemployed, living at home. He never smiles and only responds to our parents with yes/no answers. I think he's depressed but it's impossible to talk to him about it. Any advice?
Keith Law
2:13
Sounds like it. Any chance you could get him to talk to a doctor? Even his primary care doc might have something to offer.
Dan
2:13
Do you do a midseason prospect rankings update?
Keith Law
2:13
Yes, it'll be up on Thursday, and that's why I've avoided some questions about players who'll be on it.
Paul
2:14
Hey Keith - you've probably been asked this before, so forgive me if I've missed it, but have you ever thought about creating a board game? Or maybe if not creating from scratch, co-creating or consulting on one? Now that you've written a book (one that I loved, by the way), it seems like that should be next!
Keith Law
2:14
Yes, of course, but I wonder if I know the math/modeling aspects enough to do it well.
2:15
That's all for this week. Thank you for all of the questions, as always, and I hope to see many of you this weekend in Miami. I'll be back to chat again next week once the midyear top 50 is up.
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