Klawchat, 8/16/17.
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Jake
6:18
I know Willie Calhoun has some defensive flaws--can he still be a valuable player at DH?
Keith Law
6:18
It depends on your definition of valuable; I think his upside there is an everyday player. He's very strong for his size, and he can definitely hit. I don't know if there's a position he can play adequately.
Bob
6:18
Enough data on Kevin Maitan for a better read at this point?
Keith Law
6:19
I don't think so - bumping him up to the Appy League at 17 clouds the data.
Mike
6:19
We all know Eloy's bat will play anywhere, but what about his defense? I've seen reports that he's going to be above average right fielder than others that say he will be below average in left.
Keith Law
6:19
Above average for me. I've seen him plenty.
Kevin
6:19
Trey Mancini: you buying or selling?
Keith Law
6:19
I guess selling, in that I think he'll regress from this, but will be an everyday player.
Mike B
6:20
Tim Beckham? Obviously he won't keep up the pace he's set since he joined the O's, but do you think he's finally putting it all together?  Is he a "needed a change of scenery" guy?
Keith Law
6:21
I don't think anything has changed but the randomness of a small sample; he does this same thing in Tampa and no one notices because the stats aren't broken out from the rest of his season. I thought it was a decent pickup for Baltimore, but also really like the arm Tampa got back.
Nate
6:21
Keith, are there 5 names to keep an eye on for the 2018 draft?
Keith Law
6:23
In no order, Ethan Hankins, Kumar Rocker, Brice Turang(arang), Jackson Kowar, Seth Beer. I don't know if those are the top 5, but they're 5 to watch.
Ryan
6:23
I know how you feel about Tebow the player but - marketing, etc. considered - does he retire with over/under 0.5 at-bats at the MLB level?
Keith Law
6:24
I think someone will give him at bats for the publicity. He's not doing anything to merit it - he didn't even deserve the promotion to high-A - but money talks.
Ortho Stice
6:24
I see lots of people trying to decipher Miguel Cabrera's "down year", but hardly a mention of what it must be like to try and focus on baseball with the turmoil in Venezuela. Isn't that a fairly plausible explanation?
Keith Law
6:24
Possible, but he's also a 34-year-old player at the wrong end of the defensive spectrum. He could just be getting old, too.
Harvey Dent
6:25
How much has Michael Chavis restored his prospect stock?  It seems like he's tailing off a little bit after a blistering run, but still solid overall
Keith Law
6:25
I'm inclined to write off 2016 completely because he was playing hurt - like Eric Hosmer's bad year in low-A when he had a broken metacarpal in his hand.
Mas
6:25
Jen-Ho Tseng was not on your Cubs top 10 prospect list but seems to be doing really well in AAA. Is he potentially starter-worthy, and what's his ceiling?
Keith Law
6:26
Don't think he's a starter in the long run; fastball is pretty flat, doesn't have a definite out pitch. Strike thrower though with a lot of average stuff so I do think he'll pitch in the majors.
BJ
6:26
Any chance Padres' Enyel de Los Santos can crack rotation in '18?
Keith Law
6:26
I get the sense he's more like two years away than one.
Bret
6:27
Has your future outlook for Dansby Swanson changed at all based on his struggles this season?
Keith Law
6:27
No. Plenty of good players struggled in their first time through the majors. I try to always avoid that kind of recency bias, because it's so easy to fall into that trap.
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
6:27
Has your thoughts on Moniak changed due to his struggles in his first year or was this to be expected?
Keith Law
6:28
I mentioned in July after I saw him that I don't like how poor his recognition of breaking stuff is - especially vs lefties. And there isn't going to be power with that narrow stance and lack of weight transfer. I think there's untapped physical ability there, but right now he's definitely behind where I expected him to be - and IIRC I only had him 5th in the draft class to begin with.
Jon
6:28
Does Aaron Nola have the ceiling of an ace?
Keith Law
6:29
With that new changeup, he might. I'd probably put my money on a #2 rather than a #1.
Nick
6:29
Does Devers stick at 3B long term? If not where does he move to?
Keith Law
6:29
I have never had any doubt about him at 3b.
Ray T R
6:29
Is there another gear for Eduardo Rodriguez?  Seems like he is slipping into the Buchholz void of frequent injury and tantalizing but too inconsistent of results
Keith Law
6:29
The knee issues are a real concern.
AtownAA
6:30
any chance chris taylor is this for real? like the swing change made him that much better ala justin turner previous changes?
Keith Law
6:30
Not buying. No one can sustain a .396 BABIP.
Nick
6:30
Aaron Hicks' breakout this year has been something to watch. He looks like a true 5 tool player with a high .OBP Is this the player you expected him to become as a prospect?
Keith Law
6:30
Yep, maybe a year or two after I thought he'd get there.
Matt
6:30
Did you read that article last week (I forget who wrote it) about how Jeter doesn't like the shift (and sabermetrics in general) and may not allow the manager to use it. The dude is gonna hire Dave Stewart as GM and Dusty Baker as the manager isn't he?
Keith Law
6:31
I didn't, but if so, holy cow is that great news for the media.
Kody
6:31
are the Republicans really the anti-vaxers? I tend to see that being the one anti-science point of the far left.
Keith Law
6:32
I think you'll find anti-vax stuff at both extremes (a lot of it in fringe religious groups, like Christian "Scientists"), but if you want to find anti-science nonsense on the left, it's the anti-GMO looney toons.
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