Klawchat, 8/16/17.
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Keith Law
6:50
He is, but I don't think he'll end up more valuable than all of Sale, Altuve, and Judge.
Andrew
6:50
Is Posey the most successful mega contract over the past decade?
Keith Law
6:51
Define "Mega." Longoria's first deal was pretty absurd for the team. Sale and Quintana have been raging steals too.
Tim
6:51
Should the Cubs resign Arrieta? Looking like the stuff has returned recently.
Keith Law
6:51
Getting Q should allow them to let Arrieta walk.
Tim
6:51
Senzel looks about ready for the big leagues - would you move Suarez off 3B for him (given the season he's having) or would you ask Senzel to learn 2B or OF to make him more versatile?
Keith Law
6:51
Senzel came so far to become an average defender at third that i would hesitate to move him again.
Adam
6:51
Cal Quantrill's first season back from TJ has now reached the 100 innings mark. Hi-A and AA are two difficult levels to pitch at, and he's been solid if not spectacular. Has a larger body of work affected your opinion on him as a prospect at all?
Keith Law
6:53
After I put him fairly high on my top 50, I got more feedback from within the industry that I should have had him a bit lower. Solid but not spectacular is a perfect description. I'd like to see if one more year off the surgery gives him any more stuff, especially on the breaking ball, but at this point it would be realistic to assume this is it and treat improvement as just one scenario.
Adam
6:53
Maybe I'm just being a brat, but has the Padres 2016 draft just been "meh" considering the quantity of picks and pool amount?
Keith Law
6:54
I think that is really premature. You're talking about a lot of 19- and 18-year-olds already in full-season ball. Hudson Potts probably should have started in extended, for one example.
Tim
6:55
Do you think Chicago asked for Devers instead of Moncada or did they just like Moncada more?
Keith Law
6:55
Truly don't know. Neither would surprise me.
Steve
6:55
There has been discussion that the Orioles' lack of participation in the international draft is due to Angelos' belief that the process is corrupt due to the predatory practices of buscones. Is there merit to this argument?
Keith Law
6:55
He'd be right that there is corruption in that market. They should still be participating in the July 2nd market. All he's doing is putting his team at a needless disadvantage.
Nick
6:56
Yankees drafted Steven Sensley this year and ever since he has absolutely ripped the cover off of the ball. What do you see in him?
Keith Law
6:58
I don't know anything about him offhand - 12th rounder out of UL-Lafayette, a young college senior who'll turn 22 next month, that's all I got - but I did want to point out that he has spent almost his whole summer in short-season ball, and he's way too old for those levels (GCL and Appy). He's now in low-A Charleston, which is at least close to appropriate, but with just 53 AB. He's even a shade old for low-A, but if he rakes there, I'd take him much more seriously.
Chet
6:59
I know all prospects are different, but I'm skeptical to believe in any Astros 1B prospect because of Singleton and AJ Reed. But, should I believe that Yordan Alvarez is going to be good?
Keith Law
6:59
I think so. Think he's got a plus hit tool, not sure what to think of the power.
HugoZ
7:00
If you're a gm whose contract ends in say, 2019, do you much care about holding back a prospect like Acuna so that team control is through 2024 instead of 2023?
Keith Law
7:01
You might not - I've talked about moral hazard for GMs before, where you might sign a player to a long-term deal, knowing if it doesn't work out, you'll be fired way before you have to clean up the mess. But there's also risk in promoting a top prospect too soon and having him flop out of the gate, which might color your boss's opinion of you as a GM if you've been saying all year how good this kid was going to be.
7:02
OK, I think that makes up for the abbreviated chat earlier today. Sorry about the technical difficulties. I'll be back next week for another chat. Hope to see you some of you at GenCon this weekend.
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