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Travis Sawchik
1:09
My understanding is that the velocity has been down, and unless it returns we are probably never again going to see pre-TJ Harvey
Vic
1:10
I'm starting to develop a dislike for drafting prospects in a 4 year keeper....That being said, Rosario and Brinson are available this year and they are worth the risk in my opinion. Do you think Tristen McKenzie is also worth the risk? Or 2017-2020 won't give him enough time to provide 5 x 5 benefit?
Travis Sawchik
1:10
McKenzie seems like he's pretty far away, probably not worth a pick this year
IsIt2017Yet?
1:10
Willing to take a guess at who has the best career: Cole, Taillon, Glasnow or Keller?
Travis Sawchik
1:11
Cole, and he's had a big head start. But I'd probably place Keller at No. 2 on the list
Keith Hernandez
1:11
What can a pitcher do to combat all of these hitters trying to improve their launch angle? Does a hitter trying to gain launch angle open up another gaping hole in their swing?
Travis Sawchik
1:12
If you have the rpms on your four-seamer, go up in the zone! There's always going to be another adjustment, this cat-and-mouse game, but certain pitchers should be able to combat this new swing plane
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
1:12
A name I haven't seen in any FG chats all off-season. Mike Moustakas looked like the star he was supposed to be before getting injured in the early part of last year. He hit a bomb HR off a lefty last night. Think he can be a top 10 3B this year?
Travis Sawchik
1:13
If only he could cure that IFFB% problem
Third base is pretty deep
Chet Steadman
1:14
Worse decision: Astros passing on Kris Bryant for Mark Appel, or Tom Selleck passing on Indiana Jones for Magnum P.I.?
Travis Sawchik
1:14
Wow. Those things really happened?
Moonlight Graham
1:15
Is Primanti's overrated?
Travis Sawchik
1:15
That sandwiches are. But the environment/bar at the Mt. Lebo location are excellent
Tom
1:15
Does Dombrowski survive the offseason if the Red Sox miss the playoffs? He's already depleted the farm system too.
Travis Sawchik
1:16
Not sure. I do know the Red Sox might regret depleting that farm system
Evil Goatee Jeff
1:16
In five years, do the Yankees have a top-five infield?
Travis Sawchik
1:16
If we are penciling in Machado
Tom A.
1:17
Supposedly Selleck was preliminary 1st choice for Indy, but they went a different direction. FWIW.
Travis Sawchik
1:17
Interesting decision by Mr. Selleck
Chip Hilton
1:18
Yelich or Polanco in an NL 5x5 league?
Travis Sawchik
1:18
Yelich. He's a better hitter. Just wish he would incorporate some more lift
Phil
1:18
For the Brady Anderson wearing a jersey thing ... as you say, he is a bit of a hybrid and works with the guys on their fitness, conditioning, etc... so probably makes sense for him to have a clubhouse presence and a locker for his gear. That said, apparently his influence is not liked by all: http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/brady-andersons-role-with-orioles-a-topic-of-debate-032017
Travis Sawchik
1:18
Good piece by Rosenthal
Walter
1:18
Chances that Carlos Gonzalez stays in the NL all year AND puts up big numbers? Is he worth a big price in an NL only 5x5 league?
Travis Sawchik
1:19
CarGo seems to be shedding his injury issues. As long as he isn't traded, he should put up numbers
Sonny
1:19
I have Otani stashed in a 10 team H2H dynasty. Worth holding to see if he posts early?
Travis Sawchik
1:20
Heck yeah
Erik
1:21
Take a minor league hitter who is completely average for his level in every way except for his walk rate, which easily leads the league. At what level of the minors does that guy become a prospect, if ever?
Travis Sawchik
1:21
Sounds like a prospect to me
First Man on the Sun
1:21
Do you think in 50 years we'll see new pitching archetypes that we've yet to witness? Care to speculate what might cause those changes and what they might be?
Travis Sawchik
1:22
Yep. The game is always evolving. Fewer and fewer arms are reaching 200 innings. Velo continues to go up. I think we'll see more of a bullpen-ing concept and larger regular season rosters
Tom A.
1:23
How do big market teams now flex their muscles? Soft cap means can't overspend for FA. Draft and international limits mean can't overspend there. Did Yankees and Red Sox agree to a new system where they win less games, but maybe make more money?
Travis Sawchik
1:23
If the slowing of pre-arb extensions continues, free agency market place is going to hold more value. Plenty of flexing there
Hank
1:24
The worst trade Dombrowski made was the Anderson Espinoza for Drew Pomeranz. No one thought Pomeranz was anything more than a 4/5 starter, whereas Espinoza was a consensus top 20 pitching prospect. What was he thinking?!?
Travis Sawchik
1:24
I like that deal for the Padres, for sure
Tom A.
1:24
When you put Keller's career ahead of Tailon, how much was health a factor? Assuming good health for both, do you still take Keller?
Travis Sawchik
1:24
I like Taillon. But there is the health history and lack of a third pitch at the moment. Smart kid, though, He will get the best out of himself
Will
1:25
I have read your book Big Data Baseball and looked at the data showing the dramatic increase in shift over the last 5 years, do you think this number will continue to rise year to year or eventually reach point where teams are shifting almost too much and that number goes down? and also do you think teams who are typically worse defensively or offensively are more inclined to use the shift to save runs?
Travis Sawchik
1:26
Thanks! We might be nearing peak shifting .... And there is research that suggests it's not helping all that much at the moment. I do think teams with less talented infielders benefit more. For instance, the Cubs didn't shift much (by definition) last season but had a historically great infield because of defenders like Russell and Baez
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