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@Jaypers413 (IL): Interesting to see two Mets
SPs go back-to-back on the Hot Sheet. It's obviously difficult to make
it on with only 5 IP, but did Michael Fulmer push the issue for you at
all? Is he likely a SP or RP in the future?
Fulmer got a look, but it's tough to make
the cut with only five innings barring something truly spectacular (like
Dylan Bundy's early season outings). I can see where the reliever
projection comes from. He's got two dominant pitches but his changeup
has further to go before it can be considered a legitimate third option.
But I'm always in favor of keeping guys starters until they prove it
Ryan (DC): Brain Goodwin was recently promoted to harrisburg after lighting up low A. What is his projection and what his ETA?
Goodwin has the potential for average or
better tools across the board. He's impressed with a compact swing and
ability to go to all fields, and he definitely has a chance to stick in
center field. ETA? Probably 2014.
mhed (Eagan): When will Max Kepler get some votes? Have you guys noticed him this year???
We haven't forgetten Kepler. He did hit
three homers for Rookie-level Elizabethton this week, but his overall
performance (6-for-24) wasn't Hot Sheet material.
trok (North Side): What kind of tools does Dan
Vogelbach possess? He's already been promoted, so he must be doing some
good things. Is he a 1B/DH for sure?
He's 6-foot, 250 pounds, and there's no
doubt first base will be his defensive home. But, his bat can carry him.
He's got tremendous raw power and enough feel for hitting to put up
Ben (Leland Grove): Thoughts on Zack Wheeler's past two starts? Is this cause at all for the Mets to reconsider shuffling him off to Buffalo?
Wheeler allowed 13 earned runs in two
starts this week, but I don't think it's more than a bump in the road.
Sounds like he just hasn't been sharp, particularly with his fastball
command, but don't forget he just threw a shutout on July 14. You'd like
a guy to have some positive momentum going when you move him up, but
I'd still expect he'll be in Buffalo before season's end.
Doug (Flushing): What is Gregorius's upside?
Does he have any shot at the SS job in Cincinnati anytime soon between
Cozart and Hamilton(who both the Reds and the entire fantasy world are
praying can stick at SS)?
Gregorius has a better chance of being a
major league shortstop than Hamilton, from a defensive point of view.
He's got decent offensive upside, but I can see him being the one
Bolita (Illinois): Javier Baez or Xander Bogaerts? Who is the better prospect?
I'll take Baez. Better chance to stay at short and scouts see the bat being a bit louder.
Padre (San Diego): What could you tell me about
Matthew Wisler's upside, and his pitch mix...? He is having quite the
year in A-ball, at such a young age. Top 100 prospect this year?
Wouldn't go as far as the Top 100, but
Wisler's been good. Nice frame with a low 90s fastball, and his
curveball has impressed. He'll have to improve his changeup and his
command, but then again we can say that about almost all 19-year-olds.
MJ (Valpo): Has Joc Pederson played his way into the Dodgers' top-10 for next year? What are scouts saying about him?
Very, very impressive year as a
20-year-old who skipped low Class A, going from the Pioneer League last
year to the Cal League this year. He's got a chance to be an
above-average hitter, though his other tools don't rate more than
average, besides maybe his speed. Scouts do like his grinder mentality
Dale (San Francisco): If you were building a
roster from scratch and you had a choice, would you prefer to have a
legit 1/2 pitchers or legit 3/4 hitters?
Pitching wins championships.
Dan (Israel): Can you tell us a bit about Burch
Smith of the Padres scouting-wise (repetoire/velocity) and if he was
close to the hot sheet with his 10K shutout game in the Cal?
Smith shows a big arm, getting up to 97,
but his secondary stuff comes and goes. There's a lot for him to iron
out, but there is potential there. He had a case for the Hot Sheet, but
he only logged five innings on the week, and like I mentioned earlier
with Fulmer, that makes it tough to make the list.
brian (indianapolis): Now that there is a little bit of history to go on, do you see alex meyer as a starter or bullpen guy?
I think there's enough in there for him to
be a starter, mixing in the slider and changeup with the power
fastball. He's shown serviceable feel for pitching and has done a good
job of being around the zone, considering his size.
Joey Gallo (AZ): Am I ready for Spokane?
Wouldn't surprise me if the Rangers gave
Gallo a chance to get his feet wet in Spokane before the end of the
year. The AZL hasn't been enough of a challenge.
Bruce (Minnesota): What is wrong with Julio Teheran???
Poor command and pitchability are part of it, and his breaking ball still hasn't developed to where it needs to be.
Pierre (Ottawa, Ontario): Do you think the
Astros could have gotten less quantity and more quality in their recent
trades, or that's the best they could get?
I don't think any of the veterans they
traded away were the type that would bring back many blue-chippers. They
didn't have anyone like a Hunter Pence to deal like they did last year.
Benny (Norcross, GA): Scouting report on JR
Graham? Coming out of Livermore HS and Santa Clara university, all I
remember hearing about that he has a maximum effort deliver, and
profiled more as a Relief pitcher prospect than a Starting pitcher.
Has he smoothed out his mechanics?
Scouts who've seen him this year thought
he was doing it pretty easily, so his delivery's not that much a concern
from an effort standpoint. He's got a good chance to stick as a
starter, as he can pitch in the mid-90s, has a solid slider and has made
progress with his changeup.
Gerald Hill (Phoenix, AZ): Future A's shortstop = Addison Russell or Chris Bostick?
Would take Russell, but I really do like
Bostick. Bostick has a better chance to stick in the middle infield, at
second base if not shortstop, while Russell would likelier have to move
Mossy (Dayton): Any long terms concerns about Miguel Sano's upside?
Despite the down week, he's still had a
really strong year. Hitting 20 homers in the MWL is no easy feat,
especially for a 19-year-old. He has to control the strike zone better
and scouts aren't in love with his defense, but the offensive upside is
Greg (oh): So whats keeping Jarred Cosart from getting more K's?
He just doesn't get the most out of his
velocity. Hitters don't have a hard time picking him up and he needs
better command, plus his curve can get inconsistent.
Dylan J. (Free Michael Taylor headquarters): When is Michael Taylor going to get his chance? He has 10 homers and is batting over .300 now.
If Chris Carter could figure things out, so can he.
Who would you take out though? Crisp,
Reddick and Cespedes aren't budging, and Jonny Gomes has been productive
out of the DH spot. I just don't see where Taylor gets many at-bats.
Danny ('Joisey): Christian Villanueva seems to
have had a solid week. Is his stock way down in the scouting world or is
he just not doing anything statistically exciting, hence lack of press?
Villanueva was in the Hot Sheet running
this week. Just not quite loud enough: hit .480 with 2 homers, but those
were his only extra-base hits. He's had a solid if unspectacular year
in the Carolina League (.280/.350/.418), and he plays his home games in a
tough park for hitters in Myrtle Beach. He's hitting .310/.383/.446 in
50 road games. His glove is ahead of his bat right now. Although his 10
homers is respectable for the environment he's in, there are questions
about whether he'll have enough pop to be a big league corner guy.
Oakland Fan (San jose): If Addison Russell
continues to play well in the AZL, do you see him starting next year in
Stockton or do the A's plan on taking it slow with him and sending him
Would be extremely aggressive to start him
in Stockton. I'd expect he'll be in low Class A Burlington, that's the
route the A's usually take with their high school guys in their first
full year. A stay in extended spring training followed by an assignment
to Vermont is the other possibility.
That'll do it for me. Thanks for the questions and we'll see you back here next week.