KLaw Week continues over at ESPN.com, and this afternoon Keith has had his second of two chats with readers in the wake of the release of his Top 100 prospects list, and all the goodies that go with it. So, here are all the Jays-related nuggets from both Tuesday’s chat and today’s chat– but, of course, all the non-Jays stuff is gold too, so you should probably check them both out in full. I mean… what else are you going to do? It’s damn February.
Noticed Syndergaard was ranked relatively low on your list compared to most top prospects list, reasons?
Those other lists are wrong, obviously.
Ben (Leland Grove)
Why did James Paxton miss out?
Poor command, lack of an average third pitch, walked a man every other inning as a 23-year-old in AA.
You like Toronto’s decision to basically make Sanchez untouchable while making D’Arnaud available?
Yes, I do.
Most overrated prospect by fans…..Mike Olt?
He’d be in the mix. Solid player, not a star. Syndergaard, but that may just be a function of unverified reports he threw 102 plus the coverage he got when he was traded. Also a solid prospect. I’m ignoring the guys like Ruf, Gattis, Junior Lake, Szczur, fringy guys who are treated by their own fans as future stars.
Syndergaard at the bottom of the list – meaning, you aren’t too optimistic he’ll develop the curveball?
Yes, that is the primary reason he’s not higher on the list.
Sid Booker (Philadelphia)
Do you see Marcus Stroman in this list next year?
It’s equally likely that he’s no longer eligible because he’s in the Blue Jays’ pen.
Can you explain the difference of baserunning skill and speed? I have seen you mention Hamilton vs. DJ Davis as an example. Is it possible for Davis to improve? Thank you.
Plenty of guys can run but can’t run the bases – meaning, they are fast, but can’t read pitchers, or read balls in play, to add value by taking extra bases.
What your thoughts regarding a trade of Vernon Wells to the Mets if Angels pay a majority of his contract? Mets need OF help and Wells has worn out his welcome in LA. Low risk hight reward possibility?
What’s the reward? He’s had one decent season in the last four.
Can you give a more in-depth scouting report on Sean Nolin?
Usually an average fastball, best days will show a little better with two average breaking balls but a fringy change. Commands the fastball well. Fourth starter ceiling most likely. Power LHP out of pen if not.
You used to live or at least spend a lot of time in Ontario so I was curious what your thoughts on their ban on pitbulls is and Buerhle’s situation?
I was never a resident there, but this seems to be like punishing the dogs for the irresponsibility of people.