A quick announcement before I get to the chat excerpts. Jeremy is visiting family so he won't be able to get to the Minor League Monitor posts until Tuesday.
Baseball America held it's weekly Hot Sheet chat on Friday after the release of their Hot Sheet headed by Phillies pitching prospect Trevor May who struck out 14 batters in his only start last week, and gave up just 1 hit in 7 innings.
Onto the chat excerpts:
Ben (TX): Surprised at all Harper is beginning the second half with Hagerstown?
Jim Shonerd: No, not really. But I would be surprised if he's there beyond the next couple weeks.
I am starting to think that the Nationals are delaying Harper's promotion as punishment for him blowing a kiss at the pitcher after hitting a home run a few weeks ago. Just an observation, and I am not sure if that is fact or not. I am still curious if he is promoted to High A or Double A when he is eventually promoted though.
Rich (New Jersey): Paul Goldschmidt is mashing the ball in AA while having more walks than hits. Is this for real and do you see him as a major league 1B?
Jim Shonerd: It was much easier to be skeptical of Goldschmidt's power in the California League last year. Doing it in the Southern League, and at an even more prolific rate, is pretty legit.
And I think Goldschmidt could see a call-up sometime in July, as GM Kevin Towers has not ruled it out.
More chat excerpts after the jump:
Dayton Moore (Kansas City): This offseason after Chipper retires and the Braves need a third baseman, what would Frank Wren say if I were to offer Mike Moustakas and another 2nd-tier prospect for Julio Teheran?
Jim Shonerd: Don't know what Wren would say, but I wouldn't do it. As good as Moustakas can be, I wouldn't trade an arm like Teheran, especially when he'll still be cheap for the next few years, unless there was something comparable coming in return.
Wow. I am not sure I agree. I think I would take the bat over the arm here. What do Fake Team readers think?
Chris (Boston): Jerry Sands or Trayvon Robinson as the future LF in LA? Is there room for both? Sands at 1B maybe?
Jim Shonerd: Robinson could play center with Sands in left if Matt Kemp were to leave at some point. But Sands at first base is probably the better arrangement.
I agree that Sands is probably better off at first base long term. And i think there is vey little chance LAD trades Kemp. I guess he could leave via free agency, but any new owner in Los Angeles will more than likely have deep pockets after the McCourt fiasco. Bud Selig should really consider allowing Mark Cuban a chance to buy the Dodgers as he has the bank roll and the experience in owning a professional sports team.
Bret (Seattle): What is Taijuan Walker's ultimate upside? Could we see him in Safeco by 2014?
Jim Shonerd: He's shown the stuff to be a No. 2 potentially. That will depend on well his command develops. 2014? That's not an unrealistic timetable.
Walker is a name to remember in keeper and dynastly leagues as the Mariners have had success in developing ace-like starting pitchers of late.