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Down On The Farm: Prospect Chat with ESPN's Keith Law

Here are a few excerpts from Keith Law's recent chat over at ESPN:

Derrick (Collegepark, MD)

 


Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Wil Myser all this KC kids can crack your top 10 prospects list?

Klaw:



Hosmer yes. Myers has a chance. No way on Moustakas.

Two Royals in the top 10, and we know he likes Royals pitching prospect Mike Montgomery as well. How soon before the Royals are contending in the AL Central?

Seymour (NYC)



Why do some of the prospect gurus still select Casey Kelly over Manuel Banuelos?

Klaw
  (1:33 PM)



Better fastball command, more athletic, still has some projection. I don't think there's a wrong answer between the two.

So far Banuelos has the better numbers in the minors. Curious where he ranks Kelly in his Top 100 in 2011.

Sean (orange,ca)



Whats Jerry Sands ceiling?

Klaw
  (1:35 PM)



Everyday regular.

Wow. He doesn't like Sands at all. I would love to hear what the reasons are. His numbers in 2010 tell a different story. He has power and takes a walk, but have read that he has trouble with offspeed pitches.

Greg (Baltimore)

 

Are you down on Moustakas?

Klaw
  (1:36 PM)

 

His first half looks like a ballpark-induced boost, not a real change in skill set. He still struggles vs LHP and I don't like his glove at 3b. He's a big leaguer, no doubt, but I don't think he's a star.

Interesting take. Other experts love Moustakas and think he will hit for mucho power in the big leagues.

EricJ (SF) [via mobile]



An age appropriate player hitting well in AA will usually hit in the majors. True or false?

Klaw
  (1:44 PM)



Usually, yes. Always, no.

Gotta say Sands has this going for him. Check out this blog I found yesterday. The writer says that a third of the players in AA at the age of 22 become big leaguers.

http://milbprospects.blogspot.com/