ESPN's Keith Law held a chat on Thursday and here are a few excerpts:
Rich (Bayonne, NJ)
Banuelos is a must have pitcher in dynasty and keeper league drafts this year, if he is available. He could get a call this year should the Yankees current plan for their #4 and #5 starters not turn out so well.
What are your thoughts on Stetson Allie? About where would he rank in your top 150?
In the 101-120 range. Big arm, command improved a lot last spring, but there's a lot of sentiment that he's going to end up a reliever. Could see him as a top 5 in the majors closer some day.
Closers have value in fantasy baseball. Check. Allie is available in UBA minor league draft. Check. Ray has several 2nd round picks in the 2011 UBA minor league draft. Check.
Gozer (Longmeadow, MA)
Your opinion counts with me, sir. Do you believe Jose Iglesias can hit .280/.350/.410 once he settles in at the MLB level?
That seems like a far right-tail projection.
In other words, highly unlikely, so Iglesias has little value in fantasy leagues.
Is a .270/.370/.440 line from Dexter Fowler possible this year?
No, I'd be shocked if he got his OBP even close to that. As rough today as he was when I first saw him in AFL about three years ago.
I agree. I am not a fan of Fowler. I have watched him alot and I just don't see him as an everyday regular.
Keith, is Lonnie Chisenhall the real deal at 3rd for the Indians? When do you think he makes it to big leagues?
Midyear? Looks much, much better at the plate this spring - better at bats, better adjustments to offspeed. Last year he looked confused by any change of speeds.
I think I might write something on Chisenhall over at Minor League Ball. Chisenhall, Kipnis and Santana in the same lineup could be exciting. Throw in Laporta, and this team could make some noise in the NL Central in a few years.