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Down on the Farm: Keith Law Chat Excerpts

ESPN's Keith Law held his weekly chat on Wednesday, and here are a few excerpts:

Josh (DC)

Love your work. Can Dee Gordon be an elite defensive shortstop? If so, can he be an above average MLB SS given his speed? Even with no power and a mediocre hit tool, I am thinking that it might be enough.

Klaw
  (1:06 PM)

Yes. I think so. And I think he'll hit if/when he gets stronger - no power, of course.

After watching Gordon this week, he doesn't need to hit for power at this point. If the power comes, even better. He has crazy speed and could lead the league in bunt hits with his speed.

Ira (New Jersey)

Hey Keith, I saw Jesse Biddle last night in Lakewood and his velocity was only about 85. How much can a pitcher realistically improve his velocity from Low A until he becomes a "finished product"?

Klaw
  (1:13 PM)

If that's true, it's a major problem.

Biddle was the Phillies first round pick in the 2010 draft, but the Phils have a few other decent pitching prospects a level ahead of Biddle.

More KLaw excerpts after the jump:

SC Cy (Kansas City, MO)

It feels like teams are told that they either need to be buyers or sellers around the trade deadline. I think the Pirates fall in the gray area where they don't need to do either, they can stay put. They do have three guys with high value (Maholm, Correia, Hanrahan). What do you think they should do?

Klaw
  (1:18 PM)

Sell. If you're not contending, and you're in a long-term building mode, you need to sell. You can't argue that they're any better than fourth in that division, and fourth place is not a goal to which any team should aspire.

If the Buccos can land a Wilson Ramos type player in any deal for Joel Hanrahan, they should do it. Until they become a contender, they can throw anyone in the closer role and see who sticks.

Nick (Seattle)

I know you like Ackley to move to left field, so which M's prospect is going to be their second baseman of the future: Kyle Seager or Nick Franklin?

Klaw
  (1:24 PM)

Seager in the short term, at least.

Well. GM Jack Zduriencik sees it differently as Ackley will be starting at second base tonight in Seattle against Philadelphia.

Mark (Madison, WI)

What's your best guess on what the Nats do with Rendon? 2B would seem like a good move given his skill set, but that's gotta be risky given his injury history, no?

Klaw
  (1:27 PM)

I'd leave him at third until he gets closer to the big leagues and see where Zimmerman is contract- and health-wise in 2013.

There will be plenty of chatter about what the Nationals will do with Anthony Rendon with Ryan Zimmerman blocking him at third base. I can see them moving Danny Espinosa to shortstop and Rendon to second,

Chris (Newport Beach, CA)

Have the Rockies completely ruined Tyler Matzek by trying to fix his delivery Keith? What can be done to turn him around?

Klaw
  (1:31 PM)

Yes. I don't really know what they can do.

Another first round pick who won't amount to much unless he turns things around quickly. Is he hurt?

Dan (Minneapolis)

is the next "name" big league call-up going to be Ackley?

Klaw
  (2:02 PM)

Or Chisenhall.

This chat was held on Wednesday afternoon, so KLaw had no idea Ackley would be called up late Wednesday evening. Lonnie Chisenhall or Jason Kipnis could be the next two guys called up.

Chris Nelson (Colorado)

He who blossums late, blossums best.

Klaw
  (2:19 PM)

I hope they let you play, man. Good swing, good enough to be an average or better defender at second.

I just picked up Nelson in one of my redraft leagues and hope he can continue getting at bats in Colorado.