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Excerpts from Keith Law Chat

For those of you are are old school hip-hop fans, ESPN's Keith Law published his Top 100 old school hip-hop rap songs a few days ago over at his non-baseball blog, Meadowparty, so head over to check out his list. I am a fan of classic rock, 60's and 70's classic rock. I like the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, amongst a bunch of other bands, but I also like some old school rap.

Here are some excerpts from Thursday's Prospects Chat with ESPN's Keith Law:

Pierce (Tulsa, OK)

Does Paul Goldschmidt's power project to be plus in the majors?

  (1:15 PM)

Raw power definitely plus. Going to swing and miss a lot, so the question is the hit tool. Getting a lot of comps to Balboni (or Balboni with a better work ethic), but Balboni was up much younger and his development may have been stunted as a result.

There is talk that the Diamondbacks may call up either Goldschmidt or Brandon Allen to start the second half, so make sure you check back here for an update over the next few days.

@Jaypers413 (IL)

Is it a reach to project Teheran, Miller and Moore as future #1 SPs?

  (1:15 PM)

No. Miller/Moore more likely than Teheran at this point.

Jaypers is a prospect chat God. He ALWAYS gets a question answered. But I agree with KLaw here, as I like Miller and Moore over Teheran long term.

More excerpts after the jump:

AO (Seattle)

Keith - Seager call-up. Thoughts? Understand it's short-term but does this indicate that the Ms might be leaving Ackley at 2nd, long term?

  (1:27 PM)

I'd heard earlier in the year from a source with inside knowledge that they viewed Seager as a 2b long-term. He'd be more valuable there, but I can't see them making that switch midyear even if that's still their plan.

Interesting since Dustin Ackley is playing second base for the Mariners now. Could they move Ackley to the outfield in 2012?

Jim (Anchorage, AK)

Does Carlos Martinez belong in the conversation with Moore, Teheran, and Miller?

  (1:29 PM)

He's getting there. Not quite as physical as Moore/Miller, though.

Baseball America ranked Martinez in the top half of their Top 50 Midseason Prospects list published on Wednesday. He is just 19 years old pitching in High A Palm Beach for the Cardinals. He has struck out 60 batters in 49.1 innings this season.

Mac (Philly)

Kimbrel, Freeman, Espinosa? I thought Espinosa has been quite a bit better than those two.

  (1:54 PM)

Actually it should be Kimbrel, Espinosa, Freeman. I read the first post too quickly.

Kimbrel has been awesome, but Espinosa is on pace to go 29-95-20 this year.

Matt (LA)

Better projection: Garrett Gould or Allen Webster

  (1:27 PM)


Both Gould and Webster have pitched very well this season. Gould was as second round pick in the 2009 draft, and is 9-3 with a 1.86 ERA, 1.023 WHIP and an 80-25 K/BB rate in Low A Great Lakes. Webster is 7-3 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.166 WHIP split between High A and AA this season. Even more impressive is the fact that he was 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 1.241 WHIP in the California League, a big hitters league.