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Excerpts from Keith Law Chat

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ESPN's prospect expert Keith Law held a chat with readers on Thursday, and here are some excerpts:

Jason (St Louis)

Intriguing article posted today by Howard Bryant. Basically it said that teams are sticking it to their fans when they dump their stars for A ball prospects that may or may not pan out 4-5 years down the road. He says another way that only the Rays and A's seem to do is play them until they walk and take the comp picks. What's your opinion on that point of view?

Klaw
  (1:10 PM)

Those teams that "dump" their stars for "A ball prospects" are, in general, doing the right thing for their fans, rather than pandering (useful word today) to the section of the fan base that doesn't think any further ahead than today's lunch.

Totally agree.This happens in some of my keeper fantasy leagues as well.

Bill (Denver, Co)

Keith - I have seen you mention on different instances that there are some scouts who believe both White and Pomeranz could eventually end up in relief roles. I believe you quoted one scout who said Pomeranz would end up in the pen "because he only has two above average pitches." If both guys ends up in the pen, did the Rockies give away 2.5 years of Ubaldo for a mediocre return?

Klaw
  (1:14 PM)

I did quote one scout who said that on Pomeranz, but that is not my opinion on the player, nor is it a consensus opinion. I think Pomeranz will have at least a solid-average changeup and like the fact that he's already cleaned up his delivery. As long as the Rockies don't matzek him, he'll be a starter.

 

The Rockies received two promising pitching prospects, Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, in return for Ubaldo Jimenez at the trade deadline. Pomeranz is probably the better prospect right now, and he should be ranked fairly high when the Top 100 prospect lists come out next spring.

More KLaw chat excerpts after the jump:

Mark (Madison, WI)

After finding out he wasn't in the lineup yesterday, Heyward admitted that he thinks he's gotten into some bad habits with his swing while playing through his shoulder injury. Wouldn't it be a better move to send him down to AAA to work on the swing than to only play him 3-4 days a week in the majors?

Klaw
  (1:22 PM)

Only if he's agreed to work on his swing - the player has to buy into the adjustments your coaching staff wants him to make.

 

Heyward certainly has underperformed expectations this season and could be a steal in 2012 drafts if he can bounce back from all the injuries.

Fredo C. (Lake Tahoe, NV)

Regarding your Cape League comment - will 2012 be a bad draft or just a weak year down on the peninsula?

Klaw
  (1:28 PM)

It's a weak college draft. Maybe a very weak one.

 

Great. The Dodgers will probably pick in the Top 10-12 and the draft is weak. Perfec