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Jason Grey (12:02 PM)
Hey guys - got some time for some quick hot stove questions before today's Arizona Fall League games; this wireless connection has been shaky but will do the best I can.
Would u be concerned with Verlanders innings in a keeper league or No big Deal?
Jason Grey (12:05 PM)
I'm not going to say I have zero concerns. It was not just a lot of innings but a ton of pitches as well, so naturally there is a little trepidation. However, that said, if anyone can handle it with little to no ill effects it is probably Verlander, so it's probably more in the "no big deal" category.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who do you think will win the 2011 World Series?
Jason Grey (12:07 PM)
I picked the Rangers at the beginning of the postseason and haven't backed off of that. I wrote a series scouting report that should be up on the site later today. I just think the Rangers are a team that can beat you in multiple ways - with their pitching, power, speed, and/or defense, and the Cards aren't necessary as versatile. I think that matters in what is expected to be a close series.
Jeremy Hellickson or Justin Masterson and Chacin in a dynasty league. and how do you feel about Tommy Hanson in a dynasty league?Last Q. Alex Torres starter or Relief in 2012?
Jason Grey (12:10 PM)
Leaning Chacin. Still a little worried that Tommy Hanson isn't completely past the shoulder trouble that plagued him at the end of the season, and that simply an offseason of rest is the answer. But I still protect him in a dynasty league. Torres is probably part of the club's rotation depth in 2012.
Kingpin (Grinnell, IA)
Jason - How concerned should I be with Ian Kennedy's work load the last 2 years after he threw less than 25 innings in 2009?
Jason Grey (12:11 PM)
He's had no issues for two full seasons now. I don't see anything to be concerned about.
Ed (San Diego)
Can you tell me what you have seen of Joe Ross, Michael Kelly and Austin Hedges in AZ? Are these guys going to be fast movers through the minors?
Jason Grey (12:12 PM)
I saw Ross and Hedges both in the AZL and during instructs. I don't think either would classify as a "fast mover", but I am fans of both. Hedges can defend but the bat is better than I expected and he has some pop. Ross bring easy mid-90s velocity with projectable command. I don't see either moving too quickly, but that doesn't mean I don't like them.
Dynasty League: Highest ceiling between Bauer/Parker/Skaggs?
Jason Grey (12:13 PM)
Highest ceiling is Bauer, but I'll take as many of those three as I can get in a dynasty format.
Wieters or Mesoracao in a keeper league?
Jason Grey (12:16 PM)
Wieters. He made some adjustments in late July to be a little more upright in the box and it helped him tap into his raw power a bit better. From August 2 on, he hit .281 with 12 homers in just 167 at-bats. Granted there was some dilution of pitching in September, but I think Wieters is well-positioned for a big 2012. That's no knock on Mesoraco.
I assume you have seen Cashner throwing gas in AZ. Do you agree with KLaw that his future should be at the back end of the bullpen?
Jason Grey (12:16 PM)
I have and I do.
Thanks for taking our questions. 2 players I'm interested in hearing about are Arenado and Myers. How does Arenado look on defense - is he a long-term 3B? Does the bat look like the difference maker the stats are showing? As for Myers, he clearly looks healthy in AFL. Should we expect a 2012 arrival in KC?
Jason Grey (12:21 PM)
I still think Myers is more of a 2013 play, but sure, a late 2012 arrival isn't necessarily out of the question. As you mentioned, his numbers this past season need to be looked at in a health-related context.Not convinced yet Arenado is a long-term third baseman, but I'll get a lot more looks over the next few weeks. Solid player, but not sure it's a special bat. Swing is a little stiff, and needs to handle on the inner half better based on the looks I've gotten. Still some work to do.
Brandon Beachy: Aberration or will a book getting out on him not change much?
Jason Grey (12:21 PM)
Not change much. He can pitch.
Does Mike Moustakas (historically slow to adjust at each level) hit the ground running in 2012 to the tune of .270/.330/.450+??
Jason Grey (12:24 PM)
He certainly started to heat up down the stretch, hitting .380 with pop over the final month and a half. I don't think that expectation is necessarily out of line. Aggressive, but doable. Given the depth in the third base pool, he's a solid 2012 sleeper.
Do the Cubs have any starting pitching of note in their organization. It looks a little thin at the top.
Jason Grey (12:26 PM)
Trey McNutt is the only one of note. It is indeed thin, especially when guys like Hayden Simpson don't pan out. Sleeper guy to watch: Dallas Beeler
Tom (mobile) [via mobile]
I can keep one of these SP for neXt year: D. Price, T. Hanson or J. Cueto. Who ya got?
Jason Grey (12:26 PM)
Does Jhouly's Chacin find his command in 2012 or will it be more of the same wildness we saw in the 2nd half?
Jason Grey (12:27 PM)
I think some of the wildness was due to battling through forearm and hand injuries. I think we can expect some more consistent control with better health. He's certainly capable.
Teheran: Still a future ace or solid #2 in MLB?
Jason Grey (12:28 PM)
Does that distinction really matter? It's a pretty darn good pitcher either way. I'm not worried at all about his struggles in his cup of coffee in the bigs this season.
how do some of the A's prospects look?
Jason Grey (12:29 PM)
Choice's power has clearly stood out thus far. Not without his faults, but has a chance to be an impact bat.
Would you have Banuelos start the season in the Yankees rotation if you had your druthers? Also, in 5 years do you think Dellin Betances will be 1)a midrotation starter with frontline stuff; 2)Daniel Cabrera II; or 3)high leverage reliever?
Jason Grey (12:30 PM)
I'm not quite sure Banuelos is ready yet. His command and control took a step backwards this season, and he doesn't go deep into games, so I think he needs to start back at Triple-A next season.I see Betances morphing into a power bullpen arm.
Bob (Ft Lauderdale)
Is Minor destined to become only a #3 or #4 starter?
Jason Grey (12:32 PM)
That's what his projected ceiling was around to begin with. He wasn't drafted as high as he was because of his upside, but because he was polished, had a high floor and good probability to make it and make it quickly.
With Cashner coming back and the Cubs likely rebuilding, any reason Carlos Marmol should notbe on the trade block this offseason?
Jason Grey (12:33 PM)
I think the Cubs should listen on anyone, even Marmol. If Chris Carpenter (who like Cashner has also hit triple-digits at the AFL) is ready to go as well, that makes Marmol even more of a guy you could conceivably move.
Highest ceiling long term Cole/Taillon/Heredia?
Jason Grey (12:34 PM)
Cole. I'm posting a video blog on him today by the way so you can see how he's throwing in Arizona.
Jay Bruce or Jesus Montero in a dynasty?
Jason Grey (12:35 PM)
I like Montero, but still Bruce for now. He turns just 25 in April, and we still may not have seen his best season yet.
Joshua (Annapolis, MD)
What's up with Bryce Harper? hurt still?
Jason Grey (12:37 PM)
No, he's fine. Hammy is fine. He's been very aggressive on the field and on the bases so no problems there. Just having some issues with his swing timing and consistency in the first couple of weeks of the AFL. Not worried. Just turned 19 this past weekend, so we need to keep that in mind.
Craig G. (Fairfield, CA)
Hey Jason, I enjoy your work and insight. What would be a comparable trade piece for Brett Lawrie? Is Pablo Sandoval too much to trade straight up?
Jason Grey (12:38 PM)
Seems like one of those "challenge trades" that I'm not a fan of, but I prefer Lawrie.
Ray (Burlington, NJ)
Jason-thanks for the chat. Have you seen Robbie Grossman and can he repeat his 2011 season as he moves up to AA this season?
Jason Grey (12:39 PM)
Grossman has been a pleasant surprise for me at the AFL. We knew he was patient, but he can hit and has more pop than I expected. Think he has a chance to be a decent big league starter or barring that a very good fourth OF.
Long-Term Keeper: Paxton or Hultzen? (Like them both, love Petco more)
Jason Grey (12:41 PM)
Good question. (and you mean Safeco) Paxton has the bigger ceiling, Hultzen is the safer bet. Paxtob bring premium heat, but still has control questions to answer, and some scouts are wondering how good his potential is for control and command with his delivery. So it really depends which type of player you prefer, the safer bet or the big upside guy.That said, a 2013 rotation of Felix, Pineda, Hultzen, Tajuan Walker, and Paxton can be scary good. Be patient, M's fans.
Any projections for Strasburg for 2012?
Jason Grey (12:42 PM)
170 innings of something in reasonable proximity to his 2009 numbers.
Bobby (San Jose)
What you seeing from Jean Segura? Future star? Thanks!!!
Jason Grey (12:43 PM)
Potential to be a solid guy in the middle of the diamond, especially with his speed, but the biggest thing is he has missed significant parts of three of the last four seasons due to injuries. That can't be ignored. Has to show he can stay healthy.
Mike (San Diego)
I thought a few weeks ago that I had heard some chatter about Chapman potentially moving to the rotation. Is that true? He is one of my last potential keepers in a 14 team dynasty league but I don't want to use a spot on a setup man again.
Jason Grey (12:45 PM)
Yes, it appears to be true. Chapman will be at the Arizona Fall League later this month working as a starting pitcher in preparation for a potential transition next season, so they are serious about at least trying it. I've said all along you don't give a guy the kind of money Chapman got if you're not going to at least try starting him at some point.
Jason Grey (12:47 PM)
Thanks for stopping by guys. I appreciate it. Have to check out batting practice now. I also answer questions on my twitter feed at @Jason_Grey and will be providing updates throughout the AFL. Thanks for taking some time out of your day.