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April 25, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Keith Law

Klaw
  (1:05 PM)

Sorry, I was searching my closet for a shirt that just screamed "fashion!"

Dan (Miami)

As an O's fan, should I be furious about how the team handled Bundy?

Klaw
  (1:07 PM)

Furious might not be the word, but I think it's reasonable to be disappointed. It's not clear what they gained by clamping down on his workload, scrapping the cutter, and forcing him to get the ball to the plate more quickly, and it's possible one or more parts of that helped precipitate the injury. It seems like they operated based on some mistaken or unproven beliefs about pitcher health, which isn't the ideal way to handle your top arm.

Shawn (Dallas)

Thoughts on Robbie Erlin once he makes it into the rotation (yes, yes, probably relief to start)

Klaw
  (1:07 PM)

In a neutral park, he's a 5th starter, tops. Going to be very flyball- and likely homer-prone. In Petco, he might appear to be a little more than that.

Ryan (Milwaukee)

Calling up Scooter Gennett to replace a struggling Rickie Weeks would be A) Warranted B) Premature C) Wrong headed.

Klaw
  (1:08 PM)

C.

Bill (Mesa, AZ)

Have you seen Riley Unroe from Desert Ridge HS? He's a Mike Trout type player

Klaw
  (1:09 PM)

I have. He's not. But I'll have a post on a few local guys up later today.

Andrew (SF)

Can Patrick Corbin be a mid-rotation guy? Throwing harder this year, is his slider real?

Klaw
  (1:09 PM)

Starting to look like it. If he can get it up to 93 regularly, and that arm speed keeps producing a better slider, then yes, I could see a solid 3.

Josh (Seattle)

There is a lot of chatter in Seattle about M's management being on the hot seat. What are your thoughts on an organization firing their GM this close to a draft? Thanks.

Klaw
  (1:14 PM)

Lot of M's questions like this in the queue. I understand the mentality that you don't want upheaval or a disruption in the chain of command right before the draft or the trade deadline, but isn't it more important to remove the person who you know you don't want making the decisions? If you've decided already you need to make a change, just make it. The only downside is that you may not be able to hire the ideal candidate from outside the org, but in that case, you hire an interim guy and wait until you can.

Pete Carroll (Seattle, WA)

The Mariners are a disgrace at 8-15, going nowhere, and Jack Z is probably getting fired. Who should Seattle target to replace him?

Klaw
  (1:17 PM)

Along the same lines ... I understand last time around that Japanese ownership favored an older, more experienced candidate, but I have to think this time around they look for someone different from the last two GMs. (I'm answering your question as if there will be a change at GM, which we don't know yet.) I would put Jason McLeod, John Coppolella, or Chad McDonald on the short list of younger candidates, again assuming they want a new profile.

Kevin (San Diego)

I know all fan bases have their share of nutjobs, but are Brewer fans the biggest whiners when it comes to #umpshow? They've come crying to you every night this week, and every single time it's been unwarranted.

Klaw
  (1:19 PM)

All fan bases are roughly the same in tone. They just vary in size. And last night's game-ending call was a weird one. Speaking of which, it looks like I was off on the rule - 6.05g and 6.03 would have to come into play before 6.06c. That is, if the ball's fair and the batter is no longer fully in the box, then he's out (because he ran into the ball) before he can interfere with the fielder. If that makes sense.

James (Memphis)

I mean, Yu Darvish. Goodness. Thoughts?

Klaw
  (1:19 PM)

Maybe I was a year early with that Cy Young prediction...

Ben (Louisiana)

Is Robbie Grossman a 4th outfielder or would that be a gross exaggeration? Yes, I am the 1000th person to do that, yes, I will own it.

Klaw
  (1:19 PM)

I think he's a regular in left, but can't handle center.

Dennis (San Dieg)

I know for a fact when you were at the USD game and saw Kris Bryant play he was DHing so, how can you comment on his defense?

Klaw
  (1:20 PM)

Because that's not the only time I've seen him play. Plus I talk to lots of scouts as part of the job anyway.

Jason (Dallas)

If Archie Bradley continues to pitch like this, is he a top 15 or possibly top 10 prospect by the end of the year?

Klaw
  (1:20 PM)

Yes.

David (MN)

Do you think Rob Kaminsky can go 1st round right now?

Klaw
  (1:21 PM)

I think he's a little below that. It's possible he goes first round, but if you're asking me to pinpoint a range for him, I'd say he's more likely to go in picks 31-45 than in picks 16-30.

Jon (Seattle)

What's with the apple pie on Twitter? Because baseball is American as apple pie? I do love both.

Klaw
  (1:21 PM)

It's a peach pie I made a few years ago. And pie don't need no reason.

Andrew (SF)

Has your view on Arenado changed at all?

Klaw
  (1:22 PM)

My views haven't changed on any player based solely on 2-3 weeks of data. I've pointed out already that Arenado has only played in extreme hitters' parks so far this year.

Jay (CT)

Thoughts on Thomas Milone? At the Area Code Games, you said 10th round. I know his footwork improved, but why the helium to possible first round?

Klaw
  (1:23 PM)

I don't remember saying tenth round - that would be an oddly specific projection - but apparently his body looks a ton better now too. Hoping to see him next month when I travel to Bristol.

Jeff (Sacramento)

You've been quite dismissive of Crawford's improvement this year. Is that based on something mechanical with his swing or his offensive numbers in the past?

Klaw
  (1:23 PM)

That's exactly the problem - I haven't been dismissive of his improvement. I have been dismissive of claims that his improvement is real and permanent. There's a big difference.

Brian (NY)

Think Dee Gordon replaces Sellers soon?

Klaw
  (1:23 PM)

Can't be worse. I'm not sure what Sellers does well on a baseball field.

BK (LA)

Garrett Richards looks like #2, confirm or deny?

Klaw
  (1:26 PM)

If he's figured out a way to get left-handed batters out while still just using his fastball/slider (Fangraphs has him using those two pitches 96% of the time), then yes, he could be a #2. But LHB lit him up last year, and the repertoire looks the same to me.

Gage (Minneapolis)

Is the concern about Bubba Starling warranted?

Klaw
  (1:27 PM)

Yes.

illinibob (Houston)

I have heard Kohl Stewart's name going as high as #5 to Cleveland. Is he top 10 for sure?

Klaw
  (1:29 PM)

He's top 10 on talent, but not certainly going in that range. Also don't see Cleveland taking him, not if either Bryant or Moran is on the board.

Lauren (Upper West Side)

I don't know Mrs. Law, but I imagine she will not be happy if you don't give me a Braves anniversary gift idea for my boyfriend.

Klaw
  (1:29 PM)

She thinks you people are all crazy.

AA (Allentown)

Gun to your head: Start Dee Gordon or Justin Sellers?...until Hanley back.

Klaw
  (1:29 PM)

Who's holding the gun? Frank McCourt?

Miles (Dunklin)

I saw a kid throw 144 pitches in a HS game last week with his team was down 7-2. The parents around me said that he is just different and could handle it. Is there ever a case where a kid can handle that kind of work load?

Klaw
  (1:32 PM)

The only way we'd know is by making him do it and seeing whether he breaks down. That's like giving sick drug-trial patients a placebo.

J (NJ)

How concerned shoudl Met fans be worried about Wheeler's shaky start? Is the blister to be blamed for all of it? Also, how good can Rafael Montero be?

Klaw
  (1:33 PM)

It's April 25th. Stop getting worked up over tiny samples.

Steve (Toronto)

Should the Jays give Jim Negrych a shot at second base?

Klaw
  (1:33 PM)

No.

Jason (Birmingham)

Valverde looked exactly the same as last year -- straight fastball, low 90s, no other pitch. Do you think Tigers owner Ilitch, who loves star players, is mandating this? Is it Dombrowski caving to Leyland's petulance for a Proven Closer (R)?

Klaw
  (1:34 PM)

Dombrowski may believe it too.

James (LA)

Is it time for Strasburg to quit "pitching to contact" and just start shoving it? I mean, c'mon.

Klaw
  (1:34 PM)

Agreed.

Brian (New York)

Do you ever feel like you're wasting your intelligence analyzing a game that has no benefit to society whatsoever?

Klaw
  (1:35 PM)

I appreciate the backhanded compliment (although you may be begging the question there), but I have never had that feeling for a second. I do something I enjoy for a living, and it allows me to spend a ton of time with my daughter. That's more than enough.

Eric (PA)

Philly writers have been all over Revere for his weak arm. What say you about a guy like Revere, who granted has a weak arm, but has one of the best gloves and ground-covering games in the majors?

Klaw
  (1:36 PM)

I say that tells us more about the writers than it does about Revere. Revere's arm ranks around 847th on the list of the Phillies' problems right now.

Matt (Babylon, NY)

Mets called up Lagares this week. Could he be the answer in CF?

Klaw
  (1:36 PM)

No, extra outfielder.

Casey (St. Louis)

What went wrong with Brett Wallace and Zack Cox? What did you think of them entering the draft?

Klaw
  (1:37 PM)

I wouldn't write Cox off yet, although he's clearly not the prospect he appeared to be when drafted. I've discussed Wallace's issues and why I missed on him before - he can't turn on pitches inside, so pitchers just pound the inner half and he has no shot.

Chris (CA)

I agree with you for the most part that bunting is stupid but don't you think it's the right thing to do in some situations?

Klaw
  (1:38 PM)

Very rarely, but yes. Men on 1st and 2nd, 0 outs, tight game, and a weak hitter up is the most obvious one.

Eric (PA)

I have read a few studies that states that using "donuts" or weight on or in place of bats before you hit slows down your bat speed and has a negative impact on your swing. Why do so many pros still use this if this information is out there?

Klaw
  (1:38 PM)

Because that's how we've always done it, Eric.

Tim (Cincinnati)

Any thoughts on Cingrani after 2 starts??

Klaw
  (1:39 PM)

Deception guys like him and Ryu need to go around the league at least once before we can start to draw conclusions on their performances. Both share one key trait - it's very hard to pick up the ball out of their hands.

sam (houston)

How about Nolan Fontana? In 315 MiLB plate appearances he has 86 walks and a .474 OBP. Should Stros fans be excited?

Klaw
  (1:40 PM)

He's 22 in Lancaster, one of the best hitters' parks in the minors. Solid prospect, but don't scout the stat line here.

Mike (Mission Viejo, CA)

Where do you project Zach Lee? I've seen everything from future ace to a #4 or 5.

Klaw
  (1:40 PM)

Future 3, maybe a tick better. Durable, athletic, delivery works great, average to above-average stuff, no real out pitch.

Lance (Los Angeles)

Enjoyed the podcast the other day with Michael Schur. I've heard David Simon is a baseball fan, he would make a great guest on the podcast someday.

Klaw
  (1:41 PM)

Great thought, thanks.

Dave (Atlanta)

Alex Wood. Reliever or Starter when it's all said and done?

Klaw
  (1:41 PM)

Had him as a reliever out of the draft. Fastball/changeup guy with some iffy medicals. He looked very good this spring with the major-league team (stuff, not stats).

Tim (Cincinnati)

So is deception from a pitcher sustainable??

Klaw
  (1:42 PM)

Ask Josh Collmenter.

Klaw
  (1:43 PM)

Seriously, more often than not, hitters adjust to those guys. I don't have a good method to distinguish the ones who can maintain it as starters (that is, facing each hitter three times in a game) from the ones who can't. Maybe I'm light on Ryu or Cingrani because either one of them is an exception to the rule.

Matt (New York)

Seeing Harvey pitch in the minors, did you ever expect he would be this good ? Is he better than Strasburg ?

Klaw
  (1:43 PM)

I did not think he'd be this good - he might be top 10 in the majors good. Still want to see better fastball command before anointing him an ace, but the potential for that status is there.

Jorge (Colombus)

Courtney Hawkins has 9 H, 6 HR and 37k in 60 AB. I know its SSS, but are we seeing Adam Dunn Jr?

Klaw
  (1:44 PM)

He doesn't belong there - he should be in low-A. Not his fault here.

Jay (Atlanta, GA)

I understand not scouting the stat line, particularly in a hitters' park. But isn't a young hitter's K/BB ratio a good indication of their knowledge of the strike zone, regardless?

Klaw
  (1:44 PM)

Age and experience relative to league can skew that as well.

Blake (Winston Salem)

What is holding Kent Emanuel back from being a first round talent?

Klaw
  (1:45 PM)

Velocity.

Tom (New Haven)

Lots of hopes in St. Louis to trade for a SS. How many major-league ready SSs are there in the minors though (above replacement-level)?

Klaw
  (1:45 PM)

I still don't understand why they won't just play Ryan Jackson.

Joe (Chicago)

Is Evan Gattis this year's Bryan LaHair? Or does he have more staying power?

Klaw
  (1:46 PM)

Little better than that, since he can at least fake a position. LaHair was essentially out of a job after last year - I don't think that happens to Gattis.

Bill (Madison WI)

Is your top 10 ranking of Lindor mostly about the glove or do you see his bat developing in a big way.He's having a good year so far only 9 Ks in 68 ABs and batting over 300. Can he also develop power? His speed is good too. I'm thinking he might be as good of a hitter as Starlin Castro. What do you think?

Klaw
  (1:47 PM)

I think a guy who projects as a plus-plus glove at short who might post .380+ OBPs is a star. Replacement-level at shortstop right now is just slightly above my arthritic cat.

Jason (Muskegon, MI)

Is Kozma playing well enough for StL to hold out for better options next offseason (free agents/trade) or is he going to need replaced sooner than later?

Klaw
  (1:48 PM)

He's just not good. Again, I'd love to see Jackson get a trial there.

James (NJ)

I know you are DUI sensitive, which I commend. But, this Mason Williams incident looks a bit wrong. Below the legal level? 50 in a 40? Thought?

Klaw
  (1:49 PM)

Sounds like he was bobbing and weaving on the road, so on that level I'm glad he was stopped, but I would prefer to save my DUI-related outrage for guys who blow .10+.

Yitz (Stavskyville)

What do you think of the wave at baseball games?

Klaw
  (1:50 PM)

I think it is another symptom of the moral decay of Western civilization.

brian (brooklyn)

As I recall Harvey was a pretty big prospect out of HS. Given that he expected to be in the big leagues from a very young age is it possible that he was bored or giving less than 100% effort at UNC and in the minors?

Klaw
  (1:51 PM)

Delivery and repertoire were pretty different in HS - I saw him at 90-93, big curveball, no SL, very stiff landing, etc.

Jack (Bristol CT)

Rafael Montero of the Mets have a chance to crack your top 100 ?

Klaw
  (1:51 PM)

I've mentioned him at least twice in 'sleeper' columns as a candidate for that. But again, it's April 25th.

Rick (AZ)

Weekly "Is Eric Hosmer gonna get better" Question

Klaw
  (1:51 PM)

Weekly "if they change his setup/load" answer

Tom (Indy)

Re: Mason Williams. My rule is > 1 drink and I aint driving. Unfortunately I'm in the minority, especially since I'm 6'5" and 220 and could probably handle more and be good to drive.

Klaw
  (1:52 PM)

That's my rule too, especially since two legit drinks means I can no longer feel the end of my nose.

Andres (GA)

You always give great "under the radar" musical artists to give a chance to (Fitz and Alt-J come to mind) ... Any artist out there worth giving a listen to?

Klaw
  (1:53 PM)

Everything Everything, Leagues, Wavves.

Andy (Madison, WI)

Since the Great Gatsby is #19 on your list, you excited for the movie?

Klaw
  (1:53 PM)

Kind of expecting a campy train-wreck. But I hear Carey Mulligan smiles in the movie, which means I have to see it.

Jason (Seattle, WA)

Thanks to Tom in Indy for this weeks "I'm better than you" moment.

Klaw
  (1:54 PM)

I'm completely fine with condescending, judgmental attitudes toward people who drink and drive.

Charles (San Jose)

Not an M's fan, but I'll ask anyway. If that job were to be open, would it be an attractive gig for someone with a similar resume to yours?

Klaw
  (1:55 PM)

Aside from pulling a Van Gundy here, I don't think it's realistic to expect an owner to choose a writer/analyst over names like the ones I mentioned above, who have more experience within a front office.

Chris (Toronto)

Did you take the time to discover canadian literature during your time in Toronto?

Klaw
  (1:55 PM)

You mean drinking songs?

Ari (Sirner)

Belt struggling again. Maybe the minors would help?

Klaw
  (1:55 PM)

Saw the other day how Bochy was working extra with him in the cage. If it's about stopping Belt's drift, then I'd say keep him in the majors where Boch can keep working with him.

Joe (Chicago)

To Lauren... do a tour of the stadium, my girlfriend got tickets for one at Wrigley for me and it was awesome. It was before a game so you got to see some of the players in BP and stuff.

Klaw
  (1:56 PM)

Thanks.

Neufeldt (New Berlin, WI)

true or false: Scott Van Slyke can be a regular outfielder in LA?

Klaw
  (1:56 PM)

False.

Chris (Toronto)

I saw Killing Joke perform in Toronto last night. Do you have any evidence that a greater band alive is still performing in 2013?

Klaw
  (1:56 PM)

Wow, I have to ask: was the show worth ... the wait?

Tom (Los Angeles)

Keith, you've said that even a game-winning sac fly isn't a "productive out." But in the bottom of the ninth of a tie game with a runner on third and less than two out, managers will play the outfield in. Isn't that an acknowledgment that a deep fly ball is the same (i.e. equally productive) as a hit there?

Klaw
  (1:57 PM)

In other words, even when you've crafted the perfect context, and are just considering marginal benefit based on that specific situation, you still can't make an out more valuable than a hit.

Steven (Chicago)

Is Vidal Nuno anything more than an organizational arm or could he be a useful starter in NY?

Klaw
  (1:58 PM)

Org starter.

Terry (Orlando)

Odorizzi a future top starter or back end?

Klaw
  (1:58 PM)

Back end.

Jason (SF)

Have you read Adam Johnson's pulitzer winner The Orphan Master's Son? Any plans to?

Klaw
  (1:59 PM)

I haven't, but I will. I've read about half of the Pulitzer winners, including all of the recent ones - even though I find their choices are often really weird.

Steve (Brooklyn)

Is there a better meme than 'Upton Here, Upton Here'?

Klaw
  (2:00 PM)

I want Atlanta to pay DMX to re-record the vocals so fans can sing that and ditch that horribly racist chant.

jamie (richmond)

have you ever figured out who is running the klawthoughts account?

Klaw
  (2:00 PM)

No, but they're doing a great job.

Wayne Newton (Las Vegas, NV)

Andrew Church from Las Vegas a potential top 3 round pick?

Klaw
  (2:01 PM)

Yes. Reportedly up to 96-97 in workouts. Starting tonight. Should be a ton of heat in there.

Tom (Los Angeles)

Is Phil Bickford a first rounder? If not how come?

Klaw
  (2:02 PM)

Possibly, more likely second roundish, sounds like he's more arm strength than pitcher, really lacks a breaking ball.

Andy (Tampa)

Do you have a favorite seafood restaurant in the Tampa are when you're here for spring training?

Klaw
  (2:02 PM)

Begging the question. I try to avoid Florida spring training at all costs.

Mark (Boston)

Great quote I think you'll like from Eric Cressey, Strength and Conditioning coach: "It's amazing that no starters in big leagues have topped 130 pitches this year, yet skeletally immature high school pitchers do it daily. It's shameful."

Klaw
  (2:03 PM)

He's dead on. College arms too. But hey, tell me again how these coaches care so much about their kids...

Trip (Vanverbilt)

Any news on Drew Ward? Where would he go in this year's draft?

Klaw
  (2:03 PM)

He won't be on my top 100, but he could be drafted in that range.

Tom (Los Angeles)

I'm jumping to next years draft, but is Jack Flaherty at Harvard Westlake a first rounder?

Klaw
  (2:03 PM)

He's in that range. Too early to say on a HS kid.

Jason (Muskegon, MI)

Do you believe Rosenthal should be the closer or do you think he is not ready? Seems like he should be fine as his BABIP should regress soon enough.

Klaw
  (2:04 PM)

I think he's wasted in that role.

Pir21ate (DC)

Pirates are 12-9, so far. are they for real, and what do you expect from the returning injured pitchers?

Klaw
  (2:04 PM)

No. I think they'll finish under .500.

Steve (Anaheim)

I don't quite understand the bundy answer. Lower workload and ditching the cutter "helped precipitate" the injury? Is there research out there that says lower workloads is bad? I know there's no research that says higher workloads is bad, but I don't see how you can make the connection that a lower workload facilitates an injury or ditching a particular pitch. The forcing him to get to the plate more makes more sense though.

Klaw
  (2:07 PM)

Putting in more effort because you know you're only in for 50 pitches. Throwing a pitch you're less comfortable throwing, because you're being forced to (not a bad thing) and have to do it a lot because your main weapon is gone (not a good thing). Just a few reasons why rigid limits like those could work against you.

Chris (Columbia, SC)

What were the Angels thinking starting Roth last night? Great college pitcher, but can he even be a successful lefty specialist in the majors?

Klaw
  (2:07 PM)

They were desperate. Second time through the order he fell apart. Hard for deception guys to keep it going in the majors.

Drew (Bloomsburg)

Do you like Chik-Fil-A?

Klaw
  (2:08 PM)

No.

Tom (Medfield, MA)

Nick Williams was outside of your Rangers top 10 but is having an outstanding start to the spring. Sample size aside, what kind of prospect is he?

Klaw
  (2:10 PM)

Kind of a dead pull power guy, didn't show good feel for hitting, obviously the plate discipline in the small sample isn't a positive. That Hickory team might set some strikeout records.

Klaw
  (2:10 PM)

And no, I don't like Chik-Fil-A, not their food, and not their stance on marriage equality. But mostly the food.

Brandon (Phoenix, AZ)

I'm trying to figure out the last time in any of these chats you actually liked any player, food or book but mostly you just bash everything.

Klaw
  (2:12 PM)

Your illiteracy really isn't my problem.

Otto (CA)

Do you include the neck in your chicken stock?

Klaw
  (2:12 PM)

Always. Full of connective tissue.

CC (Atlanta)

So throwing 120+ pitches might be bad, throwing 50 might be bad. I assume throwing 75, 90, 100 might be bad too based on your line of thought. So bascially you're just throwing possibilities out there to have all bases covered?

Klaw
  (2:13 PM)

Nice straw man.

Kevin (Philadelphia)

Any thoughts on Anthopoulos' aggressive use of the waiver wire this year? Seems like the naysayers are perturbed by the unprecedented quantity of claims and that they haven't really seen anything like this before from a "contender." To me it seems like a perfectly reasonable way to buoy the talent on the AAA roster, where the prospect pool is likely to be thin anyways, who could potentially be called up.

Klaw
  (2:14 PM)

I'm with you. Unclear why fans would dislike a GM for being aggressive.

Aliza (Ganz)

Do you feel that, if trained properly, pitchers could successfully go back to a 4 man rotation, throwing 300+ innings per year, like the 70s?

Klaw
  (2:14 PM)

Four-man rotation, yes. I doubt we ever see a 300-inning guy again, even in a four-man. Not only would pitchers be removed too early on pitch counts, but managers would be more inclined to remove them for late-game matchups.

Klaw
  (2:15 PM)

But there's no evidence that going from the four-man rotation to the five-man actually reduced injury rates at all.

dc (atl)

Do you try to grow your own vegetables?

Klaw
  (2:15 PM)

Yes, with modest success. We did get quite a few English peas this year.

Drew (Bloomsburg)

Do you drink alcohol?

Klaw
  (2:16 PM)

I have a deal with alcohol. I drink it, and it warms my soul.

Drew (Chicago)

Any updates on Lucas Giolito's rehab is going?

Klaw
  (2:16 PM)

I hear he's on target to pitch later this summer.

Muzzy (Leicester)

I would sum up the Bundy injury discussion thusly: Bundy was healthy, then he was asked to change what he was doing when he was healthy, then he got hurt. Based on that, it is reasonable to suggest that changing what he was doing may have increased the likelihood of injury. Is that about right? I get the impression some folks aren't getting it.

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

Nicely done. I agree with all of that.

Keith (Allentown)

Have you seen Jarred Cosart. He's off to great start. K's are up and BB's are down. Is he finally starting to figure out his control?

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

Delivery may never permit that over a long period of time. Great arm, though.

Straw Man (ESPN Chat Queue)

Keith, do you try to do beer pairings with food?

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

I only drink beer when I am also eating food. So yes.

Dom (CA)

Some fool thinks you are mis-using "begging the question" in the comments below this chat. Set that punk straight.

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

He should probably work on his English.

Jon (Chicago)

You are missing Klaw's point. He only likes things that other people don't like. Typical contrarian. If something gets popular, he won't like it any more.

Klaw
  (2:20 PM)

Which is why I like Prince, Mumford and Sons, Of Monsters and Men, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, the Wire, Harry Potter, Pixar movies ... these things are all unpopular, right?

G (NYC)

I don't fault Anthopoulos and his use of the waiver wire. It kinda stinks for a guy like Casper Wells though, no?

Klaw
  (2:20 PM)

Well, he got out of Seattle, so he's got that going for him.

Michael (Houston)

Rick Ankiel looks finished as a hitter with 26k's in 42 AB's. Any chance he gives pitching another try to stay in the Show? Also, who will "win" the #1 pick, Miami or Houston?

Klaw
  (2:21 PM)

That's a mental/psychological question, and I can't answer that. I think Houston still ends up with the top pick.

Thomas (Toronto)

You're good at what you do Keith. I wouldn't even bother with some of these stiffs that send you questions calling you out. Natalia Portman or Kate Beckinsale?

Klaw
  (2:21 PM)

Meh, it's fun to mock the trolls sometimes. Beckinsale, eight days a week and twice on Sunday.

dc (atl)

Do you eat organic? None, all, or just the "dirty dozen"? Also, do you avoid US produced rice since it is filled with arsenic?

Klaw
  (2:23 PM)

I eat a lot of organic, yes. The arsenic/rice thing is kind of a red herring - arsenic appears naturally in groundwater (as well as in pesticides), but if you're really concerned about arsenic you should give up seafood before you give up rice. I prefer to just eat high-quality ingredients and let my body sort the rest out.

Jeff (Sacramento)

So, when's the Klaw cameo on Parks & Rec coming? I think you could be Ben's long-lost brother.

Klaw
  (2:23 PM)

I could make fun of his Settlers of Catan strategies.

Isaac (New Rochelle)

How often do you get recognized on the street? I imagine it's a whole lot. I've been dying to know.

Klaw
  (2:23 PM)

Not very often. People would have to look down.

JP (Columbus, OH)

When you get recognized on the street, do people call you "saber guy" like John Fay does?

Klaw
  (2:25 PM)

More likely "stat geek."

Charles (San Jose)

When would be an appropriate time to move Archie Bradley up a level?

Klaw
  (2:26 PM)

Ordinarily, I'd say at least half a year for a guy in his situation, but I wouldn't hesitate to get him out of the Cal League as soon as possible.

Scott (Northglenn, CO)

Relatively new to the craft beer scene, but I'm jealous that you have Four Peaks Brewery available to you on a daily basis...are you an IPA guy, or what in particular?

Klaw
  (2:27 PM)

Love them, especially their Kiltlifter (their most popular beer - GASP), but I'm not an IPA guy.

JR (Vegas)

Shake Shack is coming to Vegas in 2014; plan your future scouting trips accordingly.

Klaw
  (2:27 PM)

Huh, I was planning on moving back to the east coast just to be near one.

Klaw
  (2:28 PM)

I'm actually 10 minutes from an In-n-Out here, and haven't been in maybe six months. It's good, but it's no longer a treat like it was when I lived in New England.

CC (Atlanta)

Isn't the best reasoning for being anti-bunt the fact that no one is any good at it? Asking a position player to bunt means you have no faith in that player getting a hit. In which case why is he in the lineup? Fredi Gonzalez drives me crazy with this. He had Gattis squaring around the other day!!!

Klaw
  (2:29 PM)

That's a secondary reason, but yes. And bunting Gattis is stupid. His best tool is his raw power. He might accidentally hit a homer for you.

Mike (NYC)

Will we be seeing you on the shake shack line before the futures game this year?

Klaw
  (2:29 PM)

Damn straight.

Ben (UK)

Where's your favourite holiday destination keith?

Klaw
  (2:30 PM)

Italy, in part because I have some family there, but mostly the food.

Marc (LA)

So Shake Shack is better than In -N-Out? I'm highly skeptical.

Klaw
  (2:30 PM)

Burgers and shakes are better. In-n-Out fries (well done) > Shake Shack's.

Hedy (Ganz)

Also, don't you feel that bunting in bunt situations lowers your chance of being successful even more, because the defense is adjusted accordingly?

Klaw
  (2:31 PM)

That's a great question that could probably be studied, given the way some folks (like BIS) evaluate defense off video. But the flip side of this is that sometimes you bunt because the third baseman can't catch a cold, so you're increasing your chances of a hit or an error.

Carl (SJ)

Have you ever been to a hockey game in person?

Klaw
  (2:31 PM)

Went to a slew of Islanders' games as a kid. Also been to Bruins and Leafs games. I think that's it.

Robert (Chicago)

Even situations where the bunt makes sense are often frustrating. Like yesterday, the Cubs were in that first and second, no out, bad hitter (Cody Ransom) situation you mentioned earlier. But then Broxton got behind 2-0. At that point, don't you take off the bunt, at least until he throws a strike?

Klaw
  (2:32 PM)

I would, yes. Or swing - 2-0 is one of the best hitters' counts.

Alan (Ganz)

What are your thoughts on bunting down the 3B line on an extreme shift on a lefty power hitter? You are taking the power potential out of his hands but it's an easy hit.

Klaw
  (2:33 PM)

I approve of it.

Dave (King's Landing)

Keith, you should give A Song of Ice and Fire a chance. If you don't like book 1 (A Game of Thrones) give up. The plot is intricate, the characters are well drawn, and the writing is amazing.

Klaw
  (2:33 PM)

I have the book, got it as a Christmas gift, just been delaying starting it. Eventually I'll give it a try.

Adam (Illinios)

Fans seem to think that it's an insult if you tell them a player projects as an average or solid regular player. Yet by definition an average player is better than half the players in the league at their position.

Klaw
  (2:34 PM)

Fans seem to think it's an insult if I don't tell them EXACTLY what they want to hear.

Ernest Becker (NH)

I have a theory that people who don't care for IPA also don't drink coffee black. Does that hold up with you?

Klaw
  (2:35 PM)

I do not care for black coffee - a little dairy, but no sugar, assuming it's good coffee. Starbucks or Migraine Cure (generally known as Dunkin' Donuts) need the sugar to mask the taste.

Yuri (SF)

Just thought you'd appreciate knowing that my fiance and I decided to forego cake at our wedding and instead have three types of pies. Seemed like a no brainer choice to me.

Klaw
  (2:35 PM)

Veteran move.

kevin (denver)

klaw...ever been to DeluxBurger on 32nd/Camelback? p.s. Rox go 39-102 rest of season, and you are a GOLDEN GOD..:)))

Klaw
  (2:36 PM)

I'm telling you, they're going to the Series, Tyler Chatwood starts game 1. Been to Delux, not as good as The Grind (best in Phx) or Zinburger.

Jeb (Seattle)

What is stopping the M's from promoting Hultzen, Franklin, etc. Let's just get on with it. Andino and Harang are below replacement level placeholders.

Klaw
  (2:37 PM)

Impatience isn't a good reason to promote players who may not be ready developmentally.

Mario (Orlando, FL)

Heading to 4 Rivers Smokehouse tomorrow, any suggestions?

Klaw
  (2:37 PM)

Brisket and pork were both outstanding. Didn't love their version of burnt ends.

Byron Buxton (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Have you seen my stats? Too soon to move me up?

Klaw
  (2:37 PM)

Too soon, because it's APRIL 25TH.

Dave (King's Landing)

Great. I'm betting that your eventually Dish post on it will be one of the most viewed and most commented on for the book reviews.

Klaw
  (2:38 PM)

Could be Watchmen 2.0.

Tracy (Chicago)

Will Infinite Jest be your last giant book you'll read?

Klaw
  (2:38 PM)

Nah, I need to read Karamazov and might eventually try War and Peace.

Scott (SD)

I know you're a meat guy, but I've had stomach issues, and can't really eat meat. Any suggestions on good things to make with tofu? Thought I could rely on your culinary expertise for this! Thanks!

Klaw
  (2:39 PM)

I never cook with tofu. I don't love it, my wife despises it, and as good as my daughter is at trying new things, I really don't expect her to care for it. Best tofu dish I've ever had was agedashi, which I understand is all about the broth.

Chris (Dallas, TX)

Have you read any Philip K. Dick? Reading A Scanner Darkly now, and it's pretty legit.

Klaw
  (2:39 PM)

A dozen or so of his books. Always enjoyed them.

Klaw
  (2:41 PM)

OK, that's all for this week. I'll be back next Thursday to do it all over again. And I'll be at Vanderbilt Friday night and at the Box in Baton Rouge on Saturday night, for those of you heading to those games.