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Chat with Keith Law

Klaw
  (1:13 PM)

Klawchat? I nearly bought one!

Johnnyt74 (Oakland)

Hi klaw, can I please get your opinion of sonny gray? Thanks!

Klaw
  (1:17 PM)

Tough one. I've always liked the potential of the plus fastball/plus curveball plus his competitiveness. The concern is that 5'9" RHP tend to be very flyball-prone, and while Gray had a solid groundball rate in AAA after the A's told him to ease up on the velocity and try to work down in the zone, that hasn't carried over yet to the majors. I think he could be a third starter if he can keep the ball in the park, because he'll miss bats and throw strikes, but if he becomes too homer-prone he'll be a setup man or closer.

Suburban Rhythm (Pittsburgh)

KL, alot of people in Pittsburgh now bent out of shape over Vic Black being the PTBNL. Is this just a case of yinzers being yinzers? Maybe Black turns out to be a bullpen piece a few seasons down the road - though he'd still probably slot behind Melancon and Justin Wilson once Grilli is gone. Is he really that big of a piece to part with for Pittsburgh?

Klaw
  (1:19 PM)

Black's got a 70 fastball and maybe 35 command. Brutal delivery - one scouting director called him a "complete delivery overhaul" when he was in college - and very inconsistent slider. If he's the PTBNL, Pirate fans shouldn't be upset. Herrera's the bigger loss, and even he's three years away.

Tim (Chicago)

Is Pedro Alvarez a good comp for Javier Baez's bat? Would have a ton of value at SS or 3B.

Klaw
  (1:19 PM)

I think Baez will make more contact than Alvarez, and won't have the platoon-split issue.

Rich (Toronto)

Victorino's performance in 2013 so far is making the Red Sox look smart, thoughts?

Klaw
  (1:20 PM)

Yeah, I mean, we've all spent years talking about how stupid the Red Sox are. It's nice to see soemthing work out for them.

JT (San Diego)

Do you think race plays a factor in all the Puig criticism? It seems when he makes a great play he is "showy" and when he makes a mistake he is crushed by the media.

Klaw
  (1:20 PM)

I think his makeup issues are real, but if he were American-born, the tenor of the coverage would be different.

Kirk (The TC)

More and more rumblings/writers saying the Twins should bring up Sano for September. Is this rushing things a bit too much? Does that start his clock and make him unaffordable sooner for the stingy Twins?

Klaw
  (1:21 PM)

Wouldn't make him unaffordable sooner, and you can't call the Twins stingy after the deal they gave Mauer. But I don't know what the big benefit is unless they feel like they want him on the Opening Day roster next year.

Steve (California)

Please tell the NY media that the Byrd/Herrera trade was not only a good deal value wise, but exactly what they should be doing? NY media is killing Sandy over this one....whcih reminds me why I try to avoid them.

Steve (California)

Heard a great scouting report on Casey Meisner - 6'7 w/ FB sitting 93-94 in GCL the other day. I'm guessing that's way too good to be true. Any more realistic scouting reports for me?

Klaw
  (1:26 PM)

My predraft capsule on him had him 92-94 earlier in the spring (http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/draft/player/_/id/19401/casey-meisner?) so that's not a shock.

Andrew (KC)

Bubba Starling has a 2nd half line of .281/.362/.452 with better numbers pretty much all around compared to the 1st half. Is he finally showing some improvement and could it be a result of seeing the ball after Lasik?

Klaw
  (1:26 PM)

I mean, there's an element of confirmation bias/wishful thinking there, but I'm at least glad to see it. He'll really have to carry it over to next year to get the industry to buy back in.

Matt (DC)

What have you read or heard about Giolito in the GCL so far?

Klaw
  (1:26 PM)

Good as new.

vk (dc)

Is Jean Segura peaking in his 2nd season, or do you see much upside beyond what he's already shown?

Klaw
  (1:29 PM)

Don't think he's peaking - he's drawn 20 UIBB all year, and any improvement in patience would make him a more valuable player - but I wrote in May that I didn't expect his early power surge to last, and so far it hasn't. Even if he's all the Brewers ever get out of the Greinke deal, it was a great move.

Jake (Kalamazoo)

I saw David Cameron tweeted at you about Seattle calling up Walker. Good decision or bad?

Klaw
  (1:31 PM)

Mixed. My original tweet was more about my desire to see him pitch (and on a night when I'll be on BBTN too). For the Mariners, this has an element of PR move to it, but I disagree with M's fans' argument that he's about to hit his innings limit. Innings limits aren't handed down from God - they're made up by player development staffs or front offices and aren't based on hard science. If Walker comes up and is dealing, with his normal velocity and no report of soreness or signs of fatigue, let him pitch. The moment you see a red flag, shut him down.

Max (Tampa)

Thoughts Christian Bethancourt? I know he's repeating AA and his stats aren't too impressive, but given his defense, do you think he could win the starting job for the Braves assuming McCann leaves?

Klaw
  (1:32 PM)

I'd rather run him out there 120-130 games than try to patch with Gattis/Laird/etc. But ideally Bethancourt would get a full year in AAA so he doesn't end up in sink-or-swim mode in the majors and lose any of the modest gains in plate discipline he's made this year.

Nils (Erickson)

Mookie Betts: legit prospect? Does he have a ceiling of a solid regular?

Klaw
  (1:32 PM)

Legit prospect. Ceiling of an above average regular.

Jake (Kalamazoo)

Are your problems with Alex Wood's delivery based on health or do you think his command won't be consistent enough with that delivery.

Klaw
  (1:33 PM)

Both. Already blew out once. Don't see any major league starters with deliveries like that. The late Joe Kennedy was somewhat similar and blew out - probably the best comp I can come up with.

Joe (Chicago)

What are your thoughts on Mike Wright? Possible back end guy?

Klaw
  (1:33 PM)

About right. Heard he's looked particularly good his last few starts.

Tim (Atlanta, GA)

Can we expect a review of Brothers Karamozov?

Klaw
  (1:33 PM)

Yeah, I'm just behind on dish posts. Also read Tristram Shandy - funny, but not enough to justify how hard it was to read - and am now reading HG Wells' Kipps.

Mike (Dublin)

Any thoughts on Brett Lawrie's recent resurgence?

Klaw
  (1:34 PM)

Fully healthy. This is more like the player I thought he'd be. But again, SSS applies.

Jonathan (Los Angeles)

Is Addison Russell the best offensive SS prospect in the minors right now?

Klaw
  (1:34 PM)

Best among no-doubt SS. Might argue Baez, but he's not a lock to stay at short.

mike (phila)

besides firefly and craftsteak, any other vegas recommendations? have 4 nights!!

Klaw
  (1:37 PM)

Lotus of Siam, Bouchon for breakfast/brunch, Border Grill.

Roger K (Pittsburgh)

Your thoughts on Luis Heredia. Is he a top of the rotation guy in 2-4 years?

Klaw
  (1:37 PM)

Don't think so. Like Glasnow/Kingham a lot more.

Michael (Monrovia)

Better bat: Alex Jackson, Jacob Gatewood, or Braxton Davidson?

Klaw
  (1:38 PM)

Davidson for pure bat. None of the three blew me away this summer, though.

Jimmy (KC)

Zach Lee's been excellent at AA this year. Has posted good component ratios at every stop, clean mechanics. plus control/command of plus/average stuff...what am I missing, why isn't this guy talked about as one of the better pitching prospects in baseball?

Klaw
  (1:39 PM)

I've ranked him highly the last two winters, but I think any industry skepticism is that the stuff is good but not plus.

Steve (California)

FYI - the Sandy Alderson question showed up in the chat, but no answer.

Klaw
  (1:42 PM)

Love this chat software! I did answer it, though, I swear. Trading Byrd for a prospect was a no-brainer. Even ignoring Byrd's history with PEDs, he's old, injury-prone, and in the midst of a year he'll never repeat. He's not part of the future. You trade that guy for a legit prospect (Herrera is at least a future 50 for me, maybe 55) eight days a week.

Robin (TC, MN)

Mason Melotakis has had a good year as a starter in low A. Legitmate signs or too talented for low A?

Klaw
  (1:43 PM)

Reliever, IMO. Doesn't belong in low-A.

Mike (Chicago)

Could Courtney Hawkins even make a top 200 list at this point?

Klaw
  (1:46 PM)

Bit of an overreaction, no? Over .200 ISO in high-A, a league in which he has otherwise been overmatched because he was a raw 19-year-old when drafted and didn't belong in Winston-Salem. Still has the same package of tools everyone liked a year ago. Absolutely unfair to tag him as a non-prospect.

Klaw
  (1:46 PM)

Bit of an overreaction, no? Over .200 ISO in high-A, a league in which he has otherwise been overmatched because he was a raw 19-year-old when drafted and didn't belong in Winston-Salem. Still has the same package of tools everyone liked a year ago. Absolutely unfair to tag him as a non-prospect.

Jake (Los Angeles)

What are your thoughts on Vincent Velasquez in the Astros' org?

Klaw
  (1:47 PM)

I'm in. Liked him in HS before he blew out - potential above-avg or better FB/CH combo.

Jonathan (Los Angeles)

Rank for 2014: Hosmer; Smoak; Belt; Rizzo

Klaw
  (1:48 PM)

Hosmer, Belt, Rizzo, Smoak.

Steve (California)

NFL just settled it's concussion lawsuit for an estimated $1B once it is all said and done. Thoughts? I think they might have gotten off light...

Klaw
  (1:49 PM)

Feels really light, but I'm not a lawyer or a football fan. Just seems like the value per affected player, given that the consequences of such an injury can be brain damage or a disorder like ALS, is very low.

Ryan (Hanover, PA)

Any chance you unblock me on twitter?

Klaw
  (1:49 PM)

Yes - just post a comment on the dish with your handle and I'll take care of it.

Dylan (AFL)

That might be the first time I've seen anyone in the media actually acknowledge Byrd's link to PEDs (suspended last year). Why is nobody blinking at his surge this season? Should be an obvious narrative but nobody seems to care. Too many other things to find to be angry about?

Klaw
  (1:50 PM)

He's a "good guy," so nobody cares. How about the Orioles claiming Mike Morse, another PED user? Maybe he can ask Chris Davis what it's like to be falsely accused.

Jon (DC)

In re NFL lawsuits, just remember two things. First, to my knowledge the case was not about diseases like ALS because Plaintiffs always have the burden of proof. The case was about a specific type of brain damage called CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Second, there is a pretty good defense of assumption of the risk for the NFL still, and that would probably be a total bar to recovery. Settlements always reflect both sides giving something up, not just the side that "pays."

Klaw
  (1:52 PM)

Thanks, that's enlightening.

Taylor (St. Louis)

Do you watch Brian Kenny a lot on the MLB Network? I love his work.

Klaw
  (1:52 PM)

He is superb. It was great to work with him when he was still with ESPN.

Jeff (NY)

To clarify: Herrera being a future 50-55 on the scouting scale? Not on your prospect list, right?

Klaw
  (1:52 PM)

Yes.

Jeff (OH)

Klaw - what is it about you that makes you engage in this long back-and-forths with anti-vaccination dolts on Twitter? Do not take that as an insult, because I have a similar habit of engaging online with people that are either complete idiots or just trolling.

Klaw
  (1:53 PM)

Because vaccinutters put us all at risk. If I can even convince one parent to vaccinate his/her kids, I've done something of more value than all the baseball content I will ever write in my lifetime.

Jerry (Chicago)

Do you still have Lindor ranked ahead of Baez? If so, why?

Klaw
  (1:53 PM)

A no-doubt shortstop with plus fielding and on-base skills is a pretty valuable commodity.

Chris (Alabama)

Do you know of a go-to website for minor league injury news - like why Ronald Guzman hasn't played since July 30th?

Klaw
  (1:54 PM)

Broke his hand on a HBP.

Tom (L.A.)

I don't understand, at least by the metrics, why Trout is now not a very good defender. Is it because there's not as much value in LF?

Klaw
  (1:56 PM)

It's better not to think of one-year UZR or DRS ratings as telling us what kind of defender a player is. They tell us what kind of year a player is having - saving more or fewer runs. Chris Johnson is hitting about .330 this year. Does that mean he's suddenly a grade 75 or 80 hitter? Or just that he's a grade 50 or so hitter, having a great year? Think of the defensive metrics the same way.

Matt (Charlotte)

You've never been too high on Juan Lagares, but considering how good his CF defense seems to be, can he contribute to a winning team by hitting towards the bottom of the order? Or will he be a sub-.700 OPS player when pitchers adapt to him?

Klaw
  (1:57 PM)

Even if he's just a .260/.300/.400 player, his defense makes him a longtime big leaguer. I did rank him in my Mets top ten one year, but he was bumped out last time by better players, IIRC.

Chris Sale (Chicago, IL)

Am I close to having an true "ace" tag on my name?

Klaw
  (1:59 PM)

I think you already did.

Jonathan (Los Angeles)

Gerrit Cole has increased his SO rate considerably since his first month up. Expectations for him next year?

Klaw
  (1:59 PM)

Throwing his offspeed stuff a lot more. That's the key for him - despite the big velocity his four-seamer isn't really a swing and miss pitch.

Kevin (Chicago, IL)

The 2014 draft is __% better than the 2013 in terms of talent.

Klaw
  (2:01 PM)

25%.

Mike (San Diego)

I'm stealing from Dave Cameron, but since the All-Star break, the three best hitting 1B by wRC+ are Brandon Belt, Ike Davis, and Brandon Moss. If that doesn't qualify for #ycpb, I don't know what does.

Klaw
  (2:01 PM)

Love it. Always been a Belt fan, in case you didn't know. Davis is a fascinating one - not a great swing at all, but has plus raw power.

Kirk (The TC)

Your thoughts on the washing chicken in your sink debate? Ruhlman had a good response (as did Alton Brown)...or am I remembering you hate chicken?

Klaw
  (2:02 PM)

Agree with both guys. We're way too afraid of germs. Common sense and basic kitchen hygeine go a long way. Avoiding factory-farmed meat products probably helps too. (Or just avoiding meat entirely.)

JR (Sarasota)

What is Henry Owens ceiling? 89-92 and still misses a ton of bats---late movement?

Klaw
  (2:03 PM)

Been throwing harder than that, plus hitters do not see the ball out of his hand. Ceiling is probably a 2.

Kevin (New York)

Keith - How much can a single player's performance affect whether his home ballpark is measured as hitter-friendly or pitcher-friendly. Cabrera rakes for a couple of years and the Tigers add Fielder and suddenly Comerica grades out as a hitter's park? Are these potentially collected?

Klaw
  (2:03 PM)

Doesn't work that way.

John (Baltimore)

Michael Ohlman...legit?

Klaw
  (2:03 PM)

Can hit, doubt he catches.

Gus (Boston)

Keith, when it comes to cooking I'm most definitely a n00b. However, I've come to love cooking with a cast iron skillet lately. The problem I'm having is that it gives off way too much smoke, and I don't have a vent. What are some tips you have that will allow me to continue cooking in it without filling up my apartment with smoke?

Klaw
  (2:05 PM)

Couple of possible solutions. You might be using too little oil, or the wrong oil (use a high smoke point oil), or heating it too much, or you might need to clean it between batches of whatever you're cooking. Smoke from pan-frying is usually from overheating the fat or from food particles that stay in the pan and burn.

Bryan (Montclair, NJ)

Nimmo has had a strange, streaky season. Do you think he stays in your top 100?

Klaw
  (2:06 PM)

He just missed last year, but I think he'll be on the list this year.

Alan (TX)

Has Cosart proved anything other than being extremely lucky? I realize the walks (hard to repeat delivery etc) but why isn't he missing many bats?

Klaw
  (2:06 PM)

I think lack of fastball life is an issue. Still projecting him as a reliever, maybe 25% chance he stays in the rotation.

Mike (Pittsburgh)

Jeff Locke wasn't as good as his first half numbers, but he can't be THIS bad can he?

Klaw
  (2:07 PM)

He's a fifth starter. I had a debate with a Pirates fan in July who argued that Locke wasn't subject to normal BABIP ranges because he could pitch inside so effectively. We get one or two pitchers like that every year. It's just normal randomness.

Jeff (Mclean, VA)

Any chance AJ cole can break the rotation next year for the Nats? what kind of upside do you see? Numbers looks great in AA so far..

Klaw
  (2:08 PM)

He's not that advanced. Looking like 2015 for me.

Mark (MI)

Is it just me, or have you been making a big push to get through the Bloomsbury 100 list the last couple months?

Klaw
  (2:09 PM)

I have. Most of those books are free for the Kindle app anyway, and I've actually found that since I started anti-anxiety medication it is easier for me to push through harder-to-read books than it was before.

Mike (MA)

Could the Red Sox get 6 guys in your top 100 in the offseason?

Klaw
  (2:11 PM)

Owens, Barnes, Bogaerts (assuming he doesn't DQ on playing time), Cecchini, Swihart, Ball would be six. Hard to imagine any of those six falls short.

Kelvin (Scottsdale)

Earlier this week on twitter you said Dipoto was more valuable than Mike Scioscia to the Angels going forward. Can you expand on that and what changes would you make if you're the Angels this off season?

Klaw
  (2:13 PM)

I'm not sure what Scioscia specifically brings to the table at this point - he's not a great tactical manager, his bullpen mojo from earlier in his career has either gone stale or was never really there to begin with, and I've heard since DiPoto arrived that Scioscia hasn't been happy with his reduced role in things like player development. I don't believe in scapegoating anyone for a disappointing season, especially when the owner's moves are a big reason why (Hamilton). But if I had to keep one of the two, I'd keep DiPoto, who's barely had a chance to implement anything since getting the job, but has the kind of progressive outlook the team needs and the resume and character to lead an entire organization.

Rob (OH)

A lot of tweeters are RT'ing Olbermann's segment on his father and MLK from last night. Have you caught it?

John (San Jose)

I'm loving CJ Edwards' start with the Cubs so far. Any concerns about his delivery / size at this point that make you cautious?

Klaw
  (2:13 PM)

The entire BBTN green room went silent as we all stopped to listen to it. It was superb, and superbly told.

Klaw
  (2:13 PM)

Edwards: No concerns, not yet.

Danny (Philly)

Does JP Crawford have a chance to be in your top 100 next year?

Klaw
  (2:14 PM)

General rule of thumb is that the top ten guys from my top 100 draft prospects all make the postseason top 100 pro prospects, and 15 or so draft guys in total show up on the offseason list. So on Crawford, who I think ranked 10th on my last predraft list, yes, he will be there. I'm a big believer - stays at short, can run, can hit.

John (PA)

Are the chances Ethan Martin stays in the rotation virtually 0%? Can he be a high leverage innings reliever?

Klaw
  (2:15 PM)

Maybe 10%, but yeah, reliever.

JP (Winnipeg)

Apologies for re-posting, but better Blue Jays prospect: Matthew Dean or Mitch Nay? Or neither, I suppose... ?

Klaw
  (2:15 PM)

Nay for me.

Rob (Philly)

Strong AFL for Buxton do anything for his 2014 season?

Klaw
  (2:15 PM)

No but it would be incredibly fun.

Scrapper (Chicago)

Through 170 MLB plate appearances, Junior Lake has a slash line so far of 297/333/436, which is pretty decent, especially since he has shown some athleticism and versatility. Is there a chance that he could maintain that slash line in the future?

Klaw
  (2:15 PM)

That's nearly all from his first ten days or so, before his weaknesses at the plate became glaringly obvious. I'm still not a fan.

MeisterNJ (Mendham)

Have you read any John Le Carre?

Klaw
  (2:16 PM)

TTSS and Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Both amazing.

Mike (San Diego)

Who wins the NL Central?

Klaw
  (2:16 PM)

I think St. Louis wins it, Pirates host the one-game playoff.

Ryan (Hanover, PA)

Looking for good place to eat in Dallas...nothing to fancy just in town for a few nights.

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

Post from the last winter meetings there: http://meadowparty.com/blog/2011/12/13/dallas-eats/

Norman (NY)

Thoughts on Scooter Gennett? Any chance his recent play is remotely sustainable?

Klaw
  (2:17 PM)

Utility infielder.

Jon (Bozeman, MT)

KLaw, weekly Rays question: who do you project in next year's rotation? Hellickson looks brutal and Odorizzi doesn't look ready yet.

Klaw
  (2:18 PM)

Assuming Price stays, him, Moore, Archer, Cobb, and they'll figure out the fifth spot.

MeisterNJ (Mendham)

Tailor of Panama is really good too. You really have to pay attention when reading JLC. Not an author you read a few pages at a time.

Klaw
  (2:19 PM)

Didn't like that - bit of a ripoff of Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana. Also didn't care for Russia House.

zack (stl)

The mets are kidding themselves about Harvey aren't they? Where would you put his odds at avoiding surgery? 10%?

Klaw
  (2:20 PM)

A reader sent me this link yesterday on Twitter: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23666850 Says that PRP may be an effective alternative to surgery for partial UCL tears.

Eric (Sf)

klaw, before you get unfairly blasted could you provide some further thoughts on you AL MVP choice? Is whoever has the highest WAR always your most "valuable" player? What about intangible aspects such as leadership, clutch...? Or on two marginally equal candidates giving it to the man producing when it counts and leading his team to the playoffs?

Klaw
  (2:22 PM)

It's not about highest WAR, but most valuable across the board - for hitters, that means offense, defense, baserunning, and positional value. Leadership is unverifiable and unmeasurable. Clutch is nonsense - players who hit in the clutch are players who hit, period. The whole "when it counts" thing is more nonsense. The games all count. You can't penalize a player for having worse teammates.

Ben (UK)

.217/.274/.274 - ready to admit you were wrong about Kozma yet you Cardinal-hater.

Klaw
  (2:22 PM)

Don't you know I never admit I'm wrong?

Ralph Wiggum (Caught in Chinese finger puzzle)

You said Victorino deal was "mad as pants" and that he was a "fourth outfielder" when the BoSox signed him. Hence the earlier question. Do you ever own up to a mistake?

Klaw
  (2:23 PM)

No, never: https://twitter.com/keithlaw/status/371819009601437696

Scott (Philadelphia)

Do you think Victorino will scrap switch hitting?

Klaw
  (2:24 PM)

Might be a good idea, given how well he's hit RH vs RHP in a small sample this year.

Klaw
  (2:25 PM)

I'm more shocked about Victorino's defensive improvement - by the metrics, it's the most valuable year of his career, even though last year he was visibly slowed by age and injury. Maybe it won't last, but for one year, the Red Sox are getting a huge return.

Clifford Lee (Wilmington, DE)

Keith, I would recommend Eclipse Bistro, Lemons and Capers, and also Johnnys Hot Dogs for some Wilmington area places to eat. Lived here my whole life. Went to Two Stones the other night. It was great.

Klaw
  (2:27 PM)

Thanks, will check it out. Our favorites in the area so far are Two Stones, Lucky's, and the Brew Haha coffee chain. My wife loves Kid Shelleen's. Haven't gotten to try Lia's yet.

Scott (Lincolnshire)

Best collection of talent in the AFL in past 10 years?

Klaw
  (2:27 PM)

So far, although I'm trying to remind myself that we always lose some talent before the league actually starts.

Tyler (Cincinnati)

WAR is dumb. Andrelton Simmons = Joey Votto. Pshaw.

Klaw
  (2:28 PM)

Why is it so hard to believe that the game's best defensive player at the most important position on the diamond could be worth two or three wins with his glove alone? And BTW, Fangraphs' WAR has them a good two wins apart.

Cory (Geneva, IL)

For clarification, which Bloomsbury list are you reading through? Do they have an overall "Best book" list?

Klaw
  (2:31 PM)

It's their 100 Must-Read Classic Novels list: http://klaw.me/14bHjcF (amazon link). All published in 1950 or before, any language, 99 novels plus one catch-all option of Chekhov's short stories. Getting to 90 will be easy, but the last 10 include some absolute bears.

Tom (Silver Spring, MD)

Keith, in light of the Bundy and Harvey injuries, do you think teams will stop taking it slow with young pitchers in favor of just letting them use whatever innings are in their arm?

Klaw
  (2:32 PM)

I think there's a middle ground between how Bill Pulsipher was handled and how Bundy and Taylor Guerrieri were handled.

Jesse (MN)

Why no Sano in the AFL? Who picks the players?

Klaw
  (2:33 PM)

The teams do. The league sends rough positional requirements - e.g., you need to send three pitchers, at least one of whom is a starter, a catcher, and an infielder among your seven names - and the teams pick. Each team can send one player who hasn't reached AA yet. They don't have to be serious prospects; teams often send org players to fill out rosters, or guys who are on the rule 5/40-man bubble.

Steven (Los Angeles)

Do you think corey seager has all star potential or do you see him as a solid regular?

Klaw
  (2:33 PM)

All-Star 3b.

Kelvin (Brumm)

Have you ever seen any of Domingo Ayala's YouTube videos? If so, thoughts?

Klaw
  (2:35 PM)

I think that act is really tired now.

Tom (L.A.)

What % of readers engage in reasonable discourse with your opinions, and what % would you estimate are "you're not saying enough great things about my favorite team"?

Klaw
  (2:35 PM)

Online it's skewed because people will type things into a computer they would never say in person. When I meet readers at games (or, say, on the El as I did last week leaving Wrigley), the conversations are great and I often walk away having learned something.

Ian (OK)

Twins are sending several guys who aren't in AA yet - Buxton, Kepler, Jones

Klaw
  (2:36 PM)

League has to OK those.

Mikey (Boston)

Johnny Manziel punishment?

Klaw
  (2:36 PM)

Break up the NCAA. It's a cartel and treats players like chattel. Enough already.

Klaw
  (2:37 PM)

That's all for this week - thanks for all the questions, as always. Next week's chat will be on Wednsday or Friday, depending on my other commitments. I'll be back on Baseball Tonight tonight and tomorrow night, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.