Kiley McDaniel Chat – 6/20/18

12:10

Kiley McDaniel: Hello! I am here to baseball chat with you. Home after seeing the top 2019 MLB Draft prep types at PG National, also saw a Dunedin/Port Charlotte game and the FSL All Star Game while I was over there. Going to see college Team USA next week with what is the most loaded roster they’ve had in a long time, may be a dozen day one guys on the team.

12:10

greg: Is there a direct link to THE BOARD on the homepage or under a menu that I’m missing?

12:11

Kiley McDaniel: Yes there is, mouse over the LEADERS header and its near the top of that menu

12:12

Lilith: Going into the season, India was pegged as a guy with average tools across the board. How has this season changed how you view his upside? Also, is it possible that he could stick at short? Thanks

12:13

Kiley McDaniel: He lost some weight and as sometimes happens, the tools got better when he did that. Power went from 50 to 55, speed went from 40-45 to 50, defense went from fringy to above at 3B and his offensive approach improved, then the stats jumped with the new power which he mostly tapped into

12:14

Kiley McDaniel: The upside is still no 60 tools, but there’s plenty of 3 win players in the bigs with no 60 tools that are just above average at everything and play everyday at a useful position, so he could turn into that. Seems likely to fall into the 2.0 to 3.0 WAR band for me, though.

12:14

Kiley McDaniel: that’s a 50 or 55 FV, for the record. 2.5 to 3.0 is a 55.

12:14

Red Ronnet Connington: Kolby Allard is still dealing in AAA.  I think the generally accepted floor is 5th starter.  What does his… 75th percentile look like? Not the “HOLY CRAP HOW HE DO THIS”, but, “Yeah, I can believe it”?

12:15

Kiley McDaniel: Like a 3rd starter/3 WAR/60 FV. It’s not common for 50-55 stuff to turn into a 3rd starter but those guys exist if there’s elite feel.

12:15

Sonny: What are the EV’s scouts look for in HS level hitters? Is there a threshold for scouts that says X mph = 55+ Raw?

12:16

Kiley McDaniel: Scouts still largely don’t know what to do with EV since there’s a lot of office people that don’t know exactly what to do with them, either. As an example, we knew Trevor Larnach (MIN, 1st round Oregon State) had somewhere from 60 to 70 raw power, but he didn’t lift the ball a ton in BP and doesn’t take full effort swings often. He hit some balls in game 112-115 mph which, to me and Eric, confirms it’s 65 or 70 raw and he’s getting to it in games.

12:17

Kiley McDaniel: It’s nice to see like a 108 or 110, but there’s guys with 40 raw power that do that a couple times a season. It’s more useful to get EV in games on balls that are flyballs (not liners or popups) and see the highest repeatable number they can produce in a game. Takes a big sample, which we often don’t get with amateurs

12:18

Rockin’ Like Leo: When a team sends a player to extended spring training (as the Braves have done with Acu?a), who else is there?  If not playing GCL games, what do players do there?

12:19

Kiley McDaniel: It’s at the spring training complexes, so there’s lots of space and multiple fields and usually better medical resources than at an affiliate. There’s lots of things like sim games on backfields during GCL games to get reps for everyone and rehabbing pitchers get to face hitters without being in a game or a pitcher throws 30 pitches over 4 innings and it’s time for the next guy but he needs to throw 20 more pitches on a back field to get his work in.

12:19

Brave in TX: Have you had any eyes or reports on CJ Alexander? Cheap internet scouting tells me he has real power, but I’d hear from someone who might actually know.

12:20

Kiley McDaniel: Didn’t see him but talked to guys that have. It’s likely 1B but it plus lefty raw and some feel to hit.

12:21

Fletcher: Is Logan Gilbert the top prospect in the Mariners system now?

12:21

Kiley McDaniel: haven’t drilled down on that system’s update yet, but it’s him or Kyle Lewis. Evan White is the only other 45.

12:22

Oyster Burns: Boone mentioned after Lasagna’s debut that of course he’s gonna walk more guys in the majors, major leaguers won’t swing at as much junk out of the zone. Is this something to be aware of with all/most pitching call ups? Sort of like an immediate adjustment. Makes sense and feels similar to the kinds of tears hitters go on when they get called up and start seeing more strikes each ab. Is the heart of this issue more of a command/control thing? (sorry so long winded!)

12:23

Kiley McDaniel: That’s common. Some guys just skip right past that for some reason, but it’s hard to predict who it will be. There’s not a ton of flailing at sliders just off the plate in the bigs if it’s a 50 SL, but that’s pretty common in the minors.

12:24

…..: As a soft complaint I must say that it feels like the content of these chats have become so much more niche and they lack diversity, either its a prospect chat which has a limited audience or it’s chats dominated by Pirates/Mariners or O’s. I’ve heard the argument that the chat interaction is free and we shouldn’t complain but the interaction with the writers is a large part of what drives my traffic to the site so I do feel like it isn’t out of place to say something. I can’t possibly be the only one that feels this way.

12:24

Kiley McDaniel: This will likely be the first and last time I’m ever accused to talking about the Pirates, Mariners and Orioles too much.

12:24

Mason: Josh Stowers with a homerun in his professional debut. Doesn’t seem to be much of scouting report out on this guy. Any word on what his tools are?

12:25

Kiley McDaniel: Outfield tweener that likely fits in LF, hit over power but a little of both and was really hot to end the year

12:26

El Guapo: Sorry for the spam! I always miss these chats and have so many questions! You said last week you hesitate to say Juan Soto is Acuña. Well after another week of holding his own at the ML level can we say Soto is Acuña yet?

12:26

Kiley McDaniel: Acuna is a 70 runner that can play a good CF and Soto is a RF that bats from the other side of the plate. Can’t he just be Soto?

12:26

The Tone: Kiley – general scouting/projection question: are scouts generally hesitant to project prospects with strong plate discipline but limited power as being above-average major leaguers just since MLB pitchers will pound the zone against them? Eric seemed to allude to that in his write up of a guy in the Herrera trade

12:28

Kiley McDaniel: Especially in this current MLB, if the guy can’t hit the ball out of the yard to multiple parts of the park, then what’s the pitcher afraid of? Particularly a rookie hitting near the bottom of the lineup.

12:28

Gest : Do you have a theory on any correlation between splitters and straight fastballs? It seems like many guys who throw a splitter have “straight fastball” as a criticism. (Mize, Ohtani, Eovaldi, Tanaka, Bailey)

12:29

Kiley McDaniel: A sinker and splitter move very similarly and thus there isn’t much separation in velo or movement

12:29

Grover: With super teams being such a hot issue in the NBA, if Bryce harper, Manny Machado and Clayton Kershaw all decided to sign on the same team would it send shockwaves through the sport?

12:29

Kiley McDaniel: Well, yeah

12:31

Kiley McDaniel: But three studs don’t change the fortunes of a franchise in MLB like they do in NBA. One gets hurt, one has a weaker year than expected and you’re almost in for $100M for like 8-10 WAR when you need almost 50 WAR to make the playoffs.

12:31

Kiley McDaniel: You’d need to have a big payroll and already have a really good core that isn’t that expensive for that to even make sense. And that’s a very small group of teams

12:32

RyRy: I need to hear more about this AXE body spray accident.  Did you injure yourself while running from a mob of gorgeous women who were intoxicated by your scent?

12:32

Kiley McDaniel: I’d prefer privacy while I recover from the harrowing events

12:32

Doggo: Pupper update, please.

12:33

Kiley McDaniel: I’m chatting from the couch and she’s sitting right next to me being very sleepy, propped up on pillows and blankets like the couch is made of concrete or something. This and her fear of water is why she gets called Princess.

12:33

Joe: Nathaniel Lowe’s stats are crazy. Thoughts?

12:35

Kiley McDaniel: Will need to keep hitting since it’s a big 1B-only type that’s a platoon guy if it’s a 45 bat and/or the strike zone discipline/game power backs up. But he’s hitting like he may turn into a 50 FV Matt Adams type.

12:35

Eric: What happened with Luke Heimlich? Do you think someone signs him as a UDFA after Oregon State is done?

12:36

Kiley McDaniel: I would guess no, but some scouts were really surprised he didn’t go in the 4th-10th round area, so don’t have a great sense for his market now.

12:36

jays: Kevin Smith has looked VERY good all year and hasn’t lost a step after his A+ promotion. Do you see him as a big mover on offseason prospect lists? Thanks!

12:37

Kiley McDaniel: Saw him briefly last week and he’s really shortened up the swing from college. He’s fine but not great at SS. One scout compared him to Jordy Mercer, who has had a nice run of being a 45 or 50 FV. That would be a very nice find in the 4th round.

12:38

Lunch Angle: Loaisiga looked good in his debut. You see anything to change his scouting report?

12:39

Kiley McDaniel: The CH was more of a sometimes pitch to the point that we thought he’d fit in relief and end up not using it much, but it flashed above average at times. So seeing it be good multiple times in the bigs was encouraging.

12:39

Parker Meadows: Have you heard anything about my signing bonus?

12:39

Kiley McDaniel: Heard it’ll probably be a little overslot

12:39

Matt: Is Matt McLain guaranteed to sign? The Dbacks used 500k to sign Blaze Alexander and went overslot on Kelly and Thomas which used up a lot of savings from other picks.

12:40

Kiley McDaniel: Wouldn’t say guaranteed bc you never know but sounded very likely just after the draft and teams usually don’t lock up other overslot guys if the first pick isn’t done.

12:40

joeschmo: Not sure if you’ve had the chance to scout him yourself, but what seems to be the industry consensus scouting on George Valera’s tools?

12:41

Kiley McDaniel: I saw him as an amateur and Eric saw him in extended. Very loose swing with above to plus power. I saw more of a LF type but Eric said he looks more athletic now than when I saw him a year ago, which isn’t that uncommon when kids are that young.

12:41

Dustin: Any idea what was wrong with Joey Wentz? It seems odd that there’s absolutely no news on what the injury was. Anything to be concerned about long term you think?

12:42

Kiley McDaniel: Didn’t hear anything specific but wouldn’t assume it was an injury, his delivery got out of whack and he walked a bunch of guys so I assumed it was some IP management and getting him back on track outside of game environments.

12:43

Gilbert: Is Stuart Fairchild legit or old for his level? Scouting the stat line seems like he is a solid power / speed combo. Can you foresee a promotion after the ASG?

12:44

Kiley McDaniel: He’s a good player, has above raw and defense, but the swing is a little grooved, so the question was how much contact and game power there would be. The K rate as a 22 year old in Low-A isn’t the best.

12:44

Max: Thinking about the Herrera trade, I am curious about trade returns. Is there a point system teams use like the NFL draft? Is it mostly just precedence? I think you and Eric should come up with a quantifiable way to evaluate trades. Like maybe projected WAR to prospect FV or ranking or something like that.

12:45

Kiley McDaniel: Way ahead of you

12:45

Andy: Any news on Tyler Kolek?  Will we ever see him sniff the majors at this point?

12:45

Kiley McDaniel: Heard the stuff is still very good, but scout that saw him recently isn’t enthusiastic about the outlook

12:46

Lilith: Is Mike Siani roughly equal in value to what Trammell was for the Reds in 2016? What kind of upside does he have?

12:47

Kiley McDaniel: Nope. Trammel was a 70 runner elite athlete with power and contact skills that you had to project a bit and it’s gone better than many expected. Siani is a good CF with some contact and power but nothing elite. Still plenty good, just not Trammell.

12:48

long ball: Going to try to catch a couple Cape Cod League games. Best place to catch a game?

12:48

Kiley McDaniel: Chatham or Orleans from my looks

12:49

Vander: Is Bobby Witt Jr. the clear front runner to go 1st overall right now? If so, is there much of a gap between him and whoever would be 2nd?

12:50

Kiley McDaniel: I’ll probably write something longer about this soon, but no. The 2019 prep class looks down a lot from 2018 and sounds like 2020 is also much better. Witt has the same tools but swung and missed a lot at PG National, so I’m curious to see how he performs the rest of the summer, since he hadn’t had that issue before. I’d say SS Bryson Stott from UNLV is the favorite right now, but he’s on Team USA and they start playing in a few days, so I’d like to see that team before we start lining guys up, since there’s a lot of info coming in over the next few weeks.

12:51

Kiley McDaniel: Quick 2019 prep update

12:52

Kiley McDaniel: SS CJ Abrams (GA) and SS Bobby Witt (TX) look like the top 2 guys still, RF Riley Greene (FL) and 3B Rece Hinds (FL) are probably the next two bats.

12:53

Kiley McDaniel: On the pitcher side, RHP Brennan Malone (NC) is tops right now, RHP Matthew Allan (FL), LHP Hunter Barco (FL) and RHP Quinn Priester (IL) are the next three for me at this point.

12:53

Alex: Which small school kid has the chance to be this year’s Swaggerty in the 2019 draft?

12:53

Kiley McDaniel: Well no one knew Swaggerty’s name until Team USA and they don’t start for a few days, so ask me in a few weeks.

12:54

Davoink Showerhandel: I went and saw a minor league game with Seth Beer the other day.  He was called out looking twice, grounded into a force once, and was HBP another time.  He played left field and had one single ball hit to him the other night.  I guess my question is, how do you scouts deal with nights like that when you see almost nothing?

12:54

Kiley McDaniel: Go back the next day lol that’s about all you can do. And go to BP and/or infield.

12:57

Walsh: Who’s most worth a pickup in dynasty: Kristian Robinson, Julio Rodriguez, Ronny Mauricio, or George Valera?

12:57

Kiley McDaniel: We’d probably go with Robinson but these questions are notoriously hard to answer without knowing more

12:58

Josh: What’s the word on Jerrion Ealy? Famous because of the two-sport pedigree, or a guy? Any chance he signs?

12:59

Kiley McDaniel: Probably the next prep hitter if I extended that list, big time athlete but the hand load is kindy funky so need to see more ABs to see how it plays against velo

12:59

Giants Fan: The biggest criticism of the Giants was that they didn’t take upside with guys like Bart and Hjelle, but it seems to me that none of the top 5 prospects (after Mize) really had big upside when compared to drafts of the past.  Is this fair?

1:01

Kiley McDaniel: Fans are too obsessed with the concept of upside anyway. Cameron talked a lot about how we don’t even really know what any given players upside is anyway, which I agree with. We use it since scouts do to speak about physical tools, but we realize it doesn’t mean as much as most fans think it does. Like it’s a good pick because a guy is an 80 runner with an 80 arm and 60 raw power but has never played in a game before…that’s the logical extreme of that obsession.

1:01

Teo: Thoughts on Adam Kloffenstein? What’s his ceiling A mid-rotation guy? He seems pretty filled out for a HS player st 6’5 220, so I’m wondering how much more projection or velocity there still is left.

1:02

Kiley McDaniel: There’s some and he’s really loose and athletic, one scout told me he thinks he’ll throw 100 in a couple years. Yeah mid rotation upside.

1:02

Caleb Smith: I’ve had a breakout season so far. Am I basically Robbie Ray, or just an interesting arm who’s had a good 1st half?

1:03

Kiley McDaniel: Fine big leaguer but nowhere near that good. Some smoke and mirrors early on that’s starting to level out.

1:04

XXXyyy: The Rangers are apparently not having any of their top draft picks who were high school pitchers throw any innings until Instructional League, so they can focus on strength, conditioning, and recovery from the high school season.  Isn’t this a bit of an overreaction to the concerns about strain on arms?

1:05

Kiley McDaniel: If none of them get hurt for three years is it then a good idea? There’s so little actionable evidence in this arena, I don’t laugh at almost any approach.

1:05

Kiley McDaniel: If some team dips all their pitchers upside down in a pool before every start then none of them get injured…I’m pretty sure there’s no correlation there but I’d look into it.

1:06

Pickle Nick: Based on just hit and power tools where would you rank Andrew Vaughn among college bats for the 2019 draft? Is he capable of playing any other position (outfield?) than first base?

1:07

Kiley McDaniel: Just 1B, R/R, not a great athlete and hasn’t performed in the 7 games I’ve seen but his numbers are obviously insane. He’s a little ways down the list but probably on the first day if he keeps doing this. The college bats are crazy deep for 2019. On our unpublished internal 2019 list, the top 16 college players are all hitters and all top 2 round types.

1:08

Wild Billy: You guys gave Triston Casas a future 80 raw power and all the reports were the Red Sox we’re infatuated with the EVs he was putting up. Do you know what range they were in?

1:08

Kiley McDaniel: He posted some in the 105-110 area last summer if I’m remembering correctly, possibly higher than that. These continue to rise with age, too.

1:09

Joe: Higher upside; LUTZ or Joe GRAY?

1:09

Kiley McDaniel: LUTZ

1:09

Mark: To piggyback (I’m a piggybacker oday I guess) on the losing weight question – Is that the same for pitchers as well?  Forrest Whitley lost weight and is dominant, do you think something similar could happen with Weathers?

1:11

Kiley McDaniel: Sure, I mean it’s possible every player could lose weight and that could make them better, but there’s also some Prince Fielder/Sabathia/David Wells types that appear to be better with that type of physique, so it’s all player-specific

1:11

…..: but good too know you wont actually address the complaint

1:12

Kiley McDaniel: Kinda limited by the questions I get in this free baseball chat, bro. But on the bright side your aggression is very off-putting.

1:13

James: Is AJ Reed doomed to break the PCL home run record?

1:13

Kiley McDaniel: His name was used as a comp on a player in the 2018 draft class and it was not meant as a compliment

1:13

Babe Lincoln: How many MLBers have 80 PV?

1:14

Kiley McDaniel: Usually 1-3, maybe 4 per position.

1:14

99: Why don’t we ever talk about current MLB players on the 20-80 scale?  It would help put prospects in better context.

1:14

Kiley McDaniel: We will be doing this as well

1:15

Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe: It wasn’t my complaint, but I think the previous poster was implying that Meg and Jeff are very Mariners-centric in their chats (as you might expect them to be). People blast Dan with Orioles questions, and Travis still answers a lot of Pirates inquiries as well. This is all expected. I think the previous poster was suggesting that Dave and Eno did a really good job of answering questions from around the league.

1:18

Kiley McDaniel: That’s fine and also kind understandable if those are the areas those writers are more knowledgable about and/or the people that read them lean more toward being interested in. I don’t think writers here other than me/Eric know much about the sort of prospects you guys like to ask about, so these will be the only two chats with prospect stuff and for that reason, the questions tend to lean heavily that way. About 25 of the 30 orgs don’t have questions in the queue about their MLB teams, so I can’t really spread it around that much, but ask a compelling question that I have thoughts on and I’ll answer it.

1:18

TJ: What is the earliest age that scouts pay attention to US born players? I would assume that the best 10 to 12 year old players are not often the best 16 year olds

1:19

Kiley McDaniel: They are not. Usually HS sophomore is about the time when players are starting to commit to d1 schools and starting on varsity and it’s easy to monitor a promising kid that’s on a team with a good senior. Anything before that is pretty unusual, in part because there’s so much that can physically change that it’s usually a waste of time.

1:20

Kiley McDaniel: I first saw Nick Gordon as a HS soph when his team had Walker Weickel, Jesse Winker and Connor Lien as seniors. There were tons of scouts at those games and we all knew Gordon would be really good but even he got twitchier over the next few years

1:20

Guest: I just got into med school!

1:21

Kiley McDaniel: Congrats!

1:22

Wiley McCoyote: Is Pedroia an apt comp for Keston Hiura?

1:22

Kiley McDaniel: Pedroia is generally not a good comp for literally any ballplayer

1:22

JaysFanMatt : Can Jordan Groshans stick at SS like other recent big SS (Corey Seager) or is the range just too light? Could he be a plus defender at 3B?

1:22

Kiley McDaniel: More avg to a little above at 3B

1:22

Flex: Are MLB guns generally hot? Have you seen large discrepancies in what the media reports a guys throws rather than what you’ve seen on your own gun?

1:23

Kiley McDaniel: MLB ones are usually fine since a lot of writers cite Statcast and many stadiums just use Trackman/Statcast in the stadium

1:23

Kiley McDaniel: Minor league and college ones range from pretty good (U of Florida) to totally useless and regularly off by 6-8 mph.

1:23

Babe Lincoln: If you were still working in a FO, what would you recommend to your boss re Hiemlich?

1:24

Kiley McDaniel: Don’t even consider it

1:24

Danny: Do you think Periera could be an Acuna/Vlad superstar, fast moving prospect?

1:24

Kiley McDaniel: Not even close, more solid average tools and advanced feel

1:25

Kiley McDaniel: Not even sure he’s the best prospect in that Yankees J2 group

1:25

Joe: Any structure to the Denver meetup Friday?  Or is it just talkin’ Trout and drinkin’ beers and eatin’ apps?

1:25

Kiley McDaniel: I am open to talking about all 30 major league franchises, in exactly equal amounts.

1:26

Danny: Josh Breaux and Rider Green both signed with but aren’t assigned to affilates yet. Are they in ExSt ramping up?

1:26

Kiley McDaniel: That’s a safe assumption

1:26

Greyson: Any news on Mize’s eventual signing bonus?

1:26

Kiley McDaniel: Heard 7.5 or thereabouts

1:27

Bobopedia: Whose on top of your Prep 2020 board?

1:27

Kiley McDaniel: Lots of interesting names, probably still Austin Hendrick but that may change in the next month or two. First look at Dylan Crews was very solid but he’s more of a LF type.

1:28

Mr. Fister: Axe body spray is for teenagers and d-bags.

1:28

Kiley McDaniel: You may be missing some of the subtext

1:28

Babe Lincoln: Why didn’t anyone know Swaggerty before Team USA?

1:28

Kiley McDaniel: Not a highly recruited guy that went to South Alabama. Area scouts generally knew the name as a guy they needed to go see, but he had no buzz at all.

1:29

Bill: Is Alex Kiriloff a 60 Hit 60 Game Power guy? Seems like he’s exceeding expectations a bit

1:30

Kiley McDaniel: One of the few guys in the minors where that’s possible

1:30

graphs man : “If some team dips all their pitchers upside down in a pool before every start then none of them get injured…I’m pretty sure there’s no correlation there but I’d look into it.”<- this is correlation, but not causation 😉

1:30

Kiley McDaniel: That’s what I meant!

1:30

All Cats Are Beautiful : Do any players factor in the track record of the team that drafts them?  I would think for pitchers especially this could be important.

1:31

Kiley McDaniel: I’ve had advisors ask me specifically for my thoughts on this. If you have an overslot prep pitcher that can pick between 3-4 teams and one has a great track record with pitching, is your price $2.0M instead of $2.5M for that team?

1:32

Kiley McDaniel: I know one player in the top half of the first round this year that preferred to play for the team that took him instead of the one picking ahead of that team and priced himself accordingly. It’s not that uncommon.

1:32

All Cats Are Beautiful : If a team were to poach the best scout from every other team, how much of an advantage would they have?

1:32

Kiley McDaniel: Good luck figuring out who all the best scouts are. How would you go about doing that? How would you define best?

1:33

All Cats Are Beautiful : How rampant is drinking in the minors?

1:33

Kiley McDaniel: Important to stay hydrated, that’s why there’s water coolers in the dugouts

1:33

Moltar: Counterpoint to the losing weight debate: Bartolo belly jiggle.gif

1:33

Kiley McDaniel: There’s another

1:33

brad: Kiley, what do you think is a realistic future for Enyel De Los Santos?  4/5?  Pen arm?  any worry about the short stride?

1:34

Kiley McDaniel: Was in the discussion for the top 131, but slipped off due to relief risk. Good stuff though.

1:34

Colby: Matt Mclain had a few bregman comps. Fair assessments? seems like he’s lacking in the power department.

1:34

Kiley McDaniel: Yeah not the same guy at all and the 3 years of raking at LSU is kinda a big deal when it comes to draft stock

1:35

ATL: I think that complaint should be directed at other chatters. I love the prospect chats and I hope they remain focused on prospects

1:35

Kiley McDaniel: Good vibes for everyone

1:35

Hecubot: You and Eric seemed to rate Kyler Murray and Travis Swaggerty as similar players, but Swaggerty had the advantage of a more proven track record, and hit from the left side. Aside from speed what do you think the A’s see in Murray that made it worth taking on so much more risk?

1:37

Kiley McDaniel: The question is if Murray’s ability to hit good breaking stuff improves or if that concrete has already set. It’s a fair question given his lack of reps, since those are the kinds of players that improve at that skill. The tools are very similar–Murray a little faster, Swaggerty a little more pop and arm strength. They’re both the rare power-oriented college up the middle player with plus tools

1:38

Jake: Who are some names you can see in your top 10 MLB prospects in 2020 ?

1:38

Kiley McDaniel: Cole Wilcox and Emerson Hancock at Georgia

1:38

Kiley McDaniel: Daniel Cabrera at LSU

1:38

Kiley McDaniel: Tanner Burns at Auburn

1:38

Kiley McDaniel: Jack Leftwich at Florida

1:38

Kiley McDaniel: Casey Martin at Arkansas

1:38

Kiley McDaniel: CJ Van Eyk at Florida State

1:39

Kiley McDaniel: Spencer Torkelson at Arizona State

1:39

KeeptheDH: What do you think separates Kelenic from Blake Rutherford?

1:39

Kiley McDaniel: Basically a little better at everything except maybe the hit tool, but some would say that too.

1:39

Guest: Am I going out on a limb here to assume Seth Beer is the player with the AJ Reed comp out there? Lol

1:40

Rex Manning Day: Mike Trout is currently *projected* to finish the year with one of the 20 best seasons of all time.

1:40

mike sixel: Kiley McDaniel
1:25 I am open to talking about all 30 major league franchises, in exactly equal amounts.

1:40

Kiley McDaniel: (checks off Angels)

1:41

Frank: If a team wanted to, could it manipulate the Trackman/Statcast cameras/sensors in a way to give other clubs falsified data (like slightly modifying the reported spin rates, launch angles, etc.)? Nothing extreme, but something the offending club would know to adjust internally?

1:42

Kiley McDaniel: A funny image popped in my head of an intern on a ladder with a ton foil suit in front of the unit waving his arms wildly while another intern in the press box gives him directions because it isn’t working. How can we make this real?

1:42

Brian: Who does Team USA play against? College aged kids from other countries? If so, is that really the best use of their time?

1:42

Kiley McDaniel: Yes. Taiwan, Japan and Cuba this year https://www.usabaseball.com/team-usa/collegiate-national-team/schedule

1:42

Kiley McDaniel: and it’s a great use of my time

1:43

john: jake was asking about minors guys not mlb guys

1:43

Kiley McDaniel: Oh then the guys at the top of the board with ETAs of 2020 or later. I’d just be listing all of those guys

1:44

Brian: If the Yankees signed you tomorrow would you be throwing in the mid 90s by the trade deadline or Labor Day?

1:44

Kiley McDaniel: It’s 50/50. My name would definitely be Kiley Ravioli, though.

1:45

Tommy Tutone: Kiley

1:45

Turgid: Eye boogers taste much worse than nose boogers. Almost as bad as ear boogers

1:45

LudeBurger: Holla at ya boiiiii

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Kiley McDaniel: Snuck up on me there, a little later than usual.

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Juan Soto: JUAN. SOTO.

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Kiley McDaniel: Ah there it is. You guys got almost double the chat for your chatting dollar. See you next week.

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Kiley McDaniel has worked as an executive and scout, most recently for the Atlanta Braves, also for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates. He's written for ESPN, Fox Sports and Baseball Prospectus. Follow him on twitter.

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“I am open to talking about all 30 major league franchises, in exactly equal amounts.”
Lol. Love that.