|2017-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||which of these pitchers do you feel will be a factor in a starting rotation for the long run. How would you rate them? Nick Pivetta, Phi SP,Austin Pruitt, TB Brandon Woodruff,Mark Leiter Jr., Phi.
thank you for all your time you put into these news letters, question and answers.
(OB1 from Tampa)
|I must confess that I just don't know Leiter very well. I would rank the other three: Pivetta, Woodruff, Pruitt. Wish the Rays would stop teaching guys such momentum-stopping timing mechanisms. Pruitt looks like a man feeling the water in the hot tub before climbing in on every pitch, and I think it hurts more than it helps. (Matthew Trueblood)|
|2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Were Brock Stewart and Brandon Woodruff considered at all? Both pitched extremely well in 2016, so I'm curious about their outlook.|
(Chipshot212 from MA)
|Performance over stuff guys. Both should pitch in the majors and may even have long careers at the backend of rotations, but not enough upside to get much list chat. I will say I think we were probably too low on Woodruff w/r/t the Brewers list in hindsight. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi, Jeffrey! Thanks for the chat. I'm curious about Brewers prospect Brandon Woodruff. His numbers last year look dominant (4.3 K:BB, led the minors in Ks with 173), and I read some reports that he was hitting the upper-90s with his fastball deep into games. Other scouts seem unsure about his arm motion and command. What do you think his future big league contribution looks like? We're starved for pitching prospects in Milwaukee, so it's easy to fantasize about Woodruff, Hader, Ortiz, and even Jorge Lopez all hitting their ceilings as average-or-better starters.|
(Jake from Wisconsin)
|Yeah, you pretty much have it. Plus fastball with some questions about all the other stuff you need to start. If we ranked 15 guys he'd have made it on the Milwaukee list, it's a really good system, and I have to make a cutoff somewhere to get 30 lists out in 12 weeks. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2016-09-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Curious for your take on Brandon Woodruff and Chance Adams?|
(Thomas from MA)
|I like Woodruff. He has good strikeout rates, walk rates, and hit rates so far and he he's tall with mid-90s velocity. He's not that far away, either, after spending most of this season in Double-A.
I don't now as much about Adams, but his stat line sure is pretty. (Scooter Hotz)
|2016-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Should I drop low level arms like Oscar De La Cruz or Franklyn Perez for Chance Adams or Brandon Woodruff? Deep dynasty for pitching where a productive MLB SP is useful or prospects with rankings shine.|
(Majortom from TX)
|Sorry this is a little slower tonight, I'm having some connectivity issues...
This is as interesting a question on a philosophical level as it is a real one with these actual guys. I trend towards the camp of grabbing utility from high-minors arms over banking on high-risk upside arms in the low minors in general, though I'll note that there's some context dependence there, and certain arms are exceptions. Adams is a guy I'd grab; Steve Givarz put up a solid report on him back in June, and I'm not convinced he can't be a useful deeper-league starter. Woodruff's another guy who's interesting for those speculating on present/immediate future value. I'm awful giddy about Perez after Mau's recent musings on him, and I'd be tempted to hold him for now. But a guy like De La Cruz yeah, I might nix (or at the very least hope to trade for a pick or something) in favor of a closer arm with more immediate utility in a deeper league.
Adams report: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=419
Perez report: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=458 (Wilson Karaman)
|2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Brandon Woodruff is dominating. Reports are he's holding velo late into games, 95-96, hearing from different scouts plus change, plus curve. Do we have a potential 2-3 starter? Lance Lynn/DeGrom comp? Are experts ready to put him top 100 or too old?|
(Jeb from Johnson City)
|Woodruff has been incredible, and he's always had a big fastball. I'm not sure the secondary stuff is as good as you're suggesting. As of now, I've heard that he has a great chance to stick as a back-end starter who eats up innings. Pop-up guys like this need to establish a bit of track record before I start throwing no. 2 starter potential on them. Take Jorge Lopez from a year ago, for example. (J.P. Breen)|
|2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||What are your thoughts on Brandon Woodruff. Scouting report reads nice. Numbers are filthy good|
(Jeb from Johnson City)
|I mentioned Woodruff earlier, but I heard some really good stuff on him in the Florida State League before he got promoted to Double-A Biloxi. He's pitching with confidence and has really taken a step forward with his command. His future depends on the development and the consistency of his offspeed stuff. (J.P. Breen)|
|2016-08-15 22:00:00 (link to chat)||Brandon Woodruff reports say he's holding velocity, 96 mph in 6th, location is impeccable at the moment, different scouts have graded curve and change as plus... when do we say this guy is a legit prospect, upside of #2-#3 starter?|
(Jeb from Johnson City)
|Those secondary grades are a healthy bit inflated over what I've heard on him, but the fastball's legit and he's made extremely impressive strides commanding it, to where a once-assumed bullpen future isn't such a given after all. (Wilson Karaman)|