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2019 Preseason Forecast
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|2018-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I have luis castillo and have had him for 2-3 years. It seems he is ready to break out and then it is 2 bad games in a row. how do you measure a guy like that? a ton of potential, but he is really frustrating too|
(Bill from Madison)
|I am starting to wonder whether there is something going bad with the Reds and the way they develop pitchers. Like, have you seen what Gausman has done (small sample warning) since leaving Baltimore, and Arrieta before him? There have been a lot of highly-regarded Reds pitchers who've fizzled. I mean, Brandon Finnegan is kind of a forgotten man. Granted, a *lot* of pitchers fizzle, but the Reds have sure had a lot. I wonder whether Castillo is a change-of-scenery candidate (though off the top of my head, I don't recall a lot of Reds pitchers doing better elsewhere). (Rob Mains)|
|2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||The Reds have 14 or so guys vying for a rotation spot, none outside Homer Bailey, Luis Castillo and maybe Tyler Mahle seem worth getting excited about. Who do the Reds finally decide is better suited shoring up their awful bullpen and move from the rotation in 2018? Some names to consider: Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson, Brandon Finnegan, Cody Reed, Rookie Davis, Jon Moscot, Jackson Stephens, Tim Adleman, Sal Romano, Keury Mella. |
(matzabal from CO)
|I don't know that a lot of those guys will be great bullpen arms either (Tim Adleman is still around, eh? Good for him). Garrett, Romano, Stephenson, and Finnegan are the obvious ones here, and the guys most likely to have a real impact in the pen. Also are we still excited about Homer Bailey? I will defer to actual Reds fans on this, but I am...not. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-09-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Assuming Brandon Finnegan is healthy 2018 do the Reds still have a mid rotation starter with hopes for more?|
(Evankid33 from ohio)
|If he's healthy, maybe. Labrums are tricky things though. (Nicolas Stellini)|
|2017-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I know relief pitchers don't get a lot of attention, but can you name the 5 best future closers in the minors? |
(Paddy from Ireland )
|Man, I can't honestly give a good answer for this one. I think there are a number of MLB guys who are likely to be tried in the bullpen for health or performance reasons -- Vince Velasquez jumps to mind thanks to fandom; maybe someone tries taking a talented but mercurial starter like Eduardo Rodriguez or Carson Fulmer and transitioning them to a closing role. It's long held that failed starters are relievers, but I think more and more, it's just mediocre starters that become elite closers (Andrew Miller bias much???).
Anyway, that said, I know teams draft closers to be fast rising bullpen lynchpins, but I never trust front offices to stick to that plan. Brandon Finnegan, exhibit A. And assuming closers are going to be as good in the majors as the minors -- say, Heath Hembree -- is almost never workable. It's so hard to pin this down! (Trevor Strunk)
|2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)||After reading Reds prospect list today, seem to have a very solid/upper echelon farm system. Thoughts on the start of their rebuild and future contention? Appreciate the time with these chats|
(Bob from Cincy)
|I really like the return they got on Cueto. I don't feel the same way about what they did with the Frazier and Chapman deals. I thought they sold at the lowest possible value on both. Would have netted much more last summer at the trade deadline. I really like Raisel Iglesias, Anthony DeSclafani, Brandon Finnegan, etc... and I think with Stephenson and Reed on the way, they should have the pieces necessary for a solid rotation. I want to see a step forward from Billy Hamilton this year, that would be huge. (George Bissell)|
|2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)||You mentioned Grant Holmes as the 22nd pick signing for around what Kodi Medeiros signed for as a reason why the plan might not have been executed as expertly as it could have been. However Holmes signed for over slot and Medeiros signed for underslot. Who's to say Holmes would have signed for underslot had he gone 12th? People always rave about Monte Harrison while questioning Medeiros going so high. I just tell them to pretend their draft position was switched.|
(Mokajige from Sheboygan, WI)
|The point though is, they signed for the same amount of money. It's possible Holmes postured that he wouldn't sign for said amount and the Brewers believed him. I don't know that that's the case or not, but it would at least suggest that they didn't do enough homework then. Even so, it's possible they did their work and he just folded to LA where he wouldn't to MIL. Even if you want to play that game though, Brandon Finnegan (another possible LOOGY in the end) signed for even less than Medeiros ($2.206M), already reached the majors and might have a better shot at starting.
I'm not trying to take shots here, but hindsight being what it is, it looks like they could have come away with a better player at 12th overall, while still taking the shots they did on Harrison and Gatewood.
I don't think it's as simple as flipping their draft positions either. Harrison is a great prospect to have, but he's still extremely risky and even upon redraft, likely wouldn't go in the range you're talking about. (Craig Goldstein)
|2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)||5x5 AL only with OPS. keep 7 Major leaguers and 3 minors. can keep more minors in a Majors spot. Finished last season with
Correa, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Tim Anderson, Brandon Finnegan, and Alfaro.
Obvously keeping Correa, of the others who do you keep/drop/trade?|
(JP from tx)
|I keep Finnegan, and Anderson. I try to trade Alfaro and I'm ok with letting Chi Chi go. (Mauricio Rubio)|
|2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What do you expect to see from Brandon Finnegan in 2015 if KC makes him a starter?|
(Josh from Oakland)
|I don't like Finnegan as a rotation bet -- the quality of his stuff fell of sharply in college as he worked deeper into games, and there are some lingering questions as to how he'll hold up physically in that role. I get wanting to see if there is a starter in there, but based on my evaluative history with the player and analysis of both the scouting side and analytics side, I don't think it's a profile likely to thrive as a starter. Doesn't mean it's impossible, it just isn't where I'd put my money.
For reference, I was a very strong proponent of Sonny Gray starting regardless of the constant questions regarding height, so it isn't just a physical bias on my part. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
|2014-11-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Better chance to succeed as a starter: Marco Gonzalez, Brandon Finnegan, or Edguardo Rodriguez?|
(Sam from Louisville)
|In this order:
1. Eduardo Rodriguez
2. Marco Gonzales
3. Brandon Finnegan
I like all three pitchers in their different ways, but I have a long history with Rodriguez and think he is at least a safe bet to provide value as a back end SP. I think the ceiling is higher than that obviously, but he has potential of three Solid-Average to Plus pitches from the left side. The velocity spikes at the end of the season are interesting, and it's a noticeable trend the past three years. I think it's important to keep that in mind when evaluating Rodriguez.
Finnegan is a question mark for me, I'll echo the thoughts of Faleris from his last chat. How does the stuff hold up over the course of the season? Is he more low-90's rather than touching 94? Either way, I've noted in the past that I still like Finnegan overall, but there is some volatility and risk with his role as a SP moving forward. (Tucker Blair)
|2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Brandon Finnegan or Jeff Hoffmen long term?|
(Tommy G. from milwaukee)
|Presuming health, I'm a big believer in Hoffman as a frontline starter. Finnegan is going to be a quality guy, but Hoffman should pass him by a fair margin. (Mark Anderson)|
|2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Will Brandon Finnegan be given a chance to develop as a starter now?|
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
|I'm sure he will. Honestly, I think he fits best in a bullpen, but I understand why they would move him back to the rotation.
This will sound crazy, but I think an argument can be made that the Royals have already made their value with that selection. Finnegan helped them get to a WS. While they did not bring the trophy home, he still played an integral part in the process. That's what the draft is for, right? It would be nice if he could now shift to the rotation, but we at least know for certain he can be a legitimate MLB RP. (Tucker Blair)
|2014-10-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Ok I will start throwing so pitchers at you then. Besides Carlos Rodon, which pithers do you like best coming out of the 2014 draft?|
(Scott from AZ)
|I really like Tyler Kolek, who has awesome power and very strong stability. Touki Toussaint also has a good balance of power/stability in his delivery, though he lacks the power ceiling of Kolek in his delivery, but Toussaint has a very efficient path of kinetic energy. Brandon Finnegan is another high-power guy, and I always appreciate a young pitcher with strong momentum, while holding out hope that his organization let's him keep it.
On the jukebox: Guns n' Roses, "Civil War" (Doug Thorburn)
|2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Barring injury, next years KC rotation will have Duffy, Guthrie, Vargas and Ventura. While your crystal ball is broken: What's more likely for the "5th" starter, having a Brandon Finnegan prospect type there, or having a short-term veteran in the rotation with DD/JG/YV/JV?|
(BH from Independence, MO)
|You've heard about my crystal ball, eh?
I would say short-term veteran makes a ton more sense. Brandon Finnegan has been a solid reliever this last month. He has also made five (5) starts as a professional. All three were with Class A Wilmington. He needs seasoning. He'll be given a chance to win a job on the Opening Day roster next spring, but I would suspect you'll have to go to Springdale or Omaha to see him early next year. (Andy McCullough)
|2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How has Brandon Finnegan's postseason usefulness impacted his future role with the Royals? Do you think his long-term future is out of the rotation or the bullpen?|
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
|I think the Royals have to give him every chance to be a starter. What he's doing this fall is great, and it fits the Royals need right now, so it works. But if they keep him in the bullpen next year just because he's good at it, they're cutting off their nose to spite their face. Most pitching prospects would excel in a bullpen role, perhaps not to this extent, but they would be good at it. I think he goes back to the minors and works towards being a starter. He can always go back to relieving if it doesn't work. (Jeff Moore)|
|2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)||Does Brandon Finnegan have any fantasy value in the next 2 years? SP or Bullpen arm?|
(Bart from New Jersey)
|I think he'll have value in 2016 as a starter, yes. Don't count on him for a ton next year, though. I think he goes back to the minors and starts. (Ben Carsley)|
|2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who will have the better career Danny Duffy or Brandon Finnegan?|
(Kevin G from Jacksonville)
|As of today you'd have to go with Duffy because he's got a regular rotation spot and is pitching very well. Remember that he too was a big-time prospect before injuries slowed him, but he's still very young and has upside to grow. Finnegan has much to prove before he becomes the next... Danny Duffy? :-) (Cory Schwartz)|
|2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)||I was a big fan of Brandon Finnegan before the draft. Do you think he's a rotation guy (like perhaps a left Marcus Stroman)? Ceiling as a #2 but most likely a consistent #3?|
(Chris from Oakland)
|So was I. I thought 60 FB, 55 SL, 55 CH. #3 starter ceiling, 7th/8th inning reliever floor. Nice player. (CJ Wittmann)|
|2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)||From one Craig to another; Brandon Finnegan is off to a nice roll in his pro debut and has reached AA already. Rotation piece in the bigs? If he sticks what upside do you see out of him? |
(Craig from DC)
|AND WE'RE BOTH IN DC. Let's meet and be best friends sometime. I absolutely love Finnegan and have thought of him as a LHP version of Marcus Stroman. I definitely think he's a starter, and I think he can be what we think of Stroman as. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How strong is the Royals crop of young arms including Kyle Zimmer, Miguel Almonte, Jason Adam, Christian Binford, Sam Selman, and new acquisitions Brandon Finnegan and Foster Griffin? BTW, what can you tell me about Selman as he doesn't seem to get as much press as the others? Cheers |
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
|it's very strong. I really like Almonte and believe Adam will continue to progress. I like Finnegan quite a bit too. if Zimmer could prove healthy, then the crop would be even stronger. Given the control problems, I am not convinced Selman is a starter long term, and that's the biggest reason you don't hear more about him nationally. (Mark Anderson)|
|2014-06-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Which players drafted today could we see up in the Majors before the end of the season?|
(Sheila from Daly City, CA)
|Most likel options would be Nick Burdi, Nick Howard, Aaron Nola, maybe Brandon Finnegan.
Nick Gordon going fifth overall to the Twins. (Draft Day Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
|2014-06-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you see any players that could play in the majors now? Similar to Paco Rodriguez?|
(Frank from KC)
|Nick Burdi, depending on how many more innings he logs. Brandon Finnegan, if right, could add value now. Nick Howard has the stuff for it. Lindgren. Nola, if they wanted to push him.
Most likely would be Burdi/Howard/Lindgren/Finnegan, all depending on where they go. (Draft Day Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
|2014-05-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)||who do you hear the tigers targeting?|
(sc from cali)
|With the caveat that there are huge questions as to who will even be on the board, I think Nick Burdi is the obvious candidate with Brandon Finnegan a possibility if medicals check out. (Pre-Draft Chat with Nick J. Faleris)|
|2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How would you rank these SP from 2014 MLB Draft for the biggest upside: Luke Weaver, Erick Fedde, Sean Newcomb, Grant Holmes, Brandon Finnegan, Luis Ortiz, |
(Silverback38 from VA)
|Are these real people? Sorry, I don't do draft stuff. Not enough bandwidth to do majors, minors, AND amateur (Paul Sporer)|
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