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Hittin’ Season #247: Hot Stove & Trout w/ Scott Lauber

On Episode 247, Scott Lauber discusses Macharper & Trout and Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs talks Phils prospects

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On Episode 247 of “Hittin’ Season,” host John Stolnis is joined by Phillies beat writer for Scott Lauber for a discussion on Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, and on those who believe the Phils would be wise to punt on Macharper in order to save room on their plates for Mike Trout.

On Macharper, Lauber says, “My feeling on this all along has been Machado will wind up with the Phils for the simple fact that, he’s the guy they want, and they will make sure that it happens. If it takes 30 or 40 million more than the Yankees best offer the Phillies are going to get there.”

But what does that mean for the Phils’ weekend visit with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas?

“I think the visit to see Harper is legitimate, they have legitimate interest in him, but the time has come for Harper to get serious about this, the Phillies are ready to meet with him, but if Manny Machado calls tomorrow and says, ‘I want you guys,’ I think they’ll cancel their trip.”

Also on this episode, Chief Prospect Analyst for, Eric Longenhagen, joined the show to discuss their Phillies list.

Among the prospects we discussed in depth: Sixto Sanchez (1), Adonis Medina (2), Alec Bohm (3), Spencer Howard (4), Luis Garcia (5), Mickey Moniak (11), Jhailyn Ortiz (19) and prospects further down the list including Kyle Young, Kyle Dohy, Zach Warren and Bailey Falter.

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