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Another week of action is in the books and there are several prospects around the country making their presence felt. Frankie Piliere takes all of your burning questions at 2:30, eastern.

 

Kendall Rogers
Frankie will be here at 2:30 eastern to start replying, but go ahead and get your questions in … now!
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Frankie Piliere
Hey everyone – get those prospects questions in and I’ll join you in about 25 minutes!
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Frankie Piliere
Alright, away we go!
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Comment From Gary
Why is Josh Lowe not getting a lot of love to be drafted at top of 1st round? What is keeping him from drafted higher?
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Frankie Piliere:
I think you’ll hear more and more about Lowe as the spring rolls along. The bat has been inconsistent at times, but in my opinion he’s a top 20 overall type of talent. It’s plus power potential and a huge arm to go with an athletic frame. I think there just needs to be a more consistent approach this spring.
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Comment From Erik
Among the three of Quantrill, Gowdy, and Hudson, who do you think will end up being “front-of’-the-rotation guys?
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Frankie Piliere:
I’d go with Quantrill because of the command. Assuming that 3 pitch command returns after surgery he’s the best qualified of that group to be a #1 in a big league rotation. Gowdy and Hudson both have that upside but have a few more command questions.
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Comment From Barry
Should we be concerned that both Hansen and Puk aren’t performing commensurate with either a frontline starter or a top 5 draft pick?
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Frankie Piliere:
Yeah I’d say the mood of scouts is that they’re waiting for someone to step up and grab that 1-1 mantle and no one is doing it yet. Plenty of guys are performing but they don’t have the traditional top of the class stuff. Puk and Hansen do. It could leave it open for one of the HS arms to jump into that race (Pint, Groome)
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Comment From Joe
Best possible first round pick for Milwaukee? Most realistic?
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Frankie Piliere:
So many scenarios could play out for them at 5. Way, way too early to project but I think you could come away happy if Hansen and/or Puk create enough question marks to be sitting there at 5. I’d be happy to roll the dice on their upside. Corey Ray, Kyle Lewis, Groome, Pint…these are all reasonable possibilities.
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Comment From Nate
Jeremy Kendall….seems like a beast. Is he ahead of Corey Ray, development-wise?
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Frankie Piliere:
At the same stage yeah he might be. As an example, Corey Ray struggled big time in the Cape League after his freshman season. Kendall held his own. I’d say his bat is coming a little faster.
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Comment From Lance
What are your thoughts on Faedo and McKay.
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Frankie Piliere:
I’ve been on Faedo for awhile and watched him a lot in HS so this isn’t surprising me much. Big frame, electric stuff and has the swing and miss pitch to be a Friday guy at any program. Nasty slider, lives 93-94. He’s a top of the first round guy when his turn comes around. McKay honestly has just ramped up his stuff a tick. A lot more 92s from him and he’s just been more crisp. And we already knew how polished he was so this is just a culmination of a monster skill set.
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Comment From Mike
Does Logan Gray have a future in this game? Comp to anyone?
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Frankie Piliere:
Oh he absolutely does. He’s getting a lot of buzz as a top 50 overall pick. I think he’s at least going in the top 2. It’s a fast bat with easy lift and enough athleticism. I don’t have a real comp for you, but as the spring goes along I’m sure scouts will come up with one.
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Comment From Greg
How high could you see Nick Senzel going in this draft? I understand he can hit, but there has to be some concern about his power in games being so limited.
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Frankie Piliere:
Honestly the power doesn’t worry me that much. I’ve seen the juice in his bat and I really think the HR stroke is going to keep coming. There’s no issues with the life in his bat and he’s a smart enough hitter that he can learn it. I think he’s going in the first 20-25 picks.
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Comment From Harold
How long before Jaren Kendall overtakes Schwarz as top bat in ’17 class?
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Frankie Piliere:
It could certainly happen this spring. With all that speed and athleticism, he makes a very compelling case.
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Comment From Justin
Is Zack Collins moving up boards? Is he looking better at catcher?
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Frankie Piliere:
If you take Collins, you take him for that easy lefty power and ability to take the ball out to all fields. I think if you’re fully committed to him catching you might be disappointing, but man can he hit. Regardless of position yes I do think he’s moving up because of his offensive consistency. First rounder all the way.
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Comment From Kevin
Thoughts on 2017 Seattle lhp Tarik Skubal being a top guy for next year. How much does where he plays factor in to his stock?
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Frankie Piliere:
I think it’s very, very different when you’re a pitcher. Stuff doesn’t lie and it’s less up for interpretation than with a hitter. Sean Newcomb being a northeast kid at Hartford had no impact on his stock at all for instance. Skubal is 91-94 with a nasty, swing and miss hard breaking ball. From everything I’ve heard it’s first round caliber stuff. I’ll lay eyes on him soon enough but yes he sounds like an elite 2017.
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Comment From Steve
What kind of comps is Kyle Lewis receiving?
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Frankie Piliere:
I’ve heard a lot of stuff, but the one I kind of like is Jermaine Dye – the young, lean Dye we saw when he first came up in ’96 with Atlanta. The all fields power and athleticism, and long limbs…I like that one.
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Comment From Ryan
With 6 picks in the top 85 do you see Preller being able to land some impact talent in this draft?
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Frankie Piliere:
Absolutely. This class is deep, it’s just muddy at the top. There’s a ton of high upside depth, particularly in the prep pitching class.
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Comment From Rob
Just saw the Skubal comment. Do you like Skubal more than Hagen Danner in that class?
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Frankie Piliere:
TBD – I’ll see Danner this summer but from what I’ve heard he’s something special.
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Comment From VUHawkTalk
FP, any thoughts on Hayden Stone’s draft projection? He seems to be ahead of pace in his recovery from TJ and back to 89-91 with his spike slider in full effect.
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Frankie Piliere:
Because of the pedigree and arguably the nastiest, most unique breaking ball in the college game I think someone pops him in the top 5 rounds and fast tracks him. The FB is never going to be explosive enough to get him a higher pick, but he’s going to get people out at the next level.
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Comment From Nathan
People are raving about Seth Beer after his last week. Offensive bat upside in mind, who do you like better, Nick Madrigal or Seth Beer?
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Frankie Piliere:
Beer, all the way. Madrigal is the more polished baseball player in my opinion, but Beer has potential All-Star upside at the pro level. He’s been a tools showcase the last few weeks. Potential 30 HR corner profile at the next level and has the athleticism.
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Comment From Ryan
Thoughts on Delvin Perez?
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Frankie Piliere:
One of my favorite players to watch in this class. You watch a Perez game and you will see something exciting happen, particularly on the defensive side. And, he’s gotten much stronger and more powerful at the plate.
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Comment From VandyMan
Thoughts on Hayden Stone? With him less than a year removed from surgery and already contributing quality innings it has me wondering where his draft stock stands.
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Frankie Piliere:
See above. I think he goes in the 4th-5th round because of the pedigree and nasty plus breaking ball. But He’s still an 89-91 range guy so I think that’s his ceiling.
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Comment From Great Googly Moogly
Heath Quinn at Samford is off to a terrific start — what’s the word in the south on his prospect buzz? what makes him special?
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Frankie Piliere:
Scouts love athletes with power and who can blame them? Quinn posted some above average run times for me over the summer and he’ll show you plus power potential. There’s swing and miss in there and approach issues, but he still held up really well against better pitching last summer. I think he’ll be a real player in the top 40 picks.
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Comment From Ryan
I am really liking Ray so far this season. Do you think he has a chance to still be around at pick 8 for the padres.
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Frankie Piliere:
A million things can happen between now and June, but my instinct is that I’d be shocked if he was still around by 8. Speed and power with that type of performance should not last outside the top 5 picks.
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Comment From Eric
What is up with Alec Hansen at Oklahoma?
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Frankie Piliere:
Just needs more consistent command and more of his third pitch.
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Comment From Will
Not much talk on him, but what percent do you think that Ian Anderson will ultimately be one of the top 3 arms from this class?
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Frankie Piliere:
Overall? I don’t think so. But he’s going to be a monster. It’s all loose, easy, projectable and with three pitches he has feel for. I’d put my money on that kid being a big leaguer maybe over any prep pitcher in this crop. Groome and Pint might have the gaudier upside but Anderson is ready made in my opinion.
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Comment From Eric
Why hasn’t Mitch Hart of USC Pitched yet?
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Frankie Piliere:
My understanding is that it’s just soreness and they are taking it slow.
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Comment From Isaac
Jordon Adell did very well recently with both the bat and the arm. What will he ultimately be? Is is his bat developed enough to compete with Vientos and Royce Lewis?
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Frankie Piliere:
I’ve only see him as a bat so I’ll be a bit biased. I think he’s flat out scary with the bat but he’s such an athlete that I’d just let it play out and see which side develops more. He’s a little more raw than Vientos from what I’ve seen but the power upside is immense and maybe unmatched in the class.
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Comment From Justin
Your early freshman of the year votes?
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Frankie Piliere:
What a competitive crop it’s gonna be. Luken Baker, Joe Davis, Seth Beer. I think Beer gets my vote, as I think he’s going to keep performing better and better.
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Comment From Vinnie
One of your answers has me intrigued. In 3-5 years who do you think will be the to three arms from this year’s class of pitchers?
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Frankie Piliere:
Honestly it would not surprise me if it was that trio of prep arms….Anderson, Groome, and Pint. Pint’s command scares me more than the other guys. Groome is a special, special specimen. Anderson to me is the least risky. But, I really think I’d stick with the HS guys long term.
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Comment From Brian
Kyle Lewis has obviously been off to a great start. I realize we’re way early from pairing teams and players, but if the Braves took him at 3, would you consider that a reach as of right now?
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Frankie Piliere:
Not for me. Some might question the competition, but I watched him light up elite pitchers on a nightly basis on the Cape. His feel for hitting is very underrated. I think that’s a perfectly sound pick in that spot.
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Comment From Johnny
What college shortstops could go off the board in March within the first 100 picks?
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Frankie Piliere:
Alemais, Woodmansee, Robinson, maybe Brigman, CJ Chatham, Ryan Howard. Chatham is an excellent sleeper.
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Comment From Alex
Let’s say a reasonable MLB line for Corey Ray is hitting .280 with a .350 OBP, 20 homers and 20 stolen bases. Am I close or way off?
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Frankie Piliere:
I think he’s going to steal more bags than that early in his career. Guys with power slow down in that department so sure I could see him settling into a line like that.
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Comment From Donald
How do you like Mickey Moniak? Is he just another Christian Yelich (guy with great average, a little speed, but very little power)?
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Frankie Piliere:
I think the power is going to keep developing and I love the defensive presence. There’s a lot of scouts just all in on Moniak’s all around skill set. I think he’s an above average big league regular.
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Comment From Justin
Have any notes on Kevin Hill, Thomas Hackimer, Dan Rizzie, or Alex Caruso?
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Frankie Piliere:
Hackimer is getting rave reviews from everyone he faces. Put in context that this is a guy with a nasty low sidearm angle but is coming at you with an 88-91 mph sinking fastball and a frisbee slider that he can dot on both sides. This isn’t a gimmick pitcher. I think he’s a good big leaguer in the making. The stuff plays.
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Comment From Hammie
Connor Jones is a solid pitcher. Isn’t Virginia one of those schools that requires their starters into funky mechanics which affects them long-term?
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Frankie Piliere:
Virginia has some of their own ways, yes. But I’m not the least bit concerned about Jones. Three above average pitches with a bowling ball 91-95 mph sinking fastball. He’s as safe a bet to be a #2 type starter as anyone in this class. Maybe better.
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Comment From VUHawkTalk
Are there any surefire 80 grades in this class?
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Frankie Piliere:
Pint, Burdi, and the best version of Hansen have 80 FB grades.
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Comment From Kyle
Do you think all the prep guys, (Anderson, Pint, and Groome), all get signed by major league organizations? Any make it to their college school?
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Frankie Piliere:
Always possible especially with those Vandy guys, but i think they’re just too good, too polished to not end up as pros this year.
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Comment From Ed
When will we see the first college SS off the board and who will it be?
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Frankie Piliere:
I think it’s in the back of the first round and could be Stephen Alemais
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Comment From Eric
I think Logan Shore might be the number 1 pick what do you think?
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Frankie Piliere:
Not the pure high octane stuff for that spot for me. But a sure fire first rounder.
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Comment From Jeff
What do you think about Hampson, he seems like a guy that can be overlooked.
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Frankie Piliere:
Some Hampson questions on the board so I’ll get to him. He’s not as physical as some of the other middle infielder prospects out there and doesn’t have the power upside. But 2nd/3rd round….good spot for him I think.
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Comment From Brad
Bryant Packard performed very well in Jupiter and off to a hot start in HS. Power is through the roof. Has hit 3 very long Home Run in 3 straight games. Where do you see him going in the draft?
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Frankie Piliere:
That Jupiter is going to stick with people. He was a blast to watch there. I think he’s a top 2-3 round guy. Guys with more athleticism and speed will go earlier but I love the bat.
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Comment From Justin
Most projectable prep arms in the class?
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Frankie Piliere:
Groome, Anderson, I’d say Pint but he’s already throwing the ball through a wall. Reggie Lawson and Alex Speas have classic projection frames.
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Comment From Eric
When is Cal Quantril Of Stanford supposed to be back?
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Frankie Piliere:
Mid-April seems to be the latest
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Comment From Ed
What’s the word on Errol Robinson?
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Frankie Piliere:
The questions I had about Errol’s bat are popping up this spring. He’s not really driving the ball right now and that’s been my concern. He’s still going to go high because he’s performed against good pitching and the speed and defense grade exceptionally high.
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Comment From Kevin
Is USD’s Riley Adams the top college catch going in to next year?
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Frankie Piliere:
Not at the moment – JJ Schwarz is the bat to beat at that position and if he can project there. But Adams is up there in what looks like it’s going to be very deep crop.
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Comment From John
If I am going to see Evansville play a midweek game, is there anyone worth keeping an eye on?
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Frankie Piliere:
Korbin Williams is an intriguing toolsy sophomore. Has shown power and runs and throws above average. Check him out.
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Comment From Eric
Is JJ Schwarz a top pick in 2017? I think he could be a candidate
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Frankie Piliere:
One of the leading candidates.
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Comment From James
Only seen video of Hansen and he looks like he’s laboring on every pitch. Is he not considered a big time injury risk?
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Frankie Piliere:
It’s not my favorite thing about him. Not the smoothest delivery. But, I think scouts bigger concern is the command right now.
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Comment From Jimmy
Who has the best command of 3 plus pitches, in all of college?
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Frankie Piliere:
In my opinion there’s not a pitcher with 3 plus pitches in the draft picture right now. Connor Jones has 3 above average pitches, but not quite all plus. Cal Quantrill when healthy has a 60, a 65 changeup and 55 breaking ball last I saw him.
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Comment From BigWestFAN
Hey Frankie, great segment, I was wondering about Hampson in this years SS class. It seems the knock on him is some scouts think he will be a second basemen at the next level, yet he has greatly outperformed his fellow draft class Shortstops. He hasn’t committed an error all season and made flashy plays that show his arm strength. So what could be the reason if the proof is in the pudding.
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Frankie Piliere:
Talked about Hampson but again I’d say he’s definitely helping himself , but scouts don’t quite see him projecting like the other guys. But, I’d love to get a slick fielder like him in the top 2-3 rounds.
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Comment From Charlie-man
“Buddy Reed has phenomenal tools” says most analytical writeup. Has he demonstrated in the hit tool that shows the other tools will play up?
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Frankie Piliere:
Not yet but it’s improving. Whoever takes him is rolling the dice on projection but I like the gamble.
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Frankie Piliere
Alright everyone, tremendous questions today. Sorry if I didn’t get you all. Come back next week! We’ll be talking even more HS class stuff, as well as the usual college chatter.
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