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  1. 8 points
    So while finalizing my postseason top prospect list, I've been watching more video. Here are some tidbits of my notes. Akin - Throws two fastballs, a two seamer that has a little sink and a four seamer with some armside run and rise on good days. The slider is sluvry and not anything special but it plays to LH and RH batters and he commands it pretty well. The changeup doesn't have great movement, but he throws it with great arm speed and it fools with change of velo rather than tail or drop. Delivery is pretty easy. The walks he gives up seem to be less about not being able to throw strikes and more not trusting his stuff, kind of Gallardo-esqe. Wells - I moved him up my list after a deeper video dive. The fastball surprised me with the number of swings and misses it garnered. It doesn't have any serious movement, but his delivery has deception that helps. All his pitches look the same out of his hand. The curveball flashed above average for me, he broke off some nasty ones against Yankees prospect Florial. It's a great pitch vs LHB, the change-up is great against righties. Watching video early in the season, he got in trouble when he left the fastball on the plate or down and in (hitters dropped the bat head on it). That led to homers. Later in the season he adjusted, and he really targeted RHB's hands with the FB with great success. Other than that, he works really fast, doesn't miss his spots by much, and makes hitters extremely uncomfortable. Dietz - He's improved the fluidity of his delivery from last year. Still kind of upright and awkward. The fastball is legit, plus pitch, velocity and late life. His slider and changeup were very inconsistent and he didn't command them well. Still learning how to pitch, the change-up did flash above average. I moved him up slightly. Peluffo - I had to go back and watch Peluffo more because I'd heard some less than great reviews of his potential. I ended up keeping him where I originally had him. Deceptive delivery, solid command from the wind-up, mechanics get funky from the stretch. Fastball is pretty good, he throws it a ton, good velocity and movement. The curveball generates GBs and the changeup has the makings of a swing and miss pitch. Not much of a pitcher yet, more thrower, but he's young and still quite thin so there may be more stuff too. Ring - The swing is weird, and I don't know if it will play. Generates a lot of power though. Really, really good right fielder, I mean I knew he was good, but I couldn't believe the quantity of great plays he made out there while I was watching Delmarva pitchers. Big arm, smart player, good range, good routes. Best defensive outfielder in the system outside of Mullins (and maybe Sparks, but I haven't seen Sparks play enough to determine). Billingsley - Not as good as Ring in the outfield (the arm isn't in the same league), but fast and polished fielder. Don't think he'll hit for enough power too have anything more than 4th/5th OFer upside, but the speed, defense, approach is worth some attention. Vespi - Spoiler Alert - He's in my top 30. He wasn't a couple weeks ago. I saw him early in the season and I thought this guy has decent lefty stuff, but will never throw strikes. I didn't really think about him all season, then when looking at some stats I saw that he generated a higher swinging strike% than any other pitcher with 30+ IP in the NY/Penn league. So I figured I'd look again. He's gotten much more consistent with his mechanics, allowing him to reduce the walks significantly. He's got a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup. He's also got a deceptive delivery, it looks like he modeled after Clayton Kershaw, it's almost identical. The slider is his best pitch, it ate up both LH and RH hitters, I don't think I saw it put in play once. The fastball is ok, it's not good enough to throw down the middle, but it's similar to Cameron Bishop's. The change up flashed above average too, although not nearly as consistent as the slider. The curveball is a slow cement mixer that he tends to hang and I saw get hit for home runs more than once. It looks like hitters see it well out of his hand. I don't know if he'll throw enough strikes to keep starting, but the FB, SL, CU combo gives him later inning reliever upside.
  2. 7 points
    So this is the first in a short series I will be doing on potential targets for the Orioles in the rule 5 draft. Yes I know the rule 5 draft isn't of great consequence, but this is a slow part of the year and it usually generates a lot of discussion around here. Also, all players that I cover in this series are going to be players that I have watched multiple games of video on. So this isn't just me ripping other people's scouting reports or scouting the stat lines. So with that said here we go. Burch Smith Background Smith is 27, a bit older than the typical rule 5 draft choice. He had TJS in 2015 and just returned to action this season. He already made his big league debut back in 2014 and was competing for a rotation spot in 2015 when he was injured. He pitched 56 innings, mostly at AA and AAA this season. He was a starter for all but one of those outings and was gradually stretched out. His last 5 starts were all 5+ innings. Then he went to the AFL and pitched another 20 innings, and had the best K/9 of all the pitchers there who predominately started. Physical Smith is a tall (6'4") slender righty with a slightly violent, but repeatable delivery. He uses his lower half aggressively and has a whippy arm action that adds deception. Stuff I watched video of his final 3 starts of the season and I was shocked this guy was unprotected. He flashed 4 above average pitches or better pitches. The quality of the stuff was very inconsistent (all pitches also showed below average at times) but that's to be expected coming off 2 years of no pitching. The fastball ranged from 88-96, usually sitting 90-93 with armside run and explosive life when located in the top of the zone for whiffs (which he did well). He has a sharp 1 to 7 hammer of a curve, that comes and goes (one game he didn't have it at all) but when it's on, oh boy. He has two change-ups, one that is straight and he throws with great arm speed (I like this one better). He also has another change (split change maybe) that has drop and armside tumble, it looks like hitters can see this out of his hand sometimes, but it does have plus movement. Control/Command He loses his release point at times, but is generally in the zone, very aggressive with hitters (sometimes to his detriment). He does a nice job of commanding his pitches up and down, but it's average command overall. Why was he left unprotected He's coming off injury and he loses his stuff after about 40 pitches at this point. He's 27 years old. Why the Orioles should pick him He's got big league stuff, and a starter's repertoire, even if it's not a starter's delivery. If he can hold his stuff better, he's Ynoa with much better secondaries. He could compete for the 5th rotation spot and if he doesn't win it, he'd be a useful bullpen piece. Edit: He pitches in A+ ball and AAA, I miss read the stats.
  3. 7 points
    Hanx I'm actually doing Clark Kent but my impersonation of Lurch was Oscar worthy a couple of years ago.
  4. 5 points
    http://www.orioleshangout.com/2017/11/12/2017-orioles-top-30-prospects/ Well will start adding profiles of the players this week. Feel free to ask any questions. We will have more out soon including our personal lists and discussions. Thanks to PhillyOs119 (Luke Siler) and Chris Slade for their help on the profiles (that are coming) and their input for putting this list together this year. Austin Hays (RF) – From High-A ball toe the major leagues, Hays had a breakout season in which he proved he was one of the best prospects in all of baseball. He will have the opportunity to compete for an everyday RF job in 2018 with the Orioles. Ryan Mountcastle (3B/SS) – The 20-year old ended his second full minor league season in Bowie at third base as he begins his transition from SS. His 48 doubles and 18 home runs hint at the impact power this young man possesses. 3B may not be his ultimate positional home but he’ll get an opportunity to show he can stick there in 2018 at Bowie. Hunter Harvey (RHP) – Finally healthy, Harvey was sitting in the mid-90s and showing a hammer curveball in his rehab outings. He will be a full go next spring and the only question around him is can he hold up to be a starter who will he need to eventually be moved to a closer role? He will get every opportunity to be a starter. Chance Sisco (C) – Put up his worse full season offensive numbers in his career, but flashed some occasional power and improved a bit defensively. Still question marks on whether he can hit left-handed pitching and be good enough defensively to control the running game. DL Hall (LHP) – The Orioles 1st round pick in 2017, the high school left-hander looked more like himself in the instructional leagues though his command will need to improve. Fastball can reach the mid-90s and his curveball can be a real swing and miss pitch. DJ Stewart (LF) – Orioles first round pick in 2015 had a breakout season and put himself back on the prospect map. A smart hitter who can make in the at bat adjustments and who can hit right and left-handed pitching giving him an opportunity to be more than a platoon player. Alex Wells (LHP) – The Orioles minor league pitcher of the year was about as dominant as a pitcher can be over the second half of the season. Commands a three-pitch arsenal that includes a plus curveball, and a flash plus changeup to offset a below average 86-90 MPH fastball that plays average due to some deception and his ability to pitch inside on batters. If he threw 2-3 MPH faster he’d be one of the top prospects in baseball. Anthony Santander (RF) – The Orioles may have found something in the Rule Five draft, finding this injured high celling outfielder in Single-A and rehabbing most of the year. Shows power from both sides of the plate with an average hit tool. Still needs to spend time on the Orioles 25-man roster next year but could one day be an everyday outfielder in left or right field. Keegan Akin (LHP) – Came into his first full minor league season out of shape and it showed early on, but once he got in shape his stuff rebounded and he showed a solid fastball, slider combination and a useable change that gives him a chance to stick as a starter. Cedric Mullins (CF) – Impressed the Orioles so much in the spring that he was jumped two levels to Bowie in just his second full minor league season. Got off to a hot start but a hamstring injury put him on the DL and he battled the injury all season cutting into his stolen base attempts. The switch hitter is a much better hitter from the left side of the plate and may be limited to platoon duty. Solid defensive center fielder who also played a real solid left field so could be a great fit as a 4th outfielder. Tanner Scott (LHP) – No one throws harder in the system, but no one throws less strikes either. With a fastball that can hit triple digits regularly and an improved slider, Scot just needs to harness his stuff more often to find a place in a major league bullpen. Michael Baumann (RHP) – The Orioles 2017 3rd round pick dominated New York Penn League batters in his debut with a hard sinking fastball and solid slider. He’ll need to keep developing his change to develop into a starting option but with a mid-90s fastball and plus slider, he could move quickly as a relief option. Cameron Bishop (LHP) – Lefty with a low 90’s fastball and swing and miss slider has a chance to stay as a starter if his change develops. Fastball can touch mid-90s on occasion and might play up in a relief role. Jomar Reyes (3B) – Lost most of his season after punching a wall in the dugout after a bad at bat, but started to make some adjustments in the field and at the plate. Pretty athletic for a big guy and some believe he might be able to stay at 3B where his plus arm is a pleasure to watch. Had a good instructional league, but next year will be a very important year for him to take his BP power to the games. Adam Hall (SS) – The Orioles 2nd round pick in 2017 played just two games before hurting his oblique and missing the rest of the season. Reportedly has the arm and range to stay at short long term and plus speed. Should start next season in Delmarva as the everyday SS. Zac Lowther (LHP) – This soft tossing lefty will have to prove it up the ladder, but he can command three pitches and knows how to pitch. Scouts are mixed on his breaking ball though he can flash a plus one at times and can miss bats with the pitch. He commands his changeup well. Brenan Hanifee (RHP) – 19-year old righty held his own in the New York Penn league using a sinking fastball to get a lot of outs on the ground. Low 90’s fastball could still see a bump. Lamar Sparks (CF) – Toolsy 5th round pick in the 2017 draft, Sparks impressed many who saw him despite some rawness to his game. Can play an above average center field, is a plus runner, and some believe there is some power potential in his lanky frame and swing. Austin Wynns (C) – Started to break out last year but he really took a step forward with a solid all around year both offensively and defensively. Looks like a prototypical back-up catcher who can play solid defense, controls the running game, and can hold his own with the stick. The Orioles can do a lot worse with him as a caddy to Caleb Joseph. Ademar Rifaela (RF) – Another breakout player. Stocky left-handed swinger can put a charge into a fastball and started making adjustments to the off-speed pitches this past season. Plays an average right field, next season at Bowie will be a real test for him as the offspeed pitches are commanded better. Cody Sedlock (RHP) – After being a 1st round pick and having some success in the New York Penn League last year in his debut, went him and remade his delivery with disastrous results. Lost velocity and even worse, lost the sink that made him very interesting. We’ve seen a hard sinking mid 90s fastball and solid off-speed pitches from in the past so he’ll get a bit of a mulligan for this season. Grey Fenter (RHP) – Back from TJ surgery, the 21-year old righty flashed the mid-90s fastball and hammer curveball that had the Orioles shell out a million dollars after he was drafted in 2015. He’ll be full go next season and will probably start the year in Delmarva. Gabriel Ynoa (RHP) – An up and down season in AAA belies the fact that at times he can show mid-90s fastball with some ability to eat innings. Probably a long man and spot starter, but could find his way into a bigger role if things come together for him. Lucas Long (RHP) – A breakout pitcher when he was moved into a relief role, Long’s stuff plays up in relief and could be a solid option at some point in 2018 if a need arises. Solid sinker changeup combination works well especially when he’s willing to work inside. David Hess (RHP) – A solid righty who can run it up in the mid-90s at times. Stuff probably would play up in relief where his future most likely resides. His off-speed deliveries are all inconsistent so perhaps a move to the pen and focus on one off-speed pitch would help out the consistency. Jesus Liranzo (RHP) – After being added to the 40-man roster this offseason, his command left him at Bowie and his results were inconsistent. Can run it up to the high 90s with a plus slider at times. It’s all about command for him. Matthias Dietz (RHP) – Hard throwing raw righty who really is still learning the nuances of pitching. Made some strides this year and many more to go, but his fastball slider combination is intriguing. Might be able to pitch in the upper 90s in a relief role. Ryan McKenna (CF) – Solid defensive center fielder who can run a bit with some pop. Too much swing and miss though and he can get overwhelmed by good velocity. He’ll need to prove it as he goes up the ladder. Luis Gonzalez (LHP) – A left-handed pitcher who can run it up to the mid-90s at times. The Orioles sent him to the AFL where he pitched very well and he’ll most likely need to be protected on the 40-man roster. Some makeup concerns may have led him to stay down in Frederick all year rather than the stuff. Could honestly be an option in Baltimore at some point in 2018. Ofelky Peralta (RHP) – The second hardest thrower in the system behind Tanner Scott, this lanky right-hander is still struggling to find any consistent command of anything. His changeup can be a decent offering at times. Perhaps a move to the pen where he could use a high 90s fastball-changeup combinations would help him. 2016 Top Prospects List
  5. 5 points
    The O's need starting pitchers. Lots of 'em. Here are 6 ways they can pursue those pitchers that seem to fit what they've done in the past. I'm sure they might try other options, but I don't expect them to give a highly-sought-after free agent more money than anyone else, and I would be very surprised if they were to move a 30+ year old reliever like Britton, Brach or Bleier into the rotation. I am keeping in mind that they will not add someone with a look to the future, but with the goal of winning one of the wildcard slots in 2018. Here are the efforts they could make that would not surprise me at all. Move Miguel Castro into the rotation. They’ve discussed it, Buck gave him a start at the end of the season, and he’ll get a long look in spring training. Try to repeat the Chen/Gonzalez magic of 2012 by signing one or two free agent pitchers from international leagues who have had success there but won’t get a big payday from a major league team. Sign a former MLB pitcher who has been in an Asian league for the last few years who is looking for a return to MLB. This would be a pitcher who wasn’t good here before, but did well overseas. Trade a prospect/newcomer for a veteran innings eater. Mancini, Sisco, Hays, Santander, Stewart, Mullins and Mountcastle could all be on the block. I have visions of Mancini becoming the next Justin Turner, but not with the O’s. Sign a free agent “innings eater” who produces no excess value. Ricky Nolasco and Doug Fister could be two candidates, though Fister did not pitch a lot of innings in 2015 or 2017. Sign an O’s retread like Gonzalez or Tillman. That's 6 ways to get 'er done that are all inside the O's box. I don't expect them to act outside the box.
  6. 5 points
    For the November issue, Reader's Digest asked their readers to nominate their nicest place in America. This was not a best stadiums article, so it was surprising to see Oriole Park on the list. Oriole Park finished in the top 10. Very nice article that discusses how Oriole Park is a fan friendly place to watch a ballgame. Readers Digest 10 Nicest Places in America
  7. 4 points
    It is exactly 100 days until pitchers and catchers report, so I will use those 100 days to count down the 100 Most Significant Dates in Orioles history. There will of course be plenty of games on the list, although only if they have "significance" beyond just the game itself. Tippy picking off three guys was unique and memorable, but in the end it was just one win in a championship season. So, here we go. It's 100 days until pitchers and catchers report: #100 -- July 8, 1958 Baltimore hosted its first Major League All Star Game at Memorial Stadium in front of a crowd of 48,329. Major league ball had just returned to Baltimore 4 years earlier, and this was the city's first sporting event on the nationally televised stage (an NBC broadcast). Five months later the Colts would play in the NFL Championship, dubbed the NFL's "Greatest Game Ever Played" and considered the beginning of the NFL become the television juggernaut it is today. So 1958 was the year that all of America got to see Baltimore as a big league city for the first time. The first pitch was thrown out by Vice President Richard Nixon. The American League won 4-3, with Early Wynn getting the victory. The Orioles were represented by Billy O'Dell and Gus Triandos. O'Dell pitched a perfect 9th for the save, striking out two. The AL Starting pitcher was former Oriole Bob Turley, now a Yankee. Some of the big names for the American League team included future Hall of Famers Nellie Fox, Yogi Berra, future Oriole Luis Aparicio, Baltimore native Al Kaline, and Ted Williams. Warren Spahn started for the National League, and future Hall of Famers who appeared for the NL team included Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Stan Musuial. Whitey Ford was in uniform for the AL but did not appear. Casey Stengel managed the AL team, and Fred Haney the NL. It was the first All Star Game without an extrabase hit.
  8. 4 points
    Interesting take by fangraphs on the various prospects MLB is tossing back into the pool. Several of them were rated sky high in the 2016 signing period and got huge bonuses, but are now viewed much more dimly. It almost supports Angelos’ view that signing these big-dollar international guys is a bad risk. https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-braves-punishment-is-in-and-its-harsh/
  9. 4 points
    To all of you who serve or have served in the nation's armed forces. We all owe you the debt of gratitude. Happy Veterans Day.
  10. 4 points
    Interview with Jerry Coleman and Jason LA Canfora on B More Opinionated Very interesting interview which showed some of the tension that may be between Buck and Dan. Here is a summary of the items discussed. 1) Buck: I'd rather have a righty that can pitch than a lefty that can't. However the AL East parks favor lefthanded pitching. 2) Pen was fine last year. 3) Not enough finances is an excuse. We have enough money to contend. 4) O's must develop their own pitching ( more on this in #15) 5) Must have 8 or 9 pitchers that can start. 6) Hess has been good in the 2nd half. Decision must be made on protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. We will see. 7)Ability to defend in the separator for the outfielders. Mullins is the best of the young OFer defensively.. 8) Going to see Wilkerson in Az Fall league. He can play 2B/3B. He will be playing SS while Buck is there. He is a ball player. (Wilkerson played SS Monday. Made a throwing error. He played 2B yesterday and made a throwing error. Steve is 5 for 9 over the two days with a homer and a double.) 9) Buck also wants to see Luis Gonzalez ( Luis pitched 1/3 of an inning yesterday. Allowed no hits) 10) Buck does not believe in the window closing. He says the window is always open. 11) Mullins is the best leadoff hitting candidate of the young outfielders. We will see where that goes. 12) Sisco throwing got better as the season went on. 13) Buck is high on Wynns. He sounds equally high on both Wynns and Sisco. (Me - ST could tell who stays in the majors) 14)Davies would have been good in the AL East because on his change up. 15)Buck upset because young pitching has been traded away. Here is the Podcast. Buck interview starts at 29.00. http://bmoshow.com/2017/10/31/the-buck-stops-here-orioles-manager-buck-showalter-returns/ Here is what MLBTR had to say about the interview: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/orioles-notes-pitching-sisco-wynns-prospects-coaching-staff.html
  11. 4 points
    Never. He'll be 32 years old and in his walk year in 2018. He hasn't started a game since college. In 355 professional appearances, beginning in 2008. he has never started a game. His longest appearance in 2017 was 2.0 innings. Brach is at an age when many starters are losing their stuff and transitioning to the bullpen. I don't expect him to go the other way. Ever.
  12. 4 points
    Hey...I just noticed...when I was at 10,000 posts my wife said she was going to leave me if I kept on to 15,000....fortunately, she changed her mind. I would have missed her.
  13. 4 points
    Can't fail a physical because of a bad UCL if you don't have a UCL.
  14. 3 points
    Anyone interested in having me maintain something like this? I was kind of surprised no one had done it yet. Free Agents: RHP: SP Wade Miley - 32GS SP Jeremy Hellickson - 30GS SP Ubaldo Jimenez - 25GS, 6 in relief SP Chris Tillman - 19GS, 5 in relief SP Tyler Wilson - 20GS at AAA, 1GS in MLB RP Richard Rodriguez - 10SV at AAA, 5G in relief at MLB RP Scott McGough - 13SV at AA RP Jefri Hernandez - 5SV at AA/A+ RP Franderlin Romero - 4GS at A+ RP Jason Garcia RP Robert Bundy RP Raudel Lazo RP Paco Rodriguez RP Karl Triana RP Tomo Ohka - Cut during ST 2017 RP Logan Ondrusek - Cut during ST 2017 RP Zach Stewart - Released 5/2 RP Austin Urban (DNP) RP Andrew Bellatti (DNP) RP Nate Adcock (DNP) LHP: SP Jayson Aquino* - 21GS at AAA, 2GS in MLB RP Tim Berry* - 4SV at AA RP Andrew Faulkner* RP Lucas Luetge* Catchers: C Welington Castillo C Francisco Pena - Called up twice in May C Audrey Perez C Chris O'Brien# CI: 1B/RF Pedro Alvarez* - Called up 9/1 1B/RF David Washington* - Called up 6/14 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 3B Alex Castellanos 3B/1B Chris Johnson MI: 2B Ryan Flaherty 2B Johnny Giavotella - Called up 7/6 2B Sharlon Schoop 2B Sean Coyle - Released 6/10 2B/SS Robert Andino - Suspended 5/31 SS JJ Hardy SS/3B Ruben Tejada - Called up 6/5 OF: LF/CF Chris Dickerson* CF/LF Logan Schafer* CF/RF Glynn Davis RF/1B Garabez Rosa RF/LF Seth Smith RF/LF Craig Gentry Losses RP Vidal Nuno* - 11/8 MiLB contract with TBR SP Jason Wheeler* - 11/15 Contract with KBO Hanwa RP Logan Verrett - 11/16 Contract with KBO NC Dinos Re-signed Players SS Luis Sardinas# - 10/25 Re-signed to MiLB contract Acquisitions: 1B Joe Maloney - 10/19 Signed to MiLB contract; Spent 2017 in Can-Am/Atlantic leagues, was MVP RP Ryan O'Rourke* - 11/16 Signed to MiLB contract; DNP in 2017 due to TJS RP Konner Wade - 11/21 Acquired from COL for int'l slot money Internal Movement: SP David Hess - 11/20 Added to 40-man roster for Rule 5 protection SP Hunter Harvey - 11/20 Added to 40-man roster for Rule 5 protection C Austin Wynns - 11/20 Added to 40-man roster for Rule 5 protection
  15. 3 points
    In another thread, glenn_davis pointed out how few times post-Mussina the Orioles had a pitcher they drafted win 10+ games for them in a season. There have only been seven pitchers drafted by the O’s since Mussina who have won 10+ games for them in a year, and they’ve only done it 9 times total. Bundy and Bedard did it twice, Coppinger, Matusz, Arrieta, Britton and Gausman once each. Putting aside the whole “wins are a lousy statistic” issue, it got me to wondering how common it is for a home-drafted pitcher to win 10+ games, and how bad the O’s performance really was compared to other teams. So I looked at it two ways: (1) doing the same analysis for the other AL East teams over the same time period, and (2) looking at how many home-grown 10-game winners there were in MLB in 2017. First, the other AL East teams: Boston: The Red Sox have only had three home-grown 10-game winners since Mussina was drafted, but they did it 11 times: Lester (7), Buchholz (3), Sele (1). New York: The Yankees only drafted three pitchers who won 10 games in a season for them since Mussina, and they did it only four times: Hughes did it twice and Kamieniecky and Hitchcock once each. Tampa: Despite giving every other AL team a multi-year head start, the Rays have drafted 8 pitchers who won 10+ for them, and they’ve done it an AL East-high 27 times: Shields 6, Price 6, Cobb 4, Niemann 3, Hellickson 3, Davis 2, Moore 2, Sonnanstine 1. In both 2011 and 2012, the Rays had five starters accomplish the feat, and that included six different pitchers over the two years. The total of 27 is all the more remarkable when you consider that they had no home-grown 10-game winners from their debut in 1998 through 2006, and they’ve had none the last three seasons. So they had 27 such seasons in an 8-year window. Toronto: The Blue Jays lead the AL East pack by drafting ten pitchers who won 10 games for them since Mussina was drafted, and they’ve done it a total of 23 times: Halladay (7), Carpenter (3), Romero (3), Marcum (2), Hutchison (2), Stroman (2), and one each for McGowan, Litsch, Cecil and Sanchez. 2017: Looking at this past year is fairly instructive. There were 75 10-game winners in MLB, but only 20 were drafted by the team they play for: Kershaw, DeGrom, Verlander (who won 10 for the Tigers before being traded), Strasburg, Berrios, Keuchel, Bundy, Stroman, G. Cole, Nola, Cobb, Gibson, Wacha, Nelson, Paxton, Gausman, Freeland, Tomlin and J. Gray. Here’s a further breakdown of the 75: Played for the team that drafted them: 20 (incl. Verlander) Acquired via trade: 27 Acquired via free agency: 14 International players playing for the team that originally signed them: 12 Picked up on waivers: 1 (Actually, I missed one in my tally, but you get the idea) A few observations about all this: 1. Although the Orioles look pretty terrible, remember that the cutoff date was deliberately set to omit Mussina, who won 10+ games nine times for us. You only pick up a stud like that once in a blue moon, so starting the relevant period right after it happens kind of skews the picture. (Note: Andy Pettitte was drafted the same year as Mussina and won 10+ games 15 times for the Yankees.) 2. Considering that there are only 20 home-drafted pitchers among the 30 major league teams who won 10+ games in 2017, it’s rare for the O’s to have two of them in Gausman and Bundy. They’re under control for quite some time and hopefully can add to our totals. 3. Quite a few of the 27 pitchers acquired by trade were acquired pretty early in their careers — like Jake Arrieta, Zach Davies and Parker Bridwell.
  16. 3 points
    Just a little Trumbo note. I was looking at some of his stats, trying to figure out what caused his catastrophic 2017. BABIP - identical BB and K rates - almost identical ISO (good indicator of power) - huge drop The drop in batting average, OBP, and SLG is entirely due to lack of home runs, he put a similar % of balls in play and he had the same batting average on those balls that fielders had a chance at. Similar rate of doubles as well. Just less home runs. So now we look into what is causing the lack of home runs. HR/FB rate - dropped by about 11% Hard hit ball - dropped by about 9% Avg exit velocty - dropped almost 5 mph Avg distance - dropped about 35ft Pull rate - down about 4% It looks like a simple case of power decline, which is scary if someone is hoping for a bounce back or trying to attribute the drop off to not playing the field as much. It looks like a slower, less powerful bat. Maybe offseason conditioning can get it back, but it's not something one should bet on. This doesn't look like a random down season, hopefully I'm wrong.
  17. 3 points
    Minor leaguers who toil away for years making less than minimum wage and never make the majors lare the ones we should be worried about.
  18. 3 points
    These types of signings can’t be bad, super low risk, fairly low reward type move. The guy has been great against lefties, it’s nice to have a guy like that as AAA depth. Also on the GM note, you realize that until there is a change in organizational philosophy (that comes from above the GM) the Orioles are not going to operate the way a lot of fans/analysts/commentators would prefer they operate.
  19. 3 points
    I can tell you I have 6 guys on my personal list that aren’t on the official list. It’ll be out shortly so I won’t spoil who they are but I can list some guys who were close but not on either list. Yacabonis - legit fastball, with enough of a slider to get by, needs to improve command Wilkerson - older guy, but knows how to hit and is solid defensively Mason McCoy - chance to stick at shortstop and profiles like Wilkerson at the plate, most promising of the senior signs. Ben Breazeale - I don’t think he’ll hit enough for 1B (his likely position), but he was a guy who has really developed some power. I don’t know if he’ll be able to keep the strikeouts under control against advanced pitching. Drew Dosch - decent hitter, decent fielder, good gap power that may play up in Camden Yards. Doesn’t have any carrying tools so he’ll need to improve plate discipline numbers to be more than a depth guy. Yefry Ramirez- I wasn’t impressed when I saw him, fastball is hittable, secondaries more average than plus. Showed solid feel for pitching but he’s got a slim margin for error with lackluster stuff. Cole Billingsley - good approach, little power, good speed, good defender, may be able to play center in a pinch. Jacob Brown - decent bat speed and good power for a HS draftee. Better defender than advertised, may have a chance to play CF. Not at all advanced at the plate, long way to go with pitch recognition and strike zone judgement. Yelin Rodriguez and Leonardo Rodriguez are interesting but I didn’t have enough info to rank. Sardiñas - utility option, good contact, doesn’t walk or hit for much power, needs to run a high BABIP to work.
  20. 3 points
    It's 91 days until pitchers and catchers report. Here is the 91st most significant date in modern Orioles history: #91 May 8, 1966 Frank Robinson joined in the Orioles in 1966 and had the greatest season in Oriole history, winning the triple crown, MVP, and leading the Orioles to the World Championship. One of the most memorable days of the season was on Sunday, May 8. It was Mother's Day and the Cleveland Indians were in town for a doubleheader. The Orioles were 13-4 heading into the game. I have found conflicting reports on the crowd size... a Sun article reports that there were 49,516 fans and that it was the biggest crowd ever to that date in Oriole history. But baseball reference lists the attendance at just over 37,000 (still the biggest regular season crowd of 1966, even ahead of Opening Day). The Orioles won the first game of the doubleheader 8-2 behind Jim Palmer. They faced Cuban legend Luis Tiant in the second game. In the first inning, with a man on, Frank Robinson launched a shot to left field that cleared the entire left field lower deck stands, fair enough so that the outcropping from the upper deck did not interfere with it. It left Memorial Stadium and landed out in the parking lot, an estimated 450 feet, and rolled another 90 feet and stopped under a Cadillac in the lot. Exhorted by fans in the back row, two kids who lived in the neighborhood found the ball and later got to present it to Frank. It was the first, and only, ball ever to be hit completely out of Memorial Stadium in a game in the 38 years that the Orioles played there (though I personally witnessed Bo Jackson match the feat in batting practice in 1985). The Orioles put up a flag at the back of the grandstand at the approximate spot where the ball went out. The flag simply said "HERE" and stood for the remainder of the Orioles time at Memorial Stadium.
  21. 3 points
    I attended today's game @ Peoria Sports Complex. I got to see a lot more of the O's players than I did on Friday last when I left after 7 inninings -- missing Meisinger's debut. Ryan was the only Oriole (not counting Ryan Minor) to appear on the field that day. Today, I got a look at Ryan Meisinger over 2 innings -- the Peoria Javelinas liked what they saw. Meisinger retired all 6 batters that he faced. Every at bat resulted in a well struck ball; sharply hit line drives -- one each to third and centerfield; 4 belted line drives to the centerfield and right centerfield fence, all rundown by the outfielders. It was an amazing performance of striking so many bats on the sweet spot without yielding a single base-hit. More later.
  22. 3 points
    Please stay away from any political posts or societal evaluations in conjunction with this subject.
  23. 3 points
    Top 20 Contacts (Fox Sports) 1. Miguel Cabrerra (Tigers) - One Playoff appearance, now big bust 2. ARod (Yankees) - Bust 3. ARod (Texas) - No playoff appearances, huge bust 4. Joey Votto (Cin) - MVP Player... yet zero playoff appearances for the Reds 5. Pujols (Angels) - Have they had a .500 season, big bust for the Angels 6. Robinson Cano (Mariners) - Not as good as he was, zero playoff appearances for Mariners, Bust 7. Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) - Hey a big contract that worked, 8. Prince Fielder (Tigers) - Still getting paid, Tigers still in last place 9. Derek Jeter (Yankees) - Another good deal for the Yankees 10. Joe Maurer (Twins) - Another huge bust Out of the top 10, 7 clear busts, one MVP player that still can't lift his team to a .500 record, and two contracts that actually helped a team to the playoffs Can't wait to see where Manny falls will fall on this list.
  24. 3 points
    I attended the game yesterday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. The visiting Salt River Rafters vs. the Glendale Desert Dogs. I sat in the very warm sun behind home plate with a few scouts. Anthony Santander was at DH for the entire game. Batted 5 times: RH: grounded out on a hard hit ball in the hole, SS to 1B; flyball out to warning track in RF; struck out swinging on high outside FB LH: pop fly single to Bermuda Triangle behind SS; RBI line drive over second baseman's head Overall: I've seen him more patient Steve Wilkerson was a defensive replacement at 2B to start the 7th. Handled 1 sharp ground ball hit at him stationed a couple of steps into RF and threw the runner out at 1B Batted 2 times: LH: struck out swinging at high strike RH: line drive triple deep into RF corner Overall: Aggressive hitter Noteworthy: Zach Jemiola: RHP Rockies organization; looked good until he ran out of gas in the 4th Nate Griep: RHP Brewers organization; 3 swinging strikeouts, no hits, no hard hit balls Kirby Bellow: LHP Diamondbacks organization; 3 strikeouts, 2 swinging; no hits, 1 hard hit ball Sean Brady: LHP Indians organization; 5 innings, 1 run on a bunt single, a forceout, a stolen base and an errant throw from the catcher on an attempted pickoff, 4 strikeouts, 3 swinging, only 2 hard hit balls one for a single
  25. 3 points
    For the Astros - Castillo at C, Mancini at 1B, Machado at 3B (although he had a worse season than Bregman). Bundy and Gausman would probably be multi-inning relievers on that team. Mychal Givens, Brach, and Britton (if healthy) could have a place in the bullpen, not as closer or set-up though. For the Dodgers - Schoop at 2B, Adam Jones or Mancini in a LF. Bundy and Gausman would probably be multi-inning relievers on that team. Mychal Givens, Brach, and Britton (if healthy) could have a place in the bullpen, not as closer or set-up though.
  26. 3 points
  27. 3 points
    It feels a little hopeless to me too, but for completely different reasons. The Orioles unwillingness to sell is risking sending the team into years of irrelevance. The farm system is in the best shape in years, and the team is in a great position to reload quickly (not as good of a position as they were before 2017 but still).
  28. 3 points
    The Astros are one game away from a world championship. You think anyone in the organization cares that their bullpen doesn't have Britton and Brach?
  29. 3 points
    It is tied for second, with Game 3 of the 1997 Series, won by the Marlins over the Indians 14-11. Here’s a list, though not up to date: http://www.espn.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=7139411
  30. 3 points
    I like the idea of leaving no stone unturned. Brach, however, does have a high effort delivery and although he does have 3 pitches, he doesn't seem like a guy who's stuff will hold up over 6 innings. However, the Orioles are better at developing/finding relievers than starters so I don't dismiss this as a bad idea. It just won't happen. I see nothing wrong with the Castro experiment and I'd even be curious to see if Bleier can go 5 or 6 innings. The Orioles are not going to get a big ticket pitcher. They are going to wait out the market and go bargain hunting just like always. Good bet they resign Tillman, get 2-3 AAAA pitchers, and sign the guy (Gallardo/Jimenez/) that no one else wants for a (3/30, 3/45) type contract.
  31. 2 points
    I understand where you are coming from and if the Orioles were a legitimate contender in 2018 I'd give it more thoughts, but at the end of day, Harvey needs an entire healthy season starting where he can log 100-120 innings and develop the command of all three of his pitches. When you talk about how the Orioles used to bring in starting pitchers and start them in the bullpen, you are talking about an era where these guys were logging 200+ innings in the minor leagues and had hundreds of minor league innings under their belts. Harvey has barely over 100 professional innings pitched and is coming off TJ surgery. Let him go down and get a full season under his belt of learning how to pitch every five days while trying to go six innings or 100 pitches. The Orioles had to rush Bundy because he was out of options. In both of his seasons he has faded and struggled with tired arms because of the way the Orioles had to use him. Its not the blueprint for any prospect coming off TJ if you ask me. For the most part, though I thought Buck left him out too long early in the season last year, I felt the Orioles handled him pretty well under the circumstances, but if Bundy was able to pitch as a starter in 2016 in the minors he might have been stronger last year for the Orioles all season. Harvey should start the year in Frederick and hopefully be ending the season in Bowie. If that happens he's ready to compete for a job with the Orioles in 2019.
  32. 2 points
    Agree with weams 100%. While this is an important subject, and we appreciate law enforcement officers giving us some warning to unsafe areas, we have to make sure we don't delve into the causes which will become political, and are against board rules.
  33. 2 points
    Sorry if I posted misinformation. That wasn't my intention. I was just stating what I read.
  34. 2 points
    So this is a bit pre-mature, but I can update this once the Yankees 40 man roster is set. The rule 5 draft is coming up, and the Yankees have a lot of talent that is eligible for the draft. They currently have two open 40 man spots, they may be able to clear more, but right now it's 2 spots. These are the interesting rule 5 eligible guys I found (with a short blurb), there are probably other candidates as well so feel free to add to this. I linked the names to the player's fangraphs page. Gleyber Torres - WILL BE ADDED TO THE 40 MAN, one of the top prospects in baseball Domingo Acevedo - ALSO WILL BE PROTECTED, top 100 type prospect Thairo Estrada - very likely to be protected, if not, he's a must take. 21yo in league average hitter or better in AA, can stick at SS. Orioles could use as Utility, might be better than Wilkerson now (due to defense), probably profiles as a regular eventually. Albert Abreu - also very likely to be protected, like a better pitching version of Santander. He'd be hard to carry all year, but is a legit prospect, and would be worth it to acquire him. Nestor Cortes - Built like Keegan Akin, also a lefty. Stuff is underwhelming, again like Akin with less arm strength, but has good command and great feel for pitching. The fastball is only 90 but looks like an invisa-ball or something. Puts up awesome numbers, worth a shot to compete for a backend rotation spot. Could be one of those soft tosser who surprise every year. Cale Coshow - Massive reliever with big stuff, great fastball, solid change and slider. Results haven't matched the stuff. Could likely be stashed as a middle reliever, has a history as a starter. Jonathan Loaisiga - small guy with a big arm, missed time with injuries, has some real potential but far too raw to hang onto all season. Stephen Tarpley - maybe my favorite target, the former Orioles has remade himself as a softer throwing reliever (weird, I know) but he turned into a GB machine this season. Everything moves, and he throws a tailing low 90's fastball, an above average biting curveball, a solid slider, and mixes in a change-up as well. He command looks to be average or better and he eats up lefties. He would probably benefit from time to face more advanced hitters, but he looks put together enough to handle the jump as a LOOGY with a chance to be a set-up type piece in the future. Billy McKinney - COF who can really hit, not really room for him on the roster, unless you want to start Hays in the minors and then send Santander down once he gets his 45 days. Might get traded or protected. But if not, may be worth the roster crunch to add this talent. Mark Payton - lefty 4/5th OF candidate, can play CF. Similar profile to Rickard, might be an upgrade.
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    I've read the two articles cited in this string. There are no publicly available documents on the Court of Appeals website. If you're interested or dubious, you can search the Court of Appeals website, www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/courtpass/Docket.aspx , under the case number APL-2017-00146. Explaining what I think has happened requires some background. (If you don't care about any of that, you can skip down to the last two paragraphs, starting with "So what happens next?") As required by the 2015 settlement agreement, when MASN and the Nationals could not agree on post-2011 rights fees to be paid to the Nats, MLB's Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee acted as an arbitration panel to decide those fees. MASN (and I'll use MASN to mean both MASN and the Orioles entities) sued to have that arbitration decision thrown out on various grounds. The trial court judge agreed with MASN that the decision should be vacated because of the RSDC's evident partiality, but agreed with the Nats that the rights fees could be determined by another arbitration before the RSDC. Both sides appealed, and the appeals were heard by a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division, NY's intermediate appeals court. All five judges agreed with MASN (and the trial court) that the RSDC's decision should be thrown out. Three judges agreed with the Nats that the RSDC should re-decide the dispute -- two because they decided that MASN had not met the extremely high standard for persuading a court to appoint arbitrators other than those agreed to by the parties, and the third decided that courts have no legal authority to do that. The other two judges agreed with MASN that the rights fees should be set by arbitrators other than the RSDC in light of that body's spectacularly shoddy record of unfairness. MASN is trying to appeal the Appellate Division's ruling that the RSDC will hear the future rights fees arbitratios. That appeal would be heard by the Court of Appeals, NY's highest court. The Court of Appeals is required by NY law to hear some appeals, and as to others it can decide whether to hear the appeal, much like the U.S. Supreme Court. Among the appeals that it must hear are those in cases where two appellate judges dissented "on a question of law in favor of the party taking the appeal" (that is, MASN), and decisions that "directly involved the construction of the [NY or US] Constitution." My assumption was that MASN would assert the right to appeal on the "double-dissent" ground. But the recent articles say MASN sought to appeal on Constitutional grounds,. I am guessing from the press reports that MASN decided it did not have the right to a "double-dissent" appeal since the two dissenters' disagreement with two judges was not "on a question of law," but on whether the facts presented by MASN were sufficient to entitle it to a hearing by an arbitration body other than the RSDC, and that MASN instead argued that there was some constitutional issue raised by the RSDC's misconduct as described in the dissent. What apparently happened on Thursday is that the Court of Appeals decided that MASN had no right to appeal on whatever grounds it argued, and issued an SSD, or sua sponte dismissal , dumping MASN's claim that it had a right to appeal. If that's what happened, I think it was a dubious decision by MASN, other than as a delaying tactic, but that's my best shot at deciphering what happened. So what happens next? While the rules are complex, I am pretty sure MASN can now ask (by making a formal motion) either the Appellate Division or the Court of Appeals for permission to appeal the Appellate Division's decision to the Court of Appeals. I expect that MASN will go first to the Appellate Division (where it will need three of the five judges on the panel voting in favor of allowing an appeal) and, if that fails, to the Court of Appeals (where it will need at least two judges voting to hear the appeal). Because the courts don't explain why they grant or turn down these motions, the reasons for granting or denying leave to appeal are mysterious. In general, having the right to appeal granted by the Court of Appeals is a longshot, occurring in about 5 percent of cases in which it's sought. It would seem very unlikely that the Court of Appeals would want to get into the details of this private dispute, which raise no widely applicable issues of NY law. The likelihood is that this goose is pretty well cooked. But who knows? In any event, all this will take a while, and that seems to be MASN's -- meaning the Orioles' -- game plan. Kind of like talking to Manny about a contract extension: just put it off as long as possible.
  37. 2 points
    LOL, well $25K once he's returned....hope they don't spend that extra $25K on another TJ survivor ;-)
  38. 2 points
    Maybe. There are probably three more in history if so. Only a Sith deals in absolutes. And weams.
  39. 2 points
    Sir, and I use that word intentionally. Setting a high bar is something I am comfortable saying that almost every single one of us has. That said, we all have different opinions regarding how that bar can be reached and even sometimes what the impediments are to achieving said goal. Your post seems childish, not because it expresses disdain for the GM and the move, but because it implies that the signing is the high point of the offseason. You want DD gone. Ok you made your point. You are not alone in that thought, but I do not share that opinion necessarily. But if you would like your opinions to be taken seriously, I would suggest that in the future, maybe you offer them with more grounded reason than presented above. The O'Roarke move most certainly will not take the O's to the promised land. But on all counts, it seems like a well constructed depth move for the organization. And if you were merely trying to make a joke, most here are accustomed to "Print the playoff tickets now..." Good luck and I hope my feedback is taken without offense. Cheers.
  40. 2 points
    How about Trumbo for Jason Hammel. K.C. could use a first baseman when Hosmer likely signs elsewhere in free agency. They could also use him to platoon with Brandon Moss as a part-time DH or right fielder. Hammel is still throwing 92-93, is only 34 and is a bounceback candidate. At worst he gives you 180 innings of 5 era for 11 million as a 5th starter.. We might have to kick in 5-6 million due to Trumbo's second year. Sign Garcia 3 yrs, 42m and Chatwood 3 yrs, 36 m. Trade Britton to Houston for Brad Peacock (arb. eligible, 3 yrs of control surprisingly) and Hector Perez, a hard throwing starter now but possibly a future closer. Peacock is your 6th starter instead of the Mike Wrights of the world. and with Castro gives alot of innings.
  41. 2 points
    He should. I really like RZNJ’s top 10, and any list that has Wynns 30th shows we have better depth in the system than we’ve had in a long time.
  42. 2 points
    I think the “Camden Yards is a tough place to pitch” narrative is a bit overblown. The O’s had a 4.60 ERA at home this year, 5.38 on the road. Last year it was 3.81 at home, 4.64 on the road. In any event, a good pitcher is going to outpitch his opponent most of the time regardless of what the home stadium is like; it’s the same for both teams.
  43. 2 points
    To me, Taylor is an intriguing president, though he only served for a brief period of time. First, Taylor entered office at a time when sectional animosities started to intensify. The United States just received Mexican territory from the U.S.-Mexican War, and questions rose as to whether those territories would be slave or free. A slaveholder from Kentucky, Taylor actually felt slavery was not feasible in the newly acquired territory and declared he would sign any bill that outlawed slavery in federally-controlled territories. Secondly, entering office, Taylor proclaimed that he would defer to Congress on issues of national importance, while also seeking to use compromise to maintain sectional peace. However, Taylor threatened to veto the major piece of legislation that Congress worked on during his presidency: the Compromise of 1850. Taylor would die before the Compromise of 1850 reached the White House. Yet, Taylor's presidency seems most noted for his death. He died in July 1850, with cholera being the cause of death. Over the years, some have speculated that Taylor was assassinated by a pro-slavery sympathizer who poisoned him, to the point where a University of Florida history professor convinced Taylor's closest living relative to exhume his body for testing. The tests, which took place in the early-1990s, revealed that Taylor was not poisoned, though that has not stopped assassination theories from appearing. Some have overlooked a few things surrounding Taylor's death. First, until 1850, sewage tended to find its way to public grounds not far from the White House. Making matters worse, the White House water supply was seven blocks downstream from a depository of human waste. This all meant that the food and water at the White House could be easily contaminated. Keep in mind, when Taylor died, he capped a troubling trend: three out of the past four presidents had died either in office (Taylor, William Henry Harrison) or not long after leaving office (James Polk - three months after leaving office). Taylor and Polk died of cholera, and, while pneumonia is often cited as Harrison's cause of death, recent studies speculated that he could have died from enteric fever. Furthermore, several members of Taylor's cabinet were experiencing gastrointestinal problems, but survived.
  44. 2 points
    Nothing is hopeless. In fact, for most all the years I have been a fan, I have usually predicted better seasons for the Orioles than what actually ensues. This is from my bias of the early teams of my childhood when the Orioles were always better than any other team, just by definition. Even in the dark seasons, when every cognitive part of my brain knew that there was no way Daniel Cabrera was going to become that TOR stud, I still would go out there in the spring and think....ummm, sure, why not, if this falls right, if that falls the other way, if I squint my eyes just so....then they could make the playoffs. But it doesn't feel like this for me this offseason. For the first time in a really long time. Maybe it is just the approaching changes that are inevitable...Manny leaving, Buck and Duquette's contracts ending, the old man getting older and older....but it just seems that 2018 is going to be one of those years where the die is cast for another 5-6 years and that while we have had signficant success over the 2012-2016 time frame we will unfortunately spend some time in the wilderness again. Just on a side note, I was serving wine at my local Rotary wine tasting fundraiser last night. As I do every year, I had some Orioles memorabilia at my table. Last night, I had a Brooks lithograph that had the following inscriptions...HOF 1983, 16x Gold Gloves, AL MVP 1964, ASG MVP 1966, WS MVP 1970.....Many of the people at my event did not really know much of the detail of Brooks career, so I would read these inscriptions out loud to them. But it was the last inscription at the bottom that really stuck out for them and for me....All Century Team. 100 years of baseball played....Brooks is your third baseman. Anyway, it reminded me of the depth, richness, majesty even of the Orioles I have been privileged to watch over all these years. So, even though things may turn dark, I will hope for the light and wait for the sun.
  45. 2 points
    The Astros and the Dodgers had the highest combined fWAR of any World Series match-up in the 21st century, and maybe further back, I only checked that far. The Indians and the Cubs last year was second place. Edit: I'm back to 1988 now, still the best. Although, if the Braves hadn't lost to the Padres in the NLCS in 1998, that would have been the strongest match-up by far (Yankees-Braves that is), but alas, the pesky Padres ruined it only to get swept. Edit 2: Reds-Yankees in 1976 tops Astros-Dodgers 2017. So at least by one metric, best quality of world series teams in 41 years.
  46. 2 points
    Pre-2017, Trumbo had a .776 overall OPS, .762 as DH. That’s pretty minor. In 2014, which you cite, Trumbo had all of 8 PA as a DH. In 2012, which you omitted, he had 93 PA as a DH and carried a .948 OPS. I’m not ready to say that playing DH is what hurt Trumbo’s offense in 2017.
  47. 2 points
    Not for a cheap controllable #3, no way. Bleier has almost no value. Mancini has significant value, but the best that package would have a shot at getting would be upper level pitching prospect with #3 upside or a #3 who only has a season of control or a number three who is making 15+ million per year. And even that would require the other team liking Mancini, and I’d imagine many teams are still skeptical of him, due to lack of prospect history and limited defensive value.
  48. 2 points
    Here's my observations on the O's prospects at Peoria on Friday: Keegan Akin - LHP: Retired 7 of the 8 hitters that he faced -- all from a smooth full windup. Only hard hit ball was Naylor's home run. Showed low 90's fastball (topped out at 92 mph) and a breaking ball. Threw strikes, got ahead, all pitches around the plate, 2 strikeouts -- 1 swinging, 1 looking. Salt River's best looking pitcher in this game. Steve Wilkerson - 2B: Aggressive hitter; made contact in all 5 plate appearances. Hitting left-handed -- nubbed to pitcher; grounded sharply to shortstop who started a 6-4-3 double play; grounded to shortstop who threw to 2nd for a forceout; flied out to the fence in centerfield. Hitting right-handed -- with bases loaded, lined a double to the base of the fence in centerfield. In the field -- handled 2 balls hit almost directly at him; made a great relay to nail Acuna at 3B. Ryan Mountcastle - 3B: Not particularly patient, no hard hit balls; struck out twice swinging at strikes; groundout to short; grounded into 5-4-3 double play; pop fly to centerfield. In the field -- several ground balls -- dives to his right to no avail, a couple to his left (he did not reach), cleanly handled all those hit at him (including a couple hard hit); throwing motion, 3/4 and seems unnatural but all throws were accurate though not exceptionally strong Anthony Santander - LF: Exhibited some patience at the plate but made no hard contact; batting left-handed -- reached 2B after grounding to SS who made a wide throw to 1B, walked, flied to medium centerfield, struck out swinging; batting right-handed -- grounded out 3rd to 1st. In the field -- made several OK plays retrieving doubles and other hard hit balls that eluded Mountcastle, threw to cutoff accurately
  49. 2 points
    So far, without too much thinking on my part, I have a list of 7 that could be 40'ed. Maybe 9, depending on somethings. Harvey, Wynns, Wilkerson, Hess, Gonzalez (Luis, not Jay), Means, and Long. Rifaela and Dosch are on the outside. Harvey is as big of a lock as there is. Wynns is another lock in my opinion, because he has MLB defense and can hit a bit, plus the safety net of Pena has elected for free agency. Wilkerson is another lock in my opinion, as he can play almost anywhere and can hit along with having speed and small ball potential. He is doing fantastic in the AFL with 3 triples already and solid defense. He can play 3rd and 2nd very well, so Machado or Schoop can slide to short if needbe while still having those spots covered. Hess, Means, and Long all get grouped up a bit. All have 5th spot or bullpen potential, with Means having the extra advantage of being a lefty. Pitchers are easy to stash for teams and these 3 would be good choices. Not "top of rotation" guys or the next Britton, but useful arms. Gonzalez is a lefty with good stuff. He was in Frederick this year and will probably be in Bowie next year. He is someone else that could just be gotten and stashed. He is holding his own in the AFL right now, with a 0.00 ERA. Stefan Crichton did the same thing last year and got a 40 spot. He's not entirely a LOCK, but if there a lot of open spots, protecting him might be worth it for the future as he could turn out to be a back end starter. Rifaela is on the bubble, but probably shouldn't be protected. Philly is right about him not being in the same league as Santander. While Rifaela put up some great numbers (imagine how much better it would look without Mountcastle or Hays), he still has a ways to go. His swing is still wild but he has quick enough hands to adjust mid swing. His defense is ok, but with the glut of other outfielders, especially ones with better hitting and defense, he's not that vital. Now, Schoop might put in a word to put him on the 40 and re-sign his own brother, but that might be the only way he gets on there. Dosch is another outsider. He would be a decent 3rd baseman on a team that just needs a cheap stopgap, but nothing screams "must have." He is still a year or two behind in development anyway after losing time to a serious leg injury around draft time, but has been making strides. If the Orioles do protect him, you could see a serious uptick in Machado trade rumors. A good season in Norfolk though might change the story for next December though.
  50. 2 points
    Huh? Why would you ever need to go three years on a Trumbo? He had firmly established himself as a 1-2 win guy entering his 30's. You don't need to give three years for that.
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