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  1. Just a quick headline to grab attention. Feel free to change the word "last" to latest if you so choose.
  2. https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/16/orioles-rebuild-doomed-long-angelos-owns-team/?fbclid=IwAR2wFF7pzZhjbrllBsqotCivr1tqLncT91saLdxFEDY5HTkZWWO1ghhTUyE Here is my response: Peter Angelos is no longer making any decision on the Baltimore Orioles. You make several valid points on the city, and I too have heard fans concerns, but you glossed over the arrival or Mike Elias and the fact that the sons have given him the control to run the organization as never before under an Angelos-led organization.. They are in the international prospect scene like never before, hiring known and popular Latin american scout Kobi Perez to lead that effort. The hiring of Sig Mejdal has keyed the Orioles resurgence in using analytics to affect decisions on and off the field and the Orioles farm system will end up close to a top ten system by the end of the year in many publications. So yes, things are very bleak right now on the field and yes the "sins of the father" haunt this franchise a bit, but John and Lou have done nothing to suggest they will run the team like their father and they are now in charge of the franchise. Attendance is down across baseball so it's unfair to point out the falling attendance on a team that has been the worse team in baseball for the last two years. the Nationals are down 3,300 fans from 2018 and they are contending and in first place for a wild card spot. It appears you've taken the time to kick a team and city while it's down while focusing on it's past, not it's future that now looks much brighter thanks to the arrival of Mike Elias.
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    Mike Baumann 2019

    I'm judging by what I've seen from him, not his numbers. His fastball is not generating the swings and misses that made me like him more than others. Now a see a guy with a 91-92 MPH fastball, a good curve, and a well below average change. The curve is a plus pitch, but I've seen him get barreled a lot more this year than I saw last year, especially the fastball. Maybe I just saw him really good last year, but I've been disappointed this year and I was higher on him than anyone else.
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    Mike Baumann 2019

    He's ahead of both of them for me at this point. Kremer has disappointed me this year and Akin is looking more like a reliever. Baumann doesn't have much of change and will need more than just a slider to stick as a starter longterm, but he has a back end of bullpen reliever floor for me.
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    Mike Baumann 2019

    Watching Baumann throw a no-hitter while throwing 97-98 MPH, with 10Ks and under 100 pitches has been the highlight of the Orioles season for me. One of the most dominating pitching performances I've ever witnessed. The velocity bump and slider improvements have bumped his stock.
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    Mike Baumann 2019

    Mike Baumann is thru 8 IP with his no-hitter. He hit 97 MPH in the 8th inning and using a 90-91 slider to dominate. He has 8 Ks thru 8 IP. This is a breakout type of performance.
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    Austin Hays 2019

    Valid points. I agree that Hays has the significant advantage with speed and defensive value, but I think Mountcastle's bat will end up being more impactful. Honestly, they are pretty close as prospects for me at this point. How they finish the year could swing it to one or other, but they will most likely be next to each other on the prospect list.
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    Austin Hays 2019

    Real question, why are you bullish on Hays more than Mountcastle when he has similar aggressive tendencies and has been older at the same levels and has struggled with injuries over his career?
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    Austin Hays 2019

    Let me put it this way on Mountcastle. Imagine a world where Mountcastle went to college and the Orioles drafted him in the first round last year (would have been his Junior year) instead of Grayson Rodriguez. Let's say the Orioles were so enamored with him that they sent him right to Bowie and he slashed .297/.341/.464/.806. Then in his first full season in the minors at 22-years of age (Mancini started in Delmarva at 22), they sent him to AAA and he slashed .297/.320/.493/.813. Are you telling me people wouldn't be flipping out over this kid? Mountcastle had a bad night last night where he wasn't seeing the ball well and is in a bit of a funk over his last 12 games (.204/.235/.388/.623), but he's 22-years old and has as much upside offensively as anyone in the organization not named Adley Rutschman.
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    Austin Hays 2019

    Don't get me wrong, I would love if Mountcastle was more patient and drew more walks, but he hits for a high average and some power which means he gets good contact on pitches he can hit. If he were undisciplined and chasing pitches he couldn't hit well often, his power and average numbers wouldn't be there. some guys foul off or miss hittable pitches that extend at bats and may lead to a walk. Mountcastle doesn't miss that many of those pitches.
  11. There is no need to rush Wells to the majors. Unlike Duquette, Elias has also shown no interest at all of players jumping AAA so far and has really slowed promoted guys overall. I'm fine with him getting a full year at AA and then starting next year in Norfolk but if Elias wanted him to get some AAA starts under his belt before the year is out it's fine as well.
  12. While the numbers suggests Williams wouldn't cover as much ground as Broxton (Broxton is elite defensively by the numbers), it's not like he's slow out there. Williams was playing corner vs center because both Mullins and Hays are better overall prospects who are given the priority play.
  13. I've been watching Williams play RF in Norfolk and he does a pretty good job over there. Probably a step down defensively from Broxton in CF since Broxton is actually one of the best defensive CFers in the game, but I wouldn't mind seeing what Williams could do. Broxton seems like a first class guy, but he really is quite the zero with the bat and is clearly not part of the future. williams may not be either, but I'd be willing to see what he looked like.
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    Austin Hays 2019

    Nice shot across my bow. Subtle. I can appreciate this kind of passive aggressiveness.
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