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  1. Mike Wright's chance is coming

    Wow...did anyone else see what I just saw. Wright could be this year's Givens. Just the break our bullpen needed. i have a good feeling about him as the seventh inning guy.
  2. Trade Idea

    Let's think a little more about this...Yes, Bradley was a big-time prospect, whereas Mancini was an 8th round pick. But Bradley's career ERA (in a pretty fair sample size of nearly 200 innings) is 4.91 in the National League. His whip is over 1.5. He was demoted from fifth-starter to long guy in the pen. If this trade was merely about production, Mancini is the more valuable player. However, Bradley is still young enough to bounce back and have a nice career. Goldschmidt is rightly entrenched at first base, but Mancini could possibly start in their outfield now. I think it is a deal I would make for the O's, just not sure if Arizona is willing to give him up.
  3. Trade Idea

    I realize the whole town is crazy for Mancini, and he is a really nice player who is fun to root for. However, we don't have a position for him, we have an outfield logjam, and we have some legit prospects in the pipeline (Santander, Mullens, Hays, possibly Mountcastle and Reyes). So...what would you say to a one-for-one swap for Archie Bradley. Former high draft pick who has been mediocre as a starter. He has been lights out in the bullpen this year in a very small sample. He is not a free agent until 2022. We need at least three starters next year and have nobody beating on the door. This guy could fill one of those spots. Thoughts?
  4. Went to last night's (Friday) game versus Carolina. Some thoughts: - Agreed with Dirtybird regarding Hays. He will play in the majors. With he and Mullins both moving quickly as quality CF's, it makes for an interesting conversation surrounding the end of Adam's contract. - Moutcastle impressed. Can definitely hit line drives. Big kid. He actually looked good at Shortstop on this night. - Reyes is big. Hits with authority. His throws from third were adventourous. Just one game, I know. - Wilkerson seems like a forgotten guy in our system, but he's a nice player. Not sure he will make it to the show, but a slow and steady progression may eventually get him an opportunity somewhere. Never thought that red-headed third baseman (sorry, forgot his name) for the Dodgers would make it either. He's a very wealthy man now. - Was really hoping to be impressed by Brian Gonzalez, but he got hit hard. Even many of his outs were pretty loud. On the bright side, the big lefty was sitting around 92-93 and throwing strikes. Unfortunately, they must have been lollipops.
  5. Trade Idea

    An outfielder for a starting pitcher (I realize he is in their bullpen, but he would be our third best starter). Lots of years before he becomes eligible for free agency. Mancini may be the better player, but kinda redundant based on his defensive skill set. We need arms.
  6. Trade Idea

    Mancini to Arizona for Archie Bradley Discuss...
  7. Bye bye Tavarez

    I think Drake may be a fair trade and one I would probably make. He has been very successful at every level of the minors and flashed (albeit inconsistently) at the major league level. I realize we are likely to cut him, but I don't think he will make it to Boston. I believe he will be claimed long before Boston has a chance. So if they want him, a trade for Tavarez would be their opportunity.
  8. @ Atlanta, 3/28 (Spring Training)

    Cedric the Camel. Go Campbell...CU!
  9. Trade Idea for our Rule 5 Guys

    Anyone have the scoop on Crichton? I sat right behind home plate at the end of a game at Ed Smith last week and watched him pitch up close. He was impressive. Nice velocity and a real tight breaking ball. I don't remember where we got this guy. Was he a draft pick? How old? Anyone? Beuhler?
  10. One Man's Observations

    Yeah...I just posted it shortly before the start of last night's game. I was in a school board meeting trying to read the game thread. Every time he gave up another baserunner (and there were plenty) I thought "oh boy, the Hangouters will give me grief regarding my thoughts about Lee." Sounds like he was pretty bad last night. I would have liked for him to pitch one more inning just to see if he could pull himself together. Truth be told, I think I still feel a little better about him starting over Wilson or Wright. Our rotation is in real trouble. At least Cisco proved me wrong last night. Anyone see how he looked defensively?
  11. One Man's Observations

    Thanks for the feedback, Wildcard. I say same old O's primarily because they are still built on power and bullpen. They still lack starting pitching, on base percentage and small ball. In all fairness, this model has made them the most winning team of the past five years (I believe), but no rings yet. Keep in mind, a handful of our best players were not around. So Rickard standing out against mostly AAAA guys and prospects isn't all that surprising. Tavarez and Gentry, while good players and with speed, might not be part of the team after final cuts.
  12. One Man's Observations

    Spent last week in Sarasota and got to see a couple games at Ed Smith and a couple in Bradenton. What follows are my observations. I don't claim to be a scout. These are in no particular order. My conclusions are at the end. Outfield - Rickard was the best player on the field. Second place wasn't close. He hit the ball hard. Worked the pitchers. Got on base. Even laid down a beautiful two-out bunt to drive in a run. I don't think he'll ever win a gold glove. I think he can catch just fine, but the arm is questionable for both strength and accuracy. Overall, he was very productive. Santander looks the part. He is thick. Unfortunately, looked lost at the plate. I don't see him being much help this year. Tavarez is closer, and very fast. I could possibly see him as a fifth outfielder. Was hoping he would be a better defender. Not terrible, just not as outstanding as he might need to be to make this team. Mancini looked fine in right field. Not really challenged when I saw him. But really good with the bat. He could hit 25 HRs this year as a full-time player, but I'm not sure that is enough to keep him on the roster since nearly every guy in our lineup can do that. I think he will put up sick numbers at Norfolk this year. Maybe his greatest value for us is in a trade. Trumbo was disappointing at the plate, but it was a pretty small sample size. Maybe two at bats in each of the home games and the starters don't typically travel. Kim was decent. As expected. Gentry was better than I expected. Infield - Much of our starting infield was at the World Baseball Classic. Chris Johnson is a big dude. He looked defensively and hit the ball with authority when he made contact. I hope he stays with the organization if/when sent to Norfolk. If we had a serious injury to Manny, I think he would be a better long-term option than Flaherty. Coyle was very good in a small sample. I suspect he is destined for Bowie, but don't be surprised if they release Andino and put Coyle at Norfolk. Davis was irrelevant. Janish was the second best player on this particular week. Clearly a professional. Solid in the field and smart at the plate. Not a great hitter, but at least he has a plan. Understands situational hitting, etc. Makes contact. Does nothing great, but everything well. I can see why they like having him in the organization. He had a very good week. Even hit a home run. Catcher - Joseph did nothing to make me think he could be a long-term replacement if needed. Perez and Pena were good backups. Sisco really didn't impress with the bat or glove. I was hoping to be blown away, but not at the games I attended. He clearly needs more time. Looks the part. Seems athletic enough to grow into a good catcher. Not yet. Really hoping Castillo is noticeably better than the rest of these guys. Kinda wishing we kept Weiters. Starting Pitchers - Ubaldo was the same. Miley got lit up. Chris Lee, however, looked good. I definitely am more confident in his ability to keep us in a game than anybody not named Bundy or Gausman. I look forward to seeing how he does tonight. Ynoa looked decent. Would like to see more of him. Tyler Wilson...just not feeling it. Would have liked to have seen Sedlock. Didn't happen. Relief Pitchers - Britton, O'Day and Brach will be fine. Drake was up and down. Flashes brilliant, then serves one up. Hart looked great, though I don't think he ever reached more than 89 mph. Not sure how he does it, but he just gets guys out. They were clearly fooled by whatever he was doing. Liranzo has nice potential, but needs more time. Meisinger could be a prospect. Will look forward to seeing his progress this year. Crichton was actually pretty good. Conclusions - Same old O's. I think we will hit for power and be one of the higher scoring teams. I think our bullpen will be very good. Starting pitching is scary. Gausman looks like a Cy Young candidate. Bundy has had a rough spring, however I really liked what we saw in him last year and I think he will be very good this year. After those two, I'm extremely concerned. I would like for Lee to have an opportunity to pitch in Tillman's absence instead of Wright or Wilson. For that matter, I'd probably rather see Ynoa too. I think our AAAA guys may be better than years past, and Norfolk could be a fun team if Cisco and Mancini are there with a few of the more interesting pitching propsects. I think we will be competitive, for a while, but I will be pleasantly surprised if we are still in the hunt come September.
  13. The Outfield Dilemma

    Corn...what I think we want is Kim, Jones and Rickard along with one of the Rule 5 guys (though both are desirable). We also want two of Trumbo, Alvarez and Mancini. That means one will have to occupy the roster spot of an outfielder and the other goes to Norfolk.
  14. Trade Idea for our Rule 5 Guys

    Thinking that the outfield is too crowded to keep Tavarez and Santander, but really liking both players, I think trade offers are in order. Seems to me Oliver Drake, who is possibly not needed in Baltimore but also out of options, might be a nice piece to send back for either player. I like Ollie, but this might be a better use of his talents.
  15. The Outfield Dilemma

    As I see it, the logjam in the outfield is caused by Seth Smith. He may be a great player, time will tell. But if he was not on this roster we could have the outfield we all want. Having just returned from four consecutive spring training games, I can say Joey Rickard was the most effective position player I saw all week. Second place wasn't close. He has to be on this team. Kim and Jones also need to be on the team. That leaves room for two more outfielders. Both Rule 5 guys are interesting. Would love to keep both, but I don't really see it happening. I suspect Trumbo will play a lot of right field again this year. I don't have a huge problem with that as I don't think he is as bad as everyone else seems to think. In fact, his arm is actually very strong and accurate. I really want both Mancini and Alvarez to get at bats. They are both professional hitters who make pitchers work for outs. Taking Trumbo out of the outfield mix for the sake of Seth Smith means sending one or both of Mancini/Alvarez to Norfolk. Is there a team out there that would take Smith and his contract off our hands?