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  1. Jammer7

    2018 MLB Draft Discussion

    I have watched many of the top Florida HS, and many national, kids since they were about 11 years old as my son has grown up playing with and against many of them through the years. Sigh, if only he could have hit a bit better...I digress. Do not sleep on HS RHP's Carter Stewart and Mason Denaburg. Very projectable hard throwing kids with clean mechanics who have been developed the proper way and have not been overused through the years. Both have the secondary pitches and intangibles to get excited about. Nolan Gorman, like many kids, has been trying to do too much. He will hit when he just gets back to doing what he did before he became the darling of the showcase circuit last year. He may have to move to 1B, but I'm not sold on that I saw Brady Singer pitch a few times in HS. Seen him twice in Gainesville. If he falls to us, I would expect us to take him unless there is some sort of injury concern. That said, I do not see him falling to us unless there is an injury concern. Not a fan of Kowar with pick #11. I am very intrigued about Ethan Hankins, Kumar Rocker and Cole Winn. Ryan Weathers is an intriguing lefty with a former major league father. I have not seen any of these kids in person. Hankins, a Georgia kid, is a very interesting possibility at #11. The Kelenic kid is very interesting. I am usually just a bit leery of taking a kid from the frozen tundra, but his track record is excellent in the highest levels of amateur play. He may be my favorite position player in the draft. As far as who I would take at #11 from those I mentioned? Singer, Kelenic, Hankins, Gorman and Denaburg. In that order. But I am a nobody who just coached and watched kids in the class of 2018 through the years. Quite a privilege for an old guy like me. On a side note, Gorman, Denaburg, OF Elijah Cabell, and many many other kids who will be drafted played on a star-studded team in the travel circuit called the Central Florida Gators. That team was absolutely loaded and fun to watch. My favorite player of personal note in this draft is an FTB kid, who was also a Team USA mainstay, RF Kendrick Calilao of the The First Academy in Orlando. Not a huge kid, about 6-00 210, but in great shape and very strong. Runs well, better underway than from a stop. True RF arm, and I've seen 70 grades on his strong accurate arm. Has nine homeruns this year. A truly great young man who has every intangible you want. May be taken in rounds 3-4 from what I have heard, and signed with Florida Gators.
  2. Jammer7

    My Top 50 prospects - April 2018 Update

    Thanks for the great work. The only player I thought was underrated was Santander. I have him at #5. His defense has been better than I hoped for and he's had some early success at the plate against quality major league pitching. He may end up staying in Baltimore after his Rule 5 time is up. I know its early, but he looks legit and I like how he worked his tail off this off season.
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    Deadspin Piece On The Terps

    2018 is the year DJ turns it around. Getting Aniebonam back at DE, adding Cowart at DE, and keeping OT’s Prince and Gray is all huge. Prince would be a better OG and really should move inside. You look at the new OC, Canada, and you have to be excited to see what he can do. The play calling will be much much better; and although Bell went to FSU, he will not be calling plays for a reason. We finally have an OL coach (Stinespring), and that alone will really help. Coach Heater will really help the DB’s as well. The linebackers do worry me some. A lot of inexperience there. Shepherd, Davis, Underwood and Watson really need to step up. And, if nothing else, there is no way we have the injury issues we had last year at QB. Kasim is very physical and impressive. Piggy really showed me something against Texas. Should be interesting to see how Canada uses them.
  4. Jammer7

    My personal top 50 Orioles prospects for 2018

    Luke, great work! I have enjoyed this series of reports very much.
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    ESPN and the O's Face of the Franchise

    I grew up watching Cal. For me, there is no doubt he is the face of the franchise since his rookie year. His steady glove and production was unlike anyone else in the game. He was the embodiment of the "Oriole Way." Cal always had time to engage the fans, and I think that always will stick with me when so many others were not as gracious. Cal has taken his "brand" to a national level as not just an Oriole, but as an advocate for youth baseball. He does not seem to have a real close tie to the Orioles these days, although I know he is occasionally around. I never saw Brooks play, but he was always a great ambassador for the Orioles whether a broadcaster, a frequent corporate sponsor spokesman or just a presence around the franchise. A true class act. I have watched many highlight reels of his greatness, and I do wish I could have seen him play. I can see why so many would think he is our #1 guy. I never saw Frank Robinson play either. But, he may just have been the best player we have ever had overall. If he had been a lifetime Oriole, would he be in this discussion? According to Baseball reference, his career war was 107.2. In his six years as an Oriole, he had a war of 32.4. He was an MVP, finished 3rd in MVP voting twice and a 5 time All Star. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/robinfr02.shtml
  6. Jammer7

    How much "Elite" does a team need?

    High Leverage Situation...how is that defined in these stats? link? I admit my statement/example of Palmeiro was based on watching every game during those years, and I have not found stats to back that up. Fair or not, that was what I perceived. I did not say he did not have some clutch moments, just that he was not considered a "clutch" player. My point was not made clearly, and that is what I get for multi-tasking at work. I can always count on you to throw a wrench into my flawed posts...lol. Manny clearly is elite. Who on the current roster would you rather have facing the best closers in the playoffs in the 9th inning? To answer the OP, I think you need a few elite players. Staff Ace, Closer, and maybe two elite hitters. The Cubs deal, I think I do that deal if it is the best deal you think you can get for one year of Manny. We don't have the team around Manny to make it work, and perhaps you can move other players for the pitching you seek. We have an elite closer, and even he is out until June or July, at best. I would say Adam is a tremendous player/competitor, but not elite at the plate. Bundy and Schoop are next.
  7. Jammer7

    How much "Elite" does a team need?

    Truly elite players are not guys who simply put up big numbers. They are the guys who find a way to win, a way to beat the other team in any way they can. I remember Raffy Palmeiro hit a bunch of homers for bad Oriole teams when we were down 8-1 in the 7th inning. Pitchers threw the ball over the plate with big leads, and Raffy capitalized. Those were meaningless bombs, usually solo shots. And it always seemed that when the game was on the line that he never came through. Conversely, Eddie Murray often seemed to find a way to beat you in clutch moments. I remember Lee Smith knocking him down, and Eddie taking him deep on the next pitch to go ahead late. I think of Joe Carter bunting in the playoffs for the Jays to win a game. I think of Jeter as an elite player, not for his numbers, but for his ability to beat you in so many ways. Machado cannot get out of the way of his own ego, and it really is a shame. But what current Oriole would you rather have up to bat facing Aroldis Chapman in the 9th inning?
  8. Jammer7

    Jose Mesa Jr - Rule 5 Draftee

    That was some better video, certainly a highlight reel, but it makes your point that he can flash a solid CB. Some hangers there too that AA hitters missed, but I can see more of what you were talking about. The slider had some nice late movement at times. Thanks.
  9. Good stuff. You bring a lot to the table here, and it is greatly appreciated.
  10. Jammer7

    Jose Mesa Jr - Rule 5 Draftee

    Thanks for that. I look forward to seeing him in the Spring.
  11. Jammer7

    Jose Mesa Jr - Rule 5 Draftee

    Thanks Philly, for all of your hard work. I have seen less video than you, but I am not as high on him as you. To me the curve is terrible, he cannot seem to stay on top of it. The fastball has some pop, but it is straight from what I saw. His change was ok at times, not much depth though. It looked like maybe he throws a split like his dad, and that could be his swing and miss offering for pen duty. He seems to like to work down in the zone, and below it. I think he will get crushed at the ML level, and certainly as a starter. ML hitters will make him bring the ball up. I am intrigued by what you wrote about his uptick and possibility as a starter. He’s a soft bodied kid, but like you said, he likely got some wisdom from dad. And wow, he looks just like him on the mound. I actually like Araujo’s stuff much better. I was surprised you are down on him. Neither will probably stick, but Araujo seemed to have better command of his fb and movement.
  12. Jammer7

    Could John Hart be our GM in waiting?

    He also managed in the minors for the O’s for 5-6 years before that. He was a high school baseball coach at Boone HS here in Orlando before that. He had a dream rise to his career.
  13. Jammer7

    Could John Hart be our GM in waiting?

    John Hart and Buck are very good friends. I know this because I actually know John a bit. He and his family live here in Orlando and he has spoken on a few occasions of his great respect for Buck as a friend and baseball man. He’s as fine a man as there is in baseball and I find it difficult to believe he had any real involvement in the scandal. I would love to see him come back to the Orioles, the first organization to employ him. That said, I wonder if he really wants to work full time in baseball as a GM. I do not in any way speak for him. I have not seen him in several months, but I wonder if that is in the cards for him. But I would love to see him in the front office in some capacity.
  14. Jammer7

    O’s Awarded the 33rd Pick

    Thanks for the clarity. They can still trade the pick anytime and just refer to it as “future considerations.” And then, once the season starts, the transaction will be completed formally. I hope DD keeps the pick. I have seen the high school kids in the upcoming draft up close as my son has played with and against them over the years. There is quite a bit of talent in this draft and #33 should get us a very talented addition.
  15. Jammer7

    O’s Awarded the 33rd Pick

    Yes, and please, Dan, do not trade that pick!
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