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  1. oceanicvoyage

    Jean Carlos Encarnacion

    Looks better and can definitely get even more from the lower half. I said this in my top 20, but I think he's going to have a huge breakout next year due to these changes and mainly from that boost in confidence from being in the launch pad that is Frederick.
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    The Curious Case of: Chance Sisco

    He had a bad year, but let's be patient. Catcher is hard and takes longer to adjust. Over the last 15 years, there have only been 25 rookie catchers (also 25 & younger) to have more than 1 war and about 10 over 1.5 war. And those were the mauers and poseys who were much more highly rated. Sisco has a 0.1 war for the year and something weird definitely happened mid season. After being bad to start his demotion, his last 50 AAA at bats got better with a wrc+ of 135. So hopefully he can continue to figure it out and have a fresh start next year.
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    Who’s in your MiL top 20?

    Here we go: 1. Diaz 2. Mountcastle 3. DL Hall 4. Hays 5. G Rodriguez 6. McKenna 7. Kremer 8. Ortiz 9. Akin 10. Lowther 11. A Hall 12. JC Encarnacion 13. Tate 14. Cumberland 15. Hanifee 16. Carmona 17. Bannon 18. Harvey 19. Wells 20. Rom Things I’m curious/excited to see next year: Baumman: Can he figure out High A to begin the year? Cumberland & Bannon: How will they produce at Bowie now that they will be settled and have had a little seasoning at AA? Greiner & Knight: How will they produce in their first full milb season? Hopefully they are fresher. Rom & maybe Zebron: Curious to see who jumps from GCL to full season. JCE: I think he’s going to benefit greatly from the launch pad that is Fredrick (continue the pattern of break outs starting there like Mancini, DJ Stewart, Mountcastle, and McKenna) Curran: I still like him and is still young. I can see him gaining lots of confidence at Fredrick – see above. Reyes: Can he keep it together after finishing strong? AA is a whole new world with more opportunities to punch walls or something.
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    15 Off the Radar Sleepers for 2019

    No need to add him to this list because Baseball America already has him as the O's top prospect.
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    Mullins is with the Orioles! (edited)

    Due to Norfolk resuming a game from earlier in the year, it looked like Mullins hit a home run for Baltimore and Norfolk last night.
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    Carmona vs. Hall

    Over the last month Hall has looked better (July 12 - Aug 12): 77 PAs, .292 Avg, .382 OBP, .400 SLG, 134 wRC+, 5% BB, 10% K. This is encouraging. Not showing a lot of power still, but making good contact. Which might be fine with his speed.
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    Ryan McKenna 2018

    With the addition of Diaz to a somewhat already crowded potential outfield (that may also include Mountcastle), the orioles should see if McKenna has some positional flexibility. It's definitely harder to go from OF to INF than the other way around, but I think it's worth a shot. I can't even think of any successes in this type of transition so this post might be dumb. However, I think he has the build and athleticism of a second basemen. I don't know about his arm, but I think I remember reading he was clocked at 90mph from the outfield, but I could be way off - but that would work in the infield as well. This flexibility could also help him as a bench player if he doesn't develop to be a regular. His speed and positional flexibility (and ability to play CF) would be a solid bench piece.
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    2017 #15 Prospect Adam Hall - SS

    Ryan McKenna (also a cold weather guy) had only slightly better numbers than Hall has now at Aberdeen at the same age (19). Stats at Aberdeen: Hall - 123 PA - .236/.303/.291 - 81wRC+ - 26K% McKenna - 252 PA - .241/.320/.309 - 94wRC+ - 23K% No reason to give up on him yet. A few decent weeks from Hall and he could catch up.
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    Ryan McKenna 2018

    McKenna is kind of being overshadowed by Mountcastle at the moment, but he's heating up over his last 50 ABs and has been really hot since July 1. .808 OPS over last 50 ABs, .916 OPS since July 1, and .737 OPS overall at AA. Still striking out a lot at every interval, but that will lower with more exposure to this level (see Mountcastle's progress). PS - For some reason I never put it together that they both are named Ryan and initials are RM (and, for extra fun, their birthdays are only 4 days apart).
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    Jesus Liranzo traded.

    There was also Andrew Triggs who had a hot start in Oakland that people lamented about, but has now disappeared.
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    Sisco optioned to Norfolk

    Maybe they think pitchers get better results with Caleb at catcher and this will boost their trade value. Also, it's exactly 45 days to July 31 which someone said is how much to get the extra year.
  12. Slow-motion of Cadyn Greiner's swing during batting practice at the College World Series: https://twitter.com/jjcoop36/status/1007634384260878338 I'm no expert, but I've seen some say his swing is garbage and I don't see that. I think this swing that is posted is a good foundation. He's not "pushing" and gets some use of the lower half. It's a little long in the back, but stays in the zone decently. I have noticed he does get fooled and off-balance in games, but this swing is a good place to start going forward. Here is Nick Madrigal's (4th overall) in slow motion: https://twitter.com/jjcoop36/status/1007710229310603265 He is much quicker to the zone and stays in longer, but clearly taught similar things.
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    2018 Orioles Draft Tracker

    Thanks. I think my timing is just off because the draft was a week earlier this year.
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    2018 Orioles Draft Tracker

    Is it taking longer to announce the signings than usual? I know there are a few still in the college world series, but short season starts this weekend and we haven't heard much.
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    Seamus Curran

    There's still lots of room for growth. Plus, he's missed some development time with injuries the last few years. And he's from a cold weather state and isn't he the guy who was a hockey recruit too and missed his whole junior summer with mono. With all that considered, his production is encouraging and should hopefully continue to improve with reps.