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  1. Yeah, I do agree that there are obviously more people out there (and especially in countries that don't play baseball) who potentially have the physical and mental abilities to play at a high level. But you could say that about any sport, or occupation for that matter. It doesn't change the fact that hitting a baseball is still probably the most difficult task in any sport.
  2. Agreed. Trading our veterans now would all be selling low (Bleier, Givens, Bundy, Cashner, Cobb). We don't really have any other choice but to hold onto them and hope they have good seasons and can bring back some decent prospects later.
  3. Respectfully disagree. The reason hitting a baseball is considered so difficult is that it isn't only about raw athleticism. It's about athleticism, wrist strength, hand/eye coordination, exceptional eyesight, the ability to make incredibly quick decisions, and a ton of practice and experience. Your example of comparing Usain Bolt to hitting a baseball is comparing apples to oranges. Running is a skill that many people can do well, but you picked the best person in the world for your comparison. In order to be a fair comparison, we could ask how many people could hit a baseball like Ted Williams?
  4. Exactly right. The best hitter I ever faced in college was Chris Widger. He was an absolute beast, I couldn't get him out no matter what I threw. He was just on a different level than most other players. And the funny thing is many posters probably remember him as a journeyman backup catcher in the majors; a catch and throw guy who couldn't hit. What this showed me is the incredible jump in talent level every level you move up. You have to be stud in High School to play D1 college ball. You have to be a stud in college to get drafted. You have to be a stud in the low minors to move up the high minors. You have to be stud in the high minors to get called up to the majors, and you have to be stud to stick in the majors.
  5. Went to a D-1 college (same school as two former Orioles) on a partial scholarship. Well, everyone was on a partial on the baseball team as opposed to the football team where even the 3rd string punter was on a full ride... Hurt my shoulder sophomore year, lost 5 mph on my fastball and D1 career was over. Coach strongly "encouraged" me to transfer, and I ended up at a small D3 school for the last two years of college. Funny thing was I enjoyed playing D3 more than D1. D1 was a job, but D3 was just simply baseball for fun. Played some semi-pro here and there, but shoulder wouldn't let me continue. In fact, it's hurting right now as I type this 20 years after I injured it...
  6. Otter

    GCL Oriole Notes 2018

    Exactly. And the fact that the O's have been so pitcher-heavy in last couple drafts is probably also part of the reason for the putrid offense.
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    2019 Draft Order Tracker

    Exactly. I get sick of hearing people say the draft is a "crapshoot." I think it might be safe to call the later rounds a crapshoot, but first round picks and where you pick in the first round matter a lot. While it's not as easy to project MLB draftees like in the basketball and football drafts, picking higher gives you a better chance of getting an impact major leaguer. Plus, the higher you pick the larger your pool of draft money.
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    Where does our MILB system rank after

    Exactly. We seemed to go with quantity over quality, which is not such a bad thing with pitching prospects. I'd rather have 10 pretty good pitching prospects than 3 great ones. Nevertheless, I was still hoping for one or two top 100 guys in the Schoop/Gausman deals.
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    Grade the Schoop Deal

    B. Boom or bust with Carmona. But that's exactly what we needed in our system; toolsy middle infielders with high upside and high risk. I like Ortiz, but the conditioning concerns worry me a bit. Pretty good, but not great trade...which tells me it's probably fair for both sides.
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    Grade the Gausman Deal

    I voted C. It really could turn out as an A if we use the international bonus money to sign Mesa. On the other hand, if we don't sign Mesa it could be an F. Thus, I averaged the two grades and came up with a C....
  11. Not so sure about that. Jones seems to think all the stats that show he's a terrible CF are bogus, and has been reluctant to change his defensive approach in the past. Remember when he complained that the corner OF need to improve their defense? I think he thinks he's still a gold glove CF.
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    Jerry Crasnick ESPN Article on the Orioles

    Agreed. McDonald does an excellent job on college baseball broadcasts; insightful and humorous. Actually, as we seem to be headed to another long dark period in O's history I would love them to bring back Brother Lo. Funny and irreverent; he made O's games watchable.
  13. Watched first three innings of his start a couple days ago; he had much better stuff than his previous outing. Fastball was sitting 92-94 and occasionally touching 96; big breaking 12-6 curveball; mediocre change. However, command seemed to come and go, along with his mechanics and release point. Even though he's a third year college player, I'd look at him more like a HS project. He's tall and skinny with good velocity, but needs a lot of work on repeating mechanics and command/control. I think it will be very hard for us to sign him. We won't have much pool money, if any, left to give him significant overslot. If he returns for his junior year and improves his command/mechanics, he has the talent to be drafted in the top 5 rounds.
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    2018 Orioles Draft Tracker

    I'd have preferred they kept all 7 draft picks Dan has given up for mediocre veterans and organizational filler!
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    2018 Orioles Draft Tracker

    I would have preferred more. With pitching prospects (and especially in the O's organization), the more quantity the better chance one makes it.