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  1. 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....
  6. 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.
  8. 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.
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    2018 Orioles Draft Tracker

    I agree, but I think Knight sucks up most of the pool savings.
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    2018 Orioles Draft Tracker

    Looks like we won't have much leftover money to sign overslots after round 10. Sounds like Knight is very disappointed where he was drafted, so I'm guessing he'll want overslot money. I don't think he has much leverage, but the O's typically are not tough negotiators with their high draft picks. I imagine we'll have a tough time signing Killian.
  13. The curse of the Orioles has already affected our recent draft pick. Quite arguably the best defensive SS in college baseball makes an error on the very first pitch of the College World Series...he'll fit right in...😉
  14. Interesting observation. Although I would dispute that Jones is "playing to his potential." His offensive numbers are very consistent with his career numbers, but his defense has been bad the past few years and is absolutely atrocious this year.
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    Ryan McKenna 2018

    And the best part is he is actually athletic and can play defense! Not many in the majors or minors who we can say that about...