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03-13-2012 10:23 AM #1
Rajisch to focus on 12 playersOrioles scouting dir. Gary Rajsich said he'll compile a list of 12 players to heavily scout as O's begin to focus on No. 4 pick in June
03-13-2012 10:27 AM #2
03-13-2012 10:30 AM #3
If not he should be fired immediately and not allowed to take part!
03-13-2012 10:52 AM #4
Yes -- 1st Rd. We will be starting up a weekly piece at Camden Depot that updates readers on our high follows for the O's 1-4 pick. Right now my list is 15 deep for 1-4 consideration, and I think that is what we'll move forward with:
I've seen all of these kids multiple times so far, and will be seeing about half of them in the coming month, as well.
03-19-2012 03:34 PM #5GCL O's
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Stole, can you *slot these guys into 3 groups based on where they are today as prospects? Group 1... *Elite prospect not likely to get to us at 4. *Group 2... The prospects with the talent to be taken with the 4th pick. *Group 3... Guys to keep an eye on between now and June but today are not worth a *pick that high. *This would be based on talent and not finical consideration.
03-19-2012 04:56 PM #6
03-19-2012 07:03 PM #7
Last year at #4, I think I can remember about ten names being in the conversation around this time:
Bauer and Archie Bradley made late rises IIRC, so they'd probably also count, which makes 12. So yeah, this seems about right.
03-19-2012 08:42 PM #8
03-19-2012 08:46 PM #9
There is potentially some insight to be drawn from looking at the history of the teams picking 1-1 through 1-3, but that is even up for debate this year, particularly considering the new "bonus allotment" structure of the draft.
As far as players that could jump into top 5 status, Trahan, Almora, Weickel and Cecchini have gotten more love in the industry than I have seen show up in Baseball America/Perfect Game/Keith Law coverage. And I think all five are potential top 5 candidates based on the composition of the draft class.
03-19-2012 11:18 PM #10
Stroman. Not top 10 worthy? Top twenty? Nice mechanics. Good arm. Looks like a shutdown closer at worst with upside of a solid starter. Putting up some impressive numbers on Friday nights against top teams. Was dominant as team USA's closer. Undersized by height but solidly built. I like him.
03-19-2012 11:25 PM #11
03-20-2012 08:36 AM #12
03-20-2012 08:42 AM #13
03-20-2012 09:17 AM #14
I don't think Baltimore is looking for a set "top 12" each year -- and if they are, they should stop it.
Also, this is a different scouting director, so he'd be tying the length of his target list to decisions made by a different SD last year? Again, doesn't seem to make much sense.
03-20-2012 10:06 AM #15
Well yeah, 8-15 seems about right, but 25? 30? That's more what I was talking about. 12 seems to me like it'd be a manageable number while also accounting for the likelihood of players rising or falling. It's in the ballpark of what I'd expect them to be doing. If they were focusing on four names, or forty, I don't think that would make a ton of sense.
I used last year's class as an example because it was one where I was fairly familiar with all of the top names, and had followed them for several months before the draft, giving me an idea of who was ranked highly in March and who actually carried it through to June. I was wondering if 12 would be too few, not if it was exactly what had been done last year.