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LJ Hoes and Oliver Drake's +0.1 career rWAR aren't enough for you???

Davies and Arrieta are obviously the saddest names on here, especially when both were traded for pieces that ultimately did not help us reach the playoffs.

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Nice exercise.

There is still hope with Gausman, Bundy, and maybe Givens, but as of right now that is five picks in 15 years and a bunch of nothing special. That is horrible. In the past I was firmly in the "bad development" camp over "bad selections", citing Jake Arrieta as exhibit A as well as the multitude of injuries to pitchers, but I am not so sure these days.

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I'm not going to comment in detail on the players, just list them in order of rWAR (not the order I'd rank them).

Dustin Pedroia, 2:24 2004, 50.7 rWAR

Jon Lester, 2:16 2002, 40.2 rWAR

Kevin Youkilis, 8:17 2001, 32.3 rWAR

Jacoby Ellsbury, 1:23 2005, 29.1 rWAR (FA comp)

Jonathan Papelbon, 4:17 2003, 24.0 rWAR

Anthony Rizzo, 6:20 2007, 21.7 rWAR

Josh Reddick, 17:7 2006, 18.6 rWAR

Mookie Betts, 5:21 2011, 17.6 rWAR

Clay Buchholz, 1:42 2005, 15.1 rWAR (FA comp)

Freddy Sanchez, 11:22 2000, 15.8 rWAR

David Murphy, 1:17 2003, 10.3 rWAR

Justin Masterson, 2:27 2006, 9.3 rWAR

Jed Lowrie, 1:45 2005, 8.6 rWAR (FA comp)

Kelly Shoppach, 2:4 2001, 8.1 rWAR (FA comp)

Jackie Bradley Jr., 1:40 2011, 8.0 rWAR (FA comp)

Brandon Moss, 8:16 2002, 5.8 rWAR

Daniel Bard, 1:28 2006, 4.3 rWAR (FA comp)

Manny Delcarmen, 2:22 2000, 3.9 rWAR

Alex Wilson, 2:28 2009, 3.8 rWAR

Travis Shaw, 9:21 2011, 3.4 rWAR

Matt Murton; 1:32 2003, 3.3 rWAR (FA comp)

Cla Meredith, 6:24 2004, 3.1 rWAR

Hunter Strickland, 18:20 2007, 2.8 rWAR

Ryan Pressly, 11:20 2007, 2.6 rWAR

Kason Gabbard, 29:22 2000, 1.8 rWAR

They have 25 guys over 1.0 rWAR, to our 19. Part of that is the 7 FA comp picks on their list, but they got a great yield on those comp picks.

We have six players over 10 rWAR, they have 11. We have two guys over 20 rWAR, they have six. We have nobody over 30 rWAR -- they have three, including a 50+ and a 40+.

Pretty sickening.

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Looking at his #'s, he looks like the LH version of Joe Gunkel

Really I must have missed where Joe Gunkel had 192 SO in 161 innings at AA at age 20

or missed the reports of Joe Gunkel has a FB that sits at 95, and touches 97

or that Hader is on the MLB top 100 prospects list

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Really I must have missed where Joe Gunkel had 192 SO in 161 innings at AA at age 20

or missed the reports of Joe Gunkel has a FB that sits at 95, and touches 97

or that Hader is on the MLB top 100 prospects list

I looked at ERA and Whip

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I looked at ERA and Whip

How about you go look up where Hader was pitching.

It might tell you something.

Then you can think about where Gunkel is pitching.

You might rethink how important WHIP and ERA are in this comparison.

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Geesh. The Orioles shouldn't be allowed to trade away minor leaguers. Very few minor leaguers for veterans deals have worked for the Orioles. They have over payed for a lot of mediocrity or worse. Yuck, yuck, yuck. Also pretty sad that the minor league system seems only incrementally improved.

And we should all pray hard for Gausman and Bundy. Really hard.

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