Stewart wasn't a reach.
Grenier was a reach IMO but that was more so for positional need than trying to save money (which, IMO, is an even worse reason).
I think the Hobgood pick is the only one that really applies to this argument. Jordan definitely said that he had Hogbood ranked similar to some others and that we was trying to save money to spend later in the draft (which he did).
But ultimately, no, I see very little evidence that this is an organizational strategy by the Orioles. They've picked highly ranked players at the top spots many times before. The Kjerstad pick, to date, has been nothing more than unforeseeable bad luck.
Well, I intentionally don’t follow the various draft rankings and pundit evaluations very closely. I have no idea if Lawler is the best talent in the draft, how much better he is than the next guy we might pick, or what his demands are compared to other players’. I do know that a lot of highly touted players don’t pan out, so I do think there’s risk in putting all your eggs in one basket and taking the guy you like best at the expense of essentially punting on a second round pick. But it all boils down to evaluations.
Well, he was never going to stick at second. He is terrible over there.
He has a big 2019 and struggled last year and early this year before being sent down. Obviously the sample sizes are small and he turns 25 in August, so he has time to get back to where he was. His OPS is very high since being sent back down.