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  1. Major League deal. One time top-50 prospect, 4th overall pick in 2013. Will presumably be in the starting rotation mix. A little surprised it took an MLB deal. He was added to the Twins 40-man roster in 2018 when he was promoted to the Majors and was not optioned that year, so he used his first option last year and has two options remaining. He was Rule 5 eligible after the 2017 season and was not selected.
    5 points
  2. The soon this team gets to the majors the soon the O's become a contender. Catcher- Adley Rutschman- Could play defense and call games in the majors today. What he has to be refined is his hit tool. I think he begins the season in Delmarva. Whenever he shows at least 100 AB where he hits well he moves up. He has 5 months to get through 4 minor league level. If he does that he begins in AAA and is promoted to the majors a month into the 2021 in the season. If he take longer to hit as any level it will take him longer to get to the majors. Its up to him. First Base/DH - Ry
    4 points
  3. We’ve had lots of discussion over the years about whether to hold players back for service time reasons, and debates about how common the practice is. I spent some time this afternoon trying to look at some data on the latter question. I looked at every player debut over the last decade. There were 2,394 players who debuted this decade, almost exactly 8 per team per season. 285 players debuted early enough in the season where they would get credit for 172+ days of service if they stayed in the majors all year, roughly one per team per year. I then broke down the rest of t
    3 points
  4. Entering Year Two of the rebuild, I am most interested in our players who have had 1-2 years of MLB service and were essentially survivors of the Year One Inventory Tryout last season. For whatever reason it may be, Elias saw enough in a whole year of observation to decide on keeping the following list of players on the 40 man for further evaluation. They may not make it through next season, let alone Spring Training, but at this point they have another shot at establishing themselves as MLB players. If they continue to perform they could be on the next Orioles winning team in 2023 or 2024
    2 points
  5. This reminded me of an "Edna Ferber?" poem I had to memorize in Elementary school: "Roll roll you creaking high wheeled wagons Roll across these furrows where my strength was shed This field of corn-knees is a written scroll to show that we have toiled for our daily bread" These players mentioned by @wildcard and referred to by others must definitely all shed some sweat and "burn the midnight oil" going over the analytics to reach the heights we seek. I am loving all of the give and take here by all of you "savants" above. This hot stove brings me much delight! Carry on
    2 points
  6. Several injuries while in the minors seemed to slow his development. Still young. I guess I can stop whining about them doing nothing.
    2 points
  7. A throwback to Summer 2014 when Stewart and Harvey were blazing towards Top 50-ish MLB wide prospectdom. https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/24045/bp-top-50-hunter-harvey-vs-kohl-stewart/ I think the moderator Nick Faleris may be our Stotle. At this time, Stewart's slider was reputed so good ala Bundy's cutter part of the report is the Twins weren't letting him use it.
    2 points
  8. Rarely have I checked a Minor League leaderboard to make sure of something with predisposed certainty someone had better be first in their league at whatever attribute it is, and yes Hall hardest Carolina League pitcher to hit by a lot checks out: https://www.fangraphs.com/leaders/minor-league?pos=all&lg=9&stats=pit&qual=80&type=1&team=&season=2019&seasonEnd=2019&org=&ind=0&splitTeam=false&players=&sort=11,-1 His AVG allowed about 30 points better than Kris Bubic, gaining helium of his own, and naturally some Astro I've never heard of w
    2 points
  9. Skimming his background, I'm guessing he is (or at least once was) a premium athlete for a pitcher as BP 2015 reports he turned down an offer to quarterback Texas A&M. He pitched full A ball seasons in 2014/2015 and just 6 HR allowed in 41 starts seems good. The WHIPs got ugly, and I am guessing the underdeveloped part of the command manifested as sinkers too much below the zone to be competitive. The 4S vs. 2S observations above sound right - it's kind of reminiscent of the Astros and Gerrit Cole (why are you throwing so many sinkers?). On the 2S side he still has barely r
    2 points
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  11. Bigger name then talent. He's been a bleh sinker/slider guy most of his time in the majors (62 IP). Guessing the plan will be to have him to focus on his 4-seamer and try a go improving on a secondary offering Edit: Didn't see Luke's post's above mine, so...what he said
    2 points
  12. Here’s what I saw when researching him for my MiLB FA piece. Sinker 90-94, ok pitch, but doesn’t miss many bats and can get barreled Above average slider Potential above average curveball, but it doesn’t play that way presently because he doesn’t locate it Below average changeup Scattershot command He did throw a 4S fastball on occasion that he a near vertical spin axis, so the play might be to shift away from the sinker to the 4S. Probably needs a curveball or change improvement as well to be able to get lefties out.
    2 points
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  14. OMG, the ghosts of Christmas past!
    2 points
  15. Amen to that. Got a couple of good seasons from Sherrill, too.
    2 points
  16. I don't think I'll be breaking any rules to say that Bedard had a "difficult" personality. Probably more true with the media, but didn't seem to make a lot of friends in the clubhouse either. Think he started a presser by saying he'd only answer three questions. When a reporter asked why, he said, "two questions to go" or something like that. But, it could have been someone else.
    2 points
  17. Huge get by Locksley! https://www.testudotimes.com/maryland-terps-football-recruiting/2019/12/18/21028250/rakim-jarrett-flips-to-maryland-5-star-receiver-lsu-commit-early-signing-day-2020-class
    1 point
  18. Webb stayed around long after he was effective. Jimmy Smith is still effective. Only question is what other teams are willing to pay him. If no one offers him a crazy contract I expect him to be back.
    1 point
  19. You could check and see if that was actually the case.
    1 point
  20. The bright side is that Marial showed more in about 15 minutes than the Mitchell twins have shown all season.
    1 point
  21. Yep, that is the only difference. He also likely negotiated what his salary will be in the minors, which hasn't been reported (as opposed to non-free agent minor-leaguers who are bound by whatever the team chooses to pay minor leaguers). He could also have negotiated an overall minimum salary for the season, and/or and opt-out date if he isn't in the majors by a certain date, but neither has been reported as of yet.
    1 point
  22. I just like to give wildcard a hard time. Doesn't seem to bother him.
    1 point
  23. Yeah, the number one strategy against him was “don’t swing”
    1 point
  24. His minor league numbers look ok and he really has only had 60 MLB innings. But his WHIP is 1.3+ in the minors.
    1 point
  25. From the past number of wildcard posts, it looks like he has gone all-in with voice-to-text.
    1 point
  26. He was at Toledo which is AAA in the International League.
    1 point
  27. Hoiles was in AA when we traded Fred Lynn for him.
    1 point
  28. Any team would be thrilled to develop a Sidney Ponson as well. 13 rWAR through 6 seasons and traded for a bunch of prospects to a contender. Not to mention Zack Britton, Jake Arrieta, Brian Roberts, Jerry Hairston, Zach Davies, Josh Hader, BJ Ryan, Arthur Rhodes, Jose Mesa, Armando Benitez, Chris Hoiles, ...
    1 point
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  30. Your post assumes a whole lot of straight line progression and no changes or surprises. I doubt that's ever happened with any organization. There's a good chance Mancini and Means are dealt for prospects soon between now and July. Your conclusion about Mountcastle is based on other players. I disagree with that. Mountcastle will play at the most valuable position that he can play well, meaning a left fielder is more valuable than a first baseman. In other words, the O's won't say....well, even though Mountcastle is a better overall player as a left fielder than Santander, since we a
    1 point
  31. 1 point
  32. You don't. I do The O's are putting more technology, analysis and coaching into player development then we have every seen before. I am hoping it actually helps players develop to higher levels of performance.
    1 point
  33. Never. There are too many uncertainties with draft picks and the development time is far greater than with football or basketball. And even ignoring those things, the Braves had Austin Riley, a third baseman, on the verge of his major league debut. Yet they went out and signed Josh Donaldson, and brought Riley up as an outfielder. You just find the best talent you can and make it work. Same with pitchers. If you have 5 good starters, you still want to upgrade on those 5 any time you can.
    1 point
  34. Think my favorite part is them projecting our pick at #32. 😁
    1 point
  35. Him, me, or both? I'm guessing both.
    1 point
  36. And pitching a simulated game.
    1 point
  37. Alex Cobb has gotten paid $28M for a 5.36 ERA and 164 inning pitched in two seasons. Still two more years to go with Cobb.
    1 point
  38. Well, we better be winning by 2023 or Elias will be the ex GM of the Orioles.
    1 point
  39. Yea, it doesn't rock. But it is Friday.
    1 point
  40. So glad to see that Jones chose the Buffalos and not a soulless team like the Giants! They are a classy and fun team with a tradition of interesting foreign players. They split their games between the Osaka dome and the outdoor park in Kobe (maybe 30 miles away). The park in Kobe is an ideal spot to watch a game for those of you who are ever a threat to visit and Kobe is one of the nicest cities in Japan. Used to watch Ichiro there when he was with the Oryx Blue Wave. Back in 1990, Oriole Jim Traber (anyone remember him?) went to the Buffalos after his last game in the MLB
    1 point
  41. Maybe this isn't your intent, but I think you're kind of underselling Japanese pitchers. There are certainly MLB quality pitchers in the NBP. The average guy in Japan is probably more like a AAA pitcher, but there are 20, 30, 40 pitchers who could play in the majors right now. More than that if you set the bar at "could pitch for the Orioles or Tigers". There are a long list of US players who've gone to Japan to hit some dongs off sub-par pitchers and came back three months later with their tails between their legs. Just the other day I look up Matt Stairs, who spent over 20 years in th
    1 point
  42. I went in June. Caught a Yakult Swallows game in Tokyo (actually vs Oryx). Nori Aoki was celebrating some milestone before the game but I could not tell what they were saying. My wife was the one who wanted to go to Japan. Catching a game there was literally my only request for the itinerary but she was delighted to oblige.
    1 point
  43. Adam is well traveled internationally and is the type of guy who might really enjoy spending a few years in a foreign culture. He’d certainly be one if the best American players ever to play in Japan. (I don’t mean now, but in terms of his past major league career.)
    1 point
  44. MLB is seeing a fairly dramatic exodus of guys dumping the current broken system for better times in Japan and Korea. Honestly, if you're Jones, why WOULDN'T you just say "to hell with waiting until March to get a minor league offer". Go hit some dongs off some sub-par pitchers, play the hero for another couple years, eat some interesting food for your instagram, and witness fans in the stands who actually care and pay attention to the game and cheer. There's literally only one downside if you're Jones and that's moving your family.
    1 point
  45. Wow, they did it. Peter must be thrilled. Not a huge Nats fan or anything, but glad they won.
    1 point
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