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  1. I just wanted to publicly thanks Chuck Boemmel Jr for stepping up this season and doing every game and minor league summary recap this season. In the past, he's shared the duties with Weams who filled in when needed, but this year he did the entire season. While I know not everyone reads them everyday, its always good to see the front page updated every day and appreciate all of Chuck's hard work. Please throw chuck some rep!
    25 points
  2. Win 3 Cy Youngs, 3 World Series and a WS game in 3 decades and you can be as arrogant as you want. Palmer rules.
    12 points
  3. Just came across Mayo’s Baseball Factory numbers from 2020. His 60 yard dash was 6.81, which grades out as a 60 and is considered outstanding. I had no idea he had that kind of speed. Also, he threw 97 mph. He measured in at 6’5” and 215 lbs. The guy is a gifted athlete. It’s one thing to have these kind of physical skills, but he’s performing on the field too. Great looking swing with big numbers backing it up. Here’s to hoping he keeps it up as he progresses through the system. http://members.baseballfactory.com/player/coby/mayo/d4274b0aab114c1e950a6f7938f0c9e5
    11 points
  4. Was going through some of weams' things and ran across these three stray pics with the date Feb 1986 on the back. The (?) signed balls are kept in the "shrine" next to a more recent photo of the three of them decades later. How fun is this? A fan for life.
    10 points
  5. Tony, thank you for the kind words. I do hope my work met your standards and I truly hope that my work made Weams proud. He is the reason I am here doing this and I hope my work will be as good as his was.
    10 points
  6. A feel good but interesting interview with Carter Baumler by @Eric-OH @Eric_Birdland on Twitter: Snippets “My health right now is right where I want to be. Just finished my throwing program with the Orioles down in Sarasota and now back for the off-season where I will continue arm and shoulder care along with a lifting program where I’m not limited from rehab anymore.” Eric - Going to watch games from the travel level to the bigs, I’m seeing lots of football throwing incorporated into drills and warm-ups, but also noticing so many two-sport athletes who are highly skille
    8 points
  7. Just for fun, I'd thought I'd put together an all-star lineup for 2021. They don't necessarily have to be the best prospect, but who had the best year. Need at least 300 PAs and must have played the majority of their time at that position or 80 IP for a starter, 40 as a reliever to qualify. 1B: J.D Mundy (A-/A+) - .291/.390/.536/.925, 20 2B, 15 HR in 308 PAs 2B: Jahmai Jones (AAA) - .251/.343/.445/.788, 9 2B, 12 HR in 304 PAs SS: Jordan Westburg (A-/A+/AA) - .285/.389/.479/.868 27 2B, 15 HR in 506 PAs 3B: Patrick Dorrian (AA) -
    8 points
  8. Stowers is going to be an interesting case to watch in the majors leagues. He's unlike anyone prospect in the system because of his extreme K rate, yet he actually takes a lot of pitches and has a pretty good idea of the strike zone which allows his OBP (.387 thru three levels) to play. Stowers hits for a pretty high average and part of the high BABIP that Drungo talked about is because he hits the ball as hard if not harder than anyone in the system, including Rutschman. He's a solid Rfer with a solid Rfer arm (both 50) and he runs well on the bases but is not a base stealer (thin
    8 points
  9. Hey Sportsfan; Thank you for the compliments. So there are 3 DSL guys in Florida now. 17 year old Samuel Basallo received $1.3 million. The biggest bonus of the Elias Era. He was expected to sign with the Yankees. He was very good batting .239/.338/.410 for a .748 OPS. 5 homers, 8 doubles. Now in Instructional League. Led Orioles 1 in homers and RBIs 17 year oldShortstop Maikol Hernandez received $1.2 million. He hit .231/.340/.308 for a .647 OPS. No homers, only 4 for 7 in steals. He is in the Instructional League so they still believe in him. 17 year old 3rd base
    7 points
  10. At the 81-game mark, I posted a thread giving my first half report card on the Orioles’ players. The first half stats and grades are repeated here for reference, and I’ve given the second half stats and a grade, plus a final grade. I’ll do the position players first. As before, all grades are on a curve based on what I expected from the player going into the season. I cut it off at 100 PA, sparing guys like Domingo Leyba and Jahmai Jones from being graded. I left Wilkerson and Sisco on though, since I already graded them in the first half, when they were DFA. Trey Mancini 1st
    7 points
  11. \ I saw this on Reddit and I thought the board might find this interesting - given that the O's are in the middle of their rebuild. The first image indicates the number of players on the roster that were acquired via trade, draft, international, free agent. The second image indicates the combined bWAR per group. A more detailed breakdown is likely more valuable, but I found a few things surprising from this overview.
    7 points
  12. I need a life, apparently.
    7 points
  13. First of all, I would like to thank everyone who read my 162 recaps and many MiLB summaries. While it was a lot of work and difficult at times to be either neutral or positive, it is something I thoroughly enjoy doing. I know there were days that I was a bit late in getting the posts up on the site and for that I do apologize. Work has a tendency to get in the way sometimes...LOL. Please, if you have any suggestions on how I can improve what I do or if the summaries and recaps are lacking something let me know. I do this for all the O's fans and members of the Hangout. This site
    7 points
  14. Here’s the Elias quote: “Grayson just completed a tremendous season and is a consensus top pitching prospect in baseball,” said Elias. “He’s had a very successful season. Made every start. ... He is going to be in major league spring training next year. When you faced Double-A the way that he did, I think you’ve put yourself in the legitimate competition to make the team out of spring training. So, we’ll have to see how he looks coming in, but we couldn’t be more excited to have him. “And likewise for Adley. Adley was the top overall pick in 2019 and everybody knows his story. But he
    7 points
  15. I was thinking today about the Orioles’ hitter heavy drafts, and how the team’s developmental and evaluative strengths might dictate their strategy in accordance with economic principles. In brief, all of us can do many things. But we do some things better than others. So, we tend to earn our livings doing the things we are good at, and we pay other people to do the things we’re not so good at, or which would take more time than we want to divert from our main occupation. I could do my own taxes, but they’re pretty complicated, so I pay an accountant to spend 3 hours doing them
    7 points
  16. I’ve met your fiancée, and you already outkicked your coverage, my friend. And you can tell her I said so. As to Emily Ratajkowski, I’d never heard of her until now.
    7 points
  17. Starting with The 30 who held the first string roles this season at the young man's position. A little to my surprise, Xander joined Gleyber and Didi as OAA's worst shortstops of the year; Xander is an amazing player, but BOS may scuffle at the position until Mayer takes the baton. Sort by 2021 seasonal age. 34 - Brandon Crawford 32 - Elvis Andrus, Miguel Rojas 31 - Freddy Galvis, Andrelton Simmons, Jose Iglesias, Didi Gregorious, Nick Ahmed 30 - Kyle Farmer 29 - Niko Goodrum 28 - Xander Bogaerts, Tim Anderson, Trea Turner, Javier Baez, Trevor Story 27
    6 points
  18. When the Astros drafted 17 year old Carlos Correa with the top pick in 2012 a lot of the “experts” were left scratching their heads. The conventional wisdom was that he was really good prospect, but there were still 4-5 players that were better. Houston signed Correa at a discount and used the savings to grab Lance McCullers later in the draft, which most people believed was a smart move, but it was still assumed at the time that the team had deliberately not taken the best player at #1. Later on many within the Houston organization stated that Correa was always at the top of their draft chart
    6 points
  19. Just wanted to note that on Sunday Austin Hays passed the 502 PA threshold to qualify for the batting title. Obviously, Hays isn’t winning any batting titles this year. Still, the milestone is pretty significant. Hays had two stints on the DL that cost him 28 of the first 61 games, and was the subject of many snarky remarks about how he’s always getting hurt, etc. But since his return on June 11, he’s been a regular fixture in the lineup, starting 83 of 96 games and playing in 94/96. I’m glad Hays has stayed healthy and hope next year he can completely eradicate the notion
    6 points
  20. As I said in another thread, Lowther needed to use his slider and curveball more instead of his change (which is below average) and sure enough, that's exactly what he did. In last night's start Lowther threw: 4-Seam Fastball 48 51% Curveball 19 20% Slider 17 18% Changeup 10 11% This is the Lowther I've seen in year's past working the fastball up and the breaking balls down and in on righties and low and away from lefties. It's worth noting that his spin rates were up on fastball and curve last night. H
    6 points
  21. I certainly am not going to judge Jones on 72 plate appearances spread out over the last 39 games of the season. Interestingly, the Orioles were 11-8 in the games that Jones started. He was solid but not spectacular at AAA, with an OPS 80 points higher than the team average and a very good 94 point delta between his batting average and OBP. Hopefully he will get the chance to play every day next year (most likely in AAA) and I imagine his defensive position may be a little more settled. Need to know whether he is going to be a super utility guy or a potential everyday second ba
    5 points
  22. Not sure if this has been observed or posted elsewhere, but did anyone catch the team's profile pic on Twitter? https://twitter.com/Orioles Savage. Say what you will about Elias's tenure, but the social media presence has improved a hundredfold since he got here.
    5 points
  23. The impact I was referring to is the ability of losing baseball teams to significantly improve themselves by acquiring a high draft pick. In baseball there's no such thing as a franchise changing player ala Michael Jordan, Alex Ovechkin, or Tom Brady. The Angels have had the best player in the world for a decade, and in that time have made the playoffs exactly once and got swept in that series. This year they had maybe the two best players on the planet and still lost more games than they won. Tanking only helps if you've got enough smart people behind the scenes who are not only good at picki
    5 points
  24. Don’t ever tell this team they can’t suck more than another team. These guys are the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.
    5 points
  25. Diamondbacks Hangout must be melting down right now.
    5 points
  26. I really can't characterize the feeling as "exciting" but it's better than many alternatives. Ryan Mountcastle going yard on Pivetta was orgasmic for a guy without a prostate*, however! * @Tony-OH btw - had the prostatectomy and it went well, all things considered. Had cancer, as many of we old farts do there including many of my surviving friends, but nothing further discovered yet (lymph nodes clear). PSA tests to come in December and June to follow up.
    5 points
  27. Honestly, I'm not sure why anyone reads anything other than strict player related news anymore. Like you said, there is more detailed analysis from the people on this board. Honestly, we have 20 or more people on here who know more about our prospects than any baseball America/Baseball Prospectus writer or really any write that writes for a national source. The only thing I want from the local media is organizational injury news/promotions/demotions/roles changes and the personal stories of minor leaguers that Melewski brings to the table. Remember, most of the local media still thinks y
    5 points
  28. Everything in Mullins' numbers this year scream this is NOT a fluke season. He doesn't have a weakness against fastball, breaking balls or offspeed and hit lefthanders as well as right handers. His EV, barrell%, xwOBA, xBA, xSLG and all well above average. Add in his top 10% OOA defensively and his 86th percentile sprint speed, and at 26 years old, I think we have ourselves a player to build around in center field.
    5 points
  29. Stowers had a 4 for 5 night that rocketed his Norfolk BA to .317 and his OPS to .888.
    5 points
  30. Never would have thought before this year Cedric would have a 30-30 season. One the best single seasons by an Oriole ever.
    5 points
  31. Baltimore Orioles @Orioles The next generation inspiring the next generation. @RutschmanAdley was in Portland, Oregon over the weekend, where he teamed up with @USABaseball to host a free youth baseball clinic!
    4 points
  32. Just for fun, I'd thought I'd put together a 1st year all-star lineup for 2021. They don't necessarily have to be the best prospect, but who had the best season in their debut professional seasons. Need at least 100 PAs and must have played the majority of their time at that position or 35 IP for a starter, 20 as a reliever to qualify. If a player made the overall 2021 Hangout minor league All-Star team they were not eligible. 1B: Jacob Teter (A-) - .305/.401/.492/.893, 11 2b, 3 HR in 137 PAs 2B: Angel Tejada (DSL) - .326/.404/.435/.839 6 2b, 0 HR in 10
    4 points
  33. I didn’t even know this position existed, though I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. https://www.masnsports.com/videos/2021/10/os-minor-league-mental-skills-coordinator-kathryn-rowe-joins-masn-all-access.html In the interview, it’s mentioned that Gunnar Henderson gave her a shout out when he was interviewed about the adjustments he had to make at Aberdeen. Here’s what Henderson said: “Now, looking back on it, I was trying to change things every day, and it just all turned when I was talking to Kathryn Rowe (the Orioles’ mental skills coordinator). She helped me with all that and
    4 points
  34. Why would the Phillies give up one of their top prospects for Santander and one year of salary relief?
    4 points
  35. I always love hearing Matt Blood happy talk: “This guy [Cowser] is phenomenal,” Blood said during the radio interview. “He is a big, strong, athletic kid with his head on straight. Very smart, very personable, hard worker and can hit. He can really hit. And he knows the strike zone, he uses the whole field and he’s got legit power and can play in the outfield, center field. So, this guy is the complete package, and honestly, the fact that we got him at No. 5 to me feels like a steal. This guy was our favorite guy in the draft, and he’s already shown kind of what he is and I have a lot of
    4 points
  36. Is the point of this thread to point out that after you buy the arms to finish a rebuild, you sustain your winning ways with players from the system?
    4 points
  37. It was a painful year. Lots of games I turned off in disgust, lots of games I never turned on because they were out of hand by the time I finished dinner, lots of games I watched for three hours only to have defeat snatched from the jaws of victory in the bitter end. And yet, baseball >>> no baseball. And for me, no Orioles baseball = no baseball. Because I don’t care. It’s been two days and I’m already bored with the offseason, looking for minutiae about this past season I can explore to keep me occupied. It’s going to be a long winter.
    4 points
  38. Tampa has announced their first 3 starters for the LDS. They are McClanahan, Baz, and Rasmussen. McClanahan made his major league debut in the postseason last year after never pitching in the majors in the regular season (nor in the minors in 2020 because there was no minors). A first round pick in 2018. Was #83 and #100 prospect in MLB in 2020 & 2021, respectively, by Baseball America. Baz was a first round pick in 2017 with the Pirates who was acquired in the infamous Archer deal along with Meadows and Glasnow, which may wind up in the pantheon of great deals in MLB hist
    4 points
  39. I didn't necessarily buy that last year was about money either. It just seems absurd to worry about saving $30,000 here or thereby hiring a cheaper assistant of strength and conditioning while you have an 8 digit payroll. It doesn't make logical sense. I mean it cost us $25K to give Mac Sceroler a one week tryout and then send him back, right? If that kind of money MATTERS, why take any Rule 5 players? We tendered arbitration to Pedro Severino last year, doing that instead of signing a Caleb Joseph or someone like that for the veteran minimum probably cost us more than any savings
    4 points
  40. I think the best argument for the O’s getting the first pick is additional money to spend. If there’s no generational talent at 1:1, they can choose a Kjerstad/Cowser type and spread that money around later in the draft.
    4 points
  41. Thinking Brooks Lee had me reflect on the draft that had Christian Colon (mature college SS) and Manny Machado. A few folks here wanted Colon selected because everyone thought he would make it to the majors in 2 years because he was the college guy. However, it ended up Manny who made it to the majors in 2+ years.
    4 points
  42. This board continues to have a weird obsession with how they think the Baltimore media needs to do their job.
    4 points
  43. Here's a new YouTube video about hitting the warehouse. note: skip ad from 00:55 - 02:05
    4 points
  44. I think the most hitter-friendly aspect of Camden Yards is who's standing on the mound wearing the home team jerseys.
    4 points
  45. I wasn't really all-in on losing this year, but I am now. With 1 week to go, I want the 1:1 pick. It would make this nightmare season slightly more palatable if we at least ended up with the top pick.
    4 points
  46. Playing same team at home. Circumstances are different.
    4 points
  47. 1.150 OPS and 13.6 rWAR/162. Anything less is failure.
    4 points
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