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  1. Getting this back on subject, by my calculations, the Orioles did not spend just $64,400 of there allotted cap money. The only question is whether one of the 11-20 rounders outside of Craig got more than $125K since we have numbers in all picks 1-10. Overall it appeared Elias had a plan all along to get the guys he wanted with a mixture of overslot and underslots. When you come within 100K of your bonus allotment you did a pretty good job IMHO.
    12 points
  2. My daughters, wife and I had a really sweet visit with Weams and Denise on Thursday of last week. We drove up from NC to see a couple of games in the Nationals series and made arrangements to see him our first afternoon up in PA. In the weekly video show during last year's lockdown, our daughters and I (family band) had on YouTube last year, we had a segment called "I Want My Daddy's Records" and we talked about a random armful of LPs on camera. Weams loved that segment and we agreed to do one with him while visiting with him. I'm about to put the finishing touches on it this evening and
    9 points
  3. Tavera would have only been 14 when he ran a 6.47 60 yard dash in October 2019. That’s legitimate top-end speed. The average 60 yard dash time for 14 year olds is about 8.0. For comparison, the link below has the top 60 yard dash times from 2019 Baseball Factory, where he would have been tied for 11th (see Bobby Witt Jr. at 6.60 - tied for 43rd). Also, the write-up appears to be lazy at best. Especially the statement “while he might slow down as he fills out.” That’s a comment that is often made about prospects in their late teens/early 20s. Not 14 year olds. At 16 he should be sig
    6 points
  4. Soft names make them stronger. Just ask the boy named Sue.
    6 points
  5. 5 points
  6. All good moves. Looking forward to putting eyes on the short right-handed Pinto to see if he's guy or not. It was time for Baumann to take that step as his command has come around of late. Always interesting when they have to pitch with the major league ball at AAA and how long it takes to adjust. Young is the most interesting of the free agent pitchers signed last year so glad to see him challenged at Aberdeen. Rom to Bowie make a lot of sense. It will be interesting to see how his stuff plays against Double-A hitters. I'm hoping they move Peralta to a reliever role and s
    5 points
  7. Have you ever gone back and looked at your posts and just shaked your head and gone, "Damn, I was wrong there?" They spent nearly all of there cap money and may still spend it all if they sign their last guy. There was clearly no "Angelos directive" to save money on this draft unless you think the directive went like this: "Dear Mike, please save me at least 100K because I have my eye on some outdoor furniture for the mansion and my inheritance has not come through yet!"
    5 points
  8. End of the 2000 season, the "human rain delay" managed the O's to win the last four games of the season. Johnny Oates' Rangers lost their last three, moving them ahead of the O's in the draft. The following June, the Rangers drafted.... The O's drafted Chris Smith, who pitched all of 52 innings in the minors before his career ended. 8 picks later, the Angels drafted Casey Kotchman, the subject of many multi-team trade deals dreamed up by @Sports Guy Then again, we would have missed out on all fun of the 10 "Teixeira Watch" mega threads in late 2008. So who will be the T
    5 points
  9. For all his struggles this year, it’s an absolute pleasure to see him succeed now.
    5 points
  10. I liked both interviews. Cowser is very humble. Answered almost every question starting with “yes sir.” Gave lots of credit to his college coaches for the fact that he went from undrafted out of high school to no. 5 overall pick after three years of college. Said he got in a lot of at bats against his former teammate (also a 1st round pick) during the pandemic Norby said he was playing T-ball at age 3 and always loved baseball. Said he never realized how good he could be until this year, after using time off in the pandemic to step back and really study his game and get in a l
    5 points
  11. So here's the visit my family had with Weams and JustD a week ago. Hope you enjoy. It was a delight to see our old friends and to hear Weams comment on the random stack of vinyl that she pulled from his collection. JustD adds a lot to the conversation too! The video format was in keeping with last year's half hour music show we did for 19 weeks during the lockdown. But instead of our usual 7 minute segment as part of several usual segments, we extended "I Want My Daddy's Records" to about 40 minutes for this special one. We shot it more like a documentary with 3 cams than the way we usual
    4 points
  12. Most interesting is Baumann to Norfolk (finally), Rom to Bowie, and Pinto to Delmarva. Ofelky Peralta to Norfolk is another to keep an eye on, he has been Rule 5 eligible and is somehow only 24. Could still be a big leaguer (likely as a reliever). Brandon Young turns 23 in a couple weeks, was an undrafted free agent in 2020 and has put up decent numbers at Delmarva, so nice to see him move up a level.
    4 points
  13. So you trust a BA rankings over a professional scouting department with many full time employees, scouts, and analysts because it fits your agenda? Guess what? Some of the players Elias selected are not going to make it, and in fact, most won't. That's exactly how the MLB draft works. Despite all the advancements, it's still a bit of a crap shoot and after the first 5 rounds or so, it's definitely a crap shoot. Since I don't scout 1000s of players nor do I have a staff of scouts and analysts, I'll take a wait and see approach to how Elias' scouting team has done, but you know what
    4 points
  14. If these numbers are correct, I'm ticked. How dare they not spend 64k of their alloted funds! What kind of extra talent could they have gotten in earlier rounds if only they'd have wisely spent that remaining 64k! Elias clearly has no idea what he is doing and needs to be replaced asap if we are to ever put a winning team on the field. Keeping 64k worth of bullets in your gun is inexcusable, and I fail to see how any of you can justify such cheap, money grabbing for the owners, incompetence. *snark off* Glad to see he used the vast majority of the funds. I'm not
    4 points
  15. The uniforms came from a sporting goods store that Brooks owned. Boog Powell hated them, made him look like a giant pumpkin. A couple years later he had an all red uniform in Cleveland, and became the giant tomato instead.
    4 points
  16. As Satchel Paige never said, "Don't look ahead, someone may be falling back towards you."
    4 points
  17. It took Gunnar 11 games to adjust to Hi A pitching, where he only got one hit in those 11 games. But in the last 17, he’s slashed .328/.395/.567 there, raising his overall slash line to .235/.358/.398. Would you bet against him finishing the season over .800 OPS at Aberdeen? I sure wouldn’t.
    4 points
  18. “He’s probably got the most power on the team, and that’s including Adley,” Britton said. “He’s long and lanky at the plate and the ball flies off his bat. We keep track of, like, exit velocities, balls over 95 [mph] and he’s exceeding everybody. Now, he doesn’t have as many balls in play here as some of our guys, but when this guy hits the ball, it comes off hot.” This confirms what I've been seeing. Stowers just consistently hits the ball hard, harder and more consistently than Rutschman though Rutschman has better overall plate discipline and less swing and miss. He also dedicate
    4 points
  19. Or buy a few camper/vans for the better minor leaguers? 😠
    4 points
  20. Lol…recently people we’re complaining that we weren’t signing people ranked high enough, now we are likely to sign the highest ranked guy the team ever has and spend the most money on one player that the team has and it’s still an issue. You cant make this sh** up!
    4 points
  21. The amazing thing is that this is the longest scoreless stretch of his career. Back when he was legitmately a top 10 pitcher in MLB he never reeled off 18 straight scoreless.
    3 points
  22. If they do it right, the team tomorrow should be worse than the team yesterday.
    3 points
  23. The issue may be the playing time at Bowie. Grenier is there and although Westburg is a priority play at SS over everyone right now (though sharing with Henderson), I think Genier has shown at at least defensively that he's a prospect and needs to play SS everyday. Grenier has been cold with the stick of late slashing .205/.333/.301/.635 so they may not think his stick is ready for AAA. At 3B they have Dorrian is a fringe prospect, but one that has put up a decent power and on base skills despite the low average. He's slashing .241/.378/.473/.851 and has improved his throwing of late from 3B.
    3 points
  24. Gametime: 7:05 pm Forecast: Mid 80s, slight chance of rain Matchup: Jordan Holloway (R) vs Jorge Lopez (R) Lineup 1. Miguel Rojas (R) SS 2. Isan Diaz (L) 2B 3. Jesus Aguilar (R) DH 4. Adam Duvall (R) RF 5. Brian Anderson (R) 3B 6. Lewin Diaz (L) 1B 7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C 8. Lewis Brinson (R) LF 9. Magneuris Sierra (L) CF 1. Cedric Mullins (L) CF 2. Austin Hays (R) LF 3. Trey Mancini (R) DH 4. Ryan Mountcastle (R) 1B 5. DJ Stewart (L) RF 6. Ramon Urias (R) SS 7. Pedro Severino (R) C 8. Maikel Franco (R)
    3 points
  25. Wouldn't mind seeing Houston winning the World Series. I like them.
    3 points
  26. What a luxury to have someone with those connections available to our board!!
    3 points
  27. They want him to work with Rom and get him comfortable. 😇
    3 points
  28. You have a very high opinion of your ability to evaluate talent. I don’t have as high an opinion of mine (or frankly, yours). It will be a very long time before we know if Lawler is a franchise SS and what kind of player Cowser is. Not to mention whether the overslot guys we got with the dollars saved are any good or not. Come back in 5-7 years and we can discuss it. In the meantime I’m just going to wait to see what happens, because I’m not going to pretend that I know.
    3 points
  29. I only eat steaks from the same cow as Mike Trout HR balls
    3 points
  30. Because there is close to a 0 percent chance of those teams trading for him. Why bother using up one of your 10 choices to block a trade to a team that won't trade for you? Now if you retain the right to block a trade to NY or Boston and those teams want to trade for you, you have leverage to work out the best deal possible for yourself. You can of course waive the no trade clause once you get what you want.
    3 points
  31. That velocity drop should have been a red flag.
    3 points
  32. But again, that was not the case. I had a good relationship back then with Joe and spent hours watching minor league games with him and chatting. Matzek and Wheeler were the other two guys he was considering but If I remember right, Wheeler had makeup issues he was concerned about and Matzek's contract demands scare him and many other teams off. Remember, this was before the slotting system and back when agents could hold their high value high school clients out for huge sums of money throughout the whole winter if they wanted to. I think Joe allowed Hobgood's personality and story to aff
    3 points
  33. Acquired in the Jose Iglesias trade, Garrett didn't have good months in A+ in May and June. In 4 starts and 19 IP in July, he has a 0.95 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 15 K's and 3 walks. Long way to go for this control pitcher who was the Friday night guy for Tennessee in college (5th round pick by the Angels) and grew up in Chesapeake, Va but July was a step in the right direction.
    3 points
  34. But that catch of the extremely high foul pop on Soto the other day/night? with Franco standing there watching was amazing - and he tossed the ball to Franco and smiled his way off the field. Amazing!!!
    3 points
  35. Completely guessing here, but I think 20 years ago any sharply hit grounder or line drive through the box* had a BABIP of .750 or .800. Today? There always seems to be someone standing right around the second base bag and that number can't be half that high. My entire game in slow-pitch softball was to line the ball past the pitcher into center for a single. If they shifted on me I'd have had to completely changed how I hit. * Love how "through the box" is a thing that most fans understand despite the last time a pitcher's box was used was 1892.
    3 points
  36. Vladimir Guerrero the 5th Snxyxxx Thwrxxx, the first major leaguer from the planet Zoltar, with whom we will make first contact in 2082 93 year old Austin Hays, who will play in the 1000th game of his career that year
    3 points
  37. Some act like a 4th OFer isn't an important thing. It's very important on the O's. If I'm an O's pitcher, I love having him playing LF or RF rather than someone like Stewart.
    3 points
  38. McKenna at best is a fourth outfielder, but I’d rather let him play and see how he develops over signing a retread like Ender Inciarte or Nomar Mazara.
    3 points
  39. Lamar Sparks was our 5th round selection in 2017. As I recall, it was rumored that we selected him in part to induce our 4th rounder, Jeck Conlon, a buddy of Sparks’, to forego college and sign with the O’s. If so, that ploy didn’t work, and Sparks, considered a toolsy but raw prospect, had to justify his 5th round selection on his own. After posting a .703 OPS in the GCL the year he was drafted, Sparks missed all of 2018 with an injury. He returned to the GCL in 2019 and posted a .621 OPS. Then Covid took away the 2020 season. So, in four years in our organization, all Sparks h
    3 points
  40. I’m definitely not ready to write off Hays as someone who’s never going to get through a season healthy. I have an almost irrational belief in him. 1.6 rWAR in 249 PA this year, 2.7 in 499 PA in his career, and that’s despite being relatively inexperienced and all the injury disruptions. I can’t give up on a guy who might be a 4-5 WAR player (my opinion) in a year or two if he can escape the injury bug. Sure I realize that’s a big if, but he’s got enough upside for me to take that chance while waiting on Cowser and other minor leaguers like Stowers to arrive. Stewart’s in a differe
    3 points
  41. Do people still play these silly games? Rooting for the Orioles to lose so we can get a higher pick? I mean last year when things started going bad in late August, people were saying "Tank for Kumar!". We ended up picking 5th, could have had Kumar, and didn't even take him. Don't those people feel kind of foolish now?
    3 points
  42. My brother , a recently retired career police officer, who is now fully recovered from Covid but was in the ICU and watching the Means nohitter, is at the game tonight as guest of John Means and Os! He got lovely phone calls from Jim Palmer and from Brooks and a Brooks art print all of which were facilitated by our own Roy Firestone to whom we are eternally grateful! … The world has many beautiful people in it!
    3 points
  43. Rom really dominant through 2 so far. Lot of K's. Nothing has left the infield yet. Early Westburg error didnt matter when the batter was tagged trying to turn one base into three.
    3 points
  44. His agent reported him signed - see Burns thread.
    3 points
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