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  1. He's making the minimum and is just a seat warmer until the team around is better. I get the old "if ifs and buts" thing, but he had 4 outings with the Orioles where he gave up a total of 14 ERs - the other 50 innings here were collectively pitched to a 3.06 ERA. I don't know if its flukish or not, but he got LHB out pretty regularly, which can be interesting for a RHP.
  2. I don't know it would fix anything, but I thought it would be fun to have a draft for draft order. Teams' draft position in the following year wouldn't be determined by their own won loss record, but by the record of some other team they picked to own their slot after the next season. After the World Series the Tigers would have first pick of all the other teams, but couldn't pick themselves. If they picked Florida and the Marlins had the 5th worst record then the Tigers pick 5th no matter how good or bad they performed.
  3. From the 1965 to 2012 draft its about a 9 WAR deference over a career in terms of the average and about 10 WAR difference over a career in terms of the median value. From 1990 to 2012 its about 16 and 12.5 respectively.
  4. Realistically there could be 18 shortstops and shortstopish players (like Machado and Villar) to hit 20 or more home runs this year. In 1983 there were two.
  5. If you use non-pitchers, BA <=200, and AB => 50, then the answer is at least 7. Sorry my subscription is up so I can't view the top 10 at the moment.
  6. Don Baylor went .327/22/107 at Rochester in 1970, then .313/20/95 at Rochester in 1971 Dany Clyburn was close to your criteria, he went .300/20/76 at Rochester in 1997, then .286/14/54 at Rochester in 1998 (363 at bats - he spent time in Baltimore in late August/September).
  7. The public sees a 47 win team that did nothing outwardly to get better.
  8. None of them were in the top half of their respective leagues in runs. By and large they got about 130 starts from the top 4 pitchers and didn't have to scrape around to fill the rest. They avoided early deficits somewhat better than average, held leads better than most teams (collectively 321-51 when ahead going into the 6th, .863 win percentage), and did a good amount better than most when tied going into the later stages of games (78-54 when even going into the 6th, .591 win percentage). Mostly effective bullpens probably had a decent say in the over achieving. The Orioles had 5 relievers with more than 55 IP and ERA+ of 160 or more. The Angels and D'backs had 4 like that. The Padres had one of Hoffman's best years and got 23 wins from the next 4 relievers. Before the era of everyone hitting HRs or striking out, being able to pick up a ball reasonably well also probably played into 'chemistry.'
  9. I am stunned that anyone could come up with a system that assigns a positive defensive rating to Mancini in the OF.
  10. I was thinking about this the other day. His lines versus LHP to date have been: 2015 - .181/.272/.278 2016 - .217/.282/.350 2017 - .208/.277/.327 2018 - .222/.312/.333 Has anyone ever seen a study on how common it is for a guy with pretty severe platoon splits throughout his minor league development to suddenly 'get it' at the major league level? I presume it doesn't happen too often, but couldn't find any research on the subject.
  11. FWIW, based on the charts and data at Brooks baseball as a reliever he 'used' to throw one pitch predominantly same general area regardless of the batter's handedness. With the Yankees he has thrown the one pitch slightly more down center and down in versus RH batters than before.
  12. Depending on how arbitration goes, if Buck came back at the same salary he could be the 5th highest paid Oriole next year.
  13. >2024... The MLB roster has talent deficits all over the place, so it isn't like they are starting from a position where they 'only' need a few SPs, or a SS and a couple of OFs to be competitive. The SP is bad, the IF is bad, the OF is bad, the pen is bad, the defense is bad. I don't believe that there are any true impact position players on the immediate horizon and there is no cavalry of arms waiting in the wings. There are some guys that project as nice additions to an established group, but they aren't going carry a roster. The schedule is still unbalanced - the Red Sox and Yankees have young to youngish cores that aren't going anywhere and the Blue Jays and Rays have better farms. The overall organizational mindset is antiquated and getting up to speed with most of the rest of the baseball word isn't going to happen any time soon. The record of drafting and player development isn't exactly stellar and there is no real infrastructure in place to start making an impact internationally. The MASN thing isn't going to end well.
  14. He raised his OPS by 30 points yesterday, at this pace his OPS will be 2.231 by the end of the year.
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