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  1. Just to elaborate: I first encountered Orioles Hangout in 2000 or 2001, while searching the internet for information on the Orioles’ minor league system. In those days, information was very scarce. OH easily stood out as the best source on the web. Over time, coverage of the minors has grown exponentially, and while OH has maintained its leadership position, it’s been harder and harder to offer insights that were truly unique. OH got a huge boost when Luke Siler became a strong second scouting source to Tony, and when Luke left I wondered whether OH could continue to stand out as it always has, given Tony’s expressed desire to cut back personally. But now, your coverage is taking OH’s minor league reporting to a whole new level in terms of the details we are getting on a daily basis. There’s no other place to get stuff like you are putting out. I’m glad Tony found you, or vice-versa. Just don’t burn yourself out!!
  2. Watching Hays and (eventually) Mountcastle this year is going to be fun!
  3. Just keep it coming! No need to apologize whatsoever. This stuff is gold!
  4. Yes. But nobody ever pays much attention to how many assists the 2B had in a year, or even in a game. OF assists are always noted.
  5. Did you read this part about his offseason? From his trainer at a place called Baseball Rebellion.
  6. Great article today on the work Mountcastle has put in over several offseasons: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-ryan-mountcastle-20200227-3gcaddwbojb7xe3mvuvw4jsqxq-story.html%3foutputType=amp He had a great day today, with two doubles and a homer.
  7. Big day for Hays today: diving catch, sliding catch, outfield assist on a relay play, and two doubles in three at bats. https://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2020/02/hays-dazzles-in-milone-debut.html
  8. What do you mean by “not on point?”
  9. It’s foolish to get all set on one prospect two full high school/college seasons before he’ll actually be drafted. At least one scouting analyst has already moved Kumar Rocker down a peg: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/some-cactus-league-and-mlb-draft-scouting-notes/
  10. https://blogs.fangraphs.com/some-cactus-league-and-mlb-draft-scouting-notes/
  11. I spent half my day yesterday writing a memo to my firm about steps we are taking to be prepared for any disruptions from the coronavirus, and steps our employees should be taking to minimize risk and be prepared. So, I don’t think it’s premature to wonder if it could happen, which is all the OP did. But obviously no decision like that will be made now. We’ll see what the situation is in three weeks. A guy who works for me has a girlfriend who works for the government and was sent to Japan to help the offboarded Americans who were on the cruise ship. She’s a single mom and had to leave her daughter with an aunt to fulfill her assignment. Who knows when she’ll be back, or whether she’ll have to be quarantined after spending several weeks over there.
  12. Oh, he had zero chance of breaking camp with the Orioles. This is more about whether he gets a chance to throw in front of the major league coaches, and whether his MiL season starts on time. Last year, his oblique issue delayed his AA debut until April 20, but fortunately he suffered no lingering effects after that.
  13. https://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2020/02/updating-stewart-and-wells-injuries-in-orioles-camp.html
  14. https://blogs.fangraphs.com/mlbs-winning-and-losing-efforts-to-conquer-tv-part-ii-beating-the-bubble/
  15. ESPN has noticed: https://www.espn.com/college-sports/baseball/story/_/id/28787871/a-monocle-mustache-long-hair-justin-meekins-college-baseball-best-headshots
  16. I was very pleasantly surprised by his play in CF last year. Hopefully it wasn’t a SSS blip.
  17. It just depends on how widespread the coronavirus becomes. It’s too soon to say whether drastic measures like that will become necessary. They could, but I sure hope not.
  18. https://www.news-journalonline.com/sports/20200211/healthy-and-hungry-creek-grad-austin-hays-aims-for-opening-day-start-with-orioles?template=ampart&__twitter_impression=true
  19. Fortunately, they’re just saying his oblique is “sore.” Hopefully they caught it early and it will calm down.
  20. Sure he has. He didn’t debut until April 20 last year due to his oblique injury. https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=wells-000ale&type=pgl&year=2019
  21. Hard to see how your comment could have been any more negative.
  22. I don’t know why, but from last year’s timing and Hyde’s statement above, it seems to matter. Could be some CBA Rule, could be some operational issue, could be some ingrained tradition with no real logical rationale. Uncle Frobby doesn’t have all the answers.
  23. What year is the second picture from? He looks quite a bit older than in the first one. My dad and brother both went from having a pretty full head of hair at 17 to being mostly bald by 25. Happily I escaped that fate, though my hair has definitely thinned considerably in my 50’s and early 60’s, and I’ve had a lot of gray for a long time.
  24. The fact that he did well in AAA is worth mentioning just as much as his AFL time, as is his decent but not great AA performance before his promotion. Considering he had nearly five times as many at bats in AA as in AAA, I’d say the AA is the most important. And it certainly wasn’t bad, .740 OPS in a pitcher-friendly league. But I’d like to see Bannon get some more time in AAA to show that his good numbers there weren’t just a small sample fluke. And, I think the burden of proof for guys not already on the 40-man roster is very high, because selecting them means kicking someone else off. From a roster management point of view, the more prudent course is to give the benefit of the doubt to someone already on the roster, or someone not on the roster who has an opt-out (if there is an infielder in that position). Bannon can always come up later.
  25. You are ALWAYS useful! But the news about Wells came from Chuck Boemmel, in the thread you started.
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