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Frobby

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  1. In DC there is only one sports radio station (actually, 3 stations, all owned by Dan Snyder which run identical content, including several ESPN syndicated shows). And the local guys on the DC sports station are very ignorant about baseball. It's 90% Redskins (no big surprise considering who owns the stations). Sometimes on my way home from work I can listen to WBAL if I can stand the static.
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    Billy Rowell

    When you are my age, or even when you are 30, you'll realize that not everyone matures emotionally at the same speed. There were lots of guys I know who were complete jerks in high school or college, but who eventually calmed down. And there are other guys I know who never did. We're just hoping Rowell will be in the 1st category, and before too much longer. It's kind of a shame, because we really don't hear this kind of comment much about any other Orioles prospect. The other top prospect who were at Frederick last year -- Wieters, Arrieta, Snyder, Erbe -- seem like genuinely nice guys, and it seems like they all get along well with each other, too. Ditto the guys who were at Bowie last season.
  3. We all know that ESPN concentrates it's coverage on only a few big media market teams, but they have really outdone themselves over the last 2-3 months. I swear, you'd think A-Rod and Manny were the only two people ever to play the game of baseball. Why I feel the need to rant about this here, I don't know. But I listen to Mike & Mike on my way to work, and these two topics are literally the only two baseball-topics I've heard anything about over several months now. At this point, I'd even be happy to listen to Peter Gammons talk about the Red Sox for 10 minutes. And if someone talked about a team that didn't play in NY, Boston, Chicago or LA I'd probably faint! Maybe I need to invest in XM Radio so I can get the MLB station.
  4. Even if Matusz was our best starter right now, it would make sense to start him in the minors for the same reasons Wieters will start the year in the minors (to delay free agency and eligibility for arbitration). If he pitches great for 3 months, I'd be happy to see him in the majors in the 2nd half. Why not, he's already on the 40-man roster anyway.
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    Billy Rowell

    Fixed that for you.
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    Billy Rowell

    All I meant was that Erbe has performed better than one normally expects a third round pick to perform.
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    Billy Rowell

    I just want to point out that Rowell is a full year younger than Britton, and yet he was playing one level higher than Britton. And Erbe, when he was 19 and playing in the Carolina League (same as Rowell in 2008), posted a 6.26 ERA. It's easy to look at Rowell's struggles and forget how ridiculously young he was for the league he played in. Erbe lowered his ERA from 6.26 to 4.30 as a 20-year old and now he's seen as a top 100 prospect by some. But even that 4.30 isn't that great, unless you consider that he was only 20 when he posted it. Patience, young grasshoppers, patience!
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    Billy Rowell

    Well, that could vary widely. Let's look at our own 2nd and 3rd rounders from the last few years: Ryan Adams (2d) Nolan Reimold (2d) Xavier Avery (2d) Brandon Erbe (3d) Zach Britton (3d) Jeremy Hoes (3d) Personally I'd still take Rowell over any of those, even though there are some decent prospects there. I'd have to think hard about Erbe, but that's because he's overperformed, ranking in the top 100 prospects in baseball on a couple of lists.
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    Billy Rowell

    That's just a provocative thing to say. Pretty much every publication that has ranked our prospects continues to put Rowell in the top 10 in the organization. OH has him 5th. Pretty much every team in baseball would leap at the chance to trade a 3rd round pick for him, or even a 2nd rounder. Of course, picks can't be traded in baseball so this conversation is purely hypothetical.
  10. What would be perfect is if Adam does well enough to reach the majors, but isn't an impact player who we really regret losing. That way he can reach his dream of a major league career without us grinding our teeth every time he comes up to bat. Say he turns into a .270/.330/.450 outfielder/1B. I wouldn't lose sleep over that.
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    Billy Rowell

    Rowell is still a year younger this season than Snyder was last season. Therefore, I could be satisfied even if he falls a bit short of what Snyder did last year. But at a minimum I'd like to see an OPS in the high .700's or over .800.
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    Billy Rowell

    This is a silly post on so many levels: 1. Rowell and Wieters were not comparable situations. Wieters was the 5th pick, and the only reason he fell that far was that a couple of teams ahead of us were afraid that Boras would jack his price so high that they wouldn't be able to sign him. (And remember, we signed him at 5 minutes to midnight for a record-setting bonus.) Rowell was the 9th pick and by the time you get to 9th the relatively sure picks are gone. 2. It is not going to take Rowell until age 25 to pan out. He'll be 20 all this season and he's repeating A+ this year. If he's going to become a good player, he'll do it by the time he's 21 or 22. Guys who are drafted out of college are already 21 or 22 when they're drafted. Rowell can play three more years before he'll be the same age Wieters is now. 3. A team as far away from contention as the Orioles has to take the player who they think has the potential to be the best player, whether that's 2 years from now or 5 years from now. In a year, when Brandon Snyder is in the majors, you won't be questioning why the Orioles drafted a high school kid, so you shouldn't question why we used a pick on Rowell, even if he turns out to be a bust. And it's way too soon to conclude he will be a bust, by the way. Even repeating the league at age 20, he'll be one of the youngest players in the Carolina League.
  13. While I am rooting for Bergesen to make the rotation, I disagree with this post. First, Bergesen has never pitched at AAA, so I disagree that he "has nothing left to prove at the minor league level." Second, I disagree (and hope it's not true) that he "is what he is." Left-handed hitters it .307 off him in AA last year, and if he "is what he is" that means lefties are going to crush him at the major league level. It may very well be that he needs to work on his approach against lefties at the minor league level before he's ready to succeed at the major league level. However, the reason we have spring training, and the reason we have a manager, a coaching staff and scouts, is to determine whether Bergesen's work prior to the season shows he's got a reasonable chance of succeeding in the majors now without having to work on this more in the minors. I hope that will be the case, but it's simply wrong to say he has nothing to prove at the minor league level and that he is what he is.
  14. That's a nice find. Verducci seems to like what we're doing, based on this and his comment on the radio that one of our posters reported.
  15. My impression is that even "slowed down," Bergesen is a very fast worker. That tends to bother the hitters and help the fielders, so good for him. I'm looking forward to seeing him in action. The guy I like watching today who is like this is Mark Buehrle. The batters never get comfortable before he's firing the next pitch.
  16. http://masnsports.com/2009/03/zaun-thinks-bergesen-has-the-r.html
  17. I doubt many posters have made up their minds, nor have the Orioles made up their minds.
  18. Roch's latest: http://masnsports.com/2009/03/another-update-on-hill.html
  19. Well, your statement is certainly true. However, whether I've seen someone pitch certainly has something to do with whether I'm in any position to second-guess the professionals in the organization who (1) have seen him pitch many times, and (2) know what to look for to determine if someone is ready for the majors. I mean, a smart 10-year old kid can look at Bergesen's minor league statistics and read someone else's scouting report. That still doesn't mean his opinion as to whether Bergesen should be in the rotation is a valid one. By the way, don't interpret my comment to mean I think Bergesen is not ready for the majors. I just think that any opinion formed on March 2 about this is bound to be ill-informed.
  20. As big a fan of DH as I am, he isn't going to be on the 25-man roster under any circumstances. He was sent to major league camp to get some exposure to the coaches and the veteran pitchers and get a sense of what he needs to work on this year. If he gets another inning or two, good, but I assume he's been throwing bullpen sessions and getting other exposure even if he hasn't gotten into games. Please don't take this the wrong way, but the fact that Bergesen, Tillman and Arrieta have all gotten more work than DH probably tells us that the team thinks those three are closer to being ready for the majors than he is. That's not a knock on DH, who I think has an opportunity to be a fine major league pitcher.
  21. It does not make sense to say that bringing him to spring training is not a bad move, but that putting him on the roster would be a bad move. If we weren't considering putting him on the roster, then why bring him to spring training at all? If the fix is in for Eaton to make the team, then I'd be very unhappy. He's not very good. But if he's being brought in to compete for a spot, that I have no problem with. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I believe that more competition is a good thing, so long as the results aren't preordained. I think one thing is very clear - MacPhail doesn't want to give a spot to Bergesen or someone else who hasn't gone through AAA unless they prove definitively that they are better than some replacement-level guy who they can sign for the league minimum. He'd rather have them get some AAA experience than rush them.
  22. http://masnsports.com/2009/03/updating-hill-and-parrish.html
  23. Here's a poll I'd like to run -- of the 25 people who voted "yes" or "no" in this poll, how many of you have every seen him pitch, even once?
  24. That will be worth a 12-page thread, alright.
  25. I can't believe there is a 12-page thread about signing this guy to a minor league contract. Much ado about nothing.
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