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  1. I am not sure what your point is, but you seem to be criticizing the Orioles for not selecting a player who was gone before they picked.
  2. Reyes had a nice year in the Sally League as an 18 year old. He was six months younger and on the same path at the time as Rafael Devers. Reyes is a big guy and at the time there was reason to think that more of the 36 extra base hits in 84 games would become homers. He never hit more than ten homers in a year and he could not get over the hump at Frederick, but there was reason to be optimistic about Reyes as a prospect heading into 2016.
  3. I had no recollection of Tettleton being as good as he was offensively after being traded from the Orioles until I looked up his stats. Three straight years of 30 plus homers and 100 plus walks out of the catching position. That is a fantasy baseball monster in a OBP league. He made less that $16 million for his career. He would have made more than that a year today if he was at his peak.
  4. Here is my 2020 Frederick Keys prospect preview. Looking forward to seeing a lot of Grayson and the other prospects from the 2019 Shorebirds this year. Seeing Adley at least for a short while will be exciting. https://www.carolinaleagueprospects.com/2020/01/2020-frederick-keys-prospect-preview.html
  5. Since walks don't count when calculating total bases, it makes complete sense that someone who does not walk often would lead the league in total bases.
  6. I just don't understand this line of thinking. Maybe if Robert has a disappointing career, the White Sox would pay less for Robert especially in the early years. However, in the scheme of things, the amount is small. The amount they could be saving in year 7 and year 8 could be very significant. I think the Dallas Keuchel contact was a much bigger gamble. The two years of free agency that a team buys out, may put a player in a totally different position for his next contract. This does not apply so much to Robert because he is very young, but would apply more to a 24 to 25 year old th
  7. POR

    Catching

    At the beginning of the off season, Zack Collins looked like he had the chance to get a decent number of at bats for the White Sox in 2020 as a back up catcher and 1st base / DH. Since the White Sox resigned Jose Abreu and signed Yasmani Grandal and Edwin Encarnacion as free agents, Collins is completely blocked. Collins was the 10th pick in the 2016 draft as a bat first catcher. By all accounts, he has focused on his defense since his pro career started, but there is considerable debate whether his defense is good enough to stick at catcher in the majors. Collins will be 25 in Feb
  8. The Astros have won 311 games and been in two world series in the last three years. It seems like a great return for being the worst team in baseball for three years (11-13). In addition, Yordan Alvarez is a little more than half a year into his MLB career. Kyle Tucker is a potential star that has barely started his MLB star. Forrest Whitley has been the most acclaimed pitching prospect is baseball for the last three years and has yet to start his MLB career. They have a ton of other interesting pitcher prospects plus Abraham Toro waiting for an opportunity.
  9. I do think that the Orioles will be doing a lot of piggybacking of pitchers at Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie in 2020. There will be two pitchers scheduled most games going between three and six innings. This is what the Astros do in the minors and now with all the pitchers that the Orioles acquired, I assume Holt will look to piggyback pitchers as well. The Orioles also drafted a number of late round college pitchers in 2019, and hopefully a few of them will emerge.
  10. I don't think win-loss record is high on the list that organizations look at in measuring pitchers. The Orioles could not give Cashner away before the 2019 season. With a lot of smoke and mirrors, Cashner pitched decently enough that the Orioles got a couple of prospects for him. It helped that the Orioles were willing to pay part of Cashner's remaining salary. That Prado and Romero were very young international players were likely not a negative to the Orioles who are year away from being competitive and looking to improve their international talent . Cashner was a disaster for
  11. The Astros are paying both Vetlander and Greinke.
  12. It should be apparent that Elias is following the same long slow rebuild process that the Astros followed when Luhnow and company took over the Astros in December 2011. If you study the Astros during the next few years, they spent spent virtually nothing on major league talent, especially that is not going to be around when their competitive window started in 2015. Once the Astros began their competitive window, they have proven very willing to spend big. From Astroball Jeff Luhnow followed through on his promise to Jim Crane to rid the club of high- priced, underperforming veteran
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