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  1. This is very true. Andrew Vaughn is in High A and a couple high school players from the 2019 draft are in full season ball already.
  2. Rodriguez could certainly be a late bloomer who is benefiting from the new Orioles regime. However, Rodriguez had a lot of buzz about him in spring training 2018 and was expected to open in Delmarva and he sill has not made it. To me is is telling that Stauffer was promoted to Delmarva and Rodriguez has not. In general there are a bunch of advanced 21 year old mid round 2019 draft picks who are only in the NY Penn League because they already threw a full college season and are just throwing a few pro innings to get their feet wet. On a similar topic, who is the better prospect between Robert Neustrom and Jomar Reyes? Neustrom is a actually few months older but was a 2018 draft pick who just got promoted to Frederick on July 24th. Reyes is in his 4th year with the Keys and has made little progress. While I don't think either are likely to emerge as a top prospect, Neustrom clearly has a better chance.
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    DL Hall 2019

    Hall had one more strikeout than Kyle Johnston when Johnston got traded earlier this week. According to my calculations there are only 11 pitchers in the Carolina League that have been in the starting rotation in the Carolina League the whole season Especially at the beginning of the season, Hall was very inefficient and threw a lot of pitches per inning. I have had Hall as the best pitching prospect in the Carolina League all year. With Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar promoted and Daniel Lynch injured, Hall is clearly the best pitching prospect among active players now. Kris Bubic is next. Lynch should be back soon, but I have Hall a bit higher. My choice for pitcher of the year in the Carolina League is Noah Zavolas, who has been more consistent. I am not a fan of promoting pitching prospects late in the season. See Matt Riley.
  4. Tucker is an elite prospect that has already played 200 games at AAA. He would be playing everyday in the majors for most teams. Houston is far too smart to trade a big package for Mancini with Tucker in the minors, while at the same time they need pitching.
  5. The Yankees already have a 1st basemen on their team that has 30 homers. Houston has no room for Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez is a similar defensive player to Mancini. Both teams need pitching. The Yankees might pick up someone like cheap like Justin Smoak if they are concerned about Encarnacion's defense. I would be shocked if either are going to spend a lot to get 1B / DH type.
  6. There is a difference between a 21 year old player in short season ball that has been playing pro ball for several years and a 21 year old college player that was just drafted this year.
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    BA Midseason Top 100

    Hunter Harvey was only ranked in BAs top 100 one year. In 2015 he was 68.
  8. Given Grenier's experience and limited power, his striking out 31% of the time in the Sally League is really bad. The pick after Grenier in the draft was Xavier Edwards who is 3 years younger and hitting .347 with 18 steals at the same position and level.
  9. A good percentage of the All Star team that was announced has already been promoted to AA so there are going to be a lot of additions. I would hope DL Hall gets added. He and Nolan Jones are the highest rated prospects in the Carolina League now and he would be fun to watch for an inning. Stevne Klimek was fortunate that the team was announced before he got roughed up last night
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    Mike Baumann 2019

    I saw Baumann pitch against Myrtle Beach on May 21st. I had a good view of the scouts radar gun and his fastball was consistently in the mid 90s. Baumann was not getting strikes on anything but the fastball and as a result the Pelicans were fouling off a lot of pitches and he threw 90 pitches in 4.1 innings. I think the lack of strikes with off speed pitches is usually the issue when he struggles.
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    The First Fifteen

    It looks like the Angels and Rockies are the only teams in the Pioneer League that have a higher level short season team. For most teams in the Pioneer League including the Brewers, it is the highest level available before full season ball.
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    The First Fifteen

    The Pioneer League is equal to the NY Penn League. It was not a promotion.
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    Tracking Ex Oriole Thread

    Granted it was in Colorado, but Parra was pretty good in 2017 and 2018. He is fine as a back up.
  14. MLB.com came out with its top 30 international prospect list. 28 of the 30 have a favorite which means they will likely be signing with that team unless they hit a last minute snag. None of the favorites are the Orioles. It is going to take a few years before the Orioles are able to sign the top 16 year olds and then years before they are ready for the majors. http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2019?list=int
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