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  1. He did say a “strong option off the bench.” Not the starter.
  2. I love the Orioles. I don't like three true outcomes baseball. The more it happens, the less I'll care to pay attention or spend money on it. I'm 60, and some of this might come off as stay off my lawn stuff. But many of the games are not that interesting, at least for me.
  3. I agree. But I think he could be our next 2B man.
  4. Funny thing is to my eyes, he didn't look "awful" at all. He looked like someone learning a new position on the fly. If he is athletic enough to truly be an average defender in LF, his bat will provide big time value at that position.
  5. You keep saying this about Mountcastle and you keep being wrong. He was roughly average in LF with very little game experience behind him.
  6. 1-2. First round, second pick.
  7. Part of the problem is that it’s a game of “Guess What Tony Thinks.” Nothing wrong with that. But the question here isn’t what do you or I think? I am pretty much in tune with Tony’s thinking 1-7. From there on out it’s a crapshoot. Just glad the Orioles have much higher quality crap now!
  8. We’re at the point of arguing whether you like chocolate chip cookie dough or fudge ripple. All depends on your favorite flavor. It’s pretty subjective from this point out. You can group five or six with similar levels of talent (tiers) and shuffle the cards. Big drop off from 7-8. 8-12 are probably pretty closely matched before another drop.
  9. I can see why Tony said that 5-7 could be in any order and not 5-8. Appears to be a big drop off from Baumann to Westburg. This would be my first disagree, but from here down it’s all “who knows?”
  10. We’ve drafted and traded for a decent number of infielders under Elias. I know some here have suggested Adam Hall take some reps in CF. Options are good, in several meanings of the word.
  11. @PaulMancano · Oct 11 #Orioles No. 13 prospect Terrin Vavra has been working in center field since his trade from the Rockies system. Had never played in the outfield before, but O’s clearly like his speed and athleticism.
  12. Well, I went Baumann and Diaz. If Akin truly has this much reliever risk, I can’t put him over a pitcher like Baumann that still has a starter profile. And I can’t move Westburg ahead of Diaz before he’s played a game or faced a professional pitcher.
  13. If he’s adequate in the field, the bat is better than all of those other guys. And if he eventually replaces Mancini at first, so be it.
  14. As always, love the write ups more than who goes where. Even if I’m doing pretty good with that this year.
  15. Mancini was a full time first baseman in college and the minors. Mountcastle was a shortstop. Mountcastle is more athletic and faster than Mancini has ever been. I think he has a much better chance to be an adequate outfielder.
  16. Hall was a high school pitcher so I'm not surprised that there are some ups and downs. If we develop a solid lineup through the draft I'll be very pleased. We also have an improving international pipeline and eventually, when the time comes, free agency to add to the rotation.
  17. If Kjerstad's left-handed bat is equivalent to Mountcastle's right-handed bat, I will be thrilled. Ideally, Diaz will become a solid right fielder with Kjerstad in left (or vice versa), Hays in centrer, Mountcastle at 1B, and Rutshman catching. That has the makings of a pretty potent lineup. On a side note, I find the work that Vavra is doing in center field very interesting.
  18. I also put Henderson (5) and Hall (6). It also sounds like Henderson took a major step up during the Bowie camp. Wish he had been there from the beginning.
  19. I think any defensive deficiencies in LF or at 1B are grossly overstated by some (or one, Philip 😉). Especially considering his lack of experience. I think he could grow into either position just fine. At worst, as Tony said, he won’t hurt us at either and his bat can be a big plus.
  20. Mountcastle and then any of the others is fine with me. There’s a solid group 4-6 that could come in any order.
  21. I think that Mountcastle is the best hitter on the Orioles right now. Sounds like he was the best hitter in the Bowie camp, too. I have him third but I could be talked into #2. Have a hard time seeing him falling below #3.
  22. I disagree with much of this. Kjerstad could be the second best pick (I doubt he was) and Rodriguez could still be better. I also don’t think Mountcastle is too flawed.
  23. I think Mountcastle is vastly underrated by many here. But, for me, he’s number 3 behind Rutschman and Rodriguez.
  24. Factually correct. But with no context whatsoever to give it meaning, if there even is any.
  25. And those people would be wrong, too. I just don't think that anything anybody does in that small number of at bats at those levels means anything at all, whether it was good or bad.
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