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  1. I get your point, but I'm assuming there won't be many better options, and I'm sure they want to give him every opportunity to prove himself.
  2. I’m expecting a lot of moves this offseason, and I’ll assume Villar, Mancini and Alberto will be traded, and that Martin, despite having a strong spring, will start the year in AAA. It should be no surprise that Davis will start at 1B. I predict Ruiz won’t make the team out of Spring Training, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see players not on our current roster start the season at 2B, SS and 3B. I think Sisco will have a strong spring and start at C, and, lastly, Mountcastle will have a hot spring and start at DH. 1B: Chris Davis 2B: Player to be named SS: Player to be named 3B: Player to be named 😄 Chance Sisco DH: Ryan Mountcastle
  3. I think it depends on who is considered a prospect, so I’ll only consider those listed on the current O’s top 30 prospect list. And among those not mentioned, I’d expect Austin Hays, Hunter Harvey, and Dillon Tate to spend considerable time on the roster. Possibly Ryan McKenna, Brett Cumberland, and Alex Wells, if they have a solid season in AAA. And if he's healthy, I think Zach Pop gets called up.
  4. I'm sure there will be plenty of movement before Opening Day, but for now I'd like to see: LF: Santander CF: Hays RF: Stewart Ideally, I'd like to see Davis released and Mancini traded before Opening Day, giving Mountcastle a chance at 1B. I think it's about time for Elias to make a blockbuster trade and bring in some true talent.
  5. I see he only had one at bat before being pinch hit for. Was that the plan, or was there an injury? Hope he's ok.
  6. linedrive

    Toby Welk

    I'm with you Luke-OH, I'd love to know the model too, but didn't ask because I figured that was proprietary. My guess would be the same as LookingUp, who mentioned bat speed, which can be measured. I'm sure you know there are other aspects to a bat swing that can be measured too, such as launch angle and exit velocity, no matter what college division a player plays in. Maybe they also have charts for the ability to recognize pitches, foul off pitches, and take walks. It would be neat to have a better understanding of all that when it comes to scouting. But I'm sure some of this played into the two 17-year-old's we just traded for.
  7. linedrive

    Toby Welk

    I asked Sig Mejdal back on June 14 which player drafted after the tenth round he was most excited about, and, without hesitation, named Welk. He thought the analytics pointed to this guy, and figured other teams would have seen the same thing, but held back because he came from a smaller school. And so far Welk has lived up to that billing.
  8. Was fortunate to be at the game Tuesday night and watch this outstanding performance. It was fun watching the batters take so many bad swings against Baumann. They were off-balance and couldn't commit, and it was great to see the last batter called out on strikes.
  9. Nice debut in the GCL. The 17-year-old went 1-3 with two walks and a run scored.
  10. This is great! Looks like we signed all of our first 33 picks. Hopefully we can still sign some of those late high school picks!
  11. Most pleased with DJ Stewart, Ryan Mountcastle, and Chance Sisco. All three have played well this season at Norfolk, and it's great that two of them have already been called up to the O's and have contributed to some degree. Now I'm looking forward to seeing Mountcastle being promoted at some point, although it doesn't look like there's room for him on the current roster. I'd think there would have to be an injury or trade for that to happen. Most disappointed with Ryan McKenna, Cedric Mullins, and all 15 prospects we received in the 2018 trades (ok, except Bruce Zimmerman. And Zach Pop, Dean Kreamer, Dillon Tate, and Rylan Bannon haven't been that bad). And I'd say that Mason McCoy has been my most pleasant surprise this season.
  12. Ok, just for fun I'll comment on the guys mentioned at the beginning. The only players I've actually watched are Tanner Scott, Tyler Erwin, Ademar Rifaela, JC Escarra, Ofelky Peralta, and Willy Yahn. I don't really consider Jace Peterson, Mason Williams, Christopher Bostic or Zach Vincej to be prospects. They're 26-29 years old and haven't had much minor or major league success. I see them mainly as minor league depth, and possibly being called up to the Majors if someone on the O's gets injured or sent down. But I still like Tanner Scott and consider him a true prospect. I think he just needs more time to figure out how to pitch at the Major League level. He throws hard and has had minor league success the last three seasons at AA and AAA. Glad to see he was promoted to the O's, and hope he sticks. I also like Tyler Erwin and think he may have a future in the Majors. He's had success everywhere he's pitched. Tom Eshelman is young enough, drafted high (2nd round), has plenty of AAA experience, and is pitching decently, so I could see him promoted to the O's sometime this season. He could possibly help out the bullpen this season or next. I haven't given up on Brian Gonzalez or Brett Cumberland, but haven't been impressed with either one. Neither have I been impressed with Ademar Rifaela or Doran Turchin, and I don't think Escarra will hit enough to break into the O's lineup (or anywhere else). Out of Francisco Jimenez, Luis Perez, Ofelky Peralta, and Hector Guance, I like Perez the best. He's had the most success, but I hope the O's take their time with all four and give them a chance to develop. As for David LeBron, it's too soon to tell, but he's looked good so far. Zach Muckenhim has also looked good, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him promoted to the O's by the end of the season now that he's been promoted to AAA. I think it's worth keeping an eye on him to see how he finishes the season. WIlly Yahn is certainly a fringy prospect, so he'll have to keep proving himself every step of the way, but I don't see him getting much more than a cup of coffee in the Majors, if he hits at AA and AAA. I think he's an extreme long shot. Both Tim Naughton and Zach Matson are having nice seasons, and they're relatively young, but neither has pitched very long at Frederick, so let's see how they finish. They have time to turn themselves into prospects.
  13. Much better outing tonight. 5 innings, 3 hits allowed, and only 1 earned run. But the 4 walks are still a concern.
  14. Yes, and I'm a little worried about him. He looked like a great pick, got off to a hot start, and now... an injury? I'm hoping it's just a blip or a hiccup, and not something more serious.
  15. Very disappointing tonight. 3.1 innings, 6 hits and 5 walks, ugh! Looks like he should have spent more time in Delmarva. Starting to remind me of Dietz. Hope he can turn it around; still has time...
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