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About CharmCityHokie

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  • Birthday 12/17/1986

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    Frederick, MD
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    Camping, Cars, Music, Travel
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    State Department Program Officer
  • Favorite Current Oriole
  • Favorite All Time Oriole
    Ripken Jr
  1. 1.7mm if BaseballReference is correct: https://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?year_ID=2005&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg&query_type=year_round)
  2. My wife is from Rochester, born and bred, and when I talk baseball with her uncles it's amazing how many are Orioles fans from way back due to the Red Wings affiliation. Which Wegman's do you work at, just out of curiosity (we're usually up in the area once a month or so to see family and my wife is a dyed-in-the-wool Wegman's fanatic, she'd have married that store instead of me if it were legal so we hit them up with coolers right before heading back south...even though we have Wegman's here now, "But they're not the same!!!"...apparently)
  3. I definitely think the power and bat speed are there to be at least an average hitter with pop, but there are so many factors to getting buy-in to a swing change. He's got something like 2500 at bats in the minors and only around 30 HRs. You have to imagine someone has told him to think about elevating the ball before. He looks like to me like batspeed isn't the issue, but he's long and lanky, and those levers are sometimes difficult to convince to do something they've got muscle memory for. That being said, I like him, I like his defense, I like how he seems to relish an everyday role a
  4. In short, yes. As I said in another thread, he is basically the Zack Britton of hitters. For his major league career he has as 62% GB% (https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kelvin-gutierrez/17468/stats?position=3B#batted-ball) He's pretty much the poster child candidate for the launch angle revolution. He does have power, and he can run, he just has to hit the ball in the air and it would change his fortunes a bit more I believe.
  5. If there was ever a guy who could benefit from the Launch Angle Revolution it's Gutierrez. For his big league career, he has a 5.40 GB/FB ratio. He's basically the Zack Britton of hitting. And it's not like he really has the wheels to put alot of pressure on defense on those groundballs. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gutieke01.shtml. If he could just start lofting some balls he might have some more success in his at bats. It's not like he's built like Brandon Fahey, you have to believe there is some natural power in there, it's just he's hammering everything into the dirt.
  6. It was impressive, but I definitely winced as I watched him round second somewhat awkwardly and land hard on his left knee. The last thing I want the future-franchise catcher getting hurt on is stretching for a triple at AAA.
  7. Yep, I figure with Urias with the leg injury that leaves only Mateo at short. If Mateo goes down, and Urias can't field right now, who are you going to stick at SS? It wouldn't be Bannon.
  8. This is just my personal opinion (and I'm a bit of an idiot so take all of this with a mountain of salt) but: Rylan Bannon I think is a question mark; Elias made comments about him a few weeks ago about his hot streak, but he might be just blowing smoke or being a good boss and giving his guys some credence: https://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2021/08/elias-on-september-expansion-diaz-rutschman-and-more.html. I want Bannon to succeed (I want all our guys to succeed) but he's not a stellar fielder and while he's a grinder at the plate, there is a lot of effort in that swing from the
  9. Just throwing out more details, and not taking FanGraphs as Gospel but I thought this was an interesting take from March of this year: 24. Darell Hernaiz, SS Drafted: 5th Round, 2019 from Americas HS (TX) (BAL) Age 19.6 Height 6′ 1″ Weight 170 Bat / Thr R / R FV 40 Tool Grades (Present/Future) Hit Raw Power Game Power
  10. Considering Nick has the most bWAR of any player drafted in the first round of his class (Adam Jones included), I think I'd be absolutely happy with the Cowser decision if he ended up the Markakis of his draft class. Now we just have to wait 20 years to find out! https://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?year_ID=2003&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg&query_type=year_round (Disclaimer: I know that bWAR or any other singular stat is not a great way to actually measure the outcome of a draft round in total, but I do think it provides an interesting quick snapshot).
  11. I don't have cable and live in the MASN-zone, so MLB.TV is useless. I follow daily on Gameday.
  12. My favorite part of the 2015 Draft is how many first rounders ended up Orioles at some point Dillon Tate (#4) Carson Fulmer (#8) Richie Martin (#20) DJ Stewart (#25) Chris Shaw (#31) Ryan Mountcastle (#36) Tyler Nevin (#38) https://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?year_ID=2015&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg&query_type=year_round
  13. Short blurb from FanGraphs: "Burch sits 93-96 with a plus slider. He's leading the org in swinging strike rate after the first half of 2021." https://www.fangraphs.com/prospects/the-board/2021-in-season-prospect-list/summary?sort=-1,1&team=phi
  14. They are quite smitten with Adley: "Adley Rutschman’s rank didn’t change but he moved from the 65 FV tier to the 70 FV tier on the strength of his Futures Game look. He is not normal. A switch-hitter his size, with his kind of rotational explosion, who has the bat-to-ball feel to switch which side of the cage he’s hitting in mid-batting practice session and just keep hitting bombs is not normal, and this is also an elite defensive catcher and locker room guy. He’s now in the FV tier Shohei Ohtani, Fernando Tatis Jr., Ronald Acuña Jr., and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. were in as prospects."
  15. The thing about this "be the worst for first (pick)" strategy that is concerning (if we are buying into the strategy, which I guess at this point you gotta root for something) is that for this current iteration of the Orioles, we already have pretty much the worst team we can field. The Diamondbacks have players that other teams are going to be interested in trading for and they're going to trade them, so they are going to get worse. If we're not trading Mullins, we're pretty much going to keep playing the way we are I'd imagine (Also not advocating for trading Mullins). I guess you could trad
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