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  1. Somehow no one on the local Orioles beat has reported on this yet, but per multiple Cleveland Indians media sources, the Orioles are hiring Tony Mansolino as their new 3B coach & infield instructor, replacing Jose Flores. Mansolino has been in the Indians organization for the last 11 years and spent last year as their minor league infield defense coordinator before being promoted to Indians 3B coach for most of the season once Sandy Alomar took over for Terry Francona. Here is a link to an article about this hire: https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2020/12/baltimore-orioles-hire-cleveland-indians-infield-instructor-tony-mansolino-as-third-base-coach.html
  2. Don’t forget that the O’s shared data with other teams and were able to video scout the alternate sites & instructional league. They probably have a lot more data on Sceroler & Wells than the public does. And they clearly view both as starter candidates, while Zach Pop is strictly a reliever. I hate losing Pop, because he could end up being a very good reliever, but Elias and the brain trust clearly believe that Sceroler & Wells have more upside because of their ability to start. Whether that translates to the majors remains to be seen, but that appears to be the thinking here with these selections.
  3. I think Elias will protect Diaz, Baumann, Lowther & Mattson, with an outside chance he could protect Bannon as well since he is close to the majors and can play 2B/3B. Bannon did well in his brief trial at Norfolk at the end of 2019, and I could see another team taking him in the Rule V because of his versatility & gamer style. Losing Bannon wouldn’t be a huge loss if he gets picked, but he’s a good guy to have around for depth, so I don’t know if I’d risk losing him. I don’t think anyone will pick Zach Pop because he’s coming off the surgery and no one has seen him pitch in 2 years. Otherwise, he’s someone we’d definitely have to consider protecting because of his upside as a late inning reliever when healthy and success he’s had so far in his short career.
  4. I think what Roch was getting at is that while Kjerstad is home dealing with his medical situation (which is most likely Covid-related), he’s using that time to finish his college degree online. Not that he chose to skip instructs in order to finish his degree. It could have been explained better.
  5. Yes, those PTBNLs along with one from Houston for Hector Velazquez. I would assume we will get news on this over the next week. I think there’s a moratorium on announcing transactions for 5 days after the end of the WS, but I could be mistaken.
  6. I’m guessing that a claim was probably filed against Elias and the Orioles for pension fraud (possibly by the agent of a coach on the staff that didn’t get the pension benefits), but since MLB approved Holt before the season as one of the 4 coaches designated to receive pension benefits, that’s why this is a non-story. The quote from the MLB spokesperson said Holt received prior approval from the league and shared it with the MLBPA, so the only possible explanation is that the MLBPA is challenging Holt’s approval since he wasn’t a full-time uniformed coach this year, and that is likely what this botched article by Bill Madden is attempting to convey. Even if a charge of pension fraud was filed by the MLBPA, or the agent of a coach separate from the MLBPA, it sounds like it’s dead in the water because MLB released a statement saying Holt was approved and there is no ongoing investigation that could result in discipline for Elias/Orioles. Simply put, Bill Madden did a piss poor job of reporting this accurately, and tried to connect it with the Astros, which is why the article lead with “Ex-Astros” and “fraud” to get readers to click on it. In reality, all Madden had to do is verify the story with MLB, like our local beat writers did, and he would have been told that this is a non-issue because Holt received prior authorization from the league to receive pension benefits, meaning this was not some covert, fraudulent attempt by Elias to get Holt on the pension plan without going through the proper approval process. That’s why most of us thought from the very start that this story didn’t pass the smell test, and now we know we were proven correct in that assessment.
  7. Is it just me, or do Jeff Luhnow and Sig Mejdal talk exactly the same? I mean not just in terms of the words they use and the obvious intelligence, but in the tone and accent of their voices as well. If I didn’t know it was Luhnow talking, I would easily think it’s Sig.
  8. A name to keep an eye on for pitching coach is Brent Strom with the Astros. I don’t know what his contract situation is, but he has strong ties to Elias, Sig, and Chris Holt from Houston, and even going back further to St. Louis with Elias & Sig. Now that there is a new regime in Houston, Strom would likely be interested in coming to Baltimore to reunite with the people he knows best and are completely aligned with his pitching philosophy. That all depends on his contract situation though. I’m going to see if I can find out when Strom’s contract expires with the Astros, because if it’s up at the end of this year, I would not be surprised at all if he’s our next pitching coach. Holt’s pitching philosophy was learned from Strom, and Holt is known to have named him The Stromfather (as a play on The Godfather) and had t-shirts created with The Stromfather and Strom’s face on it that was given to all the pitchers in the Astros system. If we were able to bring Strom to Baltimore, that would be a huge pickup for our pitching staff (and pitching program throughout the system), and I can’t imagine Elias & Hyde would let Brocail go without having a replacement in mind.
  9. I listened to the interview, which was great, and one of the most interesting takeaways I got was how high Matt Blood is on Kyle Bradish, who we got in the Bundy trade. Geoff & Brett asked Blood who are some of the pitchers that impressed him a lot at the Bowie site, and he specifically mentioned Bradish unprompted. He said that while guys like Hall, Rodriguez & Baumann (among others) are all very impressive and get a lot of attention on top prospect lists, Bradish is someone who is under the radar nationally, but not for them. It’s clear that he was really impressed with Bradish when he saw him in Bowie, so that’s someone we should be keeping an eye on who might not be getting as much publicity as some of the other pitchers we typically think of as our top pitching prospects. Then again, it’s understandable because this is Bradish’s first year in our system and none of us got a chance to see him pitch since the minor league season was cancelled. He only has 1 year of minor league experience under his belt, and that was in the Angels system.
  10. I read that the bonus slots are for the 2019-2020 period, which expires on 10/15/20. That indicates to me that the O’s had some bonus slots still available and didn’t expect to sign anyone else during this signing period, or at least anyone of any financial significance. I’m okay with that, because I don’t think they should spend the money just to say they spent it if they don’t think anyone is worthy of it. And to be fair, they have already signed something like 34-38 players during this period, so it’s not like they have been skimping on signing international players. The 2020-2021 signing period commences on 1/15/21 (it was pushed back from 7/2/20 due to Covid) and the Orioles already have their class mostly locked in already.
  11. I think this has a lot to do with it as well. Bundy has traditionally pitched well against the AL West teams if you look at his track record, and while there are definitely some good teams in that division, it’s collectively not as tough as facing AL East teams have been over the last 4 years, not to mention the AL West ballparks are generally more pitcher friendly than parks like Camden Yards, Fenway & Yankee Stadium. Even Toronto tends to be hitter friendly. Only Tropicana Field can be considered a pitcher friendly park in the AL East, whereas in the AL West, Oakland, Seattle & Anaheim are clear pitcher friendly parks, while Texas & Houston are more borderline, but probably slightly favor the hitters. So I think the park factors, plus Bundy throwing his mediocre fastball about 10% less this year, have all contributed to why he has been so successful, at least so far.
  12. Also you have to keep in mind that Elias and Mejdal came in and didn’t have an existing analytics apparatus in place, so they had to essentially build it from scratch, and they probably didn’t have all the data they needed to properly optimize Bundy’s pitch mix until it was too late. Although to be fair, Bundy was much better in the 2nd half last year, so maybe those were the first signs that he was starting to follow the data and optimize his pitch mix. I think this is the first year we were going to truly see our data & analytics system make a difference with our pitchers, especially at the major league level, now that our internal database is fully in place. Sig’s team was basically building out the data system on the fly last year, and admittedly, they had a lot of catching up to do. Sure, it looks bad right now that Bundy has gotten off to such a good start, but I don’t think it’s fair to say that the O’s were negligent in how they handled him last year. As we all know, Bundy has had really good stretches before, only to then struggle, so consistency was really his issue more than anything else. Clearly the Angels figured out the best way to optimize his pitches and pitch selection, and they deserve credit for that, but I think Bundy was capable of doing the same thing had he still been here this year. Same goes for Mike Yastrzemski had we given him a chance to play here and not traded him away when we did. We’ll just never know for sure because we didn’t get a chance to see it happen.
  13. I’m curious about the PTBNL or cash considerations aspect of the deal. Unless I’m mistaken, in the other trades for PTBNLs, there was no “or cash considerations” aspect of the deal, but in this one there was. Could this be because the Orioles might not be sure yet what they value more in terms of the player they could get back vs. the cash they could receive and want to have time to think it over? It’s not like cash isn’t useful to help pay for other aspects of their operation, so let’s not act like it would be a cop out to accept cash over a mediocre prospect. I’m guessing this is simply about the O’s being given a list of players to choose from as the PTBNL, and they can decide if they prefer one of the players or to get cash instead.
  14. I remember hearing an interview with Elias a few weeks ago and he said that Lowther would have been under consideration for the 60 player pool, but he was dealing with an oblique issue, so they wanted to give that time to heal before they considered adding him. I’m sure whenever he’s deemed healthy, he will be added as long as there’s room still available.
  15. Apparently it’s because he hasn’t been able to get to Baltimore yet to take his physical. Supposedly that will happen either this week or next week, according to Tommy Birch, who is a local sportswriter in Des Moines, Iowa and is in the know. Nothing to worry about. He’s going to sign, unless of course the physical goes poorly. But let’s think positively!
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