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  1. First outing, didn't have the movement on FB yet, shame he can't be extended in his pitch counts because that is what a number 1 SP looks like, 4 pitch mix with all quality pitches. Best pure stuff of any oriole pitcher I have seen in a long time, just hope he avoids the injury bug, he is a stud.
  2. Only my 2nd time actually seeing him pitch, was impressed, has LR and spot SP in his future, good fastball and good break on slider, changeup needs some work and used more. Love that he can throw to back foot om RH batters, a pitch that every LH pitchers should have, are you listening Atkins.
  3. Seen him in 3 games so far, what I see is that he not going max effort like last two year, same thing that Tiger is doing in golf, 80 percent instead of 100. Like Tiger, age is not your friend, and trying to out drive some new young player is not going to work, being shorter to the ball with less effort does, making solid contact where the ball is pitched is better. Last year Davis approach was to hit the long and over the fence, he would take the outside strike and K, this year he is hitting the ball to the opposite field more instead of rolling over and hitting into the shift, I credit Gentry for his transformation. Gentry was never a great hitter but he realize that you have to use the whole field to hit in the majors. Here hoping that it continues and Davis keeps it up!!!!
  4. Big different when your facing 90/92 and faces MLB pitchers 95 and up, need to see more, couldn't hit velo the last 2 years.
  5. Nothing to get excited about, they were playing a AA team.
  6. I have always envisioned the orioles having the OF with 3 CF, like we had with Brady, Devo, and Finley before the Davis trade, that would be my dream of a great OF.
  7. Not on topic, but I play golf with someone who has the same disorder as Chris Davis, I have worked with many players to help them improve, many getting them down in the low 80, I have tried everything with him to help, nothing works, he even went to the doctors who gave him the drug Davis used after Adderell, it didn't work. I can get him to play well for 3/4 holes at a time, but not 18, and he doesn't want to change, I changed my swing to the Chamblee swing, probably the easiest swing to use and I have great results, he refuses to try it. It is very hard to change people who have this disorder like Davis.
  8. We both are missing a relative point, just like the NFL, the pensions are grandfather to certain points in time, I would bet that Johnson pension is far less than current players with 3 1/2 years. I remember this because of John Unitas problem before his death. The CBA changes every time it comes up, players formally in it sometimes don't apply to the new rules.
  9. Same as me reaching the age of 65, I qualified for Medicare, but I still have to pay for it, qualified doesn't mean I get it free.
  10. Defensive stats in analytics are great to look at but are generally wrong, especially when range and burst and reaction are taken into question, even Kinney knows that defensive stats have a long way to go. Now if Paul Blair was alive and evaluating OF, I would be more incline to believe them, but some of these people have actually never played the game and most of this data is by still using the old eye test, just not by qualified people.
  11. Not the way that Dave Johnson explained it on MASN, the way he explained it is like social security and medicare, you can buy health insurance through your pension, and pensions are not fully vested until you have 10 years in, there are no more benefits after serving 10 years. Dave had 3 1/3 years in MLB, he said his pension is small compared to a fully vested pension, he didn't get into their healthcare system because he already had one he liked. Don't get confused about active MLB players who receive healthcare and start their pensions and retired MLB players, the rules are different.
  12. I know that Roch likes to push Mullins, but really, all I see is a maybe 4th or 5th OF in the majors, who doesn't have a major league arm, has great speed but takes bad routes and gets bad jumps and can't hit very well from either side of the plate.
  13. Doesn't work like that, pensions work on years and months accumulated and healthcare is taken out of their pension per Dave Johnson, the ex oriole pitcher who had 3 1/2 years in MLB. Wilkerson has far less , and it takes 10 years to be fully invested.
  14. Still watching the former White Sox SP, Covey, he has elected free agency, could see the orioles sign him, fits the rebuilt better. He is not on your list.
  15. Every MLB has grades and lists on their players and other teams, this is just a case where Lakins is rated higher than Wilkerson, its the way its suppose to work, bad team are able to acquire talent from better teams through the wavier process. This is the way we can see if our scouts are any good, its almost the same principle as watching the on field process.
  16. I like what I see from Ruiz by my eye test, a really nice swing, just needs to make better contract and hit the ball more to the opposite field instead of trying to pull. Good defensively, good hands, and a decent accurate arm, will improve with age. See a platoon with Nunez some this year, if Nunez can control his throws because accuracy is his problem, he has the arm. Both could work on tempo of their throwing motion, they rush their throws to many times.
  17. The answer to the actually question being asked is yes, Mountcastle is a better hitter than Mancini at this stage of his process, you don't make top 100 lists in MLB with his defensive trouble if you can't hit and have that bad of a arm. He has elite bat speed that few prospects have, he will hit in the majors, be it at DH or 1b, but he will never be a great defensive player at any position in the majors because of his weak throwing arm. The orioles are very lucky to have him, can't wait till May to see him play.
  18. The best option for the orioles and for Joseph is to offer him the bullpen coaching job, start his clock to become a MLB skipper in the future.
  19. I don't expect you to agree with my opinions, by I have studied and seen a lot of baseball in my 66 years, but even if your trying to lose, you still need to fill in the holes on your team with players. The orioles, KC, and the tigers are open opportunities for SP today. Baseball has always been about finding and uncovering gems that other teams always give up on and release, its the different between being a successful and a unsuccessful GM, Its goes to heart of scouting in the first place, you can see something that nobody else sees.
  20. We had probably the worst pitching staff in baseball, Elias has already stated the none of the kids are going to pitch until they are ready to stay, there is only one option to improve, sign minor league and major league free agents. They would be sign to one year non-guarantee minor league contracts and the scouts and the new tools can make an evaluation on them, there is nothing to lose in this situation, you can cut the one who don't have the skills. All teams have done it for years.
  21. No . it will be dumpster driving all the way, but people won't complain because its Elias doing it. If he was serious about improving the problem, he would have already sign every major and minor free agent SP out there who would take a minor league contract. On the other hand, if I was a major or minor league pitcher, Baltimore and the Rockies, are the last place, I want to pitch for, even when the opportunity are unlimited. But if I was a hitter, its the exact opposite.
  22. Of course they are projecting but this is Villar walk year, he will be trying to put up better numbers.
  23. Really shots a hole in the value of WAR, doesn't it, a 4 WAR player asking for 10 million and getting cut. Brian Kenny is going to be disappointed on Monday with this news.
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