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  1. I'm not sure service time is a consideration for Akin. He's already 25 and not expected to be an elite pitcher. He's a back-end of the rotation/swing-man type. Certainly there is value there during his pre-arb years, but I'm not sure buying that seventh year is relevant. Ultimately, there are things for Akin to do in Triple-A to polish his game and his demotion (to me) was more about keeping the depth. We are going to cycle through a ton of pitchers this year and we will undoubtedly see Akin in 2020.
  2. I wonder if the old regime got into his head after he resigned as a Free Agent. It was clear that the signing was Angelos and not DD and company. I wonder if their biggest concern was health and they communicated that to him when he was signed. It wouldn't surprise me. In any case, it's at least encouraging to think he has a chance (albeit remote) to not be a complete waste of a roster spot even if he's still going to be vastly overpaid. Honestly, I'll be happy if he can get back to being a replacement level player.
  3. Because "doesn't throw well" is relative. Not throwing well in comparison to professional baseball players is much different than in comparison to high schoolers, even down in Florida. He must have been athletic enough to field the position and the arms was good enough to get by against much lesser competition.
  4. I would love to get Mateo and Neuse and give them a shot at 2B and 3B. The problem is, would Givens be enough for them to bite? I know there is a roster crunch concern here, but I'd have to imagine they'd be able to offer this package around and get some interest from other rebuilding teams as well.
  5. I have high hopes for Bannon to be one of those guys that out-performs his rankings. Ideally, he can prove himself as a solid 2B option for a call up should Alberto be able to replicate his success and become a viable trade candidate mid-season or should someone go down to injury though I imagine if he really rakes in Triple-A, he'll get a call up midyear regardless.
  6. I was hoping Wells would be able to get in a couple games and make some big league hitters look bad to have a bit of a mental impression on the staff who may question whether his stuff will play in the big leagues. Hopefully he pitches well in Triple-A to earn a chance later in the year regardless.
  7. That's true, though there's enough talk about Henderson to 3B already that I'm skeptical he sticks. Hernaiz, however, is a more than fair point.
  8. Agreed. I was stunned by how high he's ranked, but some of that also plays into how much concern he's showing for Hays and Mountcastle in their walk rates. But, if Hall can develop into a solid regular at either 2B or SS, that would be a huge for the team as he's about the only middle infield prospect we have at the moment.
  9. Honestly, if Nunez can develop into a serviceable defender that would be huge. I think there's a bit more wiggle room defensively at third (if Nunez can make the plays he's supposed to) given Iglesias is at SS. Nunez at 3B opens up more for Mancini at 1B/DH and clears a path for Mountcastle and eventually Diaz. While 3B is a rather deep position in baseball right now, it does also make Nunez a bit more marketable come July should he prove he can do a bit more than just stand at the spot. We will see.
  10. I'm not sure this was Elias saying he likes Velazquez more than Urena as much as it was him saying he likes the gamble of having both of them with the downside of just Velazquez more than having only Urena.
  11. In such a fantasy world, similarly unlikely things could happen like Cobb finishing in the top-3 for Cy Young and Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle finishing first and second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. In such a world, a mid-80 win season may be possible. In a world with no other miracle happening in the season and the rest of the players producing within their likely range of outcomes, the Orioles COULD win enough to avoid 100 losses, but pitching is still the biggest issue. Now...back to reality where a replacement level season from Davis would be a pleasant surprise.
  12. I'm excited to see if any of the guys we added to the fringes of our roster can make a jump and be a contributor (a la Hanser Alberto last year). I'd love if one of the Herrera, Rondon, Valaika, Urena, Urias infielders become a useful piece and/or someone like Rodgers, Bailey, Stewart, or Rucker showed himself to be a piece that could have some higher than anticipated upside.
  13. Honestly, I think the best case scenario is a .180/.280/.400 type season and while that is a massive improvement over the last two years, it's still not where you need him to be to be useful. The problem is, however, it may just be enough to allow him to continue to hold on to his 26-man roster spot. I think the best case scenario for the team is similar results to what he got in 2018-2019 with the Orioles finally giving up and cutting bait once Mountcastle is ready.
  14. I'm actually quite surprised at how much the Dodgers have been willing to give up on their SP depth this off season. Hill and Ryu walk which made since given their depth, particularly from the left side. They just traded Maeda and Stripling now though. Sure, they get Price and have him along with Kershaw and Buehler at the top, but what comes next? I guess they're counting on Wood bouncing back and Julio Urias finally giving them a full season in the rotation? Of course, they do still have May and Gonsolin along with some others ready to graduate, but Stripling was a righty with a bit more experience. It seems they're now set to start the year with four southpaws in the rotation. With Stripling in Anaheim now, is it possible Bundy doesn't make the rotation or gets demoted during the season? Tehran, Ohtani and Stripling are probably ahead of him (though Stripling's experience as a swing man may come into play). Heaney is the "established" guy on the team and Griffin Canning showed some promise. I don't think it's outside the realm of possibility that--barring injury--Bundy could find himself going to the bullpen at some point. Unless Ohtani can become an ace after not pitching last season, this team still lacks top end arms, but the rotational depth is a lot better now.
  15. I view him almost as injury insurance this spring. I don't think the Orioles want Akin or Kremer in the rotation to start the year. If Cobb is healthy, we have Cobb, Means and Wojo in the rotation with Stewart and Bailey? Rucker is an option, but I think he's more likely in competition for the pen. LeBlanc could beat out Stewart, but it seems more so that they're looking to fill the April and May innings with someone other than the rookies and need quantity to help ensure that.
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