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  1. Most fans on this board lived through the Johnny Bench comps for Matt Wieters who by all metrics had a successful major league career despite never reaching "greatest catcher ever" standards and being called a bust.
  2. I'm on board for "Draft Martin and see where things fall after that" strategy instead of getting tricky with an underslot at #2, but I don't like Mookie Betts comps. If Mike Trout never existed, we'd talk about Mookie as the greatest player of his generation. By his age-26 season he's won an MVP, finished top 10 4 times, In just 6 seasons he has the 13th most WAR of any active player, the fewest years of anyone in the Top 50. Martin has been my favorite player in this draft since last summer because of his positional versatility, OBP skills and top-of-the-order potential, but I'm not ready to saddle him with a lofty and likely unachievable comp like that. I'll take Starling Marte or maybe Ender Inciarte with some pop.
  3. I want Austin Martin but am interested in the Gonzales + overslot at No. 30 strategy depending on who they would target at No. 30. Gonzales' numbers at the Cape make me feel better about his obviously NMSU-inflated numbers. Wonder if Elias sees any Altuve comps in another super-hitting second baseman. We don't have many middle infield prospects and he would likely be on the same timeline as Hall, Rodriguez, and Rutschman.
  4. JUCOs are going to be STACKED if baseball returns next spring. We'll see a huge surge in the number of 4-year college players entering the minors, too, because if I'm a college junior who would've gone 6-10, I may as well go back and try again next season instead of signing for $20k.
  5. Good point. Let's pack 'em up and ship off the team. Heard Montreal might be looking for another franchise. Elias made a minor move that you admit yourself you have no problem with and was actually smart. You said it was a good move. Then say it proves he doesn't have control. So if he had control... he would've made a dumb move?
  6. Agreed with this. The big dollar, top of the line international free agents are already signed up. He has no scouting department. He likely has no confidence in the shell of an operation the O's had in place and looking at a pile of international spending money and nowhere to spend it. May as well get a potential cheap utility infielder for the next few years.
  7. Grenier was interviewed at the Winter Meetings and raved about Rutschman. It's what you would expect from a friend and a teammate, but it is nice to hear a personal side to all of the statistical analysis
  8. Even if Hyde ends up being the pick, that doesn't mean Elias was obfuscating. It just means there wasn't a finalize agreement and he doesn't want to confirm anything until agreement is final.
  9. Yes, this is exaggerating, but I do wonder what the mindset is for many of the guys carrying over when it comes to analytics. We heard Britton rave about what he received in New York, but that was a winning club. It's easier to buy in to a new way of doing your job when the team around you is winning. Even with great data next year, the team is going to stink. I don't think there is any assurance that Davis or any other player leftover is going to immediately embrace analytics. If they don't, they'll be gone quickly. But it still takes time to move them out.
  10. I've seen both Riley Greene and Andrew Vaughn called out on here as alternatives to the obvious Rutchsman/Witt Jr debate, and I don't understand (at least based on the MLB Pipeline write ups.) Both are all-bat prospects who at best profile as an average LF (Greene) or first baseman (Vaughn). Now that we're all-in on analytics super thinking, these don't seem to be the best value. The Ringer has a fascinating read today on the Seattle Mariners 15-year headache in drafting and player development that anyone on this board would find familiar. The Mariners have repeatedly valued low-floor, polished, near ML-ready players at the top of the draft (Hultzen, Ackley, Zunino) and have been left without much success.
  11. I don't think we have any idea what "we" look for anymore now that we have changed at the top. Fans can have preferences, but it will be very difficult to get into the prediction business with the Elias Administration until we have something to go on other than decisions made by a front office he was part of. That said, there appear to be lots of interesting pieces, we have the first pick, and there are no dreams of a pennant chase, so no stress in using a roster spot.
  12. I'm going 3: Harvey, Hays, Mullins. All three will be cheap with upsides of major contributors and floors of solid, inexpensive pieces. Harvey is the wild card here. I think a new regime comes in and switches him to a reliever where he has potential to be an asset. Pretty confident Hays and Mullins will be pieces at minimum. Of course... if Harvey turns into a solid BP arm he could be tradebait. I'm sticking with 3.
  13. Looks like the Mariners are trying to race us to the bottom of next summer's standings. Is there a Ken Griffey III in the 2020 class?
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