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  1. They've been hitting well so far and it's been fun to watch. C Wieters 1B Davis 2B Schoop 3B Machado SS Hardy LF Pearce CF Jones RF Markakis DH Cruz C Severino 1B Davis 2B Alberto 3B Ruiz SS Iglesias LF Smith Jr. CF Hays RF Santander DH Nunez Still seems like a resounding 9-0 or 8-1 for 2014 to me.
  2. There are some ML hitters and a lot of potential. But to give some perspective, only Hanser Alberto would crack the lineup of the 2014 AL East Champion team.
  3. A classic! Blue cheese with wings or.......
  4. I played high school baseball in Baltimore County and my coach volunteered us to go to an event where some Little League kids would do some drills with current and former Orioles. I was a grumpy 17 year old about the whole thing, but Rick Krivda and I were assigned to run the outfield drills for the kids. Rick was really nice to me. He'd retired by this point, but he ran the drill with a great energy and he talked baseball with me and asked about our season and seemed genuinely interested in what I thought about drills and hitting and the high school baseball scene. It impressed me a lot at the time, his energy snapped me out of that "This is lame" mindset, at least for that day. I also played catch with Jake Arrieta for a minute after the event. He was a minor league nobody at the time, not much older than I was.
  5. I'd put my Titanic Deck Chair Preference Order at 1. Herrera 2. Urias 3. Velazquez 4. Valaika But remember that Hanser Alberto, Dwight Smith Jr, and Pedro Severino were all acquired in March 2019. More moves will be made.
  6. Last year 3 SP options (Rogers, Cobb, Karns) were done for the year early on and several others (Hess, Straily, Ynoa, etc.) were getting shelled. There was no one else to step up so they spent the whole summer scrambling around for guys like Eshelman and Shepherd who all (except for Wojo) got shelled also. This year will be the same. Guys will get injured and flame out early on and there aren't enough viable options to step up. Means, Cobb, Wojo, LeBlanc, Milone, Stewart, Velazquez, Akin, Hess, Zimmermann, Kremer. Assume 3 of those guys are hurt and 3 are pitching terribly in May. Things start to look pretty rough, just like last year. There are still replacement level vets out there like Cashner, Vargas, and Buchholz if they want to go that route. Trotting out AAA guys like Shepherd or Eshelman is painful for the fans and unnecessary.
  7. The land of opportunity. I guess he'll compete with Kohl Stewart for the long reliever role. He's 31 but has solid numbers actually. 3.90 career ERA for Boston in 166 IP over the last few years.
  8. Sad to see this. I don't think 40 man roster spots are really an issue. Plenty of room could have been made. I'm guessing they just didn't like Bailey and Rucker all that much after getting a long look. Good news for the other fringy pitchers. Hess, for example, could be the long man now.
  9. Baltimore: Means, Cobb, Wojo, LeBlanc, Milone Norfolk: Akin, Kremer, Wells, Zimmermann, Lowther Barring a string of injuries, Eshelman isn't cracking either of those rotations. Him, Hanhold, Shepherd, Hess, Blach, etc. would have to accept going to AA, pitch out of Norfolk's pen, or find a new organization.
  10. Hess will be DFAd at the end of spring I'm guessing. Maybe they'll have him pitch out of Norfolk's pen. Guys like Hanhold, Shepherd, Eshelman, Blach, etc. won't make Norfolk's team unless guys get injured. AA or released.
  11. In a recent chat, Keith Law implied his ranking would be 1. Martin 2. Torkelson 3. Hancock I think I've been sleeping on Torkelson a bit, because of his position. Also interesting that he doesn't seem to think of Rocker as the generational Strasburg-level prospect that some have been making him out to be. Which is good because I'd rather the Orioles surprised people and won 70+ games this year anyway.
  12. Excellent performance by Tyson Fury tonight. I much prefer MMA to boxing, but Fury really dominated the fight against a great champion. Was fun to watch.
  13. SP: Means, Cobb, Wojo, LeBlanc, Milone RP: Givens, Bleier, Castro, Fry, Scott, Bailey, Armstrong, Harvey Alberto Santander Hays Mancini Nunez Smith Jr. Ruiz Iglesias Sisco Davis Severino M. Williams Urias I cannot imagine Richard Urena makes the team. His career OPS is .662 in AAA and .652 in AA. .707 OPS with the juiced balls last year in AAA. He is probably a worse hitter than Richie Martin.
  14. Sounds like you're down on Rucker's chances. The bullpen looks ML caliber actually, but I'm not hopeful about the rotation. A couple of those names will get hurt, a couple will Straily their way off the team. It's a thin group still. If none of the young guys (Akin, Bailey, Rucker) step up early then we're looking at the Chandler Shepherds and Tom Eshelmans of the world getting serious innings just like last year.
  15. Last years rotation in spring training was Bundy, Cobb, Cashner, Hess, and Karns (opener) Means, Straily, J. Rogers, Y. Ramirez, Wright, and Ynoa were long relief and SP depth. This year's rotation in spring training is something like Means, Cobb, Wojo, LeBlanc, Milone Stewart, Akin, Bailey, Rucker, Kremer, Zimmermann, and Hess are long relief and SP depth options. Just a couple months into the 2019 season, 8 of those 11 spring training arms were done for the year or getting consistently shelled. The Orioles had 3 decent SPs and no viable options behind them. Just like last year, the rotation is thin and the depth options are young and unproven. But I think we'd all agree that the depth options have more potential than last year's group. What do you think? Is the SP situation improved or will the warehouse be scrambling around the waiver wire for Tom Eshelmans and Tayler Scotts this summer?
  16. Baseball's lower middle class FAs have definitely lost a lot of leverage. Iglesias is on about the same contract Cesar Izturis signed with the Orioles in 2008 and they're very similar players.
  17. Yes, from Longenhagen and McDaniel at Fangraphs. I remember Longenhagen tweeting about Christopher Cespedes (Orioles minor league rule 5 pick) having one of the highest EVs in the minors last year. I guess those guys have access to it.
  18. Am I? I think he's way better than the other names I mentioned. I have no idea about his defense but here's how ZiPS projects OPS+ for Orioles ML IF candidates: Herrera 88 J. Rondon 83 Valaika 75 Wilkerson 68 Martin 63 (Urena isn't listed on Orioles projections, but he has a career .662 OPS in AAA and .652 in AA so I'm guessing it's around Martin's) Obviously, ZiPS projections only predict so well, but his AAA numbers recently are better than anything the other names there have posted.
  19. Actually, the above scouting report was before last season. He's still a 40 FV, 20th ranked prospect in their system, but the below was posted a couple weeks back:
  20. Good claim, from his stat line. It's Urias vs. Herrera for the utility spot. Urena, Valaika, Wilkerson, and any other infielders in the mix are not ML caliber. Fangraphs' Longenhagen and McDaniel said this about him, as they ranked him a 40 FV, 21st in the Cards organization:
  21. I'm pretty optimistic about a future competitive OF of Santander, Hays, and Diaz with Mullins as 4th OF. Especially with Stewart, Mountcastle, and maybe even Mancini in the mix for 1B/DH. It's the infield and pitching I'm worried about.
  22. Davis takes a major league spot and 200+ PAs away from a guy they could give a look to, so he is hurting the team's future. There are a lot of fringe guys at 1B/DH/OF who deserve a shot over Davis. Not to mention, they could have used his roster spot on a guy like Greg Bird or Domingo Santana to see if they can put it together.
  23. SP and infield depth still concern me. Means, Cobb, and Wojo are fine. But between the Rule 5 guys, the Bowie guys last year, Akin, and LeBlanc there are a lot of big questions marks. A somewhat dependable guy like Cashner, McHugh, Milone, or the like is necessary, in my opinion. The other thing that concerns me right now is infield depth. Alberto, Iglesias, and Ruiz are all fine, but I don't want to see the likes of Richie Martin, Pat Valaika, Stevie Wilkerson, or Richard Urena this year. None of them are ML caliber, even as backups, to me. Dilson Herrera could be a good UTIL guy, but if they don't like him then they ought to sign Tim Beckham or Logan Forsythe to just give us replacement level injury insurance. If they signed Cashner and a utility guy, I think they'd be better than last year.
  24. Pat Valaika = Jack Reinheimer = Cord Phelps = Zach Vincej = AAA depth who should not be in anyone's ML Plans. Stevie Wilkerson = Jace Peterson. His only asset is flexibility (and a devastating heater). He's a poor hitter and would not be claimed if he got DFAd this spring. Signing another IF like Beckham, Y. Sanchez, Duffy, etc. would be nice since Urena has never approached league average hitting in 4 years of AA/AAA. He's young but isn't ready for ML at bats yet.
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