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  1. It's a throwback to Earl Weaver's strategy of Pitching, Defense, and the 3 run Homer. Only we've tweaked it to be Pitching, Defense and the 1 run Homer!
  2. All the guys I kind of liked were taken- Bitsko, Jarvis, Walker.... I'd take Jared Kelley if he's still around. I'd take JT Ginn at #39- that would be a total steal and make me feel better about Kjerstad....
  3. I've decided that's who I want at #2. Seems to have the most tools and talent. Pitchers can get hurt, so we need to come away with a premium position player and top shelf bat. I will be very disappointed if we take someone else.... Martin/Rutschman back to back in the batting order would be outstanding.....
  4. Pitching wins championships. You need starters to neutralize the powerhouse lineups of NY, Bos, and Tor. I'd lean toward Lacy or Hancock at this point.
  5. Big night for Louisville lefty Reid Detmers- 6 IP 0 ER 15Ks.
  6. Pitching was the theme of the night last night. Asa Lacy dominated NM State and Nick Gonzales. He pitched 7 IP 0 ER 3 hits 13 Ks. In the game, Nick Gonzales was 0-3 with 2 Ks. Emerson Hancock dominated 7 IP 0 ER 12 Ks. Kumar Rocker did not have a good night. Only 3 IP, lots of walks and runs. Austin Martin took an 0-3.
  7. Admittedly, I am a worry wart. That is simply my nature. He hasn't hit at all in the minors, and he hasn't even made contact in his brief Spring Training trial.... I'm not in panic mode yet. Let's wait and see what this year brings. It would be nice, though, if just one of our top draft picks at some point just exploded onto the scene and tore through the minors....
  8. Most seem to think Georgia's Emerson Hancock is the best. He does possess Electric stuff. He fell flat on the season opener, but rebounded nicely in his second outing. The other top arms include Asa Lacy (my favorite), JT Ginn (currently shelved with arm "soreness", uh-oh), Reid Detmers and Tanner Burns. To me, Hancock and Lacy and Detmers seem like future Ace pitchers... Lacy and Detmers are lefties.
  9. To make a deep Playoff run, you need an Ace leading the rotation and a #2 that's almost as good. The rest of the rotation really only needs to be .500. Look no farther than last year's playoff teams: Wash: Scherzer, Strasburg Hou: Cole, Verlander LA: Kershaw, Buehler Although these teams all had a #3 that was pretty darned good too... The O's haven't really had an ace since Mussina. They don't exactly grow on trees. Even when you pick at the very top of the draft, you can be derailed by injuries and bad luck. Remember Ben McDonald? Mark Prior, etc..... Still, I think you have to keep trying your luck. I'd be tickled pink if we can pluck Emerson Hancock this year and Kumar Rocker next....
  10. Didn't see this guy posted anywhere? http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=670351#/career/R/hitting/2019/MINORS Any thoughts?
  11. RHP Zach Brown. Unbelievable that Milwaukee didn't protect him... Also like Nats pitcher Sterling Sharp... With the roster now able to have 26, seems you could easily stash in the pen if Starting doesn't pan out...
  12. I saw Asa Lacy pitch. Very polished, big, college Lefty with good stuff. Not sure why he hasn't cracked top 10. My bet is that he will be in the conversation at some point.
  13. When you are rebuilding, I think you have to not take any chance and take more of a sure thing. I'd go with Austin Martin or Spencer Torkelson, even if Torkelson is limited to First Base only...
  14. I thought Chris Davis would exceed a .650 OPS...
  15. I think the Dodgers front office is a lot smarter than last year's O's front office and sold high. I think Diaz has plenty of tools and talent, but he needs to start showing something soon.
  16. That's why the high school arms are sinking like a rock in this draft!
  17. Meh.... I've seen him play. Good speed. May not have enough arm for center and I have Cadyn Grenier type concerns about the bat.... My guess is this is to free up some money to spend on other choices. We could have had much more highly regarded guys with this pick...
  18. Even if Martin has Gold Glove defense (which he doesn't), his .160 average and zero power is just torture... Consider it another failed Rule 5 and move on already.... Yes, we don't have anyone else to play SS... but I'll take anyone who can hit a baseball at this point regardless of defense...
  19. I met him and spoke with him at fanfest a few years ago. Very nice guy and easy to root for. Where did his game go? He seemed on the verge of stardom... Only 27 years old... He tanked, got traded to the Brewers for some marginal prospects continued to stink in the NL, and has landed with the Twins and is still stinking.... MLB has had many "flash-in-the-pan" type of guys over the years.... I just didn't think he'd be one. He seemed to have plenty of tools. Did pitchers figure him out and exploit some type of weakness?
  20. They certainly chose an unflattering photo to post on the MLB network: He must have been watching the Big League O's playing when they shot this....
  21. I think this was a pure signability pick. The O's feel they can save a lot of money on this slot, to potentially go after some "tough sign" high schoolers the next few rounds. No question Greiner has the glove to play in the Majors. My guess is he won't ever hit enough to play there. The real value of this pick will be determined if we can save money on signing him and sign a talented high schooler in the next few picks....
  22. As upsetting as it has been to attempt to follow the major league team this season, I'm not finding much solace following the minors. While there have been a few bright spots (McKenna, Mullins) there have been some surprising disappointments. Austin Hays was doing nothing and then got hurt. Then there have been the pitching flops: Cody Sedlock was getting clobbered and then got hurt (again). DL Hall and Hunter Harvey haven't exactly been blowing hitters away. Yes, we are all happy Harvey seems healthy, but we also need him to pitch well. Some guys once considered prospects have simply vanished (Jomar Reyes). I was hoping for better from some of these guys. I know every year is going to have its share of pleasant suprises and unpleasant failures, but with the Big League Team looking like a lock for the # overall draft pick next season, I was hoping to see more from the farm this year....
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