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  1. 32 minutes ago, makoman said:

    The problem with many of the angry hot takes is that the data we have is stale. A lot can change with these 20-21 year old kids (not to mention high schoolers) in a year and we didn't really get to see much this year. 

    Austin Hays hit 269 with 3 homers and a 729 OPS his sophomore year. You think that gets him drafted? But then he hit 350 with 16 homers and a 1.060 OPS junior year. What if he'd only played 10 games that year? The baseball draft is already a big crapshoot and this one the decisionmakers had even less information than usual. We have to hope that our guys are able to identify the ones who were making that next step.

    This is a great point.


  2. 39 minutes ago, Smilin' Joe Fission said:

    If this is the case as the future heart of the order, who do we have in the system as the higher average/obp guys?  I'll admit I was disappointed in us not picking Martin given the painful on-base years we've had.

    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!

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  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 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.


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  5. 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....

  6. 22 hours ago, higgybaby said:

    IS there a clear cut ace pitcher this year?

    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.

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  7. 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....



  8. 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...



  9. 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?   

  10. 16 minutes ago, markpolis said:

    I find it quite troubling to hear from Grenier he didn't even speak to anyone from the Orioles prior to the draft other than a brief conversation with an area scout.  Did they bother to talk to Xavier Edwards? The player (HS SS) taken immediately after Grenier and being compared to Ozzie Smith and Jimmy Rollins. I didn't hear any of those comparisons being made with Gernier. I wonder how many other teams would have chosen Grenier over Edwards? I'm guessing not many, if any.


    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....

  11. 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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