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  1. Duquette certainly would...and would also throw in some international bonus slot money to sweeten the deal...
  2. Good to see that Hyde has already started putting Mountcastle at 1B. Seems he realizes Mountcastle has had 4 years to improve arm strength and mechanics and hasn't. No sense wasting any more time at a position he'll never play in the majors. After watching some of Mountcastle's throws this spring, I don't think he has enough arm to even play LF.
  3. Are you serious? I've listened to him a lot on college baseball broadcasts, and always really liked him. He makes a lot of insightful, interesting comments and can be humorous as well. Huge upgrade over Bordick.
  4. Watched the short video of Mountcastle taking a few grounders at 3B on Roch's blog today, and was extremely disappointed with what I saw. I had seen some videos in past years of his arm both at SS and 3B, and a few plays in ST, and his mechanics and arm strength were terrible. However, I held out hope that the coaches could improve both. Also, it seems we kept hearing from Steve and Roch that his arm strength had improved and wasn't as bad as some have said. But now I see this video (I do realize it's only two throws) but his mechanics and arm strength still look terrible. It seems every throw I've seen him make in the past 3 years, his mechanics, arm slot, and footwork are different. He was drafted 4 years ago; I think we may have to accept he's a 1B/DH only. I really don't think his arm is even strong enough for LF.
  5. Not saying this to criticize or pile on, but does it seem like Davis gets sick a lot more than other players? I know he has young kids, maybe he needs to get better at avoiding their germs during the season.😉 I know I hardly ever got sick until I had kids...now I get sick from them all the time...
  6. Or that no player is going to listen to a guy who had the worst season in the history of baseball.
  7. Yeah, but he's an exception to the rule, as the greatest hitting catcher ever and a Hall of Famer. Not many human beings can catch 150 pitches a game in 90 degree heat and humidity, endure bumps and bruises and other injuries, and maintain hitting at a high level for many years like Piazza.
  8. Yes, and I suspect they also didn't want to suppress his offensive development through the physical toll of playing catcher. If you have a prospect with a special bat and who is an average defensive catcher, it would be silly not to move him off catcher.
  9. That may be true, but when it comes to stuff there is no comparison. Arrietta had good velocity/movement on his fastball, a nasty curve and slider, as well as deception. Wright flashes good velocity on his fastball sometimes, but it looks straight. And his secondaries are well below average. I think the tinkering with his mechanics and focus on TTTP messed with Arrietta.
  10. Yeah, I do agree that there are obviously more people out there (and especially in countries that don't play baseball) who potentially have the physical and mental abilities to play at a high level. But you could say that about any sport, or occupation for that matter. It doesn't change the fact that hitting a baseball is still probably the most difficult task in any sport.
  11. Agreed. Trading our veterans now would all be selling low (Bleier, Givens, Bundy, Cashner, Cobb). We don't really have any other choice but to hold onto them and hope they have good seasons and can bring back some decent prospects later.
  12. Respectfully disagree. The reason hitting a baseball is considered so difficult is that it isn't only about raw athleticism. It's about athleticism, wrist strength, hand/eye coordination, exceptional eyesight, the ability to make incredibly quick decisions, and a ton of practice and experience. Your example of comparing Usain Bolt to hitting a baseball is comparing apples to oranges. Running is a skill that many people can do well, but you picked the best person in the world for your comparison. In order to be a fair comparison, we could ask how many people could hit a baseball like Ted Williams?
  13. Exactly right. The best hitter I ever faced in college was Chris Widger. He was an absolute beast, I couldn't get him out no matter what I threw. He was just on a different level than most other players. And the funny thing is many posters probably remember him as a journeyman backup catcher in the majors; a catch and throw guy who couldn't hit. What this showed me is the incredible jump in talent level every level you move up. You have to be stud in High School to play D1 college ball. You have to be a stud in college to get drafted. You have to be a stud in the low minors to move up the high minors. You have to be stud in the high minors to get called up to the majors, and you have to be stud to stick in the majors.
  14. Went to a D-1 college (same school as two former Orioles) on a partial scholarship. Well, everyone was on a partial on the baseball team as opposed to the football team where even the 3rd string punter was on a full ride... Hurt my shoulder sophomore year, lost 5 mph on my fastball and D1 career was over. Coach strongly "encouraged" me to transfer, and I ended up at a small D3 school for the last two years of college. Funny thing was I enjoyed playing D3 more than D1. D1 was a job, but D3 was just simply baseball for fun. Played some semi-pro here and there, but shoulder wouldn't let me continue. In fact, it's hurting right now as I type this 20 years after I injured it...
  15. Otter

    GCL Oriole Notes 2018

    Exactly. And the fact that the O's have been so pitcher-heavy in last couple drafts is probably also part of the reason for the putrid offense.
  16. Exactly. I get sick of hearing people say the draft is a "crapshoot." I think it might be safe to call the later rounds a crapshoot, but first round picks and where you pick in the first round matter a lot. While it's not as easy to project MLB draftees like in the basketball and football drafts, picking higher gives you a better chance of getting an impact major leaguer. Plus, the higher you pick the larger your pool of draft money.
  17. Exactly. We seemed to go with quantity over quality, which is not such a bad thing with pitching prospects. I'd rather have 10 pretty good pitching prospects than 3 great ones. Nevertheless, I was still hoping for one or two top 100 guys in the Schoop/Gausman deals.
  18. B. Boom or bust with Carmona. But that's exactly what we needed in our system; toolsy middle infielders with high upside and high risk. I like Ortiz, but the conditioning concerns worry me a bit. Pretty good, but not great trade...which tells me it's probably fair for both sides.
  19. I voted C. It really could turn out as an A if we use the international bonus money to sign Mesa. On the other hand, if we don't sign Mesa it could be an F. Thus, I averaged the two grades and came up with a C....
  20. Not so sure about that. Jones seems to think all the stats that show he's a terrible CF are bogus, and has been reluctant to change his defensive approach in the past. Remember when he complained that the corner OF need to improve their defense? I think he thinks he's still a gold glove CF.
  21. Agreed. McDonald does an excellent job on college baseball broadcasts; insightful and humorous. Actually, as we seem to be headed to another long dark period in O's history I would love them to bring back Brother Lo. Funny and irreverent; he made O's games watchable.
  22. Watched first three innings of his start a couple days ago; he had much better stuff than his previous outing. Fastball was sitting 92-94 and occasionally touching 96; big breaking 12-6 curveball; mediocre change. However, command seemed to come and go, along with his mechanics and release point. Even though he's a third year college player, I'd look at him more like a HS project. He's tall and skinny with good velocity, but needs a lot of work on repeating mechanics and command/control. I think it will be very hard for us to sign him. We won't have much pool money, if any, left to give him significant overslot. If he returns for his junior year and improves his command/mechanics, he has the talent to be drafted in the top 5 rounds.
  23. I'd have preferred they kept all 7 draft picks Dan has given up for mediocre veterans and organizational filler!
  24. I would have preferred more. With pitching prospects (and especially in the O's organization), the more quantity the better chance one makes it.
  25. I agree, but I think Knight sucks up most of the pool savings.
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