I saw Mountcastle a little in ST 1.0. His arm looks much worse than DJ. DJ's arm in left is probably average. Mountcastle's arm is not close to average anywhere on the field but DH. I will say my looks have been limited but what I have read and seen bears this out so far.
DJ has more experience and a better arm but overall the bats will probably decide who get the playing time.
Where does this come from?
Mountcastle came up as a SS and although his arm is not ML caliber at SS, DJ Stewart has one of the worst arms I have ever seen. I haven't watched Mountcastle in person but I don't think it is possible for him to have a worse arm than DJ
If that's the case, I'm not sure I bother carrying three catchers. Maybe for the 30-man, but definitely dropping one the first time the roster contracts. I get the demand of the position, but I'm not sure having that much protection is needed given it's one position out of 10. I get you could potentially use a catcher in the DH spot, but not sure any of our catchers have shown we need to keep their bats in the lineup when they're not behind the dish.
Brandon Hyde as made it clear. Ryan Mountcastle will spend most of his time practicing in left field. That puts DJ Stewart on notice. If DJ wants to hold on to his left field starting spot he better hit well.
Mountcastle brings with him an 871 OPS in AAA last year. He is expected to be a middle of the order bat. He just has to get better at playing the field. Left field to be exact. Maybe some 1B. His service time situations will be behind after 6 days of the season passes. After that the pressure builds to get the O's #4 prospect into the major league lineup. The O's have a few middle of the order bats. Maybe Hays if he is not leading off. Santander and Nunez. Davis if he can find his resurgence. Mountcastle would be a nice addition with the bat.
DJ Stewart brings other possibilities. Plate discipline has been a skill of his in the minors. 396 OBP in AAA last season. That would look nice in the #2 spot in the order. He also can bring power and if he builds on the 944 OPS he put up at Norfolk last year he could be hard to beat out. So far in 165 at bats in the majors he has a 744 OPS. That will not hold off Mountcastle. So it is up to DJ to get off to a good start and keep hitting.
Defensively neither of these players is a plus left fielder. DJ has more experience and a better arm but overall the bats will probably decide who get the playing time.
If Stewart does get off to a good start and Chris Davis does not maybe Mountcastle finds playing time at first. After 31 homers last season, Nunez has a long leash at DH. Although if Ruiz continues to not hit lefties, Nunez may platoon at 3B opening some at bats for Mountcastle at DH. But platooning is not what the O's want for Mountcastle. They want that bat in the lineup everyday.
Stewart/Mountcastle/ Davis will be an interesting combo to watch this season. The answer to who plays is in the bats.
The plan is wood. With wood I should be able to get the temperature up to 800-850, which is plenty good for a 90-second pizza with a good char.
Plus, my middle school aged boys have some thing about not working in coal mines. Don't know what that's all about...