Stewart wasn't a reach.
Grenier was a reach IMO but that was more so for positional need than trying to save money (which, IMO, is an even worse reason).
I think the Hobgood pick is the only one that really applies to this argument. Jordan definitely said that he had Hogbood ranked similar to some others and that we was trying to save money to spend later in the draft (which he did).
But ultimately, no, I see very little evidence that this is an organizational strategy by the Orioles. They've picked highly ranked players at the top spots many times before. The Kjerstad pick, to date, has been nothing more than unforeseeable bad luck.
Well, I intentionally don’t follow the various draft rankings and pundit evaluations very closely. I have no idea if Lawler is the best talent in the draft, how much better he is than the next guy we might pick, or what his demands are compared to other players’. I do know that a lot of highly touted players don’t pan out, so I do think there’s risk in putting all your eggs in one basket and taking the guy you like best at the expense of essentially punting on a second round pick. But it all boils down to evaluations.
Well, he was never going to stick at second. He is terrible over there.
He has a big 2019 and struggled last year and early this year before being sent down. Obviously the sample sizes are small and he turns 25 in August, so he has time to get back to where he was. His OPS is very high since being sent back down.
I don’t think Stewart was necessarily a reach. Here’s a BA mock that had Stewart going no. 20 to Oakland. Ironically, that same mock had us taking Richie Martin. In reality, those picks were reversed. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.baseballamerica.com/stories/mlb-mock-draft-2015-version-5-1/%3famphtml
In any event, I don’t think picks made by Andy MacPhail, Dan Duquette and their scouting directors have anything to do with Elias’ draft philosophy. Nor do I think ownership is involved.
You pay him. If he is the best talent in the draft, as a lot of people think, you draft him and sign him. I would rather have elite talent than a few good guys.
Besides, he can demand what he wants but when push to comes to shove, my bet is he doesn’t walk away from 6.5-7M.(which is lower than 1st pick money but higher than 5th pick money)
Rotation is 12-34 with an ERA of 5.73. By far the worst ERA in the AL. Next closest is Minnesota at 5.12. Fewest innings pitched but most HR’s allowed.
The position player group has a below average defense and ranks 11th in RPG. It’s not good but it’s not this level of bad. Team is still out scoring the Yankees.
They better not try this again next year. I’m all for giving young arms a shot but they need at least one arm to pair with Means that’s not a reclamation project.