Well at this point we don’t have a choice! But, I don’t expect Kjerstad to be in the Majors that fast. But, If SG is right and he’s here a d producing that’s another story. They obviously could rush him and he could struggle so there are multiple scenarios.
There is no way any team is ever going to say publicly that they didn’t think the player they chose was as good as the guy they passed on due to money. It’s just disrespectful to the player they chose to say that in public.
As to how close Martin and Kjerstad are, I think Martin has a higher floor and probably a higher ceiling too. I think the scrum really starts after Martin. I wanted Martin on draft day, but I’m willing to let it play out.
So I don’t think the Orioles would target Pablo Lopez who can be a free agent in 2025. He already has two and a half seasons of service time. They probably won’t trade Mesa because of the hype around his signing.
I mentioned LHSP Braxton Garrett #7 or LHSP Trever Rogers #9, OF Monte Harrison #10, LHSP Jake Eder #23 or RHSP Paul Campbell #25, and perhaps a DSL 18 year old.