Preference list for pick #2-
Torkelson and Martin are pretty close, but obviously the positional value is the clincher. Martin's power just hasn't taken that next step like you would hope for, and his pull happy approach gives me a little hesitation. Torkelson has zero questions with the bat.
Veen pushed himself into the top tier like I said he could, but unfortunately I think that means he doesn't have a chance to be picked by us to go underslot here and overslot on another pick. With the draft only getting 5 rounds, I think it means we have to go with a safer option from college and you don't lose much upside with the choices from college.
To me Hancock is a much more complete pitcher than Lacy. Hancock more consistently throws above 95 with ease. Lacy's slider is slightly better than Hancock's, but Hancock's changeup is plus and Lacy doesn't even have a third pitch. Hancock's command is just a lot more refined than Lacy's, and his delivery just screams starter. Lacy's delivery is just more high effort. If I'm picking a college pitcher, a two pitch pitcher with effort in the delivery just scares me.
Turning to hitters: SAM BOWENS was also a 1964 rookie flash with his 22 homers and .263/.323/.453/.776, 114 OPS+. I rooted loyally for him during his remaining seasons, during which he batted above .200 only once: .210 on the '66 team.
Y'all forgotten Jim Hardin! 18-13, 2.51 ERA at age 24 for the '68 O's, his second ML season. Never won more than 6 after that.
And 1964 RoY Wally Bunker: 19-5, 2.69 ERA.
Both were plagued by sore arms.
I watched the 83 one. Jomboy is pretty cool, not so sure about his cohort. But they both kinda played themselves when they didn't bother to acknowledge that Dempsey stuck around for such a long time because he was a good defender. They were both kinda clueless, which is understandable since you're probably not too aware of Dempsey if you're not an Orioles fan. But I kinda rolled my eyes when they deduced that he stuck around as a part time player because he was a good clubhouse guy. That's partially true but no one sticks around that long in baseball if they're not bringing something to the field.