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Just now, wildcard said:

I think Mullins will be fine in center.  His limiting factor is not hitting lefties in AAA or in the majors.   He has about a season to prove he can overcome that issue.  McKenna will be pressing for the starting centerfield stop in 2020.   It should be a good competition if Mullins can hit lefties.   McKenna arm rates better.   At this point I think McKenna beats out Mullins is center in 2020 and Mullins provides value as a 4th outfielder.

Elias/Hyde probably give Mullins a good chance to win the every centerfield job this season but he could be platooned probably with Rickard if he can't take advantage of the opportunity to hit lefties. JMO

If he's a plus glove I don't care that much if he has to bat ninth against lefties.

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8 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

If he's a plus glove I don't care that much if he has to bat ninth against lefties.

SS Richie Martin is batting ninth.  The catcher whoever that turns out to be bats eight.    Both are going to have low hitting production.   Hyde probably will not want to have too many automatic outs in the lineup so vs lefties I think the O's platoon just to get a bat in there.   Rickard's career 766 OPS vs lefties fits.

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IF you want to see a time line on a Switch Hitter from the Astros, look at Marwin Gonzales stat lines and his advancement under an analytically inclined front office.  This is not saying that Mullins would trend the same but there is a timeline.

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6 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

Not at all, I'm just suggesting Buck might have exaggerated the impact to protect his players.

Probably so.

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