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Some more quotes from an interesting chat.

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Speaking of Kremer, here's a short answer in a bunch of long ones. I think No. 9 for someone who was basically a swingman searching for a role this time last year and went on to lead the minors in strikeouts is a fair jump. He missed a ton of bats thanks to his switch from a two-seam/slider mix to a four-seam/curveball mix (which came courtesy of the Dodgers' analytics staff),

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That said, I was glad to see him hit when he was up in September. He was put in a terrible position by the organization after a difficult year and showed himself well. That means something.
 

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On that prove-it note, I think it's a big ask, but Wells has the command to do it as long as he stays ultra-fine with it. He's all about hitting his spots with his fastball and keeping hitters off balance with the curveball and changeup. A cutter might do wonders to make the fastball play up to give him another way to get weak contact down in the zone.

Pretty disappointed he didn't talk about Zoellner.

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Just now, WarehouseChatter said:

At least Ford had some playoff AB’s for us.....Zoellner.....probably not.

In his defense he will probably be 40 before the O's get to the playoffs again.

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Liked a  lot of what Meoli had to say.

 Agree on Stewart having a hard time getting playing time once Diaz, McKenna and Hays are in the majors.  But Stewart is ahead of them right now and maybe for a year.

Meoli says what many in the O's organization are not willing to say about Mountcastle.  He is a 1B/DH.   Probably sees playing time in the majors after Trumbo is gone.  Maybe in July.  With the OF the O's should have in a year Mountcastle  probably will not see much time out there.

McKenna may pass Mullins in  a  year if Mullins can't hit lefties.   McKenna also has a better arm.   Mullins will be a good 4th OFer if guys achieve their potential.  But Mullins has a year head start to prove he can erase his holes.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, wildcard said:

Liked a  lot of what Meoli had to say.

 Agree on Stewart having a hard time getting playing time once Diaz, McKenna and Hays are in the majors.  But Stewart is ahead of them right now and maybe for a year.

Meoli says what many in the O's organization are not willing to say about Mountcastle.  He is a 1B/DH.   Probably sees playing time in the majors after Trumbo is gone.  Maybe in July.  With the OF the O's should have in a year Mountcastle  probably will not see much time out there.

McKenna may pass Mullins in  a  year if Mullins can't hit lefties.   McKenna also has a better arm.   Mullins will be a good 4th OFer if guys achieve their potential.  But Mullins has a year head start to prove he can erase his holes.

 

 

I'm fine with keeping Mountcastle  at third for now.  Word is he improved during the course of the season.  If he can get his defense to fringe average his bat will have a lot of value there.  The offensive bar is just so high at first and DH.

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3 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

I'm fine with keeping Mountcastle  at third for now.  Word is he improved during the course of the season.  If he can get his defense to fringe average his bat will have a lot of value there.  The offensive bar is just so high at first and DH.

What?  Chris Davis makes the offensive bar too high?   Mountcastle has not even played a AAA yet.   If RM  plays the  first half a AAA and Trumbo is traded in July, they can make space.

A lot depends on if Davis can be better than he was last year.  If not he is on the bench with Mancini playing 1B. A new President/GM has not allegiance to Davis.  They probably give him a chance to show he can still be a productive hitter and if he fails after a month to 6 weeks he goes to the bench. Becomes a defensive last inning replacement.  He gets another chance when there are injuries, which there always are.

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Just now, wildcard said:

What?  Chris Davis makes the offensive bar too high?   Mountcastle has not even played a AAA yet.   If RM  plays the  first half a AAA and Trumbo is traded in July, they can make space.

A lot depends on if Davis can be better than he was last year.  If not he is on the bench with Mancini playing 1B. A new President/GM has not allegiance to Davis.  They probably give him a chance to show he can still be a productive hitter and if he fails after a month to 6 weeks he goes to the bench. Becomes a defensive last inning replacement.  He gets another chance when there are injuries, which there always are.

Has nothing to do with how inept Davis has been.

His bat has a lot more value if he can stick at third.

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12 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

Has nothing to do with how inept Davis has been.

His bat has a lot more value if he can stick at third.

If Mountcastle can not play 3B as good or better defensively than Nunez for the O's, he will not play there IMO.

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26 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

Has nothing to do with how inept Davis has been.

His bat has a lot more value if he can stick at third.

He can not. Please, if there is one thing you take from me it's the fact that no one, not one person, even remotely thinks Mountcastle can stay at 3B. Some don't even think he can play first base because of his throwing. Saying that, I think its worth giving him the experience at first base and left field next year.

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1 hour ago, Tony-OH said:

He can not. Please, if there is one thing you take from me it's the fact that no one, not one person, even remotely thinks Mountcastle can stay at 3B. Some don't even think he can play first base because of his throwing. Saying that, I think its worth giving him the experience at first base and left field next year.

I keep seeing this over and over. If his arm is so bad, why would you put him anywhere in the OF?

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