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Is Steve Wilkerson the next JD Martinez?

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First off, LOL

Second off, he went this offseason to work with the famous coach that helped JD Martinez figure everything out.  The coach’s name is Craig Wallenbrock.  Wilkerson already sounds different about hitting. This is a quote from Melewski’s blog this morning.

“Was just working on cleaning up my (bat) path and getting myself in the correct position to hit the ball more consistently,” he said. ” Wanted to make my swing path more efficient. Getting my lower half in the right position to see the ball and drive it.”

I guess lots of players go to that coach at s9me point, and maybe I am glad that he has decided to spend his offseason that way, just like JD Martinez famously did for the Astros when he became superhuman.

I have not heard of any othe Orioles going to this coach, in fact I would love to know more about it.  Anyone else heard of any other Os going to him?

Go Os, and Go Steve, I guess.

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It will be interesting to see. In the minors, he was a "gap hitter" who showed flashes of power on both sides. With his speed, if they clean up his path and get him to hit more consistently, he could rack up a good amount of doubles.

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Send Davis.

It'd be cool to finally have one of these AAAA guys turn into a stud for us.  I feel like we never get lucky with that type of stuff.  I guess we did have Steve Pearce for his big year.  But seeing a guy like Max Muncy last year, that stuff never seems to happen for us.

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6 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

Send Davis.

It'd be cool to finally have one of these AAAA guys turn into a stud for us.  I feel like we never get lucky with that type of stuff.  I guess we did have Steve Pearce for his big year.  But seeing a guy like Max Muncy last year, that stuff never seems to happen for us.

Every time I see a Muncy breakout from nowhere, I can’t help thinking what masking agent are they using to avoid a positive drug test.  

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1 minute ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

Every time I see a Muncy breakout from nowhere, I can’t help thinking what masking agent are they using to avoid a positive drug test.  

It's possible.  But Muncy's approach, stance and swing changes were well covered last year.  

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2 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

It's possible.  But Muncy's approach, stance and swing changes were well covered last year.  

I agree, I’m just so jaded from the steroid era there is always a seed of doubt in my mind when a player has a breakout season.  

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10 minutes ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

I see someone has gotten into Gary Thorne’s liquor cabinet.  🥃 😀

But the Orioles are long overdue for a surprise breakout player. 

Rylan Bannon "might could" be the next Bregman?  :awesome:

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21 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

Send Davis.

It'd be cool to finally have one of these AAAA guys turn into a stud for us.  I feel like we never get lucky with that type of stuff.  I guess we did have Steve Pearce for his big year.  But seeing a guy like Max Muncy last year, that stuff never seems to happen for us.

I mean back when the earth was new, David Newhan did it for a month and a half.  That counts for something, right?

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13 minutes ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

Every time I see a Muncy breakout from nowhere, I can’t help thinking what masking agent are they using to avoid a positive drug test.  

 

11 minutes ago, Moose Milligan said:

It's possible.  But Muncy's approach, stance and swing changes were well covered last year.  

Muncy is one, and Chris Taylor was another one that went to this coach before last year.  The Dodgers connection seems conspicuous btw.

 

Anyway, this year, I also see that Jackie Bradley Jr. went to work with him, too. Sadly he was the easiest out on the Sawx last year :(

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2 minutes ago, ShaneDawg85 said:

I mean back when the earth was new, David Newhan did it for a month and a half.  That counts for something, right?

Lol some fans were ready to anoint David Newhan.

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So, on a related note, I did not realize that Steve was a 6th round pick just 4 years ago.  

 

For some reason, he always came across like he has been around forever and never had any talent....

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1 minute ago, AceKing said:

Lol some fans were ready to anoint David Newhan.

I’ll admit it, I was a believer back in 2004.  I think if you look up the term “flash in the pan” in the dictionary it has Newhan’s picture next to it.  

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8 minutes ago, ShaneDawg85 said:

I mean back when the earth was new, David Newhan did it for a month and a half.  That counts for something, right?

Don't forget about Nate McLouth. He was a beast for half a season.

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29 minutes ago, OsFanSinceThe80s said:

I see someone has gotten into Gary Thorne’s liquor cabinet.  🥃 😀

But the Orioles are long overdue for a surprise breakout player. 

Melvin Mora the last one? 

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