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Austin Hays 2019

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Elias could go either way on the promotion of Hays and Williams.   It could be both, one or neither.   It is probably the most interesting of the call up decisions.   Wilkerson missing that fly ball the other day could influence him.  

Shepherd to the rotation is the second most interesting to me.

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9 hours ago, ChuckS said:

He is putting up a higher OPS in more at bats than Anthony Santander was when he was promoted to Baltimore.

No reason for him not to get his feet wet.  He's going to spend most of the next year in the bigs regardless as long as he can stay healthy.  

 

I think we can only play so many guys in September on a regular basis.    I’d send Hays home.   

The comparison with Santander isn’t a good one.   Santander didn’t really deserve a call-up.   He got one due to injuries to other players, and then he took advantage of it.   But the O’s needed another OF at the time, and their options were limited.    They don’t need another OF right now.  

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1 hour ago, Frobby said:

I think we can only play so many guys in September on a regular basis.    I’d send Hays home.   

The comparison with Santander isn’t a good one.   Santander didn’t really deserve a call-up.   He got one due to injuries to other players, and then he took advantage of it.   But the O’s needed another OF at the time, and their options were limited.    They don’t need another OF right now.  

Who do we need to play in the OF over Santander, Stewart, and Hays? We have Stevie Wilkerson playing in center everyday right now. 

I’m interested in evaluating potential future pieces. Placeholders like Wilkerson, Peterson, and Smith Jr. need not get in the way. 

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Unless Hays is injured I'd like to see him in CF for September.  Stewart in LF. Santander in RF.

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1 hour ago, ChuckS said:

Who do we need to play in the OF over Santander, Stewart, and Hays? We have Stevie Wilkerson playing in center everyday right now. 

I’m interested in evaluating potential future pieces. Placeholders like Wilkerson, Peterson, and Smith Jr. need not get in the way. 

There's certainly no point in seeing more of Wilkerson and Smith in the OF.  There's room for Hayes.  The only question I'd have in using him is if they think he'd be better served by getting rest - maybe they'd have a concern about him staying healthy.   

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1 hour ago, Ruzious said:

There's certainly no point in seeing more of Wilkerson and Smith in the OF.  There's room for Hayes.  The only question I'd have in using him is if they think he'd be better served by getting rest - maybe they'd have a concern about him staying healthy.   

Looks like rest for Hays:

 

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7 minutes ago, cboemmeljr said:

Hays to the AFL:

 

Good.  As long as he's getting the extra at bats somewhere. I hope to see him as our opening day CF in 2020. 

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14 hours ago, MurphDogg said:

There are 0 center fielders on the MLB team. I think he should get the call.

I agree he should have been called up, but I don't see him as a long term center fielder either. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but it seems he's played more in right or left in the minors. I think Mullins, McKenna and Watson are our center fielders. I could see Hays holding it down for a year or two while McKenna or Watson make it to Baltimore.

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2 minutes ago, orioles22 said:

I agree he should have been called up, but I don't see him as a long term center fielder either. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but it seems he's played more in right or left in the minors. I think Mullins, McKenna and Watson are our center fielders. I could see Hays holding it down for a year or two while McKenna or Watson make it to Baltimore.

According to BaseballReference.com in MiLB he has played 158 games in CF, 18 in LF and 118 in RF

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1 minute ago, orioles22 said:

I agree he should have been called up, but I don't see him as a long term center fielder either. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but it seems he's played more in right or left in the minors. 

I have the numbers in front of me. He has played more in center(158 games in center, 118 in right, 18 in left). If and when a better centerfielder like Mullins, McKenna or Watson proves to be a Major League hitter, Hays will move to right, but for now he is the Orioles best option in center.

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That still doesn't tell me he's the long-term answer. I doubt Blair, Bumbry or Jones played almost half their minor league games in a corner spot. I agree with starting him in center in 2020, if he can hit and stay healthy, but I'm waiting on McKenna or Watson, with Hays or Diaz in right.

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11 minutes ago, orioles22 said:

That still doesn't tell me he's the long-term answer. I doubt Blair, Bumbry or Jones played almost half their minor league games in a corner spot. I agree with starting him in center in 2020, if he can hit and stay healthy, but I'm waiting on McKenna or Watson, with Hays or Diaz in right.

Jones played more than half of his minor league games at shortstop. Blair and Bumbry's minor league outfield positions aren't maintained on Baseball Reference.

It obviously remains to be seen whether Hays is the long term answer at center, but that will be determined based on how well he plays in center at the big league level, where he is the current best option.

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7 minutes ago, LookinUp said:

I think he might be our CF by necessity, but it’s not ideal.

Hell of a lot more ideal than Stevie Wilkerson.

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