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2019 4th round pick (108): Joseph Ortiz - SS - (JR) New Mexico State

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43 minutes ago, interloper said:

These round 2 pitches ain't gonna sign and Elias knows it. 

I think we will take a shot at them in the later rounds.

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14 minutes ago, interloper said:

I actually like loading up on position players. It's safe. You can trade them for pitching later if you want. You don't have to worry about their arms falling off immediately after drafting them. Plus the upper levels of the Orioles' minors are about to see all the good OF talent get promoted over the next year or so. 

 

There is very little prospect-wise positionally in the lower minors outside of Hall and Grenier and JCE and perhaps Nuestrom and Sparks.  This would be part of the next wave.  I don't like going so heavy on position players - despite what we have in the system.  Also, this is the scouting staff that found Drew Rom and others.  I trust them with pitchers - hopefully, we continue planting some pitching seeds of that nature.

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13 minutes ago, Going Underground said:

I don't think they are too enamored with Martin . Hitting wise that is.

 

13 minutes ago, Frobby said:

I don’t see how they could be.   He’s been terrible.   

That said, I seriously doubt this is a response to how Martin has played this year in any meaningful way.

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4 minutes ago, BohKnowsBmore said:

 

That said, I seriously doubt this is a response to how Martin has played this year in any meaningful way.

Correct.    

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1 hour ago, Can_of_corn said:

Reminds me of that Redskin draft when they ended up with like a half dozen tight ends because they kept ending up at the top of their board.

Tight end is way further to the left of the defensive spectrum.  That's like drafting all second basemen.

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54 minutes ago, 24fps said:

Every other team in the AL has been quoted as saying they like Orioles pitching.  Not quite sure I see the strategy just yet.

Look at the prospect list from last year. It's very pitcher heavy. Outside of Mountcastle, Hays and Diaz, we may not have a regular position player in the system (Too early to tell with Hall) not sold on McKenna/Bannon. 

But when you look at the pitching, we've got prospects at every level. Add in the fact that this draft is reportedly historically bad for pitching and I'm fine with the position heavy approach. also, let's not forget on July 1st we will hear about our international prospects which could be pitching heavy.

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1 hour ago, weams said:

He is not a big guy, so I am sure the elevation helped. 

Yes, elevation only elevates smaller guys.  ;)

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2 minutes ago, Ruzious said:

Yes, elevation only elevates smaller guys.  ;)

It sure elevates them. 

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12 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

Look at the prospect list from last year. It's very pitcher heavy. Outside of Mountcastle, Hays and Diaz, we may not have a regular position player in the system (Too early to tell with Hall) not sold on McKenna/Bannon. 

But when you look at the pitching, we've got prospects at every level. Add in the fact that this draft is reportedly historically bad for pitching and I'm fine with the position heavy approach. also, let's not forget on July 1st we will hear about our international prospects which could be pitching heavy.

Makes sense.

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13 minutes ago, weams said:

It sure elevates them. 

Yeah, that's why Darwin called it Elevation of the Specious.

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2 minutes ago, Ruzious said:

Yeah, that's why Darwin called it Elevation of the Specious.

Gonna keep on tryin'
Till I reach my highest ground

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College player stock trending up

Joey Ortiz, IF, New Mexico State - I’m not going to pretend that stats for New Mexico State are legit. They have essentially six starters hitting over .370. But I can buy into things like BB/K ratio and extra base hits. Joey Ortiz has cranked out 35 extra base hits and walks as much as he strikes out, which is around 10 percent. On top of that he’s been playing solid defense at shortstop and has 10 stolen bases on the season. Ortiz has been either hitting leadoff or third in the lineup most of the season. A couple of weeks ago he was named WAC hitter of the week. The only footage of his swing I could find was from last year.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, catjuggler said:

Aberdeen?

 

Possibly.  I would think they may consider moving Hall or Grenier up to see what they have.  There may be a glut of SS’s if a few more draftees sign.  It will be interesting to see how players are allocated i the system relative to players that were drafted under the previous regime.  You have to figure Carmona is going to Aberdeen right? I mean he can’t spend all of his time at extended spring training can he?

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