I think it’s probable that Mullins is the rangier defender in CF than Hays. If he was capable of a .700+ OPS, I wouldn’t mind an OF with Mullins in CF and Hays in RF. That OF would cover a lot of ground. That said, Hays has a vastly bettter arm than Mullins and his range was decent in CF, plus he showed a good pair of hands. I don’t see any way Hays won’t be a starter on the 2020 Orioles unless he’s hurt.
There’s going to be a ton of competition to make the Delmarva staff this year. It’s going to be great having you at spring training etc. to give us some insight into who’s looking good.
I completely agree with your point in your prior post that while some of our pitchers may have been a bit old for their level, at least they dominated at that level rather than struggling. We can hope they’ll continue to succeed and move up quickly. I’ll really be interested to see if anyone from the GCL leapfrogs straight to the Delmarva staff. It won’t be easy to do considering how successful the Aberdeen staff was.
Looking at the opposite end of the spectrum, I’m wondering if you have any thoughts about our 2018 no. 6 pick, Yeancarlos Lleras. He was only 17 when drafted, and has really struggled for two years now in the GCL (8.31 ERA in 2018, 6.41 in 2019), but even so, he’s still really young. Have you seen him pitch? Any potential there despite his really poor numbers, or is this just a busted pick?