I hope afterwards Tony or weams might have a Luke insight or two whoever we end up with, but I double hope that if we end up going Gonzales as I remember Luke being pretty bullish on him before signing on. I am sure Sig has the park effects thing in the Decision Sciences toolkit.
Entering play on this day in 1970, the Baltimore Orioles had a record of 33-15 and held a 7.5 game lead over the New York Yankees (26-23) in leading the American League East.
The Birds had the 3rd best record in all of MLB by winning % behind the Cincinnati Reds (.720) and the Minnesota Twins (.705).
The Orioles had a 20-9 record during the month of May.
I do agree with you that there is no Strasburg/Verlander in this draft. That is true in most drafts. Then again Martin does not have the potential that a team would normally want in a #2 pick either. Not at lot of power and 2nd basemen are rarely picked #2. As has been pointed put, Rickie Week is the only 2nd baseman that has been picked that high since 2000.
I put Martin, Lacy and Hancock on the same level in terms of talent and odds of being successful. I also think its harder to find high quality pitchers for Camden Yards then to find a good hitter.