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2 hours ago, Frobby said:

You know me, always taking unfair shots at people and setting them off!    I do feel quite bad that he reacted that way to you because of something I wrote.    It’s not like I even dislike the guy.   

Frobby, The Instigator.   Pissing off people you like.  Just think about how the people you don't like feel about the things your write.    

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Let's take the two guys who throw 95-100 and hope they don't turn into pumpkins like Jason Garcia who rarely, if ever, broke 95 after being advertised as a high 90's guy.   Our bullpen sucked last year.   With the extra man and a 13 man bullpen, why not stash some hard throwers with some potential in it?     I don't expect to get a starting middle infielder out of this.   We can pick those types off of waivers if they pop up.    I'm also okay with Martin and Alberto up the middle and would like to see if Ruiz can build off of his 2nd half last year.   That infield is decent defensively if not downright average or better.

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3 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

For you Rule 5 dorks, what day is this clown show this week?  Remind me not to log in for at least 24-48 hours afterwards.

Log off tomorrow. See you again on Saturday. You should be fine then. Take some pictures of some girls for a few days. 

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For all our snark, I am glad today we get to see what Age 25 Santander looks like next year.  It still needs more than the 50th percentile projection from here, but he has a chance to be a supporting cast contributor eventually, which is more than can be said for a lot of the roster.

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3 minutes ago, OrioleDog said:

For all our snark, I am glad today we get to see what Age 25 Santander looks like next year.  It still needs more than the 50th percentile projection from here, but he has a chance to be a supporting cast contributor eventually, which is more than can be said for a lot of the roster.

I think Santander could be a Legitimate daily player. I’m not sure where he falters in your estimation, he hit well and defended well. Hays in CF of course but that leaves corner spots, and I’d sure rather have Santander than Smith or Stewart or Mancini.

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3 hours ago, Philip said:

I thought Luke was down on Sharp?

His enthusiasm was blunted?

Sharp is a really solid Rule 5 candidate, just not my favorite. 

2 hours ago, RZNJ said:

Let's take the two guys who throw 95-100 and hope they don't turn into pumpkins like Jason Garcia who rarely, if ever, broke 95 after being advertised as a high 90's guy.   Our bullpen sucked last year.   With the extra man and a 13 man bullpen, why not stash some hard throwers with some potential in it?     I don't expect to get a starting middle infielder out of this.   We can pick those types off of waivers if they pop up.    I'm also okay with Martin and Alberto up the middle and would like to see if Ruiz can build off of his 2nd half last year.   That infield is decent defensively if not downright average or better.

Garcia is a guy who popped 100 once in instructs but hadn't been doing it in games. It's funny because the year he had wasn't that bad for a Rule 5 guy, he just regressed from there though. 

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11 hours ago, RZNJ said:

Let's take the two guys who throw 95-100 and hope they don't turn into pumpkins like Jason Garcia who rarely, if ever, broke 95 after being advertised as a high 90's guy.   Our bullpen sucked last year.   With the extra man and a 13 man bullpen, why not stash some hard throwers with some potential in it?     I don't expect to get a starting middle infielder out of this.   We can pick those types off of waivers if they pop up.    I'm also okay with Martin and Alberto up the middle and would like to see if Ruiz can build off of his 2nd half last year.   That infield is decent defensively if not downright average or better.

As we found out with Garcia and Araujo. Even if we successfully carry them on our 26 man roster, are they even worth the 40 man spot the following season?

I’d like to see us come away with a potential IF piece for the future. That could be a guy like Rojas, or a guy like Newton/Javier. Also, I’d like to see us snag an arm. Sharpe, Sheffield or Brown. 

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I am fine with trusting our FO with whatever direction they go.  I would have no problem with RZNJ's two high ceiling relievers, but I would treat these slots as lottery picks.  IMO, that would mean taking Wander Javier and Phil Bickford.  We are not going anywhere this year - so let's pick up perhaps the top middle infield prospect in the organization and put him in the minors after the season.  I don't think Bickford would be overmatched against major league hitting and could benefit from working with our major league coaches (as would any Rule V pitching prospect).

Our major league team is not going to be good so why not carry Javier for a year?

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21 hours ago, sportsfan8703 said:

We have to be the only MLB fanbase that expects us to pick two players in the Rule 5 draft.  

I think some Tigers or Royals fans might expect two picks. I might say that about Marlins fans, too, if it were proven they are not just mythical creatures.

Orioles fans might be the only ones who could guess the team will take three players.

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10 hours ago, Greg Pappas said:

Jim Callis--13 names to watch ahead of the Rule 5 Draft:

https://www.mlb.com/news/rule-5-draft-names-to-watch?t=mlb-pipeline-coverage

I remember the day after the Rule 5 where we picked Joey Rickard. I think it was this same fellow who said if he’d known about Rickard beforehand, he would have put Rickard at the top of his list.

it will be very interesting to look for worthwhile surprise picks

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