I don’t think there’s the slightest connection between the O’s inviting Wieters and Gausman to major league camp the year after they were drafted, and their failure to live up to their hype as major leaguers. Do I think it helped them in their major league careers? Not materially. At most, it gave the team a chance to assess how close they were to being able to compete at the major league level.
I expect the pen to be better. We have more arms that can go multiple innings. We get to add Harvey to the mix which will help. I think Hyde learned his lesson about running Givens into the ground.
I expect Hays/Mason Willams to be an upgrade in CF for us all year. The rest of the starting lineup will be a bit more settle defensively. I expect a good season from Harvey and bounce back years from Givens and Bleier.
He pitched for Hou’s AAA team in 2016. So Elias is familiar with him. He went 12–1, 3.12 ERA. According to his fangraphs page he gets 50%+ GB. Throws a FB at 88, almost as much as he throws his change. Mixes in his slider 10% of the time.
Last year we went out and got some of the better pitchers in AAA to try and find someone to give us innings. Wojo, Brooks, and Eshelman, were all near the league leaders in their AAA leagues.
Could be just a move to cover IP until the guys and AAA are ready.