I know it is extreme small sample, but when was the last time he put together 8 PA's anywhere near what he's done so far? Is it too early to say the bulking may be helping and there's a chance of a .700 OPS this year? Going opposite field too. New swing?
Valaika has been most impressive of all the infield cannon fodder Urias a close second. I like Holiday behind the plate. Sets up well ,mobile uses his body doesn’t swat with the glove at bad pitches. Occasional pop in the bat.
pitching wise I agree with Hanhold and Carroll looking the best of the periphery pitchers Larkins, Sulser and Armstrong are the only others that consistently have been throwing strikes
lots of wildness so far, but it’s early
I have laid out in another thread how I don't think that is remotely possible.
The Pirates fans are being sold a proverbial bridge is Brooklyn by their ownership, whois trying to convince their fans a rebuild is necessary as a guide to make money off the team. Nuttings number one asset outside of the pirates...Seven Springs. How's that southern PA ski slope doing for ya?
The pirates lineup has an MVP caliber player in Bell who put up a .900 OPS last year. Brian Reynolds, Osuna, Frazier, and Newman are all capable of .800 OPS.
Their top prospects are near MLB ready. Kebryan Hayes is a phenomenal 3B talent. O'Neil Cousins and Cole Tucker are ready with minimal time at AAA.
Pitching is an issue, but Archer started to rebound last year, Musgrove vastly underperformed his peripherals, Chad Kuhl should be coming back from injury, Trevor Williams has proven to be more than capable and Mitch Keller is a top pitching prospect (top 10 MLB). Put it this way, the only Orioles starter who would make their rotation is Means. Their bullpen has some very solid pieces.
I think there is little chance this team is the worst in baseball barring a huge sell off. And if that happens the fans in Pittsburgh should riot.
Not a bad list. For me, while I like most everyone on the list, I think there is a noticeable drop-off in upside at 17 after Rom who is in front of Bannon and Sedlock.
It seems likely or possible that we will lose Mountcastle, Hays, Diaz, Baumann, Kremer, Lowther, Akin and Harvey off the top of this list - seven of our top 12 unless the FO really slow-plays the promotions (or the guys don't produce and lose prospect luster). If our FO slow-promotes, it would be the clearest indication to me that we are likely in tanking mode again next season. Perhaps not full tanking, but more of a "we are promoting guys to the majors, but not supplementing them with quality free agents". Assuming the guys are doing fine or well in the minors, I sure would like to see Baumann, Lowther, Akin and Kremer tested in the majors this season. I think it is important for their development that they start their major league experience sooner than later if they deserve it and to see what we have in them entering 2021.
If our 2020 draft has the same impact on the top 15 of the above list (see AR, Henderson and Stowers), then it seems likely that next year's list would be of comparable strength, but perhaps not a much stronger one without existing prospects (most likely candidates for that step up to include IMO Henderson, Adam Hall, Darell Hernaiz, Toby Welk, Drew Rom, Stowers and then perhaps a drop-off to Watson, Janvrin, Dashbach and a couple others) stepping up or some international prospects starting to impact the list or quality prospects received in trade (Mancini).