Wow, you are a longtime member of this site, aren’t you? I’d completely forgotten about Mr. Hoffman. Wasn’t he a retired law enforcement officer or something? I’ve forgotten his first name, so maybe @Tony-OH, @weamsor @PaulFolkcan refresh our memories. He loved to report on the guys who weren’t really prospects but baseball rats. Good times!
Last night I watched a little bit of the Chandler start from the final game of 2019 to refresh myself on what exactly he's working with. Pretty nice 93-94 mph fastball that he'll move all over the place. Didn't have the best command of it, but it didn't look as hittable as I expected. Some decent offspeed stuff, too, but was kind of missing with it. If he locks in a little bit, he looks like he could be another Asher type guy.
For what it’s worth, here’s a 6-1/2 minute highlight reel of Melanie Newman doing various play-by-play and sideline assignments (first minute or so is all male voices talking about her, but it eventually turns to her work). My assessment: voice is pleasant enough, delivery seems very professional, and seems to know her stuff. I hope she does get to do some PBP this year so I can form a more detailed opinion.
Herrera has been worth exactly 0.0 in parts of three seasons with the Mets and Reds, good for a .687 OPS, not hitting particularly well against righties or lefties. Small sample size, of course.
I agree that part of 2B is up for grabs, unless Hanser proves that he can hit righties...if he gets that chance. I think Herrera could be a dark horse utility infielder type (assuming his fielding is good). But someone who had some pop in AAA at age 25 probably shouldn't be looked at as answer...although we are only talking about a dark horse here.
I'd say that there's a good chance we see him in Baltimore a little bit this year.
I come to bury Hunter, not praise him. He was always awful. A well-informed baseball fan is not interested in hearing from a guy who sounds like a Top-40 DJ or a car salesman trying put me in a car. HIs praise of utility infielders alone was vomit-inducing. One of Angelos's original sins was driving away Jon Miller - a radio superstar - and replacing him with..........Hunter. The minor league correspondent of this website - i believe it was Mr. Hoffman? - during the period around 1998-1999 -used to drive between Bowie, Frederick, maybe Delmarva and Aberdeen during those summer baseball seasons. He described his pain at having to listen to the fool Hunter instead of Miller. I know how he felt. You never got the feeling from Miller that your intelligence was being insulted the way Hunter operated. Good riddance.