Its will be a lot easier for the O's to add a quality FA bat than a quality FA pitcher IMO
Nationals market is much bigger than the O's market. On a normal business day you can't even get to Camden Yards from Northern Virginia for a 7 pm game unless you are willing to spend 2 plus hours in bumper to bumper traffic. Believe me, I have tried. Its a major deterrent. And its exhausting.
Baltimore is mid market team, as the Nationals are.
If the Orioles had a strong team, and was that one piece away, then I see them being bale to add 6/155, hell, they added Davis, didnt they. While it was money foolishly spent, it was spent.
I see Elias wanting to build this team for the long haul, and once they get a solid core going, then spend the money for quality FAs to complete the roster.
While I understand the history of developing pitching both in Baltimore and elsewhere, I think its important for the O's to draft and develop pitching more than most teams for several reasons.
1) Baltimore is not the 3th largest market in the country like Chicago or the 4th largest like Houston. The O's fan base is limited by Washington to the south and Philadelphia to the north. That limits the amount of revenue they will have for veteran pitching. It seens unlike that they will spend 6/155m or a Lester type, Verlander or Scherzer.
2) Not only is there a limit to the funds the O's will have to spend, but also Camden Yard is a place most free agent pitchers will avoid if possible. Couple the limited funds with the Park and there is double the reasons for quality FA pitching to go elsewhere;
3) Elias know all this. That is why he has beefed up his player development staff. Boosted his Analytics Department and paid to bring Holt in to lead the development of the pitchers in the minors and the majors. There is a lot more pitching development staff than in the past. Elias is gear up to develop players and pitchers have lead that development in the last year.
Might the O's add some veteran pitching when they are ready to contend? Sure. But that its probably not basis for Elias contention plan. Developing pitchers is a key part of the plan. Adding quality pitching prospects is a big part of that plan. After not adding a pitcher until the 8th round in last years draft and with this years draft being more pitching rich, I think we will see Elias add pitchers in this draft whether it is the #2, #30, #39 picks after that.
“One of the most talented bats in this draft, the always hitting Nick Gonzales is a top prospect in 2020. After going on one of the craziest runs in college baseball of the past three years, Gonzales has shown the bat isn’t just boosted by Amateur Coors (Presley Askew Field) as shown in an outstanding summer on the Cape.
Gonzales has excellent bat control and finds the barrel easy with raw power that shines. Although some questions remain for his legitimacy to be more than just a line drive hitter at the professional level. Gonzales has a very good sense of the strike zone, with a 45/30 BB/K last year.
Although he has improved in that area and New Mexico State played him in short stop this year, Gonzales still gives up some defensive errors here and there. The arm isn’t quite strong enough to play elsewhere than second base but the bat more than makes up for it. Some questions still show up about Gonzales’ physical ceiling as he is pretty well built already at 5’10” 190, adding on to the question of if Gonzales is better suited as a gap-to-gap hitter at the next level. Regardless, Gonzales is a very talented player and can become a very useful player at the professional level.””