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3 hours ago, Tony-OH said:

ScOtt, you've been on our site since I believe the late 90s. You can not tell me that you just started using BB ref. I refuse to believe that from a longtime Hangouter. :D 

I've used bbref a little bit for years. But for the simple stats I ever look at I always used mlb.com

Just recently tho mlb's stats have completely crapped the bed. So I've just started using bbref exclusively. I knew it was a million times better, I just didnt need it to look up OPS or WHIP and such.

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3 hours ago, Tony-OH said:

ScOtt, you've been on our site since I believe the late 90s. You can not tell me that you just started using BB ref. I refuse to believe that from a longtime Hangouter. :D 

Let’s all laugh at Scott 😉

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10 hours ago, Philip said:

I have a request, a lot of these guys I’m not familiar with, and I am presuming that they are just organizational filler or very young guys who haven’t really started to make a name for themselves. Would it be too awkward to ask you to identify guys? The first time you identify the guy you could say in parentheses AA or A or filler or something like that?

Actually, if you could just share the link to where we could look these guys up, that would probably be a timesaver for you. It’s surprising how many these guys I have never heard of.

I made a list of profiles for you in the Minors side.  Hope it gets you a framework.  Tomorrow I’ll finalize pitchers.

 

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56 minutes ago, Eric-OH said:

I made a list of profiles for you in the Minors side.  Hope it gets you a framework.  Tomorrow I’ll finalize pitchers.

 

Eric, this is really outstanding. Thank you very much this wasnt necessary It is a very pleasant surprise thank you

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14 hours ago, Eric-OH said:

I have reason to look for the same stuff.  The guys with the guns were gone by the time he pitched so no on the speed.  I’d estimate that maybe two pitches I saw had clear split like action.  I sit 15-18 feet behind the fence (!) and centered. One was in a hittable spot low but got a swinging strike.  The other one buried at the hitter’s toes and also got a swinging strike. What I see is he’s tough on both sides but lefties just might not see enough to judge the path/spin.  I’ll find out some way to get digits on him because you’re not the only one who is curious.  
 

I’m not putting him at number one with a bullet, but your speculation might be on track and he’s making progress.  Other guys are more on and warmed today, but he is not and his results are noticeable.  
Every starter got one ‘inning’ but when he came off he wanted some more-hungry!

So even though the umps had just left they gave him a few more batters to get through.  He operates with a calm and confident demeanor.  Not rattled when he misses location.  Seems like a very nice guy but out there to perform.  I’ve seen nothing but positives.

Not every guy looked the part in the O’s orange uniform. He seemed to fit in pretty well.

I seen Rom pitch last year in Kannapolis.  He was dominant, mixed pitches VERY well.  His curve ball had lefties knees buckling a la Gregg Olson.  If memory serves me correct he had a 2 hitter through 6.1 or 6.2 innings.  Had to be on a pitch count because his stuff was still very good when he was pulled.  Fun fact - that team in Kannapolis had an Earnhart race car sitting on the 3rd base concourse (they were the Intimidators until this year) that got hit at list 4 times by foul balls, no glass just more dents.

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Sedlock at 90 mph feels like it's not really going to cut it unless he's pinpoint with it or it's got some funky movement, which if I recall his fastball doesn't really. I loved that he bounced back last year, but I'm not sure if he's going to be able to hack it in the big leagues as more than a middle reliever without some excellent breaking stuff. 

Anyone have thoughts? 

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29 minutes ago, interloper said:

Sedlock at 90 mph feels like it's not really going to cut it unless he's pinpoint with it or it's got some funky movement, which if I recall his fastball doesn't really. I loved that he bounced back last year, but I'm not sure if he's going to be able to hack it in the big leagues as more than a middle reliever without some excellent breaking stuff. 

Anyone have thoughts? 

I have no reason to disagree with you and feel similarly.  I’ll try to keep you posted on movement when he pitches.  It was not lost on me the optics of him appearing 4th after Hall, Grayson and Mike Baumann.  

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43 minutes ago, interloper said:

Sedlock at 90 mph feels like it's not really going to cut it unless he's pinpoint with it or it's got some funky movement, which if I recall his fastball doesn't really. I loved that he bounced back last year, but I'm not sure if he's going to be able to hack it in the big leagues as more than a middle reliever without some excellent breaking stuff. 

Anyone have thoughts? 

If he’s still throwing 90 mph in two weeks, there’s a problem.   But not all guys have their top velocity at the beginning of the spring.  

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On 3/3/2020 at 9:40 AM, Eric-OH said:

I'm assuming they're throwing backhand into a bucket. Is that the point of the drill? Not the catching but the odd flips you might have to make around 2B?

 

edit: And a 2nd question, if it is for the backhand flip, is that standard MLB ST fare or is it something the new regime has started?

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2 hours ago, scOtt said:

I'm assuming they're throwing backhand into a bucket. Is that the point of the drill? Not the catching but the odd flips you might have to make around 2B?

 

edit: And a 2nd question, if it is for the backhand flip, is that standard MLB ST fare or is it something the new regime has started?

Good question.  This position is done to maintain core balance while reaching.  The object is to extend your arm/glove but not to the point where you fall or lean.  The toss is just another part of balancing and they’re throwing it to a coach not into a bucket.  
 

I don’t know if this drill is new or not.  Most of the on-field staff is new and the camp was about them and the players mixing with each other among other objectives.  I’ll make an informed guess that this is a trademark defensive drill and other infield/defense coaches have worked something similar.

There is a drill rotation, done in infield positions where the toss around second base is practiced and the plays can get behind the back or no-look style.  It’s more to get that snap timing down and finalize infield chemistry.  It’s great to see them go from being ok at it to improving rapidly.  Hopefully the videos show that coaching and instruction are a significant part of the early camp routine.

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23 hours ago, Chuck A said:

I seen Rom pitch last year in Kannapolis.  He was dominant, mixed pitches VERY well.  His curve ball had lefties knees buckling a la Gregg Olson.  If memory serves me correct he had a 2 hitter through 6.1 or 6.2 innings.  Had to be on a pitch count because his stuff was still very good when he was pulled.  Fun fact - that team in Kannapolis had an Earnhart race car sitting on the 3rd base concourse (they were the Intimidators until this year) that got hit at list 4 times by foul balls, no glass just more dents.

There are reasons to be both excited and optimistic about Drew.  When you watch him go about his business and look at his stuff you feel good.  Then look at his youth and you feel that much better.  He does have stuff that bears in on lefties with get-up and that’s just a part of the package.  
I have confidence he’ll be building off performances like Kannapolis this season and makes his name known more in 2020.

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