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1 hour ago, Eric-OH said:

I’d guess an infield of Mountcastle, Bannon, Martin and perhaps Valaika would be backed up by a middle infielder who doesn’t make the final cut (rank the springs of Herrera, Urena, Urias?).  Not a bad offensive group.  Not a super defensive group.  Maybe not that far off from the mlb club except for Iglesias’ unmatched glove and R Nunez’ pop.  Could Martin and Bannon be the ‘kind-of near future’ versions of those two? Bannon impressed me in games with his power and ability to drive the ball and then back at minor league camp just belting bombs at cage sessions.  He can hit a bit so he represents upside. I don’t know what’s an evaluator for the O’s as they make these calls.  We’ll see if/how/when they’re forced to make roster decisions

I thought we were talking about the MLB club.

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1 hour ago, Aristotelian said:

I thought we were talking about the MLB club.

My mistake.  I’m usually not

The O’s SS will hopefully be Iglesias for just about every inning of every game.  Without knowing the season’s specifics, in a normal year I’d say Iglesias comes to the plate 525 times at least.  His presence means that Martin can fully marinate in AAA and not have to sit.  

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1 hour ago, Eric-OH said:

My mistake.  I’m usually not

The O’s SS will hopefully be Iglesias for just about every inning of every game.  Without knowing the season’s specifics, in a normal year I’d say Iglesias comes to the plate 525 times at least.  His presence means that Martin can fully marinate in AAA and not have to sit.  

That is my thinking on Martin as well. The question we were discussing was whether Valaika or Velazquez makes the big club as backup SS/utility. One thing I like about Velazquez is he is a switch hitter. His skillset is pretty much ultimate utility player.

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23 minutes ago, Aristotelian said:

That is my thinking on Martin as well. The question we were discussing was whether Valaika or Velazquez makes the big club as backup SS/utility. One thing I like about Velazquez is he is a switch hitter. His skillset is pretty much ultimate utility player.

Gotcha.  I’d vote for Velazquez for several reasons too.  Hope there’s a season so we get to find out....

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