It's not surprising that the draft is looking different than many mock boards due to the lack of 2020 data to go off of due to the lack of games to evaluate.
Elias is clearly not afraid to go with a guy with one plus plus tool (power) which is a bit surprising for the #2 overall pick. His hit tool is probably plus as well, but the K-BB ratio prior to his short junior year makes him a bit of question mark when he has to face professional pitching on a nightly basis.
Elias and his guys h
If you can't hit, if you play more than a game or two as a substitute you are a negative part of the team. So you have to hit some. The D never can really make up for being a hole in the lineup. That is old fashioned National League ball.
I know we don't want to "yoyo" prospects. But how much of a yoyo is it to bring Akin up for two days? It's not like a normal season when he would have to pack his things, leave Norfolk, find a way to Baltimore, find a place to stay in Baltimore for a short period, live out of a suitcase while up here, then go back to Norfolk.
Assuming he is living somewhere near Bowie, it just means instead of driving 5 minutes to Bowie Stadium, today and tomorrow he drives 25 minutes to Nats Park. He still sleeps in the same bed each night.