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.
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We are worse than I thought we would be. I thought 95-98 losses. This team looks like a 110 loss team right now.
I still have no idea what they were doing with 2nd base. I wonder if ownership told Elias to cut money late in camp with Sanchez. Always possible Sanchez would have been even worse but still. Franco who I didn’t expect much from has been bad.
I said before the year I never saw a more unproven pitching staff in my life. Going this route, especially relying on young starters off a season like last year has been a debacle. Rebuild or not you need more depth.
I don't think he would have even been brought in in a "normal game". He was brought up to be the last man in the pen, the role Sceroler had filled. They guy who comes in when the win probability is already under 5% so he can't really hurt our chances.
If nothing else, this season will help Elias separate the wheat from the chaff.
Mullins, Mancini, Mountcastle, Hays, Santander (jury still out on Hays & Santander because they haven't been healthy)
Wilkerson, Franco, Stewart, Valaika, Severino
We should see a lot of turnover in our lineup later this season and in the offseason. We should replace the chaff with minor leaguers, Adley, Leyba, J. Jones, McKenna and then supplement the roster with a FA signing or two.
The same can be said for our pitching. Gradually improve the talent on our roster to where we have a respectable and competitive product on the field.
When you toss a bunch of replacement level guys out there you can't be surprised when they perform at slightly below replacement level.
The only names listed above that are a surprise to me are Mountcastle and Santander. I've never been big on Santander but I did expect him to be better than he has shown thus far.
Real good combo
Using baseball reference
Combined catchers is -0.3. Sisco was -0.3. Sevy is 0.2
3rd base -0.9
Combined 2nd -0.6
Valaika, Urias 0.5, Wilkerson and Ruiz -0.1. I know some of these guys move around some but you get the point.
Thats -1.8 from those players playing those 3 spots . You basically have 3 positions that are brutal right now.
Hays 0.6 and Santander aren’t healthy and aren’t producing as like than can. Stewart plays more in the OF than he should because of this. Mountcastle is playing well now but his glove never developed in LF.
Other than Mullins not much has gone right. Galvis has been serviceable. Mancini obviously.
The collective position player WAR is 2.9. Mullins, Mancini and Galvis are at 5.0 combined Mullins alone is at 3.0. So minus Mullins the rest of the team combined is at -0.1.
Pitching collectively is at 2.9 total WAR. Means alone is at 3.2. Fry and Sulser 0.8, Zimmerman is at 0.7, Scott 0.6 and Wells 0.5. Sceroler and Lakins are at -0.5 each. Armstrong was at -0.6 and Harvey is at -1.6.
At the end of the day Means and Mullins combine for 6.2 WAR and yet the team total is at 5.8. Just unreal.