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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I definitely like him at 1B over LF. He looks like he belongs there (not that my opinion means much and I don't have the stats to back that up). Still, I think he fits there better, particularly when Santander is back and Diaz is called up.
My post about Valdez was not to be a knock on him or what he has done this season. The point I was trying to make is that teams that are looking to be contenders make a point to have a strong closer and back end of the bullpen which is why trade prices for those guys over the past few years have been so high.
The Orioles opened this season with an unproven closer and question marks in the bullpen. That to me is a sign that they are not ready to be a winning team.