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
Last year reminded me how much I missed baseball when I didn't have it available to ignore. So I am watching more this year than I did in 2018 or 2019. But It's usually for about an hour or so tops and I'm checking out once the game is no longer competitive.
This Astros series was a total disaster. I barely tuned in.
This year, the trade deadline is set for July 30. Once the deadline has passed, I am hoping to see a team full of young players.
Move I would like to see, in no particular order:
-Trade Mancini to the Brewers. In return, we receive MI prospect Brice Turang and Aaron Ashby. Move 2: Nevin brought up after Mancini is dealt.
- Paul Fry and Anthony Santander to the Indians for Bryan Rocchio, Daniel Espino, Logan Allen.
- Galvis to the A's for Grant Holmes and Hogan Harris
I would explore deals for Means and Mullins, especially Means (I feel he would be worth more right now). Not saying I would definitely trade either one but I think there are a lot of deals out there, again especially for Means, that would make me say yes. I am assuming for now they stay though,
- Matt Harvey
- Pedro Severino
- Pat Valaika
- J Jones (or Vavra, who I like more but is currently hurt and likely not moved up yet)
2nd- Jones (I know he isn't likely to stay here but I would like to see him there first)
3rd- Franco (assuming he can't be dealt)
Bench: Wynns, McKenna, Wilkerson, Nevin/Stewart (whoever isn't starting that day)
Rotation: Means, Zimmerman (when healthy of course), Lowther, Kremer, Akin
Bullpen: Lopez (moved into high leverage situations), Scott, Susler (if not traded, guessing limited market and not moving him but not blocking anyone and pitching well enough to keep), Wells, Tate, Plutko, Valdez or MiLer/trade target. Valdez could be another DFA guy.
Last spot is probably another pitcher, perhaps Alex Wells if he keeps pitching well. I could see them wanting another guy who can pitch 3+ innings.
I would also consider Bradish as a guy to come up and start and push one of the other starters into the pen.
The upside is that when Elias decides to flip the switch it won’t be hard to upgrade those positions!
I’d had some hopes that Bannon and Jones would be upgrades. Bannon had a terrible May and is hurt now. Jones seems ready offensively but it’s questionable whether he can play an adequate 2B. Personally I’m ready to find out.
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.