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
I don't know about Spahn and Appling... but our regular position players not named Chris Davis have an average combined OPS that's over .900, and we have what passes for a pretty good bullpen. The starters are raising an occasional eyebrows as well. And the whole team doesn't seem to have a lot of quit in them at the moment.
You're right to suggest it's a small sample size.. but it's growing... and enthusiasm is still high.
You mean that a team with 50-win true talent is in the midst of an 9-7 run?
How often does a team that you expect to be 5-11 have a 16 game run of 9-7 (or vice versa)? All the time. The '19 Orioles won 54 games, and had two overlapping a 16 game runs in July where they went 8-8. In there was a 10 game period of 7-3.
But if you want to believe that Tommy Milone is now Warren Spahn and Hanser Alberto is Luke Appling, more power to you.
I agree with that, and I've often railed against the webbricks and the atomics who claim to be realists and use unrelenting pessimism as evidence of that. I especially don't like the attitude among some that Elias' hiring was a mistake and that the entire plan is likely doomed, and the sooner they get on an entirely different track the better. That started days or weeks after he was hired.
But I've learned over time that in any group, especially a messageboard, that there will always be a wide spread in opinion. And that will include a few people who are 100% convinced that it's all going to fail, and it's already in the process of that right now. No matter what the circumstances are.