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5 minutes ago, calsmanystances said:

To give a little more color on Law's first mock, he has Pittsburgh taking Davis 1-1 (the ACC Tournament started on Tuesday and Davis went 2-5 with 2 HR's in a win against Clemson, and 3-7 with a HR in yesterday's loss to Georgia Tech). Here's what he wrote on Leiter being selected by Arizona, one pick after us:

6. Arizona Diamondbacks: Jack Leiter, RHP, Vanderbilt

They’d love Lawlar, and I would say there’s a non-zero chance he gets here; if Texas takes Rocker or Leiter and Boston takes the other, that probably pushes Lawlar here, with Baltimore likely going under slot.

I'd be furious if we passed over either of the Vandy pitchers or Lawlar to go underslot.

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On 5/27/2021 at 11:01 AM, Sports Guy said:

Lots of talk..who knows but Law was the only one who had us taking Kjerstad last year.

Do you have a link for that? I certainly don't remember that, and I follow Law on Twitter and read his stuff and he is the type of person that wouldn't allow that to be forgotten.

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Rocker took the loss yesterday against Arkansas, his 3rd of the season and 9th of his college career. Only lasted 3 and a third, 4 runs on four hits, four walks, and six strikeouts.

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Just now, Frobby said:

Just pick whichever player has a serious illness that will prevent them from getting on the field in 2021 and maybe 2022.

I'm not sure that mono counts as a serious illness.

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8 minutes ago, Frobby said:

Just pick whichever player has a serious illness that will prevent them from getting on the field in 2021 and maybe 2022.

When Frobby's posts start to drip with sarcasm you know things aren't going well.

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11 hours ago, MurphDogg said:

Rocker took the loss yesterday against Arkansas, his 3rd of the season and 9th of his college career. Only lasted 3 and a third, 4 runs on four hits, four walks, and six strikeouts.

He might drop out of the 1st round if he keeps this up. 

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On 5/28/2021 at 11:21 AM, MurphDogg said:

Rocker took the loss yesterday against Arkansas, his 3rd of the season and 9th of his college career. Only lasted 3 and a third, 4 runs on four hits, four walks, and six strikeouts.

And Mississippi beat Leiter Friday to I believe put Vandy out of SEC tournament.   Perhaps load management bonus for NCAA's.

Baseball cube this morning had IP at Rocker 88, Leiter 76.     Waaay back in the day, the '89 LSU Tigers put 152 IP on Ben McDonald.

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On 5/27/2021 at 8:27 AM, jabba72 said:

5. Baltimore Orioles: Harry Ford, C, North Cobb (GA) High School

The current wisdom is that Baltimore will look to cut a deal here that saves them a substantial amount of money, probably a million or more, after they signed their first pick in 2019, Heston Kjerstad, for $2.5 million below slot. They’ve been linked to Brady House, but he has no reason to take that kind of haircut here, since he’s in every mix from here on down.

 

From Keith Law. Has us skipping Watson, House, Leiter and Jobe to pick Ford. 

Ugh.  I really hope Law is just trolling O's fans here.  Picking a catcher this high would be a bad enough decision this year given all of the other needs in the organization.  Picking an overslot catcher would be adding insult to injury.  

I'll put Ford at the top of my list of picks I don't want to see the O's make, followed by Frelick, Cowser and Davis.  

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Rocker and Leiter scare me - between the up and down seasons, and the extra inning. I honestly prefer Jobe. If a player is there who is worth the money, then I hope the Orioles draft them. But if the Orioles have several guys rated roughly equally, then you might as well take the cheapest option, and save money for overslots later on in the draft. I'd be annoyed if the Orioles didn't spend their entire bonus pool, but if they choose to spread it out more...that does't bug me. Now if they passed on Lawlar or Mayar, I'd be more annoyed. 

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This seems like a year where I’ll be better off knowing almost nothing before tuning in the evening of the draft and seeing who we pick.   

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6 hours ago, Frobby said:

This seems like a year where I’ll be better off knowing almost nothing before tuning in the evening of the draft and seeing who we pick.   

This may be a good philosophy for all Elias-led drafts. 

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ESPN McDaniel just had a Memorial Day Baseball Tonight interview ~6 weeks out.

1-1 Pirates - said they want upside, don't mind long wait, probably that translates to Lawlar or Mayer.   He flat out said the two prep SS are the two best players in the draft (maybe a sop to Pirates fans about to get a rare national telecast).   If either cuts a deal, they'll be the pick.

1-2 Rangers - want fast moving pitching for where they think they are in their rebuild, probably on Leiter

College bats - characterized as poor group headed by Davis alone.   He put on an Evan Gattis comp on the bat, in the respect it is a lot of brute strength and not your classic baseball fluidity.   Said based on that he could be early 24-25 peak kind of guy.

Rocker kind of floating 4th, maybe 7th with that pick his floor, implying Baltimore not on him.   Obviously all the college guys have NCAA's starting to make the scouts ooh and aah over the next month, but regular season + conference tournaments now done.

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