Nick about to have his 3rd opportunity to do something big.
Reds and Braves pitchers have struck out 37 in 25 innings, and NOW dark shadows are engulfing the batters box.
It was reported last inning this is more strikeouts than there were in the '76 Series when the Big Red Machine defended their title over the Yankees.
Eshelman gets a little more respect from Elias because Elias drafted him on the 2nd round when he was with the Astros. And so far he is doing ok as a long releaser/spot starter. That not to say Elias would not take someone better for that spot if he had the chance.
Valdez is a find. Someone that has developed his off speed stuff in Mexico and made in work in the Majors. I think Elias gives him a chance to show he can continue to dominant which he did most outings since he has arrived with the O's. He is cheap and how much does age matter when a pitcher throws that slow.
BPA of course, but I will be disappointed if the Bobby Witt, Jr of 2021 is the demographic of the selection unless it is a too good to be true slam dunk. I will be curious to see come June/July if MLB makes any effort to promote the combine NFL-style, especially if the College World Series doesn't make it back full bore.
I think he put up decent numbers this season. But his FIP was 5.76 and he just doesn't get K's. I feel like Elias would jump on a toolsy waiver claim over keeping Eshelman. He knows Eshelman is not part of the long term and I think Valdez fills the roll of junkball long relief better than Eshelman. Valdez may be able to turned into a trade piece next season (if Millone and Bleier can get us a return, Valdez has that potential). Valdez gets more K's, better FIP. No way he's the closer though, right? I think the O's should go committee next season.
I think the issue with Frederick is the facility and ownership.
My guess is Gunnar starts at Delmarva for a little then moves to Aberdeen for rest of year.
Not impossible Adley briefly goes to Aberdeen and then on to Bowie rest of year. My guess though is he starts at Bowie.