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With so many guys available, why is Hess still here? I didn’t see the game but according to Tony(paraphrasing) Hess’s fastball is straight as a string and twice as hittable.

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11 minutes ago, Philip said:

With so many guys available, why is Hess still here? I didn’t see the game but according to Tony(paraphrasing) Hess’s fastball is straight as a string and twice as hittable.

Eh, that was the knock on Chris Tillman before he became a top five Orioles pitcher of the last 30 years.

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18 minutes ago, Philip said:

With so many guys available, why is Hess still here? I didn’t see the game but according to Tony(paraphrasing) Hess’s fastball is straight as a string and twice as hittable.

He'll be in Bowie sometime on the next 3 days.

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I missed the whole conversation but Bordick was relaying a story where Elias spoke about situational hitting, bunting and creating more runs, in spite of analytical advice.

Interested to see what form that takes, if any. Lacking reliable batters it makes sense to try something different. We saw first hand how good the Royals were at station to station baseball a few years ago.

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2 hours ago, Enjoy Terror said:

Eh, that was the knock on Chris Tillman before he became a top five Orioles pitcher of the last 30 years.

Ok, it’s the knock on Hess now. We can stop knocking when he becomes a top-five guy. But until then, I would be very happy if someone else deserved that spot. 

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4 hours ago, Philip said:

Ok, it’s the knock on Hess now. We can stop knocking when he becomes a top-five guy. But until then, I would be very happy if someone else deserved that spot. 

First, I don’t think the comparison with Tillman is apt.    His secondary stuff was way better than Hess’s and he was a much more highly regarded prospect (ranked no. 22 prospect by BA and 16 by BP).    It just took him some time to figure out how to pitch in the majors.    

But second, I don’t think Hess is any less of a prospect than many of the pitchers the Orioles are carrying right now.    He probably won’t start this season in the majors, but we’ll see who performs decently over the next 2.5 months.     There’s a lot of cannon fodder to sort through.   Hess was looking pretty good in spring training and I’m not going to write off the chance that he made offseason improvements just because he had a rough outing in his first game action in four months.    
 

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7 hours ago, survivedc said:

I missed the whole conversation but Bordick was relaying a story where Elias spoke about situational hitting, bunting and creating more runs, in spite of analytical advice.

Interested to see what form that takes, if any. Lacking reliable batters it makes sense to try something different. We saw first hand how good the Royals were at station to station baseball a few years ago.

I heard Bordick rambling on for a while about bunting and hitting-and-running constantly because of the short schedule, but I assumed he was just ad-libbing nonsense to fill time.  If he was repeating something from Elias he must have misunderstood, unless Elias knows that they're going to secretly be using 1914 baseballs, bats and players.

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5 minutes ago, DrungoHazewood said:

I heard Bordick rambling on for a while about bunting and hitting-and-running constantly because of the short schedule, but I assumed he was just ad-libbing nonsense to fill time.  If he was repeating something from Elias he must have misunderstood, unless Elias knows that they're going to secretly be using 1914 baseballs, bats and players.

Elias never implied that the Orioles would win the  shortened season with small ball tactics. To hope for that that is a hope to return to the Gashouse Gang and guys named Rabbit on the team. Besides Stevie is broken. The dream is gone. 

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2 hours ago, Frobby said:

First, I don’t think the comparison with Tillman is apt.    His secondary stuff was way better than Hess’s and he was a much more highly regarded prospect (ranked no. 22 prospect by BA and 16 by BP).    It just took him some time to figure out how to pitch in the majors.    

But second, I don’t think Hess is any less of a prospect than many of the pitchers the Orioles are carrying right now.    He probably won’t start this season in the majors, but we’ll see who performs decently over the next 2.5 months.     There’s a lot of cannon fodder to sort through.   Hess was looking pretty good in spring training and I’m not going to write off the chance that he made offseason improvements just because he had a rough outing in his first game action in four months.    
 

I believe David Hess is the perfect pitcher for the KBO.

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50 minutes ago, weams said:

Elias never implied that the Orioles would win the  shortened season with small ball tactics. To hope for that that is a hope to return to the Gashouse Gang and guys named Rabbit on the team. Besides Stevie is broken. The dream is gone. 

Who is the current Oriole most likely to be called Rabbit?  Mullins? 

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10 minutes ago, Redskins Rick said:

There is no Bowie this season.

Yes there is.  It's the location of our camp for guys who are on the 60an roster but not on the major league roster.  There are already 13 guys assigned there and reporting and working out daily under the supervision of the organization.

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