At the time of the draft, most of the rankings had not adjusted for his recent (USA baseball, early season) success. Then Elias made statements and people adjusted. Not saying that's wrong, but I think the fact that he didn't have a prolonged stretch with the better approach meant that the composite rankings didn't raise him. If Elias is right, it's a brilliant pick. If he turns out to still have that #10ish profile, it'll depend on the other guys picked.
But under slot was apparently a big part of it if you believe we had targeted over slot pitchers with the Westburg pick, but they were gone.
Yea that guy.
He only played in the Hawaiian league the year he was drafted. Spent the next season in the minors and was called up as soon as they were done manipulating his service time in his second full year. Was a league average player that first year.
The O's have picked exactly two college bats in the top 5 since then, neither one of which has been in the system for two full seasons.
If you want to look at pitchers both Matusz and Gausman were up and producing positive WAR by their second full season.