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Just now, Sports Guy said:

I think this is a bit of a stretch.  I think it’s searching for excuses.  Why can’t it simply be he struggled in a very SSS against the best competition he has ever faced and leave it at that?

 

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Just now, Sports Guy said:

I think this is a bit of a stretch.  I think it’s searching for excuses.  Why can’t it simply be he struggled in a very SSS against the best competition he has ever faced and leave it at that?

 

Factually correct.  But with no context whatsoever to give it meaning, if there even is any.

 

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Just now, NCRaven said:

Factually correct.  But with no context whatsoever to give it meaning, if there even is any.

 

There is plenty context there.  
 

1) SSS that doesn’t mean anything

2) Highest level he ever played against

3) Sub 600 OPS

No other context is needed.  The only other variables that would be brought into this are excuses.  

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2 hours ago, Can_of_corn said:

Three different levels?  Three different cities?  Three different set of pitchers?  Three different sets of coaches?  In such an abbreviated period of time?

I can see it wearing a player down.

 

2 hours ago, Sports Guy said:

I think this is a bit of a stretch.  I think it’s searching for excuses.  Why can’t it simply be he struggled in a very SSS against the best competition he has ever faced and leave it at that?

 

I think there are two excuses, or flat out reasons, that are just as likely as any others.

1. People go through slumps. It happens all the time. Timing gets off. The feel goes away. Happens to the best of them.

2. Maybe he was given a tweak from one of our coaches/hitting systems and he tried to implement it. That could definitely be a situation where you take a step backward before taking two steps forward.

Either way, they're perfectly fine explanations that have nothing to do with his high ceiling talent and probabilities of getting close to it. 

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4 hours ago, Sports Guy said:

There is plenty context there.  
 

1) SSS that doesn’t mean anything

2) Highest level he ever played against

3) Sub 600 OPS

No other context is needed.  The only other variables that would be brought into this are excuses.  

I disagree. Also, he had Mono. 

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The mono is not an excuse, but a fact.  How much it affected him, I do not know, but I do know that mono is a sneaky ailment which even people in the prime of their physical life sometimes take longer than one would expect to totally recover.  I hope it was something like that, rather than he was not ready for the competition he faced.  This franchise, God knows, needs a few breaks right now.   

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MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo on Rutschman:

“Stop us if you’ve heard this one, but Rutschman is really, really good at baseball. In these kinds of stories, an attempt is made to spread the love around, but when a guy is the best player at the alternate training site, he’s the best player. And Rutschman, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, was the best player.“

And on Henderson:

“He was the most exciting guy in camp for me,” Blood said. “The guy worked really hard and he showed five tools. He’s facing Double-A, Triple-A, 4-A pitchers for the first time in his life. It was a challenge for him, and he caught up. By week three, he had caught up to the competition he was facing and he was one of the best guys there. The older guys really took notice and were impressed by him and were also helping him. And he played a nice shortstop, too.”

https://www.mlb.com/amp/news/orioles-alternate-camp-report.html?__twitter_impression=true

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