Because they are professionals and good at their jobs and they wouldn’t punt on a pick so they can draft a few over slot HSers.
Just because you have an obsession with how some nerd behind a keyboard ranks the players doesn’t mean they made a mistake or doesn’t mean they maliciously sabotaged the pick. That’s just an awful thing to assume.
I can understand your reasons for feeling this way but Thorne, Angel, and Manfra are all well over 70 and that means there was going to be a signifiant overhaul anyway. Manfra retired, the Orioles didn't "get rid" of him. And no, I don't think he was pushed in any way. He was 70+ years old and I think had some health issues and chose to retire. I don't think they pushed Angel out either, he retired. Trying to lump them into your narrative to prove that the Orioles are purging people for $$$ reasons just weakens your argument.
Now the Orioles mayve have made a decision to get rid of Hunter, and may be in the process of doing the same ot Gary, we will know in a month or two. And money could be part of the Thorne decision (I would guess that he is the highest paid guy left).
But when four of your core guys are 70+, which is the situation we have faced in recent years, as your top color commentator is too, you have to start planning for the future. The travel involved in MLB broadcasting is not tough on someone that age. The Orioles bit the bullet last year and brought in a bunch of younger people they hoped would be candidates for long term. Time will tell if any of these "minor leaguers" turn out to be good in the long run, but they had to do something.
Actually, we probably should have traded Gary Thorne a few years ago when he was at peak value. 😁
I think he will be as ready in year two as he will be in year three. Either he's a ML ballplayer or not, I don't think adjusting the rate at which he advances through the minors is going to change that.
Now might his rookie year numbers look a bit better? Sure. But his career numbers might actually benefit from earlier advancement.