I'd be more inclined to agree with defense being important if strikeouts weren't so emphasized today. Pitchers are striking out more batters than ever...I'm not saying defense isn't important because it certainly is...but I'm assuming that the overall amount of defensive chances have gone down as baseball has become a three outcome game (strikeout, walk, homer) with less emphasis on putting the ball in play and putting pressure on the defense.
I don't think we have good defenders on the corners, however I think we should be decent up the middle. A lot of that rests on Galvis, as SG noted...he could be Iglesias level or he could fall off a cliff...it remains to be seen. Sanchez at 2nd base is a Gold Glove winner.
Plenty of good points made already as to why the defense was so bad with that lineup, but there's still nothing wrong with Hyde trying to set a precedent and push the backups to play better defense. I think it was a cultural statement, so I like it. "You've gotta act like winners before you can become winners" or whatever.
It's a little early for anyone's stock to be too up or down IMHO. Obviously players want to do well and players who are battling for a roster spot need to have good results, so yes, the guys you mentioned as having stock go down have not pitched well.
Hernandez is a the guy that probably saw his stock drop the most by pitching in the mid-80s. Not sure he has the secondaries, command and trick pitch to get away with that in the AL East.
Well's velocity has been pretty good and overall I like him. Still not sure if he has enough promise to keep him as a Rule 5 guy for the season, but a few good outings and he could be in that conversation.
Statcast has Galvis as 33 OAA from 2015-20 with Iglesias at 22 during the same time period, so I dont think the O's are losing anything defensively unless some age regression happens. Statcast is saying Galvis was the better defender. I think the O's look like they'll be a above average defensive team this year. Probably no GG winners, but solid. Mountcastle and Cisco /Severino are the only real question marks.
I agree with that. But I also think it's a bad idea to put a bad defensive infield behind young pitchers whose ability to pitch in the ML is uncertain, in that a well-below-average inner defense might both impair the building of pitchers' confidence and make it harder to judge how effective they would be with a good defense behind them. I can't prove any of that. It's just a feeling -- call it intuition. And I think even the Orioles' best IF defense right now is well below league average, especially with no defensive wizard on the bench.
I also agree with the suggestion that Elias's off-season roster-building does't seem to emphasize either offense or defense. It looks like his guiding principle so far has been to fill out the infield with the cheapest available guys who have been major league players, even if they're of the fringe variety, so that he won't be forced to promote any infielders until he otherwise wants to.
Well Iglesias is at that age too, so it goes both ways there.
Plus, as was pointed out, he’s playing players in positions they shouldn’t be in. I know that’s the Oriole way though..square peg/round hole and expect the best but it’s not going to happen.