If 2022 is like 2012, and Gunnar Henderson plus one whole summer of "Skill Development" can approach Machado's precocity.
I do hope the need to slide to 3B is for something a bit more fun than JJ Hardy though!
If Henderson can outplay Westburg for the Baysox SS gig and hold his own at 19/20 in AA, I don't know where else but the next year picture there is to go (we do like AAA MVP awards though).
With all the thoroughbred hype, an Aberdeen/Delmarva starting assignment pair for these two is "C'mon man" material. Vavra was a college guy who went to the Sally and was MVP, but he was a 3rd rounder.
I grant AA for either of them is a big ask, but don't know how you work it if you think both are SS and need the game reps.
I didn't watch him last year but he had a serious decline in defensive value last year after being one of the best the years before. Now again, maybe something was bothering him or maybe he put on some weight and has it off now, i don't know. I'm not necessarily against this move, and I don't really think Martin or Urias are every day SS at the big league level, but I guess I also don't see him as being a big help.
But, as it's been pointed out, it's pretty clear that winning ball games is not a huge priority for Elias yet.
How is he the same as Iglesias defensively?
Galvis had a -3 OAA and -4% success added at SS last year compared to Igelisas at 3 OAA and 5% SA. That's a 6 OAA difference and 9% success added difference.
If you wanted those numbers defensively I think Sanchez or Martin could have done that. Heck, maybe even Urias.
Now, he was much better in 2019 and 2018, so why the big drop off? I worry when players entering the season at 31 and coming off a big drop in defensive ability. Now maybe something was bothering him, I don't know, and I guess he's cheap enough, but those statcast offensive numbers are pretty putrid and if he's not going to bring a great glove, then why not give those PAs to Martin or even Urias?
I guess in a year where it probably doesn't matter, I just don't see how this upgrades us all that much.
Well if he hits a legit .400 as you suggested this year...
I wouldn't bank on him being up by 2022, but it's possible. He'd be 21 in June of 2022. He'd have to have an outstanding 2021 minor league season and carry it over to the start of 2022 in order to get promoted. I'm sure we'll hear CoC's thoughts on the Orioles gaming his service clock at some point.
All depends on how well he does. But I do think that if he's up in 2022, that's a good thing...means he's turned into a stud.