I get the frustration about his comments being similar to the past, to the stupid contract and still being on the team.
If he must be here (and it seems likely at this point), it'd be nice if the changes made a difference and he showed significant progression. Not going to bank on it, but it would be more fun to have him not suck if we're stuck with him.
I'm lukewarm on Lawlar for the same ageist reason as Witt.
Lawlar 7.1.2002 will already be 19 by draft day just as Witt 6.14.2000 was in 2019. I think 6.30 is the exact seasonal age day, so Lawlar will max out that dividing line forever and ever. Gunnar 6.29.2001 was two drafts ahead but is just one year older than Lawlar.
Maybe I've seen too much Friday Night Lights and the Texas dream of gridiron domination with all the "let's hold the boy back from kindergarten a year" and maybe its something completely innocent, but whatever the root of it was, those quarters and half years of age bear on future projection.
There's a whole season for the Age 18's and Age 21's to play, but Lawlar (age and all), and the three SEC aces would be kind of a bummer of a Top 4. Its probably early to count Hill there until he pitches as many innings as Hunter Harvey. I'm sure Garrett Stallings had plenty of rising NCAA juniors alongside him this offseason, so who knows who's who these days? Games soon, games soon...