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I've seen several 2021 mock drafts and so far we have been linked to Jaden Hill, Jud Fabian, Matt McLain, Colton Cowser, Braylon Bishop, and Jack Leiter. Who's your favorite? I would hope for Jack Leiter but I seriously doubt he will be available at number 5. My second choice would be Jud Fabian.

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Jud Fabian has really managed to come on of late.  He has rebounded after a disastrous start to the season.   However, there is a ton of swing and miss that scares me.  64 K's in 190 AB's at the college level portends future big strikeout numbers.  He's firmly back in the top 10 consideration after almost falling out of the first round altogether...

I base my decision based only on video I've watched, I haven't seen any of these guys in person:

Jack Leiter

Kumar Rocker

Jordan Lawlor

Marcelo Meyer

Brady House

Henry Davis

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https://www.prospectslive.com/mlb-draft/2021/5/11/2021-mlb-mock-draft-40-zwtc9

5. Baltimore Orioles

Harry Ford, C/2B/OF, North Cobb

Just a year removed from surprising the masses when they selected Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad no. 2 overall, Baltimore opts for the massive upside of Georgia prep Harry Ford here. The O’s have shown increased interest over the past few weeks in the North Cobb product, spending extraordinary time with the bluechip backstop. High school catchers selected in the top five are very rare, but Ford offers an explosive, athletic profile with tools that could allow him to stick behind the dish long term, or maybe even second base where Baltimore seems to like him. Besides the athleticism, Ford has had one of the most potent bats on the entire prep circuit leading the nation with 13 HRs in major events and showcases. He’s able to create huge bat speed and shows impressive barrel control. The Georgia Tech commit is a true plus runner with a gym rat mentality off the field. If Ford would have been at any other position in high school, he would be in every Top 5 conversation, so seeing him off the board here should come as no surprise.

 

 

 

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So Ford projects as either a catcher or second baseman?  Those two positions seem like very different skill sets.  If he's a plus runner, I don't think you want to ruin those knees putting him in the squat for his career, do you?

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6 minutes ago, Yossarian said:

So Ford projects as either a catcher or second baseman?  Those two positions seem like very different skill sets.  If he's a plus runner, I don't think you want to ruin those knees putting him in the squat for his career, do you?

We do have this one guy.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/biggicr01.shtml

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6 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

Obvious best case scenario comp is obvious.

Kid is 5'10"/200 as an 18 year-old.  That's pretty stout for a young second baseman (Biggio was a big-leaguer playing at 5-11/185).  If the O's are interested and have plans for him at 2B, keeping the weight down and the speed/quickness/range needed from a middle-infielder might be a challenge.

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1 minute ago, Yossarian said:

Kid is 5'10"/200 as an 18 year-old.  That's pretty stout for a young second baseman (Biggio was a big-leaguer playing at 5-11/185).  If the O's are interested and have plans for him at 2B, keeping the weight down and the speed/quickness/range needed from a middle-infielder might be a challenge.

Schoop was a house at 22.

Not saying that he isn't atypically sized for a second baseman but it can work.

That being said I can't recall anyone picking a HS 2B in the top 5 of the MLB draft. 

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I saw a mlb.com mock draft today that had us taking Sal Frelick to save money against the slot like last year....

Nothing against Frelick, but if they did this I'd have to find another team to follow.   The picks after Frelick were: Rocker, Lawlar, House, Watson....

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20 hours ago, doccat said:

I saw a mlb.com mock draft today that had us taking Sal Frelick to save money against the slot like last year....

Nothing against Frelick, but if they did this I'd have to find another team to follow.   The picks after Frelick were: Rocker, Lawlar, House, Watson....

Actually that one is on CBS sports, not mlb.com.   Just saw that too.,

 

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On 6/10/2021 at 4:46 PM, doccat said:

I saw a mlb.com mock draft today that had us taking Sal Frelick to save money against the slot like last year....

Nothing against Frelick, but if they did this I'd have to find another team to follow.   The picks after Frelick were: Rocker, Lawlar, House, Watson....

It's not like they'd be doing it to save money though, they'd still be spending the same amount of money, just spread over more people. 

Given the uncertainties in the mlb draft, if you're not in love with anyone at 1-5, and you have several people grouped together, makes sense to take the cheapest of those options, and then try to add depth to the system. 

I get being frustrated with them being cheap, but this isn't really an example of that 

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1 minute ago, seak05 said:

It's not like they'd be doing it to save money though, they'd still be spending the same amount of money, just spread over more people. 

Given the uncertainties in the mlb draft, if you're not in love with anyone at 1-5, and you have several people grouped together, makes sense to take the cheapest of those options, and then try to add depth to the system. 

I get being frustrated with them being cheap, but this isn't really an example of that 

I know folks laugh about it but I'd once again like to point out that the O's left the most slot money unspent last year.

I'd also like to say that given the uncertainties in the MLB draft you should go with the BPA, to maximize your chances of getting a difference maker.

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