I will say after strikeout filled spring training, it's not a good sign to see him strike out in 5 of his first 10 AA PAs. I'll be honest, he has huge holes in that upper cut swing and I'm not sure why this hasn't been addressed at this point. They had all spring and alt camp to watch this swing and it appears to be a one plane upper cut swing with lots of holes.
He swings through a lot of pitches both fastball and curveballs. Maybe it's a timing issue, but his timing must have been off all spring so far because he was underwhelming in spring training and now has started off with a lot of miss. I've watched his PAs and they have mainly been against guys throwing 93 mph and above.
Just something to watch as he continues.
No, but he is literally paving his way every outing. What he did yesterday was outstanding.
This is pretty amazing. The wild pitch not withstanding, it seems that the only thing missing was perhaps doing it in fewer pitches.
I will say this, yesterday is a perfect example of why I am enjoying this year. No there will be no WS for the Orioles this year. But we have crossed through the channel of the horribleness that comes with a true rebuild. From here we will get glimpses of better days as we see a foundation built. I care not whether Severino continues and see no reason to bemoan him at all. He is but a place holder as many of the current Orioles are. I appreciate their efforts while we wait and I savor the days like yesterday.
John Means may not be extended or even kept for 4 years. But he is a piece and he is going to either help us as a cornerstone or he is going to cost someone an a kings ransom. That decision is not for me and not for today. But TommyPickles asks a valid question. John Means is not an "Ace" because he threw a No-Hitter yesterday. But with every outing this year he is doing the work to earn the title. Its fun. I am loving it!!!