Jump to content
Frobby

Article on Instructional League

Recommended Posts

Longish article with Q&A from:

Matt Blood, Director of Player Development

Anthony Villa, Complex Level Hitting Coordinator

Dave Schmidt, Coordinator, Florida & Latin America Pitching

Nick White, Minor League Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

Ryan Goll, Development Coach

Lots of happy talk but some insights into what they were doing.   I’ll single out this one answer as being interesting:

The front office has prioritized athleticism in the last several draft classes. Which players impressed you from a strength and conditioning standpoint?

… in meeting with our staff Jordan Westburg, Luis Gonzalez, Adam Hall, and Collin Burns were names that were consistently being highlighted and mentioned for their work. But overall, it was great to see the growth physically and mentally as these guys head into the rest of their offseason.

https://www.mlb.com/orioles/news/featured/top-prospects-continue-development-in-sarasota

  • Upvote 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Villa was impressive. This was his comments on how they are working with their hitters down there:

Quote

Our process looked like:

· Utilize all the information at hand to reflect on the 2021 season: What went well? And what do we need to improve on? Where do we see the biggest margins are for offensive production gains?

· Create an environment that is going to challenge the hitter to produce in these areas. This is where the coach and hitter get to partner together to get creative, designing a practice setting that is going to challenge the hitter with different intentions, strategies, and movements.

· Execute. Attack the few main goals with laser focus. Push through struggles, knowing that learning comes from struggling through errors, adjusting, and expanding your skill capabilities over time.

 

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Quote

Coby hits the ball HARD! That is really important, because we know that hitting the ball hard is the best predictor for batted ball success. Coby’s power potential is very exciting, seeing him as a 19-year-old hit the ball as hard as everyday Major Leaguers.

 

  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 minutes ago, NCRaven said:

Fun read.  Interesting to see what they emphasized.  Not ground breaking journalism, but a little peek behind the curtain at what Elias is changing at the minor league level.

Not sure what you were expecting. I thought he asked great questions. This article was a great look behind the scenes on the "process". 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, NCRaven said:

Fun read.  Interesting to see what they emphasized.  Not ground breaking journalism, but a little peek behind the curtain at what Elias is changing at the minor league level.

Agreed.  We are no longer in the Stone Age of player development, and that is only going to help us.  It was time to get the old guard out of things and we are seeing the benefits of the change as we speak.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My favorite quote from the piece:

Quote

What we noticed as a whole is the talent in the organization has been tremendously improved over the past couple years. We have a physical, skilled, and highly competitive group of players...

Giving the benefit of the doubt that this is objectivity speaking, not just fan-hope.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, Tony-OH said:

Not sure what you were expecting. I thought he asked great questions. This article was a great look behind the scenes on the "process". 

This is exactly what I was expecting.  But, as with anything coming out of mlb.com or MASN, I didn’t expect anything negative or challenging.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, NCRaven said:

This is exactly what I was expecting.  But, as with anything coming out of mlb.com or MASN, I didn’t expect anything negative or challenging.

I guess I thought the mlb guy did a good job. Other than Schmidt and Blood, the answers were pretty good and thorough. What was he supposed to ask that was negative of challenging when talking about Fall camp?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 hours ago, now said:

My favorite quote from the piece:

Giving the benefit of the doubt that this is objectivity speaking, not just fan-hope.

I do think the talent is better as a whole, but take anything from Blood as org speak.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tony, I wasn’t blasting the piece and said I found how Elias was changing minor league development interesting.  I think you read more into my comment than I intended.  And you’re right, Schmidt is definitely the one “old school” guy in the group based on his limited answers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, NCRaven said:

Tony, I wasn’t blasting the piece and said I found how Elias was changing minor league development interesting.  I think you read more into my comment than I intended.  And you’re right, Schmidt is definitely the one “old school” guy in the group based on his limited answers.

I can remember talking and interviewing Schmidt many times over the years. He's very cerebral and not much for giving good evaluations of prospects. He's the lone survivor of the old school guys so he must be embracing the new ways. I was actually shocked he was still with the organization. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


Orioles Information


Orioles News and Information

Daily Organizational Boxscores
News

Tony's Takes

Orioles Roster Resource

Orioles Prospect Information

2021 Top 30 Prospects List

Prospect Scouting Reports

Statistics

2021 Orioles Stats

2021 Orioles Minor League Stats

Baseball Savant Stats






  • Posts

    • That's a pretty broad brush to paint an entire generation. I just laid out all the reasons that makes UMD such an attractive job.  Seems like you're the one not paying attention. Gary Williams had MD as a top 10 program for over a decade.  It can surely be done again.
    • Then you aren’t paying attention. BTW, the players of today don’t care about the “storied history”. You ask kids nowadays and some of them don’t even know who Jordan was or how amazing he was.  If they don’t know MJ, they don’t know Bias, Lonnie Baxter and Juan Dixon.
    • I have said it..the advantages the school used to have just aren’t as big a deal anymore and the gap has been closed by other schools. I think MD could return to a top 25 job but I don’t think it is one now or even if  it is, it’s not definitive. The right coach can come in and potentially return the job to a higher status but right now, I don’t think so. Musselman could leave Arkansas.  Oates could leave.  I’d be surprised if Enfield left.  I’d be very surprised if Pearl left.  He’s not going to get better players at MD than he has gotten at Auburn and MD can’t pay…which is part of why the job isn’t as good.  
    • I don't disagree...any return will be a lottery ticket. 
    • Very interesting idea.  I'm guessing you'd have to pair him with a top notch recruiter.
    • They are not going to get a meaningful return for Trey. If they trade him before the season starts, it will be mainly a salary dump. If he has a good first half and they trade him at the deadline, they won’t get much back for him because of his limitations, and because the receiving team only have him for a couple of months. It is possible that Elias may be able to do some Effective horse trading and get an unusual return for Trey, but it remains to be seen whether Mike can do that kind of trading.
    • I'm glad to see him go. Sure he had some good to really good recruiting classes but his offensive scheme was terrible. It seemed they constantly went on scoring droughts regardless of talent level on team. And they always played down to competition or came out looking horrible in the first half and that's on coaching.  Not to mention the way they play offense is just incredibly boring to watch.
  • Popular Contributors

×
×
  • Create New...