That’s complete malarkey. But as I said, AR isn’t anything except potential. It is illogical to give a grade on how our catching situation is right now, completely based on a potential that is two years away.
Their ranking in HBP actually went down from 2018-19 to 2020.
It's like Bob Gibson, you know, the guy who hit every 4th batter just for intimidation? John Means hit waaaaaaaaay more batters per PA this year than Gibson ever did.
HBP rhetoric almost always is far worse than reality.
The Diamondbacks have this guy Tim Locastro who is almost as fast as Billy Hamilton, can't really hit, but has managed to get himself HBP 27 times in 347 career PA.
In terms of Adley's ascent to All-Star teams and pushing the Orioles towards the top of that chart, Realmuto and Grandal kind of seem like the two daring anyone else to get by. The grades do seem high in this series - I'm not sure if System means Farm only, or including the major league level.
I don't think we have any one player that terrorizes another team the way Grichuk does to us and Gleyber did in 2019.
On a related note, I can't stand it when I see something in writing like "The newly acquired Johnny Ballgame, who loves hitting in Camden Yards will be a great fit for the Orioles..."
Yeah, dip****, Camden Yards might have a little to do with it, but the fact that he's been FACING ORIOLES PITCHING WHICH HAS LARGELY BEEN CRAP FOR 20+ YEARS HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IT.