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So, before the season start,who do you want the O's to take?


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Lots of great guys to choose from. Obviously, we'll see once the season begins how these guys do. Some will get hurt, some won't perform up to expectations, some will see their stock skyrocket upwards...

I think Rendon will be long gone by the time the O's pick. So I'll exclude him from discussion.

I think the O's will take a pitcher- I suspect a high school one, (even if the Hobgood pick might have blown up on us).

I think they will go with either Bundy or Norris.

Darkhorse candidate- OF George Springer.

Personally, I like Gerritt Cole a lot. But I think he'll go top 4.

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In order, I would want Cole, Purke or Rendon. However, since the O's pick fourth, I doubt any of them will be available.

I don't have any specific names, but I'm in the camp that, as of now, would want a pitcher. If a stud first baseman emerges later, I'd probably want him(assuming the three I named are gone).

I would like to see the O's take college players in the first few rounds. I think they are of more known quality and may be able to be fast-tracked to the majors. The O's still have some holes to fill on the big league roster and I'd like them to fill that roster with quality players as soon as possible. Once they do that, they can afford to draft some good high school players that can be given some time to develop(hopefully).

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Either an upper echelon college arm or upper echelon college position player. I prefer the position player but would be happy with the arm.

If there is some ridiculously talented(Beckett type guy) HS player out there, I would consider it but would prefer to go the college route.

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Do any of the teams above us have comp picks? If so, they might want to limit their financial committment at the top of the draft so they can still get a bigger talent in the comp round. Theoretically, that could result in either one of Cole/Rendon/Purke "falling" to #4.

Just a theory.

I want Rendon or a stud college pitcher whose arrival time would be similar to Matusz's. Not that I'd mind a stud college fielder aside from Rendon.

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Do any of the teams above us have comp picks? If so, they might want to limit their financial committment at the top of the draft so they can still get a bigger talent in the comp round. Theoretically, that could result in either one of Cole/Rendon/Purke "falling" to #4.

Just a theory.

I want Rendon or a stud college pitcher whose arrival time would be similar to Matusz's. Not that I'd mind a stud college fielder aside from Rendon.

With Springer apparently being a top 4 or so talent, I could definitely imagine a few scenarios which would push Cole or Purke down to us. Another thing to think about is that there is a very good chance another name or 2 will come into the mix considering the level of talent at the top of this draft. For example, if Barnes continues to put it all together and continues to improve the curve and changeup, I could certainly imagine taking him over Purke even.....

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With Springer apparently being a top 4 or so talent, I could definitely imagine a few scenarios which would push Cole or Purke down to us. Another thing to think about is that there is a very good chance another name or 2 will come into the mix considering the level of talent at the top of this draft. For example, if Barnes continues to put it all together and continues to improve the curve and changeup, I could certainly imagine taking him over Purke even.....

I think Springer is a ways off from being a top 5 lock. He has a lot of non-believers, and their concerns are understandable. Question of draft philosophy and if the teams ahead of BAL think his profile is the type you grab with a top 5 pick.

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I think Springer is a ways off from being a top 5 lock. He has a lot of non-believers, and their concerns are understandable. Question of draft philosophy and if the teams ahead of BAL think his profile is the type you grab with a top 5 pick.

Yeah I kinda see him as more of a mid-first kinda guy, maybe in the 10-15 range. I think the real question is what teams above us don't want to meet the signing demands of the top 5 picks, and in turn, are we going to pony up for the top talent or not?

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