Hicks and Frazier should not be lumped together, but I don’t see how either of them should be left off the playoff roster. Hicks has been outstanding with the O’s. In just over 1/3 of a full season (58 games 211 PAs) he has hit .293/.389/.453/.842 witch is good for a OPS+ of 135. Frazier hasn’t been great, but he’s still posted a 1.7 rWAR, has some position flexibility, and probably has the best contact skills on the team. I get not wanting Frazier to start so much and I also understand that the O’s may have been better off with Joey Ortiz, but its tough to argue with the I’s success.
It saddens me that we are going to the playoffs with Hicks and Frazier on the roster when we have better players available. I suspect there will be a thread just like this lamenting a playoff loss. Do not understand Elias not going all in on this team, not at the trade deadline and not with the playoff roster.
You guys are all too wrapped up in the pick thing.
There is zero chance, outside of a string of injuries or really awful play, that he is held back so he has rookie status in 2025.
I guess the one scenario that could cause them to hold back is if the team sucks next year. If they start off terribly and are essentially out of the race by early May, maybe that causes them to hold him back.
But really, outside of injuries, those 2 scenarios are pretty far fetched.
You just have to pay attention to how they are developing him. They didn’t push him this quickly through the minors to make him have 600 at bats at that level. It’s just not happening. It’s completely illogical.
I don’t think anyone in the minors is ahead of him. The only guy that I would consider in front of Holliday is Gunnar. Of course that changes somewhat if/when they move one of them, which I believe they will do and it will be Holliday who they move.
There is no better option and as we saw with Gunnar at the start of this year, if they consider Holliday one of the best 13 position players, he will be on the roster.