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My preferred picks if I were Jordan:


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1. Alvarez- would be my first choice. He has the best bat and highest ceiling. One NL scout said he could end up being a Pujols type hitter. I suspect he'll be long gone by the time we pick.

2. Crow- The O's are painfully thin in bats for their entire organization, but I wouldn't be able to pass up Crow if Alvarez was gone and Crow was still available. He's lights out. A true #1 Ace. Assuming he stays healthy, he's easily the best pitcher in the draft. Untouchable.

3. If Alvarez and Crow are gone, it gets a little trickier to decide who to take. I would go with Tim Beckham. It would be a while before drafting him would pay off, but the sky is the limit with his tools and upside. And we desperately need a shortstop who can hit.

4. If Alvarez, Crow, and Beckham are gone, I'd probably go with Smoak next. He is a switch hitter with power, and he's polished. His lack of power so far has been a little surprising, but I get the feeling he's being pitched around.

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I feel the same way. Alverez is the first choice because a top flite hitter is the most pressing need throughout the entire organization, but IF Crow were there you'd really have to consider him because the O's have said that they'll pay top dollar for FA hitters, but not pitchers. IMO there is not a true #1 in the organization. He'd immediately be dubbed the potential Ace of the staff and help to increase the breadth of quality arms in the system.

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Personally, I think there's no way Crow gets past Kansas City, but I'd love for him too.

I think Alvarez, Hosmer and Matusz all fall to the O's. The Rays have a knack for avoiding Boras and the Pirates are... well, the Pirates. Supposedly, the fresh blood in the front office is going to right the ship, but I'll believe that when I see it.

Now, whether or not Jordan drafts them (depending on how MacPhail feels about Boras representing the first two) is another story.

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Personally, I think there's no way Crow gets past Kansas City, but I'd love for him too.

I think Alvarez, Hosmer and Matusz all fall to the O's. The Rays have a knack for avoiding Boras and the Pirates are... well, the Pirates. Supposedly, the fresh blood in the front office is going to right the ship, but I'll believe that when I see it.

Now, whether or not Jordan drafts them (depending on how MacPhail feels about Boras representing the first two) is another story.

I think your right, and I hope there is no way we pass up Alvarez, he is simply too good a prospect to pass at # 4.

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1. Alvarez- would be my first choice. He has the best bat and highest ceiling. One NL scout said he could end up being a Pujols type hitter. I suspect he'll be long gone by the time we pick.

2. Crow- The O's are painfully thin in bats for their entire organization, but I wouldn't be able to pass up Crow if Alvarez was gone and Crow was still available. He's lights out. A true #1 Ace. Assuming he stays healthy, he's easily the best pitcher in the draft. Untouchable.

3. If Alvarez and Crow are gone, it gets a little trickier to decide who to take. I would go with Tim Beckham. It would be a while before drafting him would pay off, but the sky is the limit with his tools and upside. And we desperately need a shortstop who can hit.

4. If Alvarez, Crow, and Beckham are gone, I'd probably go with Smoak next. He is a switch hitter with power, and he's polished. His lack of power so far has been a little surprising, but I get the feeling he's being pitched around.

Good Post.

I agree with all 4 - with the caveat that a hot hitting Hosmer could overtake a cooling Smoak by June.

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Given the leaked demands from Boras for Alvarez I think there is no way Nutting allows the new FO to draft him. I think the Pirates will draft smarter, (Huntington and Coonelly come from good organizations) but I still think they will have the same financial restrictions put on them as before.

If you think Angelos is bad, imagine an Angelosian owner who won't pony up the dough.

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