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http://masnsports.com/2008/09/walk-this-wayand-that-way.html

The Orioles are sending catcher Wally Crancer, third baseman Tyler Henon and pitchers Tim Bascom, Sean Gleason, Cliff Flagello, Brian Parker and Chris Salberg, and pitching coach Blaine Beatty to the Hawaiian Winter League. They'll represent the West Oahu Canefires.

The O's should be sending Rowell, IMO.

The fact that they are sending Henson makes me believe that he will be in Frederick next season.

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where would henson play, you dont think rowell has earned a promotion?

You could try Henson at SS again, but Miclat might be there.

Henson could also move to the OF. Rowell could move to first, but it would be smart to avoid doing that if possible.

Rowell needs to start next year at Frederick, but if he has an .800+ OPS at the all-star break, I'd move him up.

The reason I said that this indicates Henson will play at Frederick next season is that the Hawaiian Winter League is regarded as being equivalent to A+ ball or even a little better.

So unless he really struggles, it wouldn't make sense to have him play there and then send him back to Delmarva.

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You could try Henson at SS again, but Miclat might be there.

Henson could also move to the OF. Rowell could move to first, but it would be smart to avoid doing that if possible.

Rowell needs to start next year at Frederick, but if he has an .800+ OPS at the all-star break, I'd move him up.

The reason I said that this indicates Henson will play at Frederick next season is that the Hawaiian Winter League is regarded as being equivalent to A+ ball or even a little better.

So unless he really struggles, it wouldn't make sense to have him play there and then send him back to Delmarva.

Can someone explain just what exactly is the premise behind Hawaiian Winter League ball? Is it a reward for a well played season? Is it just another opportunity to see some guys play because the O's still haven't figured out what these guys can do against A+ or better competition? A little of both?

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Can someone explain just what exactly is the premise behind Hawaiian Winter League ball? Is it a reward for a well played season? Is it just another opportunity to see some guys play because the O's still haven't figured out what these guys can do against A+ or better competition? A little of both?

I'd say a little of both.

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After the success they had with Snyder in the HWL… it is very dissapointing they are not sending Rowell there… I have been talking about it as a forgone conclusion since at least May… I thought getting the 1st round pick as many at-bats as possible against good competetion would be a priority…. Guess I was wrong.

He finished fairly well, perhaps, for confidence reasons they want him to build off that for next season and not send him to the HWL and have him flounder, just to start next spring with a bad taste in his mouth.

This is pure speculation on my part, and I'm not suggesting that its even valid, I'm really just fishing here because I can't think of any other reason they wouldn't be sending him. I really thought he would be going.

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You could try Henson at SS again, but Miclat might be there.

Henson could also move to the OF. Rowell could move to first, but it would be smart to avoid doing that if possible.

Rowell needs to start next year at Frederick, but if he has an .800+ OPS at the all-star break, I'd move him up.

The reason I said that this indicates Henson will play at Frederick next season is that the Hawaiian Winter League is regarded as being equivalent to A+ ball or even a little better.

So unless he really struggles, it wouldn't make sense to have him play there and then send him back to Delmarva.

Well said. I could definitely see Rowell moved to 1st - simply because of his lack of mobility.

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After the success they had with Snyder in the HWL… it is very dissapointing they are not sending Rowell there… I have been talking about it as a forgone conclusion since at least May… I thought getting the 1st round pick as many at-bats as possible against good competetion would be a priority…. Guess I was wrong.

But remember that once Snyder started poorly in Frederick, most people here forgot about what he did in the HWL and practically wrote him off as a prospect. Maybe they figure a long rest will help Rowell more in having a good start at Fredneck - or maybe they want him to stay in the area where they can keep a proverbial eye on him. 6 of 1, half a dozen of another.

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There could be lots of reasons why the O's decided not to send Rowell to Hawaii. Maybe they feel that at age 19, his season was long enough already. Or maybe they have other ideas of what he can do this offseason to improve himself.

Or they see Hawaii as a distraction for a young kid and that he's being sort of punished in some way. :scratchchinhmm:

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