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I disagree. A deep draft means you're getting good talent later in the first round, anyway. With what I've observed in Jordan's drafting style, I think he could do very well in the mid- to late-round picks. I think Baltimore's stated desire not to spend more than I guy is worth can somewhat handcuff you if there isn't someone like Matusz (talented and willing to sign) or Wieters (uber-talented enough to warrant a big over-slot bonus) available. I think the Orioles will have a good group to choose from next year, particularly if they improve a bit and are drafting in the 8-15 range.

You're right in that there will be plenty of talent, but that doesn't stop me from being greedy and wanting one of the top 5 talents instead of the 8-15th best.

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Stotle, what are your thoughts on lefty Cody Wheeler from Coastal Carolina, he'll be a Junior next year...just wondering if you had any info or thoughts on how he projects at the next level. Thanks

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Stotle, what are your thoughts on lefty Cody Wheeler from Coastal Carolina, he'll be a Junior next year...just wondering if you had any info or thoughts on how he projects at the next level. Thanks

I like Wheeler -- but have only see him pitch on film (was hoping he'd start on Saturday, but they bumped Gray up). From what I remember (correct me if I'm wrong) he's an upper-80s FB touching low-90s with a big curve and workable change-up. Good command. A little on the small side. Stuff could play as a mid-rotation ceiling, but durability concerns. I also think he made it through two regular seasons (FR and SO) without taking a loss, no? UNC was his first in regionals?

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I like Wheeler -- but have only see him pitch on film (was hoping he'd start on Saturday, but they bumped Gray up). From what I remember (correct me if I'm wrong) he's an upper-80s FB touching low-90s with a big curve and workable change-up. Good command. A little on the small side. Stuff could play as a mid-rotation ceiling, but durability concerns. I also think he made it through two regular seasons (FR and SO) without taking a loss, no? UNC was his first in regionals?

Everything you said sounds about right, his first collegiate loss was in the regionals against UNC this year. He also threw a no-hitter against a pretty good Hawaii team in Hawaii this year, I think he had about ten strikeouts that game. He did seem to wear down towards the end of both this season and last season though. If you do get a chance to see him pitch live, I'd like to hear what you have to say about him. Thanks!

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Everything you said sounds about right, his first collegiate loss was in the regionals against UNC this year. He also threw a no-hitter against a pretty good Hawaii team in Hawaii this year, I think he had about ten strikeouts that game. He did seem to wear down towards the end of both this season and last season though. If you do get a chance to see him pitch live, I'd like to hear what you have to say about him. Thanks!

Kolton Wong is a Hawai'i kid, and one of Wheeler's teammates on Team USA. I like his bat, but can't for the life of me figure out where he plays as a pro (small, thick build). I think it will be LF, but he'll need to show corner power -- might profile along the lines of a Travis Snider.

I will definitely see Wheeler, this upcoming spring -- not sure if it will be live or not.

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