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Jim Callis comments on the O's lack of prospects in the league top 20's


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Some thoughts:

-- If $9 mil is not keeping up, what do we need to spend??

-- Has Callis looked at our Major League roster of late. We probably had a half dozen guys who were forced fed to the major league level. We lost close to a 100 games for a reason.

-- As Tony pointed out, we had a lot of guys hurt this season in the system and that greatly skewed things.

-- We'll find out how good Tampa is when they have to fill LF, 1B and Closer with a $20 mil cut in payroll. Good luck to that!! They will have to deal pitching and lots of its to stay on pace.

-- Machado aside, what are the good things about our system Mr. Callis?? I think overall this was a pretty shallow exercise on his part filled with lots of love for the Red Sox and their overrated blown farm system:)

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Some thoughts:

-- If $9 mil is not keeping up, what do we need to spend??

To me the template is the '09 draft after the first round. Pick, and pay, the BPA in the first round then follow the '09 formula. Of course the '09 overslot kids are not looking great ATM but thats the risk you need to take when dealing with the Sox and Yanks.

Also spend more resources on the international market.

Edit-Also no more giving up draft picks for relief pitchers.

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I think Melewski has been reading the board here:

I saw that some fans on message boards were upset with Jim Callis' comments about Joe Mahoney.

To remind you, Baseball America's Callis said of Mahoney:

"A lot of times the teams' minor league player of the year is the guy that performed the best and not the best prospect. He is not a blue-chip, cornerstone type of prospect. He is a 23-year-old guy that spent half the season at High A and he got to Double-A and performed well.

"He had a nice year, but I don't think scouts are projecting him as a .300 hitter with plus power, like he did this year. He hit 18 home runs, which is a nice year, but you don't see him as guy that will hit 25 in the Majors. He is not a top prospect."

In my mind, Callis said nothing wrong and was not disrespectful of Mahoney in any way.

There is no reason for Callis to have a bias against Mahoney or the Orioles. It's his business to express opinions about young players and he is so well known and respected because he gets a lot right.

http://www.masnsports.com/steve_melewski/2010/10/monday-quick-takes-1.html

There's a bit more, which I omitted.

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