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#1 BSLStephenCLoftus

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 02:34 PM

BSL: The Orioles and the 2020 MLB Draft

 

https://www.baltimor...2020-mlb-draft/


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Posted 03 February 2020 - 05:25 PM

BSL: The Orioles and the 2020 MLB Draft

https://www.baltimor...2020-mlb-draft/

Interesting Read!
Given the state of the current team, can we have all of the above? :-P

If I had confidence that ownership would spend on position talent, when it came time to try to win again, I would be all in on Hancock. That is still my lean, but Torkelson, Gonzalez and Martin would all be good targets given the lack of infield talent in the system.
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Posted 04 February 2020 - 12:53 PM

I would be very, very excited about Torkelson, Hancock, or Lacy. Maybe it's a flaw in my thinking, but it just doesn't feel great to me to spend the #2 overall pick on a slap hitting middle infielder, no matter how good their hit tool is. My mind immediately goes to guys like Dustin Ackley, and even if they do pan out, I just don't feel like those kinds of players are franchise-altering players.

Lacy concerns me a little bit because your breaking stuff doesn't have to be *that* good to get college players out. In the majors it isn't common for an ace to get there on the strength of his breaking pitches without a quality fastball to back it up. My mind goes to Brian Matusz. Obviously he could have that kind of stuff, but give me the guy with the best fastball if I have the choice.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 03:40 PM

Watching Emerson Hancock (Georgia) on ESPN + as I type this. He's the projected #1 pick on MLB Pipeline, and a lot of the mocks I see has Detroit taking the SS from Vanderbilt (Martin).

 

Hopefully we can get this kid.


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Posted 21 February 2020 - 03:54 PM

Watching Emerson Hancock (Georgia) on ESPN + as I type this. He's the projected #1 pick on MLB Pipeline, and a lot of the mocks I see has Detroit taking the SS from Vanderbilt (Martin).
 
Hopefully we can get this kid.


He apparently got rocked in his first outing?

I still prefer a college offensive player.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 04:16 PM

He apparently got rocked in his first outing?

I still prefer a college offensive player.


Velocity dipped from 95 to 90-93 in the middle innings. Got touched up but I don’t think much hard contact.

I agree I prefer an offensive player. A little less risk and I put some faith in our new pitching development system to find some gems further down in the draft.

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Posted 21 February 2020 - 04:57 PM

7 scoreless with 8 Ks today. Was sitting 94 in the 7th. Not sure if he’s done or not.

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Posted 26 February 2020 - 12:36 PM

After reading this article, I'm pretty sure that Torkelson walks on water. Sign me up!

 

https://www.detroitn...yer/4850662002/


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Posted 26 February 2020 - 02:09 PM

It's like taking a MLB or RB in the 1st round of the NFL.  You can do it and it can be a good pick, but you have to be right.  The player has to be every bit as good with the bat as you hope.  Because there is no margin for error.  There is no position conversion possible for a 1B, and you have to hit quite well to be a starter on even a bad team.

 

There aren't even many examples of 1B going in the top-5, I think mainly because if someone already has shown the limitations that force you to move to 1B before they are done with HS or college, that doesn't bode well.  The success rate for the guys (major small sample alert) that do still get taken that early is fine, though.  So if Torkelson is a consensus top-5 pick, there isn't necessarily a reason to shy away.  It's a catch-22, as 1B aren't worthy of being drafted high but if you draft them high they are just as likely to have success as any other position.

 

1B have gone #1 four times:  Adrian Gonzalez in 2000, Harold Baines in 1977, Dave Roberts in 1972, and Ron Blomberg in 1967.  Three times they've gone #2: Travis Lee in 1996, Will Clark in 1985, and Lloyd Moseby in 1978.  Once they've gone #3: Andrew Vaughn in 2019.  Once they've gone #4: Brandon McCay in 2017.  None have been drafted #5.  4 good to great picks in 7 shots (ignoring the recent picks as incomplete) is actually pretty solid success rate for those picks.


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