21 Responses

  1. Avi M
    Avi M June 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm |

    Uh oh. When our top two RHSP prospects are Erbe and Hobgood, we know there’s a problem. Erbe will not make it as a starter (should have been converted to bullpen already in my opinion) and Hobgood is still light years away.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm |

      Why won’t Erbe make it as a starter? What has he done that makes you think that? Erbe has performed well at every level (besides this year), and has continued to make improvements, every year.

      We have graduated Bergesen, Herndandez, Berken, Arrieta and Tillman to the big leagues in the last year, it’s not as bad as it looks.

      Hobgood would be a top 2 RHP prospect in most systems, there’s nothing wrong with him being our #2 RHP prospect. And he’s not light years away, he’s just as far away as an HS pitcher would be, if not further ahead.

      1. Don
        Don July 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm |

        Sorry I did not see this early, but to make even a strong point for Jordan.

        You keep all of your best arms as starters in the minors over hell or high water. You want to allow every “prospect” pitcher make it through every level until he no longer can be seen as a stater. You can easily turn pitchers into bullpen guys in the majors, see Jason Berken as this years example. You can never make that switch back as Joba Chamberlain cannot get back into gear and why Mets scouts are fearful that Jeremy Mejhi will eventually get hurt.

  2. Doug in DE
    Doug in DE June 27, 2010 at 8:27 pm |

    I cant wait to see what Ryan Berry does over the next couple years. He’s quickly becoming one of my fav’s. Excited about Beal’s season as well

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm |

      Agreed, my only concern was his health, and he’s stayed healthy. As long as his arm stays in good shape he’ll look like a definite steal in the 9th round.

  3. DoubleB
    DoubleB June 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm |

    If Townsend finishes the season strong, could you see him above Snyder at the end of the year?

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm |

      Possibly, really depends on how Snyder plays when he returns.

  4. Chris
    Chris June 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm |

    I know most people would not agree with me but I think that we have maybe the third best farm system in baseball. I think our minor league hitting prospects are a lot better than most people do. Got to see Bell and Snyder in person. Snyder really swung great and had a good feel for first base.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm |

      I think there is a lot of potential, and next year we could really rise to the top with position prospects. If Avery and Hoes have big years at Bowie they could easily become top 75 prospects in all of baseball. You are right, our system isn’t as bad as it looks. Mahoney has had a really good year and to me, is starting to look like a true 1B prospects, I’d like to see him cut down the Ks a bit.

      What did you think of Bell? Snyder has one of the best swings I’ve seen, very smooth, short and compact. I’m still confused by his struggles.

      1. Chris
        Chris June 28, 2010 at 8:27 am |

        Bell did not look as good. Though, this was early in the season when he was hitting around .180.

  5. Todd
    Todd June 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm |

    Are any of the middle infielders even remotely ready to come up? I don’t know that anyone is going to come calling for him, but if Izzy gets traded…is there anyone ready to bring up, or are we going to be resigned to Lugo filling in?

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm |

      It looked like Pedro Florimon was fairly close, as he was added to the 40 man roster before the season started. He had always struggled with the bat but he showed some positive signs with Frederick last season. But now he looks lost at the plate and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him come off the 40 man soon.

      We have a few options if Izturis gets traded, but that’s highly unlikely. Scott Moore has played SS before, and Wade Davis is very good defensively (AAA), but not great with the bat. Of course there is Andino, but that’s about it. We don’t have anyone who is going to step in and wow you.

  6. Tim
    Tim June 28, 2010 at 12:51 am |

    Wow, guessing you are taking age heavily into account, as it cannot be based on talent. It’s time to stop the Pedro Florimon experiment. In four years he has only hit above .225 once. Rosa can’t field to save his live. I’ll take Givens then Miclat. At 1B, I love Townsend, but he needs more AB to rate ahead of Mahoney, who is tearing up the CAR League. At C Tanner Murphy has one AB, I’ll take the defense Bernardo brings (throwing out 53% of runners). I’ll take Dowdy ahead of Brandhorst and Landry.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 28, 2010 at 8:29 am |

      I’m willing to give Florimon some more time, as he showed improvement last season on offense. Rosa has all the tools to become a good defender at third base, which is where I believe he will eventually end up.

      Townsend vs. Mahoney, that was a mistake on my part. Bernardo cannot hit and will never touch a major league roster.

      Why would you take Dowdy over Brandhorst or Landry?

      1. Tim
        Tim June 29, 2010 at 12:11 am |

        Haven’t seen enough of Landry to give a thumbs down, although Phelps, who came up at the same time has been lights out. When I watch Brandhorst he seems to lack confidence in mixing up his pitches. Dowdy, on the other hand comes out with the attitude of blowing you away (without being overpowering. I think the number bear this out. Dowdy 1.14 ERA, 23.2 innings, 3 earned runs, 4:1 K/BB ratio. Brandhorst 3.54 ERA, 28 innings, 11 earned runs, 3:1 K/BB ratio. I guess for me it boils down to attitude. I like that in players a lot and think this franchise needs more of it. (sorry for rambling)

        1. Jordan
          Jordan June 29, 2010 at 12:27 am |

          No problem.

          I saw Landry and Dowdy pitch on the same day and like you said, Dowdy was very aggressive, but so was Landry. He’s an intimidating presence on the mound, Brandon Cooney like, to some degree.

  7. Don I
    Don I August 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm |

    It’s a shame Lebron is hurt. Saw him at Bowie in ’09, when he warmed up you could hear the glove pop and I was in the ‘cheap seats’. Plus he appeared to have a good change and is lefthanded to boot. Healthy he may have been called up when Ohlman was traded – any word on his recovery??

    1. Jordan
      Jordan August 15, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  8. Don I
    Don I August 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm |

    Checked finding Lebron is righthanded, my mistake, maybe wishfull thinking since
    lefthanded relief has been such a debacle for O’s??

  9. Don I
    Don I August 15, 2010 at 8:18 pm |

    Thanks on Lebron update — shame he loses a year, had electric stuff.
    Caught a Bowie game this week – what a contrast from just 2 yrs ago when I felt they had NO position players of note. Now with Avery, Adams, Mahoney, Joseph, Miclat et al they’re fun to watch.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan August 16, 2010 at 10:41 am |

      No problem. Mahoney and Adams have been on fire as of late, and suddenly our lack of infield prospects is getting strong:

      Mahoney, Adams, Machado, Narron, Schoop, Leonora, Miclat, Hoes