14 Responses

  1. DoubleB
    DoubleB July 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm |

    Is this the Orioles being “major players”? Or can we expect another signing. BA reported that the Orioles would be “major” players on the market this signing period.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan July 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm |

      We’ll have to wait and see.

  2. Avi M
    Avi M July 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm |

    The steroid thing… Is it serious or is he over it? Something to be concerned about?

  3. Jordan
    Jordan July 9, 2010 at 8:10 pm |

    According to the Sun:

    Last month, Baez [Veloz’s trainer] told Baseball America that the steroid use was unintentional because the drug came from an over-the-counter supplement that did not list it as one of the ingredients.

    Whether that’s true or not, who knows…

  4. Don
    Don July 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm |

    Winstrol is an overrated group of steriods that do not promote gains in strenght or size. Why they tend to use these types of steroids is put fat oxidation and water shredding into overdrive? It would not surprise me one bit to see it in over the counter supplements.

    My brother was flagged at the USC years ago for Deca-durabolin and it was linked to an approved over the counter supplement by the NCAA. So I always give player the benifit of the doubt.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan July 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm |

      That’s good to hear. There were a lot of problems with the DR kids this year. I think a bigger deal was made out of some of it than necessary.

  5. Don
    Don July 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm |

    This kid has “Bobby Bonilla Syndrome” in his earlier clip and he progressed nicely in line with the latest tape. His bat drops quick and nice arc through the zone. I tend to like those players with an ever so slight arc up.

    He has a soild load that is not over extended. You see a smooth transfer of weight in the lower half that really gets the hips out and through to attack the ball, while keeping his hands back and “loaded”. This is where true power is generated in every hitter.

    He has quick hands for his age and solid compact swing that gets through the zone in slight arc. His spine and head stay silent and twist along with his hips. The footwork could be slightly better, but I am picking on a 16 year old kid. He shows alot of power potential as he fills out.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan July 9, 2010 at 10:07 pm |

      Thanks Don, always enjoy reading your insight. What holes do you see? Do you see anything bad about his swing?

      1. Don
        Don July 10, 2010 at 10:27 am |

        He is a classic pull hitter and really wants to hurt the ball at this stage of his development. I saw the game situation hitting and he turned fairly well on a 2 seam fastball. If I were pitching to him, I would tend to keep it high and away and at all costs stay towards the left half of the plate. He should have issues with off-speed because he should rearly see a quality curve, slider, splitter from the ranks of 15-16 year old kids.

        Overall, It is splitting hairs on his flaws. He had a good teacher and without question he is one of the higher ranking international free agents who wpould be commanding more money without the cloud of drugs over his head.

  6. Don
    Don July 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm |

    When speaking of footwork, I was talking about in the field. He has a bit too much “happy feet” before planting for the throw.

  7. Steve
    Steve July 10, 2010 at 11:56 am |

    I coach little league baseball and run a baseball program for kids. I think it is a disgrace to sign a “child” who has tested positive for steriods. I guess we should just tell kids this is the best way to get to the majors. We cannot kid ourselves any longer. Athletes cheat so they can gain an edge. I cannot blame them because if they do no take them, many will not make it to the next level. But I think the Orioles and baseball management are unethical when they basically condone steriod use by not disqualifing any player who tests positive. My 15 year old son will read this and think, “Wow, he took steriods and still gets a big contract. So taking steriods can still help you get signed.” (my words not his)

    There are enough talented players in this country and abroad to not have to tolerate this behavior. Using “unintentional” as an excuse is pathetic. Look at Bonds, Palmero, Tehada, etc they all say unintentional. It’s time we just stop tolerating cheating and let the kids compete honestly. Our children deserve a fair chance. We must think about what lessons we are teaching with this signing.

    1. dave
      dave July 10, 2010 at 8:57 pm |

      who is to say it wasn’t unintentional? If it was an innocent mistake, give the kid a chance. You can’t just write him off and you have to give the benefit of the doubt sometimes.

      On a personal note, and maybe you could understand since you’re a coach, but when I played high school baseball I was part of a program called “Bigger,Stronger,Faster”. That’s where I was introduced to Creatine, then graduated to Androstenedione. Honestly, I didn’t know any better. I just saw the results of the other kids who were taking it and I wanted to keep up, so I took it too. I was satisfied with the results then, but now I regret it because it caused me to have early HBP. My point is, if he learned from his mistake, everyone deserves a second chance. In my case, I didn’t think I was a cheater, because how is it cheating when everyone around you is doing it? I wouldn’t do it now because I’m 28 years old and I know better. It was condoned then, even the coaches knew about it. It was an ignorant time.

      I’m not trying to make excuses for the kid, I’m just trying to give a different perspective. Can you relate?

      1. Steve
        Steve July 12, 2010 at 10:43 am |

        Yes Dave, I can relate to what you were saying. I am not judging athletes who take steriods. I used to be in body building in the 70s and steriods were all over the place. And I realize some people say you can use steriods properly and not be harmed. So if people want to use them, it is their bodies, they know the risks. But what I am trying to say here is as a sports advocate, you either support the use of steriods or you strongly prohibit its use. You cannot do both. If baseball wants to allow the use of steriods(properly), then so be it. But to say it is illegal, and then turn around and allow players to play who have been caught, is sending a mixed message. The only players in this scenario who benefit are the cheaters because the honest ones will not take them, and their careers will be left behind those who do take them. Imagine all the kids out there who are playing baseball and want to be a prospect but can’t because they are being overlooked by athletes using steriods.

        In my case, I was a competitive player, but not a great one. Steriods might have helped me further my career, but I would not take them because I was not willing to risk it, and it was illegal and I did not want to be labelled a cheater. So I am not judging here, all I am saying is let’s get rid if this behaviour by blocking anyone who takes it, or at least give them a lengthy suspension. I just want all kids to have a fair and honest chance at being a prospect.

  8. Brian
    Brian July 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm |

    don’t like the Steroid thing, esp b/c he is 16 he could have been using when he was even younger… ppl from DR love that stuff it seems