I’ve noticed Hector Veloz is back with Aberdeen for I believe his third season, I’m somewhat disappointed. What gives?
Hector has certainly seen his time at Aberdeen. While I probably would not agree with his placement in the NYPL for a third season, I completely understand it. I go back to my report written over on Baseball Prospectus. Nothing has changed, and the hit tool is still a huge detriment on his game. I have seen him three times now, and he has been fooled heavily by sliders and curveballs. The raw power is plus-plus, and when he hits the ball it goes far. However, he just does not hit the ball enough and it really won’t matter whether he plays at Aberdeen or Delmarva until he makes some adjustments. I will say this, the defense has definitely improved since last year, both at first and third base.
- Tucker Blair
Aberdeen is 1-15. Is this the worst team in baseball?
Yes, they are. The record tells us a lot. However, they do not have much talent anyways. After seeing the team for a week, the college class is not impressive unlike last season where they had Mike Yastrzemski and company. I would personally write most of the draft class as organization players. However, there are definitely intriguing players on the team, such as recently added Nigel Nootbaar and Tanner Chleborad. Alex Murphy and Jonah Heim are prospects as well. In reality, the only thing I care about is the development of these prospects. If Aberdeen does not win another game all year, it would be fine as long as these prospects developed.
- Tucker Blair
Heim or Murphy? Who is better
Murphy is the more advanced prospect, with better tools at this current time. However, Heim is the prospect with the most projection and growth left. Heim is the superior defensive catcher, and I registered a 1.90 pop time on him this weekend. That’s a plus arm. Murphy is hitting well, but I have seen him exposed at times on sliders. Both are good prospects, but give me Heim right now until I see more. Here is some video on Murphy:
- Tucker Blair
Over the last 30 days, the O’s are 24th in innings pitched by the rotation. However, over the last two weeks they have jumped up to 11th overall in innings pitched. Do you think this is a trend that will stick? Or are we just seeing a good stretch from an inconsistent bunch?
It certainly has been a solid stretch of success for the Orioles starters over the past 2-3 weeks. The bullpen is not getting taxed as much and the pitching staff has stabilized a bit. This is an unusually good run of success that I would not expect to continue for the rest of the season. However, Bud Norris and Wei-Yin Chen are better pitchers than they were last year and that is certainly fueling the recent successes from the pitching staff. On top of that Kevin Gausman has looked fantastic and has been able to put up some decent innings. If Tillman and Jimenez can find some consistency, the rotation could end up being solid. Yet, that may be too much to ask from either of them at this point.
- Alex Conway