Don wrote:There is always the chance that someone could fall in the laps, but both have been under a microscope for almost a year now. If those three teams simply ignore Rendon and Cole and allow the Orioles the chance to select either one, it simpl goes to show you that this system still does not draft on talent and drafts on dollar figures.
Rendon can drop because teams fear injuries and failing to comeback 100%. This is crazy talk because Rendon was a better hitter than Bryce Harper last season and would have easily went off number 1 in my opinion. Rendon is a dual threat for contact and power. Once his ankle fully responds next season, he should be a quick jump to the majors.
1. Rendon could be passed because of Pedro Alverez, but one of the two will not stick at third and both have the pop to stay at first. I feel Cole is a better prospect and if the Pirates passed on him for Rendon I would hold no arguments because in August of last year he was by far the best talent on the field and this injury should not hurt him long term.
2. Mariners can use his bat to build up their system and give its' fans some hope of a quick rising position player. He should be locked into this team, but do they fear the inury. Teams have done worse with less information.
3. Diamondbacks want arms, but they play in the NL West. You can get away without simply strike out and fly ball guys, which tend to be graded down by teams. Teams perfer down in the zone types, but high ball pitchers can get away with more because they play in Petco, Chavez, PNC for a nice chunk of games. Diamondbacks have a few nice corner players and could pass on Rendon, but Owings is their only legitmate fielder at short. Matt Davidson, while a good hitter, should be moved to the outfield overtime. Gaping hole at third could be filled with Rendon. They could easily get a quality pitcher at 7, but no bat like Rendon at the corner.
Don wrote:Here is a quick question for the fans
Would you rather have a guy that could quickly make a major league roster within 2 years that would at least be a slightly above service major league player with a great chance to at least be on a team for a few seasons?
Would you take a guy with more projection than polish that could be a lighting in the bottle type major league player?
It's a great question. I'll take the lightning in a bottle guy. That said however, it seems to me that these are the guys that can be found sliding down the draft board (for money or other question marks). To me, in the first round, and more specifically at the top of the first round, you've got to be hitting on "can't miss" (I know there is no such thing) type guys.
Best examples from last draft were (in my opinion) Ranaudo at 39 by the Red Sox and AJ Cole leading off round 4 by the Nats. That's the kind of thing I'd like to see the O's pull off this year.
With regards to this draft, I think the projected players are solid enough to be at least serviceable players in a reduced role, but could be staples for the team for a decade.
Rising O's wrote:I fear the Orioles lack of upper level pitching talent will ultimately decide which pitcher to take. While I'm okay with finding a fast moving arm, in this particular draft I feel they need to choose the guy with the most upside. Mostly due to the fact that the AL East has far too many picks to compete with coupled with our non-presence internationally.
Danny Hultzen seems like a poor man's Brian Matusz. For the right team he makes sense, but not for us.
Jed Bradley has shot up boards but has he really gotten that much better? The upside is higher than Hultzen's but are a very good Cape stint and a solid junior season enough?
Don wrote:My friend just got back to me a short while ago. He was scouting Bradley and said that he was touching 94 with ease and was able to kick it up to 96 on his gun. He showed alot of what we have being seeing all spring. I do not see him out of the top 5 players on my board and feel it is between him and Bundy for the number 4 pick, at least in my mind, with Starling being the only other option to select.
Hopefully Starling can get out of the trainers room and get back on the field.
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