Don wrote:Jordan....I think I said something earlier that a lot of the pressure points that McPhail put out at the conference was absurb and un-founded as well. With that being said, I cannot sit and say the Orioles should give out the 5.5 million and 3 plus million bonuses to sign the featured players from the DPL. I want to see them go after players, but I really do not feel anyone from this class ranks in the top 10. A great deal of last first and sandwhich types from this class would justify the 1.5 to 600k range.
Some of this also sits on the shoulders of Dave Stockstill, who I know is not a guy that the Orioles fans like one bit. He ranks them, he leads the scouting efforts on the international front, and he makes the final call to Andy. Andy is only good as the directors and the directors are only as good as thier crosscheckers and area guys. I think some of the blame has not hit his shoulders and it rightfully should as well.
A_K wrote:To be fair, Badler did say that he agrees with a lot of McPhail's concerns over the guys who get the big signing bonuses, and also said that teams have behaved irrationally so far this year. His primary take seemed to be, "McPhail's concerns are well-founded, but he should offer more of the conservative contracts that are the majority of their international signings." He had good things to say about Eduardo Rodriguez, for instance.
Don wrote:They already have an academy and share it with the Brewers organization. They have hosted a number of guys to workout and game showcases, but those are few and far between. The Orioles have extensive background work, but do not have the larger scale of personal or resources to have the better players come in for two weeks of games into their facility.
Don wrote:I agree with McPhail that game action is required to properly evaluate, but that is not the only aspect they need to scout. I want to hear the ball off the bat in the cage. These kids are using wood and you can tell a great deal of things with the sound off the bat. You want to see if it is prolonged. You see what you can work with from the cage. I like see routine practices, does the kid take them seriously. does he charge in every opportunity, does the prospect have repetitive footwork practice.
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