Don wrote:While he has issues framing, footwork movement a bit early, way he retracts the glove, and other minor issues, he has the athletic ability to iron them out with better instruction, or an instructor that is able to get through to him.
As with teachers, one may have the ability to reach to one kid and not the other, but if you went down the hall it could be the exact opposite. All it takes is one voice and maybe he can turn the corner.
Unfortunately there are multiple catchers that could easily jump him this spring. He was invited as a replacement over other because the Orioles want to get him additional work and the chance to get more instructors to get a look and see if they can iron out the wrinkles.
I get the Orioles fairly hard on the PD side because of the lack of instructors, not the ones in place. There are a few that do a very good job, but they need a handful more roving pitching instructors, hitting instructors, fielding instructors all preaching the same things, not everyone responds to the same people. If you double your staff or even add a 1/4 to the total, it increases the chances that 5 more prospects that have a better shot of reaching their potential.
Well put and it might work out for him. The O's development system has left a lot to be desired but , hopefully, that will change. Roving instructors are something that is sorely needed, especially roving pitching instructors.