The team at the top of the draft has the best opportunity
The team at the top of the draft has the best opportunityin Sprachpolitik 28.05.2019 05:12
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It’s never too early to start talking about the draft Randy Jones Jersey , especially since the Orioles have the number one pick."As a “reward” for being the worst team in MLB last season, the Orioles will make the first overall selection in June’s draft. It’s a big deal. Every team wants to find a franchise building block with their first-round pick. to do that, and the Orioles desperately need to add a transcendent talent (or two) to their organization.Mike Elias, the Orioles new general manager, has made his reputation through the draft. He spent time as a scout with the St. Louis Cardinals before becoming the director of amateur scouting with the Houston Astros and overseeing several drafts in which he picked Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers Jr. and Alex Bregman, among others.Elias, along with his right-hand man Sig Mejdal, knows as well as anyone that the MLB draft is an imperfect science. For every Correa there is also a Brady Aiken or a Mark Appel, two players that the Astros selected first overall under Elias’s supervision that can fairly be classified as “busts” to this point. Aiken did not sign with Houston following an unfavorable post-draft MRI, and Appel retired from professional baseball prior to the 2018 season without ever reaching the majors. Both Aiken and Appel were highly-regarded amateurs that few were surprised to see selected first overall, and yet they didn’t pan out.The consensus top prospect entering the 2019 draft is Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman. FanGraphs thinks so, as does MLB Pipeline, and ESPN’s Keith Law. The junior backstop has scouts drooling over his switch-hitting power, rifle arm and steady work behind the plate. Hitting .408/.505/.628 with nine home runs and 22 doubles over 67 games for the eventual NCAA champions a year ago doesn’t hurt either. He’s been even better in 2019, sporting a .375/.565/.875 slash line with five home runs in OSU’s first 10 games of the year.Rutschman has received comparisons to Matt Wieters, another switch-hitting college catcher from a big program (Georgia Tech). Wieters may not have turned into the Hall of Famer that Orioles fans hoped for after the team selected him fifth overall in 2007 http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , but he had an impressive career in Baltimore nonetheless. Over parts of eight seasons, Wieters was named to four all-star games and won two Gold Gloves. If the O’s received a similar career from Rutschman they would not be disappointed.I mean, look at this guy. What’s not to like?College hitters at the top of the draft are safe bets to become steady major leaguers at the very least. Take the 2015 draft for example. The college hitters taken in the top 10 of that draft were Dansby Swanson, Bregman, Andrew Benintendi and Ian Happ. All of them have already established themselves in the show less than four years after being picked.The other side of that argument is that college hitters lack the “upside” of their high school counterparts. You get what you see from the college bunch, whereas teams can dream about how good a teenager they draft may end up being. Many of the league’s best hitters were plucked straight from high school: Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, & Mike Trout to name a few. [Editor’s note: this section previously listed Kris Bryant as a high school player when he was drafted. User BUp22 correctly noted that Bryant was actually drafted out of the University of San Diego. This has been corrected.]However, this year’s batch of prep stars lacks the star power of past drafts. The high school names that keep popping up as potential options for the Orioles at number one are shortstops C.J. Abrams and Bobby Witt, Jr. with a distant chance given to outfielders Corbin Carroll and Riley Greene.FanGraphs gives all four of those players a future value of 50 on the 20-80 scouting scale. According to FanGraphs themselves, that would grade them as “average everyday players” with a projected yearly fWAR of 1.6 to 2.4. Rutschman, on the other hand, was given a future value of 60, making him a potential all-star that could accumulate 3.4 to 4.9 WAR per year. The Oregon State catcher is the only FanGraphs 60 in the entire draft and has clearly separated himself from the field in the minds of many scouts.Of course, this is all projection. Every draft sees a couple of players outplay their projection. Abrams or Witt, Jr. or someone else entirely may prove to be the best talent available. Mike Trout wasn’t selected until 25th overall back in 2009. Something similar could happen here.But Rutschman is as close to a sure thing as a front office could hope for in the draft. He would immediately become the club’s top prospect and one of the best catching prospects in all of the minor leagues. As a college hitter, the only realistic thing that could prevent him from getting to the big leagues would be injury Wil Myers Jersey , which is a concern for any player.The new front office’s strategy is plain to see. They plan to devote as little money as possible to the big league payroll for now while investing in scouting and player development. The hope is that this will result in a few high draft picks in a row. Those picks will then fight through the minors together and emerge in Baltimore at roughly the same time, ready to take back the AL East. In a word: Tanking.But that strategy can only work if enough good players arrive on the scene at similar times. Rutschman won’t need much minor league seasoning. If he is the pick, he could be in the majors by 2021, and the Orioles will want to start winning shortly thereafter. Could a core of Rutschman, Yusniel Diaz, Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays return the Birds to relevancy? That’s up to Elias and his team to decide. If not, they may prefer to select a high schooler, but that could indicate a much longer rebuild than some Birdland faithful will want to endure. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Farhan Zaidi understands the intrigue that stems from his unique baseball path: from the small-budget Oakland Athletics to the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers and back to the Bay Area to join the rival Giants.San Francisco’s new front-office whiz plans to incorporate plenty from the franchise’s rich tradition by leaning on some of the entrenched baseball minds behind its success this decade, even if there are varying ideas about how to get the Giants back into playoff contention.“It’s a convenient narrative to see this as kind of a clash of schools of thought. I just don’t see it that way at all,” the MIT-educated Zaidi said of mixing his analytics expertise with the old-school practices of veteran executive Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. “Obviously we didn’t get to these points in our career the same way or in a similar way, but I think that’s part of the beauty of the game, how we all wind up together and then pulling toward a common goal.”Following four years as general manager of the Dodgers, Zaidi received a five-year contract to become Giants president of baseball operations Tuesday. He was formally introduced Wednesday at AT&T Park, then headed back to Southern California and the GM meetings in Carlsbad. He’ll join up with San Francisco’s front office on site — a trip Zaidi figures will bring some “normalcy” back to his life after a whirlwind few days switching organizations.Giants CEO Larry Baer and Zaidi first met Friday for a planned two-hour session that carried on for 6 1/2 hours. Zaidi on Wednesday thanked the Dodgers for allowing him to pursue an opportunity with their NL West rival, saying “I’m incredibly gracious.”Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, said it would be fun competing against Zaidi.At the GM meetings Rickey Henderson Jersey , Friedman said the Dodgers would miss Zaidi’s “creativity, work ethic, ability to connect with people. He’s extremely talented and somebody who’s obviously made a huge impact for us the last four years.”Friedman said he and Zaidi had conversations about the Giants’ job during the last week. “I kept telling him, obviously I’m biased but I’m trying to do everything I could to support him and be a sounding board and set my bias to the side.”The Dodgers didn’t try to lure Zaidi back, Friedman said. “No, I mean that was the point. If this was something he wanted to pursue we were going to support him.”The next step for Zaidi is hiring a general manager and a farm director, something he hopes to do soon if the right candidate emerges.It’ll be a new direction for a franchise that won World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14.Zaidi’s Dodgers reached the World Series the past two years without winning.“The response was just total heartbreak, I guess. I don’t know how else you say it,” he said.Zaidi will spend the coming months learning more about a franchise he’s watched closely for decades. He has already exchanged text messages with some core players, and he plans to visit a few this offseason. Zaidi’s first baseball game came at Candlestick Park in 1987, so this feels like coming “full circle.”Zaidi earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from MIT in 1998 and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2011. He spent 10 years with the A’s before joining Los Angeles.“It was quite compelling the way Farhan was able to put together winning franchises throughout,” Baer said, noting he hopes Zaidi will lead the club decades into the future.San Francisco went 73-89 during an injury-plagued 2018 with a major league-worst 5-21 record in September, missing the playoffs for a second straight year and third time in four seasons.Zaidi has no plans of tackling a turnaround on his own. Sabean will stay directly involved, and Bochy is allowed the last word when it comes to on-field moves, including the lineup and rotation.“Anything that is under the privy of the manager http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , the manager has final say — period. That is not even a question for me,” Zaidi said.Zaidi and Bochy spoke briefly already and will meet in person at some point. Bochy is scheduled to attend late Hall of Famer Willie McCovey’s celebration of life Thursday at the ballpark after Zaidi is already back in the San Diego area.To Bochy and Sabean, Zaidi expressed his interest in learning from both longtime, accomplished baseball men while bringing a fresh look, saying “I see this as a collaborative process” with “ideas flowing both ways.”A message he kept coming back to Wednesday: “Our goal is to play meaningful baseball as deep into the season and as soon as we can.”To do so, he will strive to make “one good baseball move after another” in building a winning roster.“I think the theme that we had from a player-acquisition standpoint in particular was no move is too small to not be worth a certain level of effort and detail — waiver claims, minor league free agents, second or third players in trades,” he said. “There’s a lot of value to be had in identifying talent in those regards.”Oh, and don’t rule out an A’s-Giants trade with his former Oakland boss, Billy Beane.“I think one of those could happen,” Zaidi said, grinning.
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