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to be desired. But some of the organization’s top prospects are on pace to come up and give O’s fans something to be excited about in 2019."Orioles fans needed to search hard for something to be excited about during spring training. But the outfield situation presented a glimmer of hope. Top prospect Yusniel Diaz raked. Austin Hays proved his health. Anthony Santander showed the promise that made the Orioles want to stash him as a Rule 5 pick. DJ Stewart was coming off a September call up where he hit well. Despite the talent and spring performance of this group of young outfielders Pat Valaika Jersey , the new regime in Baltimore reminded us that they are taking the long view despite declaring that spring training would be an open competition. Whether it be to give these players more time to develop or service time manipulation, all four were cut from major league camp and sent to the minors. The future will need to wait.Putting myself in Mike Elias’ shoes, I can understand these decisions. Success for the 2019 Orioles is seeing future contributors get better, and strong arguments can be made that these young outfielders, especially Diaz and Hays, need more time in the minors. From the perspective of a fan who will be looking for reasons to turn on MASN every night, I’d like to see top young talent in the majors on Opening Day. There are reasons why Mike Elias is making these decisions and not me. So who will be patrolling the outfield for the Orioles next week in New York? It appears likely that Trey Mancini, Cedric Mullins, and Joey Rickard will get the bulk of the playing time. Drew Jackson can back up all outfield positions and Dwight Smith Jr. and Eric Young Jr. appear to be battling for the last spot.Mancini will again be penciled into left field, even though he’s a first baseman. Defensively, he won’t help the club in the outfield. His UZR worsened from -5.1 to -8.3 last season. But he’s on the roster because of his offense and fans are hoping he looks more like the 2017 version of Mancini (.293/.338/.488) rather than the 2018 (.242/.299/.416). He battled an ankle injury last season, so this is a big campaign for him. With a new front office and manager, he needs to regain his form in order to maintain his standing within the organization. His offensive performance is something worth watching closely this season.Mullins was in an interesting position entering spring training. The previous regime was very fond of him despite some scouts projecting him as a fourth outfielder. He didn’t do himself any favors in spring training, slashing .182/.265/.455. Despite that, it appears as though he will resume his spot in centerfield that he obtained last summer. The 24 year old who has only 170 major league at bats under his belt is still learning and will likely experience peaks and valleys like last season. The Orioles would be thrilled if Mullins can establish himself as an on-base and stolen base threat at the top of the lineup. Hopefully he can increase his .312 OBP in Baltimore to the .330 mark he has shown in the minors. Rickard appears to have made a favorable impression on the new decision makers and will likely see significant playing time in right field. Brandon Hyde has praised Rickard’s defensive ability and flexibility, his speed, and his offensive game plan. Fresh eyes may have benefited Rickard and he’s excelled in the Grapefruit League (.385/.419/.564). While Rickard is an above average defender and brings an element of speed, we have had three years of seeing what he brings to the table offensively. His career slash line of .252/.298/.376 doesn’t inspire confidence. But he is better than Colby Rasmus, so that’s something.After those three, it is unclear what Brandon Hyde and Mike Elias will do. It is very likely the Rule 5 pick Drew Jackson will make the roster. He has the capability of backing up infield and outfield positions and will serve the role of super utility player. Earlier this month I outlined the diverse skills he brings. Having never played above AA ball Daniel Castro Jersey , how he responds to this opportunity will be one of 2019’s biggest storylines. Depending on how Hyde uses Jackson will determine how the rest of the outfield is constructed. Dwight Smith Jr. and Eric Young Jr. are competing for the final spot and both probably won’t be carried on Opening Day. Each brings something different. Young is 33 years old whose impressive leadership qualities could help fill the void left by Adam Jones’ departure. He’s been a reserve outfielder throughout his career, slashing .245/.312/.332 and playing average defense over ten seasons. Smith, a 26 year old former first round pick, is a fringe prospect acquired recently. In 104 plate appearances over parts of two seasons in Toronto, he’s accumulated a .833 OPS but has cost his team six runs defensively in that limited time. The 2019 Orioles are in a position to choose promise over veteran leadership, so Smith will probably head north with the team. Young could find his way onto the roster if Mark Trumbo starts the year on the disabled list.The outfield could look quite different come summertime, and that is something for Orioles fans to look forward to. Yusniel Diaz, Austin Hays, and Anthony Santander will hopefully continue their hot spring trainings in the minor leagues and DJ Stewart should pick things up. Ideally, a spot in the outfield is opened up with Trey Mancini moving out of left. Trading Trumbo will surely be a priority if he is productive in anyway, opening up first base and DH for Mancini and Chris Davis. If one of the previously mentioned young outfielders stays hot, Joey Rickard could also lose playing time.While the outfield on Opening Day may not inspire a ton of confidence, there is reason to be excited. Baltimore’s outfield has more talent at high levels of the minor leagues than any other area of the organization, including their number one prospect. Fans can eagerly follow Norfolk and Bowie early in the season to see if any of these outfielders are forcing the Warehouse’s hand. An outfield of Diaz, Mullins, and Hays with Stewart and Santander getting occasional playing time is something I’m very excited to see. Patience will truly be a virtue for O’s fans in 2019. 2019 could be a crucial year for The Third Prospect"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockies Minor Leagues and ProspectsColorado Rockies prospect rankings: No. 12, Jesus TinocoNew,15comments2019 could be a crucial year for The Third ProspectMSTShareTweetShareShareColorado Rockies prospect rankings: No. 12, Jesus Tinoco12. Jesus Tinoco (486 points, 32 ballots)Jesus Tinoco’s position as the third piece of the return in the 2015 Troy Tulowitzki trade over three years ago is still , for many PuRPs voters, the defining facet of his prospect status. For others, it was Tinoco’s 40 man roster appointment after the 2017 season or his Futures Game nod during 2018. Whatever the reason, the Venezuelan righty is a player who PuRPs voters have been watching for quite some time.Mid-season Rank:聽21High Ballot:聽9Mode Ballot:聽13Future Value:聽40, back-end starter/middle relieverContract Status:聽2015 Trade (TOR), 40 Man Roster, 2 options remainingMLB ETA:聽2019That’s not to say it’s been a smooth ride for Tinoco. After a lights-out performance post-trade with Asheville in 2015, Tinoco struggled mightily in a 2016 High A stint and also in a return trip to Asheville after he was demoted. The 6’4” hurler lost his mechanics and was completely out of whack to the point that the Rockies left him unprotected from the Rule 5 draft. After going un-selected, Tinoco re-dedicated himself to rebuilding his delivery and found success in a return engagement to High A in 2017 to the point where the Rockies felt he was worthy of a 40 man slot at the end of the year. Indeed, from August on, Tinoco had a 3.03 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 38 2鈦? innings.In 2018, Tinoco finally got the bump up to Double-A, where he was 1.4 years younger on average than hitters in the Eastern League. Tinoco made 26 starts with Hartford, amassing 141 innings while compiling 132 strikeouts (8.4 K/9) against 38 walks (2.4 BB/9), both significant improvements over the prior year. Moreover, while Tinoco’s 4.79 ERA hardly stands out, his 3.78 xFIP indicates that he was a bit unfortunate to receive the results he did at the level. As he did in 2017, Tinoco finished strong with a 2.95 ERA over 7 starts and 36 IP in August and September, striking out 36 while walking just 8 in the process.Tinoco followed up his Double-A campaign with a stint in the elite Arizona Fall League. In the AFL, he pitched in a relief role Kyle Freeland Jersey , adding 15 2鈦? frames in 10 appearances. Tinoco struck out 14 against 6 walks en route to a 1.72 ERA and 1.09 WHIP to put a coda on his 2018 campaign.Here’s some video of Tinoco from the AFL courtesy of 2080 Baseball:Accompanying the above video is this report on Tinoco by 2080’s Adam McInturff. The report is well worth reading in its entirety as it provides a wide variety of nuggets on each of Tinoco’s offerings (he’s more negative on the curveball than I’ve seen elsewhere) and other relevant traits, but here’s the conclusion:For additional video and a scouting report on Tinoco from 2017, Bobby DeMuro of Baseball Census has you covered. Here’s his conclusion from that time:Tinoco didn’t make the FanGraphs top Rockies prospect list back in May 2018, but Eric Longenhagen had this blurb on him in July 2018:Tinoco currently ranks 20th in the system according to the above evaluation is the 60 fastball grade, paired with 55 grades on his slider and curveball. That’s already a strong start on a great relief profile, but if Tinoco can improve the changeup and control he’d be a viable starter (and thus more valuable), which separates the 23-year old from most of the other comparable relief arms you’ve seen so far in the PuRPs list. If he’s a reliever (and the scouts seem overwhelmingly to think that’s what he’ll be), Tinoco doesn’t have the pure standout fastball of some of his competitors, but his strong secondary offerings make him a tough opponent for opposing hitters, perhaps in a multi-inning role.In the crowded field of potential starters in or near the Colorado rotation, Tinoco falls near the bottom at present. His 40 man roster spot makes a call-up an easy procedural move, but Tinoco is still on the fringes of that picture and a candidate for DFA should a better option come along. On the reliever front, Tinoco faces a similarly daunting slate of challengers for bullpen spots but also is a more competitive candidate in that arena. His option clock is now ticking, which will increase Colorado’s urgency to see what they have in Tinoco against more advanced competition, likely Triple-A to begin the year with a cup of coffee with the Rockies possible later in 2019. In the end, the stuff, potential rotation utility, and proximity led me to rank Tinoco 13th in the system with a 40 Future Value grade.
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