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    Gameday Thread: 8/19 Angels @ Rangers

    Really would have loved to have Allard at the deadline and all he cost the Rangers was Chris Martin who has an 8.10 ERA in 8 appearances for the Braves
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    2020 MLB Draft Class

    The way this team is playing I don't see any signs of things picking up and we could very likely end up with a top 10 pick. Apparently the 2020 draft class is one of the strongest and deepest draft classes in years. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26923672/the-2020-mlb-draft-class-stacked-here-names-know This is just the optimist in me but next year could be a huge year for us if we just fix the rotation. Like Jeff Fletcher and many posters on here have said, this team is 2 pitchers (one top of the rotation and one mid-rotation) arms away from being a solid contender. A strong season next year plus a top-10 draft pick can do wonders for the strength of our organization. Here is an early 2020 mock: https://www.mlb.com/news/early-2020-mock-mlb-draft 1. Orioles: Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia Teams will monitor his health closely after he missed two starts with a lat injury this spring and his command slipped afterward, but he runs his fastball up to 98 mph, has a potential out pitch in his slider and possesses two more effective offerings in his changeup and curveball. If Hancock were eligible as a sophomore this June, he would have been the first pitcher selected. 2. Royals: Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State He shattered Barry Bonds' school freshman home run record with 25 homers in 2018, then went deep 22 more times this spring. The premier power prospect in the 2020 Draft, Torkelson is similar to Andrew Vaughn (this year's No. 3 overall choice by the White Sox) with maybe a bit less pure hitting ability and a little more pop. 3. Blue Jays: Austin Martin, 3B, Vanderbilt Vanderbilt's JJ Bleday went fourth overall to the Marlins last week and Martin could top his teammate a year from now. He leads the Southeastern Conference in hitting (.410) and on-base percentage (.503) heading into the College World Series, a tribute to his terrific feel for the barrel, and he also has developing power and possesses solid defensive ability at multiple infield spots. 4. Marlins: Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Harvard-Westlake HS (Studio City, Calif.) The best prospect in the high school crop, he's an advanced hitter with power potential and well above-average speed. Crow-Armstrong also plays a quality center field and performed well on the 18-and-under U.S. national team last fall as a rising junior in a lineup that included five 2019 first-rounders. 5. Tigers: Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA His hitting ability, speed, arm and center-field defense already earn some plus grades from evaluators, and he has the bat speed to develop the same kind of power. Mitchell was the best all-around offensive player (.349/.418/.566, 32 extra-base hits, 26 steals) in a deep UCLA lineup that also featured Rockies first-rounder Michael Toglia and Cubs second-rounder Chase Strumpf. 6. Mariners: Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas Martin offers an exciting power-speed combination for a player who has the quickness and arm to be an asset at shortstop, though he'll need to make more consistent contact at the plate. 7. Giants: Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M Lacy ranked third in NCAA Division I in opponent average (.162) and eighth in strikeout rate (13.2 per nine innings) as a sophomore, a tribute to his ability to miss bats with four pitches: a 92-95 mph fastball, a tantalizing changeup and a pair of distinct breaking balls in his curveball and slider. 8. Reds: Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State The class of the 2020 catchers, Bailey is a switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate as well as solid throwing, receiving and blocking skills. 9. Nationals: Dylan Crews, OF, Lake Mary (Fla.) HS Crews could be a right-handed version of Riley Greene, whom the Tigers just drafted fifth overall, as a Florida prep outfielder who should hit for average and power and has improved his athleticism. 10. Pirates: J.T. Ginn, RHP, Mississippi State A Dodgers 2018 first-rounder who'll be eligible again as a sophomore next year, Ginn helped pitch Mississippi State to the College World Series with his mid-90s fastball and wipeout mid-80s slider.
  3. Taylor Cole should probably stick to this role rather than being an opener
  4. Or just Sale's luck to get Angels