Orioles’ GM Mike Elias on Grayson Rodriguez, “I hope he makes the opening-day rotation.” Hey, Mike, that makes two of us. Elias Sports Bureau asked of Mike Elias, “Are you our father?” Grayson Rodriguez is the biggest pitfall for fantasy baseball rookies posts. I’ve been here already. I thought he’d be up last year. Was very disappointing to not see Grayson Rodriguez. I’d love to lay it all at the feet of the Orioles. “Hey, what are you wearing, Lake Placid Summit Boy’s Adjustables?” That’s me seeing the cheapskates that the Orioles are fitted in. (I googled cheap ice skates, if those aren’t cheapskates, I don’t know. Leave me alone.) Any hoo! It wasn’t all their fault, Grayson had a severe lat strain from about May until September. So, yeah, that sucked. At least he didn’t win Minor League Pitcher of the Year three years in a row. Yes, he won it the previous two years, which is such a jizzoke. The Orioles are cheap eh-eff. This kind of bee ess really needs to end, so I can stop spelling out cuss words. There should be zero incentive for a MLB team to keep a prospect in the minors if he’s ready. Grayson Rodriguez prolly could’ve had a season as good as Alek Manoah last year, if he stayed healthy and was actually in the majors, but he’s throwing darts in the minors. So, what can we expect from Grayson Rodriguez for 2023 fantasy baseball?
Here’s what I said last year, “Here’s Grayson Rodriguez, and we’ll pick up everything we know on the other side of feasting your peep-holes on him:
Top @Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez lowers his @BowieBaysox ERA to 2.33 with 6 K’s in 5 IP. pic.twitter.com/GttDMnyt9M
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 18, 2021
Especially like the pitch towards the end that the catcher can’t even get a glove on. That’s filth. That’s what an ace looks like in the minors.” And that’s me quoting me! His minor league results are just goofy. In Triple-A last year, he had 69 2/3 IP and a 2.20 ERA with a 12.5 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9. There’s no such thing as a pitching prospect, but this guy feels about as close to a lock as you’re going to find. Here’s what Prospect Itch said about Grayson Rodriguez previously, “The 11th overall pick in 2018 stands 6’5” and weighs in at 220 pounds. Considering that he’s wielding five potentially plus pitches and coming up under the former Houston brain trust of Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal, he gives me Forrest Whitley vibes in the best way. I’d love to know if the front office has a similar feel and will try to avoid putting Rodriguez into a two-pitch, cookie-cutter box the way Houston dealt with Whitley’s diverse arsenal. Speaking of cookie-cutter, I’d like to stamp Grey’s head.” Not cool, moving on!
Grayson, which is by the way what I named my actual make-believe son, didn’t stop at two pitches as Itch worried about. He has three plus-pitches (fastball, slider, change) and the curve isn’t shabby. Four plus-pitches is basically: Go take a nap, Mr. Hitter, because Grayson’s gonna strike you out. ACKCHUALLY, three plus-pitches is that too. You don’t need four. You definitely don’t need five. Is Men at Work’s Overkill playing right now? Yes, it is. Grayson’s pitches in GIF form is, “Stop! He’s already dead!” from The Simpsons regarding the hitters he’s facing.
Grayson Rodriguez is one of the best pitching prospects in the minors. Full stop. Or “periodt” if you’re a “quirky” white girl, as Urban Dictionary defines them. On Prospect Itch’s top 100 fantasy baseball prospects, Grayson is 10th, and the top pitcher, who isn’t out with Tommy John. Gray-Rod, which sounds like but is different than A-Rod kissing the mirror, has a Sistine ceiling. The sky’s the limit, really. For 2023, I’ll give Grayson Rodriguez projections of 8-3/3.37/1.07/127 in 106 IP, with a chance for more depending on the Orioles, but I think that’s honestly optimistic for MLB playing time because he also doesn’t have many innings on his arm, after his partial past year.
Would you trade
Wander Franco $15
J Rodriguez $10
Julio…take followups to newest post
Is there a way to sign up for next year so I can lose the ads?
Just do ad-free here: https://razzball.com/membership-account/subscriptions/?pa=mainmenu
I’ve got to consolidate some keeper value in an AL Only 5×5 league where you can keep 7. So I know I’m slightly overpaying for the best keeper, theoretically. I would trade Naylor ($4) and Quantrill ($10) for Pasquantino ($10). What do you think?
I like it
10 team Roto 5×5 with AVG and Wins ?
Keep 15 no limit.
Locks- Trea, JRam, Trout, Lindor, Adolis, Cole, Scherzer, Woodruff
Young options- CJ Abrams, Tovar, Elly De la Cruz
Rest of bats- Will Smith, T. O’Neill, Casty, Seiya Suzuki, J. Abreu,
Rest of arms- Gausman, Webb, D.May,
Would appreciate which 7 go with my locks or any other ideas you throw my way. Thanks.
Gausman, Webb, May, Smith, O’Neill, Castellanos, Abreu — but could see doing a wild card if you wanted and replacing Abreu or Cast with one of the young guys — Prolly Tovar
RIP to Javier being slightly underpriced in drafts next year. Saw lots of people guessing he might not be 100% slated for rotation full year (lolz). Mandatory s/o to you Grey for my $0 Javier keeper thanks to your sleeper post last year saying no way he’s not a stud + starter.
Haha, nice! Yeah, I saw someone say they didn’t know Javier until last night…Um, okay, but damn
Here are the other players you covered in Fantasy Baseball Rookies last year, and their final spot on the Player Rater (Grayson is the only one that had no MLB time, and you did put that possibility at 50%, even without him missing several months):
21 Julio Rodriguez
26 Bobby Witt Jr.
107 Jeremy Pena
123 Joe Ryan
218 Jose Miranda
241 Adley Rutschman
242 Edward Cabrera
254 Reid Detmers
322 Hunter Greene
351 Roansy Contreras
550 Riley Greene
592 Shane Baz
1128 Spencer Torkelson
1202 Triston Casas
1215 Josh Jung
1231 Vidal Brujan
1315 Jose Barrero
Riley Greene and Torkelson were such bummers…Stay away from Tigers!
Surprised Hunter Greene was so low and I didn’t do Oneil Cruz…Guess I wasn’t convinced on Cruz’s PT
I suppose 5 wins hurt Greene. With a 4.44 ERA.
Ah, yeah, this is likely true
that kid looks ready plz remind us about him next year……. and let the “is that a no hitter debate” begin….go phils!
HAHA, It is a no-hitter and Javier’s 2nd this year…Man, he’s good — Go Phils still, though, of course
yeah he was bringing it they could’nt touch him last night
He’s so freakin good, looks like little effort too
just announced lights out Lidge throwing the first pitch to chooch tonight
cole hamels shared a story i never heard when big poppy was interviewing him the other day…. during his no hitter what was he thinking on pitches…he said after first 3 pitches he knew he was on with location and movement…the rest was automatic chooch would throw back the pitch he wanted hamels to throw no signs required
Pretty incredible when a guy is in the zone like that
Luckily Pujols isn’t hitting!
I know Ralph Jeff Geoff was pretty high on Gray Rod and he is currently living in a yurt full of mirrors until the weeknd still tipping Worcestershire single moms more for iced tea than McCullers!
HAHA, yeah, I checked in with Geoff about Grayson and he still loves him
a. Welcome home! Hope you had a good flight stateside.
b. Seriously, how can you not be jet-lagged? Take a breather!
c. Love Grayson. Os pitching is definitely improving. We’ll see how DL Hall develops, maybe like Hader 2018. He looked much better out of the bullpen down the stretch.
d. George Carlin quote of the November 3, 2022
‘Well, I’d like to do something called baseball and football, and it, uh… thank you, that’s nice… because these two things are such a part of our lives, these two activities, and yet, they’re so different. Baseball is pastoral, 19th century. Football is technological, 20th century. Baseball is played on a diamond, in a park, the baseball park. Football is played on a gridiron in a stadium, War Memorial Stadium. In baseball, you wear a cap. In football, you wear a helmet. Baseball has a seventh inning stretch. Football has a two-minute warning. Baseball has no time limit, we don’t know how long it’s gonna last. We might have extra innings. Football is rigidly timed, and it will end even if we have to go to sudden death. Football is based on downs, what down is it? Baseball is based on ups, who’s up, are you up? I’m not up. In football, you get a penalty. In baseball, you make an error, whoops. In baseball in the stands there’s something of a picnic feeling, you know, emotions may run high but there’s not that much unpleasantness. In football in the stands, you can be sure that at least 27 times during the game you were capable of taking the life of a fellow human being, preferably a stranger. And to sum this up, the object of the games, quite different, the object of the game in football is for the quarterback, otherwise known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use the shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack which punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line. In baseball, the object is to go home. I’m going home, I’m going home. Well, I don’t have an ending for that, but that’ll do until one comes along, you know what I mean?’
Carlin on Campus, 1984
We don’t know how long it’s gonna last indeed…
What if one World Series game lasted for 4 months and took us right into Spring Training? How cool would that be?
A. Thanks! Haha, yeah I am a bit jet lagged to be honest
C. Yeah, agreed
D. The classic bit! Been waiting about a year for it
a. There’s more, way more. But only a few games left of the season. Might have extend George Carlin quotes until January Grey pops up.
b. Auditioning a few for next year.
1 George Burns quote of the day (might be boring)
2 Short Benjamin Franklin quote of the day
3 Jerry Seinfeld quote of the day
A. Ha, I like it!
B. Kinda think 3, nice to keep them funny
a. Seinfeld it is!
b. Short Benjamin Franklin quote…
‘Necessity is the mother of all invention.’
See what you’d be missing?
c. Must see movie…’All quiet on the western front’ (2022) in German with subtitles.
d. Buy gold if you can.
B. Meh haha
C. Nice! I need a new movie to watch
D. Ok! Haha