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s jazzed about the fall Kenny Lofton Jersey , Mike Elias is focused on the winter meetings and Dylan Bundy knows he needs to be better."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastBird DroppingsSaturday’s Bird Droppings: Where it’s Mike Mussina’s 50th birthdayNew,17commentsIn other Orioles news: Ryan McKenna is jazzed about the fall, Mike Elias is focused on the winter meetings and Dylan Bundy knows he needs to be better.expectation is that Mike Elias’s crew will select someone in the Rule 5 draft. Anything beyond that remains unclear.Bundy crunches some numbers - MASN SportsDylan Bundy may be the Orioles best candidate to have a bounce-back season in 2019. The 26-year-old struggled mightily against left-handed hitters and with home runs last year. It would be good for everyone if he could get things together and prove that he is still capable of being a steady major league starter. Perhaps the O’s would offer him an extension if that happens, or maybe they trade him for a boatload of prospects. Either way, a new coaching staff will be quite interested to see Bundy live up to his potential.How important is managerial experience in the selection of O’s skipper? - The AthleticBased on who the Orioles are rumored to have interviewed so far, it certainly does not seem to be a top concern for Elias. The new GM may prefer player development skills over on-field experience. That makes sense to me, and a coach can’t get managerial experience unless one team first gives them a chance. Orioles birthdays and historyIs it your birthday? Happy Birthday! Two former Orioles are celebrating with you. One is a big deal, the other, well, isn’t. First, the small fry.Jos Len was an infielder for the Orioles in 88 games across three seasons from 2002 through 2004. He is 42 years old today. Yay!Now, the main event. Current Orioles Hall of Famer and future Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Mussina hits the big 5-0 today. Mussina never won a Cy Young, but finished in the top five of voting six different times during his 18-season career spent with the O’s and New York Yankees. The right-hander received 63.5 percent of the vote for the hallowed Hall last year http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , and is trending in the proper direction to earn his deserved spot. He should get in soon, and when he does there will surely be an argument about which cap should adorn his dome on the Cooperstown plaque. It’s really no contest. He was at his best in Baltimore, spent more time there and is in the team’s Hall of Fame. Case closed.1996 - Left-handed pitcher Jimmy Key signs a two-year deal with the Orioles worth more than $7.5 million. He would turn in a 3.64 ERA and 122 ERA+ across 291.1 innings in those two years with the Birds. Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesNot so long ago, Yoan Moncada was MLB's next big thing.Now, with the 2019 exhibition slate about to commence, the Chicago White Sox infielder needs to prove he isn't the next big bust.Last season was rough for Moncada, and that's stating it kindly. He struck out 217 timesre than any other hitter (or, more accurately, more than any other swinger).He led all second basemen with 21 errors and frequently appeared inept in the field despite his athleticism and five-tool potential.He hit .235 with a .315 on-base percentage in 149 games, which is...let's check the math...not great.Even his teammate and fellow Cuban, Jose Abreu, sounded a cautionary note."I think sometimes you talk and you create a bigger expectation, and that can create something that is not accurate http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey ," Abreu said through an interpreter, per Steve Greenberg of theChicago Sun-Times. "But we all know the talent that he has."Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesMoncada is undeniably talented. He's tantalized the baseball world with 30-30 potential since the Boston Red Sox signed him on the international market at age 19 to a $63 million deal in February 2015.That's a lot of coin to commit to an unproven teenager, but it seemed like a wise idea given his pedigree.The Red Sox made good on their money in December 2016 by turning Moncada, fireballer Michael Kopech (who will miss 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery) and two other prospects into Chris Sale.At the time, the ChiSox were trading an ace with three years remaining on an affordable, team-friendly contract.Sale helped the Red Sox win a title in 2018. Moncada has been an enigma with increasingly troubling, bust-evoking tendencies for Chicago.Yeah...we uttered the "b" word. Now, for the caveat: Moncada is 23 years old. It's too early to apply that label, drop the proverbial mic and walk away.A lot of intriguing players his age (and older) have yet to play a full MLB season or even sip a cup of coffee at the highest level.Yet, Moncada was supposed to be on the fast track, a nascent star who would lead the White Sox's budding rebuild.Instead, he collected K's like they were going out of style, failed to get on base at anything approaching a decent clip Danny Salazar Jersey , didn't flash eye-opening power and kicked the ball around the field like he was playing in the Premier League.Was it the burden of being a touted blue chip? Did he succumb to the pressure of expectations?Nope, if you ask him.David Maxwell/Getty Images"The weight didn't affect me last year, the weight of being the top prospect," Moncada said, per Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune. "I just don't think that affected me at all. I think that this year is going to be a much better year, and I'm just ready for it."Give the young man points for optimism. Allow for the possibility he'll shine in 2019.Remember, however, there are footsteps behind him. The White Sox have other impressive players rising through their system, including outfielder Eloy Jimenez. Moncada could be squeezed out of an infield depth chartthat features shortstop Tim Anderson and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez.The White Sox'spersistent linkage to superstar infielder and free agent Manny Machado doesn't indicate a highdegree of faith in Moncada. At least, it suggests Chicago is keeping itsoptions wide open.No prospect enjoys too much time in the limelight.Either he seizes it, or it's gone. Poof. The numbers come or they don't. The promisematerializes...or it doesn't.Moncada is officially no longer the next big thing. Now, he's at risk of becoming the next big bust.Things can change in an instant. All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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