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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
668 .275 28 87 95 10 123 3.8
Birth Date7-6-1992
Height6' 3"
Weight185 lbs
Age26 years, 7 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
8.32015
6.22016
2.02017
6.32018
3.82019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2012 BAL 19 51 202 50 8 3 7 9 38 0 2 0 .262 .294 .445 93 -1.6 -0.1 0.4 0.5
2013 BAL 20 156 710 189 51 3 14 29 113 2 6 7 .283 .314 .432 97 -1.5 0.7 27.2 5.2
2014 BAL 21 82 354 91 14 0 12 20 68 3 2 0 .278 .324 .431 108 3.1 -1.2 7.6 2.2
2015 BAL 22 162 713 181 30 1 35 70 111 4 20 8 .286 .359 .502 135 31.9 3.4 20.1 8.3
2016 BAL 23 157 696 188 40 1 37 48 120 3 0 3 .294 .343 .533 131 27.3 0.0 8.2 6.2
2017 BAL 24 156 690 163 33 1 33 50 115 1 9 4 .259 .310 .471 106 7.1 -4.1 -6.2 2.0
2018 BAL 25 96 413 115 21 1 24 45 51 0 8 1 .315 .387 .575 141 21.7 -0.5 -4.5 3.5
2018 LAN 25 66 296 73 14 2 13 25 53 2 6 1 .273 .338 .487 142 15.8 1.4 -1.3 2.8
Career9264074105021112175296669155324.282.335.487119103.9-0.451.530.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2010 ABE A- 7 32 .229 .311 .333 .370 93 2.5 0.9 0.1 160 0 0.0 0.0 1.4 0.3
2010 ORI Rk 2 7 .269 .327 .387 .000 105 -0.3 0.3 -0.2 72 0 0.0 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2011 DEL A 38 170 .251 .321 .379 .296 99 7.4 4.9 1.7 146 0 0.5 0.7 5.5 1.4
2011 FRD A+ 63 260 .256 .325 .386 .286 92 -1.6 7.8 3.4 94 0 -0.1 1.8 -7.1 0.6
2012 BAL MLB 51 202 .253 .317 .411 .293 104 -0.8 5.5 0.8 93 12 0.4 -0.1 -1.6 0.5
2012 BOW AA 109 459 .261 .330 .395 .297 100 9.5 12.7 5.3 120 0 -5.9 1.0 2.2 1.6
2013 BAL MLB 156 710 .259 .321 .413 .322 99 5.5 18.7 2.6 97 9 27.2 0.7 -1.5 5.2
2014 BAL MLB 82 354 .250 .310 .387 .317 99 4.5 9.1 1.3 108 9 7.6 -1.2 3.1 2.2
2014 FRD A+ 3 13 .239 .333 .356 .727 97 5 0.4 0 332 0 -0.2 0.1 2.7 0.3
2015 BAL MLB 162 713 .254 .312 .407 .297 108 22.2 19.2 2.9 135 8 20.1 3.4 31.9 8.3
2016 BAL MLB 157 696 .254 .316 .418 .309 108 22.5 19.7 4.5 131 9 8.2 0.0 27.3 6.2
2017 BAL MLB 156 690 .252 .316 .425 .265 107 0.6 20.2 2.8 106 6 -6.2 -4.1 7.1 2.0
2018 BAL MLB 96 413 .246 .314 .411 .311 105 24.4 11.6 5.3 141 9 -4.5 -0.5 21.7 3.5
2018 LAN MLB 66 296 .241 .309 .396 .296 99 8.4 8.3 3.1 142 9 -1.3 1.4 15.8 2.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2010 ORI Rk 7 7 1 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .571 .429 0 0
2010 ABE A- 32 29 2 10 1 1 0 13 3 3 2 0 0 .345 .406 .448 .103 0 0
2011 DEL A 170 145 24 40 8 2 6 70 24 23 25 3 1 .276 .376 .483 .207 1 0
2011 FRD A+ 260 237 24 58 12 3 5 91 26 22 48 8 5 .245 .308 .384 .139 1 0
2012 BOW AA 459 402 60 107 26 5 11 176 59 48 70 13 4 .266 .352 .438 .172 2 1
2012 BAL MLB 202 191 24 50 8 3 7 85 26 9 38 2 0 .262 .294 .445 .183 1 1
2013 BAL MLB 710 667 88 189 51 3 14 288 71 29 113 6 7 .283 .314 .432 .148 3 9
2014 BAL MLB 354 327 38 91 14 0 12 141 32 20 68 2 0 .278 .324 .431 .153 2
2014 FRD A+ 13 12 5 8 4 1 0 14 2 1 1 1 0 .667 .692 1.167 .500 0
2015 BAL MLB 713 633 102 181 30 1 35 318 86 70 111 20 8 .286 .359 .502 .216 4 2
2016 BAL MLB 696 640 105 188 40 1 37 341 96 48 120 0 3 .294 .343 .533 .239 5 0
2017 BAL MLB 690 630 81 163 33 1 33 297 95 50 115 9 4 .259 .310 .471 .213 9 0
2018 BAL MLB 413 365 48 115 21 1 24 210 65 45 51 8 1 .315 .387 .575 .260 3 0
2018 LAN MLB 296 267 36 73 14 2 13 130 42 25 53 6 1 .273 .338 .487 .213 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2012 714 0.5112 0.4748 0.7404 0.6438 0.2980 0.8255 0.5481 0.2596 -0.0051
2013 2496 0.5072 0.4728 0.7966 0.6406 0.3000 0.8718 0.6314 0.2034 0.0024
2014 1281 0.4902 0.4957 0.7748 0.6736 0.3247 0.8511 0.6226 0.2252 0.0035
2015 2777 0.4919 0.4264 0.8226 0.6076 0.2509 0.8952 0.6525 0.1774 -0.0111
2016 2519 0.4704 0.4978 0.7775 0.7072 0.3118 0.8580 0.6154 0.2225 0.0000
2017 2534 0.4503 0.4854 0.7789 0.7055 0.3051 0.8696 0.6071 0.2211 0.0000
2018 2526 0.4533 0.4873 0.7774 0.7214 0.2933 0.8620 0.6049 0.2226 0.0000
Career148470.47790.47510.78740.67360.29460.86780.61920.2126-0.0016

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-12 - 60-DL - - Right Knee Surgery Medial Patellar Femoral Ligament Reconstruction 2014-08-27
2014-07-22 2014-07-26 DTD 4 4 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-05-23 2014-05-25 DTD 2 2 Right Groin Strain - -
2014-03-22 2014-05-01 15-DL 40 24 Left Knee Recovery From Previous Injury Surgery - MPFL Patella Instability 2013-10-14 -
2013-10-14 2013-10-14 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery MPFL Rupture 2013-10-14 -
2013-09-24 2013-09-30 60-DL 6 6 Left Knee Patellar Dislocation MPFL Rupture - -
2013-03-08 2013-03-10 Camp 2 0 - Face Root Canal - -
2011-05-06 2011-06-05 Minors 30 29 Right Knee Subluxation Patella -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 BAL $16,000,000
2017 BAL $11,500,000
2016 BAL $5,000,000
2015 BAL $548,000
2014 BAL $519,000
2013 BAL $495,000
2012 BAL $
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$34,062,000
6 yrTotal$34,062,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 56 dDan Lozano1 year/$16M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$16M (2018). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Baltimore 7/18/18, with $6,365,591 remaining on contract.
  • 1 year/$11.5M (2017). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$5M (2016). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.548M (2015). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/10/15.
  • 1 year/$0.519M (2014). Renewed by Baltimore 3/11/14. Award bonus: $0.1M for Platinum Glove.
  • 1 year/$0.495M (2013). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/8/13. Award bonuses, including $25,000 for All-Star selection.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Baltimore 8/9/12.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 2010 (1-3) (Brito Miami Private School, Fla.). Signed 8/16/10, $5.25M signing bonus (negotiated by previous agent Scott Boras).

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 90 Nomar Garciaparra 2000 153
2 89 Cal Ripken Jr. 1987 105
3 85 Troy Tulowitzki 2011 139
4 84 Hanley Ramirez 2010 127
5 84 Lou Boudreau 1944 128
6 83 Ernie Banks 1957 144
7 82 Ryan Zimmerman 2011 111
8 81 Joe Cronin 1933 135
9 81 Frankie Frisch 1924 125
10 80 George Brett 1979 140
11 80 J.J. Hardy 2009 80
12 79 Jose Reyes 2009 94
13 79 Jim Fregosi 1968 103
14 79 Nolan Arenado 2017 136
15 79 John Valentin 1993 103
16 79 Chipper Jones 1998 145
17 79 Al Kaline 1961 142
18 78 Richie Hebner 1974 126
19 78 Gary Sheffield 1995 170
20 78 Brad Miller 2016 106
21 78 Nick Markakis 2010 114
22 78 Ron Blomberg 1975 104
23 78 Wally Joyner 1988 124
24 78 Ron Santo 1966 153
25 77 Mark Carreon 1990 122
26 77 Minnie Minoso 1952 120
27 77 Billy Williams 1964 146
28 77 Brian Giles 1997 122
29 77 Bobby Doerr 1944 125
30 77 Allie Clark 1949 61
31 77 Yunel Escobar 2009 112
32 77 Eric Chavez 2004 133
33 77 Marcus Giles 2004 106
34 76 Anthony Rendon 2016 115
35 76 Enos Slaughter 1942 133
36 76 Oscar Gamble 1976 111
37 76 Jason Heyward 2016 74
38 76 Babe Young 1942 115
39 76 Brian McCann 2010 126
40 76 Asdrubal Cabrera 2012 108
41 76 Roy Foster 1972 98
42 76 Martin Prado 2010 114
43 76 Puddin Head Jones 1952 100
44 76 Gary Matthews 1977 111
45 76 Pete Ward 1964 131
46 75 Ted Simmons 1976 116
47 75 Derek Jeter 2000 124
48 75 Jeff Bagwell 1994 197
49 75 Jim Ray Hart 1968 130
50 75 Kent Hrbek 1986 121
51 75 Mike Greenwell 1990 121
52 75 Freddie Lindstrom 1932 95
53 75 Vern Stephens 1947 120
54 75 Fred Lynn 1978 136
55 75 Jim Lefebvre 1968 98
56 75 Bob Elliott 1943 132
57 75 Justin Upton 2014 127
58 75 Jody Gerut 2004 90
59 75 Chet Lemon 1981 134
60 75 Todd Helton 2000 169
61 75 Eric Hosmer 2016 109
62 75 Evan Longoria 2012 140
63 75 Vladimir Guerrero 2001 134
64 75 Sal Bando 1970 131
65 75 Don Mattingly 1987 143
66 75 Dickie Thon 1984 72
67 75 Riggs Stephenson 1924 142
68 75 Pablo Sandoval 2013 108
69 74 Carl Yastrzemski 1966 115
70 74 Freddie Freeman 2016 146
71 74 Don Baylor 1975 138
72 74 Bill Madlock 1977 112
73 74 Joe Torre 1967 124
74 74 Robinson Cano 2009 122
75 74 Andrew McCutchen 2013 150
76 74 Glenn Davis 1987 108
77 74 Andy Pafko 1947 104
78 74 Vada Pinson 1965 124
79 74 Cesar Cedeno 1977 114
80 74 Sean Casey 2001 104
81 74 Kevin Seitzer 1988 119
82 74 Rusty Greer 1995 111
83 74 Bobby Bonilla 1989 135
84 74 Edwin Encarnacion 2009 96
85 74 Robin Yount 1982 154
86 74 Christian Yelich 2018 143
87 74 Richard Hidalgo 2001 105
88 74 John Olerud 1995 116
89 74 Tony Oliva 1965 132
90 74 Barry Bonds 1991 155
91 74 Dick McAuliffe 1966 130
92 74 Hank Leiber 1937 100
93 73 Dwight Smith 1990 91
94 73 Bobby Murcer 1972 156
95 73 Jack Clark 1982 147
96 73 David Wright 2009 111
97 73 Joe Gordon 1941 131
98 73 Harry Rice 1928 105
99 73 Lou Skizas 1958 97
100 73 Steve Kemp 1981 125

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Nothing screams "2012 Baseball Analysis" more than talking about BABIP, but sometimes you don't have a choice. Machado's first disappointing season at the major-league level was propped up by a torrid July and August, when he hit nearly half his home runs and knocked in more than half of his runs. The rest of the year, his profile remained largely consistent: the usual approach, the usual batted ball proliferation, the usual power. What was missing were the singles. Machado's .265 BABIP ranked lowest on the team, driving down all three components of his triple slash. BP's Zach Crizer looked through his batted ball data by launch angle and theorized that the upswing in his power, combined with his pull-happy tendencies, is erasing those unsatisfying little singles that drop ten feet in front of the outfielder, and instead airing them within reach. Nothing screams "1982 Baseball Analysis" more than the suggestion that the star third baseman should abandon the upper deck home run in favor of an all-fields approach, but...
2017 Machado remains one of baseball’s best and most exciting young players, but his 2016 was sort of a weird season. His unintentional walk rate fell from 9.6 percent in 2015 to 5.6 percent. After stealing 20 bases (admittedly, at a poor success rate) in 2015, he stole zero last year. No 22-year-old has stolen 20 bases in a season only to come back and be shut out in the category at 23 since Rick Auerbach in 1973 (and Rick played six games that year). Forced into about seven weeks of action at shortstop, Machado proved that he can provide plus defense there in addition to being a wizard at third base. The signs all point toward continued stardom even if the shape of his overall production isn't set in stone yet.
2016 The legend is growing. Machado didn't just come back from knee surgery (his second in two years), he came back as the bionic man. He possessed the same elite defense that he had before the injury. He added speed to his game, as the player with 10 combined steals through his first three seasons (and with surgical scars on both knees) swiped 20 bags. And he started turning all those doubles into home runs, resulting in the first 30-homer, 20-steal season in Baltimore since Luke Perry was cool.

Just 23, Machado could probably move over to short and still be one of the top defenders in the league; meanwhile, he has the offensive clout to justify a position much further down the defensive spectrum. He took advantage of his home environs and its friendliness to right-handed pop, knocking 21 of his home runs at Camden Yards, and the burgeoning power profile likely means that 2015 was both the beginning and the end of his time as a leadoff hitter. One would imagine that a player coming back from major surgery could use a breather here or there, but Machado played every game and led the majors in plate appearances, making enemies in multiple cities along the way. Maybe that's the ultimate endorsement: He must be doing something right for Jon Papelbon to hate his guts.

2015 Here's the good news: Machado is still a mere 22 years old and he still should be a high-end third-baseman-or-maybe-shortstop for years. The bad: He has already had both knees repaired, and a third injury-plagued season would be a Grady-Size'd red flag, particularly if he manages to injure a third knee. Fortunately, you #cantpredictinjuries, so for the sake of simplicity let's assume he continues without any more severe season-shortening maladies. He'll make outstanding plays as well as the routine ones; he'll hit for enough power to justify batting him fifth. He'll mature and develop a marketable personality. If he remains in the lineup, he'll wedge himself back onto the short list of the league's best infielders. Basically, we're talking about a guy whose first three years draw comparisons to Nomar Garciaparra's—and he's still younger than Garciaparra was in his major-league debut. We're just also talking about a guy with the same head start on Garciaparra's injury log.
2014 A great whoosh of sadness was released across the league when Machado tore up his left knee in September, requiring reconstructive surgery. It wasnt quite Mariano Rivera-level (the 21-year-old hasnt built that kind of equity in baseball fandom), but not every major injury meets the kind of legitimate nationwide concern elicited by the sight of Machado being carted off on a stretcher. It speaks to the excitement of watching Machado play. The young phenom essentially logged a full season, led the league in doubles (though he finished 16 away from the major-league record after an early-season scorching run had Earl Webb's name on every tongue) and earned a Gold Glove for his indisputably brilliant play at the hot corner. Medicine has come a long way since Mickey Mantle's day, so while we'll hold our breath every time Machado falls down, there's every reason to think that in the long run, he'll be fine.
2013 Machado began April at Low-A Delmarva but found himself the starting third baseman for the big club by Augustquite the leap, even for one of the top prospects in baseball. Despite immediate success, expect Machado's 2013 to be more struggles than triumphs. He has little left to learn in the minors, but he is still capable of being exploited by big-league pitchers with full arsenals and the smarts to find his weaknesses. Itll be a "learn on the job" situation for Machado, who has excellent raw hitting tools and projects to be a great player once he adjusts to the games highest level. While he had been a shortstop in the minors, expect the transition to third to be permanent; the team has J.J. Hardy locked up for two more years, and most expected Machado to slide over to the hot corner at some point anyway.
2012 While Machado is unlikely to reach Baltimore for at least another year and a half, he is Baltimore's top prospect and one of the top 10 prospects in baseball. The Orioles grabbed him as a 17-year-old in the first round of the 2010 draft with the third overall pick. All five of Machado's tools rate as above average, with contact hitting ranking as his best, thanks to excellent bat speed. His quick wrists and broad shoulders point to potential growth in the power department down the line. Throw in good defense at a premium position, and if everything goes according to plan, the Orioles will have a superstar to build around for years to come.
2011 One of the consensus top talents in the 2010 draft, Manny Machado seemed to reward the Orioles for making him the third-overall pick in his professional debut. He has the makings of a strong hitter for both average and power, and unlike most shortstop prospects, his defense is good enough that no one is talking about moving him to second, third, or center.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-02-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)If Manny Machado lands in Chicago (White Sox) or Philly, what does that mean for his offensive numbers, if anything? Do you expect him to be used at Shortstop or back at 3rd base? Do you have any concerns about this character after last year? If he has to accept a shorter contract than he wants, does that motivate a guy like him, or would you expect him to pout? With so much uncertainty, how do you assess his fantasy value? Thanks!
(Stash from Chicago)
It wouldn't really impact him much. He might see a slight power increase/decline, but the skills are going to be elite nearly everywhere. I think he really wants to play short but given the tepid market he might wind up back at third. No. I have no idea if signing for a shorter contract would impact his play or not. I still have him as a near elite option at short but I'll admit I've moved him down a $1 in AL-only and half a round in mixed because of the uncertainty. (Mike Gianella)
2018-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your take on Manny Machado's glove at SS? Seems like each advanced fielding metric tells its own story on him. Is he brutal over there like my eye test would have me believe? Or closer to competent like his metrics in LA showed?
(spwood from DE)
Well, let's see. DRS and UZR don't seem to disagree: They don't like him. I think it's worthwhile to consider that (1) he became a full-time SS for the first time since he couldn't legally drink, (2) he was playing most of the year for a dreadful team, (3) he might have had the save-the-body-for-free-agency thing that Harper had going, and (4) just as pitchers and hitters can have an off-year, so can fielders. Given his sterling defense at third, I think he can be adequate. (Rob Mains)
2018-12-10 16:00:00 (link to chat)Strictly for long-term fantasy, would you rather have Bryce Harper or Manny Machado?
(NOT A GM from FRONT OFFICE)
It's super close. I'll still take Harper for his supreme on-base skills and the chance that he has a 50-plus homer year in him (which is definitely still possible, I think). (Darius Austin)
2018-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Does Dustin May have top of the rotation potential? Should he be untouchable in a trade for a rental player?
(Jose from CA)
Let's start with the Gingergaard. The short answer is yes, although you'd like to see strides with a third pitch before you sign on for that OFP. I joked on twitter about including a dotted line labeled "Below here trade for Manny Machado," and as much as we love May, he'd be below that line for me. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-07-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the top 5 shortstops to you in a dynasty format?
(Joe from AL)
Lindor, Baez, Bregman (if he retains eligibility), Manny Machado, Xander Bogaerts, Trea Turner

On the prospect side, I love Carter Kieboom. I like Bo Bichette's bat a ton, but I think he'll end up at 2B. Wander Franco is interestig but very young and a ways away. (Scooter Hotz)
2018-07-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can we expect from Zach Eflin going forward?
(Red from Wisconsin)
Good question. DRA is much kinder to him this year than it has been in the past, but he's still outpitching it by more than a run. Some guys simply do that. Is he one of those guys? We don't have enough of a sample to tell us yet. I'm tempted to say err on the side of history, but he's also not the same pitcher he was last year. I think he could be a useful arm, but I don't know that he's the guy you hold out of Manny Machado trade negotiations. (Nicolas Stellini)
2018-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)once adrian beltre shows he is healthy for a few weeks would he be able to top 101 type prospect like Stephen Gonsalves?
(a.j. from las vegas)
So, the way I'm reading this is that you're asking if Beltre could return a Top 101-type player in a pre-deadline trade once the Rangers decide to start stripping the team down? Honestly, I kind of doubt it. Most of the teams that I'd guess will be in contention for playoff spots will be well-positioned at the hot corner, not to mention the fact that Manny Machado is likely to be on the trade market as well. Combine that with Beltre's injury woes recently and the fact that he's a really important part of Texas' clubhouse, and I'm not certain he'd pull back enough value to make Texas willing to deal him. (And that's even without Joey Gallo's reticence to return to third base.)

The one team where *maybe* I could see a fit would be Cleveland, and I'm not sure they'd give up a player of Shane Bieber's caliber in that rental dea. (Bryan Grosnick)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Yankees sign Bryce Harper for 400 million or Manny Machado for 400 million?
(Gary from Nome )
Machado. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the strength of a team's talent 25 & under would better reflect the strength of an organization than just their farm talent? Or am I misinterpreting the meaning of org rankings?
(Brady from LA Tech)
This is a reasonable question. We should definitely discuss it next time you are on the podcast. The Orioles look a lot better if you given them credit for Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy. Ditto the Red Sox and Betts/Bogaerts. I don't know if age 25 is more or less arbitrary a cut off point than rookie eligibility, but like with a lot of this kind of lists, you have to draw a line somewhere. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances the Orioles actually re-sign Manny Machado before he hits free agency, and do so while still being able to roster a competitive team?
(Alex from B-More)
Nope! I bet Machado hits the open market and takes all the money. (Well, all the money that Bryce Harper doesn't get.) Assuming that the Orioles WERE able to pay top dollar and retain Machado, yes, I do believe they can still roster a competitive team. They still need to figure out how to do something else with their pitching staff, though. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-12-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many years until Amed Rosario is the best position player on the Mets?
(Renfroe from SNJ)
By BP's WARP, I'll go with 2019. That's very optimistic on Rosario, and it also assumes the Mets don't sign Manny Machado to a godfather contract. (They won't.) Speaking of which ... (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Rosario vis-a-vis the other best SS prospects in the game? Do you think he can potentially become an uber-star of the magnitude of the current crop of young mlb shortstops?
(Enrique from New Jersey)
I think he's one of the top three remaining as a prospect, but no, I don't see him at the level of Corey Seager or Francisco Lindor or Manny Machado or anyone like that. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-09-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to pick five under-25 players with the best HOF chances, who would you go with?
(Erik from Duluth,MN)
A few days ago, I would have led this list with Jose Fernandez.

In no particular order: Noah Syndergaard, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Francisco Lindor (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Xander Bogaerts the best shortstop in the AL? In baseball?
(Brian from Tehran)
Oh boy. Well, are we counting Manny Machado? If we are, it's Machado. If we're mentally keeping Machado at third base, then it's between Xander, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor.
Hello there, Cardinals fans! Yes, Aledmys Diaz is going to come back down to Earth, and he's already wonky on defense. Please don't kill me.
Correa isn't as good on defense as you think, but there's clearly a small mountain of potential in his bat and he's already shown that he can wreck shop on offense. Lindor can do everything, and Boegarts is finally hitting like we all thought he could. It's reeeeally close between Lindor and Boegarts, with Correa just behind and likely moving to third base when Alex Bregman decides it's time to throw his hat into the ring. So if it isn't Boegarts, he's just a hair behind.
Unless it's Machado. Then it's Manny by a mile. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Manny Machado one of the five best (non-pitcher) players in baseball?
(Bobby from Earth)
Without question. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)What is Javier Baez's ceiling?
(BC from Urbandale)
Something similar to what Manny Machado is doing right now in Baltimore. That's the pie in the sky, best-case scenario. (George Bissell)
2015-12-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)God names you GM of the Orioles. Take me through your next 15 months.
(Ryan from Texas)
First things first, I have to ascertain what Peter Angelos is going to be willing to do for me. The Orioles have three years before they lose Manny Machado, and nothing like a championship core around him at the moment. I'm either going to get wild and crazy and surround Machado and Adam Jones with a team I think can realistically win the AL East pronto, or tearing the thing down to the studs. The wiser course is the latter, I think, but it's hard to find as good a franchise-starter as Machado. I wouldn't want to waste that, either. I think, in the end, you try for one more year, then trade everyone next winter regardless of the result. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)You have the first pick in the draft and you already have Manny Machado on your roster. You have your choice of Correa, Bryant or Sano. Who gets the nod?
(Casey Jones from Medford, OR)
Correa because the idea of playing Machado and Correa on the right side of the infield with their offensive profiles makes me faint of heart.

I know it seems like I'm selling Bryant short with the past two answers but these are some high octane talents we are talking about here. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-10-07 19:30:00 (link to chat)You have the first pick in the draft and you already have Manny Machado on your roster. You have your choice of Correa, Bryant or Sano. Who gets the nod?
(CaseyJ15 from Medford, OR)
This game is NOT going to be decided by small ball, for my money. I think someone's gonna catch one with a runner on and break the game (relatively) open. (NL Wild Card Game Chat)
2015-10-07 19:30:00 (link to chat)You have the first pick in the draft and you already have Manny Machado on your roster. You have your choice of Correa, Bryant or Sano. Who gets the nod?
(CaseyJ15 from Medford, OR)
Is this a fantasy question? -MT

I'll take Correa, as a shortstop and leave Machado at 3B. - CG (NL Wild Card Game Chat)
2015-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)You should never hit prospects or ride them. With Toronto loading up, does it make sense for the Orioles just to sell and restock themselves for 2016 or 2017 even though they are just 1 game out of the wild card?
(Jim from Baltimore, MD)
If you ask me, which you did, I think the worst thing the O's can do is stand pat. The playoffs are a crapshoot (to a large degree) so you either push all your chips to the center of the table, or you fold and slowly build your stack for another run later. To me, the O's team with the best shot at winning a World Series is in 2017 (or 2018, or whatever) when Gausman, Bundy, Harvey can compliment Schoop, Jones, and most importantly Manny Machado in his prime. I would've moved guys like Davis & Wieters (who they have capable replacements for already) and brought back AA-level prospects, but that's just me. Standing pat is bad because it doesn't increase your odds of winning now, and it probably hurts your 2017 odds. (Jeff Long)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you compare Carlos Correa to Manny Machado in terms of the power they each have (or had) as a 20 year old? We know Machado is still developing his power in the MLB, do you see the same type of circumstance for Correa or does he have more power now?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
The power is still developing for Correa too, but it's far more advanced than I thought it would be at this point. If there's one player in baseball right now with the potential for plus-plus hit and power tools, it's Correa. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-03-12 15:00:00 (link to chat)Manny Machado: futre all-star or overrated?
(Lime from The Coconut)
Let's not count anyone out at age 22. Still on an All-Star path. (Andrew Koo)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)10 tm Dynasty league- Manny Machado for Byron Buxton? Waiting for Machado's power to really develop seems like it puts him on similar timeline to Buxton, whose speed (and maybe avg.) should play right away when he's called up, even if not until 2016.
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
This is really, really tough for me. My initial instinct was Machado, but you make a really good point. Gun to my head I think I still go with Manny, but boy is it close. A+ question. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Mark, I've soured on Manny Machado and am looking to sell him. Mistake? What's your outlook on him? Thanks.
(Omar from B'More Hood)
I do think that is a mistake. There's certainly reason to be concerned with Machado, but there's still immense physical gifts, excellent defense, and the bat speed and overall offensive potential to be a complete monster. With maturity and development, I still think he's a premium player. (Mark Anderson)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)Even though I think you credited other BP members with turning you onto him, I remember last year that it was you who seemed to be driving the bus on Anthony Rendon (or at least you seemed to end up with him on a bunch of teams). Who are the guys this year that you are higher on than most?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I bought Rendon in Tout Wars but at the time I was a little disappointed that I didn't get Starlin Castro. I was probably higher on him than many industry experts but this was in part due to the BP fantasy team's excitement, particularly Bret.

Glancing at my ranks compared to ADP, my top five are Brandon Belt, Melky Cabrera, Manny Machado, Yasmani Grandal and Lucas Duda. If you're looking to the guy the BP staff likes who I'm on board with now as a result, that's Grandal, FWIW. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the greatest chance for a breakout season in 2015: Javier Baez, Manny Machado, or Jorge Soler? Thanks for the chat!
(Greg from The Office)
Can Machado really breakout again? I feel like he already did it, so it would be a comeback.
I'll take Soler. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)I just got offered Carlos Carrasco for my Manny Machado. I've got a very deep offense, but weak pitching. Still, my dynasty leaguemates will pitch a fit. I need another argument in my favor. Help me out here, Solomon.
(Odna L Otor from Bartertown)
Look, I like Manny Machado and I don't think you should make this deal. I can't give you another argument my man. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Manny Machado - future fantasy stud, or above average regular?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
I'm still on the fantasy stud train but I'm one more derailment away from getting off. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the second knee surgery will correct Manny Machado's knee issues, or will this be a long term problem?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
It's on the other knee, and I'm not a doctor. I hope he stays healthy, because he could be one of the ten best players in the game. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Guerrero was fun to watch. I also really liked Roberto Alomar in his prime. He could affect the game on both sides of the ball. Defensively I loved watching Rey Ordonez. He couldn't hit a lick, but my was he phenomenal with the glove. When the Mets had him and Alomar it was webgem city (the Vizquel/Alomar tandem was nothing to sneeze at either). Too bad I can't find any highlights of him online.
(Trent from Nola)
MLB.com has released a lot more video over the past few years, so don't give up the search! Ordonez was fun to watch but man he could NOT hit at all. I do like those guys who have a balanced game and can do different things to help win, but other than the 450-foot homer, nothing impresses me more than a guy with a great throwing arm. Manny Machado has the best infield arm that I've seen lately... hope he can stay healthy. (Cory Schwartz)
2014-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Manny Machado? Do you see the superstar others do, or do you think the bat comes up short?
(Shawn from Office)
Machado is a superstar, although the knee injuries are hindering his ability to show it.

My history with Machado is long, and I watched him speed through the minors. His defense is otherworldy, but the bat is really underrated. I think some forget how young he is. Barring anything unforeseen, Machado is going to have a few .300 25+ HR seasons in the works. He may never walk as much as some want, but who cares. Adam Jones is doing just fine not walking. (Tucker Blair)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Manny Machado to SS next season?
(MP from KY)
I'm doubtful. Moving to a position you haven't played in two years and coming off a knee injury doesn't sound like a great set up to me. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Has your opinion of Manny Machado long-term changed at all based on this season?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
From a pure baseball standpoint, no. Development is rarely linear and while he's taken an obvious step back here it hasn't changed my long term views on him. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Has the long term outlook on Manny Machado changed? Is there still a future star in there? What's a peak slash line look like?
(Bob from Dallas)
I still believe in Machado. He's not even 22 and has plenty of time to become an above-average force at third base. I'm perhaps not the best at projecting future slash lines, but I see seasons in which he hits .290-.300 with 20+ homers -- especially in that ballpark. It just may not happen for another couple seasons. (J.P. Breen)
2014-06-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Manny Machado's recent antics over the weekend? I've loved Manny, but he came across as an overly sensitive hothead to me.
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
HOT TAKE WARNING!

I think I have a different feeling on this than a lot of people, though maybe not! Watching the clip, it was clear to me Machado threw his bat with the intent of hitting someone with it. His swing didn't start until the ball was in the catcher's glove. Then the launched it. What happens after that shouldn't effect the penalty. I'd throw the book at him (metaphorically). If I could suspend him 50 games for it, I'd do that. You simply can't throw bats at people. You can't. I've heard arguments that it's harder to hurt someone with a bat than a ball, and what about getting hit with a pitch, and those are legitimate arguments, but in the end it comes down to this: I believe someone could have been seriously injured. If Machado had managed to launch his bat directly at the pitcher while he was falling off the mound after delivering a pitch, what would have been the result? I shudder to think about the possibility. MLB needs to ensure that never happens. I'd suspend the heck out of him in the hopes that that never happens again. (Matthew Kory)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Manny Machado returns to SS after JJ Hardy's contract ends at the end of this season? I remember that being the line of thinking in the MLB community a year or two ago, but Machado has played some good defense at 3B since he's been moved there. Does he stick at 3B or is a move to SS still possible? Where does he end up for Opening Day 2015?
(Rob from Oklahoma)
We have multiple Manny Machado to shortstop questions, so let's cover those here.

I'm not convinced Machado will move back to shortstop anymore, in large part because I'm not convinced the Orioles will let J.J. Hardy walk. Now, if they do, then maybe they go after one of the third basemen available this winter and slide Machado to shortstop. I know that's a ticky-tack answer, but I don't have any insight into their plans and I don't think there's a clear best approach here. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Long-term (dynasty): Manny Machado or Javier Baez?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Love this question. Strictly fantasy wise I'll take Machado here. I think he can develop more power into his game and his learning curve isn't as steep as Javy's will be. It's a tight debate but I'll take Manny. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Orioles mix of low .OBP guys and no speed is not a recipe for success right?
(AB from Penn)
just focus on Manny Machado and you'll feel fine. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Offensive ceiling for Manny Machado?
(Shawn from Office)
Do you realize that Machado was a below-average offensive player last year? 99 OPS+ That's shocking, given the big deal we made about all of his doubles, but that just goes to show you what an ultra-aggressive approach can do to pure talent. Machado has to get that under control a little, and it's why I would like to have seen him spend some more time in the minors. That ship has sailed now so he'll have to learn on the fly, which is awfully tough. He's still a very good player because of his defense and power potential for his position, but he's got to take a pitch every now and then or he's at risk of becoming a serial out-maker. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was surprised to see Kevin Gausman rated higher than Manny Machado on the O's list. Given Machado's defensive prowess, does this mean you don't see Machado's as a .300 hitter with 30+ bombs anymore? Thanks and great work!
(Frank from Williamsburg)
I love Machado. I didn't produce the individual U25 lists. I believe Chris Mellen ranked Gausman over Machado, a decision he said he wrestled with for a while. (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think will be the better player 3 years from today? Manny Machado or Xander Bogaerts?
(Tom from Baltimore)
Machado. (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. It's probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, here's what I came up with after about 30 min of research. I'll note that since I'm not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, I've restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. I'll go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, he'd probably have made it on this list. Obviously that's not how we'd rank them now, and it's funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last year's pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)First off, great job on the TINO episodes so far. Awesome podcast. My question is how highly do you value Manny Machado in dynasty leagues? What he did last year was extremely impressive given how young he was. Do you think he could be a top ten asset and the #1 3B down the line? I'd like to think he can improve on those HR by quite a bit in a couple years.
(Evan from California)
Once in my dreams Manny Machado gently woke me from an uneasy sleep and cradled me in his arms while cooing me soft pleasantries which generally stated that life will be ok and my hopes will be fulfilled. I think he's going to be fantastic.
Time will be coming soon where he almost has to be the #1 3B. Miggy is going away, mainstays like Zimmerman and Wright will enter decline/secondary phases of their careers. Evan Longoria will challenge Machado but it will be a fun conversation to have. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Will some of Machado's doubles turn into HR this year? If not, is he a viable option at 3b in a 10 team league?
(John from Chicago)
It sometimes takes a while for power to develop so while that could happen I suspect that the power climb will be gradual and not sudden. In a 10-team mixed league I would say that Manny Machado is borderline and if it's a non-keeper you might be able to do better. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Fantasy quandary - 1)(Keep Manny Machado) 2)(Trade Manny for Brett Lawrie and Sonny Gray, who I am really high on) 3)(Trade Manny for Matt Garza and Zach Wheeler, who I am equally high on). Thanks
(Tony from KC)
Dalton's Mercedes speeds recklessly toward Wesley's estate, drawing gunfire from Wesley's henchmen, but they discover the car empty, and the knife that was used to kill Wade stuck in the accelerator. One by one, Dalton dispatches each of Wesley's thugs, and eventually comes face-to-face with Wesley. Dalton gains the upper hand in their fight and prepares to finish Wesley in the same brutal manner as Jimmy, but decides against it. When Dalton releases him, Wesley seizes the opportunity to reach for a gun, but is promptly shot to death by Red, Emmett, Stroudenmire, and Tilghman. They stash the weapons away prior to the arrival of law enforcement and proceed to corroborate each other's innocence, with the implication that what happened in Wesley's house will remain a secret. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)A fantasy question - I am in dire need of quality SP and have been offered Matt Moore for Manny Machado. As much as I love Manny, I also have Nick Castellanos to be my 3B ... yeah, he may not have Manny's upside but Moore could be a long-term ace/co-ace of my staff for years to come. Both are signed for $5 with $3 annual incremental increases. Am I crazy to consider this? Thanks
(Tony from The tundra)
I don't believe in Matt Moore as a future ace, so give me the studliness of Manny Machado. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Will Johnathan Schoop be the Orioles everyday 2B next year? Do you see him as an eventual top-10 fantasy guy at the position?
(Jim from Baltimore)
Hi Jim

I can't predict whether or not Schoop will be the Orioles 2B next year, but I do think that he'll get an opportunity in camp. Brian Roberts is a free agent, and Alexi Casilla and Ryan Flaherty shouldn't be viewed as road blocks. I suspect the Orioles will bring in a cheap veteran as a back-up plan in Spring Training and let them compete.

Will Jonathan Schoop be a Top 10 guy? That all depends on how his power develops. He probably will eventually be Top 10, but given his age and the minor league numbers he has put up to date, I don't see this happening until 2017-2018. These players play different positions, but I think you have to look at players like Brett Lawrie and Eric Hosmer as examples. Everyone got too enthusiastic about Lawrie/Hosmer and got burned the last couple of years. That doesn't mean these players aren't good and won't get better, but it's a long learning curve, particularly if you're not a made-to-order superstar like Mike Trout or Schoop's teammate, Manny Machado. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think OT makes the Cards team out of spring training and what kind of performance do you expect from him in 2014?
(Cal Guy from Cali)
OT = Oscar Tavares. I do think he'll make the team out of spring training, but how will he perform? I think we're all spoiled by Mike Trout and Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. I know I am. But most guys aren't in the big leagues at 20 or 21 let alone performing like an All Star, so I'll clamp down expectations a bit and say he holds his spot, but he'll need a season or two to really get going. (Matthew Kory)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jason, glad to see you doing a chat. About a month ago you said on Twitter that Manny Machado might be the best young star in the game and that over the next decade you would rather have him than even Mike Trout. I was wondering if you could elaborate on that a bit if you could. Thanks a lot!
(Thomas D. from N.C.)
I think he has such tremendous feel for the game that he is likely to improve as he matures. His doubles will start to turn into over the fence power, and he is more than capable of sliding over to man SS in the future. He's a premium talent and I would build any franchise in baseball around him. My only concern with Machado are his ties (and hero-worship) to ARod and some of the training facilities in Miami. I'm not suggesting he will appear on any list, as I don't think he will. I just find the connections and associations to be something worth keeping an eye on. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)I love me some Manny Machado. What about you Sam? think he's gonna be right up there with Trout and Harper in terms of being a superstar?
(John from Toronto)
It is absolutely 100 percent not a knock on Manny Machado to say that he is without question the third most exciting 21-or-under player in the game right now. But you know how it was always Willie and Mickey and the Duke? And you know how you were always like "the Duke? Really? With those two?" That's where Machado is compared to Trout/Harper in my mind right now. I love, love, love me some Manny, though. See:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=20524 (Sam Miller)
2013-05-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who will be the AL's starting shortstop at the 2015 All-Star Game?
(Frank from Boston)
I'll take Manny Machado. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jason ... thanks for the chat. Which position will Manny Machado be playing in 2014? 2016? The majority of his career?
(dianagram from VORGville)
He could move back to SS for a few years, but I think he ends up at 3B for the majority of his career. Wherever he plays, the bat will be special. He's a special player. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Love your Daily Hit Lists, Matt. Any thoughts on the Fenway sell-out streak ending? In conclusion, Manny Machado. :)
(Matt from Austin)
So nice and then so mean.

The sell-out streak was mostly a marketing thing, but that so many people have come to see the Red Sox through bad weather, small seats, no parking, and ridiculous prices ("One 'beer' please." "$12.") speaks to the support for Red Sox baseball in New England. So to me, that's what the sell-out streak is a proxy for. But the thing is, we don't need a sell-out streak to know that. (Matthew Kory)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sorry about the Manny Machado jab. I am a diehard Orioles fan, so it has as much to do with my joy as anything. Do you ever find the declines of even the greatest players a reminder of our mortality?
(Matt from Austin, TX)
I suppose I do now. Thanks! (Matthew Kory)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Where would Manny Machado rank in your Top 101 for 2013 if eligible? Does the potential exist for .300 w/ 30-plus bomb peak years in his bat?
(Martin Kove from Brooklyn)
I think that's possible. He would be in the top 5 for me. I really like Machado. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have for next season: Jesus Montero or Manny Machado
(grandslam28 from Chicago)
Manny Machado and I'm not losing sleep over it. He's a future superstar. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Super-Deep Dynasty league with auction draft... $500 budgets for 25 roster spots. If there's one player you want to build you team around (maybe 3-4 players if you're feeling generous!), who are they/is he?
(Steve from Dallas)
If starting from scratch, I'd absolutely love to build around Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, so will everyone else though. I'd probably try to nab a pair of high upside prospects/youngsters who have yet to breakout in the bigs such as Jurickson Profar, Manny Machado, or Gerrit Cole. Buying in on a young player coming off a disappointing year such as Eric Hosmer would also make a lot of sense. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 5 years which SS would you rather have on your team and your fantasty team Manny Machado or Jurickson Profar?
(Joel from Indianapolis)
Hey Joel!! I'd lean Profar ever-so-slightly if only because I'm not sold on the idea that Machado ever goes back to short so the position advantage would go to Profar. Both look like future *superstars*. (Paul Sporer)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the next wave of prospects that are going to be MLB all-stars and upper-echelon players? Trevor Bauer? Billy Hamilton? Wil Myers?
(Steve G. from Athens, OH)
As you know, there is no such thing as a can't miss prospect, but all three are in that conversation (though Hamilton will be a bit more valuable in fantasy than real life). You can add to the list Dylan Bundy, Jurickson Profar, Manny Machado, and Gerrit Cole, among others. Keep an eye on Jason Parks and his prospect teams' Top 10 lists and their eventual Top 100 list. (Derek Carty)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players not yet legal to drink in this country? Which of them might play in the big league without being able to sip the victory champagne due to their youth?
(sitdancer from DC)
I'm a huge Austin Hedges fan, but he won't be up anytime soon. Off the top of my head, and without doing actual research, I'd think Manny Machado is a good bet to be there next year at age 20. (Geoff Young)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see Manny Machado's bat developing next year, assuming he stays healthy and gets a full ~650 PA at the big league level?
(Luke from Baltimore)
His development will take a step forward, but that doesn't mean his offensive production will mirror that progression. Once the book circulates, Machado will have to make secondary adjustments or face the realities of playing at the highest level. He is going to struggle, and it might look bad at times. Patience. Most young hitters take time to develop, and Machado's ceiling is extremely high. Very talented kid, and he knows how to stumble and respond, so I think he has a good chance to survive a tough full-season. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Carlos Correa.....Manny Machado ceiling?
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth)
What is Manny Machado's ceiling? We don't know that yet. (Jason Parks)
2012-09-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)In your eyes, which teams took the best strides towards future success in 2012? Can any make a surprise run at a division or wild card spot in 2013?
(Steve from New York, NY)
The Orioles are the obvious answer in the AL, and even if they don't make it this year, they should hang around in 2013, with Manny Machado benefitting from the experience and Dylan Bundy topping the rotation. Zach Britton's health and effectiveness will be a big factor.

In the NL, I'm probably a year too soon with this, but don't sleep on the Padres. They've shown flashes over the past few weeks, and there's a lot of talent both on the major-league team and coming up through the pipeline, not to mention Cory Luebke and Tim Stauffer, who should help the rotation. It's an increasingly competitive division, but a couple of breakout seasons could pave the way for a second-place finish and a shot at one of the wild-card spots. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-09-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)I watch the Orioles every night, waiting for it to all come crushing down. Are there some statistical upsides to grasp on to, or are we relying on luck and a Pythagorean anomaly the rest of the way?
(Jim from Baltimore, MD)
There's no question that it's going to take some luck for the Orioles to stay atop the standings, either in the East or the wild card, for the next month, but there are some encouraging signs. Zach Britton's recent success is one of them, as is Manny Machado holding his own and providing some offense from a position that was previously a black hole. And as I wrote in today's WYNTK, the O's run differential over their past two games is +16; those were wins against the gutted Blue Jays, but run differentials can change quickly.

If you haven't already, read Adam Sobsey's piece on how continuous roster turnover has helped the Orioles to date: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=18227 (Daniel Rathman)
2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Someone is going to have to ask it: what do you think about The Rangers calling up Jurickson Profar?
(captnamerca from Dunedin, FL)
I think my favorite part about this season has been seeing Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and now Manny Machado. In the Lineup Card that is coming out today or tomorrow I advocated (semi-seriously) for the Red Sox to bring up Xander Bogaerts. So I'd love to see Profar up. Why not? Is he worse than Michael Young?

As to how he'll do, I have no idea, but everything I've read on him says he's a shockingly good talent. I can't wait. So yeah, I'm all for it. (Matthew Kory)


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