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Former Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson signs with the LG Twins of the KBO


Consider this post a cry for help.

Baseball general managers: it’s your inaction that has led us to this. Don’t blame me. Sign some people already, will ya? Anyway, [deep breath], former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson has signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization.

The Orioles’ 10th round pick from 2011 was DFA’d back in September and did not appear to be in the Orioles or anyone else’s plans. He’s 28 and has posted a 5.02 ERA and some pretty low strikeout rates over parts of three seasons with Baltimore. He got a moderately extensive audition as a big league starter in 2016 and put up a 5.27 ERA. Last year he was shelled in nine big league games and didn’t do too much better in the rotation down in Norfolk.

That’s rough, but getting $800,000 to go ply your trade in Korea is a pretty decent landing, all things considered. If he has a couple of good seasons for the LG Twins, he’ll get a fresh look by someone in the bigs or in Japan, I reckon.

Ronald Acuna tops Keith Law’s top-100 prospect list

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ESPN’s Keith Law has released his annual top-100 prospects list. According to Law, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the number one prospect in baseball.

After blazing through High-A and Double-A ball last season, Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A in 2017. He was 19 years-old all season long and put up a fantastic line of .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances at Double and Triple-A. He then went on to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading that circuit in homers. Law, who is not one to throw hyperbolic comps around, says, “if Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he’s going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile.”

Acuna, who is 20 now, is likely play the bulk of the season in Atlanta, even if he’s kept down at Triple-A for the first couple of weeks of the season to manipulate his service time, er, I mean to allow him to develop his skills more fully. Or something. Given the presence of reigning Gold Glove center fielder Ender Inciarte, Acuna is not likely to man center for the Braves this year, but Law says he’d be a plus right field defender, which could make the Braves outfield Death to Flying Things in 2018. At least when Nick Markakis is not playing.

Number two on the list: Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As law notes, the name may be familiar but he’s not very much like his old man. Mostly because young Vlad can take a walk. Which is better, even if it’s nowhere near as fun as swinging at balls that bounce in the dirt first.

For the other 98, you’ll have to click through.