In the parallel universe where everything is exactly like this one except no one had ever heard of COVID-19 and there were no rain delays, the Orioles would have played 56 games by now. Instead, there have been no games played and MLB team owners collectively are doing their best to make sure that there are no games played in 2020.
With no games in America to talk about, there’s not a whole lot to think about with baseball here except for who the Orioles might take with the #2 pick in next month’s draft. The latest mock drafts have introduced some intrigue to what seemed two months ago to have only one real possibility.
In yesterday’s Baseball America mock draft – their fifth update of the spring – they have the Orioles choosing Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin. This is something of a chalk pick in that most rankings like Martin as the #2 prospect in the draft and most earlier mocks have just had the Orioles taking Martin, no question. That has evolved somewhat lately, as MLB’s Jim Callis recently told MASN’s Steve Melewski:
There is some question to where (Martin) will play. He opened this year at third, didn’t throw well and they move him to the…