We spent a lot of this summer debating when would be the best time to promote Starling Marte, who was in Triple-A and hitting well during the month of June. Can you imagine the discussions that are going on in Baltimore right now?
The Baltimore Orioles promoted Manny Machado to the majors tonight. What's surprising about this move is that he was skipped over Triple-A. What's even more surprising was that Machado wasn't even dominating the level. He had a .789 OPS with Bowie, with his last game coming against Altoona, where he went 1-for-3 with a homer.
I saw Machado a lot last year in the South Atlantic League. He's the real deal. But I think there's a big difference between having talent and being able to use that talent. Since Machado left low-A, he has put up a .692 OPS in high-A, followed by the .789 OPS in Double-A this year. I haven't seen him in action since then, so I'm not sure how he's looked versus the numbers. But I can't imagine those numbers are heavily misleading.
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