Hah! I was laughing at Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter as former Oriole 1st Rounder, Brandon Snyder, spanked the Orioles for 6 RBIs last night.
To be fair, Snyder had a hard time showing his promise as a member of the Orioles organization. He killed it in AA Bowie in 2009 when he had a .343 BA, .421 OPS, and 10 homers in 58 games. After that, he went to Norfolk where it seems that most O’s hitters go to die. That massive park seems to suck the life out of the prospects. He had chances with the big league club in 2010 and 2011, and he never seemed to catch the favor of manager Buck Showalter. Was it his Production? Attitude? Perception in the Clubhouse? Who knows except that the O’s were terrible and yet, he wasn’t getting the playing time.
This off season, Duquette and Showalter showed how they really felt about Snyder when they traded him a way for cash considerations in order to clear a spot for the amazing Jai Miller.
I have nothing against Miller. I am just bummed when I see the O’s give up on a #1 Draft pick for a player who can’t stop striking out. Former 1st Rounders, Billy Rowell and Matt Hobgood have been disasters. Snyder still had a chance to make something of himself. He could have been a late bloomer. It kills me to know that Jayson Werth was an O’s 1st Rounder and he didn’t show his mettle until after he left the organization. It wouldn’t shock me to see Snyder do the same and make a nice career for himself.
So one game isn’t going to define Snyder’s career, and he took out his ugly stick on a sub-par Brian Matusz performance. I’m still glad he had the chance to show his friends and family a brief glimpse on why the O’s drafted him #1 all those years ago. He’s a great guy, and I hope he finds the success he deserves.
As for the O’s Front Office, it will take a while and some proven success for me to trust Buck and Duquette like I do Ozzie and the Ravens Front Office. The Ravens win consistently and have the respect of their peers, and the O’s need to at least have sustained success. And for all the positives the O’s have had this year, last night it looked like they were the one’s with egg on their faces.