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  1. 11 points
    With the minor league season concluded, this is a good time to look at the early returns on the four deals we made at the deadline. The Manny Machado Trade Yusniel Diaz -- the most coveted player we received in any of the trades, Diaz was batting .314/.428/.477 in the AA Texas League when we acquired him. He hit .239/.329/.403 for Bowie. Dean Kremer -- when we obtained him, Kremer was doing well in A+ ball, 3.30 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 13.0 K/9. We promoted him to AA and he responded well, 2.58 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 10.5 K/0. Zach Pop -- a fast mover, Pop already had been promoted from low A to A+ before the trade, posting a 0.33 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 7.7 K/9 at the latter stop. We gave him a further promotion and he posted a 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 7.2 K/9 at AA Bowie. Rylan Bannon -- in A+, he posted .296/.402/.559 before the trade. He was placed at AA Bowie and struggled a bit, hitting .204/.344/.327. He was better towards the end of the season. Breyvic Valera -- hit .284/.350/.433 in the AAA PCL, and after the trade hit .229/.310/.364 in the International League. He's now in Baltimore. The Zach Britton Trade Dillon Tate -- posted a 3.38 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 for the Yankees' Eastern League team; for Bowie, he posted a 5.75 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 4.6 K/9. He had a very high GB ratio after the trade and presumably was focusing on his 2-seamer. Cody Carroll -- before the trade, he had a 2.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 11.9 K/9 in AAA. Afterwards, he had a 5.79 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 5.8 K/9 in very limited work in Norfolk, while also spending time in the majors and struggling there. Josh Rogers -- had a 3.95 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 6.8 K/9 in AAA before the trade; 2.18 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 5.3 K/9 for Norfolk. He has made two starts for the Orioles with moderate success so far. The Jonathan Schoop Trade Jonathan Villar -- .261/.315/.377 with the Brewers; .266/.333/.427 so far with the O's. Luis Ortiz -- 3.71 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 8.6 K/9 in AA before the trade; 3.69 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 6.0 K/9 for AAA Norfolk after the trade. Now called up to the Orioles. Jean Carmona -- .239/.298/.406 in the Appalachian League before the trade; promoted to the NY-Penn League where he hit .226/.280/.301 for Aberdeen. Still only 18 years old. The Kevin Gausman Trade Jean Carlos Encarnacion -- hit .288/.314/.463 for Atlanta's Sally League affiliate. After the trade, he hit .218/.240/.356 for Delmarva, also in the Sally League. Brett Cumberland -- hit .236/.307/.407 in A+ ball before the trade. Promoted to Bowie, he hit .190/.292/.405. Bruce Zimmerman -- a few weeks before the trade, he was promoted from the Sally League directly to the Eastern League and had a 3.14 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 8.2 K/9 for Atlanta's affiliate. In Bowie, he had a 5.06 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 6.8 K/9. Evan Phillips -- before the trade, he had a 1.99 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 13.1 K/9 in AAA. Afterwards, he had a 3.38 ERA, 0.84 WHIP and 11.0 K/9 at Norfolk. He also has had 4 major league appearances with both teams, and wasn't very effective for either team. Overall, I'd say the players we acquired have underperformed a bit since we acquired them. Since we are only talking about 5-7 weeks of performance, I'm not getting too worked up about it. The only one that worries me a bit is Dillon Tate, who seemingly changed his approach after the trade and got significantly worse results. Kremer, Pop and Ortiz all showed very nicely following promotions, and Villar has done a good job at the major league level. I'd say if you didn't like the Braves trade when it was made, there's nothing that's happened with the guys we acquired that would change your mind. In any event, we'll see what happens with this group next year.
  2. 8 points
    Mullins .317/.386/.556 Gentry .364/.382/.515 Trumbo .304/.322/.517 Mancini .291/.319/.555 Rickard .286/.310/.500 Ironically, Mancini was the only one of these 5 who was on the 25-man roster the entire month. He produced 7 homers and 20 RBI to lead the team in both categories. Trumbo was second in both categories (5 HR 14 RBI) despite playing in only 16 games (14 starts). Beckham had 5 HR and 13 RBI but only a .635 OPS for the month. Also of note, Jonathan Villar stole 8 bases in the month. You have to go to back to 2013 to find the last time an Oriole did that (Nate McLouth had 8 in April and 9 in May). In fact, in 2016 no Oriole stole more than 4 bases the entire year, in 2014 no Oriole stole more than 8 all year, and last year the leading total was 9. Nice to have this element back on the team. Among the pitchers the highlights were: Alex Cobb 2.66 ERA in 40.2 innings. Mychal Givens 2.89 ERA in 9.1 innings David Hess 3.58 ERA in 28.0 innings.
  3. 8 points
    Notes from Wednesdays Toronto complete the sweep game. 1. Nice win last night against Toronto to complete the sweep. Gentry is hitting I believe .265 according to the scoreboard at last nights game I attended. He has been hitting line drives all over the place since coming back to the active roster. It's the best he has hit with us. Did someone at Norfolk make a change in his stance or approach? He looks different at the plate. I think he has moved his feet further apart. His speed and Andreoli's is certainly a welcome addition to the outfield. 2. AJ looks like he was made for RF in my opinion. Less running for him and I think it will extend his career playing there. When he hit the slam last night it was fantastic. The small crowd was really into it. I can't remember the player for us that had the big hit to LF for us in the playoffs a few years ago that helped us win the game against Detroit. Much smaller crowd but similar feeling. I believe it was a bases loaded 3-1 pitch to AJ and boom he crushed it to LF half way up or more into the seats. I can't tell you how happy I was and how happy the fans were watching him run around the bases. Is some of that Ripken magic rubbing off on him since moving into his house? My regular seats are terrace box section 23 looking down at the Orioles dugout but during the later innings I like to stand on the flag court and sometimes go to the bleacher area and watch the games to see how our OF's are doing out there. Different perspective being behind them. AJ and Gentry along with Andreoli totally change our defensive capabilities. I rate them a B+ as opposed to the old Mancini, AJ and Trumbo OF that would get normally a C - at best. The pitchers will probably be buying these guys lunch or dinner on a regular basis if Buck keeps them out there.. 3. The same with Villar at 2B. Sorry ! To those Jonathan Schoop lovers he is a C+ player and Villar is a B+ player. It's obvious if you watch the games closely or better yet attend the games. Villar is faster and gets to more balls due to his speed. Fact ! If he plays regularly for us at 2B he will steal at least 40 bases+ again. I don't think he had any hits last night but he is a steadier hitter and strikes out less. 4. Did someone pass on my comments to Dickerson about our infielders throwing 3\4 arm to 1B? They appear to be throwing more over the top as I suggested like JJ threw when he was our SS. Their accuracy is much better over the top. I think most of the Latin players throw 3\4. I've noticed it with other teams players. Are they taught this growing up? Over the top will lead to more accurate throws.. 5. This team right now is much more enjoyable to watch than before the trades. Even the dugout is livelier and everyone seems to be getting along. No team should be a one or two man team. Even Davis appears to be benefitting from the new cast. He is making more contact and it's a shame they allow the shift because he loses a lot of hits on balls to the OF infielders are grabbing. Let's hope he continues to improve his average now in the .170's. 6. After Toronto swept us in their park recently to come here and get swept by us probably stunned them. Their manager had that "Who are these guys" look for all 3 games this week as our speed and defense and better pitching contributed to the sweep. Are we the best 40 win team ready to start September? There are some teams in September we are going to surprise with our new look. Boston, the NYY and even the Astros will see a different team. Even the Mariners and Royals will be surprised by our new look as we always had trouble with them in the past due to lack of speed and poor hitting. We don't want to win too many games but just play competitive baseball the last month and hope we get the #1 or #2 pick. Is Witt still the #1 guy? I heard some people talking the other day on the radio and they say there are several guys that could be number 1 by next June. Position player or pitcher? Which way do we go? I think a position player should be number 1. 7. Attendance last night was the lowest I've ever seen. It was really hot. Every time I touched my forehead last night until about 8 or 8:30 I wiped perspiration off. It was like I splashed water on it. Still an enjoyable night. If you have bought tickets earlier in the season for games in September and are debating whether to go you will like what you see if you attend games. I have 3 more left and can't wait for the next one. It's always a great experience watching a game at Oriole Park win or lose. The people sitting around me in my terrace box seats were cheering loudly and the crowd on the flag court were enjoying things as well. You could tell by the smiles on their faces they were watching something different. Something we are not used to and don't all of us like beating Toronto?
  4. 7 points
  5. 7 points
    Some notes on mechanical or pitch mix changes the Orioles have made with these players after they were acquired. Jean Carlos Encarnacion had adopted a closed stance at the plate after the first month of the season, after being acquired by the Orioles he abandoned this and went back to a neutral stance and striding open. Cody Carroll began throwing a splitter (he had a changeup before, not sure if it was a splitter, but he hadn't been throwing it this year). Jean Carmona's pre-swing hand motion was reduced greatly. Dillon Tate (as Frobby mentioned) after one start with Bowie, shifted to throwing a 2S FB as his primary FB as opposed to a pitch he threw infrequently before being acquired. Dean Kremer is still primarily FB/CB, but he's been throwing his changeup more and it has looked better. Slider usage has been reduced. Yusniel Diaz shifted his back foot position at the plate, closing it off some, probably a first step to try and get rid of the movement of the rear foot during his swing.
  6. 7 points
    What I miss is much more simple. I miss driving home after a long day of work and looking forward to turning on the game when I get home.
  7. 6 points
    It's not like we're good at developing position players either.
  8. 6 points
  9. 6 points
    As this team staggers to the finish line, in this, the worst season in franchise history, and among the worst season's in modern baseball history, I'd like to take a few lines to say what I miss most, and whom I miss most in recent Oriole past. I miss Delmon Young's bases clearing double in the playoffs against the Tigers...with J.J. Hardy barely safe at home as he hobbled round the bases. I miss Joe Saunders gutting out a start to beat Darvish in the playoffs. I miss sweeping 3 consecutive former Cy Young winners in Price, Verlander, and Scherzer to beat the Tigers in the playoffs. I miss Mark Reynolds clubbing the Yankees with 3 HR's in a crucial showdown. I miss that Manny decoy fake throw and tag against the Tampa Bay Rays in a game we needed. I miss Jim Johnson and Zach Britton when they were at their best closing games in clutch performances. I miss Nick Markakis with a diving catch saving a run in RF...or saving the game to open a season in Tampa with a brilliant catch. I miss Brian Roberts coming back from months of concussion protocol to deliver key hits in his first game return. I miss Nate McClouth making an amazing catch in left or delivering a crucial double to right in another important game. I miss the Chris Davis that gave us 53 and 47 HR's in 2 out of three seasons... I miss Adam Jones blowing bubbles and making a spectacular catch in CF, and his leadership and fire. And Adam's pie in the faces when it was really funny and appropriate...and not just obligatory... I miss Wieters and his walk off hits and Home Runs and throwing out runners with precision... I miss Wei-Yin Chen, and Jason Hammel, and a rejuvenated Bud Norris, and Chris Tillman's curveball, and unexpected heroes like Steve Johnson and Kevin Millwood making considerable contributions. I miss Jon Schoop with his home run power and 1000 watt smile and the joy he played with. I miss Robert Andino, and Nolan Remold finding a way to end the Red Sox playoffs hopes to end their season. I miss (yes I do) Ubaldo when he suddenly "got it" for a month or so and dominated with off speed and wildly deceptive splitters... I miss Miggy Gonzales coming out of nowhere to become a force in the rotation...Tommy Hunter with his blazing fastball and good ole boy spirit. I miss 2012, and 13, and 14..and the years when watching the Orioles was worthwhile and relevant, and fun. Carole King said it best: There'll be good times again for me and youBut we just can't stay together, don't you feel it tooStill I'm glad for what we had, and how I once loved youBut it's too late, baby, now it's too lateThough we really did try to make itSomething inside has died and I can't hide And I just can't fake it, Oh no no no no no Heres to better days ahead! Go O's.
  10. 6 points
    Added the return of the Gausman and Schoop deals. http://www.orioleshangout.com/2018/08/25/lukes-midseason-top-50-adding-the-prospects-from-the-gausman-schoop-deals/
  11. 6 points
    A list of pitchers taken in the first five rounds* of the domestic draft from 2009 through 2018. Those taken in later rounds of significant note are also included. 28 pitchers (including Givens) were taken in the first five rounds of the last ten Orioles drafts. 25 were signed. 2009 1/5 Matt Hobgood Drafted out of high school. I think he has been discussed on the OH a few times... 2/54 Mychal Givens Spent first three seasons as an infielder, converted in 2013. 5.0 bWAR in 4 ML seasons 2010 3/85 Dan Klein So nice they drafted him twice. First in the 24th round of the 2007 draft. The second time was after a stint at UCLA where he had arm surgery in 2009. Dominant out-of-the-gate, he had two more surgeries on his shoulder (8/11 and 4/12) and after rehabbing he voluntarily retired in early 2013. He hadn't pitched since 2011 Also of note: Parker Bridwell 2011 1/4 Dylan Bundy bWAR 4.9 in 3+ seasons. Drafted out of high school. Like Weiters, has not been the dominant player we had all hoped for when drafted 3/94 Mike Wright bWAR -0.6 Perhaps he'll be an o.k. reliever 4/125 Kyle Simon Along with Gabriel Lino traded in 2012 for Jim Thome 5/155 Matt Taylor Last pitched in the minors in 2015 Also of note: Tyler Wilson and Zach Davies (who was part of DD's worst trade). 2012 (DD's first draft) 1/4 Kevin Gausman bWAR 11.4 2/65 Branden Kline After numerous arm problems may make it to the ML as a reliever. 5/162 Colin Poche Did not sign and was drafted again by Arizona in 2016 (14th round). Now with Tampa Bay, FanGraphs considers him "The Most Unhittable Arm in the Minors" Also of note: Josh Hader. I can't talk about him. Makes me sad. 2013 1/22 Hunter Harvey Drafted out of high school. Will injuries ever end for this guy? 3/98 Stephen Tarpley Along with Steven Brault (11/339) traded to Pittsburgh in 2015 for Travis Snyder Also of note: Jimmy Yacobonis, Stefan Crichton, and Donnie Hart 2014 No first or second round picks (Ubaldo and Cruz signings) 3/90 Brian Gonzalez Drafted out of high school. Now 22, while he did o.k. at Frederick he is now struggling at Bowie. Still young, still left handed. 4/121 Pat Connaughton Still in the NBA @#%%#%^!!! 5/151 David Hess Also of note: 6/181 Tanner Scott 2015 2/68 Jonathan Hughes Did not sign. Attending Georgia Tech where he has had arm problems. 3/102 Garrett Cleavinger In 2017, along with Hyun-Soo Kim, and an International signing bonus slot or slots, he was traded to Philly for Jeremy Hellickson. Others of note: Jay Flaa, Gray Fenter 2016 1/27 Cody Sedlock Major college arm with major wear and tear. 1/54 Keegan Akin 2/69 Matthias Dietz 4/121 Brenan Hanifee Also of note: 6/181 Tobias Myers (traded to Tampa for Tim Beckham) 2017 1/21 DL Hall Drafted out of high school. 2/74 Zach Lowther 3/98 Michael Baumann 4/128 Jack Conlon Drafted out of high school. After failing a physical with the Baltimore Orioles, he was made a free agent. After failing another physical, this time with the San Francisco Giants—and supposedly for a different reason—he enrolled at Texas A+M. Also of note: 26/788 Cameron Bishop 2018 1/11 Grayson Rodriguez Drafted out of high school. 3/87 Blaine Knight University of Arkansas "Friday night" starter 4/115 Drew Rom Drafted out of high school. * admittedly, an arbitrary cut-off point.
  12. 6 points
  13. 5 points
  14. 5 points
    Bad baseball is better than no baseball.
  15. 5 points
    No, he does block a prospect. For argument's sake, let's assume that Jones isn't back next year. With Davis, Trumbo and Mancini back, you're looking at an outfield of Mullins in CF, Mancini in LF and Hays/Diaz in RF. Trumbo at DH and Davis at 1st. You'd much rather have an outfield of Diaz, Mullins, and Hays with Mancini at 1st. And Mancini isn't great at 1st base but at least he's not in the outfield. You're correct in the sense that he's not blocking a stud 1st base prospect but he does hinder the team from a roster flexibility perspective.
  16. 5 points
    Acquired in the Gausman trade, unheralded Baltimore native LHP Bruce Zimmermann has put up a 1.50 ERA and a 12/3 K/BB ration in three Bowie starts over 15 IP. He started the year in the Sally League and is just in his 1st full professional season. He was drafted in the 5th round in 2017, three rounds after Zac Lowther. He might not have overwhelming stuff, but it's time to start watching him a little more closely.
  17. 5 points
    As a team, hitting has improved to slightly over league average for the second half. (OPS+ for the year is now 91) 1H .227/.290/.379/.669/84; R 3.56/G; shutout 8 2H .271/.327/.441/.769/107; R 4.97/G; shutout 2 First Half (Min 125 PA) PLAYER G PA AB HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Manny 96 413 365 24 65 0.315 0.387 0.575 0.963 163 Trumbo 64 255 235 12 28 0.251 0.310 0.451 0.761 108 Valencia 68 240 215 9 27 0.251 0.308 0.419 0.727 100 Jones 92 394 378 10 36 0.275 0.299 0.423 0.723 98 Alvarez 45 127 111 8 18 0.180 0.283 0.414 0.698 91 Peterson 54 148 124 3 19 0.185 0.311 0.347 0.658 83 Mancini 91 366 328 12 26 0.216 0.292 0.363 0.655 81 Schoop 76 324 306 10 25 0.229 0.263 0.389 0.652 78 Gentry 59 135 123 0 8 0.244 0.306 0.301 0.607 70 Sisco 58 173 149 2 16 0.195 0.306 0.289 0.595 67 Joseph 42 142 134 1 8 0.209 0.248 0.336 0.584 61 Beckham 43 177 165 2 8 0.206 0.254 0.291 0.545 51 Davis 80 323 292 9 28 0.158 0.232 0.274 0.506 40 Second Half (Min 60 PA) PLAYER G PA AB HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Mullins 17 68 59 2 5 0.305 0.379 0.492 0.870 136 Mancini 37 156 146 8 22 0.301 0.333 0.534 0.868 132 Jones 31 128 117 4 19 0.316 0.375 0.462 0.837 128 Villar 26 117 102 4 13 0.275 0.353 0.412 0.765 109 Trumbo 26 103 95 5 16 0.284 0.320 0.453 0.773 108 Beckham 34 152 136 7 19 0.235 0.305 0.434 0.738 99 Nunez 34 132 117 2 9 0.256 0.341 0.385 0.726 98 Davis 33 139 123 7 20 0.211 0.288 0.415 0.702 89 Peterson 23 70 61 0 6 0.230 0.319 0.279 0.598 66 Joseph 24 92 86 2 8 0.209 0.261 0.302 0.563 54 Some quick takeaways League average hitters (OPS+ 100 or higher) - 1st half - 3; 2nd half - 5 Mancini (8) leads in HR, followed by Beckham, and Davis. Those 3 also RBIs (in that order) along with Jones. The biggest increase in OPS was Mancini. Also, Davis and Beckham (because they had little room to go but up). Mancini moved from the middle of the pack to near the top. Mancini +51 Davis +49 Beckham +48 Jones +30 Trumbo 0 Joseph - 7 Peterson -17
  18. 5 points
    That is impressive. I miss all 3 games. Looked like they were hitting well. I hope they beat the Royals badly. I know everyone wants the #1 pick but I would rather see our players playing well.
  19. 5 points
    He threw 62% FB, which seems a little high, but not weirdly high. He threw a change, slider, and curveball as well. Maybe a 2S mixed in. His changeup was really poor IMO, and his curveball wasn't nearly an average pitch either. The slider was good at times and his FB has enough armside command that he was able to keep it off barrels. I don't know if the secondary stuff is going to get much better, it's going to be about command for him. He had 5 swinging strikes good for 5.9% there are 2 qualified major league starters or relievers lower than that, out of 223. He hasn't been much better in AAA, 7.4% and 8.2% respectively. Those numbers usually go down as you move up. He'll need some Bleier magic IMO.
  20. 5 points
    Mullins has been faster this year too, similar to Mullins, maybe a little faster, not as fast as McKenna although like I said before, maybe at full speed Hall is close, McKenna has short legs. I don't have a read on Sparks outside of his pre-draft 60 times. 2018 draftee Doran Turchin has run a sub 4s H to 1st on a bunt (times are always faster on bunts, but still impressive), probably a 60 runner. Grenier, Diaz, and Hays are a tier below that, Carmona is supposed to be able to run a little bit too (55s). Jake Ring is probably a 60 runner. Wilkerson is a 55 regarding h to 1st times, but has put up some impressive sprint speeds when at full speed. (29.4 ft/s, between a 65/70 just using league average and standard deviations from the mean). Mullins is at 29.2 ft/s for comparison, Gentry 29.0 ft/s.
  21. 5 points
    Speed kills, part 1: Yesterday, Adam Hall led off the game and reached 1B on an error by the 2B. He then stole 2B, went to 3B on a wild pitch, and scored on an errant pickoff throw. Speed kills, part 2: Today, Hall led off the game and reached base on a throwing error by the SS, advancing to 2B on the bad throw. He then stole 3B and scored on a sacrifice fly. This guy’s legs are an asset. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these errors occurred when Hall was the one running to 1B. Hurried fielders make mistakes.
  22. 4 points
    That was the most fun I've had watching an O's play in a long time. Incredible that VIllar dodged Gordon's tag and pursuit--his acceleration rate must be off the charts (Gordon being a speedster himself). Valera's read of it was also impressive. Looks like the faster runners are developing and adding *between each other* a new mode of reads and go's, a new way of sensing the moment-to-moment dynamics of a game. Villar/Mullins/Peterson, then one level down to Rickard and Valera. Our hitters will have to learn how to do hit 'n run. Hope it rattles not only opposing pitchers but messes up some of the shifts and coverage by infields as well. Such a change from the type of team we had at the outset of the season--and, of course, the last decade or so.
  23. 4 points
    Speak for yourself. If there's an MLB game to be played and one of the teams involved is from Baltimore and wears "Orioles" across its uniforms' chests, I want that team to win. Period. Draft pick, shraft mick.
  24. 4 points
    If it’s a her, that’d be a steal, a competive female pitcher in high A is worth a ton in publicity.
  25. 4 points
    Must be that excellent Orioles pitching development at work!
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