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  1. 8 points
    So while finalizing my postseason top prospect list, I've been watching more video. Here are some tidbits of my notes. Akin - Throws two fastballs, a two seamer that has a little sink and a four seamer with some armside run and rise on good days. The slider is sluvry and not anything special but it plays to LH and RH batters and he commands it pretty well. The changeup doesn't have great movement, but he throws it with great arm speed and it fools with change of velo rather than tail or drop. Delivery is pretty easy. The walks he gives up seem to be less about not being able to throw strikes and more not trusting his stuff, kind of Gallardo-esqe. Wells - I moved him up my list after a deeper video dive. The fastball surprised me with the number of swings and misses it garnered. It doesn't have any serious movement, but his delivery has deception that helps. All his pitches look the same out of his hand. The curveball flashed above average for me, he broke off some nasty ones against Yankees prospect Florial. It's a great pitch vs LHB, the change-up is great against righties. Watching video early in the season, he got in trouble when he left the fastball on the plate or down and in (hitters dropped the bat head on it). That led to homers. Later in the season he adjusted, and he really targeted RHB's hands with the FB with great success. Other than that, he works really fast, doesn't miss his spots by much, and makes hitters extremely uncomfortable. Dietz - He's improved the fluidity of his delivery from last year. Still kind of upright and awkward. The fastball is legit, plus pitch, velocity and late life. His slider and changeup were very inconsistent and he didn't command them well. Still learning how to pitch, the change-up did flash above average. I moved him up slightly. Peluffo - I had to go back and watch Peluffo more because I'd heard some less than great reviews of his potential. I ended up keeping him where I originally had him. Deceptive delivery, solid command from the wind-up, mechanics get funky from the stretch. Fastball is pretty good, he throws it a ton, good velocity and movement. The curveball generates GBs and the changeup has the makings of a swing and miss pitch. Not much of a pitcher yet, more thrower, but he's young and still quite thin so there may be more stuff too. Ring - The swing is weird, and I don't know if it will play. Generates a lot of power though. Really, really good right fielder, I mean I knew he was good, but I couldn't believe the quantity of great plays he made out there while I was watching Delmarva pitchers. Big arm, smart player, good range, good routes. Best defensive outfielder in the system outside of Mullins (and maybe Sparks, but I haven't seen Sparks play enough to determine). Billingsley - Not as good as Ring in the outfield (the arm isn't in the same league), but fast and polished fielder. Don't think he'll hit for enough power too have anything more than 4th/5th OFer upside, but the speed, defense, approach is worth some attention. Vespi - Spoiler Alert - He's in my top 30. He wasn't a couple weeks ago. I saw him early in the season and I thought this guy has decent lefty stuff, but will never throw strikes. I didn't really think about him all season, then when looking at some stats I saw that he generated a higher swinging strike% than any other pitcher with 30+ IP in the NY/Penn league. So I figured I'd look again. He's gotten much more consistent with his mechanics, allowing him to reduce the walks significantly. He's got a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup. He's also got a deceptive delivery, it looks like he modeled after Clayton Kershaw, it's almost identical. The slider is his best pitch, it ate up both LH and RH hitters, I don't think I saw it put in play once. The fastball is ok, it's not good enough to throw down the middle, but it's similar to Cameron Bishop's. The change up flashed above average too, although not nearly as consistent as the slider. The curveball is a slow cement mixer that he tends to hang and I saw get hit for home runs more than once. It looks like hitters see it well out of his hand. I don't know if he'll throw enough strikes to keep starting, but the FB, SL, CU combo gives him later inning reliever upside.
  2. 7 points
    Hanx I'm actually doing Clark Kent but my impersonation of Lurch was Oscar worthy a couple of years ago.
  3. 6 points
    For the November issue, Reader's Digest asked their readers to nominate their nicest place in America. This was not a best stadiums article, so it was surprising to see Oriole Park on the list. Oriole Park finished in the top 10. Very nice article that discusses how Oriole Park is a fan friendly place to watch a ballgame. Readers Digest 10 Nicest Places in America
  4. 5 points
    http://www.orioleshangout.com/2017/11/12/2017-orioles-top-30-prospects/ Well will start adding profiles of the players this week. Feel free to ask any questions. We will have more out soon including our personal lists and discussions. Thanks to PhillyOs119 (Luke Siler) and Chris Slade for their help on the profiles (that are coming) and their input for putting this list together this year. Austin Hays (RF) – From High-A ball toe the major leagues, Hays had a breakout season in which he proved he was one of the best prospects in all of baseball. He will have the opportunity to compete for an everyday RF job in 2018 with the Orioles. Ryan Mountcastle (3B/SS) – The 20-year old ended his second full minor league season in Bowie at third base as he begins his transition from SS. His 48 doubles and 18 home runs hint at the impact power this young man possesses. 3B may not be his ultimate positional home but he’ll get an opportunity to show he can stick there in 2018 at Bowie. Hunter Harvey (RHP) – Finally healthy, Harvey was sitting in the mid-90s and showing a hammer curveball in his rehab outings. He will be a full go next spring and the only question around him is can he hold up to be a starter who will he need to eventually be moved to a closer role? He will get every opportunity to be a starter. Chance Sisco (C) – Put up his worse full season offensive numbers in his career, but flashed some occasional power and improved a bit defensively. Still question marks on whether he can hit left-handed pitching and be good enough defensively to control the running game. DL Hall (LHP) – The Orioles 1st round pick in 2017, the high school left-hander looked more like himself in the instructional leagues though his command will need to improve. Fastball can reach the mid-90s and his curveball can be a real swing and miss pitch. DJ Stewart (LF) – Orioles first round pick in 2015 had a breakout season and put himself back on the prospect map. A smart hitter who can make in the at bat adjustments and who can hit right and left-handed pitching giving him an opportunity to be more than a platoon player. Alex Wells (LHP) – The Orioles minor league pitcher of the year was about as dominant as a pitcher can be over the second half of the season. Commands a three-pitch arsenal that includes a plus curveball, and a flash plus changeup to offset a below average 86-90 MPH fastball that plays average due to some deception and his ability to pitch inside on batters. If he threw 2-3 MPH faster he’d be one of the top prospects in baseball. Anthony Santander (RF) – The Orioles may have found something in the Rule Five draft, finding this injured high celling outfielder in Single-A and rehabbing most of the year. Shows power from both sides of the plate with an average hit tool. Still needs to spend time on the Orioles 25-man roster next year but could one day be an everyday outfielder in left or right field. Keegan Akin (LHP) – Came into his first full minor league season out of shape and it showed early on, but once he got in shape his stuff rebounded and he showed a solid fastball, slider combination and a useable change that gives him a chance to stick as a starter. Cedric Mullins (CF) – Impressed the Orioles so much in the spring that he was jumped two levels to Bowie in just his second full minor league season. Got off to a hot start but a hamstring injury put him on the DL and he battled the injury all season cutting into his stolen base attempts. The switch hitter is a much better hitter from the left side of the plate and may be limited to platoon duty. Solid defensive center fielder who also played a real solid left field so could be a great fit as a 4th outfielder. Tanner Scott (LHP) – No one throws harder in the system, but no one throws less strikes either. With a fastball that can hit triple digits regularly and an improved slider, Scot just needs to harness his stuff more often to find a place in a major league bullpen. Michael Baumann (RHP) – The Orioles 2017 3rd round pick dominated New York Penn League batters in his debut with a hard sinking fastball and solid slider. He’ll need to keep developing his change to develop into a starting option but with a mid-90s fastball and plus slider, he could move quickly as a relief option. Cameron Bishop (LHP) – Lefty with a low 90’s fastball and swing and miss slider has a chance to stay as a starter if his change develops. Fastball can touch mid-90s on occasion and might play up in a relief role. Jomar Reyes (3B) – Lost most of his season after punching a wall in the dugout after a bad at bat, but started to make some adjustments in the field and at the plate. Pretty athletic for a big guy and some believe he might be able to stay at 3B where his plus arm is a pleasure to watch. Had a good instructional league, but next year will be a very important year for him to take his BP power to the games. Adam Hall (SS) – The Orioles 2nd round pick in 2017 played just two games before hurting his oblique and missing the rest of the season. Reportedly has the arm and range to stay at short long term and plus speed. Should start next season in Delmarva as the everyday SS. Zac Lowther (LHP) – This soft tossing lefty will have to prove it up the ladder, but he can command three pitches and knows how to pitch. Scouts are mixed on his breaking ball though he can flash a plus one at times and can miss bats with the pitch. He commands his changeup well. Brenan Hanifee (RHP) – 19-year old righty held his own in the New York Penn league using a sinking fastball to get a lot of outs on the ground. Low 90’s fastball could still see a bump. Lamar Sparks (CF) – Toolsy 5th round pick in the 2017 draft, Sparks impressed many who saw him despite some rawness to his game. Can play an above average center field, is a plus runner, and some believe there is some power potential in his lanky frame and swing. Austin Wynns (C) – Started to break out last year but he really took a step forward with a solid all around year both offensively and defensively. Looks like a prototypical back-up catcher who can play solid defense, controls the running game, and can hold his own with the stick. The Orioles can do a lot worse with him as a caddy to Caleb Joseph. Ademar Rifaela (RF) – Another breakout player. Stocky left-handed swinger can put a charge into a fastball and started making adjustments to the off-speed pitches this past season. Plays an average right field, next season at Bowie will be a real test for him as the offspeed pitches are commanded better. Cody Sedlock (RHP) – After being a 1st round pick and having some success in the New York Penn League last year in his debut, went him and remade his delivery with disastrous results. Lost velocity and even worse, lost the sink that made him very interesting. We’ve seen a hard sinking mid 90s fastball and solid off-speed pitches from in the past so he’ll get a bit of a mulligan for this season. Grey Fenter (RHP) – Back from TJ surgery, the 21-year old righty flashed the mid-90s fastball and hammer curveball that had the Orioles shell out a million dollars after he was drafted in 2015. He’ll be full go next season and will probably start the year in Delmarva. Gabriel Ynoa (RHP) – An up and down season in AAA belies the fact that at times he can show mid-90s fastball with some ability to eat innings. Probably a long man and spot starter, but could find his way into a bigger role if things come together for him. Lucas Long (RHP) – A breakout pitcher when he was moved into a relief role, Long’s stuff plays up in relief and could be a solid option at some point in 2018 if a need arises. Solid sinker changeup combination works well especially when he’s willing to work inside. David Hess (RHP) – A solid righty who can run it up in the mid-90s at times. Stuff probably would play up in relief where his future most likely resides. His off-speed deliveries are all inconsistent so perhaps a move to the pen and focus on one off-speed pitch would help out the consistency. Jesus Liranzo (RHP) – After being added to the 40-man roster this offseason, his command left him at Bowie and his results were inconsistent. Can run it up to the high 90s with a plus slider at times. It’s all about command for him. Matthias Dietz (RHP) – Hard throwing raw righty who really is still learning the nuances of pitching. Made some strides this year and many more to go, but his fastball slider combination is intriguing. Might be able to pitch in the upper 90s in a relief role. Ryan McKenna (CF) – Solid defensive center fielder who can run a bit with some pop. Too much swing and miss though and he can get overwhelmed by good velocity. He’ll need to prove it as he goes up the ladder. Luis Gonzalez (LHP) – A left-handed pitcher who can run it up to the mid-90s at times. The Orioles sent him to the AFL where he pitched very well and he’ll most likely need to be protected on the 40-man roster. Some makeup concerns may have led him to stay down in Frederick all year rather than the stuff. Could honestly be an option in Baltimore at some point in 2018. Ofelky Peralta (RHP) – The second hardest thrower in the system behind Tanner Scott, this lanky right-hander is still struggling to find any consistent command of anything. His changeup can be a decent offering at times. Perhaps a move to the pen where he could use a high 90s fastball-changeup combinations would help him.
  5. 5 points
    The O's need starting pitchers. Lots of 'em. Here are 6 ways they can pursue those pitchers that seem to fit what they've done in the past. I'm sure they might try other options, but I don't expect them to give a highly-sought-after free agent more money than anyone else, and I would be very surprised if they were to move a 30+ year old reliever like Britton, Brach or Bleier into the rotation. I am keeping in mind that they will not add someone with a look to the future, but with the goal of winning one of the wildcard slots in 2018. Here are the efforts they could make that would not surprise me at all. Move Miguel Castro into the rotation. They’ve discussed it, Buck gave him a start at the end of the season, and he’ll get a long look in spring training. Try to repeat the Chen/Gonzalez magic of 2012 by signing one or two free agent pitchers from international leagues who have had success there but won’t get a big payday from a major league team. Sign a former MLB pitcher who has been in an Asian league for the last few years who is looking for a return to MLB. This would be a pitcher who wasn’t good here before, but did well overseas. Trade a prospect/newcomer for a veteran innings eater. Mancini, Sisco, Hays, Santander, Stewart, Mullins and Mountcastle could all be on the block. I have visions of Mancini becoming the next Justin Turner, but not with the O’s. Sign a free agent “innings eater” who produces no excess value. Ricky Nolasco and Doug Fister could be two candidates, though Fister did not pitch a lot of innings in 2015 or 2017. Sign an O’s retread like Gonzalez or Tillman. That's 6 ways to get 'er done that are all inside the O's box. I don't expect them to act outside the box.
  6. 5 points
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  7. 4 points
    It is exactly 100 days until pitchers and catchers report, so I will use those 100 days to count down the 100 Most Significant Dates in Orioles history. There will of course be plenty of games on the list, although only if they have "significance" beyond just the game itself. Tippy picking off three guys was unique and memorable, but in the end it was just one win in a championship season. So, here we go. It's 100 days until pitchers and catchers report: #100 -- July 8, 1958 Baltimore hosted its first Major League All Star Game at Memorial Stadium in front of a crowd of 48,329. Major league ball had just returned to Baltimore 4 years earlier, and this was the city's first sporting event on the nationally televised stage (an NBC broadcast). Five months later the Colts would play in the NFL Championship, dubbed the NFL's "Greatest Game Ever Played" and considered the beginning of the NFL become the television juggernaut it is today. So 1958 was the year that all of America got to see Baltimore as a big league city for the first time. The first pitch was thrown out by Vice President Richard Nixon. The American League won 4-3, with Early Wynn getting the victory. The Orioles were represented by Billy O'Dell and Gus Triandos. O'Dell pitched a perfect 9th for the save, striking out two. The AL Starting pitcher was former Oriole Bob Turley, now a Yankee. Some of the big names for the American League team included future Hall of Famers Nellie Fox, Yogi Berra, future Oriole Luis Aparicio, Baltimore native Al Kaline, and Ted Williams. Warren Spahn started for the National League, and future Hall of Famers who appeared for the NL team included Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and Stan Musuial. Whitey Ford was in uniform for the AL but did not appear. Casey Stengel managed the AL team, and Fred Haney the NL. It was the first All Star Game without an extrabase hit.
  8. 4 points
    To all of you who serve or have served in the nation's armed forces. We all owe you the debt of gratitude. Happy Veterans Day.
  9. 4 points
    Interview with Jerry Coleman and Jason LA Canfora on B More Opinionated Very interesting interview which showed some of the tension that may be between Buck and Dan. Here is a summary of the items discussed. 1) Buck: I'd rather have a righty that can pitch than a lefty that can't. However the AL East parks favor lefthanded pitching. 2) Pen was fine last year. 3) Not enough finances is an excuse. We have enough money to contend. 4) O's must develop their own pitching ( more on this in #15) 5) Must have 8 or 9 pitchers that can start. 6) Hess has been good in the 2nd half. Decision must be made on protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. We will see. 7)Ability to defend in the separator for the outfielders. Mullins is the best of the young OFer defensively.. 8) Going to see Wilkerson in Az Fall league. He can play 2B/3B. He will be playing SS while Buck is there. He is a ball player. (Wilkerson played SS Monday. Made a throwing error. He played 2B yesterday and made a throwing error. Steve is 5 for 9 over the two days with a homer and a double.) 9) Buck also wants to see Luis Gonzalez ( Luis pitched 1/3 of an inning yesterday. Allowed no hits) 10) Buck does not believe in the window closing. He says the window is always open. 11) Mullins is the best leadoff hitting candidate of the young outfielders. We will see where that goes. 12) Sisco throwing got better as the season went on. 13) Buck is high on Wynns. He sounds equally high on both Wynns and Sisco. (Me - ST could tell who stays in the majors) 14)Davies would have been good in the AL East because on his change up. 15)Buck upset because young pitching has been traded away. Here is the Podcast. Buck interview starts at 29.00. http://bmoshow.com/2017/10/31/the-buck-stops-here-orioles-manager-buck-showalter-returns/ Here is what MLBTR had to say about the interview: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/11/orioles-notes-pitching-sisco-wynns-prospects-coaching-staff.html
  10. 4 points
    Never. He'll be 32 years old and in his walk year in 2018. He hasn't started a game since college. In 355 professional appearances, beginning in 2008. he has never started a game. His longest appearance in 2017 was 2.0 innings. Brach is at an age when many starters are losing their stuff and transitioning to the bullpen. I don't expect him to go the other way. Ever.
  11. 4 points
    Hey...I just noticed...when I was at 10,000 posts my wife said she was going to leave me if I kept on to 15,000....fortunately, she changed her mind. I would have missed her.
  12. 4 points
    Can't fail a physical because of a bad UCL if you don't have a UCL.
  13. 4 points
    The Orioles have three guys in the IF who can play SS right now. If this guy can play the other positions reasonably well, slide either Machado or Schoop over to SS. Typically, you do want the UIF to be able to play SS, but most teams don’t have multiple starters who can play there.
  14. 3 points
    Just a little Trumbo note. I was looking at some of his stats, trying to figure out what caused his catastrophic 2017. BABIP - identical BB and K rates - almost identical ISO (good indicator of power) - huge drop The drop in batting average, OBP, and SLG is entirely due to lack of home runs, he put a similar % of balls in play and he had the same batting average on those balls that fielders had a chance at. Similar rate of doubles as well. Just less home runs. So now we look into what is causing the lack of home runs. HR/FB rate - dropped by about 11% Hard hit ball - dropped by about 9% Avg exit velocty - dropped almost 5 mph Avg distance - dropped about 35ft Pull rate - down about 4% It looks like a simple case of power decline, which is scary if someone is hoping for a bounce back or trying to attribute the drop off to not playing the field as much. It looks like a slower, less powerful bat. Maybe offseason conditioning can get it back, but it's not something one should bet on. This doesn't look like a random down season, hopefully I'm wrong.
  15. 3 points
    These types of signings can’t be bad, super low risk, fairly low reward type move. The guy has been great against lefties, it’s nice to have a guy like that as AAA depth. Also on the GM note, you realize that until there is a change in organizational philosophy (that comes from above the GM) the Orioles are not going to operate the way a lot of fans/analysts/commentators would prefer they operate.
  16. 3 points
    I can tell you I have 6 guys on my personal list that aren’t on the official list. It’ll be out shortly so I won’t spoil who they are but I can list some guys who were close but not on either list. Yacabonis - legit fastball, with enough of a slider to get by, needs to improve command Wilkerson - older guy, but knows how to hit and is solid defensively Mason McCoy - chance to stick at shortstop and profiles like Wilkerson at the plate, most promising of the senior signs. Ben Breazeale - I don’t think he’ll hit enough for 1B (his likely position), but he was a guy who has really developed some power. I don’t know if he’ll be able to keep the strikeouts under control against advanced pitching. Drew Dosch - decent hitter, decent fielder, good gap power that may play up in Camden Yards. Doesn’t have any carrying tools so he’ll need to improve plate discipline numbers to be more than a depth guy. Yefry Ramirez- I wasn’t impressed when I saw him, fastball is hittable, secondaries more average than plus. Showed solid feel for pitching but he’s got a slim margin for error with lackluster stuff. Cole Billingsley - good approach, little power, good speed, good defender, may be able to play center in a pinch. Jacob Brown - decent bat speed and good power for a HS draftee. Better defender than advertised, may have a chance to play CF. Not at all advanced at the plate, long way to go with pitch recognition and strike zone judgement. Yelin Rodriguez and Leonardo Rodriguez are interesting but I didn’t have enough info to rank. Sardiñas - utility option, good contact, doesn’t walk or hit for much power, needs to run a high BABIP to work.
  17. 3 points
    It's 91 days until pitchers and catchers report. Here is the 91st most significant date in modern Orioles history: #91 May 8, 1966 Frank Robinson joined in the Orioles in 1966 and had the greatest season in Oriole history, winning the triple crown, MVP, and leading the Orioles to the World Championship. One of the most memorable days of the season was on Sunday, May 8. It was Mother's Day and the Cleveland Indians were in town for a doubleheader. The Orioles were 13-4 heading into the game. I have found conflicting reports on the crowd size... a Sun article reports that there were 49,516 fans and that it was the biggest crowd ever to that date in Oriole history. But baseball reference lists the attendance at just over 37,000 (still the biggest regular season crowd of 1966, even ahead of Opening Day). The Orioles won the first game of the doubleheader 8-2 behind Jim Palmer. They faced Cuban legend Luis Tiant in the second game. In the first inning, with a man on, Frank Robinson launched a shot to left field that cleared the entire left field lower deck stands, fair enough so that the outcropping from the upper deck did not interfere with it. It left Memorial Stadium and landed out in the parking lot, an estimated 450 feet, and rolled another 90 feet and stopped under a Cadillac in the lot. Exhorted by fans in the back row, two kids who lived in the neighborhood found the ball and later got to present it to Frank. It was the first, and only, ball ever to be hit completely out of Memorial Stadium in a game in the 38 years that the Orioles played there (though I personally witnessed Bo Jackson match the feat in batting practice in 1985). The Orioles put up a flag at the back of the grandstand at the approximate spot where the ball went out. The flag simply said "HERE" and stood for the remainder of the Orioles time at Memorial Stadium.
  18. 3 points
    I attended today's game @ Peoria Sports Complex. I got to see a lot more of the O's players than I did on Friday last when I left after 7 inninings -- missing Meisinger's debut. Ryan was the only Oriole (not counting Ryan Minor) to appear on the field that day. Today, I got a look at Ryan Meisinger over 2 innings -- the Peoria Javelinas liked what they saw. Meisinger retired all 6 batters that he faced. Every at bat resulted in a well struck ball; sharply hit line drives -- one each to third and centerfield; 4 belted line drives to the centerfield and right centerfield fence, all rundown by the outfielders. It was an amazing performance of striking so many bats on the sweet spot without yielding a single base-hit. More later.
  19. 3 points
    Top 20 Contacts (Fox Sports) 1. Miguel Cabrerra (Tigers) - One Playoff appearance, now big bust 2. ARod (Yankees) - Bust 3. ARod (Texas) - No playoff appearances, huge bust 4. Joey Votto (Cin) - MVP Player... yet zero playoff appearances for the Reds 5. Pujols (Angels) - Have they had a .500 season, big bust for the Angels 6. Robinson Cano (Mariners) - Not as good as he was, zero playoff appearances for Mariners, Bust 7. Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) - Hey a big contract that worked, 8. Prince Fielder (Tigers) - Still getting paid, Tigers still in last place 9. Derek Jeter (Yankees) - Another good deal for the Yankees 10. Joe Maurer (Twins) - Another huge bust Out of the top 10, 7 clear busts, one MVP player that still can't lift his team to a .500 record, and two contracts that actually helped a team to the playoffs Can't wait to see where Manny falls will fall on this list.
  20. 3 points
    I attended the game yesterday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. The visiting Salt River Rafters vs. the Glendale Desert Dogs. I sat in the very warm sun behind home plate with a few scouts. Anthony Santander was at DH for the entire game. Batted 5 times: RH: grounded out on a hard hit ball in the hole, SS to 1B; flyball out to warning track in RF; struck out swinging on high outside FB LH: pop fly single to Bermuda Triangle behind SS; RBI line drive over second baseman's head Overall: I've seen him more patient Steve Wilkerson was a defensive replacement at 2B to start the 7th. Handled 1 sharp ground ball hit at him stationed a couple of steps into RF and threw the runner out at 1B Batted 2 times: LH: struck out swinging at high strike RH: line drive triple deep into RF corner Overall: Aggressive hitter Noteworthy: Zach Jemiola: RHP Rockies organization; looked good until he ran out of gas in the 4th Nate Griep: RHP Brewers organization; 3 swinging strikeouts, no hits, no hard hit balls Kirby Bellow: LHP Diamondbacks organization; 3 strikeouts, 2 swinging; no hits, 1 hard hit ball Sean Brady: LHP Indians organization; 5 innings, 1 run on a bunt single, a forceout, a stolen base and an errant throw from the catcher on an attempted pickoff, 4 strikeouts, 3 swinging, only 2 hard hit balls one for a single
  21. 3 points
    For the Astros - Castillo at C, Mancini at 1B, Machado at 3B (although he had a worse season than Bregman). Bundy and Gausman would probably be multi-inning relievers on that team. Mychal Givens, Brach, and Britton (if healthy) could have a place in the bullpen, not as closer or set-up though. For the Dodgers - Schoop at 2B, Adam Jones or Mancini in a LF. Bundy and Gausman would probably be multi-inning relievers on that team. Mychal Givens, Brach, and Britton (if healthy) could have a place in the bullpen, not as closer or set-up though.
  22. 3 points
  23. 3 points
    It feels a little hopeless to me too, but for completely different reasons. The Orioles unwillingness to sell is risking sending the team into years of irrelevance. The farm system is in the best shape in years, and the team is in a great position to reload quickly (not as good of a position as they were before 2017 but still).
  24. 3 points
    The Astros are one game away from a world championship. You think anyone in the organization cares that their bullpen doesn't have Britton and Brach?
  25. 3 points
    It is tied for second, with Game 3 of the 1997 Series, won by the Marlins over the Indians 14-11. Here’s a list, though not up to date: http://www.espn.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=7139411
  26. 3 points
    I like the idea of leaving no stone unturned. Brach, however, does have a high effort delivery and although he does have 3 pitches, he doesn't seem like a guy who's stuff will hold up over 6 innings. However, the Orioles are better at developing/finding relievers than starters so I don't dismiss this as a bad idea. It just won't happen. I see nothing wrong with the Castro experiment and I'd even be curious to see if Bleier can go 5 or 6 innings. The Orioles are not going to get a big ticket pitcher. They are going to wait out the market and go bargain hunting just like always. Good bet they resign Tillman, get 2-3 AAAA pitchers, and sign the guy (Gallardo/Jimenez/) that no one else wants for a (3/30, 3/45) type contract.
  27. 3 points
    Great win for the people of that city, they really needed it. Sports can be a wonderful distraction.
  28. 3 points
    I think the yearly influx of new ideas via a change in pitching coaches gives all the young pitchers a big advantage over teams that keep the same coaches for two, three or sometimes four years in a row. Don't want them getting too comfortable.
  29. 2 points
    I think that’s where Dave Cameron had him. I’d pay it, and even a little more.
  30. 2 points
    There is a group of volunteers that work the BWI airport in Maryland. Whenever troops fly in from deployment which is quite often, they try to have people there, waving flags and welcoming them back home, and sometimes with small goodies bags and maybe even a hug or two. You should see some of the surprise looks on their faces. Sometime we should have done for our Vietnam vets, at least this is one good change in our society. FTR, I am not salty about draft dodgers, I am still pissed at them, I lost friends who served there, and I have one relative that served and came back, but wasn't was the same as he was. But, they served. I have no respect at all for draft dodgers. One a couple of occasions, when they learned of dead soldiers being returned, they had flags out on the taxiway and water cannons salute from fire aparatus over the airplane as it taxied by, very moving experience to see.
  31. 2 points
    True dat but, it makes for too much OH "how could we let x player go" chat. In order to prevent "webrickian angst", we should protect them whenever possible.
  32. 2 points
    It's 93 days until pitchers and catchers report. Here is the 93rd most significant date in modern Orioles history: #93 -- September 30, 1989 1989 was a magical year for the Orioles. After 16 straight winning seasons, the Orioles began a decline in 1985 that culminated with the horrific 1988 season that included an 0-21 start and a 54-107 record. But the Orioles pulled off one of the biggest turnarounds in history in 1989. An influx of youth and the "Why Not" catchphrase vaulted the Orioles back into contention. They led the division for a good part of the season, but the lack of starting pitching began to catch up with them as the summer came to an end. After leading the division for more than 3 straight months, the Orioles were finally caught and passed by the Blue Jays at the end of August. September was a pennant chase for the ages, as the Orioles chased the Blue Jays down to the wire, never trailing by less than 1 game or more than 2, matching win for win and loss for loss. There was no wild card. The patchwork rotation of Milacki, Ballard, Harnisch, and Dave Johnson struggled to keep the O's in contention down the stretch. But the Orioles still came into the last weekend of the season trailing Toronto by one game -- and the season ended with a 3 game series in Canada. On Friday night the 29th, Todd Stottlemyre faced off with Jeff Ballard. Phil Bradley homered in the first inning, and that 1-0 lead held up until the 8th.but the reliable Orioles bullpen blew the game late, aided by an unfortunate passed ball by midseason acquisition Jamie Quirk. The O's were now two down with two to play, and Pete Harnisch, one of the Orioles best starters, due to go the next day. But walking back to the hotel after the game, Harnisch stepped on a nail and was unable to start Saturday. Dave Johnson went in his place, on 3 days rest and having lost his last 5 starts. But he kept the Orioles in the game, giving up 2 runs in 7 innings. And the O's led 3-1. But once again the bullpen couldn't do the job, as Kevin Hickey and Mark Williamson gave up 3 runs and the Orioles lost 4-3. Eliminated, the Why Not season had come to an end. The Orioles would not make the postseason for another 7 years.
  33. 2 points
    This is my top 30 Contribution: RANK TALENT LEVEL RANKING 1Hunter Harvey 2Austin Hays 3Ryan Mountcastle 4Chance Sisco 5Anthony Santander 6D.L. Hall 7Keegan Akin 8Cedric Mullins 9Alex Wells 10Adam Hall 11Cody Sedlock 12D.J. Stewart 13Zac Lowther 14Ademar Rifela 15Tanner Scott 16Gray Fenter 17Brendan Hanifee 18Lamar Sparks 19Cameron Bishop 20David Hess 21Trevor Craport 22Chris Lee 23Lucas Long 24Mason McCoy 25Michael Baumann 26Yefri Rameriz 27Jomar Reyes 28Ryan Meisinger 29Matthew Deitz 30Jhon Peluffo
  34. 2 points
    I think the “Camden Yards is a tough place to pitch” narrative is a bit overblown. The O’s had a 4.60 ERA at home this year, 5.38 on the road. Last year it was 3.81 at home, 4.64 on the road. In any event, a good pitcher is going to outpitch his opponent most of the time regardless of what the home stadium is like; it’s the same for both teams.
  35. 2 points
    Part of DD’s job this winter is to look for guys who had a bad year in 2017 but are good candidates to bounce back. In 2016, there were 25 pitchers who threw at least 100 innings and had an ERA over 5.00. Most of those pitchers were not significantly better in 2017, but here are six who were: 1. Sonny Gray (27) — 5.69 ERA (4.67 FIP, 4.13 xFIP) in 2016, 3.55 (3.90, 3.76) in 2017. 2. Jorge de la Rosa (36) — 5.51 ERA (5.36 FIP, 4.81 xFIP) in 2016, 4.21 (4.58, 4.75) in 2017. 3. Edinson Volquez (34) — 5.37 ERA (4.57 FIP, 4.58 xFIP) in 2016, 4.19 (4.35, 4.78) in 2017. 4. Andrew Cashner (31) — 5.25 ERA (4.84 FIP, 4.63 xFIP) in 2016, 3.40 (4.64, 5.30) in 2017. 5. Patrick Corbin (28) — 5.15 ERA (4.84 FIP, 4.23 xFIP) in 2016, 4.03 (4.08, 3.89) in 2017. 6. Michael Wacha (26) — 5.09 ERA (3.91 FIP, 4.05 xFIP) in 2016, 4.13 (3.63, 3.88) in 2017. Eyeballing this year’s list of 5.00+ ERA pitchers, is there anyone who seems like a strong comeback candidate we should target? http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=pit&lg=all&qual=100&type=8&season=2017&month=0&season1=2017&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0&sort=16,d
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    Stop using WAR both bWAR and fWAR for measuring measuring relievers, it doesn't work. Look at their base stats. 2014-2017 Britton- 8.91K/9 2.67BB/9 2.55FIP 2.44xFIP 1.61ERA 1.91SIERA 246 1/3IP Jansen- 13.92K/9 1.59BB/9 1.67FIP 2.10xFIP 2.05ERA 1.52SIERA 254 2/3IP Just for the record, fWAR has them in favor of Jansen 10.6 to 6.2. Even if we ignore 2017, Britton is pretty much on par or close to on par with Jansen, in no way is he "nowhere near" Britton.
  38. 2 points
    2015 - K 31.2% BB 5.5% 2016 - K 29.1 % BB 7.1 % 2017 - K 18.0% BB 11.2 % You can tell me he's not damaged goods all you want, but why should I believe it? I think the O's could still get something for him at the deadline if he is healthy for 2018 and shows his 2015-2016 form but the ship has sailed on getting a huge prospect haul.
  39. 2 points
    o Technically, no ....... there have been only 2 errors in the game so far. But pitchers like Kershaw and Keuchel pitching like they were members of the Baltimore Orioles' 2017 starting rotation in a crucial World Series game ........ those are errors of a different kind. o
  40. 2 points
    The 2 hitters were Ronald Acuna and Josh Naylor. Acuna absolutely punished the ball in 4 of his at bats. Each of those 4 were line drives -- 2 were well over the centerfield fence just to the right of the 410 foot marker; one hit the fence in the same area and Acuna was barely nipped (see below) trying to make a triple of it; one was a bullet to Mountcastle @ 3rd (also see below) Naylor, like Acuna, showed both speed and power. He bunted near perfectly toward 3rd where Mountcastle picked it up without attempting a throw. Later, he lined a double to right center, lined a single to center and got the only hit off of Keegan Akin when he belted a long flyball homer to right center. Acuna was caught attempting to stretch his double to a triple by a beautiful relay from the centerfielder to Steve Wilkerson to Ryan Mountcastle. Wilkerson's throw was perfect and Mountcastle caught it on the fly at the feet of the sliding Acuna. It was the best play of the game and mimicked MLB level execution. With runners on 1st and 2nd and 1 out, Mountcastle leaped to catch Acuna's liner; his glove was ripped off behind him and the ball fell at his feet; he grabbed it and ran to 3rd base to execute the force -- good play More later
  41. 2 points
    I attended yesterday's game at the Peoria Sports Complex (Spring Training home of the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners) between the Salt River Rafters and the Peoria Javelinas. I'll provide my observations in multiple posts throughout this weekend. It was the standard warm and sunny day in the Phoenix metroplex as I took my seat in the scouts area behind homeplate. Two former Oriole players manned the coaching boxes for Salt River. JR House, 38 years old, manages the Rafters and was the 2017 manager of the AA Jackson Generals in the Diamondbacks organization. Ryan Minor, 43 years old, is a hitting coach with the Rafters and was the 2017 manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds. He previously managed the Frederick Keys. Did you know that Ryan?: had a twin brother, Damon, who also played in the MLB with the San Francisco Giants was selected in the second round of the NBA draft in 1996 by the Philadelphia 76ers was traded by the O's for Jorge Julio after the 2000 season cannot currently be described as slim and trim I saw, at least, 3 certain future MLB players on the field today -- two hitters and a pitcher -- all members of the Javelina team. RH Pitcher T.J. Zeuch, played in A+ ball for the Toronto organization, made his 3rd AFL start. He: was a 1st round draftee for Toronto in 2016 went a very unusual 5 complete innings yesterday after two appearances totalling 8 innings after 11 innings in his AFL season, gave up his 1st base on balls after 11 2/3 innings in his AFL season, yielded up his 4th base hit ( 1st hit this game, ground ball single) after 12 1/3 innings in his AFL season, was scored upon for his 1st and only run The 6'7" Zeuch consistentenly repeated his good-looking windup as he threw strikes or barely missed with a low 90's fastball and a late breaker More later
  42. 2 points
    Thanks for picking this up. We had contractual reasons why we had to rush Bundy. I’m totally against doing this with Harvey.
  43. 2 points
    2.5 wins is my threshold for a good year, and at that level Mark Trumbo has never had a good year by fWAR, and hasn't had a good year by rWAR since 2012. Mark Trumbo is not good.
  44. 2 points
    So far, without too much thinking on my part, I have a list of 7 that could be 40'ed. Maybe 9, depending on somethings. Harvey, Wynns, Wilkerson, Hess, Gonzalez (Luis, not Jay), Means, and Long. Rifaela and Dosch are on the outside. Harvey is as big of a lock as there is. Wynns is another lock in my opinion, because he has MLB defense and can hit a bit, plus the safety net of Pena has elected for free agency. Wilkerson is another lock in my opinion, as he can play almost anywhere and can hit along with having speed and small ball potential. He is doing fantastic in the AFL with 3 triples already and solid defense. He can play 3rd and 2nd very well, so Machado or Schoop can slide to short if needbe while still having those spots covered. Hess, Means, and Long all get grouped up a bit. All have 5th spot or bullpen potential, with Means having the extra advantage of being a lefty. Pitchers are easy to stash for teams and these 3 would be good choices. Not "top of rotation" guys or the next Britton, but useful arms. Gonzalez is a lefty with good stuff. He was in Frederick this year and will probably be in Bowie next year. He is someone else that could just be gotten and stashed. He is holding his own in the AFL right now, with a 0.00 ERA. Stefan Crichton did the same thing last year and got a 40 spot. He's not entirely a LOCK, but if there a lot of open spots, protecting him might be worth it for the future as he could turn out to be a back end starter. Rifaela is on the bubble, but probably shouldn't be protected. Philly is right about him not being in the same league as Santander. While Rifaela put up some great numbers (imagine how much better it would look without Mountcastle or Hays), he still has a ways to go. His swing is still wild but he has quick enough hands to adjust mid swing. His defense is ok, but with the glut of other outfielders, especially ones with better hitting and defense, he's not that vital. Now, Schoop might put in a word to put him on the 40 and re-sign his own brother, but that might be the only way he gets on there. Dosch is another outsider. He would be a decent 3rd baseman on a team that just needs a cheap stopgap, but nothing screams "must have." He is still a year or two behind in development anyway after losing time to a serious leg injury around draft time, but has been making strides. If the Orioles do protect him, you could see a serious uptick in Machado trade rumors. A good season in Norfolk though might change the story for next December though.
  45. 2 points
    When Tim Wakefield was 43 he went 4-10 with a 5.34 ERA for the Red Sox. Hard to go 4-10 on an 89 win team.
  46. 2 points
    Tillman all day. Zero risk, and I think there's still high reward. No way he just fell off a cliff without an injury. There's always the chance that this injury is of the career-ending variety, but I think that's TBD. At $2M, you can cut him any time and move on if you must.
  47. 2 points
    Very interesting because the plan worked. Did anyone notice what was mentioned during the broadcast about the analytics department relaying information to the coaching staff? The Astros organization has done a great job of putting people in positions to assist in the on-the-field product. And it’s no small thing that the coaching staff is open-minded enough to implement the information they receive.
  48. 2 points
    I believe you, the only problem is sometimes "want to" is not enough. I get the vibe Trumbo works hard on his swing all the time, didn't help him last season. If I had my way, I'd clean house (at least Buck and coaching staff, but probably DD as well), trade Manny, Brach, and O'Day. Sign Chatwood (he's young, could be a factor in 2019 and beyond). Do a quick rebuild, punt 2018, hopefully trade Britton and Trumbo at the deadline if they rebound. Jones comes off the books at the end of the season. Let Hays, Santander, and DJ Stewart get plenty of reps in the OF. Let Gabriel Ynoa, Lucas Long, David Hess, Miguel Castro (if you want to try it) Mike Wright, etc fight for the #4 and #5 spots in the rotation. The runner-up can be the long man in the bullpen. Give Tanner Scott some reps in the bullpen. Let Drew Dosch keep 3B warm and Steve Wilkerson take the utility role. So then going into 2019 you have this line-up (not counting anything you get an all the trades I mentioned). C: SIsco, Joseph 1B: Davis 2B: Schoop SS: Beckham 3B: Open or Dosch LF: Stewart CF: Mullins RF: Hays 4th OF: Santander 5th OF: Open or Rickard DH: Mancini Utility IF: Open or Wilkerson SP1: Bundy SP2: Gausman SP3: Chatwood SP4: Harvey SP5: The best of Ynoa, Long, Hess, Means, and Akin Closer: Mychal Givens Set-up: Tanner Scott 7th Inning: Miguel Castro Long Man: Runner up for the #5 starter LOOGY: Open Middle reliever: Open or Yacabonis Middle reliever: Open The opening big opening there is 3B and that's not considering any prospects/young players received in other deals. Ryan Mountcastle will probably be ready or trade bait to fill holes. If the Orioles do the trade I opened this thread with (Dietz + Peralta + Rickard for Prado and Straily) then Prado would play 3B and Straily would be the SP5. That's a team that's really young and could be competitive with a few free agent additions to supplant any of the prospects who don't look like they will be MLB pieces (they'll have the money for it since so many of the plays are cheap), they'll also have money to extend Schoop + whoever else seems like a long term piece.
  49. 2 points
    I think there is a good chance to see Wynns in the majors at some point next year.
  50. 2 points
    thats how it works right, discount their guys, and over pay for ours in return!
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