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  1. 15 points
    1. Ryan Mountcastle – He’s not a SS, but that doesn’t matter, few prospects hit for this kind of power at his age, while avoiding strikeouts. That’s not all, he still has a projectable body, he will most likely get stronger, which is promising if it can turn some of his 29 doubles into HRs. If he can stay at 2B, his upside is huge, if not, it looks like the bat will play in LF. Key Stat: 45 XBHs this season 2. Austin Hays – When he was drafted he was said to be a guy with good bat speed, but not enough power to profile in the COF positions where it was thought he’d end up. Now after a season and a half, he’s shown that power that will play in the corners, but has also shown he can play near plus defense in CF. Key Stat: .285/.318/.464 his current STEAMER projection for the MLB level (slightly above league average) 3. Chance Sisco – He’s holding his own at the plate as a 22yo catcher in AAA, in a park that isn’t great for hitters. He’s going to hit, the questions are numerous though. Will he develop power, will he stick at catcher, will he hit lefties? He’s this highly ranked because he’s got the highest floor in the system and is still young enough to have considerable upside as well. Key Stat: 14-74 in throwing out runners this year 4. DL Hall – The O’s first round pick this year is a prep lefty with a big fastball and perhaps one of the best curveballs in the draft. He’s little small for a pitcher at 6’ 1”, but is quite athletic (he can dunk), and is seen as having room to grow into even more velocity. Key Stat: 96mph fastball from a lefty 5. Keegan Akin – Akin had a great debut last season in Aberdeen. This season has has been a strange one, he started off striking out everyone, but also walking a bunch of guys. After taking a few starts off to figure things out, he’s been dominant. A shorter, stocky lefty, Akin has a chance to have 3 average or better pitches. Key Stat: 9.7 K/9 6. Cedric Mullins – Scouts have been doubtful to project much power onto Cedric’s tiny frame, but seeing is believing for me, the ball flies off his bat. His bat profiles well in CF, and he should be average there. His arm isn’t as strong as Hays, and he while he’s fast, he doesn’t make good use of his speed currently. Key Stat: 24 HR/35 SB in his last 166 games 7. Tanner Scott – 100+ MPH for the left hand side is special stuff, he throws a true grade 80 fastball. It gets a ton of swings and misses. The slider flashes above average at times as well. While he still is walking too many, he’s been around the plate much more this season. He’s one of the hardest guys to hit in the minors, if he can improve his command and control just a bit, he could be a great late inning option. Key Stat: BA against: .183 8. Cody Sedlock – Sedlock is having a rough season, but his fielding independent numbers aren’t bad. He was having trouble holding his stuff deep into outings. He was recently put on the DL after his velocity was down. The growing pains are to be expected from a guy who only a starter his junior year in college, he could drop further if this turns out to be a significant injury, or he could jump back into the top 5 with a strong return in the second half. Key Stat: 4.13 xFIP this season 9. Adam Hall – The O’s 2nd round pick from Canada got an overslot bonus. There is a lot to like, plus or better speed and the chance to be an above average defensive SS. Good bat speed and a chance for power. Key Stat: grade 65 speed 10. Hunter Harvey – He’s shown the stuff and control to be a starter, but has lost a lot of time to injury. He’s still young though, and has been throwing simulated games. He’s another wildcard, but lands in this spot due to being the only arm with top of the rotation upside other than DL Hall. Key Stat: despite the time lost to injury, he’s still only 22 years old 11. DJ Stewart – The former 1st round pick debuted to some terrible reviews, but he has gradually dropped the extreme crouch batting stance for a much more playable one. While completely retooling his set-up and swing, he has managed to hit better as he’s been promoted. He’s got a good batting eye, he’ll add value on the bases, and he has the power to profile in the outfield corners. Key Stat: 12.4%, career milb BB% 12. Lucas Long – I wanted to rank him higher, but I don’t know if he has the quality of secondary pitches to be a starter at the next level. That said, he has the best fielding independent pitching numbers in the Eastern league, and my eyes back that up. It’s not Zach Britton’s fastball, but it is above plus in my eyes, a mid-90’s two seamer that will generate GBs and miss some bats, combined with solid command and you have a big league pitcher. Key Stat: 2.49 FIP, best in the Eastern League 13. Zac Lowther – The O’s comp. balance pick this year. He’s got an excellent curveball that he can command that will allow him - IMO – to dominate the low minor. He has a sort of cross-body ¾ delivery that adds deception. The question is going to be whether his barely upper 80’s fastball will play against advanced bats. Key Stat: 13.3 and 13.6 K/9 as a college Junior and in the prestigious Cape Cod league respectively 14. Randolph Gassaway – Has the body to hit for power but the swing isn’t geared for power currently, that holds him back from a higher ranking. There are things to like though, good contact skills stemming from a simple noise-free approach and a compact swing. He also has a good idea of the strike zone. Key Stat: .094 ISO 15. Jomar Reyes – Two big tools in his throwing arm and raw power. Still really young, dealing with a hand injury from punching a locker, hopefully he’ll be back in the second half. Key Stat: After the injuries and repeating A+ ball, still only 20 years old 16. Alex Wells – No standout stuff, but if you don’t walk anyone, you have a chance. Averaging 1 BB/9 this season, that’s elite, he’s got a chance to be a backend guy. Key Stat: 1.00 BB/9 this year 17. Jhon Peluffo – Projectable body and good results, and the makings of a starter’s repertoire. Key Stat: 6’ 3” 140lb 18. Branen Hanifee – The O’s 4th round pick last year, Hanifee was a 3 sport athlete who hasn’t pitched much. He is 6’ 5”, very athletic on the mound with a repeatable delivery, he throws a two seam fastball in the low 90’s that plays up due to his extension towards the plate. His other pitches are works in progress, with the slider ahead of the change-up currently. He’s raw, but he looks like a player to me. I’d like to rank him higher, but I haven’t read anyone else’s reports on him and he hasn’t pitched enough for the stats to mean much (the same goes for Tobias Myers below) . Key Stat: 1,476 receiving yards, as a WR playing football his SR year (3 sport athlete) 19. Tobias Myers – The O’s 6th round pick last year, Myers is impressively polished for a young pitcher. He’s got a solid feel for a curveball and a change-up in addition to a fastball that touches the mid-90’s. He’s got good arm speed, and he’s gotten amazing results so far. The fastball looks straight to me though, so he’ll need to command it better as he moves up. Key Stat: 21K, 3BB in 15IP this year 20. Ademar Rifaela – He’s broken out this year, hitting for power. He has good bat to ball skills and he’s got a chance to be solid defensively. His approach at the plate is really bad though, which is why he isn’t ranked higher. He sells out for power and guesses way too much, the only reason he doesn’t strike out 40% of the time is his plus bat control that allows him to foul off or make weak contact on pitches he’s completely fooled by. Key Stat: 14HRs in just 278 PA 21. Matthias Dietz – Big bodied kid, chance to be a inning eater. Numbers aren’t great yet, but he keeps the ball in the ballpark and it looks like his command is improving. Key Stat: .37 HR/9 in his pro career 22. Jayson Aquino – Junkballer with a fringe fastball, but can miss bats with his change-up and slider. Key Stat: 89mph, his average FB velocity this year in the majors 23. Ofelky Peralta – Big arm, still young, but poor control. Key Stat: 7.9 BB/9 this year 24. Gabriel Ynoa – Poor results this year, but he’s got decent stuff and is still young. Key Stat: 6, his K to BB ratio in this small sample of big league IP 25. Mike Baumann – Arm strength prospect drafted in the 3rd round this year, profiles as a reliever, the O’s may try him as a starter, reminds me of Mike Wright. Key Stat: 95MPH, where his FB velocity sits 26. Jake Ring – Started off this season super hot, good power/speed combo, and can at least fake it in center. However, he is old for his level and he strikes out too much. Key Stat: 27.7% K% 27. Austin Wynns – Solid defensive catcher, good eye at the plate, looks like he has developed enough pop to keep pitchers honest. Back-up catcher upside, but a good chance of getting there, basically a finished product needing a chance. Key Stat: 46% CS rate this season 28. Drew Dosch – If he was a good defensive 3rd baseman, he be ranked higher. He has quietly made his way through the ranks with good contact skills, but little power. Last year he added some power to his game and has kept it up this year in AAA. He has trouble hitting lefties, but could be the strong side of a platoon, and that does have some value. Key Stat: .155 ISO 29. Steve Wilkerson – Another guy who has moved up the ranks quietly, Wilkerson has a clean swing made for contact. He shows some gap power but not enough to profile as a regular. He’s being groomed as an in-house Ryan Flaherty replacement, seeing time at 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, and RF. Key Stat: 5, the number of positions he’s played this season 30. Seamus Curran – Big guy, big power, young. He gets to his power with a fairly easy swing. Still pretty raw in terms of pitch recognition and strike zone judgement. 1B only prospect, he has the power to make it work if he develops though. Key Stat: 6’ 6”, 245lb
  2. 11 points
    Below is a message I sent to Tony, and he suggested that it might be a good topic for the Hangout Club thread. A brief bit of background - I was born when Eisenhower was president, and became a first time father 5 years ago. Believing in efficiency, I went the 'let's go with triplets route.' Three boys later, we found that out that each of three is severely autistic. Though we didn't know it at the time, when we moved to Florida from Pennsylvania, the town we relocated in is home to a university with a tremendous autism clinic, which provides services for a varied clientele, including the son of a famous college and NFL quarterback. Well, what follows is an email I sent to Tony about what a kind, generous thing Weams did for our family. Tony and Weams have been so supportive, and it means the world to me. They are good, good people, in my humble opinion. Hi, Tony. Just wanted to let you know about a really, really decent thing Weams did for our family. We wanted to see if we could take the triplets to Tropicana Field, and hang out in the outfield area to see the Rays and Os. Naturally, we were concerned whether the autism would cause any heartburn on the Rays' stadium staff. Michael went out of his way to get in touch with the Rays' special services group via the Orioles' staff, and was most successful. Between Chris Martrich with the Os and the Tampa folks, they were phenomenal. Last Saturday, the Rays put us up in an area in the stadium that had a great view, but was accessible with the strollers we had to use with the kids. That in and of itself would have been a lifetime memory, but that was the beginning. The Rays gave us passes for batting practice (the Trey Mancini friends and family were there in full force), and it was just a great experience. The batting practice area, lights and sounds were a little overwhelming for 2 of the 3 kiddies, so mom took them to their seats. Big mistake. Chris comes over to talk to me, and asked how things were going. Next thing I know, Buck Showalter trots over to talk to my son Nicky and me (as Nicky tried to play with the Orioles patch on Buck's jersey - not the best thing to do less than 18 hours after Ubaldo's Friday night start). I am in shock, and Buck could not have been more kind or gracious. Lifetime memory, now enhanced. But that's not all. Chris trots over with baseballs for each of the triplets, autographed by Jim Palmer. Lifetime memory, on steroids (sorry Brian and Raffy). I know you are a busy man, and didn't want to bore you, but just as you did with getting us in touch with Monica Barlow in 2012, and Weams in 2017, you have done miracles for my family. I am very grateful. Best regards, Richard (HbgOsFan)
  3. 8 points
    For me, the saddest part of being a fan is watching players who were huge contributors to your team decline to the point where they can't help the team anymore. Reading the board, there seem to be a lot of fans for whom the players are just playing units who are fungible, to be discarded without a second thought when their parts wear out. But I've never seen them that way. I see them as people, who have worked very hard to perfect their craft, who have close relationships to their teammates, and who in certain cases have contributed a tremendous amount to the success of the team over a considerable period of time. That's why it's killing me to watch Chris Tillman and J.J. Hardy this year. I want so badly for them to rally and put together a season where, even if they're not as good as they used to be, they can still be seen as contributing to the team. And nearly halfway through the season, I know that it's not likely to happen, and that at the end of the year, it will be time to part ways with them. And yes, I know it's possible that the team would be better off parting ways with them right now, instead of waiting until the end of the year. That still could happen, especially with Tillman if he can't find a way to get more hitters out. But as I said, I really hope it doesn't come to that. I'll be watching watching Tilly today and rooting for him to find a way to keep the Rays at bay. And if he can't, I won't be mad. I'll just be sad. I'll never forget that he and J.J. were huge contributors to an enjoyable period of Orioles baseball, who were good teammates and did everything they could to help the team win. They'll never be just worn out playing units to me.
  4. 7 points
    Here's a link to today's MASN decision by New York's Appellate Division. There are no page numbers on this version. http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2017/2017_05689.htm Here's a link to a pdf that has page numbers, but the pdf includes all the decisions handed down by the court today. The MASN decision starts at page 49 of the pdf and runs through page 124, a total of 76 pages. https://apnews.com/92f99952ee794a5aaefc9d5bd8fe1855/orioles-nationals-met-skepticism-ny-appellate-court I've made just a quick read of the decisions, but I'm pretty sure I've got the big picture. Here are my thoughts. Today's ruling explains what took so long: the court is deeply divided over whether the arbitration in which MLB's Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee decided the rights fees MASN would pay to the Nats was so unfair that those rights fees determinations have to be made by another group of arbitrators. Five justices heard the appeal, and there are four parts to today's decision: The decision of the court stating its 3-to-2 conclusion -- the one announced triumphantly by the Nats (page 5). An opinion for two justices who agree with that conclusion (pages 6-36). A concurring opinion by a third justice who agrees with that conclusion but on different legal grounds (pages 37-38). A dissenting opinion for two justices who believe the arbitration before the Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee was so fundamentally unfair that future determinations have to be made by another group of arbitrators (pages 39-74). One person who ought to feel like a loser here -- let's just say that I would if I were in his position -- is Commissioner Manfred. And so should MLB, by association with him. All five justices confirmed that the arbitration proceeding that Manfred essentially ran was fatally flawed by "evident partiality," and has to be re-done. Mighty Manfred was right in the center of that partiality and unfairness. Two justices agreed with the trial court that, despite the impartiality of the arbitration, the prospect of arbitrating in the future before the Revenue Sharing Rights Committee was not so inherently unfair as to justify rewriting the term of the parties' contract in which they agreed to have disputes over rights fees resolved by that committee. The single justice said that the "the conduct of Major League Baseball and its representatives has been far from neutral and balanced," but that courts lack the power to direct the parties to arbitrate in a different forum different from the one they agreed on, "notwithstanding the possibility of a more impartial proceeding in another forum." Presiding Justice Acosta, the former all-Ivy pitcher and onetime pro prospect, and lifelong Yankee fan, wrote the dissenting opinion, which was joined in by Justice Gesmer (who was a year ahead of me in law school). The dissent catalogs the flagrant unfairness of the hearing and of Manfred's impropriety, including his "acting as a de facto fourth arbitrator," and argues that "this particularly egregious set of circumstances warrants the referral of the case to a neutral arbitral forum." Here's a portion of Acosta's introduction (on pages 39-40 of the dissent), bolded because I couldn't figure out how to indent: Part of what makes baseball such a beloved sport is its rules, which preserve the integrity and popularity of the game . . . Players take the field with the expectation that the umpires are not predisposed to apply those rules in favor of one team over the other. The players win or lose each game based on their own skills and the fair application of the rules - not the influence of some outside force, such as partial umpires or illegal betting. In short, the game is fundamentally fair, a concept that is equally important in arbitrations. An arbitration, like most sports, requires that adversaries begin on a level playing field, with ground rules that are applied fairly to both sides, and without decision makers who will prejudge the matter. Otherwise, there would be no integrity or trust in the process. Unfortunately, in this case, we are confronted with a fundamentally unfair arbitration that was conducted by Major League Baseball and involved a dispute between two baseball clubs. I cannot recall having previously encountered such a confluence of factors that call for judicial intervention in an arbitration . . . Under these unique circumstances, a rehearing by the same arbitral forum that conducted the initial arbitration under the purview of the Commissioner’s office would be all but guaranteed to yield the same result. The other three justices don't say anything in defense of Manfred -- just that there's no adequate legal basis for altering the parties' agreement to arbitrate before the Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee, A couple more observations. First, a party that loses in the Appellate Division generally has no right to appeal to the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court. But there is a right to appeal to the Court of Appeals where there are two dissenting Appellate Division justices, as there are here. (It's a little more complicated than that.) So the fat lady isn't ready to sing quite yet. Second, if this decision stands, this dispute and future disputes over rights fees to be paid to the Nats would be decided by the Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee. That committee's membership has changed. As I've written before, at least one of its current members, a former New York lawyer with whom I worked years ago, is an extremely intelligent and, I believe, fair and honorable guy. I ventured the opinion before that, if he were on an arbitration panel that hears a MASN-Nats rights fee dispute, I did not think he would simply do MLB's or Manfred's bidding. Today's decision strengthens that conviction. Anyone on the committee with an ounce of integrity who has read today's decision -- even an MLB executive -- is likely to be wary of allowing MLB (through Manfred or otherwise) to dictate the committee's determination of rights fees to be paid to the Nats, and of being grossly unfair to MASN or the Orioles.
  5. 7 points
    Disclaimer: the video angle wasn't good for pitch recognition, so it's possible I incorrectly classified some pitches. Zac Lowther - Thickly built lefty, not traditionally projectable although he doesn't look particularly well conditioned and could probably benefit from professional level strength and conditioning and a good diet. Worked very quickly, snappy arm motion on delivery, 3/4 arm slot. Tight late breaking curveball is the star here, he can throw it wherever he wants it and it has the potential to be his trump card at least through the lower minors. I bet few of the hitters had ever seen someone throw a curveball like that with great command. He got called strike 3s with both the fastball and the curveball by hitting the glove perfectly. Was getting borderline calls because of his ability to hit the glove. I think he was throwing a change-up but it didn't have great separation from the mid-to-upper 80's fastball. The fastball has some arm-side run and played at the corners, but allowed solid contact if left over the plate. That being said, he didn't leave many in the middle of the plate, all of the solid contact was on "get ahead" first pitches. He won't have the luxury of throwing get me over fastballs at higher levels, the stuff just isn't good enough. He puts himself in good fielding position after delivering the ball which allowed him to make two solid reflex plays. He will dominate the NY/Penn league with his advanced breaking ball and command, he should move quickly, but will have very little margin for error as he faces more advanced hitters. Hector Guance - Big RHed kid, 6'6", almost a big league body, could fill out a little more, solid arm strength, sat at 91-92 for his fastball, but touched 94 and looked like he could probably throw harder in a short outing. That said, the delivery is almost all arm, barely using what looks to be a strong lower half. Some deception in the cross body delivery but the fastball doesn't move much. Mostly threw fastball and a sweeping slider, if he threw other pitches, they didn't stand out to me. The slider is his best pitch, and while he didn't show much in the way of fastball command, he was able to throw the slider both for strikes and as a chase pitch. Not as high on him as Lowther, Myers, and Hanifee (who I liked the best of the starter type guys I've watched on the Aberdeen squad) I don't think Guance has a future as a starter even though he's had solid performances thus far. I'd like to see him as a power reliever, to see if the fastball and slider combo would play with a higher effort delivery, he's got a live arm. Reed Hayes - Stocky RHer, strong build, probably maxed out. Touched 97mph with the fastball, with some boring action, threw mostly fastballs, too much for the lackluster Brooklyn lineup. Induced 4 pop-ups, 2 of which were dropped. Then facing the clean-up hitter with two men on (due to terrible defense), he got ahead with a fastball and then broke off a nasty 80mph curveball for a strike that put the RHed batter on his butt. Then he threw another nasty curveball, this time starting over the plate but ending up very low and outside to get a weak awkward swinging strike 3. Premium stuff for a late round pick, color me intrigued. Trevor Craport - Medium built, on the shorter side, swung at pitches all over, but looks to have good bat to ball skills. Played, 3B made one nice play ranging into the hole. Jumped on a decent 1st pitch FB middle inside from 4th round pick Tony Dibrell, cleared his hips and deposited it over the left center field wall. Breazeale - Continues to show that he has a more advanced bat than most NY/Penn leaguers, good patience at the plate, some opposite field power with a HR last game and a double to the base of the wall this game. No standout tools, but solid, especially for a senior sign. If he can stick at catcher, he could be worth watching, I'm not optimistic he will be able to though, it's been rough so far in the few games he's caught (he didn't catch during this game, he DHed). Lowther - 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 5K Guance - 4IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 5K Hayes - 1IP, 1H (should have been an error), 0R, 0BB, 1K Craport - 1-4 HR Breazeale - 1-2 2B, BB
  6. 7 points
    Are you accusing him of just being smoak and mirrors? not even sorry for that one.
  7. 6 points
    I think we have a serious problem with developing and evaluating pitchers. Where that problem originates and who is responsible and what can be done to fix it is beyond my competence. All I can say is, that problem existed long before Dan and Buck arrived on the scene. I don't think they caused it, but they've certainly failed to fix it. There are just way too many stories of pitchers who leave here and immediately improve to think that's it's just random chance.
  8. 6 points
    I'm attempting to compare Gary Rajsich's results as the O's scouting director to those of his peers. I'm going to review each draft round and to evaluate the status of all draft picks subsequent to the O's selection and prior to the Orioles next pick. I'll use BB-Reference's WAR for the purpose of player performance comparison. I'd be pleased to consider any suggestions for an alternate statistic. Here's how this will work: In 2012, the O's picked Kevin Gausman in the 1st round as the 4th player chosen in the draft. To date, he has accumulated a 6.1 WAR. There were (an almost unbelievable) 60 players drafted before the Orioles next opportunity at #5 in round 2. Here are the results for those 60 players: 59 draftees signed Of those, there were 27 pitchers, 22 RH and 5 LH A total of 31 players (pitchers and position players) have seen some time in MLB. Currently, the top WAR among pitchers belongs to Marcus Stroman at 9.1 Lance McCullers has matched Gausman at 6.1 and Michael Wacha trails at 5.6 Among position players, Cory Seager (11.4 WAR) and Addison Russell (9.4 WAR) exceed Gausman's WAR. I'll review the results after the Orioles's 2012 2nd round next.
  9. 6 points
    http://www.orioleshangout.com/2017/07/17/prospect-power-rankings-717/
  10. 6 points
    With the MLB, Triple A, and Double A All Star breaks coming up, I decided to look at the system and pick my All Star team. It was a bit tough, but I think there are some solid (and maybe surprising) picks. Stats are prior to today's games. First, my starting 8! Austin Wynns: Every team needs a catcher and Austin gets the nod to start. Solid defender with over 42% of all runners caught stealing. Has saved several wild pitches from the various "live arms" that Bowie has and has been highly praised by Orioles brass. While defense has been his big point, he apparently purchased a bat last season and has a .292 average, .381 OBP, .424 SLG, and .805 OPS. These numbers put him between 1-3 in the Eastern League for catchers. Aderlin Rodriguez: Rodriguez has a simple "see ball, crush ball" approach. While not the most athletic of first basemen, he has a prototypical first baseman bat. .296 AVG, 12 HR's, .344 OBP, .463 SLG, .812 OPS. When he hits it, he hits it hard. Johnny Giavotella: The Orioles newest call up earned it with an impressive display in Norfolk while manning second base. .306 AVG, 43 runs, 22 doubles, 4 triples, 34 walks along with 5 HR's. He was a feared leadoff hitter and had several go ahead and game winning hits/runs. Defense is still a little off, but he swings the bat very well. Ryan Mountcastle: Every team needs a shortstop. Mountcastle has only hit .307 with 101 hits, 15 home runs, a .333 OBP, .541 SLG, .874 OPS. He's doing this as a 20 year old. His arm and defense will eventually move him, but he is the shortstop for now. Stevie Wilkerson: Mr. Super Utility has been primary 3rd base since being promoted to Bowie. Over 2 levels, he's hit .312 with 92 hits, 6 homers, 36 walks with a .392 OBP, .424 SLG and .815 OPS. He is a switch hitter who plays multiple positions. He won't "wow" you anywhere but won't kill you anywhere either. Think of a much, much better hitting Flaherty. Jake Ring: An impressive start to the season, he cooled off a bit. Still has a .289 AVG with 82 hits, 10 HR's, with a .348 OBP, .507 SLG and a .855 OPS. A work in progress, he gets the starting nod for now. Randolph Gassaway: Despite being slightly over shadowed at Frederick, he has put up a solid .296 AVG (despite a sub .200 average in Bowie during a short call up), 85 hits, 13 doubles, with a .352 OBP, .380 SLG and .732 OPS. Good corner outfielder who can actually get to a lot of balls. Decent arm with a good future. Austin Hays: Thought I'd forget him? Over 2 levels, he has only hit for a .329 AVG with 108 hits, 19 home runs, a .361 OBP, .579 SLG, .940 OPS. Solid arm, a bunch of web gems already in Bowie and some speed. Number 1 prospect in the system right now. Bench : Every team needs a good bench. While these players have been solid all season, they just didn't quite make the starting team. Chance Sisco: A top prospect (1-5, depending who you ask), he fell just short of taking the starting spot. Getting a daily dose of Triple A and Harbor Park, Sisco has put up a .276 AVG, .350 OBP, .388 SLG and .738 OBP. Started off a bit rough for the first few months of the season, he has picked it up with the bat, though he still has 72 strike outs. Prone to the left handed pitcher, he still hasn't quite figured that out yet. Defense is also still an issue, catching only around 15% of runners. Has almost 80 attempts against him, highest in the system. Adrian Marin: A bit of a "forgotten" player after a lack luster 2016 and an absolutely awful showing in the Arizona Fall League, Marin has picked it up in 2017. Thought of as a "glove only" player, he hit well enough too to get Sean Coyle released in early June. A .293 AVG, 84 hits, 17 doubles, 5 steals (without being caught) and a .333 OBP, .373 SLG, and .706 OPS gets him on the team, but not a starting spot. A solid middle infielder with a potential bench role. Garabez Rosa: Mr. Baysox himself brings some versatility to the bench, playing corner outfield and infield spots. He is having a great year at the plate with a .318 AVG, 108 hits, 63 RBI's, .340 OBP, .456 SLG, and .796 OPS. He isn't just knocking on Norfolks door, he is picking up a spare key. He has been solid and reliable all season. Drew Dosch: Brought up to Norfolk in a potential "let's see what you have" role after multiple injuries to Alex Castallanos and Chris Johnson, Dosch has been the every day third baseman and held his own again Triple A pitching. Between the two levels, he has hit .275 with all 6 of his home runs coming since the promotion. A .341 OBP, .429 SLG, and .796 OBP round it out. He gets edged out of the starting spot due to his 11 errors, showing that he needs to work on his glove game more. Ademar Rifaela: Seemingly forgotten in Frederick with Hays, Gassaway, and the reliance on Josh Hart, Rifaela is showing he belongs and he wants to make everyone know him. .304 batting with 38 runs, 78 hits, and 14 home runs will do that, along with a .352 OBP, .529 SLG and .881 OBP. Doesn't get a start due to his still wild swing and not so stellar defense, but someone that should be fun to watch progress. Pitchers: This was the struggle. While there were only a few "WOW!" guys, there were a few who put in solid work and had some hard luck. Some have high numbers from some early season slumps but recovered after some changes and others have been solid all season. Starting Pitchers: Alex Wells: The Thunde...Nevermind. the soft tossing lefty has shown some great command in his first full season, with 65 strike outs and only 10 walks. His WHIP stands at 1.07 WHIP. His 7-4 record and 2.90 ERA is hurt by his 13 home runs he has allowed. If he learns to keep the ball in the yard, he can move quickly. Lucas Long: Long has been consistent for Bowie, with a 2.10 ERA and a 5-3 record. Lack of run support hurt him at times. In 73 innings, he has had 16 walks to 65 strike outs and only 2 long (hahahaha...ok, I'll stop) balls, good for a 1.05 WHIP. Keegan Akin: The hefty lefty was plagued early in the season by runs and walks, but after taking off a few starts to fix an issue, he has brought his record to 6-5 with a 3.15 ERA, fantastic after having a 10+ ERA earlier. 33 walks and 80 strike outs has been a huge improvement from earlier, where the majority of those walks came from. A 1.28 WHIP rounds out Akins mid season in A+. David Hess: Another consistent starter who was plagued by run support at times, he has an 8-5 record with a 4.32 ERA with 74 strike outs. A back end starter, he still gives Bowie a shot everytime he starts. A 1.36 WHIP rounds out his stats. Brandon Barker: Since coming over last season in a trade with Atlanta, Barker has been another good Baysox option. 5-3 with a 4.34 ERA, his stats don't do his work justice. In 87 innings, he struck out 72 as he works to contact. Only 5 home runs have come from him, as he still needs to work on his breaking stuff, but it's coming along. 1.41 WHIP rounds it out for him, which needs some improvement, but doesn't kill him. John Means: 6-7 as a starter with a 4.19 ERA, the left handed starter has had a small bout of inconsistency at times. He still brings an air of confidence and mixes in 76 strike outs with 23 walks. His 1.33 WHIP was hurt by a few rough games, but he is still one of the better pitchers in the Orioles system. Alex Katz: The crafty lefty came over from the Chicago White Sox in May for 2 International signing slots and has been effective for Frederick. Started off in regular A for Kannapolis, the trade promoted him to A+, where he has a combined 4.54 ERA, 2-2 record. He is a ground ball pitcher who has been hurt by his defense a lot, he has a good fastball and two "plus" breaking balls. 41 strike outs in 35.2 innings, he also sports a 1.60 WHIP. Double A could be better for him with a better defense behind him. Ryan Meisinger: A shut down pitcher for Bowie, he sports a 3-0 record with a 2.87 ERA since taking over for Liranzo. 12 walks to 46 strike outs and a 1.19 WHIP is reason why he has flourished in the closer spot for Bowie, shutting down teams and thriving in close games. His runs tend to go up a bit when given a big cushion. Tim Berry: Another one of the "closer by committee" candidates, Berry made it interesting with 4 saves, a 3-0 record and a 2.36 ERA before mainly becoming a stand out middle reliever. 1.54 WHIP was inflated by a few bouts of bad luck, which you still expect in Double A. A good innings eater, since moving to that role, he has become almost untouchable. Tanner Scott: "The Man Who Can't Win," Scott has an 0-1 record with a 1.84 ERA. Has gotten his control under wraps with 62 strike outs in 49 innings and multiple 100+ mph radar readings. Allowed only 10 runs and 1 home run, with 32 walks and a 1.29 WHIP. If he can continue to gets his walks down, watch out! The unknown aspect of if he will be a starter, long reliever, or closer makes him hard to predict. Tanner Chleborad: Fredericks closer hasn't had much chance, as the games are either lost or too far out of reach. A 3.27 ERA is from some early season "mop up" games when the entire Keys staff had no clue what "pitching" was. 8 saves and 35 strike outs gives way to his 1.52 WHIP, which is also inflated by the soft defense behind him. A spot is ready for him in Bowie next year, with some eyes going towards him. Jimmy Yacabonis: Finally, the closer is the Yac. His struggles in Baltimore don't reflect his 7 save, 0.98 WHIP in Norfolk. Started off the season without allowing a run in 13 games. Showed a bit of what he could do in his last Baltimore stint, but expect him up again and possibly staying next season. Snubs: Please, put down those torches! Cedric Mullins has been a hot topic this season, but his hamstring has had other ideas. Jesus Liranzo has shown some great stuff recently as a "3 inning starter," but was absolutely horrible in the bullpen as the closer to start the season. Pedro Alvarez has been WAY too streaky in Norfolk, having a 1-23 slump after a hot start. David Washington was an "all or nothing" power swinger, who usually had the "nothing" working in big situations. Some consistency would have put him atleast on the bench.
  11. 6 points
    I don't post often now, nor did I back in my 33rd&ellerslie days, but I read the board every day and appreciate the insight, thoughts, rants, everything. I live in Kansas City so I don't get enough orioles coverage. I scan the internet, get the Sun online, pay for Sirius so I can hear broadcasts, have MLB AtBat on my phone. I can't now nor will I ever get enough O's info. I have balance in my life - father of four girls and all the activities that go with them. I am a restaurant manager and have been for over 20 years, 50 hour weeks are kind of expected, but I find time for the O's each day. I am not obsessed, but I do have 5 loves in my life - My God, My Country, My Family, The Orioles, Kansas State. I love baseball, when the O's are great I love it, love the playoff run, the daily involvement, etc... but when the major league team isn't great or is struggling I still love them, but I can focus more on development, draft picks, Norfolk, Bowie, etc... I don't have enough time ever to engage in all facets of my beloved team so I guess I'm blessed to be able to change focus to adapt to the situation. I am cursed from birth, I guess, Oct. 8, 1966 - My dad was watching the O's play the World Series while Mom was in labor - legend has it I was born during the game. I don't ever want to know the truth if it's different. We won't and can't always be great but I love always wondering how we can be better. I get Frobby's frustration; driving home last night after a long Friday in the restaurant only to hear us blow a 6 run lead in two innings, infield hits, Mancini's error, on an on, I felt horribly. I had some choice words for the radio, for the world, for the baseball Gods in general, but I listened and hoped we'd come back. Then runners on 1st and second, no outs and we found a way to turn hope into frustration again. Ugggghhh. But I'll be there today, listening, sneaking into the office to get updates, tuning my apple watch to the game so I can subtly get ESPN notifications while working the dining rooms =). The Orioles aren't my hobby, they are an innate part of my life and my family and I reckon just like my family I'll love them and support them through good and bad (lots of bad). I hope we sell; I hope we get younger; I hope we fill the farm with young talent. I'll love engaging in that process if that happens. I'm frustrated by the team right now, but I appreciate the men who play for the Orioles and wish them the best - I still root for Jayson Werth and appreciate how approachable he was in Bowie to my family and my girls and I still follow many who wore our uniform. I recognize though that I am the worst kind of fan, the kind ownership doesn't have to placate, the kind whose voice isn't heard because it's never loud enough even when critical, and whose loyalty is never threatened. I don't like that at all, but I live with it the same as I live with failed expectations - Just wake up the next day and throw on an orioles t-shirt under my suit and get on with my day I figure!
  12. 6 points
    Careful when you say his name! If you do it 3 times while looking in a mirror and wearing a Mark Teixeira jersey you're going to bring JTrea back here.
  13. 6 points
    Smoak has been horrible his entire career. If we drafted him and he put up numbers like he did before this everyone would have ran him out of town just like Matusz.
  14. 5 points
    http://www.orioleshangout.com/2017/07/13/orioles-unequivocally-need-sellers/
  15. 5 points
    Updated through today's game. Since May 10th, the Orioles are 20-39 (.339). The rotation has only 13 QS in the past 59 games May 10-July 16 Aquino 1 GS 3 ER, 5.1 IP, 5.07 ERA Bundy 11 GS 41 ER, 62.1 IP, 5.92 ERA Miley 13 GS 48 ER, 61.0 IP, 7.08 ERA Gausman 12 GS 43 ER, 62.0 IP, 6.24 ERA Jimenez 8 GS 37 ER, 40.0 IP, 8.33 ERA Tillman 10 GS 43 ER, 44.0 IP, 8.70 ERA Asher 4 GS 19 ER, 17.1 IP, 9.87 ERA totals 59 GS, 234 ER, 292 IP, 7.21 ERA
  16. 5 points
    Oblique Training and Strengthening by Chris Davis How to Haul Ass to First Base by Manny Machado, forward by select members of OriolesHangout.com Throwing Strikes by Ubaldo Jimenez, forward by Wade Miley My Big League Future by Tyler Wilson Wally Pipp: Life and Times After June 2nd, 1925 by Chris Davis A Brief History of Orioles Pitching Prospects by Cody Sedlock My Best Deadline Deals, 2011-Present by Dan Duquette (release date: October 2017) How To Hit The Low And Outside Slider, a Complete Hitter's Guide by Adam Jones 외야에서의 모험 by Hyun Soo Kim (Translated to English: Adventures In the Outfield) Maintaining Power Year to Year by Mark Trumbo
  17. 5 points
    OK, I have read the decision, which is 73 pages long. Essentially, by a 2-1 vote, it affirmed the lower court's decision to vacate the first arbitral award, on the grounds of bias because the Nats' lawyers had represented MLB and some of the teams whose representatives sat on the RSDC in other matters. That part of the decision is a victory for the Orioles. But the court sent to case back to the RSDC for a second arbitration, denying the request that it go to a more neutral arbitral body. The basis for that decision was simple: that's what the parties had agreed to do in their contract, and MASN/the Orioles were fully aware of MLB's role in the RSDC process when they agreed to that procedure. However, one judge dissented, saying the court had the power to reform the parties agreement in cases where bias was evident. I expect MASN/the Orioles will take a further appeal to the New York Court of Appeals (which is the highest court in the New York State courts). On average, that process takes about 15 months. One issue is whether the courts will instruct the parties to delay the new RSDC hearing while that appeal is pending. Stay tuned on that one.
  18. 5 points
    A few weeks ago someone wrote a thread about how the launch angle revolution was affecting the Orioles, and while I think there is some validity to that theory, I do not think it accounts for everything. But it got me thinking, "what if the launch angle revolition is a symptom of something bigger." Then the news came out, "MLB denies they are juicing the ball." In the quick highlights and fast information era we live in that is the headline which spread. The context however was a far different thing, MLB only admitted that there was no significant change between 2016 and 2017 baseball. What if the ball were changed before then? We certainly had a lot of evidence (increased home runs being the obvious one) to suggest that this isn't just a 2017 trend, no, it goes back further. Are the Balls juiced? Evidence is trending in that direction. Studies by Ben Lindberg and Mitchel Lichtman (The Ringer) have show there are a number of changes between pre 2016 balls and post 2016 balls. The seams are lower, the ball is "bouncier," and the circumference is smaller. There is no huge change, but small incremental changes. Rob Arthur (538) has built on this analysis, showing that lower wind resistances (due to changes in the ball) has lead to increased in home runs. So if this is happening what effect would this have on an Orioles model that built itself around a few well known strengths, most notably hitting home runs, defense, strong bullpen pitching, and more than any other team a willingness to utilize the full extent of their 40 man roster. Let's take the last one first because it's something I have been thinking about a lot. There are differences between the minor league ball and the major league ball. They are not manufactured in the same place and players have noticed a difference. Earlier this year Jose Barrios of the Twins was asked why he is doing so much better this year. His answer was interesting, it's because he started throwing side sessions in the minors with major league baseballs. There is a difference is how the two balls perform. And then we have the Orioles, who use every inch of the 40 man roster, transferring pitchers between the major and minor leagues on a daily basis. We have certainly seen an increase in ERA, especially this year, in the bullpen and amongst those players who are being transferred a lot. It is not outside the realm of possibility that the different baseballs could be having an effect on their performance. Then again there has always been a difference in the baseballs, so maybe this is a non starter but it's worth recognizing as a possible effect on performance. When everyone hits homeruns, no one is special. The increase in homeruns has certainly brought the league up to an Orioles team that was built to hit more home runs then the other guy. The Orioles came along in 2012 and said to the league "we are okay having a lineup full of three outcome hitters, and we will take your under utilized three outcome hitters and succeed." It's was an iteration of the money ball concept, and empirically it worked. But the league always catches up. More teams started grabbing up three outcome hitters, the league started adjusting to facing these types of hitters. Shifts started to take away hits on the edges. But now we have the coup de gras, juice the ball and now you have second baseman hitting 40 home runs a year. The Orioles system is nothing special and despite having a team built around power they have been passed by many teams hitting more homeruns. Rather than the launch angle revolution leading to more home runs perhaps the real progression is the juiced ball leading to a performance increase from those who can increase launch angle, thus resulting in more people trying it and more home runs. The ball came first, then the approach, then the outcome. Corresponding with a shift in offense toward homeruns the Orioles started sacrificing outfield defense for power. Mark Trumbo and Seth Smith play the majority of games in RF. But with the juiced baseball hard hit rates are up 3% and there are more flyballs. The infield defense is less beneficial, and the slow outfield defense is a bigger liability. The ultimate effect of all of these changes is to have rendered the Orioles model toothless and we have seen a decrease in performance. For a team that "made hay" on the margins, the margins are shrinking and a lot of it has to do with the juiced baseball. Does this theory have holes? Yes. Is player performance more to blame than a change in the baseball? Certainly. But it's worth noting that the juiced baseball is not something that would help the Orioles competitive model.
  19. 5 points
    Of course, the article assumes that the fans should vote for the player with the highest WAR. There are several issues with this: 1. The WAR totals shown are from year-end, whereas the all-star team is selected halfway through the year. 2. WAR is an imperfect measure of who is having the best season. 3. WAR didn't even exist as a published stat during most or all of Cal's career. 4. If a player is consistently great, there's no rule saying you should have to give the nod to some player who's been slightly better in a half-season of play.
  20. 5 points
    Here's my understanding, based on what I was told by my source: Bishop agreed to terms after his outing earlier this week at the Cape with Duquette in attendance. It would have been for an amount in the range of $500-600k, and the Orioles flew him to Baltimore on Thursday to sign the contract and take a physical, and the deal would have been announced on Friday before the deadline. As we all know, Angelos has a history of killing or trying to renegotiate deals after reviewing the results of physicals, and apparently that's what he did with Bishop. I have no idea if the concerns were legit or not, but apparently Angelos tried to lower the bonus amount they agreed to and Bishop's agent said no. Ultimately, Angelos relented and kept the bonus terms as they agreed to, but the contract paperwork was submitted just after the deadline, so MLB would not approve the deal. However, the Orioles are trying to get MLB to reverse the decision and let the deal move forward, because both Bishop and the Orioles want the deal and have a signed agreement. Because they have a signed agreement, Bishop could lose his college eligibility and have to sit out next season before re-entering the draft in 2018. This means he would have to play for an independent league team during the spring so teams can evaluate him. Basically, this situation is a mess and Bishop could get screwed in the process. I was told that there's a chance MLB lets this slide and approves the deal, since only a technicality is preventing it from being an official deal. However, if Angelos wouldn't have pulled his shenanigans with the physical and delayed the deal from being completed, they would have easily been able to submit the paperwork by the deadline. This is what is so frustrating about him as an owner. The fact that he ultimately agreed to the original terms of the deal tells me that he was just using something on the physical to try and reduce the bonus and get a better deal. With Conlon, it appears that there was a legitimate physical issue, because they never even made him an offer after reviewing the results, but with Bishop, it seems like it was just Angelos trying to get a better deal for the Orioles by using some minor thing on the physical as a reason to reduce the bonus. We should find out this week what the decision is on this situation. For the Orioles and Bishops sake, I hope MLB approves the deal. If not, I hope Bishop is at least able to retain his college eligibility.
  21. 5 points
    I was telling my wife that in the 1998-2011 disaster, the longer we lost, the more obsessed with the Orioles I became. In fact, I found this website while searching for information on the Orioles farm system, to which I had never paid the slightest bit of attention before, in the desperate hope that I'd find some promising players down there to hang some hope on. Right now, though, I'm having the opposite reaction. I've really enjoyed the last five years, and it's made me realize how miserable I was when the team was bad and how unhealthy it was for me to obsess about it. I'm going to try my hardest not to do that this time. I'm not saying I'm going to stop rooting for them if they go bad for a while, but I'm going to pay a whole lot less attention. I'm not going to plan my evenings or weekends around what time the Orioles are playing. I'm not going to automatically turn the games on once dinner's over. I just don't need the aggravation. Games like tonight just make me unhappy to my core.
  22. 5 points
    There is no upside for Dan or the team in him publicly stating that he doesn't expect the team to play any better.
  23. 5 points
    Beyond just ranting, I did notice that the WaPo's baseball writer recently suggested that the O's have done a very poor job hitting against unfamiliar pitchers this year. That would explain why they play better against the AL East than against teams outside the division. I wonder if this is a symptom of poor advance scouting on the O's part.
  24. 5 points
    Sunday was the statistical midpoint of the season, so it's time to hand out my midseason report card. All statistics listed are as of July 2, the 81-game mark. To break things up, I'll do the hitters and pitchers in separate posts. All grades are on a curve compared to my expectations for the player going into the season. Chris Davis, .226/.320/.461, 14 HR, 26 RBI, 0.5 rWAR, 0.8 fWAR -- D. It's not Davis' worst slash line, but it's far from his best, and his sickly RBI total tells you that his homers have been pretty empty. He's struck out 95 times in 61 games, and has been caught looking 41 times. I'd have considered a lower grade, but his defense at 1B has been very good. Jonathan Schoop, .293/.348/.538, 16 HR, 51 RBI, 1.6 rWAR, 1.9 fWAR -- B+. Offensively, he deserves an A, but I can't overlook his 10 errors and overall poor defensive metrics this season. I'm very pleased with his offensive progress this year and hope it will continue, while his defense returns to normal levels. Manny Machado, .217/.288/.428, 16 HR, 41 RBI, 1.1 rWAR, 1.4 fWAR -- D. It feels like Manny has forgotten the all-fields offensive approach that made him so successful, and that he's trying to pull everything into the LF seats. The homers have been there, but the base hits have not. Almost obscured by his offensive struggles, he's having an excellent defensive season and has a good shot at his third Gold Glove. J.J. Hardy, .211/.248/.308, 3 HR, 21 RBI, -0.6 rWAR, -0.7 fWAR -- F. Sorry, J.J., it pains me to give that to you, but you've been terrible. His defense is solidly average but nowhere near the level it used to be. His offense is completely unacceptable. Let's hope that when he comes off the DL, he'll be rejuvenated. Trey Mancini, .303/.351/.545, 14 HR, 43 RBI, 1.5 rWAR, 1.3 rWAR -- A. As I've posted several times, Mancini has exceeded my expectation in just about every way possible. Better hitter for average than I expected, more power than I expected, better approach at the plate than I expected, faster than I expected, and not an embarrassment when playing the outfield. He's also been decent at 1B. Hyun Soo Kim, .234/.308/.290, 1 HR, 8 RBI, -0.3 rWAR, -0.3 fWAR -- D. He hasn't had a ton of opportunities, but he hasn't taken advantage when he's had them. He really hasn't looked comfortable at the plate all year. Adam Jones, .263/.299/.424, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 1.2 rWAR, 0.0 fWAR -- C-. It feels like each year, Adam declines just a little more offensively. It's barely perceptible from one year to the next, but over the last five years, it's added up. His improved defensive metrics (per BB-ref, not fangraphs) are a function of him playing deeper, which is good, but I feel his defensive skills have eroded at about the same rate as his offense. Seth Smith, .258/.332/.438, 8 HR, 18 RBI, 0.3 rWAR, 0.3 fWAR -- C. He's been about as I expected, but I'm disappointed he hasn't gotten a bump from playing in OPACY. Mark Trumbo, .253/.315/.409, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 0.3 rWAR, -0.3 fWAR -- C-. His BA and OBP are about the same as last year, but the power has been mysteriously down. I'd grade him lower, but I'm giving him some credit for some high-leverage hits that have kept his RBI total respectable. Joey Rickard, .252/.287/.378, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 0.3 rWAR, 0.2 fWAR -- C. About a week ago, I would have given him a lower grade, but he had several good games on offense and defense that pulled him up. He's not a good player, but he's doing what he can. Welington Castillo, .272/.307/.439, 8 HR, 25 RBI, 0.6 rWAR, 1.0 fWAR -- C+. He's having a very typical Castillo season. What I can't tell is whether he deserves any blame for the pitiful performance of the starting pitchers, so I didn't downgrade him for that. Caleb Joseph, .294/.324/.441, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 1.3 rWAR, 0.6 fWAR -- A. He's hitting beyond my wildest expectations, whereas last year he was beyond horrible. My grade is solely based on his unexpected offensive performance; his defense is steady but not spectacular. I'm not bothering to grade the various backup infielders or Gentry, who haven't had enough at bats to really judge them. Let's just call them uninspiring. Overall, I'd give the position players a D. The offense is solidly, but not drastically, below expectations, and the defense is also a bit below expectations, though not much.
  25. 5 points
  26. 5 points
    First time seeing Hanifee pitch. Watching on milb.tv not a great camera angle for pitch recognition. Hanifee is tall, slender, still has room to gain good weight but not so thin that he needs to gain weight. He works fast and has an athletic, repeatable delivery. There is some effort in the delivery but he uses his lower body well which seems to take some stress of the arm. There isn't a ton of deception in the delivery but his long arms and strong drive towards home plate makes his fastball jump on hitters who were late on it all night ( I don't know how hard he was throwing but the swings said it was a good fastball). The fastball seemed to have good downward plane and some armside tail and it generated a lot of GBs (I think all but 2 batted balls were grounders and only one ball made it out of the infield cleanly) I think he was also throwing a slider and a change up. Neither of them looked to have much in the way of horizontal movement and I couldn't tell vertical break from the angle, but he was able to throw the breaking ball for strikes at times. His control was good, command was decent as well. When he missed the zone it was a mechanical issue where he left his body open and would miss armside and up, that led to the fist of his two walks (4 straight balls) but he was able to fix it pretty quickly and get back on track. Final Line: 6IP, 3H, 1R, 2BB, 7K, HBP, 84 pitches, 57 strikes
  27. 5 points
    I watched the game on MILB.tv and made a few notes on what I saw. This was my first time seeing most of the players, so I don't want to jump to any conclusions based on one look. Position Players Chris Johnson (3B) - rehabbing, looked terrible, was fooled badly by breaking balls. Nichting (CF) - loose swing, but not much strength, looked smooth in center but wasn't tested, made one strong throw. Tristan Graham (RF) - didn't look like a pro player, the swing is ugly and long, swung at junk, dropped an easy fly ball, made a terrible throw, just an awful game and with that swing I don't know how it's going to get much better. Jean Carrillo (C) - had a quick release and an accurate throw to get a caught stealing, also made a strong throw behind a runner that almost picked him off, swings hard at the plate, fairly long swing, blocked some tough balls but let a few get by (in his defense, the Aberdeen pitchers were all over the place). Seamus Curran (1B) - Big dude, swing looks pretty easy, hit a ball to the warning track in center on a pitch he was fooled on, made a nice little play catching a pop up in foul territory right up against the wall. Breazeale (DH today, C) - Interesting early leg kick at the plate, he lifts his foot really early, but it seems to work for him, decent bat speed, looks like he has good bat to ball skills and also took a close pitch for a walk, made a dumb baserunning error, was generally too aggressive on the bases (he's not fast), does look like he has room to get a little stronger, first impression is the bat could be promising for a senior sign. Jarret (LF) - Covers decent ground once he gets going, saw a lot of pitches, physically maxed in all likely-hood, doesn't seem as athletic as a guy with has build and musculature should be. Becker (2B) - a couple of nice picks and tags at 2B, Buck would be proud, I missed the double he hit, but he looks like a player, smooth athlete, I'm intrigued McCoy (SS) - not much to say, no tough fielding plays, looks like a contact oriented swing, but didn't impress, need to see more. #45 (C) - The announcers didn't have the player's name, and he's not on the roster yet. Got an AB against Pinder (Yankee pitcher on rehab assignment) and smacked a double off the wall. Maybe Luke Ringhofer? Pitchers (The camera angle wasn't good for scouting pitchers, it was hard to tell what pitches were being thrown) Vespi (SP) - lefty with no idea where the ball was going, didn't get hit hard but I wasn't impressed, absolutely terrible pick off move, like I could jump on the mound and do a better job Rios (RP) - another lefty, turns away from hitters during the wind-up, big leg kick, lots of deception, but also probably leads to his control issues, when he's in the stretch he's very slow to the plate. Joe Johnson (RP) - righty, true submariner, I like the delivery and I think he has a future in a big league bullpen, that said, he didn't have control today, did get a nice K against a LH hitter by bringing the ball under his hands (it looks like neither handed batters pick up the ball well)
  28. 5 points
    Cedric Mullins seems to be back up to speed with 2 homers and a .298 average over his last 10 games. Cedric has 8 homers in 30 games or a 30+ homer pace over a full minor league system. He still has a chance for 20. He currently has a .939 OPS and if he can keep it in the high 800's for the season, you'd have to at least consider him in next year's ML plans. Ademar Rifaela continues to hit at Frederick. The 22 year old outfielder has 13 homers and an .861 OPS. In most years we'd be talking about him more but he's been overshadowed by Hays, Mullins, and Mountcastle. He strikes out too much 68 in 221 AB's but he's not too old and he is producing. Not a top prospect but interesting. Preston Palmeiro may or may not be a prospect but he has certainly played against his label as a good hitter with little power. At Delmarva Palmeiro has 27 extra base hits out of 62 total hits. That's good power. His OPS is up to .766. Coming into this season, I was happy to hear that Alex Murphy was giving up catching and moving to 1B. I expected his bat to play up without the physical rigors of catching. Instead he went into the tank and was hitting terribly with high strikeout rates and little production. Finally, Murphy has started to hit. In 18 games in June, he has a .306 average and an .877 OPS. He's also cut down in his strikeouts. After striking out 49 times in his first 141 AB's, he's only struck out 13 times in his last 62. Toby Myers and Brendan Hanifee both had great starts at Aberdeen to kick off the season. I'm not going to get excited yet but a few more would do the trick. Hector Guance is a 21 year old Dominican originally signed by the Nationals and apparently let go after the 2014 season and signed by the O's. He has size, listed at 6'6 and 200 lbs. He had a good first start. Don't know if he's any kind of prospect though. Brandon Bonilla is 23 years old and had a reputation for a great arm with no control. He struck out the side in his first appearance with no walks. It will be interesting to see how he does. I'm rooting for Jaylen Ferguson, Alex Torres, and Seamus Curran to have good seasons at Aberdeen. All 3 are still just 19 years old. I am not down on Sedlock, Akin, or Dietz even though their seasons have been disappointing. Sedlock had 4 good starts to begin the year. Akin has had his moments. Dietz reportedly has a mid 90's fastball and has thrown strikes (22 walks and 48 K's in 69 IP). It's a big transition getting acclimated to the professional routine and although some make the transition easily, I am just concerned with these 3 getting their innings in and staying healthy this year. Poor Josh Hart. Tony and some others like to poke fun at me for staying on this kid's bandwagon but he looked like he was finally going to have a decent season and he just can't stay on the field. On May 24, he had a .313 average and a .871 OPS. He then went 0-13 and onto the disabled list. He has 21 hits on the year and 9 were doubles and 1 home run so half of his hits were for extra bases. He played a game in ST last year and looked good to me. I am not giving up on you Josh. Still 22 years old. Adrian Marin deserves a mention. Although his ceiling is probably a utility IF at the ML level, he's changed his approach (apparently) and has improved his game. Marin seems to have accepted that he's a little guy without much power. His extra base hits are down but his average is way up. Adam Brett Walker has tremendous power. He's been waived by about 4 teams so far this year, including the Orioles but they got him back and they have him at Bowie in AA after he spend all last year in AAA. In 2015, Walker struck out 195 times in 502 AB's in AA. Even this year before the O's got him back, he struck out 23 times in 49 AB's. He also struck out 202 times in 478 AB's in AAA last year. That there is a lot of strikeouts. Now, it's only 41 AB's so it's probably nothing. However, Walker currently has 11 strikeouts in 41 AB's for the Baysox. That could skyrocket to his usual levels with a few bad games. Still, it's fun to dream on a guy with his power. He has 18 hits in 41 AB's with Bowie with 5 doubles and 5 home runs and a 1.392 OPS. The dreamer in me hopes that Walker realized his career was in a downward spiral, hit rock bottom, and maybe made some adjustments. We'll see. Steve Wilkerson continues to have a breakout season at Bowie after starting the year at Frederick. He's old for AA at 25 but I've seen him and he looked very good defensively to me at SS/2B. If the bat is passable he has a decent shot as a utility guy at the ML level. Drew Dosch, in 32 away games, has 11 doubles and 5 home runs and an .831 OPS. In 25 home games at Harbor Park, he has 5 doubles, 1 home run, and a .695 OPS. Could be another LH hitter affected by the tough home park for the Tides. He's definitely an under the radar guy but the just turned 25 year old could at least be a long shot candidate for a future opening at 3B at the ML level.
  29. 4 points
    So, after a season in which the O's made the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, and Johnson saved 51 of 54 games, it was "beyond idiotic" not to trade him? You aren't living in the real world.
  30. 4 points
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/la-sp-angels-bridwell-20170720-story.html "His status within the organization continued to decline, and in April, Baltimore sold him to the depth-deprived Angels for cash. After a month of building up stamina as a starter, he was in the majors. The Angels showed him a series of cut-up videos indicating the location of his pitches that the opposition had been hitting, and presented evidence that he would be better off throwing fewer fastballs. That was a shock. For years, the Orioles had harped on the importance of establishing and locating four-seam fastballs. This season, he has halved his four-seam usage in favor of a cutter, slider and sinker, and six of his seven outings as an Angel have been successful." While the Orioles continue to run Ubaldo and Miley to mound every five days, Parker Bridwell was discarded for nothing. Like trading Davies and Miranda, the Orioles assessed that what they had was better than what these guys could give them at the major league level. The real question is, who are making these evaluations? It also is a concern that another organization took a player struggling on the Orioles system, showed him what he was doing wrong, and helped make him a pretty successful big league starter. As I watch many of the Orioles minor league games, it's not unusual to see the starters throwing 75% or more fastballs. While the league is making adjustments to becoming less fastball heavy, it seems the Orioles have yet to make the same adjustments at the big league and minor league levels. Sure, teaching fastball command is important, but also making pitchers find what works for them whether it be with a cutter, changeup, slider or curveball are equally important. With three former farm hands drafted or signed in the last six year now pitching successfully in the big leagues as starters, is it fair to say that development take some of the blame? Or, were the players developing fine but the evaluations of their major league abilities off? Considering that a lot of the players they've signed(minus Nelson Cruz, Brad Brach and Mark Trumbo), traded for, or acquired have been either been misses or out right busts, I tend to think the evaluators are the ones missing here. Either way, I found this article interesting and worth some conversation.
  31. 4 points
    Ademar Rifaela - 22 years 7 months old - Right Fielder - Left handed batter/thrower - listed at 5'10" 180lb, most likely heavier than that, I'd say in the 190-200 range. Games watched (all video) - 6/1, 6/2, 6/3, and 6/12, 6/13, 6/14 These were the most recent games on milb.tv Physical - short for an outfielder, built more like a catcher, powerful built but probably could be a bit leaner, a little thick through the waist. Stance/Swing - Slightly open stance, lots of pre-pitch bat and hand movement. He settles down before the pitch but the hands don't come to a stop and the bat is still waggling a bit as the pitch comes. He pulls his hands back and loads pretty severely. He does a fairly intricate toe tap timing mechanism with his front leg. All in all his normal swing is very noisey with lots of moving parts, this leads to bad contact or swings and misses early in the count. When he has two strikes on him (he also did it in other situations, like trying to advance runners), he eliminated a lot of the excess hand/bat movement pre-pitch, he also turns the toe tap step into a subtle weight shift where he comes up on his front toe to shift weight back and the brings his front heel down to shift the weight forward. This shortens the swing and helps him put the bat on the ball. He clears his hips well, creating lag between hips and hands which generates a lot of power (he hit a home run 417ft according to the announcers). He has strong wrists and a quick bat. He tries to pull everything and if it's not a pitch he can handle, he just throws the bat at it. Pitch Recog./Strike Zone Judgement - He has very little control of the strike zone, he routinely swings at terrible pitches and lets meatballs go by. It seems like he determines most times whether to swing or not before a pitch is thrown. He can be patient, and he will take a lot of pitches if a pitcher has been wild, but it feels like he makes the decision before he even comes to the plate. He has a fast bat and good swing control so he can make contact with breaking pitches even when he sells out for a fastball, this is a good thing because he sells out to pull fastballs almost every swing. A common at bat consists of him grounding out on a breaking ball that is outside and a few inches off the ground. He'll transfer weight like he's trying to crush a home run, see the ball diving and throw his bat out and slap it as he's leaving the box, almost Ichiro style. It's fairly impressive what he can get the bat on. When a pitch is in his zone (middle-middle, middle - in, down - in) he will hit it hard. He crushes mistakes, but commits to swinging too early. Baserunning/Defense - He's faster than he looks, and he hustles. He forced multiple errors hustling down the line, he also turned a couple should be singles into doubles. In the outfield, I was pleasently surprised. He reads the ball well, takes good routes, makes moderately hard plays look easy. In the 6 games I watched, there were no catch-able balls that fell in right field. He didn't have a chance to make any great plays, but he made what would be a 50/50 play for Trumbo look easy (I know that's not saying much). He didn't have many throwing plays but the arm looked decent, need more info to tell. Scouting Grades (Present/Future) Hit - 35/45 (good bat to ball skills crippled by noisey swing and bad pitch recognition/strike zone judgement) Game Power - 45/55 (big power, but only showed when pulling the ball) Raw Power - Inc (didn't see batting practice) Speed - Inc (didn't get times but I'd guess he's around 50 currently, perhaps 45 as he ages) Glove - 50/50 (looks pretty polished out there, probably limited to average by lack of speed, I could be underestimating him here though) Arm - Inc (didn't see enough throws) Likely outcome - 35-40 AAAA slugger/bench bat Ceiling - 45-50 major league average right fielder Overall Thoughts The noisey swing and pitch recognition problems are going to hurt him as he faces more advanced pitching. The pull power is real and big league quality. I think if he could quiet/shorten the load on his swing, he'd be able to let the ball travel more, and improve his BB/K rate. The best chase scenario is he fixes his swing enough to keep his BB/K rates stable as he advances and crushes enough mistakes to profile in RF with an average glove. He's probably never going to be a high BA or OBP guy and the more likely outcome is fizzling out in AAA or getting a cup of coffee as a power bench bat. DISCLAIMER: I am an amateur at this, take everything, especially the grades with a grain of salt.
  32. 4 points
    This trade that Duquette made with the Red Sox in 1997 is arguably his best trade of a veteran reliever for prospects in his career as a GM. I don't count his 2 trades for Pedro Martinez, since there's no doubt that those in a vacuum are 2 of the best trades any GM has ever made, considering the impact Pedro made for both the Expos & Red Sox. But those trades were both made in the offseason, while the Slocumb deal was at the deadline when the Red Sox were out of the playoff race and went into seller mode. Because DD has only made trades for veterans since he has been the GM, we really don't have anything to judge him on when it comes to trading in seller mode, other than to look at his past history with the Expos & Red Sox. All I know is, if he can make more trades like the one he made for Slocumb, which landed him 2 important pieces of the Red Sox championship runs in the mid-2000's (and longtime, productive major leaguers), I like our chances to retool quickly and pump some real talent into our farm system.
  33. 4 points
    http://m.mets.mlb.com/news/article/240649996/mets-trade-milton-ramos-for-bonus-pool-money/ Hi guys & gals. Mets fan here. Milton Ramos was a 3rd round pick, $750,000 signing in 2014 and by some rankings a 2nd round talent. A HS SS with a plus glove and solid tools. . . . . that's the good. The bad (and sorry, but I may as well break the news). His glove never quite showed the flash in the minors that his reputation had. That's not to say he was bad, but he wasn't elite. 2015: The Mets, being rich in SS's played him some at 2nd, he protested and the mets responded to his protest by demoting him from Kingsport (Apply league) to GCL (Rookie league) - technically they're both rookie leagues I think but Appy is a level higher. The demotion was temporary and then they sent him back to Kingsport where he finished the year on a hitting tear and briefly looked like a good prospect end of 2015. 19 years old in high-rookie league, but he had promise. Might have even flirted with top 10/top 12 ranking. 2016: He skipped Brooklyn and went straight to low-A Columbia. He didn't hit this year (.220 average. 0 homers) and again his glove was closer to average than elite. Might still stick at SS but didn't wow anyone. He slipped to around the #20 spot in the rankings per MLB. Feelings were more mixed on where he lands as a prospect. 2017: I hate to say this about anyone, but because it's out there by sports writers (if you did), somebody called him a "bad dude". I also heard from two mets fans (two separate minor league games), one said he put on enough weight that he doesn't look like a SS anymore, (given that he's still 21, that might mean 3B/2B in the future more than SS) and another fan at a game said that he looked "unhappy" playing 3rd base, visibly unhappy. Take all that with a grain of salt but there's rumors of some disgruntlement. (is disgruntlement a word? I'm going to pretend it is). I can only speculate, but I wouldn't have been completely surprised if the mets were to release him at the end of the year. The mets already released 2 somewhat physically talented but not "team player" types so far this year, (Sixto Torres and Eudor Garcia). It's pure speculation, but it wouldn't have surprised me if the mets would have released Ramos after this year as well. I think they're happy to trade him. Now, even though he's not hitting this year (his numbers are strikingly similar to last year and he's repeating low-A), there's some OK tools there, nothing stand out, but there's something. He's still able to field at least respectably and while he's not hitting, he's got some physical strength and some contact skill and the numbers could improve. The biggest issue seems to be that he's not a coaches player. He'd be higher ranked if he was. So, in the end, this wasn't a gift like the Ynoa swap cause there's probably some baggage and he's not having a good year. I'd have a tough time ranking this guy much higher than #30 in an average system. I think MLB's ranking him #20 out of date. And I wish him the best, don't get me wrong. Just cause there might have been some baggage doesn't mean I didn't root for him (double negative - sorry). I wish him the best with your system. Maybe he needed a change of scenery.
  34. 4 points
    The entire point of net neutrality is that you have unfettered access to the internet when you pay ISP's for internet access. That ISP's can't create "high speed super highways" on the internet where you really only have access to companies/websites that "partner" with Verizon/Comcast/TimeWarner-or-whatever-they're-called-now. By "partner", I mean companies that are forced to pay tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars to not have content from their sites throttled (i.e., slowed down) to absolutely nothing. Do you use Netflix or YouTube? Sucks for you ... looks like you better start using services that are owned or "partnered" with your current ISP. If not, you better get used to spending 2+ hours or longer pre-downloading videos for NF or YT. And this is talking about large, multi-billion dollar companies. Do you use a website like Orioles Hangout? One that is much smaller and who can't afford to pay out 8 or 9 figures to "partner" with each of the ISP's? Sucks for you. Looks like you better switch to a site that can pay out for those kinds of deals MLB.com, NFL.com or ESPN.com. People also seem to forget that this isn't a "theoretical" threat that's looming. In 2013, Comcast was throttling content from Netflix and it progressively got worse throughout the year. Netflix was finally forced to sign a deal w/ Comcast in Jan. 2014. Comcast denied that they were causing any type of throttling, but magically, after the deal was signed, content speeds for Netflix increased 66% for Comcast users. Verizon literally did the same exact thing and Netflix had to, once again, pay out and make a deal w/ the ISP. It was literally these two deals (and a massive outcry from the public) that eventually led the FCC, in 2015, to declare ISP's a telecommunications service and that they fall under Title II. If you're wondering why the FCC would suddenly change course two years later, I'm sure it has NOTHING to do w/ the fact that new head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a former lawyer for Verizon.
  35. 4 points
    I would love to see the Orioles hire Kim Ng as the first woman GM. Jason Mcleod from the Cubs would be great-he is an outstanding talent evaluator. JJ Picollo assistant GM of the Royals or Doug Harris, Rizzo's assistant with Nats...all would be outstanding. Brady Anderson, in my opinion, would be a disaster.
  36. 4 points
    Done deal. MLB approved it because they didn't think it was fair that Bishop should lose out on the bonus money due to the Orioles delay in getting the deal paperwork submitted by the deadline, considering the agreement was in place prior to the deadline. I'm glad it was approved, and we can add another quality lefty arm into the system. I have seen reports that the deal is for either $605k (per Rosenthal) or $607k (per Hudson Belinsky of BA).
  37. 4 points
    I'm 28 and can't stand how most websites post videos instead of articles now. I would rather read an article over watching a video any day.
  38. 4 points
    Yelin Rodriguez, drafted in the 20th round last year and doesn't turn 19 until November has pitched 6.2 innings with 3 hits, 1 HB, 1 walk allowed and 12 strikeouts. Definitely someone to keep an eye on in the GCL. Gray Fenter and Lazaro Levya are on the comeback trail from injury and both off to slow starts. Gillian Wernet, an 18 year old signed from Aruba has pitched 6 scoreless over his last 3 appearances with the GCL Orioles as well. The success of Brennan Hanifee and Toby Myers in the NY Penn League makes me wonder it the O's will take it slower with future HS pitchers. Both are pitching like they could have handled Delmarva this year but were held back in extended spring training and now getting a normal workload (6 innings or so per start). There are some interesting relievers to keep on eye on at Aberdeen but I'm intrigued by the 20 year old Ruben Garcia who has pitched 5 innings with 3 hits, 4 walks, and 10 strikeouts. Garcia was picked in the 14th round last year and was noted for his chiseled physique (6'4 220). Jean Carillo is a Panamanian catcher who just turned 20 and someone to keep an eye on IF his offense comes around. He has a history of throwing out base runners and according to baseball reference has thrown out 6 of 10 so far this year which is incredibly good with inexperience pitchers on the mound. At Delmarva, while Jake Ring and others are fading in the 2nd half, Preston Palmeiro just keeps producing. Palmeiro has his overall OPS up to .785 and is .957 over his last 16 games. With 17 doubles, 3 triples, and 11 homers in 78 games, Palmeiro is redifining himself from pure hitter with little power into an all around hitter with pop. Although he has struck out 82 times in 294 AB's he's gotten them under control as the season has worn on, evidenced by only 13 in his last 63 AB's. A 22 year old in Low A is nothing to get too excited about but he is putting up a very nice season and it's not like he was a 1st round pick (7th round). That's where Mancini started so you never know. Also at Delmarva, are Jon Peluffo, who just turned 20, Matt Dietz (21) and Alex Wells (20). Wells has performed the best. Peluffo has done well in limited innings. Dietz has struggled but survived. The home field in Frederick looks to be a home run haven. Ryan Mountastle (12 homes at home/ 3 on the road). Ademar Rifaela (10 homes at home/ 4 on the road). Yermin Mercedes (6 at home/ 1 on the road). Araiz (4 at home/ 1 on the road), Murphy (5 at home/ 3 on the road), Hoelscher (3 at home/1 on the road), Austin Hays seems like the only one to buck that trend with 7 at home and 9 on the road. However, the lesson might be to take a grain of salt on some of the power numbers in Frederick. As for the pitchers in Frederick, Keegan Akin has given up 10 homers in 11 home games and no homers in 5 road games. Gonzalez 5 home and 2 road. Peralta with 6 at home and 1 on the road. The only pitcher I found who reverses that split is Sedlock with 1 at home and 4 on the road. Can anyone get the team stats for home and away? I think they might be a bit illuminating. Adrian Marin hit .337 in June and is hitting .333 so far in July. He's probably a utility guy down the road but he's gone from non prospect to at least on the radar again. D.J Stewart is putting together a very quiet but solid season. I can't help but think that there are better things to come. Stewart missed some time in June with injury and had his worst month with just 1 double and 1 triple and no home runs in 21 games. He OPS'd over .800 in both April and May with 6 doubles and 4 homers in each month. So far in July he is hitting .357 with 1 double and 2 home runs. A very disturbing statistic is Chance Sisco's number of strikeouts. 72 in 232 AB's for essentially a supposedly "pure hitter" with little power. Those strikeout numbers are a red flag even for a power hitter let alone someone with 3 home runs (albeit 17 doubles in 66 games). The trend is not improving much with 23 strikeouts in 79 AB's in June and 5 in 14 in July. While I'm encouraged by his prospect ranking by outsiders, I certainly don't see him as being ready to begin next season on the Orioles. He certainly seems like a player who needs another year in AAA both defensively and offensively. Norfolk is supposedly one of the best pitcher's parks in the minors. Unfortunately, the Tides had a team 4.53 ERA which ranks 12 of 14 teams. Don't look to the farm for help anytime soon.
  39. 4 points
    Dodger fan here, but I promise I come in peace! I've been a lurker since there was a rumor of Bedard going to LA for Kemp and Broxton. I am more meaning this post to give a little insight into typical behavior from the Dodger FO. This isn't meant to say what is fair or not fair for Britton. One thing I will say too is that I don't put much weight in saying you're getting somebody's no.1 or no.2 prospect because the no.1 prospect of the Angels is probably no better than the no.5 of the White Sox or No. 4 of the Dodgers (as a broad example). This Dodger FO has been disinclined to trade what it believes to be elite prospects in any trade thus far. Cole Hamels cost Corey Seager and Urias, nope. Chapman or Miller for Bellinger, Nope. "But thats the missing piece to a World Series!" Same mantra and they haven't budged. It seems like Buehler has entered that realm. I would like to see if that thinking holds with a name like Archer, but for Britton (having seen this FO) they will pass and see what they can get using a combo of other players. Not to say that those other players won't be solid ML players. To me Calhoun is the most likely name to go in any trade for a reliever (maybe not too name but likeliest). He will be a solid major league hitter (maybe all star based on hitting) but the fielding is atrocious and he is much better suited for an AL team Of Tigers, A's, or O's. Did I mention that his fielding is atrocious. It's just that the hit tool is that good. Verdugo may be close to the same category as Buehler but not in the same realm yet. He doesn't have the power (yet) but he's 21, destroying AAA, with amazing patience, and solid defense in CF. With Dave Roberts leading the Dodgers I can see him as a lead off hitter for the next 5 years which makes Joc Pederson potentially expendable. Yadier Alvarez, electric stuff, but very raw and TINSTAAPP. Of the good young pitchers the Dodgers have I am actually most excited about Brock Stewart. Bombed his first couple of starts in the ML with an ERA of 18 in 9 innings but went on with 2.00 the rest of the way. The Dodgers have a couple of elite prospects. Not as many as say the SOX but their MiLB depth is unmatched and that provides the basis for a trade to a team like the O's that faces some major gaps after 2018. I may propose my trade thoughts a bit later.
  40. 4 points
    I think you are over-reading the decision/buying into the Nats' spin on it. The lower court judge already ruled that the earlier arbitration decision was thrown out and had to be re-arbitrated, which was a big victory for the Orioles. The Orioles then tried to compound their victory by arguing that the new arbitration had to be before an independent arbitrator, rather than the RSDC. That argument had very little chance of succeeding, and I'm not the slightest bit surprised that they lost. The composition of the RSDC has changed since the first decision, and we'll see what happens this time around.
  41. 4 points
    Gausman has the worst whip in all of baseball for qualified starters. Wade Miley has the second worst whip in all of baseball for qualified starters. If Tillman had enough innings, he'd blow the doors off both of them for worst rotation starter in baseball with a WHIP over 2. Did I mention Ubaldo is our other starter? There is a zero point zero chance this team can string enough quality starts together to become a wild card team. I don't even think .500 is realistic with pitching like this.
  42. 4 points
    ..and by the way...Duquette at least helped get his franchise to the post season LAST season. It hasn't been like a death spiral for this franchise since the early 90's...way before Duquette.
  43. 4 points
    Mullins had hamstring spasms and was taken out for precautionary reasons. He is day to day but with All star break coming up, they may let it settle down until after break.
  44. 4 points
    For a long time, I've wondered whether there's a connection between the Orioles' disinterest in scouting, signing and developing young international talent and a "Buy American" mindset on the part of the Orioles' owner, whose fortune grew out of his legal work for trade unions and their members. I wasn't sure what there really was a connection between the two, or it was just a coincidence. More recently, it's occurred to me that not spending to identify and draft these young international players may reflect the owner's desire to devote resources to players who potentially will help in the next few years, with the organization's long-term health taking a back seat. Maybe it's both -- or neither -- but this stuff helps remind me, at least, that no matter how much we care about the Orioles, the team belongs to Peter Angelos and not to us. There will come a time when he's not around and many of us are, and we'll be stuck with the residue of the selfish, pig-headed and just plain stupid decisions he's made.
  45. 4 points
    It's like Christmas morning, you wake up, run barefoot down the stairs and into the living room, the stocking are hung by the chimney with care, shiny wrapped packages are nestled under the tree. You take down your stocking and....GASP!....lumps of coal, saddened you turn your attention to the gifts under the tree. Tearing off the wrapping paper you find a small note sitting inside a the large box, it reads "toys are too risky of an investment, traded for salary relief."
  46. 4 points
    This is a great link to check out how the system looked heading into each year. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/prospects/byTeam.asp?T=4#1995
  47. 4 points
    Brian Gonzalez: Cruised to 7.1 innings, allowing only 4 hits (1 hr.) Gave up 2 runs, one on the solo shot and one on an inherited runner. Struck out 6 and walked 4. It was probably 2, maybe 3, as the ump was super tight on the strike zone. His fastball was ok, nothing real special about it. Wasn't deceptive. His strike outs were from his breaking pitches. He still has some work to do on them, as he had a hard time consistently throwing it. Sometimes it would break, sometimes it would be a meatball, but he was able to keep those out of the zone, or when the hitter was sitting on the fastball. Got out of a jam in the first when the defense let him down. In the 7th, he got a fly out, then walk, hit, walk. Left the bases loaded for Mario Alcantara, who promptly gave up a single to plate a run. Overall, not too much to highlight for Gonzalez. He got the job done, which is great, but nothing was really "wow" except the lack of hits. Kept his team in it. The home run was a solid contact on a breaking ball that didn't break and didn't miss.
  48. 4 points
    Fifty years ago today, Frank Robinson collided with Al Weis while breaking up a double play, sustaining a concussion that caused him to miss a month and gave him blurred vision for the next season and a half. Frank has said his vision never returned to its pre-concussion clarity. At the time, Frank was hitting .337/.435/.675, with 21 homers and 59 RBI. He was leading the league in batting average and RBI, and one homer off the lead. In other words, he had a serious chance for a second consecutive Triple Crown, something that's never been done. But that injury effectively ended his chances, and Carl Yastrzemski ended up winning the Triple Crown instead (tying for the HR title with Harmon Killebrew). I'll always wonder what Frank would have done that year if he hadn't gotten hurt, and what the rest of his career would have looked like.
  49. 4 points
    I am always amazed, (sometimes me included) that fans manifest their frustration and anger by ridiculing and dismissing human beings who definitely want to achieve and succeed. Its THEIR livelihood. No fan is entitled in having a great team or a playoff team even with expanded playoffs. Ive seen some fans have to deal with decades of futility and many never make it to the playoffs. The Orioles have had competitive and some electrifying teams in the last 5 years.I enjoyed the run. Do I believe changes need to be made? Of course, but I too will be sad to see players like Hardy, Tillman, Kim, and many others leaving. They were part of the fabric of this team and brought me a lot of joy and excitement . Ill miss them and welcome their replacements.
  50. 4 points
    ... But it's always later than you think. The front office needs to understand the inherent wisdom of this maxim. The quality of this team's immediate future depends on it. For years I think we have enjoyed a somewhat false sense of competitiveness, as pitchers, and to a lesser extent, some hitters, have outperformed their statistical means or projections. And hey, I've enjoyed it. But we are now seeing what happens when a perfect storm of regression and injuries dooms this team to near ineptitude. I suppose we could sit tight, maybe add a piece here or there and hope for the best (It may not be too late approach), or we could get creative and try to find a way to retain a more healthily balanced and long-term competitiveness (it's later than you think approach). I'm solidly in the latter category, but I'm old enough to know I don't know much. Anyhoo....
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