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  1. 26 points
    http://www.orioleshangout.com/2019/05/07/one-on-one-with-mike-elias/
  2. 17 points
    http://www.orioleshangout.com/2019/05/03/orioles-prospect-hot-sheet-april/ Article is up, feel free to promote any strong April performances I may have snubbed, there were a lot to choose from. Mason McCoy, Zach Pop, Ryan Mountcastle, Gray Fenter, Tyler Joyner are among the guys who didn't quite make it.
  3. 15 points
    Today is the 53rd anniversary of Frank Robinson hitting a Luis Tiant fastball completely out of Memorial Stadium, the only home run in stadium history hit out of the park. The red oval shows where the ball made it's exit. It was later marked by an orange and black flag that said HERE. No one ever had to ask what that meant. I was sitting in the old football press box at mezzanine level, just to the left of the oval. I still remember the pitch, but I did not have a view of the ball leaving the park. Great way to start a Sunday doubleheader. O's swept the Indians.
  4. 11 points
    Yea. Let's damage the development and service time of our prospects to improve this 100 loss team. And let's do so based on 10 game snap shots of players stats. In the same post you criticize Nunez for his last 40 ABs (~10 games) and praise Stewart for his last 10 games. Has Nunez being doing poorly, yes, but the rebuild is about so much more than 2 weeks of baseball, and I wish people started understanding that.
  5. 9 points
  6. 9 points
    "When you play the Orioles game of thrones, you win or you are removed from the team website.”
  7. 8 points
    In case you were wondering why you don't dread seeing Chris Davis at the plate of late, he's slashing .290/.371/.581/.952 with 5 home runs in his last 21 games (70 PAs) since setting his record breaking 0-fer streak. His 90.7 exit velocity and 50% hard hit% (50%) leads the team. Its his best streak over 70 PAs since he slashed .288/.389/.661/1.050 with 5 HRs over 72 PAs between Jun 3rd to Jun 21st 2016 (At least that I could find). I don't know if Davis has refound it, but he's certainly surprised me with this streak.
  8. 8 points
    Every few weeks I browse the stats of our minor leagues. It struck me today that we have a larger group of promising starter prospects than I'd recalled. The following list is based on guys that I feel merit mentioning and I may be missing someone: AAA Norfolk: LHP Keegan Akin (24) AA Bowie: LHP Zac Lowther (23) , LHP Alex Wells (22) , LHP Bruce Zimmerman (24) , RHP Hunter Harvey (24) A+ Frederick: LHP DL Hall (20) , RHP Dean Kremer (23) , RHP Blaine Knight (22) , RHP Michael Baumann (23) , RHP Cody Sedlock (23) , RHP Brenan Hanifee (20) A Delmarva: RHP Grayson Rodriguez (19) , RHP Ofelky Peralta (22) , LHP Drew Rom (19) I have no faith in Dillon Tate or Luis Ortiz, so I didn't include them. However, it's understandable if you still view them as quality prospects. Gray Fenter, David Lebron, and Cameron Bishop missed the cut. Frederick is loaded. Kremer will be back up in Bowie soon enough, but even then, this is a strong group. Overall, this collection is probably middle-of-the-pack as far as starter prospects go in all of baseball. Hopefully we can add an arm or two that excites us via the draft. As we all know, the odds of producing five quality Major League starters from any minor league system, is unlikely. However, I'd be pleased if three of this crop step up and fill 3/5 of our future rotation. Thoughts? EDIT: I've added the stats here as of this morning. No order, outside of level. If you follow the link to Twitter and once there click the image of the stats, it'll get notably larger and easier to read.
  9. 8 points
    Happy Birthday to my first and really ONLY sports hero. Oh, I loved and admired Ali, but I never wanted to “be” like him. Brooks Robinson, who celebrates his 82nd birthday today, carried himself with grace, dignity, and class. I wanted to be like him, even though I would never have his talent. I wanted to carry myself with dignity and decorum and hoped that if I ever were successful..that those qualities I saw in Brooks, I would try to embody myself, if I could. From the time I was 5 years old, I knew he was the player who would be at the center of my sports universe. By the time I was 18, and he was almost retired, I saw him “Up Close”. I’ve mentioned here that I was batboy for the Baltimore Orioles for a few years during the late 60’s and 70’s. It was a gateway to Brooks Robinson,I thought…. getting to meet him, getting to know him, and maybe, just maybe, becoming a, dare I say “friend” of Brooks’? On my very first day as an Oriole batboy, Brooks Robinson, the first player in the Oriole clubhouse(sometimes ahead of the clubhouse “cubbies”) in the locker room, walks into the tiny dressing room I had. ‘Hey partner’..whats your name’? I looked up from what I was doing…and saw Brooks with his hand extended to me. It took my breath away. Then, after I stammered and remembered my name, he said “Partner…wanna play some pepper”? For those who don’t know…”pepper” is a simple game of hit and field. For the next 30 minutes, a goofy, awkward kid from Miami is playing ball with his only sports hero. “Don’t stab at it partner, look the ball in”, he said. Brooks Robinson was giving ME fielding pointers. I eventually caught my breath again and for the next several months I would ride “shotgun” on the buses going to away games in the Spring with Brooks Robinson. We talked, but he was so friendly and interested in me, I could barely ask say anything at all. He just radiated positiveness and goodness. Brooks NEVER dissed. No gossip. No profanity. He was always the gentleman of the team and the team had a lot of profane, bad mannered types. Brooks lived an authentic perception people have of him. He exuded the best of sportsmanship, cheerfulness, positiveness. I mustv’e watched him field 10,000 ground balls in the spring. He never took time to goof off when he was “working”. Years passed. Then I left the team to go to college. One night the Orioles were playing my college team, Miami, in a Spring exhibition game. I was the baseball play by play announcer on college radio with my buddy Gary Chrisman.(Who is still doing it today and is one of the best in the business) Brooks Robinson comes to the plate and hits a home run… as Gary and I were calling the game. I can say in my lifetime, I called a Brooks Robinson home run on a radio broadcast. More years went by, Brooks went to the Hall of Fame, and we remained close. Brooks had some serious health issues, but thankfully he recovered. One night, when he was ill, he asked ME to fill in for him at a major awards banquet. I couldn’t have said yes fast enough. An undeserved honor for me. Then lets fast forward to 2012. I get a phone call and see on ID…its Brooks. “Partner”(he still only calls me partner) its Brooks Robinson(“…..like I wouldn’t know who Brooks was). They are unveiling my statue at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and I’d like YOU to introduce me to the fans when I come to podium. I literally looked at the phone like people do in movies with disbelief as to what I just heard. He wanted ME of all people to dedicate his statue with HIM? It made no sense. Then I realized. He didn’t want to pick one teammate or baseball person he was close with…and heres why. Brooks cares about people’s feelings. if he asked Earl Weaver or Frank Robinson to introduce him, maybe someone else who played with him might be hurt. Thats the way Brooks thinks. It is why he is a great and good man. He picked ME. What an honor. The day comes. Thousands of people are there for Brooks’ statue I am introduced by Gary Thorne at the Oriole Park. I walk to the podium, and Im choked up. I almost couldn’t breathe. This isn’t about me, its about my only sports hero. And this is the greatest honor of my public life. After I caught my breath,I got a few minutes to tell my hero…I loved him. And I got to tell everyone there why. That clip is below. Happy Birthday Brooks Robinson…number 81. We could sure use a ton of people like YOU on this planet. I love you Brooks Robinson. You’re the greatest man in sports I ever knew.
  10. 8 points
    Good column by Joe Trezza here: https://www.mlb.com/orioles/news/here-s-where-orioles-stand-at-the-quarter-pole Overall, the season is going about as I expected. Things I didn’t expect: 1. John Means 2. Dwight Smith (obviously) 3. Cashner has been much better than I expected. 4. Davis has been better than I expected. 5. The bullpen has been worse than I expected, though Givens has been very good. 6. Mullins was very disappointing offensively. I still believe there’s better to come from him. 7. Mancini’s performance has been at the top end of what I might have expected. 8. Cobb’s unavailability and poor performance when available is an obvious disappointment. Overall, pluses outweigh the minuses in the context of what I expected in the first place.
  11. 8 points
    I was fooling around with Fangraph's new minor league stat tool. It goes back to 2006, and now you can pull full reports with all the minor leagues in any kind of format. It's really kind of cool. I always noticed that the Orioles haven't had much success buying or developing its talent internationally (it's not a secret to anyone). I knew, based on a conversation I had on this board recently, that we've only had two players that played on our DSL team make the majors: Jonathan Schoop and Eduardo Rodriguez. I believe that prior to 2006, Pedro Florimon was a name thrown out there. But I didn't know how that stacked up to other teams. I went about and pulled all the batters and pitchers between 2006 and 2018 that played in the DSL. There are 9598 unique players that have played in DSL over those 13 seasons. After accounting for rehab stints (only 4 that I could account for, all pitchers) I calculated that only 270, or 2.8%, have played in the major leagues. Here are those players: Red Sox (16) - Cesar Cabral, Darwinzon Hernandez, Frankie Montas, Gerson Bautista, Javy Guerra, Jonathan Aro, Jose Alvarez, Manuel Margot, Nefi Ogando, Rafael Devers, Raul Alcantara, Roman Mendez, Stolmy Pimentel, William Cuevas, Xander Bogaerts, Yamaico Navarro Rangers (15) - Abel De Los Santos, Alexi Ogando, Ariel Jurado, Christian Villanueva, Fabio Castillo, Hanser Alberto, Joe Ortiz, Jorge Alfaro, Jose Leclerc, Odubel Herrera, Omar Beltre, Ricardo Rodriguez, Tomas Telis, Wilfredo Boscan, Yohander Mendez Rockies (14) - Antonio Senzatela, Carlos Estevez, Cristhian Adames, Edgmer Escalona, Edwar Cabrera, Jayson Aquino, Jhoulys Chacin, Jose Briceno, Juan Nicasio, Rafael Ortega, Raimel Tapia, Rosell Herrera, Wilin Rosario, Yonathan Daza Yankees (13) - Abiatal Avelino, Abraham Almonte, Amauri Sanit, Cesar Vargas, Francisco Arcia, Jimmy Paredes, Joel De La Cruz, Jose Pirela, Jose Quintana, Jose Ramirez, Luis Severino, Ramon Flores, Zoilo Almonte Nationals (12) - Adrian Sanchez, Atahualpa Severino, Eury Perez, Jefry Rodriguez, Juan Jaime, Pedro Avila, Rafael Bautista, Raudy Read, Reynaldo Lopez, Victor Robles, Wander Suero, Wilmer Difo Astros (12) - Alfredo Gonzalez, Elieser Hernandez, Fernando Abad, Framber Valdez, Henry Villar, Jandel Gustave, Jorge De Leon, Jose Cisnero, Michael Feliz, Reymin Guduan, Richard Rodriguez, Teoscar Hernandez Giants (12) - Adalberto Mejia, Ariel Hernandez, Ehire Adrianza, Francisco Peguero, Hector Sanchez, Jonathan Loaisiga, Kelvin Marte, Kendry Flores, Keury Mella, Luis Castillo, Miguel Gomez, Reyes Moronta Blue Jays (11) - Carlos Perez, Carlos Ramirez, Henderson Alvarez III, Jairo Labourt, Jimmy Cordero, Joel Carreno, Jose Manuel Fernandez, Luis Perez, Miguel Castro, Moises Sierra, Richard Urena Padres (11) - Dinelson Lamet, Franchy Cordero, Frank Garces, Franmil Reyes, Jose De Paula, Jose Ruiz, Luis Urias, Pedro Hernandez, Rymer Liriano, Simon Castro, Tayron Guerrero Mets (11) - Elvin Ramirez, Gabriel Ynoa, Gonzalez Germen, Hansel Robles, Jenrry Mejia, Jordany Valdespin, Juan Lagares, Luis Cessa, Merandy Gonzalez, Rafael Montero, Rhiner Cruz Braves (10) - Christian Bethancourt, Daniel Castro, Jesus Sucre, Johan Camargo, Jose Peraza, Luis Avilan, Mauricio Cabrera, Randall Delgado, Victor Reyes, Williams Perez Twins (10) - Danny Santana, Engelb Vielma, Felix Jorge, Fernando Romero, Jorge Polanco, Josmil Pinto, Miguel Sano, Oswaldo Arcia, Randy Rosario, Yangervis Solarte Royals (10) - Andres Machado, Jorge Bonifacio, Juan Graterol, Kelvin Herrera, Meibrys Viloria, Miguel Almonte, Orlando Calixte, Ramon Torres, Sugar Ray Marimon, Yordano Ventura Angels (10) - Alberto Rosario, Alexi Amarista, Ariel Pena, Eduardo Paredes, Jaime Barria, Jairo Diaz, Jean Segura, Jose Rondon, Luis Jimenez, Victor Alcantara Cubs (10) - Alberto Cabrera, Arismendy Alcantara, Felix Pena, Jeimer Candelario, Junior Lake, Marco Hernandez, Marwin Gonzalez, Pedro Araujo, Starlin Castro, Willson Contreras Tigers (9) - Angel Castro, Angel Nesbitt, David Paulino, Jose A. Valdez, Luis Marte, Melvin Mercedes, Sandy Baez, Steven Moya, Willy Adames Diamondbacks (9) - Ender Inciarte, Alfredo Marte, Elvis Luciano, Enrique Burgos, Eury De La Rosa, Gabriel Moya, Silvino Bracho, Socrates Brito, Yefry Ramirez Marlins (8) - Arquimedes Caminero, Domingo German, Francis Martes, Jarlin Garcia, Jhan Marinez, Jose Urena, Marcell Ozuna, Yefri Perez Cardinals (8) - Allen Cordoba, Audry Perez, Carlos Martinez, Edmundo Sosa, Luis Perdomo, Magneuris Sierra, Oscar Taveras, Sandy Alcantara Reds (8) - Aristides Aquino, Carlos Contreras, Daniel Corcino, Enerio Del Rosario, Henry Alejandro Rodriguez, Miguel Rojas, Pedro Viola, Wandy Peralta Pirates (8) - Alen Hanson, Edgar Santana, Gregory Polanco, Joely Rodriguez, Luis Santos, Pablo Reyes, Starling Marte, Willy Garcia Dodgers (7) - Carlos Frias, Dennis Santana, Jose Dominguez, Luis Garcia, Rafael Ynoa, Rubby De La Rosa, Yimi Garcia Phillies (7) - Dario Alvarez, Hector Neris, Jonathan Villar, Lendy Castillo, Lisalverto Bonilla, Seranthony Dominguez, Yohan Flande Mariners (6) - Edward Paredes, Freddy Peralta, Gabriel Guerrero, Juan Diaz, Ketel Marte, Michael Pineda White Sox (5) - Andre Rienzo, Eduardo Escobar, Fautino De Los Santos, Miguel Gonzalez, Yolmer Sanchez Athletics (5) - Jose Torres, Pedro Figueroa, Renato Nunez, Ronald Herrera, Yairo Munoz Indians (5) - Danny Salazar, Elvis Araujo, Erik Gonzalez, Gio Urshela, Jesus Aguilar Rays (4) - Alex Colome, Diego Castillo, Enny Romero, Roberto Gomez Brewers (3) - Jorge Lopez, Miguel Diaz, Orlando Arcia Orioles (2) - Eduardo Rodriguez, Jonathan Schoop So anyway, that was my fun experiment. I'll post more in this thread as I get information about the new guys the O's are signing.
  12. 8 points
    He's 8-for-23... what else do you need? He sooooooooo hot that his average went up 70 points last night. For Jonathan Villar to do that he'd have to go 10-for-6 tonight. That's unpossible! It's good that he turned it all around yesterday, because on Sunday it went down 55 points, and I have to think he was on the verge of being released.
  13. 8 points
    It doesn't have me bummed. I don't know about any of you guys but I've learned a lot about myself in regards to the whole Davis situation. I've been pretty harsh on here, maybe a little too harsh in regards to him. I've said it before, I'll say it again...no one likes to suck that much at their job no matter how much money they're making. And ESPECIALLY in a situation where you're making headlines for BEING TERRIBLE. He can't hide anywhere, it's all out on front street for every baseball fan to see. That being said, how happy were we all for him when he got his first hit? How happy were we for him when he hit his first homer? Sparked a rally to win a game last week? It feels SO GOOD to be happy for that guy. Davis, by all accounts, is a good dude and his teammates seem to love him. You don't hear any "anonymous teammates" griping about him in the media. You DO hear that he's worked hard to get himself out of whatever's been effecting him over the past two seasons. This team is way more fun when Davis is a threat at the plate. If he can get back to a .750 or even .800 OPS, that'd be a giant success and a hell of a comeback. I think we'd all be happy for him.
  14. 7 points
    As always, this is more important than the box score (although he's still doing well there). Fastball velocity was down last start and was right back up this morning. We got ourselves a good one.
  15. 7 points
    So I think I can say I follow the amateur draft prospects more than anyone here and as I’ve said many times in many threads I think Rutschman is clearly the best prospect. He’s a 100% lock to stick behind the plate and barring severe physical decline provide value there defensively. And at the plate you can compare his performance to a successful Oregon State draftee like Michael Conforto and Rutschman totally blows him out of the water. The tools are there too, bat speed, natural loft, 6+ raw power from both sides of the plate along with an advanced approach. That said, there are some scenarios where I’d be ok with them going in a different direction. If they think Hunter Bishop’s arm can be improved, then he’s a 7 power, 6 run guy you can play in centerfield. Witt Jr could be a star. C.J. Abrams has the prototypical body and tools of an elite major league player even if the results aren’t there yet. Josh Jung is a guy who sneakily be a 6 hit, 6 power 3B . And then there is Vaughn who is the best present day bat in the class but if a 5’11” R/R 1B. So if the O’s can get one of those guys at a considerable savings to slot (2M underslot isn’t unheard of for 1-1) and get a mid first round talent tough sign to 42, then that works for me. There are also some 1st round talents who’ve been injured, Spencer Jones, Kenyon Yovan, Graeme Stinson who you could use overslot on in the 2nd, 3rd, or comp picks. Also there are some Soph eligible guys who might need overslot money to sign who be good value at one of those picks mentioned above like Drey Jameson, Brady McConnell, and Greg Jones. So there are some ways to go ina different direction that’d make some sense, but those scenarios have plenty of ifs involved and could go very wrong. So I’d prefer they just take the best player.
  16. 7 points
    In town to see my family this week, and had one free evening so I bought tickets for the game earlier tonight. Part of the visit was to see my grandfather as he’s 98 (great guy, built the house he still lives in with his own hands 70 years ago, served in the Navy in WW2), and he coincidentally just went into the final stretch of hospice care when I got here. Which is a good thing, he’s done all he needs to do in this life and I’m glad I’m here for it. As a brief respite, my uncle and I went to the game and shelled out for first row seats in Section 24. And although I wasn’t really in the mood, the game itself was fun — words I seldom uttered during games last year. Means pitched a great game, I’m glad they held the lead so he could get the win. Some timely hits, some hustle, some good defense, some iffy relief pitching working out of a lot of trouble. Sparse crowd, as expected (10,500 announced but it looked like less). And the new safety netting didn’t bother me as much as I expected. But I just liked watching some young guys with few expectations giving their best and working/reacting as a team. They’re still going to lose a ton of games, but I find this team eminently more watchable and less frustrating than what preceded it.
  17. 7 points
    Int'l Signings: 5/20/16 P Junior Jador 5/26 C Julio Ramirez 6/9 P Manuel Daza 11/18 P Leonardo Rodriguez - Promoted to Aberdeen 11/24 P Cesar Angomas 2/22/17 OF Davis Tavarez - Promoted to Delmarva 5/10 SS Edidson Rojas 6/13 OF Frank Tolentino 7/2 3B Oscar Olivares 7/4 SS Hector Vizcaino 8/4 OF Josue Cruz 8/30 OF Ricardo Castro 12/22 C Wilkin Grullon 12/28 P Miguel Tejada 1/5/18 P Edinson Lopez 4/16 P Pablo Falconette 7/27 OF Isaac Bellony (16, DO, $220,000) 8/6 OF Damien Valdez (16, DO, $200,000) 8/15 P Kelvin LaRoche (19, DO) 8/17 OF J'Rudjeanon Isenia (16, NED, $125,000) 8/20 OF Angel Gomez (17, VEN) 8/20 SS Moises Ramírez (16, DO, $225,000) 8/20 SS Gilbert Machado (17, VEN) 8/28 P Carlos del Rosario (19, DO) 9/25 OF Kevin Infante (18, CUB) 11/16 ---Mike Elias hired--- 12/7 P Hector Lopez (18, PAN) 12/25 C Lians Beato (18, DO) 1/5/19 P Alexander Ayala (17, CUB) 2/17 P Oscar Pierret - (18, DO) 2/17 P Jordany Vasquez - (18, DO) 2/17 P Yan Lara - (19, DO) 2/21 P Jesus Chavez - (18, DO) 3/6 P Enmanuel Gutierrez - (17, VEN) - 3/7 P Juan de los Santos - (16, DO) - 3/12 P Eduard Monroy - (17, VEN) - 3/25 IF Michael Mantecon - (17, CUB, $30,000) 4/7 P Joel Benitez - (19, DO) 4/8 OF Stiven Acevedo - (16, DO) 4/8 C Deiby Ramirez - (26, DO) 4/17 SS Anyelo Reyes - (DO) 4/22 IF Hector Lucero - (VEN)
  18. 7 points
    Good News is He lives. The rest is just details....lol. Happy Easter to all! 😎
  19. 6 points
  20. 6 points
    This was cited a few pages ago but the difference is even starker now: On the day Chris Davis broke his 0-fer, Khris Davis had 10 HR, a 1.021 OPS, and had overall been one of the most dangerous hitters in the league. Since that day, Chris Davis has a .309 AVG, .959 OPS, and 4 HR while Khris Davis has a .188 AVG, .532 OPS and 0 HR, both in 19 games. There can only be one.
  21. 6 points
    If he indeed is the chosen one, I hope this movie is better than the last one I saw about a switch hitting catcher.
  22. 6 points
    My reaction? Trust the Process. What would I expect to happen on this board? Nuclear meltdown.
  23. 6 points
    He said he's willing to come and do an interview or come and do a video segment with me anytime in the future, so maybe be we'll shoot for something after the draft and then at the end of the season.
  24. 6 points
    Well I just got done with talking with Mike for about 45 mins. I'll post some things soon,
  25. 6 points
    I don't even have to look up his stats to know that we ripped off the Mariners again!
  26. 6 points
    I’m just not able to comprehend baseball at your level.
  27. 6 points
    Who had Easter Sunday for the day they DFA'd Mike Wright? The Orioles selected the contract of Gabriel Ynoa to replace the struggling reliever. I guess that Spring training media driven "confidence" thing was a little overblown a bit? Nothing personal, but this was long overdue.
  28. 5 points
    Hangout Nights are back in 2019. What better way to watch a game then surrounded by other rabid Orioles fans in discounted great seats. If you buy tickets, the closer you are to the left side (while facing the field) of Section 8 near rows 11-13 the better, that's where the Hangout staff will be. Our seats are in Lower Box (Section 8): Prices this year are $20 and all dates, regardless of the type (Huge discounts on some games). (Note: Tickets will say the regular price until you click on the actual seats available then will come up as $20. Note: There are only a limited amount this year so order early. *There is an additional 10% service charge per ticket. Our dates this year are as follows: May 10, Fri 7:00 vs LAA May 31, Fri 7:00 vs SF (T-shirt Night) Jun 25, Tue 7:00 vs SD (Machado home coming game/Orioles Bird Nutcracker) Jul 13, Sat 7:00 vs TB (Birdland Hawaiian Shirt game) Aug 3, Sat 7:00 vs Tor Sep 21, Sat vs Sea (Orioles Sherpa Blanket) FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS 1. Goto Orioles Hangout Offer 2. Select a game 3. Select a quantity of tickets 4. Create a Baltimore Orioles ticket account 5. Purchase and print your tickets Tickets posted for re-sale are subject to cancellation. Offer is NOT valid at the Box Office. For any questions or accessible seating, please call 888.848.BIRD (2473) and ask for the Ticket Services team.
  29. 5 points
    More important than the performances IMO are the profile changes, Baumann has added velocity, command, and curveball quality. Sedlock has regained some velocity and breaking ball/changeup quality. Grayson is showing advanced feel and command and a quality changeup that he didn't have before. Ofelky Peralta is showing the best control of his career and an excellent FB. Sisco looks stronger. McCoy looks stronger. Bannon has changed his weight transfer for the better. Neustrom (before going on the DL) has improved his swing. Bishop and Zimmermann have gained velocity. Harvey despite his struggles results-wise has flashed a 55 split change and has sat 95-96 in some outings. DL Hall is holding the best velocity of his career with a hugely improved slider and a resurgent curveball. Akin has t96 in most starts. Ortiz despite his struggles was sitting 95-96 in the start I saw. Drew Rom has shown advanced feel for a quality slider and changeup.
  30. 5 points
    For anyone with the patience, here is a link to the 54-page RSDC decision: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6003588-MASN-Arbitration-Decision.html I’ve read it once over, and will put together a short summary later. It suffices to say that while the result was similar to before, the rationale for getting there was different and much more detailed than the last decision. This has some ramifications for how the calculations will be done for future rights periods, and at first blush, I think this decision will be more helpful to the Orioles in future periods than the previous decision would have been. But the O’s definitely aren’t getting everything they wanted, now or later. And I don’t think this decision will get overturned.
  31. 5 points
    My son and I went to the Baysox game last night, and Bleier and Molina were dealing! Molina, in particular, was frustrating the heck out of Richmond, who was doing a lot of yelling at the umps late in the game. On a side note, my 8-year-old son enjoyed himself a great deal, despite the rain. He got three balls during the game, and I proudly watched as he gave one of them to a younger boy that was sitting near us during the game. Haven’t been to a Bowie game in a few years, but pretty sure we will be back soon!
  32. 5 points
    Now that we are in May I thought it would be a good time to discuss potential promotions. Bowie to Norfolk Zach Pop: He has over 30 innings now where he has been dominant in Double A. That's a good half season's worth of innings for a reliever. 0.84 ERA in 11 innings this season and 2.53 ERA in 21 innings last year. Batters have hit under .200 against him. Landing on the IR this week doesn't help his cause, but hopefully it's a minor injury. Frederick to Bowie Michael Baumann: He's had a couple shaky starts but has downright dominant in his others and logged 92 innings there last year to a 3.88 ERA and a .238 BAA. He could have justifiably started in Bowie this season, so I think a May promotion is likely. He's already 23. The problem will be cracking that rotation: Lowther, Wells, Harvey, Zimmerman, and Kremer (when he returns) are already there. Zimmerman has pitched well and could be sent to Norfolk, although he's not on my list of guys who are forcing a promotion. Delmarva to Frederick Robert Neustrom. This is an easy one. He's already 22 (old for a prospect in the Sally League) and is hitting .329 .429. .529. Blaine Knight: Another 22 year old (will be 23 in June) and high draft pick. 0.87 ERA and 0.58 WHIP in 20 innings. Ofelky Peralta: 31 strikeouts in 20 innings and only 5 walks. Let's see what he can do in Frederick with this new found control. Grayson Rodriguez and Adam Hall have been exceptional, but considering they are both just 19 I would like to see them continue to dominate low A ball into June before a promotion is considered. No need to rush those guys. Anyone else I missed?
  33. 5 points
    I just like that he expounds on topics at all. Some GMs are so tight lipped for no real reason. It's not like Elias is giving away any secrets here; he just seems to enjoy talking about process. Which, for us baseball nerds, is a ton of fun to listen to.
  34. 5 points
    Up until this current (4-for-44) slump, Nunez was the Orioles top hitter not named Mancini and had the best EV on the team. Now, he should be DFA'd? Prior to this slump, over his last 297 MLB PAs, dating back 1 August 2018, Nunez, slashed .293/.354/.489/.842. So he's in the worse slump of his career and we should DFA a 25-year old who may have the most impact bat on the roster besides Mancini? Despite the sump, he has a team leading 90.3 EV and .457 xSLG (ML avg is .408). Now saying all that, pitchers have made an adjustment by throwing him more breaking balls, the most since July of 2018. There is a legitimate question/concern on whether he can make the adjustment back since he has struggled on breaking balls this year and really throughout his career. During the slump the issue has been his inability to hit fastballs, which has never been a problem. Regardless, Nunez is the exact kind of guy we should be giving at bats and he should get a lot longer leash then a 44 PA slump in order to be DFA'd.
  35. 5 points
    Thanks. I was glad that Mike was so forth coming. He's very down to earth in that one on one situation. I'm not easily impressed, but I am with Elias.
  36. 5 points
    It's really hard and you can just look at JJ Cooper's list or 2080's to see that. I generally judge success based on the percentage of the guys I ranked who were drafted, in that regard I got 7 of the 14 players that were selected by ranking 50 players. The BA list got 9 players out of 14 but listed 90 players. So I think I did a decent job ranking guys just on personal evaluation without contacts or outside help ( I traded some info with someone else who put out a list, but the players suggested to me, I looked at and didn't end up ranking, some of the players I suggested did end up on the other list). I will feel pretty good if VanMeter turns into a valuable MLB player since I really felt strongly about him.
  37. 5 points
    Is he listed in Seattle's front office?
  38. 5 points
    The question now is Brady still receiving a paycheck or did the Orioles fix the glitch?
  39. 5 points
    I don't think there is anyone currently on the 25 man that is a foundation block. They're all either trade bait or spare parts.
  40. 5 points
    Another homer and 2 for 4 day for Sisco today. Last 10 games: .324/.419/.568 with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 9 RBI. His overall OPS is edging closer to respectable, .685.
  41. 5 points
    Does atomic post in this area of the boards?
  42. 5 points
    I just wanted to note that if anyone is particularly concerned about picking a catcher or whatever, Rutschman would be a lock for a top 3 overall pick even if he was a first baseman. The bat is that good.
  43. 5 points
    Spin dictates the movement on pitches. The ability to spin the ball is at least to a decent extent an ability that is hard to teach. High spin pitches have a tendency to have late movement and add an additional level of deception that can throw hitters off. So, I guess the next question would be why would someone with plus spin on all their pitches struggle? Well there are a lot of reasons that could happen, they could have poor command, poor command equals poor results in the majors regardless of stuff. Poor spin efficiency (a term you'll probably hear more often going forward), so basically, the pitcher is spinning the ball rapidly, but because of the grip, release, or arm slot that spin does not impart the desired movement. Poor strategy, this is where the Astros FO really took advantage of high spin guys, they found players weren't using their high spin pitches in the locations or situations where they would be the most effective. A simple example of this is a high spin four seam fastball, the movement of a pure backspin (near 100% pitch efficiency) 4S FB is just falling less than an average fastball (can give the optical illusion of a rising fastball). These fastballs play very poorly at the bottom of the zone where many old school pitching coaches want pitchers to work, but they are devastating in the upper 3rd or above the zone.
  44. 5 points
    I don’t know about anybody else, but my plan was to judge the rebuild about 20 - 30 games into this first season so I am super worried it is a complete bust. Or not.
  45. 5 points
    I like Givens but I also think we should temper expectations as to what to expect back for him. He's good, not elite. Just because he was once on that fringe of being elite for us a few years ago doesn't mean he's still that same guy. In short, I don't wanna hear any whining from any of you about how we didn't get a top 100 prospect for him.
  46. 5 points
    Eh, it's been a few months, Manny's gone. I appreciate that he cares enough to try to clarify it but I honestly don't really care too much.
  47. 5 points
    Mods, feel free to move this to the O’s history section or another Frank thread, but this is an excellent article that I thought folks would want to see. https://tht.fangraphs.com/the-kangaroo-court-and-frank-robinson/
  48. 5 points
    Hard to say with HS kids, there are probably 20-30 names who could go as high as the teens or as low as the late second (or fall out of the top ten rounds with a big signing bonus ask). College guys (going off other people’s rankings, because some of these guys I am much higher or lower on) who could be there in no particular order. Jackson Rutledge - hard throwing, big bodied JUCO arm with some relief risk Seth Johnson- I’ve wrote about him a ton and think he should go earlier, but teams are risk adverse Greg Jones - former O’s unsigned pick, toolsy SS (draft eligible Soph), has gotten stronger from HS days and has 55 raw power, 70 speed, still pretty raw though Graeme Stinson - most people’s top arm coming into the spring, but he broke down under a starter’s workload and lost almost 10 mph on the FB and now hasn’t pitched in awhile, probably injured. At his best he was upper 90s LH velocity and best slider in the class. Hard to tell where he’ll go without seeing the medicals Matt Canterino - I have him lower, low 90s righty with funk and pitch-ability. Also a good curveball. Control over command, backend type without a ton of upside IMO Drey Jameson- Soph eligible righty was plus performance to go along with 92-96 t97 and a plus slider, change and command need work, pretty high effort delivery with head whack but is a good athlete and holds velocity well. Carter Stewart- 9th overall pick last year, playing in JUCO, stuff has taken a step back Michael Toglia - tall lanky 1B/maybe COF with athletic actions and big power, may have swing and miss issues due to lever length, hasn’t performed as well as expected thus far Chase Strumpf - 2B with a bunch of average tools, huge performance last year but has been underwhelming this spring Matt Wallner -RF with huge raw power, huge arm (96+ on mound), dealt with arm issues that have kept him from being a two way player this spring. He’s also slumped at the plate but appears to be breaking out of it. Cameron Cannon - 2B/3B with elite approach, quick hands, and a bunch of average tools Kody Hoese - 3B breakout power bat, dominant performance this spring, scouts reportedly aren’t enthused about his raw tools, but they may be talking about old looks, he’s drastically improved his strength and swing from last summer IMO Ryan Pepiot - 91-94 with an excellent changeup and high spin curveball and fastball. Good not great performance, not the best athlete. Grant Gambrell - RHP up to 97, sits 91-95, mostly lower late in games, good not great performance but potential above average SL and change. Guys who should be gone but could slip, George Kirby - elite performance, above command,and well rounded repertoire but is just a low 90s guy so he could fall. One of the Will Wilson, Logan Davidson, Branden Shewmake group of big conference SS. Kameron Misner- tooled up OF who had top 5-10 helium at one point but is showing huge swing and miss against premium competition Guys I think should be considered but aren’t ranked that highly elsewhere, not an exhaustive list Tony Locey Alec Marsh Brady McConnell Tanner Morris
  49. 5 points
    Nothing to add. I just felt like I really belong in this thread.
  50. 5 points
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