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  1. Eh, I do kinda get upset but honestly, this team has crapped it's pants against the Yankees and Red Sox for years now. This team always find ways to give games away to the Yankees. It's just in there DNA. Until they bring up some players who can pull on their big boy pants and not poop their pants at the sight of pinstripes, we are going to continue to have games like this. But, when your manager continues to try and run through 4 and 5 relievers instead of allowing guys to go 2-3 innings, you are goi9ng have this. I'm convinced when/if this team is ready to compete, they will need a new coaching staff to get it to the next level. Let's not forgot that bad a send by 3b coach Tony Mansolino.
  2. The funniest thing was when Holmes was being interviewed about the bullpen and he was glowing about how they prepared them so well and how the relievers are able to get the most out of their abilities. Meanwhile I'm listening to the interview thinking, "the other shoe is going to drop" because these guys are not that good.
  3. Lol, this team does find interesting ways to lose..
  4. Why Plutko wasn't used for 2 or 3 innings we'll never know? Seems like the perfect role for him. Then he bails on Sulser quick when he's been better than Lakins all year. Hyde wants to use a bunch of relievers which means he takes the chance that one will throw up a cookie like Lakins did.
  5. I give you Travis Freakin Lakins ladies and gentlemen. The day this guy is no longer in the organization will be a happy day for me. Never seen a guy with the kind of mediocre stuff that he has get so many chances at the major league level. Lakins should only be used in situations where the team is up or down by 4 runs.
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    Drew Rom 2021

    I watched Rom's start last night and here's what I saw. He works effectively down in the zone with his pitches and has a nice left on left breaking ball that can get swings and misses when down in the zone. The announcer didn't give velocity readings so not sure how hard he was throwing, but he didn't get a ton of swing and miss on the fastball, but did get some in his 4th inning of work. His change was a weapon against righties but he doesn't throw it enough. He shook of the catcher on a perfect opportunity to use his changeup and went to the breaking ball and gave up a hit. He gets a pretty decent amount of ground balls and is a strike thrower who didn't get a lot of chase though he did get some whiff in the zone, especially early in the game. The slider and curveball can look similar but he threw a real nice slider to strike out a lefty in the 4th when he struck out the side.
  7. He had a nice little game to start off his Orioles "career". I have to say this also about the Fredericksburg organization, they have the most annoying in-between inning "hype/motivator/MC." Her voice is like nails down a chalkboard when she tries to fake motivation and end up screeching into her microphone. It was so bad I had to let me wife hear it and she was like, Oh my God that's awful!" I enjoy watching the in between inning stuff sometimes during minor league games, but I immediate switch to another game of put it on mute.
  8. Handley looks every bit the defensive stud he was supposed to be. He throws really well and accurate, blocks balls nicely and seems to receive well. He has a nice quiet approach at the plate and actually runs better than most catchers. The bat will determine his ultimate role as he moves up, but he does have an upside of a starter, especially if a little power develops. The only knock i see right now is game calling. Watching the Drew Rom start, he calls a lot of fastballs and mostly breaking balls, but did not call many changeups despite it being a very good pitch for Rom. Saying this, I saw Rom shake off the changeup sign on a 1-2 pitch to a right-handed batter, which was the right call. Rom wanted to throw his breaking ball and the batters smacked it into left field for a single. At other times I saw Handley call for too many fastballs in a row against a lefty who eventually singled the other way. Rom left and left breaking ball is effective. This really the first game I was able to see some signs and paid attention so don't read too far into things here. Game calling is something a lot of young minor league catchers need to work on because many/most high school and college coaches call the pitches (which i think is a travesty).
  9. The Baumann injury hurt and the Orioles look like they plan on running an up/down assembly line between Zimmerman, Lowther and Akin this year. I wonder though, after Akin pitched just two innings in his only "start" of the year at Norfolk then pitch an inning of relief with the Orioles, are the Orioles making that move to the pen for Akin. As most of you know, that's the role I've felt he will eventually settle in with and have his most success. Either way, it will be interesting to see how they use him and the others. I'd really like to see Wells have a good start after his first disaster.
  10. Andrew Daschbach was hit in the head during his first at bat last night. He stayed in the game initially, but was removed after the top of the second.
  11. From what I've seen this year he's got plenty of arm, but sketchy hands at times. He doesn't look real smooth over there, but he's certainly looked good at the plate. He could be just on a hot streak to start the year but the power surge is interesting especially after a missed season. At 24-years old (soon to be 25) he's not that old overall so if he can continue to put up numbers, he'll start to become interesting. Vespi was a guy Luke Siler really liked back in 2019 and from what I heard, his velocity has ticked up a bit this year. His curveball has really tightened up a bit and has become a real swing and miss pitch. When you are King batters at a 18.5/9 rate the organization will start paying attention. I agree that the move to the pen was the best thing for him and he could be a real mover this year after getting the jump over A+ to AA this spring already. Vavra just really knows himself at the plate. He doesn't overswing, will go the other way, and is a breath of fresh air in a game where 5-foot-8 guys swing from their heels in many places. Defensively, he's not going to be a gold glover and he looks a little stiff at times, but I don't think he will kill a team there either. Right now, he's the organization's best 2B prospect in my mind.
  12. Ripken: .243/.282/.333/.615 in 1480 minor league PAs Yaz: .263/.341/.441/.782 in 2952 minor league PAs
  13. Nice use case of severe nepotism. I've seen the Orioles do it with late draft picks, but using a 2nd round pick on a guy that could not hit, then bringing him up to the major when he never had sustained success hitting in the minors was pretty much the definition of Nepotism. As for Ripken, he's hit the ball well this spring and now through the beginning part of the season. He's never been a prospect, doesn't have power, and is not a great defender at 1B. Saying that, from what I've heard he's a hard worker and a good guy so nice to see him have a little success i through 15 PAs. He's not an answer to any Orioles problem or question unless that question is, "Who is the son of Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr.?"
  14. Even if all that was true, he needs to go pitch in an independent league and show what he's got left in the tank. While the AAA rotation in Norfolk has some journeymen AAA type guys pitching, I still don't think it's worth looking at him until he can prove some success somewhere. Now if the Orioles want to work him out and put him up against the Rapsodo and see what his metrics look like and then they they think he's worth a shot, ok, why not? Like you said though, team's are not going to hold his hand so if he goes to an independent league team and makes 4-5 starts and does well, then maybe he's worth a shot? I'd say the chances are extremely slim that he can rebound, but not zero, especially with all the technology available to make guys the best they can be.
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    Kyle Bradish 2021

    Thanks, I missed the beginning of the game and have not have an opportunity to go back and watch it yet. Please feel free to continue to put this kind of stuff out when you watch games. The more eyes and ears the better! Appreciate it.
  16. Cristopher Cespedes makes his Orioles organization debut. He's 6-3, 200 pounds and soon to be 23 years old. Was in the Indians systems, never making it past their AZL team despite slashing .326/.386/.543/.930 in 207 PAs as a 21-year old in 2019.
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    Kyle Bradish 2021

    Were you at the game or did you get this from the MiLB broadcast?
  18. This is from MLB. I don't see anything about designating AAA as the rehab. https://www.mlb.com/news/health-and-safety-protocols-for-2021-mlb-season
  19. I guess I don't understand the difference in COVID protocols between going to Bowie or Norfolk. Why would he not have less protocols if he travels (by Air) to Charlotte vs driving to Bowie for games?
  20. Tides are away in Charlotte this week while Bowie is home. I imagine that rehabbing players will play with the closest home team.
  21. I'll see if I can find out. He could be on the taxi squad.
  22. Yeah, I don't really have a strong opinion here one way or the other. I'd still probably want to give Franco two months to see if he can right the ship, but if they released him tomorrow I wouldn't really care. I'd like to see Jones have at least two months in the minors at second base unless he just starts dominating with the bat in AAA. Honestly, I wouldn't be the worse thing in the world to give Cumberland a chance and send Sisco back to the minors. Cumberland is not much better defensively but maybe he can give a little bit of offense.
  23. I'd wait until at least Memorial Day. Bannon is playing ok at AAA but I'm not convinced he's an everyday guy. Saying that, Franco has been pretty awful overall so I'm not against them going in a different direction, but I'd give Franco at least two months before cutting him. Jones is pretty questionable defensively at 2B so be careful what you wish for here. He's hit the ball ok, but he looks a little stiff over at 2B and doesn't have great hands or arm. I kinda think they ought to just play either Valaika or Urias every day at 2B for two weeks and see what happens. Ruiz is not the answer to anything.
  24. I think we will see some more movement this year by prospects because of the lost year last year. Elias was pretty cautious on his placements this year besides the surprising jump of Jaylen Ferguson and Nick Vespi to AA to start the year, but I think he'll see how guys are doing and make some early adjustments. Some positions are stacked up a bit so if you move a guy up, you have to figure out who either goes back or gets less playing time. It's pretty clear that the Orioles want to see Ortiz at SS pretty much full time so if you move Gunnar up, then what do you do with Ortiz? Welk and Martinez are splitting duties at 3B in Aberdeen and are 24-year old. Do they move to AA or does the organization just give up on them and move Henderson up so he splits time between 3B and SS. For now, everyone has a place to play and if Henderson plays the second half at Aberdeen and does well, he could be starting AA at 20-years old next year and is well ahead of the curve still.
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