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  1. Frobby, it's probably just precautionary. made a diving catch in right last Thursday. He batted his next time out but was taken out the next inning. He seems to be in good spirits so it may just be minor dings.
  2. SHOREBIRDS TO SEND THREE TO SAL ALL-STAR GAME Clare, Ring, Wells will represent team in Columbia this month Shorebird Press Release by Will Deboer CLEARWATER, FL - The Delmarva Shorebirds will send three players to represent the team at the 58th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game, announced by the league office on Tuesday. Pitcher Alex Wells, outfielder Jake Ring, and infielder Chris Clare will represent the Shorebirds for the Northern Division at the league’s midsummer classic at Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park on June 20. Ring will start for the North in center field, while Clare was selected as a utility infielder and Wells as one of 11 pitchers. Ring is in the midst of a historic season at the plate for the Shorebirds. The Ingleside, Ill. native is batting .326, good for fifth in the league. He is the league’s active leader in RBIs (38), doubles (19), extra-base hits (31), slugging (.609), total bases (112), and ranks in the top five in several other offensive categories. A 31st-round pick out of Missouri in the 2016 draft, Ring has been a revalation for Delmarva this season, earning SAL Player of the Week for April 6-16 and Baltimore Orioles Minor League Player of the Month for April. His finest moment came on May 16 when he hit a walkoff two-run double - with two outs and two strikes against Greenville all-star closer Stephen Nogosek - to give the Shorebirds a 6-5 win over the Drive. A New York-Penn League all-star last year in short-season Aberdeen, Wells has continued his hot start to his professional career with the Shorebirds. The Australian national from Newcastle, New South Wales is 4-2 with a 1.74 ERA through 10 starts, walking eight and striking out 40 through 51.2 innings. He boasts the third-lowest ERA in the SAL, as well as a team-best 1.03 WHIP and six quality starts. Wells has three scoreless starts this season of at least six innings, including seven three-hit shutout frames in a win on June 1 against Hickory. Clare has been the glue for the Shorebird infield all season, starting primarily at shortstop but seeing half a dozen reps at both second and third base. The Fort Mill, S.C. native is currently batting .274 with a team-best .377 on-base percentage, notching nine extra-base hits and 25 RBIs along the way. Clare introduced himself to the Perdue Stadium faithful in a big way, batting .571 (12-21) with seven RBIs and nine runs scored over a season-opening seven-game homestand from April 13 through 19. The 21st-round pick from High Point in 2016 strung together a seven-game hitting streak from May 7 through 18, notching four multi-hit games in that span. Clare’s hometown of Fort Mill is just 75 miles north of Columbia. The Northern Division team will be managed by Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson, while Jose Leger of the hometown Columbia Fireflies will lead the South. “The amount of talent that is showcased each year in this game is tremendous, and this year certainly continues that tradition,” said SAL president Eric Krupa of this year’s all-star teams. “Columbia Fireflies President John Katz and his staff have been working for more than a year in order to put together one of the most anticipated events on the baseball calendar.”
  3. This guy can flat-out hit. They are all solid and driven to where he wants them to go. Good fielder too. Should be in Frederick by early May. (Great for him, sad that we won't be able to watch him all year.)
  4. I was told that Palmeiro had a couple of very minor nagging injuries, one after the other, but it gave Curran a chance to play more. I thought he did OK, but I was told that he needs to keep his emotions under better control on balls and strikes. He can sting the ball when he hits it.
  5. I thought Seamus Curran had earned a trip north, but perhaps he needs to learn to be less argumentive with the umps.
  6. Shorebirds Announce 2017 Break Camp Roster Team Features Three Top Prospects, Six Former Shorebirds SALISBURY, MD - The Delmarva Shorebirds, Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, have announced their break camp team roster, as assigned by their parent club. The team features 28 players, including three of the Orioles’ top 25 prospects and six returning Shorebirds. Right-handed pitcher Matthias Dietz is the Orioles’ 13th-best prospect in 2017, according to MLB.com. Dietz was drafted in the second round (69th overall) of the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft out of John Logan College in Illinois. Considered by some to be the best junior college prospect in the draft, the Orland Park, Ill. native earned top-100 overall rankings from ESPN’s Keith Law and Baseball Prospectus. The 6’6” righty began his time in Birdland with Low-A Aberdeen last summer, sporting a 4.82 ERA in seven starts for the IronBirds. Dietz projects as a member of the Shorebirds’ starting rotation in 2017. Other notable prospects include left-handed pitcher Alex Wells (No. 17) and shortstop Irving Ortega (No. 23). Wells, a native of Newcastle, Australia, signed as an 18-year-old with the Orioles in August 2015. Last year in Aberdeen, he won team MVP after finishing 4-5 with a 2.15 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in 13 starts. The southpaw also earned both New York-Penn League Midseason and MiLB.com Organizational All-Star nods. His twin brother Lachlan pitches in the Twins organization, spending last season with the Class-A Cedar Rapids Kernels. Wells projects to join Dietz in the Delmarva rotation to begin the season. Ortega spent a majority of 2016 with the Gulf Coast League Orioles before earning a promotion to Aberdeen late in the season. The Dominican national batted .258 with eight doubles and 12 RBIs over 48 games between the GCL and NYPL. Ortega inked with Baltimore as an 18-year-old in October 2014 and impressed the club with a knowledge of the game well beyond his age. This will be Ortega’s first year of full-season minor league ball, and with a strong glove and improving bat, he could fight to be the Shorebirds’ starting shortstop. Five of the six returning Shorebirds are pitchers, as Jake Bray, Francisco Jimenez, Steven Klimek, Zeke McGranahan, and Jhon Peluffo will take curtain calls at Perdue Stadium. Righty Jimenez, who begins his third season in Delmarva, made 20 starts and six relief appearances for the Shorebirds in 2016, going 9-9 with a 4.27 ERA, 45 walks, and 96 strikeouts in 128.2 innings. The Dominican national came on strong at the end of the season, allowing one earned run over six innings in each of his last three starts. Fellow right-hander Bray split his time between Delmarva and Aberdeen, going 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 innings over 21 relief appearances for both clubs. He earned two saves for the Shorebirds, both against Kannapolis. Right-hander Klimek began his season in Aberdeen before making five late-season appearances in Delmarva. He went 2-4 with a 3.42 ERA over 17 appearances (one start) at both levels. Righty Peluffo made three late-season starts for the Shorebirds after beginning the year with the GCL Orioles, finishing with a 5.92 ERA in 11 total starts in the organizaiton. The Colombian national drew attention last summer as the Padres considered him as a piece in an attempted trade involving outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr. Right-hander McGranahan boasted a 2.53 ERA in 12 relief appearances for the Shorebirds in 2015 before missing the rest of the season with an injury. He returned to action with the GCL Orioles last August, pitching in eight games. Infielder Alejandro Juvier is the Shorebirds’ only returning position player. The Miami, Fla. native began his 20-year-old season last year in Delmarva before transitioning to Aberdeen in the summer. He hit .218 with 11 doubles, three home runs, and 33 RBIs over 330 at-bats in 88 games between the Shorebirds and IronBirds. A longtime blue chip hitter in the Orioles system, Dariel Alvarez begins his transition to pitcher in Delmarva. A career .282 hitter in the minors, Alvarez had cups of coffee in the majors in 2015 and 2016. While primarily a hitter for Camaguey of the Cuban National Series from 2006-11, the right-hander made 22 appearances on the mound and in the past drew attention from major league scouts for his mid-90s fastball. The Orioles will hope to follow the same blueprint for Alvarez that they did for current reliever Mychael Givens, who began his own transition from hitter to pitcher with the Shorebirds and pitching coach Justin Lord in 2013. Alvarez will also moonlight as a designated hitter in games where he does not pitch, giving the Shorebirds one more offensive threat. Another notable roster addition is the latest Palmeiro family member to play in the Baltimore system. First baseman Preston Palmeiro was drafted in the seventh round last season after he hit .337 with a .951 OPS as a junior at North Carolina State. He spent the minor league season in Aberdeen, hitting .258 with 18 RBIs in 34 games. Preston is the son of Rafael Palmeiro, who spent seven of his 20 major-league seasons with the Orioles, hitting 223 of his 569 career home runs and collecting his 3,000th career hit in Baltimore orange and black. Preston’s older brother Patrick spent three seasons in the White Sox system before playing the last two seasons with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters. Here is a complete roster breakdown, sorted alphabetically by position: Right-Handed Pitchers (12) Dariel Alvarez, Jake Bray, Matthias Dietz, Cody Dube, Kory Groves, Lucas Humpal, Francisco Jimenez, Nick Jobst, Steven Klimek, Zeke McGranahan, Jhon Peluffo, James Teague Left-Handed Pitchers (3) Zack Muckenhirn, Travis Seabrooke, Alex Wells Catchers (3) Daniel Fajardo, Jerry McClannahan, Christopher Shaw Infielders (6) Chris Clare, Frank Crinella, Alejandro Juvier, Irving Ortega, Preston Palmeiro, Collin Woody Outfielders (4) Cole Billingsley, Gerrion Grim, Ryan McKenna, Jake Ring The Shorebirds will announce their 25-man roster before season opener in Greenville on April 6. The team returns to Perdue Stadium for Opening Day on April 13 against Hagerstown.
  7. Any Hangouters planning on attending Dream Week next week?
  8. Yep: A WINNER ! It's the same person, but two different pitchers. Chris' pitching has evolved over the years. The first photo was taken by me at Twin Lakes in 2008. Chris had been traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Orioles in February. Orioles GM Andy MacPhail traded Erik Bedard for Adam Jones, Chris Tillman, George Sherill, Kam Mickolio and Tony Butler. At the time, the Orioles' major league Spring Training was held in Ft. Lauderdale, but their minor league spring training was held at Twin Lakes. In those days, the media did not cover Twin Lakes because it was way too far from Ft. Lauderdale. This left me opportunities to get photos not obtained by the beat media. This 2008 photo was of Chris when he first reported to the Buck O'Neil complex at Twin Lakes. The second photo was taken Wednesday at Minicamp. Chris usually grows his beard in the off season as we have shown in past years. Chris has been working out at the Orioles Ed Smith complex most of the off-season. Some say that the beard makes Chris look like the Mountain Man on Duck Dynasty. Here's the Mountain Man with Doc Shorebird for comparison.
  9. The titles are mixed up. The above is a repeat of the John Means & Joe Hogarty photo.
  10. Here's the Shorebirds Press Release Cedric Mullins Named South Atlantic League Player of the Week SALISBURY, MD - The Delmarva Shorebirds are pleased to announce that the South Atlantic League has recognized Delmarva Shorebirds outfielder Cedric Mullins as the South Atlantic League?s Player of the Week for the week of August 29 - September 5. Mullins was arguably the offensive MVP for the Shorebirds this season and he finished the campaign on a high note. Mullins totaled a slash line of .433/.433/.833 in seven games last week, going 13-for-30 with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven runs scored and three stolen bases. He only struck out once all week. Mullins finished the year with 61 extra-base hits, including a league-high 10 triples. All 14 of his home runs came as the leadoff hitter in the lineup. Mullins also finished ninth in the circuit with 30 stolen bases and he finished in the top 25 in the league with 55 RBI. This is the first career honor for Mullins in the South Atlantic League. He is the sixth different player to be recognized by the league office this season, joining Yermin Mercedes (twice), Ryan Mountcastle, Cristian Alvarado, Randolph Gassaway and Ofelky Peralta. Delmarva Shorebirds
  11. Official Shorebird Release Mercedes and Gonzalez Named South Atlantic League All-Stars Delmarva Catcher and Left-Handed Pitcher Recognized as the League?s Best SALISBURY, MD - The South Atlantic League Commissioner?s Office announced yesterday that the league has recognized it?s 2016 Post-Season All-Stars. Accordingly, two Shorebirds were recognized among the elite players in the league as left-handed pitcher Brian Gonzalez and catcher Yermin Mercedes were selected as the best players at their respective positions. Voters around the league included coaches, managers, general managers, broadcasters and media representatives from each of the 14 teams. Mercedes left the Shorebirds on August 1st with the South Atlantic League?s highest active batting average (.353), best slugging percentage (.579), second highest on-base percentage (.411) and fourth most home runs (14). He totaled 383 plate appearances, which surpassed the 376 necessary to qualify for the league batting title at the end of the season. He played in 91 games from April 10th to July 30th. Furthermore, in his last 41 games with the team (dating back to June 11th), Mercedes raised his average from .321 to .353 by going 60-152 (.392) with 10 home runs, one triple, 14 doubles and 30 RBI. He had 15 multi-hit games in his last 30 contests. He currently leads the league batting title race by .023 over Asheville Tourists? first baseman Brian Mundell. Mundell was named the South Atlantic League?s Most Valuable Player. In July, Mercedes hit for a .375 average in 26 games with 12 doubles, four home runs and 14 RBI?s. By comparison, he collected 13 doubles in April, May and June combined. He led the league in hits (36), extra-base hits (17) and OPS (1.105). From June 25th until July 8th, Mercedes hit in 14 consecutive games which included seven multi-hit games in a row. He also reached base safely in 25 straight contests from June 10th until July 8th, which is the fifth longest on-base streak in the league this season. His capstone game of the season came on July 23rd against the Kannapolis Intimidators. He finished the night 4-for-4 with three solo home runs and a single, becoming the first Shorebird to hit three home runs in a single game since at least 2007. In addition to being named a Mid-Season All-Star, Mercedes was also recognized as the South Atlantic League?s Player of the Month in July and won Player of the Week honors twice (April 18-24 and June 13-19). Brian Gonzalez repeated the 2016 season in Delmarva after spending all of 2015 with the Shorebirds. The Delmarva left-hander has easily been one of the top pitchers in the league. As of August 31st, Gonzalez is tied for third in the league with a 2.51 ERA. He is also second in the league with 139.2 innings pitched. Gonzalez helped anchor a staff that is among the most successful that the Shorebirds have ever had. Gonzalez found ways to shine brightest during some of the most pressing moments of his season. With likely two starts still ahead of him, he has limited opponents to a .193 average with runners in scoring position. More impressively, he hasn?t given up a single hit with the bases loaded all season - batters are 0-for-11 in those situations with six strikeouts. As the season moved along, Gonzalez continued to meet and exceed expectations. He leads the Shorebirds with 15 quality starts. In fact, he has gone at least six innings in each of his last six consecutive starts. He is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA in August. Here is the complete list of South Atlantic League Post-Season All-Stars: 2016 SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE POSTSEASON ALL-STAR TEAM NAME POS TEAM MLB ORG Yermin Mercedes C Delmarva BAL Brian Mundell* 1B Asheville COL Josh Tobias 2B Lakewood PHI Brendan Rodgers? SS Asheville COL Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Hagerstown WAS Ian Sagdal UT INF Hagerstown WAS Yonathan Daza OF Asheville COL Tate Matheny OF Greenville BOS Jose Pujols OF Lakewood PHI Luis Alexander Basabe UT OF Greenville BOS Chris Gittens DH Charleston NYY Mitch Keller? RHP West Virginia PIT Brian Gonzalez LHP Delmarva BAL C.J. Robinson RP Greensboro MIA Patrick Anderson Manager Hagerstown WAS Justin Pope Coach Charleston NYY * Most Valuable Player ? Most Outstanding MLB Prospect ? Most Outstanding Pitcher Delmarva Shorebirds
  12. Official release: Randolph Gassaway Named South Atlantic League Player of the Week SALISBURY, MD - The Delmarva Shorebirds are pleased to announce that the South Atlantic League has recognized Delmarva Shorebirds outfielder Randolph Gassaway as the South Atlantic League?s Player of the Week for the week of August 1-7. Gassaway has become a staple in Ryan Minor?s lineup over the last month. The slugging outfielder has hit safely in 23 of the 29 games in which he has appeared this season. Gassaway torched Hickory and West Virginia in seven games last week. He went 13-for-27 with four doubles, two home runs, four runs scored and four RBI?s. He finished the week with a slash line of .481/.500/.852. This is the first career honor for Gassaway in the South Atlantic League. He is the fifth different player to be recognized by the league office this season, joining Yermin Mercedes (twice), Ryan Mountcastle, Cristian Alvarado and Ofelky Peralta.
  13. Ofelky Peralta Named Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month SALISBURY, MD - The Baltimore Orioles Player Development Department has named Delmarva Shorebirds Pitcher Ofelky Peralta as the Organizational Pitcher of the Month for July, 2016. This is Peralta?s first recognition from the Orioles Player Development Department this season. A 19-year old right handed pitcher from Banao, Dominican Republic, Peralta dazzled in four South Atlantic League starts in July. He finished the month with a 3-0 record and a 2.57 ERA over 21 innings. He gave up six runs on eight hits with nine walks and 21 strikeouts. Peralta?s capstone outing of the season was shortened to five innings because of rain, but he threw the third no-hitter in Delmarva Shorebirds history on July 8th against the Hagerstown Suns. He struck out eight batters that night and allowed just one walk over his five frames. That outing followed a six-inning scoreless effort against Hagerstown on July 2nd. He allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts in his first appearance of the month. Through 19 games this season, all of which were starts, Peralta?s opponents have only managed a .234 batting average against him. That mark is the fifth lowest in the league among qualified pitchers. Ofelky Peralta is widely regarded as one of the Baltimore Orioles top prospects. MLB.com rated him as the 13th best prospect in the Orioles farm system, while Baseball America recognized Peralta as the 17th rated prospect in the organization.
  14. His first outing as a Shorebird is one we all would like to forget. He will get better here.
  15. I saw Peluffo pitch a couple of weeks ago in Sarasota. I liked hat I saw. Here's today's press release from the Voice of the Shorebirds. Shorebirds Announce Roster Transaction for Tuesday, August 2 HICKORY, NC - The Delmarva Shorebirds, in conjunction with the Baltimore Orioles, have announced the following roster moves: #17 RHP Jhon Peluffo transferred from the GCL Orioles ® to Delmarva (A) Peluffo (19 years old) is a native of Cartagena, Columbia and was signed as an international free agent in May, 2014. He pitched in the Dominican Summer League in 2014 and 2015 before coming to the United States in 2016. He?s spent the majority of the season in Extended Spring Training before being added to the GCL Orioles roster. In the Gulf Coast League this season, Peluffo is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in six appearances. He?s collected 31 strikeouts compared to only five walks in 28 innings this season. Peluffo is anticipated to start Tuesday night?s game in Hickory. It would be his 35th professional and his 25th career start. The roster currently has 25 active players (13 pitchers, 12 position players).
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