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  1. I've never answered my own post before, but I just saw hes now listed on the GCL roster, and they start games tomorrow. Not sure why he's there but at least he has been found.
  2. Any word on JJ Montgomery? I saw he was originally listed in the Opening Day Program for Aberdeen (along with Jimmy Murphy). I thought they may start him this year like they've done with some of the Ironbird relievers from last year (e.g. Ryan Conroy and Kevin Magee). He is no longer listed on the roster and I haven't seen him involved in any other transactions? Is he hurt? Is he in Ext Spring Training still? Anyone know? Thanks.
  3. I continue to root for Lowther (first syllable rhymes with 'cow', often mistakenly pronounced like opposite of 'high'). He's a perfect example of being able to have success without a blazing fastball. I was able to talk to him on multiple occasions at Aberdeen when he was charting pitches on his offdays. He's incredibly cerebral. He knows what he wants to do on the mound, and it's very much a game of wits for him....which he usually wins. Amazing makeup for his age. When he was drafted, I remember many folks saying he stuff won't play at the higher levels because fastball rarely registers above 90 MPH. He really maximizes the tools that he does have. I couldn't be happier for him and I expect him to have continued success at Bowie and beyond.
  4. Oldorioles

    JC Escarra

    I went to almost every Ironbirds home game last year and JC is definitely someone to watch who can hit for average and power. He's a leader on the field and a very athletic first basemen. In high school, he mainly played third base. When he got to college, they had him switch to catcher. After attending Florida International, the O's moved him to first base, so he's quite versatile. BTW - couldn't be a nicer guy as well, great attitude. Unfortunately, for JC, when he was drafted the O's went with Seamus Curran and Ryan Ripken to man first base at Aberdeen (in 2017), so he had to play in the GCL. Last year, he was promoted to Aberdeen and tore it up - winning the club MVP award. He was old for the league (23 yo), but that's not his fault. You can only do your best where they put you...and he did. Thankfully, the new regime realized his potential and leapfrogged him right to Frederick, where he's already hit two homers in the first five games. I expect his power to show through this year (especially playing half his games at Nymeo field). More and more people are starting to pay attention to this previously underrated gem. Just my $.02.
  5. Brandon Bonilla is on Demarva's IL.
  6. Thanks! Hadn't seen that, but thought it was likely. I imagine Keaton may have the same fate.
  7. So between the guys that weren't invited (because they'll be on a short-season team), the injured, the suspended and the bullpen catchers, I believe that leaves just a few unexplained (or maybe cut): - Love - Woody (possibly transitioning to pitcher) - Putzig (still hurt?) - Keaton - Juvier (I don't remember him being cut, released, or leaving via free agency in the offseason. Did I miss it?)
  8. Thank you again for doing this, I love digging into the detail and trying to track every transaction. Two quick questions: 1) Tony's recently posted list of minor league spring training rosters lists a Marcos Molina, who looks to have played in the Mets system. I didn't see him in the transactions. Is this recent? Did we pick him up as a minor league free agent? 2) As best as I can tell every minor league player in a full season league last year is either on the spring roster or is covered in your transactions page (thanks again for the hard work), except one. I can't find Jordan Kipper on Tony's roster and I don't see him being cut, retiring, having become a free agent, etc. Am I missing something? For example, maybe he's not on the spring training roster due to injury (e.g. I assume that's why Putzig wasn't listed).
  9. I wonder why he retired? Although he was only at Delmarva last year and was about a year over the league average, he absolutely crushed it. Can't do much better than a 1.15 ERA (led all relievers on the team), 0.872 WHIP (led all relievers on the team), not to mention 42K:18BB. I know he's not really regarded as a prospect, but I'm not sure any pitcher (especially reliever) had a better year at Delmarva. Maybe he's tired of the grind, but it was on;y his third pro year and he had to be looking at a promotion. Maybe there's other factors like family matters or an offseason injury we don't know about. I just hate to see these kinds of guys leave the organization before seeing how far they can go and still have success.
  10. Thank you for posting this list. I'm not too surprised by the names. Many had injury issues (Negrette, Baker, and Turnipseed) while others performed poorly. I'm a tad surprised by Dominguez, since he did rather well and was promoted to Aberdeen at the very end of the season. Still, he was 24 and just tasting the NYPL. To me the biggest surprise is Vichio, who pitched to a 2.97 ERA with a 1.062 WHIP at Aberdeen and a 27K/7BB ratio. I realize he was 23, but you can only perform where they put you. To me, he couldn't so much more and there are certainly others of the same age and level that did not perform as well.
  11. nice work, love this thread every year!
  12. He'll be at Aberdeen. We are a host family with them and were just informed he'll be staying with us, beginning tomorrow (Saturday).
  13. I can confirm that 6th round pick, Mason McCoy, has signed. We are a host family for the Ironbirds and we've just been informed he's staying with us. He will arrive tomorrow.
  14. The scout can say all he wants, doesn't mean he's right. It's just an opinion. My opinion on the subject is that he's someone to get excited about. Results matter and he's been great. This year is not a fluke, he's pitched well for several years for us, it's just that he's taken it up a notch this year. I can tell you this much, he'll be quite high on my end-of-the year O's prospect list. He's a starter with a 1.100 WHIP (did that last year too at Aberdeen) who strikes out more than a guy every inning. Beautiful 5.6 K:BB rate too. All this while he;s almost a full year younger than the league average age. Hop on board, it's not too late!!
  15. what a season he is having! He just does not get the publicity of some others in the system but all he does is produce. He's simply dominating at Delmarva. Can't wait for him to move up.
  16. Apparently, it's true. Sad to see. He pitched very well each year. They must not have been high on him. Hard to believe you can't find room to keep him.
  17. Just a quick note on Daniel Ayers, he's clearly quite talented and the O's seem to be high on him as well (the promoted him to Aberdeen after his age 19 season). That being said, he's still young and has much to prove. For example, his WHIP is the highest of any of the 18 active pitchers on the Ironbirds. Let's not go overboard on him yet. I will root for him though!
  18. This is a great thread and it shows we have a large hole in LHP, especially starters. I do like some of the minor leaguers mentioned, but most are a ways off.
  19. He's a teenager pitching on a full season squad. Le'ts give him some time to adjust. That being said, expectations need to be realistic. Although he was our first pick, it was in the 3rd round and 90th overall. Historically, that gives him about a 1 in 3 chance of making it to the majors some day.
  20. He's been amazing this season, unfortunately it doesn't look like we will add him next week so..He Gone! That's a shame.
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