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Slade-OH last won the day on May 12 2019

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  1. Threw this together on a whim 1) Adley Rutschman - C 2) Grayson Rodriguez - RHP 3) DL Hall - LHP 4) Ryan Mountcastle - 1B 5) Austin Hays - OF 6) Zac Lowther - LHP 7) Adam Hall - SS 8) Keegan Akin - LHP 9) Blaine Knight - RHP 10) Drew Rom - LHP 11) Yusniel Diaz - OF 12) Dean Kremer - RHP 13) Gunnar Henderson - SS 14) Bruce Zimmermann - LHP 15) Alex Wells - LHP 16) Ryan McKenna - OF 17) Michael Baumann - RHP 18) Kyle Stowers - OF 19) Cody Sedlock - RHP 20) Mason McCoy - SS
  2. Slade-OH

    Drew Rom

    Encouraging start. Love seeing that strikeout rate where it is
  3. Yes that is the plan. I’ll be at most of his home starts so I’ll be taking some video of other players on the team and doing some write ups
  4. I would agree. I’m biased of course but he’s been the best starter in Bowie so far in my opinion. And the stats back it up.
  5. Yes he is. He’s been 91-94, occasionally bumping 95 in all three starts I’ve watched at Bowie
  6. Video of one of his strikeouts from his outing on May 10. Definitely the best I’ve ever seen him, minus the final inning where the ump squeezed him on several pitches which led to him walking the bases loaded. Our contingent behind home plate had been heckling the ump so we might be partially to blame for that lol. Finished with 11 K’s and just 2 hits allowed over 5.2 innings. https://youtu.be/VXyUp4qwFIE
  7. Here’s a report (at the end of this post) on his pitches directly from the man himself. Quick note: I’ve been at a three home starts and can verify he’s hit 95 several times in each start. Not sure about 96 though. He made a point of emphasis (much like John Means) to increase his velo this offseason and did so successfully. He worked with the same trainer that worked with Corey Kluber several years back before his breakout for what it’s worth. I remember him only being 89-92 on that same Bowie stadium gun last August. He’s been comfortably 91-94 in each start I’ve watched this year. He’s pitching up in and in the zone more now versus righties and primarily throwing from a 4-seam grip after being a 2-seam grip guy last year. So that could also be a factor in the average velo bump. Report from Bruce: “Yeah primarily a 4 seam 92-94 top 96 this year. 2 seam 90-92, CH 80-83, SL I think has been 83-86 and CB 79-82. Attacking with the FB CH combo. Slider is sharper than my CB but CB is coming along well this season. Willing to throw in any count. Wanted to mix my pitches more cause I was 70% last year so bring that down a bit”
  8. Hey Hangouters. It’s been a while since I posted on here. But, I figured it’s time to return and start a thread about my cousin Bruce Zimmermann since I’ve been going to most of his starts now. Here’s a bio of who Bruce is and how he got to where he is now. Bruce grew up here in Maryland in the Woodstock area. He attended Cardinal Gibbons for one year before that school got the axe and then transferred to Loyola where I got to play on the same team as him my senior year in 2012. Bruce flew under the radar with college coaches and scouts alike throughout high school, despite emerging as the staff ace at Loyola his senior year. He finally got a D1 offer later that summer in 2013 from Towson. He would ultimately make their rotation and recorded ERA’s of 5.00 and 7.64 his first two seasons. Not exactly promising but he took a step big step forward as a starter in summer ball of 2015, now throwing 89-91 mph. That attracted the attention of Mount Olive College, a D2 powerhouse down in North Carolina. Because he wouldn’t have to sit out a year going from D1 to D2, Bruce transferred to a program that frankly offered him a much better opportunity for success. Bruce emerged as Mount Olive’s Friday night starter his junior year and out together an impressive junior season: (3.21 ERA over 98.2 innings, 104 hits, 11 walks, 112 K’s). In the 2016 draft, there were some scouts that reached out to him about possibly being a late round pick but that fell through. So he got to work and became determined to make himself hard to ignore in 2017. He had an even better year, anchoring a rotation of a team that finished ranked #5 in the country. Senior year numbers: (3.18 ERA over 99 innings, 89 hits, 24 walks, 129 K’s) This time he had the scouts full attention and was considered one of the top senior sign prospects in the country. Come draft day, he would hear his name called in the 5th Round by the Atlanta Braves, signing for a mere $10,000 but that’s how it goes when you’re a senior with no leverage. Bruce has always had a chip on his shoulder dating back to high school so it’s no surprise to me how determined he was to quickly shed the “just a senior sign” label. He got off to a promising start in short season ball: (3.09 ERA over 23.1 innings, 21 hits, 9 walks, 28 K’s) But the real test would be can he translate that to a full season level. He did that and then some in 2018. Bruce absolutely dominated the SALLY league and made the all star team. Low A numbers: (2.76 ERA over 84.2 innings, 74 hits, 18 walks, 99 K’s) The Braves were so impressed they decided to test him by skipping him up to AA. Bruce was up for the challenge, punching out 10 in his first AA start. As fate would have it, Bruce would hear his name called at the trade deadline, being sent back home to Baltimore in the Kevin Gausman trade. His outings after that his AA debut were hit or miss with the more patient batters in AA giving him some challenges with limiting the free passes. But overall, not a bad start in AA: (3.14 ERA in 28 innings with Braves, 25 hits, 19 walks, 26 K’s. 5.06 ERA in 21.1 innings with Baysox, 25 hits, 7 walks and 16 K’s). How would he follow that up? So far, so good. He currently sports a 2.53 ERA in 6 starts over 32 innings, with 25 hits, 10 walks, 29 K’s, and a .210 opponent average.
  9. I consider this a hot take because I'm making a bold assumption that Stewart will continue to hit like he did post-all star break in 2017 and like he has so far in 5 games here in 2018 with the Tides. But based on the adjustments I saw him make when I watched him several times last August, I think the offensive breakthrough is for real. He brings a patient and disciplined approach that the big league club is sorely lacking. Even if he were to come up and hit .240, chances are he'd still be among the leaders in OBP on the team because he's a walk machine. Not to mention for a big guy, he can move on the base paths. He's stolen 26 and 20 bases respectively the last two seasons and was only caught 4 times at Bowie last year. I'll definitely be tuning into to some Norfolk games over the next few months to monitor his progress. If he continues to hit though, I think Orioles have to take a look at what he can do at the big league level. Especially once Santander's rule five status expires.
  10. Yea, my theory is they just need an extra arm after bullpen got taxed over the weekend and he was the next man up on the 40 man roster. Could also be viewed as an audition to see how close he is to being ready.
  11. Orioles adding to their outfield depth today with the signing of former Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders. Yes, it was just two years ago that he made the all-star team. https://www.google.com/amp/www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/bs-sp-orioles-saunders-20180402-story,amp.html
  12. Can't ask for a better start than this. http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/08/07/orioles-tim-beckham-named-american-league-player-of-the-week/
  13. I would be interested in attending and should be available on the 23rd.
  14. Manny Machado in particular is finally heating up with a .360 batting average over the last 30 days. Some consistent starting pitching would go a long way down the stretch here if the offense keeps doing its part. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bs-sp-second-half-offense-20170804-story.html
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