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15 hours ago, Frobby said:

The team the O’s players are on, the Glendale Desert Dogs, are 0-7. Looking like these guys will be ready to join the O’s!

Well the O's certainly didn't send them any can't miss prospects

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Just now, webbrick2010 said:

Well the O's certainly didn't send them any can't miss prospects

No.   McKenna is the only one who’s halfway interesting, and he’s far from “can’t miss.”

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Wilkerson needs to play.  Glad he is out there.   Its a good next step for McKenna.  Cervanka might make the 40 man roster so he is interesting.   I like Tyler Erwin.  Hope he shows well.  Jeff Flaa is right on the fringe of making the 40 man roster.   What he does in Arizona  could be valuable to that decision.

I don't the the 0-7 record in the reflection of the O's players.

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6 hours ago, wildcard said:

I don't the the 0-7 record in the reflection of the O's players.

0-8 now, but I was just snarking.   Wilkerson and McKenna are 1-2 on the team in OPS, and our pitchers have ERA’s ranging from 0.00 to 3.37 (though I believe they coughed up some inherited runs, too).    So, our guys have performed just fine.    I’m still not real interested in anyone other than McKenna.     The other guys may get cups of coffee in the majors but I don’t see any of them being major contributors to a winning major league team.     McKenna may not either, but he has by far the most potential to have some impact.   

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Peoria Javalinas @ Glendale Desert Dogs 10/23

The Dogs hosted the Javalinas at Camelback Ranch.

Unfortunately, I, along with 286 other paying customers (uncertain if that includes the 40 or so scouts), attended.

None of the 3 O's position players took the field.

But, I got another looksee at 3 O's pitchers.

Chris Lee -- With the bases empty throws with a simple windup from the extreme 1st base side of the rubber. Fastball - 94-95mph, breaking ball (cutter or slider) - 86-89mph, change (only saw once or twice) - 81mph. Started the game and his 1st inning was a fair replication of my 1st view of him. Threw enough strikes and retired the side in order. 1 hopper to second from hot hitting switch hitter, Lucius Fox. Weak fly to right from a LH hitter. Very nice play by 2nd baseman on a RH hitter's high chopper over the mound -- barehanded and quick throw to 1st. Lee's 2nd inning was a disaster. His fastball velocity fell by 2 to 3mph. After an easy groundout to the 2nd baseman from a LH batter, the next batter, a RH hitter, one-hopped a line-drive to short and Errol Robinson sailed his throw over the the 1st baseman's head. Hudson Potts, RH batter, then jacked a hanging breaking ball into the left-field Peoria bullpen. The next batter, a LH hitter grounded weakly to the 2nd baseman who, this time, threw poorly to 1B allowing the runner to reach safely. It went down hill from there. A perfect bunt between the mound and 3B that Lee gloved and carried back to the pitching rubber; a line drive single to right from a RH batter, with a breaking ball, hit the next RH batsman on the back ankle, and, facing a LH batter, came back from 3-0 to 3-2 only to walk in another run. That was it, Manager Dave Anderson (Orioles' Minor League Infield Instructor) came and got Lee, 48 pitches, 26 strikes, 4 outs. Don't know whether Lee tired or lost focus because of the misplays behind him (or the home-run), but he was clearly off his game after the 1st out of the 2nd inning.
Tyler Erwin -- looked OK, deceptive to batters, especially to LH hitters, one of whom missed a wide breaker for a 3rd strike. Threw 4 strikes to a RH batter to get a called 3rd strike. Though he gave up a hit and a 4-pitch walk, faced only 4 batters as one of the runners was thrown out on an attempted steal of 2nd. 14 pitches and 10 strikes. The hit was a sharp line-drive over the 3B head.
Jay Flaa -- he was hammered; 92mph fastball and some kind of breaking ball; gave up 2 home-runs, a well-struck base-hit, and a base-on-balls while somehow managing to obtain 2 outs.

On the Javelinas, the 2nd time I've seen Zack Burdi and he looked decent.
Also, impressed with Braves's CF Cristian Pache. Good speed, great arm and looks like a hitter.

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Here is some video of McKenna absolutely raking. He's 4th in the AFL in OPS with a 1.113 currently and has 4 doubles and 3 triples in just 9 games. 

 

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Glendale exploded for 24 hits and 21 runs today. Guess they were stocking it up?

All 3 Orioles position players started.

McKenna played center and went 4-5 with 2 walks, 3 runs, and 1 rbi. He had 2 doubles.

Wilkerson was at third and went 3-4 with a walk, sac fly, 2 runs and 5 rbi's.

Cervenka was the DH and went 4-7 with 2 runs, 3 rbi's, and a double. He also stole home on the back end of a double steal.

No Orioles pitchers got in and the defense did not record an error.

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It’s nice to have something to be excited about.    I hope McKenna continues to rake and carries that over at Bowie next season.    Maybe he gets to Norfolk before long.  

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23 minutes ago, Frobby said:

It’s nice to have something to be excited about.    I hope McKenna continues to rake and carries that over at Bowie next season.    Maybe he gets to Norfolk before long.  

I wonder if they would invite him to MLB camp in Spring Training as a non roster invitee, or if they would only bring him over for a few games?

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24 minutes ago, Legend_Of_Joey said:

I wonder if they would invite him to MLB camp in Spring Training as a non roster invitee, or if they would only bring him over for a few games?

I think he’ll get an invite.

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