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Just in time, the AFL season starts today.    As a reminder, this year the O’s players are on the Surprise Saguaros, and include:

Rylan Bannon

Cody Carroll

Dean Kremer 

David Lebron 

Mason McCoy

Alex Wells 

With Austin Hays joining once the major league season ends.   Kyle Moore (Delmarva’s manager) is serving as one of the coaches.

The regular season runs through October 25.    I’m looking forward to having some more box scores to read!

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It seems in the Villar trade value thread the board's sense is a tender is a certainty, but I wonder if Bannon remains scorching as he was at AAA if that could impact the decision at all.

I've been totally fine with keeping all the best hitters down this year because there's time to get everyone who matters 1000 PA's in the show to acclimate for 2022.  But the window for those 1000 PA's starts next May.  I'm not sure if Bannon is one of those guys or not, but if he stays good through AFL, Spring, AAA in April I'll get itchy to see how his game translates.

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26 minutes ago, OrioleDog said:

It seems in the Villar trade value thread the board's sense is a tender is a certainty, but I wonder if Bannon remains scorching as he was at AAA if that could impact the decision at all.

I've been totally fine with keeping all the best hitters down this year because there's time to get everyone who matters 1000 PA's in the show to acclimate for 2022.  But the window for those 1000 PA's starts next May.  I'm not sure if Bannon is one of those guys or not, but if he stays good through AFL, Spring, AAA in April I'll get itchy to see how his game translates.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Bannon does in the AFL and next year.    Personally, I’m not in that big of a rush for him to reach the majors.   He’s only had 90 AAA at bats over 20 games.    If he continues hitting well, an ETA of the 2020 all star break works well for me.   

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On 9/18/2019 at 10:23 AM, Frobby said:

Just in time, the AFL season starts today.    As a reminder, this year the O’s players are on the Surprise Saguaros, and include:

Rylan Bannon

Cody Carroll

Dean Kremer 

David Lebron 

Mason McCoy

Alex Wells 

With Austin Hays joining once the major league season ends.   Kyle Moore (Delmarva’s manager) is serving as one of the coaches.

The regular season runs through October 25.    I’m looking forward to having some more box scores to read!

Best overall group the O's have sent in years.  Usually it's more suspects than prospects.  I follow the minors fairly closely, but often there's guys the O's send who I have no idea who they are. 

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Looks like the AFL is playing more night games this year, probably because the season is earlier and it’s still quite hot during the day.    

In yesterday’s opener, the only Orioles prospect to see game action was Cody Carroll, who pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed a run on a hit and two walks.   Pitching the 9th and in line for the easy 3-run save, he coughed up a leadoff homer, struck out the next two hitters, then walked two batters and got yanked.   His replacement got the third out and the save.    

On a random note, the Saguaros have a Kremer and a Bremer.    The latter starts tonight’s game.   

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3 minutes ago, mlrhode said:

Minor league

Jim Callis
 
@jimcallisMLB
· Sep 3
Can't find the tweet, but someone asked me what baseball the @MLBazFallLeague would be using. I checked & it will be (as usual) the minor league ball, not the major league/Triple-A ball.

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Just now, mlrhode said:
Jim Callis
 
@jimcallisMLB
· Sep 3
Can't find the tweet, but someone asked me what baseball the @MLBazFallLeague would be using. I checked & it will be (as usual) the minor league ball, not the major league/Triple-A ball.

Good thing in my opinion.  It is already a hitter's league.

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13 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

Good thing in my opinion.  It is already a hitter's league.

They are playing more night ball this year, it appears, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the balance shifts a bit more towards the pitchers this year.   

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8 minutes ago, Frobby said:

They are playing more night ball this year, it appears, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the balance shifts a bit more towards the pitchers this year.   

Makes sense to have more evening games with the season starting three weeks earlier.

A little disappointed that neither Bannon nor McCoy were in the lineup for game 1. 

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1 minute ago, MurphDogg said:

Makes sense to have more evening games with the season starting three weeks earlier.

A little disappointed that neither Bannon nor McCoy were in the lineup for game 1. 

Me too, but I’m sure they’ll get plenty of playing time.   The Saguaros are carrying 5 players capable of playing 2B, SS or 3B.

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15 hours ago, Frobby said:

Me too, but I’m sure they’ll get plenty of playing time.   The Saguaros are carrying 5 players capable of playing 2B, SS or 3B.

And yet, McCoy and Bannon rode the bench for the second straight day.   The only Orioles “prospect” who got into Game 2 was David Lebron, who pitched in relief and was torched for 4 earned runs on 6 hits in 1.2 IP.

At least Dean Kremer is listed as tonight’s starter for the Saguaros.

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5 hours ago, DirtyBird said:

Nice game for our guys tonight.

Kremer and Wells had almost identical lines: 2 shutout innings each, allowing 2 hits without a walk.    Kremer struck out 3, Wells 4.

Meanwhile Bannon, playing 3B, went 2 for 4 with a run scored.   McCoy, playing 2B, went 1 for 4 with a double.    He also reached on an error.   

Luis Garcia, Nats’ prospect who played a full year of AA at 19 this season, had played SS all three games for the Saguaros.   He’s a top 100 prospect and it seems like he’s going to get a lot of playing time despite the surplus of infielders on the roster.    

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