Palmer did pretty well against Kaline, who hit .217/.321/.370 off him. But Kaline has become an underrated player over time. You never really hear much about him. He was an outstanding two-way player who was a 15-time all star and 10-time Gold Glover. Players like that don’t grow on trees.
I'm not taking about the roster though, I'm taking about the prospects. Guys like Adley and Rodriguez just don't get a full year of game experience to get better. They'll be a year older and no better. And the Os miss out on the control.
Oh my children, you must read this. Many years and many readings later it’s still one of the funniest baseball bits ever.
Before going to bed tonight I noticed a couple of transactions in the Orioles minor league system and they both appear unique. First of all, it appears that one of the instructors, Ty Moore has been added to the active roster for the Frederick Keys. Moore is 26 and has 3 years of pro experience in the Pirates system. He played Independent League Ball in 2018 but appeared to be transitioning away from playing and towards coaching. Maybe he’ll be an official player/coach? On Twitter Ty is listed as part of @Orioles Player Development.
Next up was also an addition to the Keys roster, 22 year old corner Samy Apolinar. Samy’s had one year of pro ball under his belt, as a 20 year old on the Angels DSL squad in 2018. He has no stats for 2019 but there are some pics of him in the O’s Gulf Coast bullpen and dugout so perhaps his addition was updating a roster/list. In that 2018 season he hit .174 and slugged .250 in 172 ABs so he’s got some growing to do. But his shoulders seem broad and he weighs over 200 lbs so maybe it can be expected. I’ll keep my eyes open for other moves.