Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Minor League Thought Of The Day 3/30-DSL Arms Coming Stateside?

Recommended Posts

It looks like there are the beginnings of roster shuffling going on throughout the organization as transactions aren’t being reported or posted but websites are being updated and some players have changed teams that way despite not playing.  There are a few examples, I’d think it’s best to let team and league websites update and then I’ll be able to confirm. 

But it seems that the GCL roster will have a few new arms from the organization’s Dominican Summer League teams. Maybe more than a few depending on the draft and roster restrictions for this strange 2020 season.  Last week I looked at some offensive players who could come stateside and compete so today we’ll check some pitchers.  Keep in mind that almost all sample sizes are small and finding video is nearly impossible...

Orlando Fulgencio-  

His stats don’t appear to be world beating, Orlando had an ok age 19 debut with way too many walks,  27 in 48 innings.  Everything else looks solid-he earned a win and a save in his 14 appearances, with 5 of them being starts. A 3.38 ERA and .214 average against works for me.  A look at his splits as far starter (21 innings) vs reliever (27)doesn’t clear things up.  He walked hitters at a similar rate but was easier to square up as a reliever .235 vs .187 yet struck hitters out at a higher rate; 26 to 16 as a starter.  He’ll be 20 in the first week of September so it’d be great to see him excel in some type of defined role as his career moves forward.  

Claudio Galva-

Galva is a 23 year old lefty who has played since 2016 and started zero times in 2019.  Somehow he ended up with 10 decisions to add to his 4-7 in save chances so that made me take a look further.  He went 5-5 with a 1.13 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP so he handled his competition well as lefties hit .182 off him and righties struck out  35 times in 39 innings.  This might be a guy who can skip the GCL as he had his best season yet at 23 and has the 3 years of DSL ball in the Blue Jays system under his belt.  

Kelvin LaRoche-

LaRoche excelled in his debut season at age 20 and his counting stats were shiny.  3-2 with a 2.83, .205 average against and 1.08 WHIP is excellent.  A strikeout rate of 4.38/9 is substandard however and he registered only 31 in his 63.2 innings.  To me his profile absolutely screams for being measured against better competition so I’d have him as a starter on my GCL squad.  I’d be eager to see what his skill set consists of and how does he use it/adjust.  I don’t doubt he can pitch and perform per inning, let’s see him have to get through newer lineups.  If he pitches to contact and gets fly balls regularly than at least I’d know that after a GCL season.  

Carlos Del Rosario-

Maybe someone to get excited about here as he had a great debut in his first year at age 20 and brings a large frame at 6-5, 225.  Carlos is a righty who registered a 2-1 record with 60k’s in 48 innings (11.17k per 9). Hitters hit him to a .186 average in 17 appearances.  That’s darn good.  Every single stat he put up was significantly better as a starter but WHIP was 1.10 compared to 1.86 in relief, significantly better.    Now add in the fact he hit 10(!) batters and had 4 wild pitches and we see that he can harness his stuff even better going forward.  I’d prefer that to happen here in Sarasota if possible.  

Pablo Falconett-

Now this is a guy whose profile gets me going.  He’s a thick 6-2 220lb righty who will turn 20 around Halloween and has 2 years, or 57.2 innings of experience over 35 games-no starts.  In 2019, his walk rate/9 and WHIP were a low 1.07 so I’m in already.  For his career, he’s 1-4 with a 2.34 ERA and 5-7 in saves.  70 K, a .203 average against and 1.02 WHIP so guys have not figured him out.  Look further and we’ll see that lefties did a bit and in his 11 innings against them, he had a 6.35 ERA and a .288 avg against so he’s got room for growth too.  He’s in my GCL pen and I’m bringing him in for high leverage situations.  

Jesus Chavez-

Chavez’ profile isn’t particularly noteworthy, but all of his 14 appearances were starts and he’s lefty so why not investigate?  2-4 and 3.16 ERA is a strong debut and he’s 18.  68 innings of 1.26 WHIP and .253 against is less strong but he handled lefties with skill.  He only walked one lefty and had a .93 ERA VS LHB.  Collectively they hit .226 off him, that’s the good part.  Righties took him deep 4 times and his ERA vs them was a more normal 3.53 so I’d want to watch him work to see where I’d slot him in a rotation.  

Hector Lopez-

An arm I’m somewhat optimistic about here as he’s a righty who righties can not figure out at least in his debut season.  That’s intriguing to me.  Lopez is 6-1, 170 and is 18 from Panama.  His debut season went well as he finished 13 appearances (all starts) with a shiny 2.05 ERA, .195 average against and 1.14 WHIP with 51k’s/23BB.  Look at the splits and it gets better.  He had 23 free passes overall, and over half of them were thrown to lefties in only 14.1 innings.  If he can work on that specific control than he’s a more complete starter and closer to his arm side success.  If you were righty and batted against him you hit .133 and probably struck out.  

Andry Mercedes-

Very small sample size here with only 10.1 innings in his debut.  17/2 K to walk might make you remember his name. Mercedes is a tall left handed Venezuelan who won’t turn 20 until December.  


The conclusion is is that there is not immense talent as far as pitching forcing the organization to make decisions coming up from the DSL as of today.  I’d say that the O’s have a bit better offense than pitching at this particular level right now.  There are however, reasons to have optimism and foundations for some players to work on to improve their skills and standing much like normal seasons.  They’re not ready to substantially add to the quickly increasing A-level talent pool as those rosters to me have started to look much better, although there have been some names already across.  19 year old Cesar Angomas comes to mind, he was in camp so I got to see him throw and he had no US experience previously. The next few years of international classes need to be big priorities for the Orioles and according to team officials they will be.  



  • Upvote 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

Orioles Information

Orioles News and Information

Daily Organizational Boxscores

Tony's Takes

Orioles Roster Resource

Orioles Prospect Information

2018 End of Season Top 30 Prospects List

Prospect Scouting Reports


2019 Orioles Stats

2019 Orioles Minor League Stats

Baseball Savant Stats

  • Posts

    • The comp is more to do with them having similar stances, slightly pull heavy swings, and profile than production. I googled Mookie Betts as a prospect and his scouting grades: Hit: 65 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55 https://www.mlb.com/news/mookie-betts-leads-bostons-updated-top-20-list/c-85946126 Here is Martin's scouting grades from the same place: HIT: 65 POWER: 50 RUN: 55 ARM: 50 FIELD: 55 https://www.mlb.com/prospects/draft/austin-martin-668885 Pretty similar profiles. Of course 95% of players with those scouting grades don't produce like Mookie Betts will.
    • #50THANNIVERSARY On this day in 1970, the Orioles defeated the Indians 5-4.  Dick Hall was credited with the win for his 1/3 of an inning of work in relief of Jim Palmer: Hall got Ray Fosse to pop out to second to end the 7th inning.  The Birds scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th which led to Hall's victory. Palmer hit his first homerun of the season leading off the third inning.  Don Buford went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI as well. For the record, Pete Richert recorded the save for the Orioles. BOX SCORE
    • Just to clarify, he’s talking specifically about pitchers that have justified being picked.
    • No, but the salary cap makes things very wonky in the NBA and NHL. While the NFLs system really screws over the players. The only way I see the MLBPA giving into a salary cap is if they cut the years of control right in half.  Which would basically change strategy away from developing home grown talent. 
    • I'm over the moon if Tork is available at 2. I get the defensive and athletic upside is limited, but that is such a special bat. .285 and 30 HR annually? Absolutely. Realistically, I wouldn't be upset with either Martin or Lacy at 2. Martin might not project the upside as a traditional 1-2, but there is something to be said for his tools across the board. Pitchers this high make me nervous as well, but a Rodriguez-Lacy-Hall top of the rotation sounds formidable, health permitting. 
    • So, former GM Jim Bowden is now writing for the Atlantic.  According to his research, there were 42 players taken among the 80 players selected in the first five picks of the 16 MLB drafts between 2000 and 2015 and only five of the 42 have justified the selection - Verlander, Price, Strausburg, Cole and Bauer.  Two of those pitchers, Verlander and Strausburg, were "no-brainer" decisions.  It is a hit rate far below WC's opening post.
    • Just keep chucking talent into the firebox and hope that coaching, video, personality tests, wearable tech, organizational philosophy, and the mysteries of the universe  squirt out some rare nuggets at a reasonable pace.
  • Popular Contributors

  • Create New...