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Official 2010-2011 Minor League Offseason Thread


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Dear Hangout Community,

Once again I will be hosting the annual minor league off-season post.

As usual, the thread will be broken down into two parts, with the OP1 regarding additions and retention, while the OP2 is concerned with deductions and current free agents.

If you have any feedback, please post it in the thread or PM me with the details. Most of my research is based on looking at minor league stats and signing dates, so there may be some discrepancies when compared against BaseballAmerica or MASNSports.

The players' names are linked to BaseballCube, while the stats are from MiLB.com. All ages are the players' 2011 baseball age.

Section One: Retained/Added

Part One: Free Agent Additions

Minor League Free Agents whom were not part of the 2010 organization who have decided to join the Orioles in 2011.

Part Two: Retained Free Agents

Minor League Free Agents whom were part of the 2010 organization who have decided to return to the Orioles in 2011.

LHRP Alberto Castillo
Age:
35
Draft:
Selected by San Francisco Giants in 3rd Round (88th overall) of 1994 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team	 W	L	ERA	  G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	GO/AO	AVGNOR	 1	2	4.54	39	0	0	0	4	39.2	46	20	20	4	15	43	1.06	.284MLB	 1	0	10.13	14	0	0	0	0	10.2	16	12	12	5	6	11	1.11	.356
Background:
Castillo signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent in January 2008 and went on to make his major league debut later that summer. He was removed from the 40 man roster during the off-season but found his way back to the Orioles in 2009 after re-upping on another minor league deal. This time the Orioles carried him on the 40 man roster before he stunk up the place in 2010 and earned another DFA demotion to Norfolk.
RHRP Jose Diaz
Age:
27
Draft:
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGFRE    CAR    3    0    1.69    26    0    0    0    12    26.2    21    5    5    1    9    33    0.92    .216BOW    EAS    1    0    2.16    19    0    0    0    4    25.0    19    7    6    1    11    25    1.04    .213Minors         4    0    1.92    45    0    0    0    16    51.2    40    12    11    2    20    58    0.98    .215
Background:
Diaz signed with the Orioles this past off-season after leaving the Texas organization.
C Adam Donachie
Age:
27
Draft:
Selected by Kansas City Royals in 2nd Round (47th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League  AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSBOW    EAS    .150     5    20      1    3    1    0    0    2      4      3    6      0    0    .261    .200    .461NOR    INT    .201    78    249    23    50    8    0    4    21    70    26    62    0    2    .277    .281    .558Minors        .197    83    269    24    53    9    0    4    23    74    29    68    0    2    .275    .275    .551
Background:
Donachie was acquired by the Orioles from the Phillies on December 7, 2006 for Alfredo Simon, both Rule 5 picks during the recent draft. Donachie didn’t break camp with the Orioles in 2007 and was returned to the Kansas City Royals. Donachie signed with the Orioles for the 2009 season after exploring minor league free agency for the first time. Donachie returned to the Orioles organization in 2010 and spent most of his time at Norfolk.
C Michel Hernandez
Age:
32
Draft:
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Yankees in 1998
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSNOR    INT    .263    58    190    25    50    4    0    3    22    63    22    24    2    1    .340    .332    .671
Background:
Hernandez spent parts of the 2007-2009 season with the Rays before joining the Orioles just before Spring Training 2010 and was the early favorite to break camp as the back-up catcher before suffering and injury just prior to the end of spring training.
LHP Chris George
Age:
31
Draft:
Selected by Kansas City Royals in 1st Round (31st overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO   SV    IP      H      R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGNOR    5    7    4.20    26    20    0    0    0    124.1    129    66    58    16    36    101    1.20    .264
Background:
George signed with the Orioles organization after spending a few months in the Mexican League following his release from the Red Sox organization earlier in the season. He re-upped with the Orioles for the 2010 season and began the season in the bullpen before shifting back to the rotation.
C Steven Lerud
Age:
26
Draft:
Selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in 3rd Round (75th overall) of 2003 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSNOR    INT    .095    9    21    2    2    1    0    0    2    3    7    6    0    0    .321    .143    .464BOW    EAS    .203    49    153    18    31    7    1    6    14    58    18    47    0    0    .315    .379    .694Minors         .190    58    174    20    33    8    1    6    16    61    25    53    0    0    .316    .351    .666
Background:
Lerud signed as a minor league free agent out of the Pirates organization prior to the 2010 season.

Part Three: Trade Acquisitions

These are the players that were acquired as part of a trade.

Part Four (a): Rule 5 Acquisitions

These are players that were acquired during the Rule 5 draft, in all three phases (MLB, AAA, and AA). The draft date is TBD.

Part Four (b): Rule 5 Protection Additions

Players who have 4 years of professional service if they signed their first pro contract at the age of 19 or older or players who have 5 years of professional service if they signed their first pro contract at the age of 18 or younger must be placed on a team’s 40 man roster prior to November 20 to protect them from being selected by another organization in the Rule 5 draft.

Part Five: Outright Retained

Players whom were removed from the Orioles 40-Man roster, cleared waivers, and were outrighted to the minor leagues. These players do not have 6YR minor league free agency status nor have they been outrighted before, so they must stay within the Orioles organization. These players are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft.

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Section Two: Departing/Exposed/Free Agent

Part One: Current Free Agents via 6YR Minor League Free Agency

Players who are Minor League Free Agents because they have played six or more seasons in the minor leagues.

INF Miguel Abreu
Age:
26
Draft:
Selected by Baltimore Orioles in 28th Round (843rd overall) of 2005 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSBOW    EAS    .198    33    126    12    25    2    0    3    15    36    2    25    4    5    .221    .286    .507FRE    CAR    .273    82    311    42    85    16    2    7    49    126    13    39    9    2    .310    .405    .715NOR    INT    .269    6    26    1    7    3    0    0    3    10    0    3    0    0    .296    .385    .681Minors         .253    121    463    55    117    21    2    10    67    172    15    67    13    7    .286    .371    .657
Background:
Abreu has become an organizational player in Baltimore and will explore free agency for the first time this off-season.
1B Michael Aubrey
Age:
29
Draft:
Selected by Cleveland Indians in 1st Round (11th overall) of 2003 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSNOR    INT    .235    102    366    52    86    25    2    22    68    181    37    60    2    3    .310    .495    .805
Background:
Aubrey signed with the Orioles organization during the middle of the 2009 season after being released by the Indian’s AAA team. Aubrey made it back to the majors to end the season and was retained on the 40 man roster during the offseason before he was optioned for a final time during Spring Training and was later removed from the 40 man roster.
C Phillip Britton
Age:
26
Draft:
Selected by Atlanta Braves in 36th Round (1091st overall) of 2004 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSBOW    EAS    .167    10    36    2    6    3    0    0    2    9    2    9    0    0    .231    .250    .481FRE    CAR    .229    26    83    7    19    5    0    1    11    27    2    12    1    0    .244    .325    .569NOR    INT    .333    1    3    0    1    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    .333    .333    .667Minors         .213    37    122    9    26    8    0    1    13    37    4    21    1    0    .242    .303    .545
Background:
Britton was released by the Braves following the 2009 season and joined fellow Brittons Buck and Zach in the Orioles organization for 2010.
RHRP Jose Duran
Age:
26
Draft:
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Astros in 2004
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGFRE    CAR    5    3    3.73    28    0    0    0    1    62.2    57    29    26    3    36    57    1.18    .252
Background:
Duran joined the Orioles as a minor league free agent out of the Astros’ system.
RHRP Cla Meredith
Age:
28
Draft:
Selected by Boston Red Sox in 6th Round (185th overall) of 2004 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGNOR    INT    1    2    6.00    20    0    0    0    0    27.0    32    21    18    2    12    17    2.00    .291MLB         0    2    5.40    21    0    0    0    1    15.0    18    9    9    4    4    7    1.85    .300
Background:
Meredith rocketed through the Red Sox system and made his debut a little over a year after being drafted. He was acquired by the Orioles from the Padres during the 2009 season for Oscar Salazar. Meredith broke camp with the Orioles in 2010 but posted disastrous numbers and earned a demotion to Norfolk, where he was quite outspoken about the organization and was later DFA’ed to create space on the roster.
RHP Andy Mitchell
Age:
32
Draft:
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Orioles in 2001
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGNOR    0    1    6.89    16    1    0    0    0    32.2    63    32    25    0    7    17    2.86    .394
Background:
Mitchell pitched his sixth consecutive season at Triple-A for the Orioles this past season, but with a stacked rotation this past season, he made only a few appearances out of the bullpen. He has progressively gotten worse in every stint since his second year at Ottawa.
RHRP Josh Perrault
Age:
29
Draft:
Selected by Florida Marlins in 42nd Round (1259th overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGBOW    EAS    0    2    6.75    10    1    0    0    0    17.1    21    14    13    5    5    10    0.86    .304
Background:
Perrault signed with the Orioles out of the Nationals’ organization prior to 2009, putting up impressive numbers but was not protected on the 40 man roster. He started the season hurt and wasn’t healthy until the end of the season.
2B/SS Carlos Rojas
Age:
27
Draft:
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chicago Cubs in 2001
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    AVG    G      AB     R     H     2B   3B   HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSBOW    .239    93    306    35    73    12    2    1    40    92    30    58    1    3    .307    .301    .608
Background:
Rojas joined the Orioles organization prior to the 2008 season out of the Chicago Cubs organization. Rojas has spent most of his very unimpressive Orioles’ career at Bowie.
OF Jeff Salazar
Age:
30
Draft:
Selected by Colorado Rockies in 8th Round (231st overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSNOR    INT    .252    117    436    59    110    14    1    16    55    174    48    82    26    3    .325    .399    .724
Background:
Salazar spent parts of the 2006-2009 season in the majors with Arizona and Pittsburgh before signing with the Orioles as a free agent prior to the 2010 season, in which he spent the duration at Norfolk.
OF Jonathon Tucker
Age:
27
Draft:
Selected by Baltimore Orioles in 20th Round (589th overall) of 2004 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSNOR    INT    .226    21    62    8    14    5    0    0    2    19    8    10    3    1    .314    .306    .621BOW    EAS    .221    83    285    39    63    12    1    2    27    83    36    36    22    4    .312    .291    .603Minors         .222    104    347    47    77    17    1    2    29    102    44    46    25    5    .312    .294    .606
Background:
Tucker has become an organizational player but hits minor league free agency for the first time this off-season.

Part Two: Free Agent Deductions

Free Agent Players whom were part of the 2010 organization but have decided to join a new organization for 2011.

3B Joel Guzman
Age:
26
Draft:
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSBOW    EAS    .279    130    509    87    142    21    1    33    98    264    45    121    4    4    .344    .519    .863
Background:
Guzman joined the Orioles out of the Nationals organization for the 2010 season and put up the best numbers of his minor league career, but was not rewarded with a September call-up despite Josh Bell’s struggles.
RHRP Mike Hinckley
Age:
28
Draft:
Selected by Montreal Expos in 3rd Round (82nd overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGBOW    EAS    0    1    2.25    6    0    0    0    0    8.0    5    2    2    0    4    6    0.64    .179NOR    INT    1    4    4.19    24    1    0    0    0    38.2    41    20    18    2    15    29    2.00    .279Minors         1    5    3.86    30    1    0    0    0    46.2    46    22    20    2    19    35    1.63    .263
Background:
Hinckley left the Washington/Montreal organization following the 2009 season and joined the Orioles for the 2010 season, spending most of his time relieving at Norfolk.
1B Rhyne Hughes
Age:
27
Draft:
Selected by Tampa Bay Rays in 8th Round (225th overall) of 2004 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSNOR    INT    .258    104    388    44    100    25    2    10    39    159    29    121    8    3    .314    .410    .723MLB         .213    14    47    3    10    2    0    0    4    12    4    19    0    0    .275    .255    .530
Background:
Hughes was acquired from the Rays during September of 2009 as the PTBNL in the August deal that sent Gregg Zaun to Tampa Bay. Hughes was protected on the Orioles 40 man roster following the 2009 season and made his major league debut in 2010, but was not recalled once he was sent down early in the season. He was later DFA’ed following the season.
RHRP Frank Mata
Age:
27
Draft:
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Twins in 2002
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGMinors         5    3    3.16    36    0    0    0    8    42.2    34    17    15    2    20    30    1.77    .219MLB         0    0    7.79    15    0    0    0    0    17.1    24    16    15    2    8    9    1.56    .324
Background:
Mata signed with the Orioles prior to 2010 after leaving the Twins organization. He made his major league debut but was later removed from the roster after being optioned earlier in the season.
RHRP Bob McCrory
Age:
29
Draft:
Selected by Baltimore Orioles in 4th Round (104th overall) of 2003 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGBOW    EAS    3    4    4.88    19    0    0    0    2    27.2    25    19    15    1    17    23    2.93    .231
Background:
McCrory sustained an injury to finish his 2009 season, resulting in his removal from the Orioles’ 40 Man roster and subsequent first adventure into minor league free agency. He signed with the Boston Red Sox but was released at the end of Spring Training and returned to the Orioles minor league system for the 2010 season, posting uninspiring numbers.
3B Scott Moore
Age:
27
Draft:
Selected by Detroit Tigers in 1st Round (8th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSMinors  .280  61    225   34    63    9    1    11    45    107    21    47    2    3    .345    .476    .821MLB    .209    41    86    8    18    2    0    3    10    29    8    19    3    0    .274    .337    .611
Background:
Moore was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on August 31, 2007, along with Rocky Cherry and Jake Renshaw for Steve Traschel. Moore beat out Jay Gibbons for the final roster spot to start the 2008 season but was promptly optioned to Norfolk to open up a space for another pitcher and later removed from the 40 man roster. After unimpressive numbers in 2008 and 2009 due to injuries, Moore earned the call back to the majors in 2010 with the injury to Brian Roberts, but was later DFA’ed again and remained with the organization for the rest of the season but he did not garner another return in September.
OF Lou Montanez
Age:
29
Draft:
Selected by Chicago Cubs in 1st Round (3rd overall) of 2000 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    AVG    G    AB    R    H    2B    3B    HR    RBI    TB    BB    SO    SB    CS    OBP    SLG    OPSORI    GCL       .200    4    15    1    3    0    0    0    1    3    0    2    0    0    .200    .200    .400BOW    EAS       .444    2    9    2    4    1    0    0    0    5    0    1    0    0    .444    .556    1.000NOR    INT       .289    24    97    14    28    5    2    2    20    43    4    12    2    1    .317    .443    .760Minors           .289    30    121    17    35    6    2    2    21    51    4    15    2    1    .312    .421    .733MLB              .140    26    57    2    8    0    0    0    3    8    1    9    1    0    .155    .140    .296
Background:
Montanez signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent following the 2006 season, after leaving the only organization he had ever known with the Cubs. After an unimpressive stint in Norfolk got him demoted to Bowie to finish out the season, Montanez re-upped with Baltimore for 2008 and earned the Eastern League MVP award at Bowie and earning himself his major league debut with Baltimore. Lou looked like he would have a chance to stand out, but the Orioles acquired Felix Pie from Chicago and Reimold forced their hand for a call-up, leaving Montanez bouncing around. After spending the 2009 and the 2010 season on the Orioles' 40 man roster, he was DFA’ed to make room for Robert Andino on the roster.
RHRP Dennis Sarfate
Age:
30
Draft:
Selected by Milwaukee Brewers in 9th Round (268th overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    League    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO    SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGNOR    INT    2    2    2.73    47    0    0    0    20    56.0    32    18    17    4    27    72    0.79    .166
Background:
Sarfate made his major league debut with Milwaukee in 2005. During the 2006 season, they DFA’ed him and he was claimed by the Astros, who later included him in the original Tejada trade. After spending time with Baltimore in 2008 and 2009, he was DFA’ed to make room for incoming free agent Miguel Tejada prior to 2010. This was the first time Sarfate cleared waivers and thus had to accept the assignment to the minor leagues. He was not recalled when rosters expanded in September.

Part Three: Trade Deductions

These are the players that left the organization as part of a trade.

Brett Jacobson

Kam Mickolio

RHRP Jim Hoey
Age:
28
Draft:
Selected by Baltimore Orioles in 13th Round (374th overall) of 2003 amateur entry draft
2010 Team(s) & Statistics:
Team    W    L    ERA    G    GS    CG    SHO  SV    IP    H    R    ER    HR    BB    SO    GO/AO    AVGBOW    2    0    3.16    24    0    0    0    0    31.1    26    11    11    1    17    38    0.90    .224NOR    4    0    3.38    18    0    0    0    0    21.1    11    8      8    0    17    32    0.67    .151Minors 6    0    3.25    42    0    0    0    0    52.2    37    19    19    1    34    70    0.81    .196
Background:
Hoey rocketed through the minors in 2006 to earn his major league debut that season, going into the following season as the #7 prospect in the organization. After posting abysmal numbers and succumbing to injury, Hoey was removed from the Orioles 40 man roster and missed the entire 2008 season. Hoey was better in 2010 compared to 2009, but his control is still a major issue.

Part Four: Rule 5 Deductions

These are players that were selected out of the Orioles organization in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft.

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Did the O's take Hughes off the 40 man roster? Orioles.com shows him still on the 40 man roster which means he would not be a minor league free agent at this point.

When do minor league FA offically become FA? Is the day after the minor league season is over or is it at some point in October or November?

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Did the O's take Hughes off the 40 man roster? Orioles.com shows him still on the 40 man roster which means he would not be a minor league free agent at this point.

When do minor league FA offically become FA? Is the day after the minor league season is over or is it at some point in October or November?

Correction. They become minor league free agents this coming Saturday, November 6th.

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Baltimore Orioles

Released: OF Jaynnertt Melenciano

This appears to be a casualty from the consolidation of low level teams.

He was one of those guys that you scratched your head and were like, WTF? How do you take up a VISA spot on a 22-year old guy that's not good enough to get out of the GCL? Hopefully the Orioles will get away from these kinds of guys from the DR because if a guy is not ready for US pro ball by the time he's 20-years old then he's not a prospect.

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Baltimore Orioles (22)

RHP: Jose Diaz (AA), Jose Duran (Hi A), Frank Mata (AAA), Bob McCrory (AA), Jim Miller (AAA), Andy Mitchell (AAA), Josh Perrault+ (AA), Bruno Sanchez (SS), Dennis Sarfate (AAA)

LHP: Chris George (AAA), Mike Hinckley (AAA), Wilfrido Perez+ (AA)

C: Zach Booker (AA), Phillip Britton (AAA), Michel Hernandez (AAA), Steve Lerud (AA), Rolando Petit ®

1B: Joel Guzman (AA)

OF: Lou Montanez (AAA), Zach Moore (SS), Jeff Salazar (AAA), Jonathan Tucker (AA)

Baseball America lists the Orioles' minor league free agents.

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Baseball America lists the Orioles' minor league free agents.

I'd like to see them bring back Diaz and Guzman. Diaz is underrated because of his weight but the guy can really bring it and has a good slider. I would resign him, bring him to big league camp, then put him in Norfolk for depth. Guzman is a great org guy who would provide some AAA depth. I wouldn't lose sleep over losing anyone really, but Diaz should be their prime resign.

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Not sure if this is news or not since he has yet to sign with a team but Andy Mitchell said he's not coming back to the Orioles organization. I wished him well and hopes he picks a team with an International League team so I can still watch him play!

I'd be shocked if Mitchell is pitching for anyone next year outside of an independent team. The guy was versatile but his low 80's fastball was always his limiting factor. Good luck to him though.

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I'd be shocked if Mitchell is pitching for anyone next year outside of an independent team. The guy was versatile but his low 80's fastball was always his limiting factor. Good luck to him though.

I hope he is, but I can always travel to Southern Maryland Blue Crabs games.

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Rule 5 results from mlb.com

Major League Portion

Adrian Rosario - from Brewers

Triple-A Phase

Dale Mollenhauer - from White Sox

Casey Lambert - from Cubs

Double-A Phase

Jacob Rasner - from White Sox

Rule 5 results from mlb.com

Major League Phase

Patrick Egan - Brewers

Pedro Beato - Mets

Triple-A Phase

Dashenko Ricardo - Giants

Double-A Phase

Brent Allar - Marlins

Thanks to TakeBackOPACY for his work on getting the information for the Rule 5 draft.

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    • We will be fortunate if GRod has a sub 4 ERA. I don’t see him as any more important than the rest of the starters.  If he is ever a true ace (and the odds are against that), it won’t likely be in 2023. The biggest development to this year will be revolved around all the young players, not just one. Everything about this team and the future success of this organization hinges on them. 
    • I'd say that is a yes. https://www.mlb.com/glossary/transactions/service-time  
    • Unusual, in that Birds usually avoid both Fox and Wolf.
    • Why not keep Al and NL just make each have East and West Divisions. Al East is our current group plus Chicago WS and Cleveland plus an expansion in Charlotte-Nashville. AL west gets the rest NL east is that current group plus Chicago Cubs, Pittsburg, and Cincinnati. the west gets the rest plus an expansion in Vegas or wherever. You play your division 15 times (105 games) and the other division say 6 times (48 games). That gets you to 153, add a 3 game inter league to a close geographic rival (Gnats) you are at 156. Expand Playoffs so top 4 in each Division in. the top 2 advance to face the other geographic Division. league winners in WS
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