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  1. DoubleB
    DoubleB June 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm |

    I see Caleb Joseph started at 1B. Do you know often he’ll be there?

      1. Wayne
        Wayne June 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm |

        It was Caleb’s second time playing 1B while with Bowie. IMO, I think he did a good job.

        1. Jordan
          Jordan June 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm |

          Good to hear! I believe it’s just to keep his legs fresh. I don’t think his bat is good enough to play 1B full time, but hopefully he proves me wrong!

  2. Don
    Don June 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm |

    The real feel good story will continue to be Pope. While his prospect status has lost almost all of its’ luster, it is good to see him come back from the horrific femur break a few seasons back.

    1. NYOrioleFan
      NYOrioleFan June 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm |

      Here is a reply Steve Melewski made to a reader in regards to Pope (it comes from the article linked in my other comment):

      Good job Steve appreciate the info. Pope’s maybe not under the radar but they gotta call him up to fredrick soon don’t they ?
      ————————
      His comeback story is a great one. Because he missed all of last year and has had such a long, rough road back, they may just let him go for a while there and establish success. He once was considered a young prospect with power and is trying to resurrect his career and doing a good job of it so far. That said, I would think he should probably move to Frederick at some point this summer. – Steve.

      1. Jordan
        Jordan June 18, 2010 at 12:01 am |

        I agree with him 100%. You don’t want to promote him too quickly but once he puts up solid numbers consistently you move him up.

    2. Jordan
      Jordan June 18, 2010 at 12:06 am |

      Agreed. Another reader made a forum post on this a few days ago:

      http://oriolesprospects.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=44

  3. NYOrioleFan
    NYOrioleFan June 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm |

    Two items on the Minors from MASN Sports:

    First, the bad news, from Roch Kubatko:

    Brad Bergesen, making his first start for Triple-A Norfolk since being optioned, gave up a three-run homer to Toledo’s Jeff Larish and lasted only 2 2/3 innings before leaving the game with the Tides trailing, 3-1.

    Bergesen is charged with three runs and five hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 65 pitches, 44 for strikes.

    His night ended after a fly ball and a throwing error by third baseman Josh Bell, with Jim Miller coming out of the bullpen and getting a strikeout.

    Perhaps Bergesen was placed on a strict pitch count after lasting only 2 1/3 innings in his final start for the Orioles on June 2 and making two relief appearances totaling 3 1/3 innings. That was a pretty hasty exit tonight.

    Bergesen escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second inning by getting a strikeout and ground ball. The first two batters singled off him in the third, and Larish homered with one out.

    Now, the good news, from Steve Melewski:

    I decided to put together a list of some minor league players that are enjoying good seasons with mostly little fanfare. They are flying a bit under the radar right now. Some may be considered prospects, others may not, but all seem to be doing well on the field this summer.

    Armando Gabino: The 26-year-old righty was claimed off waivers from Minnesota and is 4-0, 2.62 at Norfolk. His last four appearances have come as a starter. The league has hit just .218 off him and right-handed batters hit just .191 vs. him.

    Joel Guzman: He is batting .265-15-45 at Bowie and is tied for the Eastern League lead in homers and tied for fourth in RBI. His OPS is .854. He plays 1B, 3B and RF and is blocked from Triple-A by Bell and Snyder. Could he ever make it to Baltimore? It seems unlikely, but this former Dodgers top prospect does have some Major League experience.

    Tyler Henson: This 22-year-old, O’s fifth-round pick out of high school in 2006 has slowly but surely made his way up the ladder and is now batting .292-5-32 at Bowie playing in left field. He is batting .420 in June.

    Brandon Cooney: A 30th-round pick in 2007, Cooney has a solid fastball and stats to match. After going 2-0, 0.55 in Frederick, he moved to Bowie and is 0-0, 2.70 there. He gave up three earned runs in his first Baysox outing on May 19, but has not allowed an earned run over 9 1/3 since.

    Pat Egan: A 36th-round pick out of Quinnipiac University in 2006, the right-hander had stops at Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie last year, pitching to a combined 1.94 ERA over 92 2/3. This year for Bowie, Egan is 6-1, 1.62. He has allowed 7 ER all year and four came in one May outing. Take away that game and his season ERA is 0.75.

    Jacob Julius: A 33rd-round pick out of Arkansas in 2007, he hit just .228 at Delmarva last year. Now the the lefty swinger is batting .311-6-33 for the Keys. He has a .955 OPS vs. right-handed pitchers and is batting .375-3-16 in June.

    Jose Diaz: He is listed at 6’4″, 300 pounds and is 26 years old. But he is also 3-0, 1.33 and is nine for nine in saves at Frederick.

    Brian Conley: A 17th-round pick out of Towson University in 2008, Conley is headed for the Sally League All-Star game and is batting .304-1-15 with an .838 OPS at Delmarva. Batting mostly third for the Shorebirds, he is hitting .316 with runners in scoring position.

    Josh Dowdy: A 38th-round pick last summer out of Appalachian State, he is 0-1, 1.23 and is ten for ten in saves for Delmarva. Right-handed batters are hitting just .135 against him.

    By the way, Norfolk activated Brad Bergesen today to make a start tonight and transferred pitcher Andy Mitchell to Aberdeen’s roster. Bergesen gave up three runs and lasted 2 2/3 in that start tonight and was in jams in each of three innings he was in the game.

    In case you missed it from earlier this week, I know I did, Kam Mickolio was placed on Norfolk’s DL on Monday with a right shoulder strain. Mickolio was 2-2, 8.05 and has allowed 29 hits in 19 innings with the Tides. Alberto Castillo, after clearing waivers, returned to Norfolk to take Mickolio’s roster spot.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 18, 2010 at 12:03 am |

      If I remember correctly Gabino struggled in the majors last season with the Twins. I’d like to see him in the major league bullpen, let’s see what he can do.

      I think Mickolio is done. He can’t stay healthy. Now Mickolio and Lebron, our top relief pitching prospects coming into the season, are hurt. More injures…