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O's Acquire Mike Belfiore To Complete Josh Bell Trade

O's Acquire Mike Belfiore To Complete Josh Bell Trade

PostPost #1 by ofahn » May 12th, 2012, 12:22 pm

May 12, 2012 12:42 PM by Roch Kubatko

The Josh Bell trade has been completed.

The Orioles announced today that they acquired minor league left-hander Mike Belfiore from the Arizona Diamondbacks as the player to be named later in the Bell trade. Belfiore has been assigned to Double-A Bowie.

Belfiore, 23, was a sandwich pick, the 45th overall, in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He allowed five earned runs in 19 innings (2.37 ERA) for Single-A Visalia this season, with one save, five walks and 28 strikeouts.


http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roc ... izona.html

By Mike Axisa [May 12 at 11:38am CST]

The Orioles have acquired minor league lefty Mike Belfiore from the Diamondbacks to complete the Josh Bell trade, the team announced. Arizona acquired Bell for a player to be named later last month.

Belfiore, 23, was the 45th overall pick of the 2009 draft but has yet to develop as hoped. He owns a 4.05 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 282 1/3 minor league innings, but has experienced some success after moving to the bullpen full-time last year. Baseball America did not rank him among Arizona's top 30 prospects in their 2012 Prospect Handbook.

Belfiore may be best known for throwing 9 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for Boston College during an NCAA postseason game in 2009, the longest game in college baseball history.


http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/05/o ... trade.html
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Re: O's Acquire Mike Belfiore To Complete Josh Bell Trade

PostPost #2 by Ampontan » May 12th, 2012, 8:48 pm

Interesting choice. Obviously a high draft pick. Also, if you break down his numbers instead of looking at the aggregate, he's only had one bad year --- last year. That was in Visalia, a hitters' park in a hitters' league. He was doing better this year as well. At 23, he wouldn't be terribly old for Frederick.
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Re: O's Acquire Mike Belfiore To Complete Josh Bell Trade

PostPost #3 by OriolesRedskins28 » May 13th, 2012, 12:10 am

A nice article on fangraphs.com praising the pickup:

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.ph ... -belfiore/
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Re: O's Acquire Mike Belfiore To Complete Josh Bell Trade

PostPost #4 by Tucker Blair » May 13th, 2012, 11:10 am

This guy had a ton of controversy around him.

some say the college coach ruined his career with that 9 2/3 outing. I doubt that honestly, but who knows. pitching is well needed in the mid-to-upper levels of the minors though. Good pickup.
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Re: O's Acquire Mike Belfiore To Complete Josh Bell Trade

PostPost #5 by ofahn » May 18th, 2012, 8:07 pm

Does anyone know why he hasn't been in a game yet?
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Re: O's Acquire Mike Belfiore To Complete Josh Bell Trade

PostPost #6 by Ampontan » May 22nd, 2012, 11:51 pm

He is now, as the minors updates shows. Two IP, no runs, 4K at Bowie
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Re: O's Acquire Mike Belfiore To Complete Josh Bell Trade

PostPost #7 by Tucker Blair » May 25th, 2012, 10:22 pm

2 more innings tonight. 2 more K's.

I know this guy has some talent. Would love to see this trade work out for both clubs.
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