Here’s what you can expect at Orioles Nation throughout the season.
A move to the bullpen was all that was necessary for Clayton Schrader to evolve from a fringe draft prospect to a possible major league closer. He transferred to San Jacinto from UT San Antonio prior to the 2010 season and really saw his stuff and overall game take a huge leap.
Joe Mahoney entered 2010 as nothing more than a fringe first base prospect, but ended the year as one of the most talked about names in the Orioles’ organization. He’s always been known for having the highest vertical jump in the system despite standing a towering 6′ 6″. But 2010 was the year where he turned his potential and athletic ability into consistent performance.
Snyder’s 1.018 OPS though 58 games in the Eastern had some people calling him the Orioles’ first baseman of the future. His stellar play earned him a promotion to Norfolk where his performance went way downhill. He’s been on a decline ever since.
If you’re looking for a unique, under the radar pitching prospect, you’ve found your guy: Jesse Beal. He was shutdown towards the end of the season with a tired arm, likely a result of his thin frame (see the picture below), which is going to be key for Beal going forward.
Wynn Pelzer was acquired from the Padres at the 2010 trade deadline in return for Miguel Tejada. At the time of the trade, the Padres had recently moved Pelzer out of the rotation, where he made 18 starts, to the bullpen where he made 4 appearances. The Orioles decided to keep him in the bullpen when he joined the Baysox, and saw mixed results.
In Matt Wieters the Orioles already have their starting catcher for the next 5 years, but also have what looks to be their backup catcher in Caleb Joseph. The Libscomb University product was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 MLB draft and signed for $125,000.
The Orioles continued their streak of drafting polished college outfielders early when they selected Trent Mummey in the 4th round of the 2010 draft. His plus defense, plus speed, ability to hit for average power and ability to get on-base makes him a legitimate outfield who can be projected to start in the majors one day.
Brandon Erbe missed the second half of the 2010 season and underwent labrum surgery. He should make a return sometime in the second half of 2011 once he’s fully recovered. What should we expect when he’s back on the mound?