Orioles-Nation » Alfredo Simon http://orioles-nation.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:18:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Orioles Nation delivers Orioles minor league information you can't get anywhere else. From going to games to discussions with scouts, the ON Staff brings you news, scouting reports, and more from around the Orioles minor leagues, and frequently discusses the current happenings with the big league club. Orioles-Nation no Orioles-Nation LRinker@gmail.com LRinker@gmail.com (Orioles-Nation) Orioles Nation orioles, baltimore, baseball, scouting, minor, leagues Orioles-Nation » Alfredo Simon http://orioles-nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ON-Logo.png http://orioles-nation.com Baltimore, Maryland Weekly Taking a Look at the Orioles’ Bullpen Picture http://orioles-nation.com/2013/12/19/taking-look-orioles-bullpen-picture/ http://orioles-nation.com/2013/12/19/taking-look-orioles-bullpen-picture/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:21:44 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14403 Will takes a look at the Orioles’ Bullpen picture after the signing of Balfour.

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The Orioles’ big off-season move so far has essentially been the departure of Jim Johnson via trade. However, when taking a closer look at the wide assortment of bullpen candidates, it seems that the Orioles actually have some very impressive depth from which to fill out the ‘pen. Let’s take a look.

Locks (These players, if not traded, injured, or moved to the rotation, will be in the 2014 bullpen)

Grant Balfour:

After a week of holding out for a third year, Balfour has finally lessened his demands, allowing the Orioles to ink him to a 2 year 15 million dollar contract (with 500,000 deferred each year, such that the Orioles will be paying him 7 million a year). This substantive deal makes the Jim Johnson trade look much better, in hindsight, as the Orioles have essentially swapped their 84.8 SV% closer for the A’s 92.7 SV% closer and a few other lesser pieces paid for with the monetary difference. As Alex Conway discussed last night, Grant Balfour is a good, but not elite, closer who should be a solid replacement for Jim Johnson. Barring injury, it looks like the 9th inning is in good hands.

Tommy Hunter:

Despite talk of giving Hunter a shot at the 2014 Orioles rotation, expect Hunter to be back firing high 90s fastballs in the 8th inning. Being a fly ball pitcher, Hunter has historically struggled with the long-ball. However, his 1.1 HR/9 rate in 2013 halved his HR/9 from 2012, and the Orioles expect him to continue to repress that number in 2014. Overall, Hunter is a very solid bullpen piece who fits the prototypical late-inning mold of a power pitcher with high-end velocity. However, to fully establish himself as a big league set-up man, Hunter will have to prove that he can be effective pitching multiple games in a row, as Buck Showalter seemed hesitant to throw Hunter on back-to-back days in 2013. Of course, he also threw multiple innings in 26 of his appearances.

Darren O’Day:

O’Day will undoubtedly be back in 2014 as one of, if not the best side-arm reliever in the game. O’Day gives Showalter extremely valuable late inning match-up diversity when coupled with the former and latter options on this list. While some of O’Day’s peripheral statistics like HR/9, H/9, and K/9 declined slightly from career norms, I wouldn’t worry about this as O’Day had some injury struggles late in the year that could have stemmed from overuse. If the starters can go deeper in games, O’Day should gravitate back towards his career norms. Either way, O’Day will continue to provide the Orioles with value in 2014.

Brian Matusz:

At the beginning of the offseason, many people around baseball speculated that Brian Matusz could be on the move this winter due to his climbing arbitration salary and his failure to become the ace pitcher the Orioles hoped he would be. However, following the trade of Jim Johnson, it looks like the Orioles will hold on to Matusz, and even give him one last shot to fill the back end of the 2014 rotation. Despite this, barring a spectacular return to his second-half 2010 form, expect Matusz to join Hunter and O’Day as late inning options to help pave the way to Balfour. Over the past season-and-a-half, Matusz has shown an extraordinary propensity for dominating the game’s leading left-handed sluggers, so even if Matusz cannot re-discover how to pitch to righties, he should provide solid value to the Orioles’ 2014 bullpen.

Ryan Webb:

Webb is a very solid ground-ball reliever who should serve a similar role as Luis Ayala did in 2012: a 6/7th inning reliever who consistently gets groundball outs and provides a bridge to the later-inning relievers. For more on Webb, check out Alex Conway’s analysis: a more optimistic, but still very realistic evaluation of his potential 2014 value. Thus, Webb could turn out to be a mid-late inning reliever, who either way is likely to be a key cog in the 2014 Orioles’ ‘pen.

Solid Maybe’s (These players each have a reasonable chance at making the cut, especially if previously mentioned players get moved to the rotation or traded. However, they do not have the same job security as the others)

Troy Patton:

It might come as a surprise to some that Patton is not a lock. However, when one looks at the major regression that Patton experienced from 2012 to 2013, there is no reason to hand Patton a spot. If in Spring Training Patton looks like the 2012 version (2.43 ERA, 0.8 HR/9, 1.9 BB/9, 7.9 K/9) he is definitely deserving of a spot. Yet if he looks as he did in 2013 (3.70 ERA, 1.3 HR/9, 2.6 BB/9, 6.8 K/9), it might make more sense for one of the Orioles’ many other lefty options to join Brian Matusz as the second left-hander in the bullpen.

Brad Brach:

I see Brach as a bit of a wildcard for the 2014 bullpen picture. If he can command the ball, his funky delivery and decent stuff tend to draw lots of swings-and-misses analogous to a late-inning reliever. However, because of his lapses in command, Brach has only been a very average middle reliever (as suggested by Tucker) over the last couple seasons. A decent comparison would be to Alfredo Simon, as Simon struggled with his command earlier in his career with the Orioles, yet has become a more effective bullpen option in the last couple years  for the Cincinnati Reds due to improved command. Thus, it would be premature to project Brach as locked into the 2014 bullpen. However, if he can find his command, do not be surprised to see him pitching in Baltimore in 2014.

Zach Britton:

While Britton has been thought of as a starter for his entire career, it could be that the Orioles’, if not impressed with Britton’s spring training starts, try to move Britton to the ‘pen in a similar role as T.J. McFarland in 2013. Then again, the Orioles’ might decide to move on from Britton, despite his still apparent talent, if they don’t believe he can at least be an average long reliever. Tucker took a look back at Britton to see what went wrong.

Kelvin De La Cruz:

De La Cruz is another interesting piece, who, like Brach, has the potential to rack up K’s at the back of a big-league bullpen if he can harness his command. The Orioles signed De La Cruz to a major league deal and Dan Duquette has said that he believes De La Cruz is ready to perform at the big league level. So even if De La Cruz could not be considered a lefty bullpen lock, he is certainly in the picture.

Josh Stinson:

To be honest, out of all the guys not locked into the bullpen, I like Stinson the most. After being called up at the end of the season, he showed improved velocity (mid 90s) and much sharper stuff than in his early-season sport start against Toronto. In 10.0 innings from late-August to the end of the season, Stinson allowed just one earned run. Closer to the end of September, Buck Showalter seemed to develop some faith in Stinson in relatively high-leverage situations. While some might disagree, I think Stinson has the ceiling of a late inning reliever, not just a mediocre swing-man that some project him to be. However, the Orioles might prefer to stash him in AAA as an insurance starter.

Probably Not’s (While these guys have some varied appeal, they are simply too far down on the depth chart to be reasonably projected as part of the big league ‘pen at this time)

Edgmer Escalona, Steve Johnson, Mike Belfiore, Chris Jones, and T.J. McFarland:

Escalona has a power-pitcher appeal but had a tendency to allow blow-up innings with the Rockies last year. Tucker wrote a brief report on Escalona. After flashing potential in 2012, Johnson struggled mightily with health and effectiveness in 2013. While putting up strong minor league stats, Belfiore struggled in a brief major league cup-of-tea. Chris Jones was mediocre in the AFL and is low on the left depth chart, and T.J. McFarland might be converted back to a starter in AAA as the Orioles no longer have to keep him on the 25 man roster. Again, there is an outside chance that one of these guys impresses so much in the spring that the Orioles cannot help but bring them north with the big club, however it would be much more reasonable to project them as part of Norfolk’s pitching staff.

In summary, the Orioles have a plethora of bullpen options who have the potential to contribute to the big club in 2014. Dan Duquette has quietly built substantial depth from which Showalter can construct a bullpen staff with the potential to be one of the best in the league.

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 4/3/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/04/03/orioles-spring-training-notes-4312/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/04/03/orioles-spring-training-notes-4312/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2012 02:17:07 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11500 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. The Orioles held an exhibition game against SCF today. Their final spring training record was 11-13-6. Notes The Cincinnati Reds have claimed Pitcher Alfredo Simon off waivers, according […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

The Orioles held an exhibition game against SCF today.

Their final spring training record was 11-13-6.

Notes

  • The Cincinnati Reds have claimed Pitcher Alfredo Simon off waivers, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly. He had been placed on waivers over the weekend.
  • The Orioles made two more cuts today, reassigning Pat Neshek to AAA and outrighting Jai Miller to AAA after he cleared waivers, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.
  • Tsuyoshi Wada will start the season on the 15-day disabled list, according to Kubatko. He will make two starts in the minors and build his pitch count up.
  • Former Orioles Pitcher Jason Johnson was in camp today to throw for the team and is hopeful to get a spot in extended spring training, according to Kubatko. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum  two years ago and is reportedly throwing up to 92 MPH again.
  • Chipper Jones told ESPN’s Buster Olney that Jason Hammel impressed him the most this spring with his increased velocity.

Links

MASN’s Steve Melewski has the press release of the Shorebird’s roster.

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 4/2/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/04/02/orioles-spring-training-notes-4212/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/04/02/orioles-spring-training-notes-4212/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:30:09 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11495 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. The Orioles held an exhibition game against Florida Southern today. Their final spring training record was 11-13-6. Notes Former Oriole Rick Sutcliffe will throw out the first pitch […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

The Orioles held an exhibition game against Florida Southern today.

Their final spring training record was 11-13-6.

Notes

 

Links

The EntreprenOriole takes a look at how a handful of former Orioles are doing with their new clubs’.

MASN’s Steve Melewski on why sending Dylan Bundy to Delmarva to start the year is the right move.

 

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 4/1/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/04/01/orioles-spring-training-notes-4112/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/04/01/orioles-spring-training-notes-4112/#comments Mon, 02 Apr 2012 00:04:04 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11493 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. Today marked the last Grapefruit league game for the club. The Orioles lost 8-5 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Their final spring training record is 11-13-6. Notes JJ […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

Today marked the last Grapefruit league game for the club.
The Orioles lost 8-5 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Their final spring training record is 11-13-6.

Notes

  • JJ Hardy went 2-3 with 2 Solo HR.
  • Nick Markakis went 1-3 with a Solo HR.
  • Nick Johnson went 2-3 with a Solo HR.
  • Wei-Yin Chen pitched 5 innings with 6 H, 7 R (3 ER), 0 K, 2 BB allowed. He also gave up 3 HR. He threw 84 pitches, 52 for strikes.
  • Zach Phillips pitched a perfect inning
  • Kevin Gregg pitched an inning with 1 H, 1 R, 0 K, 1 BB allowed. He gave up a Solo HR.
  • Stu Pomeranz pitched 2 innings with 2 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB allowed.

 

  • Tommy Hunter pitched 5 1/3 innings today in a minor league game. He allowed 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 5 K, 2 BB in 90 pitches, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.
  • Matt Lindstrom faced four AAA batters today. He induced 2 K, 1 ground ball and 1 fly ball. There was no pain in his right leg, according to Kubatko.
  • Alfredo Simon was supposed to pitch in a minor league game today but the Orioles held him out of it, according to Kubatko. He speculates it could have something to do with him being on waivers.
  • Showalter said he may name the opening day starter on Tuesday, and that there are 2 candidates, according to Kubatko.
  • Tony LaRussa was in Orioles camp today, according to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli.

Links

The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly ranks his top 10 moments in Camden Yards history.

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 3/31/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/31/orioles-spring-training-notes-33112/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/31/orioles-spring-training-notes-33112/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:12:19 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11492 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. The Orioles tied 6-6 against the Pittsburgh Pirates today. Their current spring training record stands at 11-12-6. Notes The game was delayed 46 minutes by rain before the […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

The Orioles tied 6-6 against the Pittsburgh Pirates today.

Their current spring training record stands at 11-12-6.

Notes

  • The game was delayed 46 minutes by rain before the top of the seventh.
  • Ronny Paulino went 1-3 with a 3-Run HR.
  • Jai Miller went 2-3 with a Solo HR.
  • Aaron Baker had a pinch hit HR.
  • Wilson Betemit went 2-3
  • Jake Arrieta pitched 5 innings with 8 H, 6 R, 5 K, 2 BB allowed. He threw 82 pitches, 55 for strikes. He topped out at 97 MPH, but mainly stayed around 94-95 MPH.
  • Kevin Gregg pitched an inning with 0 H, 0 R, 0 K, 1 BB allowed.
  • Darren O’Day pitched an inning with 1 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Jim Johnson pitched an inning with 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB allowed. He topped out at 95 MPH today
  • Pedro Strop pitched an inning with 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB allowed.

 

Links

The EntreprenOriole projects that the Orioles will be near the top of the league in strikeouts this season.

Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun provides an outstanding look back at Camden Yards and how it changed Baseball and Baltimore.

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 3/28/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/28/orioles-spring-training-notes-32812/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/28/orioles-spring-training-notes-32812/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2012 02:03:01 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11487 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. The Orioles lost 9-3  against the Toronto Blue Jays today. Their current spring training record stands at 10-11-5. Notes The Orioles totaled 5 hits. Ryan Flaherty continued to […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

The Orioles lost 9-3  against the Toronto Blue Jays today.

Their current spring training record stands at 10-11-5.

Notes

  • The Orioles totaled 5 hits.
  • Ryan Flaherty continued to impress, going 1-3 with a 2 RBI single.
  • Glynn Davis went 1-1 with an RBI single.
  • Dana Eveland pitched 4 innings with 6 H, 3 R, 1 K, 2 BB allowed. He threw 51 pitches, 34 for strikes.
  • Alfredo Simon had a rough outing, pitching 2 innings with 6 H, 6 R, 0 K, 1 BB allowed. He had not pitched since March 18 due to a groin injury.
  • Jim Johnson pitched an inning with 1 H, 0 R, 0 K, 1 BB allowed. He threw 19 pitches, 12 for strikes, and topped out at 92 MPH.
  • Zach Phillips pitched a perfect inning.

 

  • Pitcher Mike Mussina, 2B Rich Dauer, and Scout Walter Youse have been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame.
  • There was a long list of minor league players released today. Ryohei Tanaka, Jacob Julius, Francis Beltran, Mike Mooney, Tim Adleman, Douglas Ferguson, Travis Strong, Peter Fatse, Adam Gaylord and Tom Di Benedetto, according to MASN’s Steve Melewski. Melewski also provides various details on new minor league roster expansions and updates on a few players, including Ryan O’Shea and Hector Veloz.
  • The Orioles could potentially be interested in Yankees OF Justin Maxwell, according to George A. King III of the New York Post . He is out of options and could become available.

Links

Jonathan Bernhardt of Baseball Prospectus discusses the “Mysterious” Brian Matusz. (BP Premium Only)

Jon Shepherd of Camden Depot asks which Mike Mussina was better, the Yankees or Orioles Moose?

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 3/18/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/18/orioles-spring-training-notes-31812/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/18/orioles-spring-training-notes-31812/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 03:28:49 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11470 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. The Orioles played two games today. They tied 2-2 against the Atlanta Braves. They won 6-3 against the New York Yankees. Their current spring training record stands at […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

The Orioles played two games today.

They tied 2-2 against the Atlanta Braves.

They won 6-3 against the New York Yankees.

Their current spring training record stands at 6-7-4.

Notes

Game 1

  • Nick Johnson was 2-2 with a Single, Double, and a BB.
  • Manny Machado went 1-3 with an RBI Single.
  • Jason Hammel pitched 4 2/3 innings with 4 H, 1 R, 5 K, 1 BB allowed. He also hit a batter.
  • Tsuyoshi Wada pitched 2 innings with 1 H, 1 R, 3 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Oscar Villarreal pitched 2 perfect innings with 3 K.
  • 2011 4th round pick Kyle Simon pitched the final inning with 1 H, 0 R, 0 K, BB allowed.

Game 2

  • Endy Chavez led off the game with a single. He finished 3-4 with an RBI and run scored.
  • JJ Hardy went 1-2 with a Double and a run scored
  • Adam Jones hit a 3 Run HR in the first inning
  • Matt Wieters followed with a Solo HR. He also threw out two runners attempting to steal and picked off Dewayne Wise at 2nd.
  • Ryan Flaherty played RF and went 2-3 with 2 singles and a run scored.
  • Alfredo Simon pitched 2 innings with 2 H, 1 R, 0 K, 0 BB allowed. He also hit a batter. He threw 32 pitches, 19 for strikes. He left the game due to a groin strain.
  • Luis Ayala pitched 1 inning with 0 H, 0 R, 0 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • 2011 3rd round pick Mike Wright pitched 2 2/3 innings with 2 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Stu Pomeranz recorded the save, pitching an inning with 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB allowed.

 

Links

Check out Manny Machado’s diving play today, courtesy of MLB.com.

MASN’s Roch Kubatko talks about the versatility of Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty.

 

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 3/14/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/14/orioles-spring-training-notes-31412/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/14/orioles-spring-training-notes-31412/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 02:17:38 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11457 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. The Orioles lost 11-5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates today. Their current spring training record stands at 4-5-2. Notes Nick Markakis was 0-2 in his first at bats of […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

The Orioles lost 11-5 against the Pittsburgh Pirates today.

Their current spring training record stands at 4-5-2.

Notes

  • Nick Markakis was 0-2 in his first at bats of the spring.
  • Endy Chavez was 1-3 with an RBI
  • JJ Hardy was 2-3 with a HR and 2 RBI
  • Mark Reynolds was 1-3 with a HR and 2 RBI
  • Jake Arrieta was up-and-down today, pitching 2 2/3 innings with 5 H, 4 R, 4 K, 0 BB allowed. He threw 44 pitches, 29 for strikes.
  • Zach Phillips pitched 1 1/3 innings with 1 H, 0 R, 1 K, 2 BB allowed.
  • Jim Johnson saw his first action of spring training today. He tried to shake the rust off, pitching 1 inning with 4 H, 3 R, 1 K, 0 BB allowed. He also was credited with the loss.
  • Matt Lindstrom pitched 1 inning with 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Willie Eyre pitched an 2/3 of an inning with 4 H, 4 R (0 ER), 1 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Casey Fossum pitched 1 1/3 innings with 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB allowed.
  • Pedro Strop pitched an inning with 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB allowed.

Links

MASN’s Steve Melewski interviewed Orioles Scouting Director Gary Rajsich about the upcoming draft.

The Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly wrote about Willie Eyre returning after a scare involving his 3-year old daughter.

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 3/5/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/05/orioles-spring-training-notes-3512-2/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/03/05/orioles-spring-training-notes-3512-2/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 03:15:04 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11449 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. The Orioles played two exhibition games today. In the first game, they won 3-1 against the Tampa Bay Rays . In the second game, they lost 10-3 against the […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

The Orioles played two exhibition games today.
In the first game, they won 3-1 against the Tampa Bay Rays .
In the second game, they lost 10-3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Notes

Game 1

  • Matt Antonelli recorded the Orioles first hit of the spring. He ended the game 2-3 with 2 singles.
  • Joe Mahoney played left field, and went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Ryan Flaherty played SS today and went 2-4 with a triple and 2 RBI.
  • Alfredo Simon was strong today pitching 2 innings with 1 H, 2 K 0 BB allowed.
  • Brad Bergesen had a solid outing, pitching 2 innings with 1H, 2 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Miguel Socolovich, a non-roster invitee, had a terrific outing pitching 2 innings with 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K allowed.
  • Zach Phillips also pitched well in 2 innings with 0H, 3 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Pedro Strop closed out the game, allowing 1R off two hits. He did strike out the side and record the save.

Game 2

  • Brian Matusz had an up-and-down first start. He pitched 2 innings with 3 R, 6 H, 3 K, 0 BB allowed. He was pitching mainly 90-91 mph during the first inning, but his fastball velocity dropped to 87-88 mph during the second. It was an encouraging first start nonetheless considering his struggles last season.
  • Kevin Gregg pitched an inning allowing a 2-run HR. He followed that up with 3 K.
  • Matt Lindstrom struggled pitching in his inning of work, with 3 R (2 earned), 3 H, 0 K, 1 BB allowed
  • Darren O’day pitched an inning, with 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Oscar Villarreal, a non-roster invitee, pitched an inning giving up 1 H, 2 K, and 0 BB.
  • Troy Patton pitched 2 innings, with 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Stu Pomeranz pitched an inning with 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB allowed.
  • Manny Machado made a stellar defensive play up the middle at SS.

 

 

Links

The EntreprenOriole  looked at Matt Wieters‘  2011 Defense compared to other catchers around the league.

MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli wrote a  column on the Orioles giving Chris Davis a shot this year.

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Orioles Spring Training Notes: 2/28/12 http://orioles-nation.com/2012/02/28/orioles-spring-training-notes-22812/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/02/28/orioles-spring-training-notes-22812/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:38:17 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11444 Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota. Notes Jim Johnson threw off a mound today. He will throw off one on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko. Jason Berken says his left […]

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Each night, Orioles Nation will set you up with reading material that includes the latest news, notes and links from writers covering Orioles spring training in Sarasota.

Notes

Links

The Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina wrote about Wei-Yin Chen. Buck Showalter has been “impressed” with Chen so far.

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2011 Bowie Baysox Season Review http://orioles-nation.com/2011/11/16/2011-baysox-review/ http://orioles-nation.com/2011/11/16/2011-baysox-review/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 12:00:34 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11106 The Bowie Baysox finished the season with a 75-56 record and finished 4.5 games out of first place in the Eastern Division, just barely missing the playoffs.

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The Bowie Baysox finished the season with a 75-56 record and finished 4.5 games out of first place in the Eastern Division, just barely missing the playoffs.

Position Prospects

Top Prospect – When it comes to L.J. Hoes, one thing is clear: he can hit. Although what’s not clear is whether his future defensive home is second base or the outfield. Hoes had played outfield in high school but immediately shifted to second base after being drafted. Up until 2011 he had played second base, and only second base, as an Oriole. But at the start of the season the Orioles announced that he would primarily play outfield in 2011. This created an issue because, while it’s clear Hoes can hit, most of his value comes in his ability to get on-base and hit for average. While a .300 hitter with a high OBP is extremely valuable at second base, you look for more power in a corner outfielder and Hoes only projects to hit 10 or so home runs at the big league level. Still, Hoes may get on-base just enough so that his lack of power would still be acceptable in left field. And it’s his bat that makes him Bowie’s top prospect.

Biggest Surprise – Buck Britton put up an unimpressive .679 over the course of the 2010 season and was on most radars only because he’s Zach Britton‘s brother. However, Buck’s 2011 performance completely changed that and was pleasantly surprising. He put up a .938 OPS with Frederick and although he cooled off with the Baysox, still put up a .750 OPS in the Eastern League. His versatility should make him at least an AAAA player with the chance to reach the majors.

Biggest Disappointment – Caleb Joseph‘s 2010 offensive production didn’t quite match his 2009 output when he was a Key. He was expected to improve in 2011, but only did so slightly. He displayed better plate discipline although it came at the price of power. His ceiling has always been that of a backup catcher with average defense and strong offense. However, while his defense has progressed nicely, his lack of production at the plate is hurting his chances of becoming Matt Wieters‘ backup.

Top 5 Position Prospects*

  1. L.J. Hoes
  2. Xavier Avery
  3. Joe Mahoney
  4. Caleb Joseph
  5. Greg Miclat

HM: Pedro Florimon, Ronnie Welty, Brandon Waring, Buck Britton

*Min. 200 PA

Hitting Statistics

Age G PA ▾ AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Xavier Avery 21 138 626 557 72 144 31 2 4 26 36 14 49 156 .259 .324 .343 .666
Pedro Florimon 24 133 520 454 53 121 27 4 8 60 15 12 51 114 .267 .344 .396 .741
Greg Miclat 23 120 495 421 78 118 16 3 2 24 50 3 54 94 .280 .371 .347 .718
Ronnie Welty 23 122 453 391 47 89 20 3 13 45 11 3 51 125 .228 .322 .394 .716
Brandon Waring 25 115 449 406 60 90 21 3 21 59 0 0 33 127 .222 .288 .443 .731
Caleb Joseph 25 107 429 374 42 96 15 1 7 41 5 2 40 60 .257 .334 .358 .692
LJ Hoes 21 95 393 344 47 105 17 1 6 54 16 7 43 56 .305 .379 .413 .792
Joe Mahoney 24 85 355 315 43 91 24 5 11 67 7 2 25 84 .289 .344 .502 .845
Robbie Widlansky 26 85 335 310 30 79 21 0 7 45 1 3 13 45 .255 .296 .390 .686
Buck Britton 25 82 294 262 40 74 19 3 3 33 5 2 19 40 .282 .338 .412 .750
Steven Lerud 26 73 262 228 25 44 8 1 5 30 0 1 20 86 .193 .268 .303 .571
Carlos Rojas 27 53 161 141 17 30 5 0 0 9 0 2 15 32 .213 .302 .248 .550
Billy Rowell 22 41 136 119 9 27 2 0 0 11 2 0 13 41 .227 .304 .244 .547
Kyle Hudson 24 28 103 91 9 28 3 1 0 10 7 2 10 24 .308 .376 .363 .739
Jeffrey Fiorentino 28 20 69 56 6 14 1 2 2 13 3 0 10 14 .250 .358 .446 .805
Aaron Baker 23 15 48 46 2 9 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 19 .196 .188 .239 .427
Cesar Izturis 31 7 29 25 3 6 1 0 0 3 0 1 2 5 .240 .286 .280 .566
Adam Donachie 27 7 28 26 2 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 9 .154 .185 .192 .377
Miguel Abreu 26 7 22 18 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 4 4 .167 .318 .167 .485
Bobby Stevens 24 10 21 19 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .105 .150 .158 .308
Luke Scott 33 3 12 10 5 5 1 0 3 7 0 0 2 2 .500 .583 1.500 2.083
Chris Davis 25 2 8 6 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .500 .625 .667 1.292
Vladimir Guerrero 36 1 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Derrek Lee 35 1 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
Joel Polanco 25 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Michael Rooney 22 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
26 Players 23.9 141 5260 4630 597 1186 237 29 92 545 161 55 457 1143 .256 .328 .379 .708

Pitching Prospects

Top Prospect – Oliver Drake began 2011 as a member of the Keys, marking his second straight year opening in the Carolina League. He made sure that didn’t last long and earned a promotion to Bowie slightly after mid-season. His production tipped off at Bowie, but should be an indicator to the Orioles that Drake’s future is in the bullpen. He lacks a true third pitch and he could progress quickly as a reliever using his 91-95 mph and above-average slider.

Biggest Surprise - None

Biggest Disappointment – Wynn Pelzers stock has only gone down since coming over from the Padres as the return for Miguel Tejada. He still possesses an explosive arsenal that includes a 92-96 mph fastball and plus slider, but has trouble controlling both offerings. He was once thought of as a possible setup man or close, but profiles better as a middle reliever now.

Top 5 Pitching Prospects*

  1. Oliver Drake
  2. Wynn Pelzer
  3. Steve Johnson
  4. Eddie Gamboa
  5. Rick Zagone

HM: None

*Min. 40 IP

Pitching Statistics

Age W L ERA G GS SV IP ▾ H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
Zach Clark 27 10 9 5.00 24 23 0 138.2 161 79 77 11 42 81 1.464 10.4 0.7 2.7 5.3 1.93
Timothy Bascom 26 9 4 3.11 29 17 1 130.1 113 52 45 8 34 110 1.128 7.8 0.6 2.3 7.6 3.24
Mike Ballard 27 8 3 3.33 17 16 0 108.0 89 46 40 12 13 112 0.944 7.4 1.0 1.1 9.3 8.62
Richard Zagone 24 4 6 4.84 19 16 0 96.2 113 64 52 15 33 57 1.510 10.5 1.4 3.1 5.3 1.73
Chorye Spoone 25 5 5 4.11 23 11 1 87.2 83 46 40 5 41 64 1.414 8.5 0.5 4.2 6.6 1.56
Wynn Pelzer 25 5 7 4.14 29 10 1 76.0 76 41 35 6 45 65 1.592 9.0 0.7 5.3 7.7 1.44
Eddie Gamboa 26 2 6 3.05 21 9 4 73.2 60 30 25 7 12 50 0.977 7.3 0.9 1.5 6.1 4.17
Oliver Drake 24 3 5 5.20 12 12 0 64.0 77 39 37 8 24 47 1.578 10.8 1.1 3.4 6.6 1.96
Raul Rivero 25 4 2 4.11 40 0 2 61.1 58 30 28 4 14 43 1.174 8.5 0.6 2.1 6.3 3.07
Steve Johnson 23 5 1 2.16 10 10 0 58.1 40 14 14 7 15 59 0.943 6.2 1.1 2.3 9.1 3.93
Armando Gabino 27 5 3 3.83 25 1 3 47.0 41 23 20 2 18 52 1.255 7.9 0.4 3.4 10.0 2.89
Pedro Viola 28 3 2 2.04 40 0 4 39.2 26 10 9 2 13 40 0.983 5.9 0.5 2.9 9.1 3.08
Cole McCurry 25 4 0 0.80 15 0 0 33.2 18 4 3 0 14 44 0.950 4.8 0.0 3.7 11.8 3.14
Jose Diaz 27 0 2 1.41 34 0 22 32.0 21 9 5 2 13 38 1.062 5.9 0.6 3.7 10.7 2.92
Brandon Cooney 25 1 2 4.18 28 0 9 28.0 25 20 13 1 23 25 1.714 8.0 0.3 7.4 8.0 1.09
Mitch Atkins 25 1 2 3.38 4 4 0 26.2 21 13 10 2 11 19 1.200 7.1 0.7 3.7 6.4 1.73
Pat Egan 26 0 2 2.84 19 0 1 25.1 21 9 8 0 11 22 1.263 7.5 0.0 3.9 7.8 2.00
Nick Bierbrodt 33 1 0 0.78 13 0 0 23.0 20 3 2 1 4 10 1.043 7.8 0.4 1.6 3.9 2.50
Alfredo Simon 30 1 0 3.00 4 4 0 18.0 15 7 6 1 6 20 1.167 7.5 0.5 3.0 10.0 3.33
Daniel Klein 22 3 0 1.08 9 0 0 16.2 14 3 2 0 3 16 1.020 7.6 0.0 1.6 8.6 5.33
Robert Bundy 21 1 3 9.60 5 4 0 15.0 25 19 16 3 11 13 2.400 15.0 1.8 6.6 7.8 1.18
Zach Britton 23 0 2 5.40 3 3 0 11.2 14 11 7 3 2 15 1.371 10.8 2.3 1.5 11.6 7.50
Ryohei Tanaka 28 0 0 3.09 6 0 0 11.2 11 5 4 1 3 11 1.200 8.5 0.8 2.3 8.5 3.67
Brian Matusz 24 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 6.0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0.667 4.5 0.0 1.5 1.5 1.00
24 Players 25.9 75 66 3.65 141 141 48 1229.0 1145 577 498 101 406 1014 1.262 8.4 0.7 3.0 7.4 2.50

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2012 Bill James Handbook Projections: Baltimore Orioles Pitchers http://orioles-nation.com/2011/11/15/2012-bill-james-projections-os-pitchers/ http://orioles-nation.com/2011/11/15/2012-bill-james-projections-os-pitchers/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:00:55 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=11144 The 2012 Bill James Handbook Projections are now available over at FanGraphs, but are not available all on one page. Here are all Orioles pitchers projected by James in one easy to read table.

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2012 Bill James Orioles Projections: Hitters | Pitchers

The 2012 Bill James Handbook Projections are now available over at FanGraphs, but are not available all on one page. Here are all Orioles pitchers projected by James in one easy to read table, for your convenience.

Player G GS IP H ER HR BB SO K/9 BB/9 HR/9 BABIP ERA FIP
Zach Britton 27 27 152 158 68 12 56 109 6.5 3.3 0.7 0.314 4.03 3.84
Jeremy Guthrie 30 30 200 203 90 26 58 123 5.5 2.6 1.2 0.286 4.05 4.56
Jim Johnson 67 0 89 95 38 8 20 60 6.1 2.0 0.8 0.313 3.84 3.71
Alfredo Simon 29 25 164 192 99 26 59 115 6.3 3.2 1.4 0.323 5.43 4.96
Chris Tillman 9 9 46 49 25 7 20 37 7.2 3.9 1.4 0.312 4.89 4.82
Tommy Hunter 27 21 146 164 71 20 33 83 5.1 2.0 1.2 0.305 4.38 4.48
Troy Patton 30 0 47 53 25 6 14 30 5.7 2.7 1.2 0.314 4.79 4.55
Pedro Strop 29 0 30 29 13 1 15 32 9.6 4.5 0.3 0.347 3.90 2.98
Brad Bergesen 37 6 83 91 42 10 26 44 4.8 2.8 1.1 0.299 4.55 4.63
Jake Arrieta 20 20 119 121 63 15 58 92 7.0 4.4 1.1 0.303 4.76 4.79
Kevin Gregg 61 0 58 53 28 6 35 54 8.4 5.4 0.9 0.300 4.34 4.48
Jason Berken 32 0 38 44 22 5 15 27 6.4 3.6 1.2 0.327 5.21 4.63
Brian Matusz 25 25 148 159 78 21 57 119 7.2 3.5 1.3 0.316 4.74 4.55

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Projecting the Orioles’ 2012 Bullpen http://orioles-nation.com/2011/10/10/projecting-os-2012-bullpen/ http://orioles-nation.com/2011/10/10/projecting-os-2012-bullpen/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 04:50:06 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=10729 While the O's 2011 starting rotation had its share of problems, their bullpen also struggled throughout the season. Here's a look at next year's bullpen.

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