Orioles-Nation » Brandon Cooney http://orioles-nation.com Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 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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