Orioles-Nation » Caleb Joseph http://orioles-nation.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:28:46 +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 » Caleb Joseph http://orioles-nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ON-Logo.png http://orioles-nation.com Baltimore, Maryland Weekly ON Mailbag: 7/7 – 7/13 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/07/13/mailbag-77-713/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/07/13/mailbag-77-713/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:53:18 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=15054 Questions submitted to Orioles Nation for the week of 7/7 - 7/13. Topics include Majors, Minors, Transactions, etc.

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Welcome to the Orioles Nation Mailbag. If you have future questions, you can submit them here:

All major league questions answered by Alex Conway.
All minor league questions answered by Tucker Blair.

I know the O’s didn’t have first 3 picks of there draft, But in years past there were players taken in 3rd-10th round that I was excited about. Not this year, seems like a group of lackluster players. Am I way off the mark with this assessment?
I would not say way off the mark, but there are certainly a few intriguing guys within rounds 3-10.
Brian Gonzalez is a young, LHP that has reportedly already touched 93 mph down in the GCL. He’s a pitcher worth keeping an eye on and signed for $700,000. I know a few scouts have said to me they were intrigued by Gonzalez.
Pat Connaughton displayed an impressive arsenal on Friday when I saw him. This was my second time viewing Connaughton, as I saw him pitch against Maryland when he was with Notre Dame. On Friday, Connaughton’s Fastball was touching 92-96 mph. He was hit around some, but his arm is no joke. I’ll have more on him at Baseball Prospectus on Monday.
David Hess and Tanner Scott are also players to keep an eye on.

David Hess:
Build/Mechanics: Thick lower half; excellent push and drive off back leg; exerted delivery; nearly max effort; high 3/4th arm slot; good arm speed; ball explodes from downward plane.
FB: 92-94 mph; mild armside run; able to command and spot ball low in zone.
SL: 76-78 mph; good tilt with a tight spin; casted a few; one displayed more depth than tilt, almost like a CB.

- Tucker Blair

Martin Prado could be a fit for the Orioles don’t you think? Schoop and Flaherty have consistently showed they are not the answer at second base. I normally don’t like trading prospects, but Prado is a very good fit. For 2015, he could slide over to the hot corner if/when Machado transitions to shortstop.
Prado is a decent fit. He plays solid defense and while his bat has been mediocre over the past couple of seasons, he has out hit the Schoop/Flaherty tandem. I would worry about a transition from the NL to the AL and what if any drop off would ocurr in his production. He is signed through 2016 making $11 million a year which is not ridiculous and his positional versatility does add some value and protection for when/if Hardy leaves. I do not think it would take all that much to pry him away from Arizona. Also, it has been reported recently that Prado will be available. If the Orioles could avoid flipping one of their top three guys to get Prado, it would certainly make the team better and be a good deal for the Orioles.

- Alex Conway

Do any of the glut of middle infielders in Bowie/Norfolk hold any trade value at all? Alexi Casilla, Ivan De Jesus, Jemile Weeks, Niuman Romero, and Buck Britton have all at least performed reasonably well. David Adams, Cord Phelps, and Steve Lombardozzi have performed well in the past.
No, they do not. Most of them were minor league contract guys signed solely for depth. Weeks and Lombardozzi were brought in on trades, so they might have the most value. However, Weeks was a part of the Jim Johnson salary dump and Lombardozzi was traded for a non-roster invitee. One of them could potentially be a throw in for a deal for middle infielder so the team that Orioles traded with could plug a hole with a guy, but that cavalcade of middle infielders has little to no value.

- Alex Conway

This is getting a bit ridiculous. Jonathan Schoop is hitting .223/.263/.330/.592 and has options. Jemile Weeks is hitting .287/.406/.407/.813 in the minors, and is on the 40-man roster. Why haven’t the Orioles made the switch?
This is a question that I have been asking myself for a while now. Weeks solves multiple problems for the Orioles. He fills the offensive hole at second base and he comes with a solid OBP even if his average does not maintain at the major league level. Not to mention he does have some raw talent and has had success at the major league level. I would have liked to have seen him promoted a couple of weeks ago at the latest. There are two reasons I can think of, one more likelier than the other. The first being that Buck does not like Weeks at second base defensively and that is fair. Schoop has been good at second and fantastic at turning double plays. Schoop and Hardy are arguably the best double play tandem in the league right now. Buck has shown in the past that if he has to choose between an average bat and an average glove guy and a poor bat and above average glove guy he’s going to choose the latter (Steve Clevenger being another example of this). The hole that Schoop/Flaherty (and Caleb Joseph) cause in the lineup is detrimental. The only other reason I can think of is a trade showcase for Schoop as the Orioles may be looking to move him in a deal for a middle infielder or a pitcher. However, he has preformed so poorly at the plate and Buck has stuck with him so long that I doubt this is the case.

- Alex Conway

Who do you want the team to target in a trade(if anyone) and what would your offer for them be?
I am not usually one for outright trade speculation because the rumors tend to be spurious at best and teams value players way differently than fans do. However, I think the Orioles are in a position this year to be bold. As of this writing, they have a three game lead in the AL East and will have no worse than a two game lead going into the All Star Break. They have key players entering free agency after this season. I think now is a time to make a bold move and go after some of the top players available. Obviously, second base or starting pitching is where the glaring needs are. I think the Orioles should be bold. If they don’t do that, I would prefer they do nothing. The current players they are rumored to be interested in will not improve the team enough to make them world series contenders, they will marginally improve the team while continuing to deplete any depth the system has. Regardless, the next two weeks are going to be very interesting.

- Alex Conway

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Is Caleb Joseph a “great” defensive catcher? http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/16/caleb-joseph-great-defensive-catcher/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/16/caleb-joseph-great-defensive-catcher/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:00:13 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=15001 Caleb Joseph has been described as a great defensive catcher by broadcasters, local beat writers and fans alike. But is he really a great defensive catcher?

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When Caleb Joseph was called up to the majors, he was applauded for continuing to work hard in the minors and not giving up on his dream of playing in the big leagues. At 28 years old it almost seemed as if he would toil in the minors for his entire professional career. When the Orioles opted to keep Joseph on the roster over Steve Clevenger there seemed to be some general confusion as to why the superior defensive catcher was sent down. Now that Joseph has had nearly 150 innings of work behind the plate over 20 games of major league action so far he is being hailed as a great defensive catcher.

But is it true?

He certainly has the reputation of being gifted defensively behind the dish in the past. Baseball America voted him the best defensive catcher in the Orioles farm system for three straight years from 2009 to 2011. For his defensive work so far this season, Fangraphs is giving him high marks, with 3.3 defensive WAR. Comparing his defensive value, per Fangraphs, to what the other catchers in baseball are doing right now, he would be ranked in the top half of all catchers with less than half the playing time.

That’s pretty impressive considering the defensive leaders at the position have played 400 or more innings behind the plate. Essentially, they have been able to accumulate the defensive WAR in part because of the sheer volume of work they’ve had so far. Joseph on the other hand has nearly caught up to them in less than half the time, as was already mentioned.

But is he really as good defensively as fans, analysts, and sports writers are proclaiming?

Pulling data from Baseball Prospectus regarding catcher defense we get the following chart, comparing all three Orioles catchers.

NAME FR CHANCES PRED STRIKES ACTUAL STRIKES EXTRA STRIKES BL CHANCES PRED PB/WP ACTUAL PB/WP PB/WP SAVED
Steve Clevenger 1533 468.5 490 21.5 778 7.3 6 1.8
Caleb Joseph 1182 378.6 394 15.4 643 1.8 4 0
Matt Wieters 1848 606.1 601 -5.1 1060 7.1 3 3.5

(Data shown is from beginning of 2014 season through June 12, 2014)

When comparing all three catchers that have had time behind the plate this season, one of the first things that should stick out to you is that Matt Wieters has been the least valuable defensive catcher among the group. His framing ability has often been questioned and this data highlights that as a weakness of his, at least for this season.

Joseph has excelled at framing pitches and getting those extra strikes for his pitchers and the team. We shouldn’t chalk it up to having a lucky run of framing either, as Harry Pavlidis of Baseball Prospectus has explained that catcher framing stabilizes fairly quickly. We’re talking after just a few hundred chances behind the plate. One area of weakness is in the realm of blocking, allowing four passed balls already.

That being said, another area of weakness that has been tracked by Tucker Blair is the amount of time it takes for him to unload the ball from his glove and get it to an infielder on attempted stolen bases. While he has caught 7 out of 17 (41 percent) attempted base stealers this season we still must take into consideration who he has caught stealing and the amount of time it is taking him to get the ball to his infielder.

The following chart shows the typical grades for a catcher’s arm, thanks to Ethan Purser at Baseball Prospectus:

Grade Pop Time (in seconds)
80: Elite Sub-1.7
70: Plus-Plus 1.7-1.8
60: Plus 1.8-1.9
50: Average 1.9-2.0
40: Below Avg. 2.0-2.1
30: Well Below Avg. 2.1-2.2
20: Poor 2.2-2.3

 

Joseph is taking, on average, roughly two seconds to get the ball out of his glove and to his infielders when runners attempt to steal. His caught stolen rate may seem impressive but he threw Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez out in the same game. He has been able to nab the slower runners when they attempt to steal, but it’s been the true base stealing threats that he hasn’t had any real success at getting. Players like Craig Gentry, Coco Crisp and so on seem to be a bit too fast for Joseph’s arm to catch up to. Even Jose Bautista stole a base off him.

With that being said, Joseph does do many other things quite well behind the dish. His footwork has improved substantially over the years in the minors, his framing ability has him in the conversation for top 12 or so in framing ability, and his quick reaction and decision making have been quite impressive.

While Joseph may not be the “great” defensive catcher that broadcasters, local beat writers, and fans may talk him up to be, he is still shaping up to be someone worth viewing as a decently solid defensive catcher whose only real shortcoming is his arm, and to a lesser degree his footwork.

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Looking at Caleb Joseph’s Defense http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/20/looking-caleb-josephs-defense/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/20/looking-caleb-josephs-defense/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 10:00:54 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14885 Looking at Caleb Joseph's defense in his first stint with the big league club

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It has been a little over a week since the Orioles decided to place Caleb Joseph on the 25-man roster as the backup catcher. It has been a long road to the majors for Joseph, which has made for quite the story. Along that road, he has answered countless questions about his ability, whether it be with the bat or glove. I wrote a scouting report on Joseph when he was first called up, and I thought it would be interesting to see how that report stands now that Joseph has seen some time in the bigs. I want to look mainly at the defense, as that has been the main question at hand.

In the report linked above, I graded Joseph’s arm as 40 on the 20-80 scouting scale. I graded his defense as 30. Both grades are below-average to well below-average, indicating that I do not feel confident in Joseph’s ability to catch behind the plate. Of course, players can and do improve and it is not uncommon for evaluations to change as a player progresses. Has Joseph improved? Let’s take a look:

The following chart shows the typical grades for a catcher’s arm, thanks to Ethan Purser at Baseball Prospectus:

Grade Pop Time (in seconds)
80: Elite Sub-1.7
70: Plus-Plus 1.7-1.8
60: Plus 1.8-1.9
50: Average 1.9-2.0
40: Below Avg. 2.0-2.1
30: Well Below Avg. 2.1-2.2
20: Poor 2.2-2.3

Let’s take a look at the May 13th game against Detroit. Joseph was 3/3 on throwing out attempted stolen-base threats. Below are some pop times (GIF included) from his three throws in this game:

Pop Time: 2.00
Delivery Time: 1.60

As we can see from above, a 2.00 pop time is rated as below-average, and usually the runner will have no trouble stealing a base if the pitcher delivery time is quick to home. Ubaldo Jimenez is not quick to home, as indicated by his 1.60 delivery time on this attempt (a good delivery time would be less than 1.40 to home plate typically).

Pop Time: 2.02
Delivery Time: 1.62

In this next throw, it is the same situation, with a below-average pop time and a dreadful delivery time. Luckily for Joseph and the Jimenez, it was Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera attempting to steal these bases. Obviously, both of them are known more for their bat and not their speed.

In this final attempt, it’s a different scenario. This was not a straight steal, and Torii Hunter broke on a secondary pitch that bounced in the dirt. What I want to point out is how Joseph has improved since last year. In 2013, Joseph’s feet were a tick slower behind the dish, and he was struggling to get in front of these pitches, block them, and set himself in a situation where he even had an attempt at throwing out the runner. As we can see, Joseph did everything right here and kept the ball in front of him so he had a play. It was a risky choice for Hunter to break on this, but credit Joseph for making the play.

I have been generally impressed with the game-calling and how Joseph is beginning to acclimate himself with the game at the highest level. While he still does not have a strong arm and has plenty to work on behind the plate, he has improved enough to give the O’s enough confidence to give him some starts while Wieters is on the DL. They may still look to upgrade at the position, but Joseph has at least helped plug the hole for the short-term.

Thanks to Camden Chat for their ever-useful GIF’s. Make sure to follow OriolesGIFs on twitter.

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Caleb Joseph Scouting Report http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/07/caleb-joseph-scouting-report/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/07/caleb-joseph-scouting-report/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 11:00:36 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14834 A detailed scouting report on Catcher Caleb Joseph

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With Matt Wieters potentially landing on the disabled list – and potentially missing an extensive period of time – the Orioles have catcher Caleb Joseph waiting in the wings. The 27-year-old can probably run for mayor in Bowie at this point in his career, logging over 1700 plate appearance for the Baysox from 2010-2013.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 22 Aberdeen NYPL A- BAL 63 263 238 34 62 19 0 8 34 2 0 15 56 .261 .303 .441 .744
2009 23 Frederick CARL A+ BAL 104 412 380 50 108 23 2 12 60 2 1 26 64 .284 .337 .450 .787
2010 24 Bowie EL AA BAL 106 420 378 43 89 15 1 11 51 1 6 33 63 .235 .301 .368 .669
2011 25 Bowie EL AA BAL 107 429 374 42 96 15 1 7 41 5 2 40 60 .257 .334 .358 .692
2012 26 Bowie EL AA BAL 80 317 279 38 76 17 1 12 48 2 0 29 60 .272 .343 .470 .812
2012 26 Norfolk IL AAA BAL 22 76 68 6 14 4 1 0 7 0 0 8 10 .206 .289 .294 .584
2013 27 Bowie EL AA BAL 135 570 518 74 155 31 2 22 97 4 2 39 92 .299 .346 .494 .840
2014 28 Norfolk IL AAA BAL 22 95 92 8 24 7 0 2 11 0 0 3 22 .261 .284 .402 .686
7 Seasons 639 2582 2327 295 624 131 8 74 349 16 11 193 427 .268 .327 .427 .753
Caleb Jospeh

Joseph has always shown some ability to hit with a career .268/.327/.427 batting line in the minors. Not bad for a catcher, right?

Of course, we all know that a catcher has a multitude of responsibilities in the game of baseball, often making it one of the toughest positions for a player to perform – and stick long term. Not only does a catcher need to show some life in the bat, but they need to handle the every day responsibilities of the pitching staff. This factor is huge and overlooked far too often. There is a reason guys stick around the game hitting under the Mendoza line. Luckily for Joseph, he has 80-grade makeup and I have always thought he handled pitching staffs well. One of my favorite memories since I have started watching minor league baseball involves Butch Davis and Caleb Joseph talking about everything and nothing for 30 minutes during batting practice. It’s been a long seven seasons toiling in the minors, but Caleb Joseph might finally get a chance.

Below is a traditional scouting report on Joseph using the 20-80 scouting scale:

Note: This report is from eyewitness looks in 2013 and Spring Training 2014. I have not seen him in AAA-Norfolk

Tool Future Grade Notes
Hit 40 Good, but not great eye; plate discipline is best tool; sometimes struggles against high-end velocity; swing can become inconsistent; hands sometimes drift; average bat speed; cut back on slight hand wrap last year.
Power 50 Arc in swing; average raw power; torque in hips gives max effort in swing; power is evident in games.
Speed 40 Speed is decent for a catcher; not a threat on bases; more agility than speed.
Glove 30 Improved footwork over the years but still poor; slow feet; feet can get tied up; struggles to drop down and block pitches; hands can become mechanical with pitch framing.
Arm 40 Fringe arm; pop times 1.99 – 2.10; accuracy is poor and under-throws too often; choppy footwork hurts throws; not a weapon.
OFP 40 Bench Player

Long term, Joseph is not a catching option for the Orioles. He may be able to fill a role in the short-term, and may even hit enough to stick with it if needed for an expanded period of time. Joseph is one of the toughest types of players to grade, as he has been in the minors for such a long time now that it is almost too easy overlooking some of his attributes. I do think the bat can have enough short-term value for the Orioles until they were to find a better option. Do not expect to see anything close to Wieters behind the plate – which is not fair for Joseph anyways.

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Minor League Scores – 5/6/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/06/minor-league-scores-5614/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/06/minor-league-scores-5614/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 02:09:39 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14833 Buck Britton collects 5 RBIs as Norfolk cruises to victory

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Louisville 4 ,  Norfolk 9 Opponent Location Time Starter 11 – 20  Box Score Louisville Bats Away 11:05 AM  Eddie Gamboa
  • Brett Wallace: 1-3, BB, K
  • Buck Britton: 2-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, K
  • Steve Lombardozzi: 1-5, 2 K
  • Mike Wright 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Josh Stinson: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Bowie 11 ,  Altoona 7 Opponent Location Time Starter
16 – 15  Box Score Altoona Curve Away 10:30 AM Tim Berry
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Frederick 3 , Potomac 1 Opponent Location Time Starter
12 – 17 Box Score Potomac Nationals  Away 7:05 PM Branden Kline
Today’s Result Tomorrow
OFF Opponent Location Time Starter
13 – 17 Augusta Greenjackets Home 7:05 PM Steven Brault
 

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Minor League Scores – 5/5/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/05/minor-league-scores-5514/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/05/minor-league-scores-5514/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 01:58:12 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14831 Hunter Harvey takes the mound for the Shorebirds

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Scranton WB 16 ,  Norfolk 2 Opponent Location Time Starter 10 – 20  Box Score Louisville Bats Away 6:35 PM  Mike Wright
  • Julio Borbon: 1-4, 2B, K
  • Buck Britton: 0-4
  • Steve Lombardozzi: 2-4, RBI, K
  • Caleb Joseph: 0-4, 2 K
  • Nick Additon: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • Tim Alderson: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Erie 5 ,  Bowie 8 Opponent Location Time Starter
15 – 15  Box Score Altoona Curve Away 6:30 PM Tyler Wilson
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Frederick 6 , Myrtle Beach 1 Opponent Location Time Starter
12 – 16 Box Score Potomac Nationals  Away 7:05 PM Brady Wager
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Delmarva 0 , Charleston 3 Opponent Location Time Starter
13 – 17 Box Score OFF OFF OFF OFF

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Minor League Scores – 5/4/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/04/minor-league-scores-5414/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/04/minor-league-scores-5414/#comments Sun, 04 May 2014 12:00:25 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14824 Hector Veloz went 2-3 with a Double and Walk in Delmarva's loss to Charleston

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Scranton WB 6 ,  Norfolk 14 Opponent Location Time Starter 10 – 18  Box Score Scranton Wilkes Barre Rail Riders Home 1:05 PM  Suk-Min Yoon
  • Brett Wallace: 3-5, HR, 3 RBI, K
  • Caleb Joseph: 1-5, 2B, K
  • Steve Lombardozzi: 2-2, 3 BB
  • Steve Johnson: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Tim Alderson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Josh Stinson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Preston Guilmet: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Erie 2 , 1 Bowie Opponent Location Time Starter
14 – 14  Box Score Erie SeaWolves Home 2:05 PM Jake Pettit
  • Michael Ohlman: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Dariel Alvarez: 1-4, K
  • Matt Bischoff: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Fabio Castillo: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Frederick 1 , Myrtle Beach 4 Opponent Location Time Starter
11 – 15 Box Score Myrtle Beach Pelicans  Away 6:05 PM Matt Taylor
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Delmarva 5 , 6 Charleston Opponent Location Time Starter
13 – 15 Box Score Charleston RiverDogs Away 5:05 PM Austin Urban

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Minor League Scores – 5/1/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/01/minor-league-scores-5114/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/05/01/minor-league-scores-5114/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 03:05:11 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14812 Yaz hit his second HR this season in Delmarva's loss to Savannah

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Scranton WB 4 , 3 Norfolk Opponent Location Time Starter 8 – 18  Box Score Scranton Wilkes Barre Rail Riders Home 7:05 PM  Kevin Gausman
  • Caleb Joseph: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, K
  • Mike Wright: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Brock Huntzinger: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Brad Brach: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Chris Jones: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Notes:

Today’s Result Tomorrow
Bowie 3 , 5 Richmond Opponent Location Time Starter
13 – 13  Box Score Erie SeaWolves Home 6:35 PM Tim Berry
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Frederick 5 , Myrtle Beach 9 Opponent Location Time Starter
10 – 14 Box Score  Myrtle Beach Pelicans  Away 7:05 PM Branden Kline
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Delmarva 1 , 6 Savannah Opponent Location Time Starter
12 – 14 Box Score Charleston RiverDogs Away 7:05 PM Sebastian Vader

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Minor League Scores – 4/29/2014 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/29/minor-league-scores-4292014/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/29/minor-league-scores-4292014/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:56:51 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14806 Hunter Harvey struggles in his start for the Shorebirds

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Columbus 3, 0 Norfolk Opponent Location Time Starter 8 – 17  Box Score OFF OFF OFF  OFF
  • Julio Borbon: 1-3, BB
  • Xavier Paul: 1-4, K
  • Caleb Joseph: 2-3
  • Suk-Min Yoon: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Troy Patton: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
  • Brad Brach: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Notes: This was a 7 inning game
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Columbus 4, 7 Norfolk Opponent Location Time Starter
8 – 17 Box Score  OFF OFF OFF OFF
  • Julio Borbon: 1-4, RBI
  • Xavier Paul: 1-3, RBI
  • David Adams: 1-3, 2 K
  • T.J. McFarland: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 K
  • Kelvin De La Cruz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Notes: This was a makeup of a postponed game on 4/28, this was a 7 inning game

Today’s Result Tomorrow
Bowie 3 , 2 Richmond Opponent Location Time Starter
13 – 12 Box Score Richmond Flying Squirrels Away 6:35 PM Matt Bischoff

Notes:

Today’s Result Tomorrow
  Cancelled Opponent Location Time Starter
10 – 13 OFF  OFF OFF OFF
 
Notes: Both games of a scheduled doubleheader were canceled today
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Delmarva 0, 4 Savannah Opponent Location Time Starter
12 – 12  Box Score Savannah Sand Gnats Away 7:05 PM Steven Brault
Today’s Result Tomorrow
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Notes
Season begins in June

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Minor League Scores – 4/22/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/22/minor-league-scores-42214/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/22/minor-league-scores-42214/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:52:37 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14780 Hunter Harvey makes his fourth start for the Shorebirds

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Lehigh Valley 6 , 3 Norfolk Opponent Location Time Starter 5 – 14 Box Score Lehigh Valley Ironpigs Away 10:35 AM Suk-Min Yoon
  • Julio Borbon: 2-5, K
  • Jemile Weeks: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB
  • Henry Urrutia: 2-4, RBI
  • Caleb Joseph: 1-4
  • Anthony Vasquez: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR
  • Troy Patton: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K

Notes:
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Erie 1 , 11 Bowie Opponent Location Time Starter
10 – 8 Box Score Erie Seawolves Home 6:35 PM Zach Davies
Notes:
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Opponent Location Time Starter
8 – 9 Myrtle Beach Pelicans Home 7:00 PM Brady Wager
  • OFF
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Savannah 1 , 4 Delmarva Opponent Location Time Starter
9 – 9 Box Score Savannah Sand Gnats Home 7:05 PM Steven Brault

Notes:

Today’s Result Tomorrow
Opponent Location Time Starter
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Season begins in June

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Minor League Scores – 4/20/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/20/minor-league-scores-42014/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/20/minor-league-scores-42014/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:10:24 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14770 Kevin Gausman pitches five strong innings for the Tides

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Durham 3 , 6 Norfolk Opponent Location Time Starter 5 – 12 Box Score Durham Bulls Home 12:05 PM Eddie Gamboa

Notes:
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OFF Opponent Location Time Starter
8 – 8 Erie Seawolves Home 6:35 PM Tyler Wilson
  • The Baysox did not play today
Notes:
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 Frederick 3 , 1 Carolina Opponent Location Time Starter
7 – 9 Box Score Carolina Mudcats Away 5:00 PM Game 1: Matt Taylor, Game 2: Jesse Beal
 Notes:
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OFF Opponent Location Time Starter
8 – 8 Savannah Sand Gnats Home 7:05 PM Austin Urban
  • The Shorebirds did not play today
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Opponent Location Time Starter
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Notes
Season begins in June

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Minor League Scores – 4/17/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/17/minor-league-scores-41714/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/17/minor-league-scores-41714/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:09:27 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14763 Steven Brault struck out 9 batters in 7.0 scoreless innings for Delmarva on Thursday Night

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 2 , 3 Durham Opponent Location Time Starter 4 – 10 Box Score Durham Bulls Home 7:05 PM Suk-min Yoon
  • Alexi Casilla: 1-2, 2 RBI, BB
  • Caleb Joseph: 0-4, 3 K
  • T.J. McFarland: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Chris Jones: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Tim Alderson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Notes:

  • Activated Tim Alderson from the DL
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Akron 3 , 2 Bowie Opponent Location Time Starter
8 – 6 Box Score Akron Rubberducks Home 6:35 PM Jake Pettit
  • Christian Walker: 2-4, 2 K
  • Dariel Alvarez: 1-4, 2B, RBI
  • Tim Berry: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Marcel Prado: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Fabio Castillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Notes:
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 Frederick 7 , 3 Winston-Salem Opponent Location Time Starter
6 – 8 Box Score Carolina Mudcats Away 7:00 PM Branden Kline
 Notes:
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Delmarva 3 , 1 Greensboro Opponent Location Time Starter
7 – 7 Box Score Greensboro Grasshoppers Away  7:00 PM Mitch Horacek
Notes:
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Opponent Location Time Starter
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Notes
Season begins in June

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Minor League Scores – 4/16/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/16/minor-league-scores-41614/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/16/minor-league-scores-41614/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:38:12 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14755 Hunter Harvey was dominant on Wednesday, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings against the Hagerstown Suns.

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 9 , 6 Durham Opponent Location Time Starter 4 – 9 Box Score Durham Bulls Away 7:05 PM T.J. McFarland
  • Julio Borbon: 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K, SB
  • Jemile Weeks: 1-3, RBI, 3 BB
  • Henry Urrutia: 1-5, 2B, RBI, K
  • Caleb Joseph: 3-4, 2B, RBI, BB, K
  • Chris Marrero: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K
  • Eddie Gamboa: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Nick Additon: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 0 K
  • Brade Brach: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Preston Guilmet: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Notes:
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 Bowie 6 , 5 Erie Opponent Location Time Starter
8 – 5 Box Score Akron Rubberducks Home 6:35 PM Tim Berry
Notes:
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 Frederick 5 , 3 Winston-Salem Opponent Location Time Starter
5 – 8 Box Score Winston-Salem Dash Away 7:00 PM Brady Wager
Notes:
  • 7 inning game
Today’s Result (Game 2) Tomorrow
 Frederick 2 , 0 Winston-Salem Opponent Location Time Starter
5 – 8 Box Score - - - -
Notes:
  • 7 inning game
Today’s Result Tomorrow
 Hagerstown 0 , 1 Delmarva Opponent Location Time Starter
6 – 7 Box Score Greensboro Grasshoppers Home  7:00 PM  Steven Brault
Notes:

  • Tonight’s game went 15 innings and the second game of the doubleheader was cancelled.
Today’s Result Tomorrow
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Minor League Scores – 4/14/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/15/minor-league-scores-41414/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/15/minor-league-scores-41414/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:12:17 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14736 Josh Hart went 3-4 with a RBI and SB for the Shorebirds.

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 4 , 5 Gwinnett Opponent Location Time Starter 3 – 8 Box Score Gwinnett Braves Away 6:35 PM Kevin Gausman
  • Julio Borbon: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Caleb Joseph: 1-4, 2B, K
  • Alexi Casilla: 1-4, RBI
  • Jemile Weeks: 1-4, 2B, BB
  • Brett Wallace: 3-4
  • Mike Wright: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Brad Brach: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Notes
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Bowie 3 , 4 Erie Opponent Location Time Starter
7 – 5 Box Score Erie Seawolves Away 6:35 PM Tyler Wilson
Notes: The game was called after 6.0 innings due to inclement weather
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Lynchburg 5 , 4 Frederick Opponent Location Time Starter
3 – 8 Box Score Winston Salem Dash Away 7:00 PM Matt Taylor
Notes: This was a 12 inning game
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Hagerstown 2 , 9 Delmarva Opponent Location Time Starter
5 – 7 Box Score Hagerstown Suns Home 7:05 PM Stephen Brault
Notes:
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Season begins in June

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Minor League Scores – 4/12/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/12/minor-league-scores-41214/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/12/minor-league-scores-41214/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:31:07 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14730 Glynn Davis collected two more hits to continue his torrid start to the 2014 season

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 2 , 4 Charlotte Opponent Location Time Starter 3 – 6 Box Score Charlotte Knights Away 2:05 PM Suk-min Yoon Notes
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Bowie 5 , 6 Akron Opponent Location Time Starter
6 – 4 Box Score Akron Rubber Ducks Away 2:05 PM Jake Pettit
Notes:
  • Zach Davies left the game early due to being hit by a line drive.
Today’s Result Tomorrow
Lynchburg 8 , 1 Frederick Opponent Location Time Starter
2 – 7 Box Score Lynchburg Hillcats Home 2:00 PM Branden Kline
Notes
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Greensboro 7 , 1 Delmarva Opponent Location Time Starter
4 – 6 Box Score Greensboro Grasshoppers Home 2:05 PM Austin Urban
Notes:
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Minor League Scores – 4/11/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/11/minor-league-scores-41114/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/11/minor-league-scores-41114/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:47:18 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14728 Mitch Horacek tossed 7.0 strong innings for the Shorebirds on Friday night.

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 8 , 6 Charlotte Opponent Location Time Starter 3 – 5 Box Score Charlotte Knights Away  7:05 PM T.J. McFarland
  • Julio Borbon: 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 BB, K, SB
  • Jemile Weeks: 1-4, 2 RBI, BB
  • Caleb Joseph: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Quintin Berry: 3-5, HR, RBI, K
  • Steve Johnson: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Chris Jones: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Brock Huntzinger: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Kelvin De La Cruz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Preston Guilmet: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Notes
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Bowie 1 , 2 Akron Opponent Location Time Starter
6 – 3 Box Score Akron Rubber Ducks Away 2:05 PM Zach Davies
Notes:
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Lynchburg 1 , 0 Frederick Opponent Location Time Starter
2 – 6 Box Score Lynchburg Hillcats Home 2:00 PM TBA
Notes
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Greensboro 6 , 3 Delmarva Opponent Location Time Starter
4 – 5 Box Score Greensboro Grasshoppers Home  7:05 PM Sebastian Vader
 Notes:
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Minor League Scores – 4/9/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/09/minor-league-scores-4914/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/09/minor-league-scores-4914/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:43:39 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14722 Eduardo Rodriguez has mixed results in his second start for Bowie

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Today’s Result Tomorrow  Gwinnett 4 , 3 Norfolk Opponent Location Time Starter 1 – 5 Box Score  Gwinnett Braves Home  12:05 PM Kevin Gausman Notes
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Richmond 5 , 1 Bowie Opponent Location Time Starter
5 – 2 Box Score Akron Rubber Ducks Away 6:35 PM Tyler Wilson
Notes:
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 Carolina 9, Frederick 2 Opponent Location Time Starter
2 – 4 Box Score Carolina Mudcats Home 7:00 PM Matt Taylor
Notes
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 Delmarva 2 , 10 Hagerstown Opponent Location Time Starter
3 – 4 Box Score Hagerstown Suns Home  7:05 PM Hunter Harvey
Notes:
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Minor League Scores – 4/5/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/05/minor-league-scores-4514/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/05/minor-league-scores-4514/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:09:08 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14698 Tim Berry was excellent in his season debut with the Baysox, tossing 7.0 strong innings

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Today’s Result Tomorrow  Charlotte 3 , 2 Norfolk Opponent Location Time Starter 1 – 2 Box Score  Charlotte Knights Home  1:05 PM T.J. McFarland
  • Julio Borbon: 1-4, BB, K, SB
  • Henry Urrutia: 0-3, BB
  • Chris Marrero: 1-3, HR, RBI, BB, K
  • Caleb Joseph: 4-4, 2B
  • Cord Phelps: 2-4, SB
  • Jemile Weeks: 2-3, 3B, BB, SB
Notes
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Harrisburg 3 , 4 Bowie Opponent Location Time Starter
3 – 0 Box Score Harrisburg Senators Home 2:05 PM Zach Davies
  • Buck Britton: 3-6, RBI
  • Dariel Alvarez: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • Sharlon Schoop: 3-3, 2B, 2 BB
  • Tim Berry: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Chris Petrini: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Oliver Drake: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Matt Bischoff: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Notes
  •  11 inning game
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Frederick 3 , 4 Lynchburg Opponent Location Time Starter
1 – 2 Box Score Lynchburg Hillcats Away 2:05 PM Joe Van Meter
Notes
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 Delmarva 3 , 5 Asheville Opponent Location Time Starter
1 – 2 Box Score Asheville Tourists Away  2:05 PM Sebastian Vader
Notes
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 Season begins in June

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Minor League Scores – 4/4/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/04/minor-league-scores-4414/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/04/04/minor-league-scores-4414/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:52:02 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14697 Hunter Harvey tossed 6.0 scoreless innings in his Shorebirds debut

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Today’s Result Tomorrow  Charlotte 2 , 4 Norfolk Opponent Location Time Starter 1 – 1 Box Score  Charlotte Knights Home  7:05 PM  Steve Johnson Notes
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Harrisburg 0 , 9 Bowie Opponent Location Time Starter
2 – 0 Box Score Harrisburg Senators Home 6:35 PM Tim Berry
  • Christian Walker: 3-5, RBI, K
  • Dariel Alvarez: 1-4, RBI
  • Michael Ohlman: 3-3, RBI, 2 BB
  • Ronald Bermudez: 3-3, 2B, RBI, BB
  • Garabez Rosa: 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 K
  • Tyler Wilson: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Fabio Castillo: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Juan Morillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
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Frederick 5, 6 Lynchburg Opponent Location Time Starter
1 – 1 Box Score Lynchburg Hillcats Away 6:05 PM Matt Taylor
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 Delmarva 7, 2 Asheville Opponent Location Time Starter
1 – 1 Box Score Asheville Tourists Away  6:05 PM Mitch Horacek
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2014 Orioles Best Tools List http://orioles-nation.com/2014/01/06/2014-orioles-best-tools-list/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/01/06/2014-orioles-best-tools-list/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:00:27 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14425 A look at the best tools within the Orioles' farm system.

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2013 was another interesting year, with a lot of exciting things happening down on the farm. In case you missed it, the Aberdeen Ironbirds finally made the playoffs. The Norfolk Tides decided that they wanted to challenge the 2012 roster for “most players used”.  Bowie and Frederick had some terrific pitching. We had a knuckleball fad, which may still be a thing (A good thing at that! Please re-sign Eddie Gamboa). I was even able to witness the debut of Hunter Harvey, and it was one of the more enjoyable nights I have experienced at a baseball game.

Now, it is time to put the 2013 season behind us and prepare for 2014. Below is my grading scale of the Orioles’ minor league system as of the final game in 2013. Some of the information can be accredited to scouts, while some of it is from my own eyes. I tried to blend both together as much as possible. This list is going to change a ton over the next few months. It is simply inevitable as players grow and train over the course of an off-season. It should also be noted that some of the recently drafted players have not been able to establish enough of a track record for any evaluation in the minors. With that, let us move onto the 2014 Orioles Best Tools List.

The Orioles do not have a deep farm system. They certainly have some talent, but there is a noticeable drop-off in tools and skill-level after the first wave of “top prospects”. However, I truly believe that with the right development, the Orioles do have a few gems that nobody is talking about. I have only heard good things about Brian Graham and his group, so that is a step in the right direction. There is a long ways to go before the Orioles’ farm system is truly improved, but they have to start somewhere.

The 20-80 scouting scale was used to help evaluate and list the players’ tools. If you are not familiar with the grading system, here is a summary of the scale:

20: Very Poor

30: Well-Below Average

40: Below Average

45Fringe-Average

50: Average

55Solid-Average

60Plus

70Plus-Plus

80: Top-Tier

Pitching

Fastball Kevin Gausman 70/75 Plus fastball that sits 96-98 mph and can touch 100mph. Explosive velocity, sharp downward plane, plus movement on both 2S and 4S.
Dylan Bundy 70/70 One of the easier fastballs you will see. Explosive, yet smooth. Able to routinely locate it and is commanded plus around 93-96 mph.
Hunter Harvey 50/65 93-96 mph with late movement. In 2013, fell to 91-94 mph after first two innings. Needs to work on control and stamina to improve this pitch.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Jacob Bray, Parker Bridwell, Oliver Drake

Changeup Kevin Gausman 65/70 Solid circle change with late hand side action and depth away. Already a plus pitch with some room to become a true plus-plus pitch.
Dylan Bundy 60/65 Plus fade and works extremely well off his fastball. “pulls the string” and provides a ton of deception.
Zach Davies 55/60 Solid-average fade against righties, plus fade against lefties. Mixes well with fastball, spots well. Seems to have confidence to throw change on any count. Problem comes from his fastball not having much difference in velocity.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Tim Berry, Eduardo Rodriguez

Curveball Hunter Harvey 60/70  79-82 mph with tilt, sharp bite, and good depth. Potential to be a plus-plus pitch, ability to snap into the dirt and still fool batters. Telegraphs the pitch at times, noticeable in his release and the distance he strides on his delivery. Even so, hitters still have trouble making solid contact on it.
Dylan Bundy 50/60 Crisp 12-6 offering that has a tight rotation. Lacks command at times, and will leave up in the zone.
Alexander Santana 50/60  11-5 spin and good, sharp tilt. Tight spin and commanded well. Occasionally will leave up in zone but was able to get away with it at Aberdeen.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Tim Berry, Daniel Ayers, Jason Gurka, Branden Kline, Parker Bridwell

Slider Eduardo Rodriguez 50/60 Sharp, biting slider that sits 82-86 mph. Dips hard, has potential for some refinement. Not always a strikeout pitch, but able to get hitters to roll over on it more often than not.
Mike Wright 50/60 Hard, dipping slider with solid tilt. Sits primarily mid-80′s and can miss bats at times.
Kevin Gausman 45/60 Inconsistent at this point, but sharp break and plus bite is evident and a little refinement will go a long way to make this a plus pitch.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Stephen Tarpley, Lex Rutledge, Michael BelfioreJacob Bray, Oliver Drake

Command Zach Davies 60/65 Ability to consistently mix and match his arsenal. Ability to throw all four pitches in the zone at all times. High pitchability.
Tyler Wilson 50/60 Plus fastball command, change has good deception which plays up the command. Power curve lags behind both and he will have trouble locating it at times.
Mitch Horacek 50/60 Stuff is not great, so Horacek makes up for it with the ability to locate in the zone. Had practically all of the NYPL chasing his pitches.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Kevin Gausman, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Brault, Dylan Bundy

Control Dylan Bundy 60/65 Ability to throw all of his pitches for strikes at any given time. Comes from a clean and easy delivery that he is able to consistently repeat.
Zach Davies 50/60 Davies has consistently mentioned that he feels comfortable throwing all four pitches for strikes at any given time. I can attest to this from watching him in 2013.
Mitch Horacek 45/55 Ability to throw his three-pitch arsenal for strikes and keep hitters on their toes.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Ashur Tolliver, Trent Howard, Mark Blackmar

Hitting:

Contact Chance Sisco 45/60 Solid-average bat speed, quick hands, good extension. Tore up competition in GCL from all reports, Delmarva will be first true test.
Christian Walker 50/60 Sweet swing, good bat path through the zone. Good extension.
Adrian Marin 50/55 Short, compact swing with a small load. Not much extension but ability to put barrel on the ball. Average bat speed.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Josh HartJohnny RuettigerMike Yastrzemski

Eye/ Plate Discipline Michael Ohlman 50/55 Solid-average plate discipline along with an improving approach. Scouts have noted that the decision making at the plate has improved over the past two years.
Johnny Ruettiger 50/55 Advanced approach, good plate awareness, cognizant of the count and game scenario.
Christian Walker 50/55 Solid “college eye”. Adept at laying off junk in the dirt, although will occasionally chase a fastball at the eyes.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Wynston Sawyer, Torsten Boss, Trey Mancini

Power Jonathan Schoop 50/60 Lightning quick bat-speed + quick twitch hands allows for plus force in his swing. Powerful thrust, excellent pop off the bat. Swing has a mild tilt to it, allowing for him to drive the ball. Will only grow stronger as he continues to grow into his frame.
Hector Veloz 45/70 Solid-average raw power with potential for plus to plus-plus power. Could be one of the strongest players below Double-A. Thick frame, thick bottom half provides a terrific foundation to generate force in his swing-torque. Also has solid-average bat speed. He has hit the scoreboard in center field at Ripken Stadium (during a game) Could benefit from improved conditioning. Questions whether his poor contact and discipline will ever truly allow him to put his power to use.
Conor Bierfeldt 50/60 Solid-average raw power is most likely, with above-average being a possibility. Displays a solid gap-to-gap stroke to go along with a slight uppercut swing and average bat speed. Frame is indicative for a corner OF.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Aaron Baker, Randolph Gassaway, Caleb Joseph, Trey Mancini, Michael Ohlman

Defense:

Defensive Catcher Brian Ward 70 Plus arm and tremendous blocking skills. Pop time consistently 1.79 – 1.82, with best recorded at 1.71. Calls a strong game and has plus footwork.
Austin Wynns 60 Calls a good game, displayed strong footwork behind the plate, above average blocking skills, solid-average arm.
Tanner Murphy 55 Above-average arm strength, strong receiver that has solid footwork. Coming back from a UCL tear, so remains to be seen how his skills were affected.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Brett Frantini

Defensive Infielder Adrian Marin 55 Good defender with arm strength, soft hands and moderate range. Still refining footwork but has the ability to stick at shortstop or become a plus defender at second base.
Jonathan Schoop 50 Size and frame are concerns for the future, but average to solid-average across the board right now in terms of hands, range and footwork. Arm is plus. Versatility (2B, 3B, SS) is added plus.
Federico Castagnini 50 Sound defensively. Good, soft hands and glove. Moved off Shortstop already. Plays a solid defense at third base, but profiles better at second base. Solid utility option that can play anywhere in a pinch.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Jeff Kemp, Torsten Boss

Defensive Outfielder Josh Hart 65 Plus defensive ability. Plus speed, agility. Makes terrific reads and displays excellent instincts on tracking fly balls. Average arm.
Gregory Lorenzo 60 Above-average arm strength, plus speed, quick bursts. Average reads, but able to adjust due to athleticism.
Glynn Davis 60 Plus to plus-plus speed. Defense is above-average, but needs to take better routes and rely less on speed and athleticism in the outfield.

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Anthony Vega, Brenden WebbMike Yastrzemski

 Athleticism:

Athlete Josh Hart 65
Glynn Davis 65
Gregory Lorenzo 60

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Mike Yastrzemski, Anthony Vega, Adrian Marin

Baserunner Glynn Davis 60
Gregory Lorenzo 60
Josh Hart 50

Honorable Mention/On the Rise: Johnny Ruettiger, Adrian Marin, Mike Yastrzemski

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