Orioles-Nation » Nolan Reimold http://orioles-nation.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:51:23 +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 » Nolan Reimold http://orioles-nation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ON-Logo.png http://orioles-nation.com Baltimore, Maryland Weekly Minor League Scores – 6/30/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/30/minor-league-scores-63014/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/30/minor-league-scores-63014/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 02:23:14 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=15038 Chance Sisco continues to torment the Sally League

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 1, Rochester 8 Opponent Location Time Starter 33 – 52 Box Score Rochester Red Wings Away 1:05 PM Josh Stinson
  • Ivan De Jesus: 0-3, K
  • Steve Clevenger: 0-4, K
  • Francisco Peguero: 0-4
  • Nick Additon: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR
  • Tim Alderson: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
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 Altoona 6, Bowie 7 Opponent Location Time Starter
45 – 38 Box Score Altoona Curve Away 6:05 Tim Berry
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Frederick 10, Potomac 9 Opponent Location Time Starter
35 – 44 Box Score Salem Red Sox Home 7:00 PM TBD
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Delmarva 9, Hagerstown 5 Opponent Location Time Starter
44 – 37 Box Score Kannapolis Intimidators Away 7:05 PM Mitch Horacek
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1 – 16 Staten Island Yankees Home 7:05 PM TBD
 
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Minor League Scores – 6/26/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/26/minor-league-scores-62614/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/26/minor-league-scores-62614/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:23:56 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=15031 Michael Ohlman continues his hot June

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Pawtcuket 3, Norfolk 7 Opponent Location Time Starter 32 – 49 Box Score Pawtucket Red Sox Away 7:05 PM Mike Wright
  • Ivan De Jesus: 1-4, HR, RBI
  • Steve Clevenger: 1-3, HR, RBI, BB, K
  • Francisco Peguero: 1-4, RBI
  • Jason Gurka: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
  • Preston Guilmet: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
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 Richmond 4, Bowie 2 Opponent Location Time Starter
41 – 37 Box Score Richmond Flying Squirels Away 6:05 Game 1: Zach DaviesGame 2: Jake Petit
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 Winston Salem 11, Frederick 8 Opponent Location Time Starter
33 – 41 Box Score  Winston Salem Home 7:00 PM Parker Bridwell
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 Winston Salem 6, Frederick 2 Opponent Location Time Starter
33 – 42 Box Score  Winston Salem Home 7:00 PM Parker Bridwell
Notes: This was a 7 inning make up of a postponed game
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 West Virginia 8, Delmarva 7 Opponent Location Time Starter
42 – 35 Box Score Hagerstown Suns Away 7:05 PM Sebastian Vader
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Aberdeen 2, Brooklyn 6 Opponent Location Time Starter
1 – 13 Box Score Hudson Valley Home 7:05 PM TBD
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Minor League Scores – 6/24/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/24/minor-league-scores-62414/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/24/minor-league-scores-62414/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:37:42 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=15024 Eduardo Rodriguez pitches 7 strong innings for the Baysox

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Pawtcuket 6, Norfolk 9 Opponent Location Time Starter 32 – 47 Box Score Pawtucket Red Sox Away 7:05 PM Nick Additon
  • Ivan De Jesus: 1-3, RBI, 2 BB, K
  • Steve Clevenger: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Francisco Peguero: 2-5, 2B, K
  • Josh Stinson: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • Randy Wolf: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
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 Trenton 3, Bowie 6 Opponent Location Time Starter
40 – 36 Box Score Trenton Thunder Home 6:35 Anthony Vasquez
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 Wilmington 5, Frederick 1 Opponent Location Time Starter
33 – 40 Box Score  Winston Salem Home 7:00 PM Mark Blackmar
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 West Virginia , Delmarva Opponent Location Time Starter
42 – 32 Box Score West Virginia Power Home 7:05 PM Mitch Horacek
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Aberdeen 0, Staten Island 4 Opponent Location Time Starter
1 – 11 Box Score Brooklyn Cyclones Away 7:00 PM TBD
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Minor League Scores – 6/17/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/17/minor-league-scores-61714/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/17/minor-league-scores-61714/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:11:51 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=15006 Dariel Alvarez continues to rake at Bowie

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 3, Syracuse 5 Opponent Location Time Starter 29 – 43 Box Score Syracuse Chiefs Home 7:05 PM Chris Jones
  • Ivan De Jesus: 2-4, K
  • Steve Clevenger: 1-4, RBI, K
  • Jemile Weeks: 1-4, 2B
  • Mike Wright: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Evan Meek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
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Trenton 2, Bowie 5 Opponent Location Time Starter
36 – 34 Box Score Trenton Thunder Away 7:05 PM Eduardo Rodriguez
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32 – 35  OFF  OFF  OFF OFF
 
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38 – 31 OFF OFF OFF OFF
 
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Aberdeen 3, Staten Island 4 Opponent Location Time Starter
0 – 5 Box Score Staten Island Yankees Away 7:00 PM TBD
  • Alex Murphy: 3-5, 2 RBI, K
  • Sam Kimmel: 1-4, BB, K
  • Stephen Wilkerson: 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • Jay Gonazlez: 0-4, 2 K
  • Hector Veloz: 2-5, 2 K
  • Nick Cunningham: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Elias Pinales: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
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Minor League Scores – 6/16/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/16/minor-league-scores-61614/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/16/minor-league-scores-61614/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:35:53 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=15005 Zach Davies twirls a gem for the Baysox

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 5, Syracuse 4 Opponent Location Time Starter 29 – 42 Box Score Syracuse Chiefs Home 7:05 PM TBD
  • Ivan De Jesus: 1-3
  • Steve Clevenger: 0-4
  • Francisco Peguero: 0-4, 2 K
  • Suk-min Yoon: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K. 1 HR
  • Preston Guilmet: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K
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Trenton 2, Bowie 3 Opponent Location Time Starter
35 – 34 Box Score Trenton Thunder Away 7:05 PM Tyler Wilson
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32 – 35  OFF  OFF  OFF OFF
 
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38 – 31 OFF OFF OFF OFF
 
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Aberdeen 1, Hudson Valley 2 Opponent Location Time Starter
0 – 4 Box Score Staten Island Yankees Away 7:00 PM TBD
Notes: This was a 15 Inning Game

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Minor League Scores – 6/15/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/15/minor-league-scores-61514/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/15/minor-league-scores-61514/#comments Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:31:21 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=15003 Dylan Bundy makes his first Rehab start for Aberdeen

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 0, Syracuse 4 Opponent Location Time Starter 28 – 42 Box Score Syracuse Chiefs Home 7:05 PM Suk-min Yoon
  • Ivan De Jesus: 1-4
  • Steve Clevenger: 1-4
  • Francisco Peguero: 1-4, 2B, K
  • Nick Additon: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Kelvin De La Cruz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
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Harrisburg 2, Bowie 6 Opponent Location Time Starter
34 – 34 Box Score Harrisburg Senators Away 7:05 PM Zach Davies
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 Myrtle Beach 1, Frederick 6 Opponent Location Time Starter
32 – 35 Box Score  OFF  OFF  OFF OFF
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 Delmarva 6, West Virginia 5 Opponent Location Time Starter
38 – 31 Box Score OFF OFF OFF OFF
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Aberdeen 0, Hudson Valley 3 Opponent Location Time Starter
0 – 3 Box Score Hudson Valley Renegades Away 6:05 PM TBD
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Minor League Scores – 6/13/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/13/minor-league-scores-61314/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/13/minor-league-scores-61314/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:32:16 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14998 Janser Severino tossed 6.0 scoreless innings with 9 strikeouts in the Aberdeen season opener in Hudson Valley.

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 1, Syracuse 10 Opponent Location Time Starter 27 – 41 Box Score Syracuse Chiefs Away 7:00 PM Edgmer Escalona
  • Ivan De Jesus: 3-4, 2 2B
  • Steve Clevenger: 2-3, RBI, BB
  • Chris Jones: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Tim Alderson: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Preston Guilmet: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K
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Harrisburg 11 , Bowie 5 Opponent Location Time Starter
33 – 33 Box Score Harrisburg Senators Home 6:35 PM Jake Pettit
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 Myrtle Beach 6, Frederick 7 Opponent Location Time Starter
30 – 35 Box Score  Myrtle Beach Pelicans  Home  6:00 Brady Wager
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0 – 0 POSTPONED West Virginia Power Away 5:05 PM Luis Gonzalez (game 1),Steven Brault (game 2)
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  •  The game was postponed due to inclement weather. A doubleheader will be played tomorrow
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Aberdeen 1, Hudson Valley 2 Opponent Location Time Starter
0 – 1 Box Score Hudson Valley Renegades Away 7:05 PM Stephen Tarpley
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Minor League Scores – 6/12/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/12/minor-league-scores-61214/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/12/minor-league-scores-61214/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 03:05:33 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14987 Mike Wright pitches for the Tides

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Today’s Result Tomorrow Norfolk 3, Syracuse 5 Opponent Location Time Starter 27 – 40 Box Score Syracuse Chiefs Away 7:00 PM Eddie Gamboa
  • Francisco Peguero: 1-4, HR, RBI, BB, K
  • Steve Clevenger: 1-3, BB
  • Steve Lombardozzi: 0-4, RBI, K
  • Mike Wright: 1.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Evan Meek: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Today’s Result Tomorrow New Hampshire 3, Bowie 8 Opponent Location Time Starter 33 – 32 Box Score New Hampshire Fisher Cats Home 6:35 PM Eduardo Rodriguez
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Frederick 6, Myrtle Beach 8 Opponent Location Time Starter
29 – 35 Box Score Myrtle Beach Pelicans Home 7:00 PM Branden Kline
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Hickory , Delmarva Opponent Location Time Starter
35 – 29 POSTPONED West Virginia Power Away 7:05 PM Steven Brault
  • This game was postponed due to rain

 

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Minor League Scores – 6/11/14 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/11/minor-league-scores-61114/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/06/11/minor-league-scores-61114/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 02:35:39 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14985 Dariel Alvarez continues his hot start for Bowie

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Today’s Result Tomorrow OFF Opponent Location Time Starter 27 – 39 Syracuse Chiefs Away 7:00 PM Mike Wright   Today’s Result Tomorrow New Hampshire 4, Bowie 3 Opponent Location Time Starter 32 – 31 Box Score New Hampshire Fisher Cats Home 6:35 PM Tyler Wilson
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Frederick , Myrtle Beach Opponent Location Time Starter
28 – 34 POSTPONED Myrtle Beach Pelicans Home 7:00 PM Mark Blackmar
  • This game was postponed due to rain
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Hickory 5, Delmarva 3 Opponent Location Time Starter
35 – 29 Box Score West Virginia Power Away 7:05 PM Luis Gonzalez

 

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Projecting the 25-Man Roster http://orioles-nation.com/2014/03/03/projecting-25-man-roster/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/03/03/projecting-25-man-roster/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:00:08 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14566 The ON Staff projects the 25-man roster for Opening day.

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The ON Staff took their best shot at projecting the O’s roster and lineup for opening day. Spring Training has just started, but we thought it would be fun to look back in a month and see how terribly wrong we were. or right. I guess we shall find out!

A few notes:

- The staff did not fluctuate too much on the overall outlook of the roster. All three have the same rotation.
- The lineups also did not fluctuate very much for opening day. All three fully expect Manny Machado to be ready.
- Dylan Bundy is most likely headed for the 60-day DL to start the year, and Kevin Gausman is most likely optioned to start the year.

Alex Conway‘s 25-Man Roster Projection:

Alex has OF Francisco Peguero winning his final bench spot. (Courtesy: Brad Penner - USA TODAY Sports)

Alex has OF Francisco Peguero winning his final bench spot.
(Courtesy: Brad Penner – USA TODAY Sports)

1B: Chris Davis
2B: Ryan Flaherty
3B: Manny Machado
SS: JJ Hardy
LF: David Lough
CF: Adam Jones
RF: Nick Markakis
C: Matt Wieters
DH: Nelson Cruz

BC: Steve Clevenger
Util: Alexi Casilla
PH: Nolan Reimold
4th OF: Francisco Peguero

SP: Chris Tillman
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez
SP: Wei-Yin Chen
SP: Miguel Gonzalez
SP: Bud Norris

Zach Britton

Alex has LHP Zach Britton winning his final bullpen spot

BP: Tommy Hunter
BP: Darren O’Day
BP: Ryan Webb
BP: Brian Matusz
BP: Kelvin De La Cruz
BP: Suk-Min Yoon
BP: Zach Britton

Opening Day Lineup
1. Nick Markakis
2. Manny Machado
3. Adam Jones
4. Chris Davis
5. Nelson Cruz
6. Matt Wieters
7. David Lough
8. JJ Hardy
9. Ryan Flaherty

Roster Casualties: RHP Edgmer Escalona, RHP Josh Stinson, Michael Almanzar (Rule 5 selection), OF/1B Steve Pearce,
Optioned: RHP Kevin Gausman, LHP Michael Belfiore, LHP Tim Berry, RHP Brad Brach, Dylan Bundy (60-day DL Candidate), RHP Steve Johnson, LHP T.J. McFarland, C Johnny Monell, C Michael Ohlman, 2B Jemile Weeks, 2B Jonathan Schoop, OF Henry Urrutia
Suspended: LHP Troy Patton

This is the 25 man and OD Lineup I think that Buck and Dan will put together. I think Peguero makes the roster due to upside and likelihood some other team would pick him up if placed on waivers. I could see Almanzar making the team only because Duquette has shown that keeping Rule 5 guys on a roster all year long is part of his M.O. However, I think Peguero essentially fits that role. I think Hardy slips to 8 in order to break up the lefties which Buck always seems keen on doing. I could also see Reimold in LF on Opening Day because of them likley facing Lester. However, I think Lough plays because of a greater defensive prowess and Lough not having any split weakness against lefties.

Tucker Blair‘s 25-Man Roster Projection:

Tucker has OF/1B Steve Pearce winning his final bench spot (Photo Courtesy: Orioles.com)

Tucker has OF/1B Steve Pearce winning his final bench spot (Courtesy: Orioles.com)

1B: Chris Davis
2B: Ryan Flaherty
3B: Manny Machado
SS: JJ Hardy
LF: David Lough
CF: Adam Jones
RF: Nick Markakis
C: Matt Wieters
DH: Nelson Cruz

BC: Steve Clevenger
2B: Jemile Weeks
4th OF: Nolan Reimold
LF/1B/DH: Steve Pearce

SP: Chris Tillman
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez
SP: Wei-Yin Chen
SP: Miguel Gonzalez
SP: Bud Norris

Tucker has Josh Stinson winning his final bullpen spot (Courtesy: Baltimore Sun

Tucker has Josh Stinson winning his final bullpen spot (Courtesy: Baltimore Sun)

BP: Tommy Hunter
BP: Darren O’Day
BP: Ryan Webb
BP: Brian Matusz
BP: Kelvin De La Cruz
BP: Suk-Min Yoon
BP: Josh Stinson

Opening Day Lineup
1. Nick Markakis
2. Manny Machado
3. Adam Jones
4. Chris Davis
5. Nelson Cruz
6. Matt Wieters
7. JJ Hardy
8. Ryan Flaherty
9. David Lough

Roster Casualties: RHP Edgmer Escalona, LHP Zach Britton, Michael Almanzar (Rule 5 selection), OF Francisco Peguero
Optioned: RHP Kevin Gausman, LHP Michael Belfiore, LHP Tim Berry, RHP Brad Brach, Dylan Bundy (60-day DL Candidate), RHP Steve Johnson, LHP T.J. McFarland, C Johnny Monell, C Michael Ohlman, 2B Jonathan Schoop, OF Henry Urrutia
Suspended: LHP Troy Patton

My lineup and roster are not terribly different from the one Alex projected. I have Reimold and Pearce winning out the final two bench spots, because I truly feel as if they offer the most to the club. Reimold, if healthy (alright, alright, relax), has major league talent and has shown in spurts what he can do. If I can have that coming off the bench or getting time in LF/RF/DH when needed, then I think he provides the most value. Steve Pearce is a great bench option. All the guy has done with the Orioles is get on base and provide value. I will beat this horse until it is beyond dead, but he had a .261/.362/.420 batting line in 2013 with a .345 wOBA. Do you know how many players had a .345 wOBA or higher last year for the Orioles? Three (Chris Davis, Danny Valencia, Adam Jones). Even in limited play, Pearce showed that he is a piece the Orioles could certainly use. I also like that he can play adequate LF and 1B in a pinch if needed. David Lough can fill in at CF if needed, which is rare with Adam Jones manning the position every day.

I have Weeks on the bench because I think the Orioles can use some formation of Weeks and Ryan Flaherty to solve their utility role. The Orioles’ left side of the infield played almost every game last year, and I think it is possible again for them to get significant playing time. I’m rolling the dice though, as Manny Machado could need a little more time to fully heal and JJ Hardy has been injury prone before his time with the Orioles. My bullpen has Josh Stinson with the final spot because he can pitch in middle relief, long relief and even spot start. I am worried about Zach Britton and I think he would be best served as getting a fresh start somewhere else. The only problem I have with my roster is I leave an extra spot on the 40-man due to the DFA of Edgmer Escalona. I feel that the Orioles could potentially look to maximize their roster here, but we shall see.

Jeff Kryglik‘s 25-Man Roster Projection:

Jeff has RHP Edgmer Escalona winning one of his final bullpen spots (Courtesy: Baltimore Sun)

Jeff has RHP Edgmer Escalona winning one of his final bullpen spots (Courtesy: Baltimore Sun)

1B: Chris Davis
2B: Ryan Flaherty
3B: Manny Machado
SS: JJ Hardy
LF: David Lough
CF: Adam Jones
RF: Nick Markakis
C: Matt Wieters
DH: Nelson Cruz

Bench:
BC: Steve Clevenger
2B: Jemile Weeks
OF: Steve Pearce
OF: Nolan Reimold

SP: Chris Tillman
SP: Ubaldo Jimenez
SP: Wei-Yin Chen
SP: Miguel Gonzalez
SP: Bud Norris

BP: Tommy Hunter
BP: Darren O’Day
BP: Ryan Webb
BP: Brian Matusz
BP: Edgmer Escalona
BP: Suk-Min Yoon
BP: Zach Britton

Opening Day Lineup
1. Nick Markakis
2. Manny Machado
3. Adam Jones
4. Chris Davis
5. Nelson Cruz
6. Matt Wieters
7. J.J. Hardy
8. David Lough
9. Ryan Flaherty

Roster Casualties: LHP Kelvin De La Cruz, RHP Josh Stinson, Michael Almanzar (Rule 5 selection), OF/1B Francisco Peguero,
Optioned: RHP Kevin Gausman, LHP Michael Belfiore, LHP Tim Berry, RHP Brad Brach, Dylan Bundy (60-day DL Candidate), RHP Steve Johnson, LHP T.J. McFarland, C Johnny Monell, C Michael Ohlman, 2B Jonathan Schoop, OF Henry Urrutia
Suspended: LHP Troy Patton

It is honestly killing me to put Weeks, Pearce and Britton on this roster, but I really don’t see where else they could go. Spring Training will change a lot of things, but for my money, I have to roll with these guys as my main bubble guys, in addition to Escalona.

This is Britton’s last chance. He has no more options. He will not be a starter in this league outside of maybe a spot start here and there. If he cannot stay healthy, game over. Even when he is healthy, still might not be consistent enough to warrant a roster spot.

Weeks, to me, is a guy you have to keep over Casilla pending Spring Training. While Casilla has the speed, like Weeks, and Major League experience advantage, you want someone in there who is a little younger. There is no secret that the club wants Schoop to win this job, but I don’t think we’ll see him until mid-to-late Summer.

I like Peguero, but his bat sees a significant dropoff in his MLB service time in comparison to his minor league numbers. To me, it would be nice to see him on the big club, but Pearce is that Nate McLouth type. High energy, high effort guy who you need in your lineup to boost the morale of the troops in the locker room. Not consistent, but a guy I would keep around.

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How Cruz Signing Affects Left Field for O’s http://orioles-nation.com/2014/02/24/cruz-signing-affects-left-field-os/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/02/24/cruz-signing-affects-left-field-os/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:41:07 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14538 How does the Nelson Cruz signing affect the Orioles' Left Field situation? Staff Writer Jeff Kryglik takes a look.

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Orioles fans have been clamoring for Dan Duquette to open up his checkbook and spend the big books in free agency to turn Baltimore into a year in, year out contender.

First, it was RHP Ubaldo Jimenez being inked for four years and $48 million — you can read Alex Conway’s analysis of the newly-acquired 30-year-old here. Next, came as somewhat of a shock as outfielder Nelson Cruz, who already turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from his former club in the Texas Rangers, accepts a one-year, $8 million deal with the Orioles. Alex Conway already dissected Cruz’s ability earlier this morning.

Photo: Philly.com

Photo: Philly.com

The signing of Cruz is shocking not so much about his PED history, but that he took less money to play for the Orioles. He felt he could test the open market and was worth more than his qualifying offer. According to market value, he wasn’t and he is looking to boost that value with a big season in Baltimore in 2014.

This move is an interesting one because the Orioles were also tied to Kendrys Morales — primarily a designated hitter and one of the Orioles’ top needs. Morales is a switch hitter and would have likely been a guy who could have given first baseman Chris Davis a few off days every now and then. But the Birds went with Cruz who will likely play the role of designated hitter, but will exit the dugout for more than just at-bats. He will probably end up playing some left field.

Cruz’s defense leaves more to be desired, but his bat provides enough reason for him to play in the field every so often. The left field position will likely come down to who performs the best during spring training workouts.

Photo: cjonline.com

Photo: cjonline.com

If Buck Showalter wants the lineup to possess some speed, he might tend to favor a guy like David Lough. Lough hit .286 for the Kansas City Royals in 2013 and stole five bases in seven attempts. His base-running ability is more translated to a textbook base-runner as opposed to an aggressive base-stealing speedster, but this lineup doesn’t have much of either outside of maybe Manny Machado, when healthy, and Adam Jones.

Lough also seems to be the leader in the clubhouse for the left field spot if Cruz is to become the everyday DH at this stage of the game based on the idea that the Orioles brought him in this off-season to compete for a staring role and that the other options aren’t all that great. Lough isn’t experienced, but neither is the rest of his competitors at the position. A .724 OPS isn’t great, but with what the Orioles had to bear with at left field season, anything is an upgrade. Plus, Lough played at Kauffman Stadium. Oriole Park at Camden Yards is much friendlier to hitters than that pitcher’s heaven of a ballpark. Read Tucker Blair’s report on Lough here.

Photo: MASNSports.com

Photo: MASNSports.com

As far as what this means for Henry Urrutia, likely a stint with Norfolk to improve at the plate and in the field. Henry hasn’t been touted for his defense, but he does possess a decent arm that could make people somewhat forget about Nate McLouth departing to the Washington Nationals. Urrutia mostly has to work on his bat speed and pitch recognition at the Major League level, which may be hard to do at Triple-A. A solid spring is necessary for Urrutia to be up with the big club come late March, but his tendency to struggle against high velocity pitchers and his tendency to poke the ball to opposite field may shy Showalter away from making Henry an everyday left fielder. Tucker Blair’s scouting report of Urrutia can be found here.

Photo: Baltimore Sun

Photo: Baltimore Sun

Then there’ is Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce. They are grouped together because while they have the most Major League experience among the candidates, it is unclear as to whether or not either can be trusted as everyday players. Reimold has the tools, but injuries have prevented him from playing no more than 104 games in a single season during his first five years in the bigs — that 104-game mark came during his first season in Baltimore. Pearce is more of a crafty veteran who is a high effort guy, but does not possess the skills and wherewithal of a traditional everyday player. The addition of Cruz likely means that one, if not both of these guys are fighting for roster spots this spring and it would nott be surprising if they have seen their last days in Baltimore. And I didn’t even mention Delmon Young…

Photo: ESPN.com

Photo: ESPN.com

Finally, the Orioles added Francisco Peguero early on in the off-season and it seemed  as if he was going to be that potential fourth outfielder replacement for McLouth. However, now it seems as if the left field spot has become slightly overcrowded and Peguero, although possessing some Major League experience, could benefit from time in Norfolk to sure up his bat against a new crop of talent. Considering his numbers from the MLB and Triple-A were fairly different as with Urrutia when he was called it, it is a tell-tale sign that more work needs to be done in order to polish his game. You can read what I wrote when Peguero first became an Oriole here.

Nelson Cruz won’t be the permanent fixture at left field for the Orioles in the future, let alone 2014. His value comes more from his production at the plate, but the position he plays happens to be a position where the Orioles do not have a lot of strength. Barring any significant injuries to Adam Jones or Nick Markakis, left field and DH are likely the two landing spots for Cruz in Showalter’s lineup. Even if Cruz becomes a full-time DH and there is not an answer at left field, there ia always super utility player Ryan Flaherty who can attempt to fill the void.

The Orioles now have something they did not have two and a half months ago when they first added Peguero: options. Give a manager like Showalter some choices and he will likely make the right ones.

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ON Mailbag 2/13 – 2/16 http://orioles-nation.com/2014/02/16/mailbag-213-216/ http://orioles-nation.com/2014/02/16/mailbag-213-216/#comments Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:00:19 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14534 Questions submitted to Orioles Nation for the Weekly Mailbag for the week of 2/13 - 2/16. Topics include Majors, Minors, Transactions, etc.

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Welcome to the first addition of 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.

Do you believe the current 2014 version of the Baltimore Orioles is a legitimate playoff contender and if not, do you believe any REALISTIC additions this winter could have made it one?

As of this writing, the Orioles are probably not playoff contenders. They have too many holes in the rotation. If things break right (i.e Gausman is an ace and Bundy can be great this year as well), they could be contenders, but the Opening Day roster is maybe marginally better than the 2013 Opening Day Roster. If you assume a $100 million payroll, there are some additions that could have been made. Balfour would have strengthened the bullpen, but the price was high as it always is for “proven closers.” Yoon is a smart pickup at a low price, but the unknowns with him make it hard to determine how valuable he will be this season. Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez would make this team—again as currently constructed—serious wild card contenders.

Courtesy: MLB.com

Courtesy: MLB.com

I do not think any realistic position player addition would have made this team better. Cruz and Morales are flawed one dimensional players and cost a draft pick while every other free agent of note was out of price range. Some trade targets were out there, Logan Morrison or Ike Davis. However Morrison is flawed and the reported asking price for Ike Davis was a little high. They needed to add quality pitching and have yet to add enough, Santana or Jimenez in combination with Yoon change that equation. A.J. Burnett also made a ton of sense, and did not require the draft pick compensation, but he didn’t appear to want to go to the AL and offering more than what he got from the Phillies would have meant no other acquisitions. Matt Garza also made sense, but with his injury history he is more of a gamble. Also, of note and still on the market, is Chris Capuano. He has some good peripheral statistics and may be cheap at this point and if they sign him in conjunction with Santana or Jimenez it would further improve the rotation and the team. The position players are good enough—while still flawed—to produce enough runs, but the pitching staff lags too far behind in quality currently to make the Orioles true playoff contenders.

What is the name of the young (16 year old) pitcher signed by Fred Ferreira (on the spot) a few months ago? He is from the Dominican Republic. I believe that he was sent to the Minor League Facility in Twin Lakes the next day.

That would be 16-year-old RHP Olelky Peralta out of the Dominican Republic. The Orioles signed him for $325,000 and he is probably the best pitching prospect they have signed internationally since Eduardo Rodriguez. From all reports, he can clock his fastball into the mid 90’s and has hit upper 90′s. As a starter, he probably sits 92-94 mph right now, but also has a feel for a change up. I talked to two within the industry about him – both slapped a 6 fastball on him with potential for better. Without seeing Peralta play, that already sounds very promising. The Shark (Fred Ferreira) has been a terrific pickup for the O’s.

Will the O’s seriously consider landing Santana or Jimenez to bolster the staff? Yoon seems like a bullpen arm, maybe a 7th inning guy. And what about the possibility of signing Nelson Cruz to an incentive based 1 year deal? Reimold/Lough platoon in left just doesn’t seem like a great start to 2014.

I’ll respond all three of your questions/statements separately.

I think the pursuit is genuine at this point of both Santana and Jimenez. Duquette has stated multiple times on the record he expected the payroll to approach $100 million. There is enough money left to sign one of them to a maximum of $16 million per annum which should be slightly above market price. I believe they will add at least one more starting candidate before the season starts, whether that is Santana, Jimenez, or someone else is what remains to be seen.

Suk-min Yoon

Suk-min Yoon

Yoon is an unknown, projecting him to be anything right now is relatively foolhardy. Scouting reports range from bullpen to 4th or 5th guy in a rotation. He could be better, he could be worse. His contract makes him valuable and cheap at either position especially if he can put up quality outings.

Nelson Cruz is a very flawed player coming off a PED suspension that requires draft pick compensation. He plays poor defense and is a declining player. I think Lough alone is more valuable than Cruz. Also, I don’t think Lough platoons with Reimold. I think Lough should be the everyday left fielder. He has shown no evidence of being bad against lefties and in fact he hits them slightly better. Lough was a great pick up who costs nothing now and cost near nothing to get, a fantastic pick up by Duquette in my estimation.

Why do you think the O’s drafted so many catchers in early rounds last year? Are we going to develop them all and trade bait some since it’s such a scarce position? How can we fit so many top draft picks onto so few low-level minor league teams?

The MLB draft is different from other professional sports such as Basketball and Football. In Baseball, you largely draft the best player available or a player that you believe will fit under your budget at that selected round. There are a few reasons for that:
1. It often takes at least 3+ years for most prospects to even crack a MLB roster. An 18 year old is most likely not going to have any effect on the major league roster for at least 3-5 years, and sometimes longer. At this point, the Orioles really have no clue what Matt Wieters’ status will be in 2017.

2. Prospects have substantial value on the trading market, and certain positions are usually stockpiled because of how important they are (SS, C, P would be my three most important positions). Just think about how important catchers are. The Brian Ward’s of the world are invaluable to an organization because they can call a good game and play terrific defense. You need a guy like that at every level to further the development of pitching.

For the Orioles, it made sense to take Chance Sisco, Jonah Heim and Alex Murphy all in the same draft. Like I said, you can never have enough catchers. Also, the Orioles do lack depth at the position throughout the minors. All three players are young, but they also are on completely different stages of their development.

Sisco could start the 2014 season with the Delmarva Shorebirds

Chance Sisco could start the 2014 season with the Delmarva Shorebirds

- Chance Sisco is the most advanced and will most likely spend majority of his time with Delmarva in 2014. He has a good idea of how to use the bat and will require the least adjustment out of them offensively.

- Alex Murphy is most likely slated for Aberdeen in 2014. He hit fairly well in the GCL, and should see the natural progression line of a high school player.

- Jonah Heim was very raw and very young when drafted. I fully expect him to begin in the GCL again and he will probably get substantial playing time compared to last year.

The good thing with catchers is that they can work on many things (like footwork, defense, framing) outside of the game. This will be a fun trio to watch for the next few years.

Can Steve Pearce and Delmon Young coexist on the 25-man roster?

I think they can, but it likely means Nolan Reimold is not on the roster. I have gone back and forth on whether Young will make the team or not. He hits lefties really well, but that’s all he can do. Pearce hits lefties well, not as well but still productive, and can play a serviceable left field and first base. I think the versatility of Pearce wins out. Although, Reimold’s roster spot seems like a foregone conclusion to many and I don’t think that is the case.

How about your ranking of rhsp and lhsp in the minors?

These are players that I feel still at least have a glimmer of hope for starting, or are definite starters. I did not go any lower than the GCL.
(Note: Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy are 1a/1b to me)

Eduardo Rodriguez was one of the youngest starting pitchers in the Eastern League in 2013.

Eduardo Rodriguez was one of the youngest starting pitchers in the Eastern League in 2013.

LHP
Eduardo Rodriguez
Tim Berry
Stephen Tarpley
Steven Brault
Travis Seabrooke
Mitch Horacek
Kevin Grendell
Matt Taylor
Ron Schreurs
Yi-Hsiang Lin

 

 

Hunter Harvey was the best starting pitcher I saw in the NYPL for the 2013 season.

Hunter Harvey was the best starting pitcher I saw in the NYPL for the 2013 season.

RHP
Kevin Gausman
Dylan Bundy
Hunter Harvey
Mike Wright
Zach Davies
Parker Bridwell
Tyler Wilson
Bobby Bundy
Eddie Gamboa
Brady Wager
Branden Kline
Sebastian Vader
Jake Pintar
Jacob Bray
Caleb Kellog
Julio Rodriguez
Dariel Delgado
Jonatan Isenia

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Trade Reaction: Danny Valencia for David Lough http://orioles-nation.com/2013/12/18/trade-reaction-danny-valencia-david-lough/ http://orioles-nation.com/2013/12/18/trade-reaction-danny-valencia-david-lough/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:14:07 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14408 The Orioles announced that they have acquired OF David Lough from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for INF Danny Valencia.

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The Orioles today announced that they have acquired OF David Lough from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for INF Danny Valencia. While both players are probably not vaulting either club into a pennant race, they both provide value for their new club in various ways.

Danny Valencia

The Orioles ship off Danny Valencia after he was able to re-spark his career when it seemed to be ending. Valencia was solid for the Orioles in limited play, hitting .304/.335/.553 with 8 HR in 170 plate appearances. WhileDanny Valencia he was productive, it is very important to remember he mostly saw time against left-handed pitchers. He had 102 plate appearances against lefties, hitting .371/.392/.639. with a .445 BABIP and .441 wOBA. This compares to 68 plate appearances against righties, hitting .203/.250/.422 with a .214 BABIP and .219 wOBA. Obviously, his splits are night-and-day differences.

Danny Valencia is a platoon bat at best. He still has difficulties picking up on good secondary pitches such as sliders. At times, he truly is a “guess hitter” at the plate. While he was productive for the Orioles, it is tough to keep a platoon bat on the roster like this over the course of a season, especially if they really do not have a defensive role on the club. Outside of the possibility that Manny Machado is not quite ready to play third base heading into the season, Valencia would really only see time at DH. The Orioles also have similar bat-types as Valencia currently on the roster in Steve Pearce, Henry Urrutia, Nolan Reimold and the Rule 5 selection Michael Almanzar. It made sense to move one of these players, and the Orioles were able to bring back a piece that can help fill some roles that are currently lacking.

David Lough

Lough is the speedy, athletic type. He is not a burner necessarily on the bases, but is a solid defender in the outfield whom can make good reads and be productive defensively. He is not a stud in center field, but he can certainly hold his own there and is more than capable of filling in when Adam Jones cannot play. In the corners, Lough is an above-average to plus defender. It is clear that this is one of the reasons that the Orioles liked Lough, as they have no one else on the 40-man roster besides Adam Jones that can sufficiently play center field. Depth is important if a team wants to make a run at the playoffs, and the Orioles lacked at depth in this area.

Lough is not a dud with that bat either, although he probably is not the answer for the left field vacancy. Last season, he hit .286/.311/.413 with .326 BABIP and .319 wOBA in 335 plate appearances. While the batting line is nothing spectacular, these are solid numbers for a fourth outfielder.

Image: NorthCoast Chronicle

Image: NorthCoast Chronicle

He probably will go into the 2014 season being viewed as more than just a fourth outfielder, but I have a hard time projecting anyone else on the 40-man roster that can put together a higher WAR season than Lough. The defensive value is a plus in this aspect. It is important to remember that he does not have any options left, but I do not believe he should have too much trouble sticking on the club. If anything, he may end up seeing more time than necessary. Overall, I think the Orioles made a solid trade here, with the potential value being more from Lough than they could have gotten from Valenica. Again, it is important to remember that the Orioles have similar players as Valencia, and this should be correlated with the transaction.

Finally, Mike Ferrin had a good way of putting the trade:

 

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Getting to know Francisco Peguero http://orioles-nation.com/2013/12/09/getting-know-francisco-peguero/ http://orioles-nation.com/2013/12/09/getting-know-francisco-peguero/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:01:27 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14355 With the Orioles offseason seemingly stagnant, Jeff Kryglik introduces you to one of the newcomers to the organization.

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Courtesy: Brad Penner - USA TODAY Sports

Courtesy: Brad Penner – USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles have not made that big splash just yet before the Winter Meetings kick into high gear, but Baltimore added a young outfielder who could potentially fill the void left by Nate McLouth.

Francisco Peguero comes to Baltimore from the San Francisco Giants, where a large portion of his time was spent at their Triple-A affiliate in Fresno. The 25-year-old has had a cup of coffee in the MLB with just 35 games under his belt, but may see more time in the bigs given the Orioles’ current roster situation.

As a 17-year-old, the Dominican Republic native signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent and was regarded as the No. 2 prospect in San Francisco’s system in 2012 according to MLB.com. Baseball America declared him as having the best arm of any outfielder in San Francisco’s farm system in 2011. Scoutingbook.com says Peguero is more of a line drive hitter and his 6-foot, 190-pound frame doesn’t suggest power-hitting capabilities. His base-running needs work and his patience at the plate leaves more to be desired.

His numbers during his rise from Single-A to Triple-A have dipped as the competition improved, but a .762 OPS in 2013 warranted a return trip to “the show” to fill the voids left by injuries for San Francisco. Just 13 walks in 272 plate appearances is concerning, but a .316 average shows Peguero knows how to find the ball with his bat. Just 17 extra-base hits of his 86 in 2013 shows his in his .408 slugging percentage, so those who criticized Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis for hitting too many singles may be bothered by a guy like Peguero.

Peguero will be given an opportunity to try out at the MLB level, but it remains to be seen if he has any staying power. Much like Henry Urrutia‘s call-up last season, throwing Peguero into the fire because he has Major League experience is the wrong move. Urrutia’s problem was bat speed as he had trouble catching up to the fastballs of big league pitchers, hence why most of his hits went opposite field. Peguero must develop more patience and use his above average speed to set himself apart as the Orioles don’t possess a lot of base-stealing threats with McLouth on his way to D.C. to play with the Nationals.

In his 45 Major League at-bats, Peguero has just nine hits with one double, one home run and an RBI. However, he does have five stolen bases and has been praised by scouts for his abilities on the base paths. However, just three steals in 70 games at Triple-A doesn’t suggest that.

Peguero may be a fill-in guy if Nolan Reimold can’t stay healthy in left field for the Birds, but his ceiling is likely going to be a high-end Triple-A bat. With Baltimore looking to groom Urrutia and possibly adding another bat or two in the offseason, Peguero may see some service time briefly in 2014. He is arbitration eligible in 2017 and his current contract has him set to make $550,000 on a one-year pre-arbitration deal.

The Orioles are not breaking the bank with this addition and a guy with a .200 batting average and .506 OPS in his MLB career are nott numbers that will wow anybody, but this is what the Orioles do. They are riding on potential and Peguero has just that.

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Where were the Orioles in the Doug Fister ‘Sweepstakes’? http://orioles-nation.com/2013/12/09/orioles-doug-fister-sweepstakes/ http://orioles-nation.com/2013/12/09/orioles-doug-fister-sweepstakes/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00:26 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=14343 Could the O's have put together a package to land Detroit's Doug Fister? Do they have any other trade options that are similar? Will dives into the minors and tries to piece together a logical trade.

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The fallout of the Doug Fister trade has largely been a slew of media pundits from various sports networks blasting the Detroit Tigers for an apparently lopsided deal that brought Detroit a young lefty specialist, an average utility man, and a back-of-the-rotation pitching prospect. In return, the Washington Nationals received a very good pitcher with strong results in the American League. Not to necessarily throw my hat in the ring with these guys, but the return for Fister – a top 10 WAR pitcher in the American league over the last couple years – was indeed quite underwhelming.  This brings forth the question of what kind of package the Orioles could put together for a similar pitcher.

Let us begin by building a package using the Washington National’s model in the Fister trade. Below is the Orioles’ (closest) version of the players the Nationals surrendered.

Doug Fister for Ian Krol, Steve Lombardozzi, Robbie Ray

Doug Fister for Brian Matusz, Jonathan Schoop, Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez

The Orioles would likely have to surrender a prospect like Eduardo Rodriguez for a significant upgrade in their rotation via trade

Krol and Matusz are both young left-handed relievers whose splits peg them as specialists, but whose talent suggests the potential for more value. While Krol is a bit younger, throws a bit harder and is much cheaper, Matusz is a former fourth overall pick who has had success in the past as a starter and was projected as an top-line starter not too long ago. While their value appears similar, I would give Matusz the slight edge as his ceiling is probably higher (note that Matusz is also due to make more money in 2014).

Lombardozzi and Schoop are both versatile infielders who offer different kinds of value. Lombardozzi is a much more polished player with 691 more major league at-bats than Schoop. However, Lombardozzi will likely never be more than a useful utility player while Schoop has the potential to be an above-average 3B, SS, or 2B. At this point, Schoop’s dearth of potential makes him a more valuable trade chip than Lombardozzi.

When comparing Ray and Rodriguez, two young lefties at similar points in their careers, the picture painted by reading scouting reports generally leaves us with the idea that Ray has the potential to be a 3-5 starter, while Rodriguez has the potential to be a future 2-3. Ray is described as having average stuff across the board, with good pitchability, while Rodriguez’s stuff is pegged as above-average and getting better. Signs point mostly to Rodriguez getting the favor here, although the Tigers clearly liked what they saw in Ray.

While trying not to overvalue the Orioles players as a fan (or a GM) will often do, evaluating the two veritable copies as far as players go leads one to the conclusion that the Orioles could probably have trumped the Nationals bid with a similar package. So now, just for fun, let’s consider whether this package would be enough to acquire an experienced starter who could be on the move this offseason, and would offer considerable appeal to the Orioles.

However, first it should be explained why the Orioles would trade the three aforementioned players. Matusz is the easiest to explain, as he offers appeal to other teams who still view him as a potential starter, and his projected salary does not look to match what the Orioles will want to pay him. Schoop is a prospect who really could solidify the right side of the Orioles infield one day, however, after a brief audition at the end of last season and through his mediocre play in the Arizona Fall League, it is clear that Schoop needs more minor-league seasoning and probably will not be truly ready to help next year’s contending Orioles team. Finally, Rodriguez is a very fine-looking prospect who the Orioles would not be quick to let go of. However, with the Orioles shoddy record in developing pitching, particularly when recalling the “real-deals” and “sure-things” from the past few years (cough Matusz cough Britton cough Arrieta) who simply haven’t panned out as expected, it would make sense to trade Rodriguez for an established pitcher. Odds are, even by way of optimistic projections, Rodriguez wouldn’t surpass Fister in production. Of course, Rodriguez would be a cost-controlled asset.

Without further ado…

Cincinnati Reds trade Homer Bailey

Orioles trade Brian Matusz, Jonathan Schoop, Eduardo Rodriguez

This is an interesting trade to consider, as it is no secret that the Reds are open to trading Bailey. They possibly could move Bailey in order to enable them to re-sign Shin-Soo Choo , and allow Aroldis Chapman to slide into the Homer Baileyrotation. The Reds are trying to clear some payroll and maximize on Bailey’s value with him being a free agent in 2015, and with the Orioles having just cleared payroll of their own (shifting it to the penny-pinching A’s??), they could fit Bailey’s projected 9 million dollar contract into their budget. Perhaps they could even extend him to maximize their investment. Schoop could be an intriguing piece if the Reds are really looking to move Brandon Phillips and no team is going to balk at acquiring a top lefty pitching prospect. However, the Reds have no need for Matusz due to the presence of the more dominant Sean Marshall (plus taking his projected 3.5 million dollar salary would just be backtracking).

Would the reds accept?: Probably not.

So who could replace Matusz? We could dig deeper in the Orioles minor league system, but the Reds are a contending team who might be looking for more big-league-ready talent. Forget Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, or even Mike Wright since the Orioles would not want to let go of more strong pitching prospects who could become major contributors to the 2015 Orioles. There is no clear-cut player who would make sense as the third Oriole in the deal but perhaps they could offer the Reds Henry Urrutia, Bud Norris, or Nolan Reimold. I don’t think the Orioles would part with Norris after giving up talent to get him from the Astros, I doubt the Reds would want Urrutia because of his shaky, though admittedly improving, defense in the DH-less National League. Reimold could be a fit if the Reds see the same potential in him that the Orioles have (his power is undeniable).

In conclusion, the Orioles should have tried to work out a deal for Doug Fister, perhaps they ‘were not at the right place at the right time’, however it’s Duquette’s job to be. Additionally, in order to make the Orioles a viable contender in 2014, they MUST shore up their rotation, and acquiring Homer Bailey would do just that. Thus, the Orioles should gauge the Reds interest in Schoop and Rodriguez, and see if they could somehow sweeten the deal. With the New York Yankees shelling out dough like it’s the 2000′s, the Boston Red Sox fresh off a World Series victory, the Tampa Bay Rays making smart investments per usual, and the Toronto Blue Jays desperate to make a splash, the Orioles need to get aggressive – or spend bigger, to float to the top of the division.

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O’s Season Ends in 3-1 Loss in New York http://orioles-nation.com/2012/10/14/os-season-ends-in-3-1-loss-in-new-york/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/10/14/os-season-ends-in-3-1-loss-in-new-york/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 03:30:59 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=13498 The Orioles most memorable season in a decade and a half—and maybe ever—cam to a halt Friday night at Yankee Stadium as the Orioles lost 3-1 to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.

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The Orioles most memorable season in a decade and a half—and maybe ever—cam to a halt Friday night at Yankee Stadium as the Orioles lost 3-1 to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees.  The Orioles, resilient to the end, simply could not generate enough offense to keep their season going.

Again Friday, pitching was front and center.  Sabathia (2-0 in the series) completed the game, allowing just six baserunners (4H, 2BB), and was really only in trouble at one time.  The Orioles put together a promising looking rally in the eighth, loading the bases with just one out.

Matt Wieters led off with a single, moved to second on a Manny Machado walk, and scored one out later on a single from Lew Ford.  When Robert Andino reached on a comebacker that Sabathia was indecisive about, the bases were filled with Orioles.  Then, Sabathia became Sabathia.

Nate McLouth struck out swinging for out number two, and JJ Hardy continued his offensive misery (just .136 in the series) with a slow bounce out to Derek Jeter.

Of course, by the time we reached the eighth, the Yankees already led 3-0.  It didn’t appear that would be the case early on.  O’s starter Jason Hammel (L, 0-1) was again terrific, taking a perfect game into the fifth.  Mark Teixeira broke it up with a single to right leading off inning number five.  With Mark Reynolds not holding him and Jason Hammel not paying much attention to him, Teixeira stole second base.  It was a surprising move for Teixeira, already slow afoot, AND hobble by a calf injury.  But it would turn out to be an enormous play.

Next up, Raul Ibanez’s roller toward second found its way past the diving Andino and into center for a hit, scoring Teixeira for a 1-0 Yankees lead.  Hammel got Nick Swisher on a big 6-4-3 double play, though, and what looked like the start of a big inning was minimized to just the one run.

The O’s though they’d tied it in the sixth.  With two outs, McLouth blasted a 3-1, 93 MPH fastball deep into right field, directly down the line.  The ball was initially ruled foul, but Buck Showalter came out to argue, asking the umpires to review the call.  They did, and the play stood as called.  Replays showed the ball definitely coming down on the foul side of the foul pole, but there was some question as to whether or not the ball hit clipped the pole.  As it turned out, it was simply a long, loud strike, making the count full.  McLouth swung through a tough slider next, striking out for out number three.

With one out in the bottom of the bottom of the sixth, Hammel walked Jeter.  Next, Ichiro ripped the first pitch of his at-bat, a 91 MPH fastball in a poor location, off the wall in right center.  Jeter scored, making it 2-0.  Hammel got Robinson Cano on strikes, intentionally walked Teixeira, and was lifted for Troy Patton.  The move set up a lefty-lefty matchup against the Yankees hottest hitter in Ibanez.  Patton won the battle, getting Ibanez to chase a 77 MPH curve in the dirt.  But the Yankees would not allow the O’s lefty to leave without a big blemish.

Patton fanned Swisher to start the seventh.  Next up, it was another lefthanded hitter in the struggling Curtis Granderson.  Patton hung an 81 MPH slider on a 2-1 pitch, and Granderson turned on it, parking a long home run into the second deck for his first homer of the series.  The lead grew to 3-0, and all of Orioles Nation had to know, with Sabathia on the hill facing an ice-cold offense, it was going to be tough to come back.  The Orioles were in a spot where they had to score at least three runs before the big lefty recorded six outs.  It did not come to pass.

So the magical season, which began with a Jake Arrieta win over Minnesota, and featured so many amazing feats (a 16-game season from Nolan Reimold, who looked like the league MVP in those two-plus weeks; a win out of the bullpen for Chris Davis in a 17-inning affair in Boston; the breakthrough season for Adam Jones, who was rewarded with a long term deal; dramatic late inning heroics from everyone from Jones to Taylor Tegarden;  a 51-save season from Jim Johnson, anchoring an absolutely shut-down bullpen; 16 extra-inning wins in a row, etc, etc, etc), all combining to give the Baltimore Orioles their first playoff appearance—heck, their first winning season—since 1997, is over.  What an amazing, incredible, unthinkable ride.  Anyone else wishing 2013 could start next week?

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O-mazing 9th Gives Orioles Another Walk-Off Win http://orioles-nation.com/2012/09/13/o-mazing-9th-gives-orioles-another-walk-off-win/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/09/13/o-mazing-9th-gives-orioles-another-walk-off-win/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:00:14 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=13296 Nate McLouth and Manny Machado helped carry the Birds away with another huge walk-off win.

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For the Orioles now, there are no games that won’t be called “BIG”.  Every one of them is huge.  Every moment of every game is potentially make-or-break.  Indeed, each pitch has potentially severe implications.  On Wednesday night, the birds were involved in what may have been their biggest game of the year.  They came in tied with the Yankees atop the AL East, and 2 games up on their opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays.  A win, and the surprising Orioles would, at the least, remain tied for first, and add a third game to the cushion between them and Tampa.  With a loss, they could, at worst, slide a game behind New York, and just a game up on the Rays.  It’s the difference between a good night’s rest on memory foam, as opposed to sleeping on a bench in Patterson Park.

Not enough pressure?  How about this:  The Rays leadoff man, the red-hot B.J. Upton, smacked O’s starter Miguel Gonzalez’s second pitch into the left field stands, for a 1-0 Rays lead.  Unfazed, the Orioles would answer in their half of the first, and then some.

New Orioles leadoff man Nate McLouth started what would be an enormous night with a single to Upton in center.   Tuesday night’s hero, JJ Hardy, singled to left.  Then Adam Jones smashed a liner to left center.  Upton made a nice leaping catch on it, for one out.  Then Matt Wieters hit a soft liner to left to score McLouth, tying the score.  On Rays’ starter Alex Cobb’s very next pitch, Wilson Betemit doubled to the gap in right center, and it was 2-1 Orioles.  When Chris Davis walked one out later, the Orioles had Cobb on the ropes, but with two away.

But Cobb was able to get O’s rookie Manny Machado to bounce to short to end the inning.  It would be the first of a few opportunities the Orioles would not be able to cash in on, but Machado would get his revenge.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez was not having an easy time of it himself.  He issued a walk and gave up a single in the second, but was bailed out when Jose Molina bounced into a 5-4-3 double play.  In the third, Gonzalez gave up a couple of softly hit singles.  Ben Francisco then ripped a double to left, and we were tied at two.

Gonzalez would settle down after that hit, retiring seven in a row.  Into the sixth with the score still knotted at two, Francisco hit a one-out single.  Gonzalez walked Carlos Pena, then balked the runners up to second and third, with just one out.  Gonzalez, with his start, and more importantly, another BIG game on the line, got nasty.

He got Ryan Roberts looking at strike three.  He intentionally walked Matt Joyce to load the bases.  Due up next was Molina, hitting just .201. With the the likes of Luke Scott (who, granted, was hitting just .217) on the bench, Rays manager Joe Maddon decided to let Molina hit.  With the 26,076 in attendance all on their feet, Gonzalez got Molina on a grounder to Mark Reynolds at first.  It was Gonzalez’s last pitch of the night, and wrapped up a gutty effort that saw him shut the door on Tampa more often than not, even without his best stuff, even with no margin for error.

The O’s offense, however, was  struggling to gain any traction whatsoever.  Jake McGee replaced Cobb with two outs and two on in the fifth.  The hard throwing lefty struck out all four Orioles he faced.  Into the top of the seventh, and the ever-steady Darren O’Day came on for Gonzalez.  O’Day walked Upton leading off.  Opton then swiped his 30th base of the year, and with no one out, the go ahead run was in scoring position.  Gut-check time for O’Day.  And he, like Gonzalez before him, was up to the challenge.

He got Jeff Keppinger to pop out to first. Then, Ben Zobrist—hitting .667 lifetime against O’Day—popped to second.  With the 2/3 Francisco on deck, O’Day intentionally walked Evan Longoria.  But he was able to  get Francisco swinging.  We were STILL tied at two.

It stayed that way through the bottom of the seventh.  Pedro Strop came on in the eighth, gave up one hit, but no walks or runs.  In the bottom of the eighth, Wieters ripped a one-out double down the right field line, but ended up staying right there.  And it was on to the ninth, still tied at two.

In every season, good or bad, there are defining moments.  These are the moments that we’ll look back on and point to a representative of the essential qualities of these 2012 Baltimore Orioles. The late inning heroics of a new leadoff man named Nolan Reimold back in April.  The other new leadoff guy named Nick Markakis providing a spark after returning from injury, despite being inserted to a spot in the lineup he’d never before filled.  A win for pitcher…yes, PITCHER Chris Davis in a 17 inning game at Fenway.  The walkoff heroics of guys like Adam Jones and Wilson Betemit and, yes, Taylor Teagarden.  There have been numerous, wonderful defining moments from these Orioles.  In the ninth inning Wednesday night, they provided another.

Closer Jim Johnson (W, 2-1) entered, and got Upton on a grounder to short.  Keppinger, though, singled back through the middle.  Long time veteran minor leaguer Rich Thompson, called up to provide speed off the bench for the Rays, came in to pinch run.  Next up, Ben Zobrist flew out, for out number two.  Longoria stepped in.  Thompson stole second on a very close play that Buck Showalter actually came out to briefly argue over.

On a 3-2 pitch, Longoria nubbed a dribbler down the third base line.  Young Manny Machado, playing just his 30th major league ballgame at 20 years old, and—it’s easy to forget—learning a new position at the major league level, raced in.  He made a nice barehanded pickup, but had no chance to get Longoria at first.  But with Thompson racing toward third, Machado did his best Joe Flacco pump fake of the throw to first.  He spun back toward third, where he immediately noticed two people:  ONE-Thompson, who’d rounded third, and TWO-JJ Hardy, who trailed Thompson to the bag, and was there waiting for the quick toss from Machado.  Hardy got that toss, ran Thompson toward Wieters at the plate, who then tagged him out.  It was a remarkable, instinctual-yet-heady play by a kid who really cannot possibly fathom what he has meant to this team defensively.

Speaking of that kid, he led off the ninth, now facing veteran Kyle Farnsworth, and he did so with a single off the end of his bat into left field.  Next, Robert Andino executed a perfect sacrifice bunt, moving Manny to second.  Up stepped Nate McLouth.

On Farnsworth’s second pitch to him, McLouth hammered a liner down the right field line.  The question, immediately off the bat, was “Fair or Foul?”  The liner hit about two-thirds of the way up the out of town scoreboard in right, just inches to the fair side of the line, for a game-winning, walk-off single.  Machado trotted home with the winning run, and the O’s sealed another one-run victory, at 3-2.

The O’s and Rays get right back to it Thursday afternoon.  Wei-Yin Chen (12-9, 4.06) battles Jeramy Hellickson (8-10, 3.33).  First pitch is 12:35.

 

The GOOD:

  • Just how big is this win?  The Orioles a guaranteed the series win.  More importantly, they are now 3 games up on Tampa.  They will leave Baltimore for the west coast road trip no worse than 2 up on the Rays, and possibly up 4.  And, by they way, next up for Tampa is a trip to New York to take on the Yankees.  Yes, this was a HUGE win.
  • How can you NOT love Miguel Gonzalez?  A great effort in this one from the 28-year old rookie:  6IP, 2ER, 6H, 5BB, 4K, 1HR.
  • O’s bullpen combo of O’Day, Strop, and Johnson:  3IP, 0R, 3H, 1K, 2BB
  • Every O’s starter had a hit except Mark Reynolds.  McLouth (2/5, 1R, game winning hit) and Wieters (2/3, 1RBI, 1BB) had multi-hit efforts.

 

 

The BAD:

  • 9 runners left on.
  • Reynolds:  0/3, 3K, 1BB, 2LOB.

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Hunter On Target At Target As O’s Down Twins http://orioles-nation.com/2012/07/19/hunter-on-target-at-target-as-os-down-twins/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/07/19/hunter-on-target-at-target-as-os-down-twins/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:43:12 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=12530 Tommy Hunter's gem and a two run homer by Adam Jones was enough for the Orioles on Wednesday night against the Twins

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Nolan Reimold homering in four straight games;  Jason Hammel emerging as a legitimate ace; Chris Davis getting a “W” on the mound at Fenway; contributions from Bill Hall, Steve Tolleson, Steve Pearce, Ronny Paulino; the best bullpen in baseball for most of the season, led by the most efficient closer in the game.  The Orioles in the playoff hunt.  There are a lot of things Orioles fans couldn’t possibly have seen coming in 2012.  Wednesday night in Minnesota, the list grew by one.

With the starting rotation looking like a shadow of its former self, and with the bullpen more spent than a GSA credit card, the Orioles called, once again, on the often maligned (and more often, hit) Tommy Hunter.  Hunter was 3-4 with an ERA over 6 coming in.  He’d chucked so many home run balls (20) that there is a waiting list of potential Home Run Derby participants wanting him to be their personal pitcher in the contest next year.  He was demoted following his last appearance in the majors, a relief stint June 30th, in which he gave up 5 runs on 8 hits in an inning and two-thirds.

It has not been a good season for Hunter, really, since beating Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins, 8-2, in the season’s second game.  Yet, here he was.  The Orioles, obviously desperate, needed the original number 2 starter on the staff to, at the very least, live up to his previous reputation as an innings-eater, and give their bullpen a blow.  And, oh, by the way, if he could help to do something about this 1-4 start out of the gates in the second half of the season, yeah, that’d be appreciated, too.  The good news?  Hunter was, again, facing the Twins, and going head-to-head against Liriano, so maybe that would be a good omen.

Tommy Hunter (W, 4-4) was not dominant Wednesday.  He allowed at least one base runner in every inning except the sixth.  He scattered six hits.  He gave up another long ball.  But he stretched things out for his longest start of the year—7.1 innings.  He threw more pitches (106) than he had all season prior.  The moment he took the mound at Target Field, he had a lead.  And he never relinquished it.

For a second straight night, only one swing produced runs for the Orioles.  For a second straight night, Adam Jones delivered that swing.  In the first, JJ Hardy picked up a one-out single to center, setting the table for the Orioles’ All-Star centerfielder.  Jones waved at a good change-up from Liriano (L, 3-9), for strike one.  But Jones absolutely crushed the second pitch of the at-bat, a 90-MPH fastball up and in.  The ball landed in the very top row of the second deck at Target Field, a mammoth shot, for Jones’ 22nd homer of the season, putting the Orioles on top, 2-0.

The Twins got on the board in the fourth, on Josh Willingham’s 23rd homer of the year.  They would threaten several more times throughout the game, including a two-on, one out situation that Hunter wiggled out of in the seventh.  The biggest threat, though, came in the eighth.

After Hunter struck out Jamey Carroll to start the inning, Buck Showalter, weary of Hunter’s pitch count, called on Troy Patton out of the bullpen.  Patton walked Denard Span, and gave up a single to Ben Revere.  Joe Mauer stepped in, carrying a .330 average, and hitless on the night.  He bounced to second baseman Tolleson for out number two, moving the runners up to second and third.  Patton walked Willingham intentionally, and, with the bases loaded and two outs, got Justin Morneau to bounce out to Hardy at short.

In the ninth, Showalter went to his closer.  Jim Johnson hasn’t been the same pitcher since his first All-Star Game appearance in Kansas City earlier this month, giving up more earned runs since then (6) than he had all season prior (5).  When he gave up a bloop hit to Trevor Plouffe leading off, a feeling of utter fear befell Orioles Nation.  This was, again, one of those precarious moments, of which there have seemed to be so many in recent weeks, where, with a loss, the house of cards, delicately standing in its most fragile and susceptible state, could come crashing down.

But then, Orioles fans got to witness something else they couldn’t possibly have seen coming.  Jim Johnson was picked up by an unfamiliar source:  his defense.  Brian Dozier was trying to drop down a bunt to put the tying run in scoring position, but he popped it up on the first base side.  Mark Reynolds, with 10 errors in just 67 games, sprinted toward the plate as the pitch was delivered.  He kept coming hard as Dozier’s bunt went airborne, and laid out in a dive to catch to ball in the webbing of his first baseman’s mitt just before to ball landed on the ground.  It was a remarkable catch in the most clutch situation of the game from the erratic Reynolds, and it completely changed the tome of the inning.

Johnson would get Ryan Doumit,as well as Carroll, to secure a very big, much needed 2-1 O’s win over the Twins.

The O’s wrap up their stay in Minnesota with an afternoon game.  Wei-Yin Chen (7-5, 3.80) goes for Baltimore, vs. Cole De Vries (2-2, 4.37 in 7 games, 6 of which have been starts) for Minnesota.

 

The GOOD:

  • Hunter’s game gave the Orioles’ bullpen a rest.  With Chen going tomorrow in a day game, the hope is that the ‘pen won’t be overworked heading into the Cleveland series.
  • Not only an error-free night, but the defense was stellar Wednesday.  The Reynolds play was simply enormous.  He was joined by Hunter in flashing the leather.  Hunter made a couple of nice plays, both on balls hit by Revere.  He nicely handled a low ground ball comebacker to start a double play.  He also made a great play on a Revere drag bunt attempt, scooping the ball with his glove near first base, and flipping to Reynolds for the out.
  • The birds move to 35-0 when they hold a lead after the seventh.  That is Mariano-era-Yankee-esque (and that, hard as it may be to take, is a compliment).

The BAD:

  • In the eighth, Jones hit a one-out triple.  Matt Wieters (ground out) and Reynolds (strike out) left him on third, with the game very much up in the air.  Situational hitting is definitely not a team strength.

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Wednesday Camden Connect http://orioles-nation.com/2012/06/27/wednesday-camden-connect/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/06/27/wednesday-camden-connect/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:00:52 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=12054 Links on Roderick Bernadina, Troy Patton, Matt Lindstrom, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, and more.

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Most Recent Orioles Game Tuesday, June 26 RecapBox Score Angels 7, Orioles 3 Orioles Next Game Wednesday, June 27 at 7:05 PM Oriole Park at Camden Yards Orioles blog
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Baltimore (41-32) SP: Jered Weaver SP: Jason Hammel

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Matt Lindstrom not activated yet | Baltimore Sun
RHP Matt Lindstrom is expected to be activated tomorrow. Lindstrom has been on the disabled list with a torn ligament in his index finger.

Three Scouting Reports: Adair on Arrieta, Chen & Matusz | FanGraphs
Rick Adair, the Orioles pitching coach, gave scouting reports on the threesome when the team visited Fenway Park earlier this month.

An Appreciation of Troy Patton | MASN
“And my favorite unsung hero this season has been lefty reliever Troy Patton.”

Minor League Results
Norfolk L, 4-3
Bowie W, 10-1
Frederick L, 8-6
Delmarva L, 9-3
Aberdeen L, 4-1
GCL Postponed

What’s Wrong With Brian Matusz? | Burning Down The Yard
Lance of Burning Down the Yard looks at some numbers and explains what’s been causing Matusz to struggle lately.

Prospect Watch: Roderick Bernadina | The EntreprenOriole Blog
“Bloodlines always make for good stories in sports. As some already know, Roderick Bernadina is the cousin of Nationals OF Roger Bernadina. Both also play the game very similar.”

AL East Standings
Team W L GB
NY Yankees 45 28 -
Baltimore 41 32 4
Tampa Bay 40 34 5.5
Boston 39 35 6.5
Toronto 38 36 7.5

Today in Orioles History

On this date in 1955, the O’s traded Bobby Young to the Indians for Hank Majeski.

On this date in 1967, Frank Robinson collided with the White Sox’ Al Weis at second base. Robinson suffered double vision and went on to miss 28 games.

On this date in 1997, the Orioles acquired Geronimo Berroa from the Athletics in exchange for Jimmy Haynes.

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Tuesday Camden Connect http://orioles-nation.com/2012/06/26/tuesday-camden-connect/ http://orioles-nation.com/2012/06/26/tuesday-camden-connect/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:00:30 +0000 http://orioles-nation.com/?p=12039 Each morning, Camden Connect will bring you the latest Baltimore Orioles links, analysis, news, rumors, and more from around the web. You'll find everything you need in order to stay up-to-date with the Orioles.

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Most Recent Orioles Game Sunday, June 24 RecapBox Score Nationals 1, Orioles 2 Orioles Next Game Tuesday, June 26 at 7:05 PM Oriole Park at Camden Yards Orioles blog
Los Angeles (40-33) Orioles blog
Baltimore (41-31) SP: C.J. Wilson SP: Brian Matusz

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Time To Call-Up Xavier Avery | Baltimore Sports Report
Zach Wilt of Baltimore Sports Report believes it’s time to call up Xavier Avery. Before going 0 for 5 yesterday, Avery was hitting .370 over his last seven games.

O’s Let Miguel Tejada go at Request | ESPN
“Miguel Tejada, disappointed because he wasn’t promoted to the majors, has been given a release from his minor league contract by the Baltimore Orioles.”

Minor League Results
Norfolk W, 4-1
Bowie W, 3-1
Frederick W, 1-0
Delmarva L, 7-3
Aberdeen L, 7-2
GCL Postponed

Reimold Resting Comfortably After Neck Surgery | Baltimore Sun
“Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold underwent successful surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital Monday morning to remove a herniated disk that was placing pressure on a nerve in his neck, the team announced.”

Week 12 Birds Up, O’s Down | Camden Chat
Camden Chat’s weekly look at who’s hot and who’s not for the Orioles.

Diamondbacks, Hernandez Agree To Extension | MLBTR
“The Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with right-hander David Hernandez on a two-year contract extension, according to a team release. Hernandez, 27, has posted a 4.32 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 4.2 BB/9 in four big league seasons spent with the Orioles and Diamondbacks.”

Jays Add Moyer To Triple-A Roster | TSN
The Orioles released Jamie Moyer yesterday, and he’s already been scooped up by the Blue Jays. Moyer may actually find his way to Toronto with the amount of injuries the Jays have had.

AL East Standings
Team W L GB
NY Yankees 44 28 -
Baltimore 41 31 3
Tampa Bay 40 33 4.5
Boston 38 34 6
Toronto 37 35 7

2012 WAR Recap (6/25/12) | The EntreprenOriole
A list of rWAR and fWAR for all Orioles players brought in during the 2012 season. Also on the list are all players that were either traded, released or claimed off waivers.

Three Scouting Reports: Adair on Arrieta, Chen & Matusz | FanGraphs
Rick Adair, the Orioles pitching coach, gave scouting reports on the threesome when the team visited Fenway Park earlier this month.

Today in Orioles History

On this date in 1977, Pete Vuckovich tossed the first shutout in Blue Jay history, beating the O’s, 2-0.

On this date in 1983, Storm Davis held the Tigers hitless for eight innings, but needed help from reliever Tippy Martinez to complete the game. The Tigers summoned pinch hitter Rick Leach in the 9th inning, who broke up the no-hit bid with a home run.

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