Tag:Baltimore Orioles
Posted on: May 27, 2010 10:53 pm

O's Farm Report: 5/27/10

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Jake Arrieta/RHP -
  5-2  1.86 ERA  63 IP  55:32  1.14 WHIP
Chris Tillman/RHP -  5-4  3.12 ERA  57.2 IP  47:12  1.16 WHIP
Josh Bell/3B -  .261/.438/.724  13(2B)  6(HR)  35 RBI  6:48  2(SB)

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Pedro Beato/RHP -
  2-0  1.17 ERA  23 IP  19:6  1.13 WHIP  3 SV
Pat Egan/RHP -  4-1  2.10 ERA  30 IP  19:6  0.87 WHIP  3 SV
Tim Bascom/RHP -  3-3  3.16 ERA  51.1 IP  32:8  1.31 WHIP
Zach Britton/LHP -  4-3  3.38 ERA  53.1 IP  40:16  1.26 WHIP
Eddie Gamboa/RHP -  1-3  3.80 ERA  21.1 IP  20:9  1.17 WHIP  2 SV
Steve Johnson/RHP -  1-3  2.88 ERA  48.2 IP  46:24  1.36 WHIP
Caleb Joseph/C -  .281/.380/.711  6(2B)  2(HR)  18 RBI  10:13  1(SB)
Brandon Waring/3B -  .223/.386/.677  9(2B)  6(HR)  21 RBI  14:56 

Frederick Keys (High-A)

Jose Duran/RHP -
  2-0  1.09 ERA  24.2 IP  22:12  0.97 WHIP 
Brett Jacobson/RHP -  3-0  1.80 ERA  25 IP  23:10  1.32 WHIP 
John Mariotti/RHP -  2-1  2.55 ERA  24.2 IP  11:19  1.58 WHIP  1 SV
Raul Rivero/RHP -  3-1  3.33 ERA  24.1 IP  32:11  1.23 WHIP 
Richard Zagone/LHP -  2-5  3.59 ERA  52.2 IP  35:17  1.35 WHIP
Cole McCurry/RHP -  1-2  3.89 ERA  41.2 IP  44:17  1.39 WHIP 
Nathan Nery/LHP -  3-4  3.93 ERA  50.1 IP  32:11  1.31 WHIP
Joseph Mahoney/1B -  .322/.500/.864  12(2B)  5(HR)  28 RBI  10:29  4(SB)
Xavier Avery/CF -  .297/.390/.742  9(2B)  1(3B)  2(HR)  20 RBI  14:38  13(SB)
Jerome Hoes/2B -  .290/.395/.808  8(2B)  1(3B)  1(HR)  20 RBI  24:17  3(SB)
Jacob Julius/LF - .282/.456/.813  9(2B)  3(HR)  17 RBI  10:31  3(SB)
Ronny Welty/RF -  .264/.472/.844  6(2B)  8(HR)  31 RBI  23:50  3(SB)

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Josh Dowdy/RHP -
  0-1  1.13 ERA  16 IP  22:5  1.13 WHIP  5 SV
Jacob Smith/LHP -  3-1  2.70 ERA  26.2 IP  21:8  1.24 WHIP 
Nicholas Haughian/LHP -  3-0  2.70 ERA  26.2 IP  28:8  1.35 WHIP 
Jake Cowan/RHP -  3-1  3.51 ERA  41 IP  40:18  1.41 WHIP 
Jesse Beal/RHP -  4-2  3.56 ERA  55.2 IP  34:11  1.19 WHIP
Nathan Moreau/LHP -  0-2  3.77 ERA  31 IP  40:15  1.32 WHIP
Brian Conley/RF -  .318/.427/.864  8(2B)  3(3B)  1(HR)  9 RBI  34:33  3(SB)
Garabez Rosa/SS -  .299/.435/.766  16(2B)  1(3B)  1(HR)  19 RBI  5:30 
Posted on: May 17, 2010 8:22 pm

O's Farm Report: 5/17/10

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Jake Arrieta/RHP - [3-2  2.20 ERA   49 IP       1.39 K:BB  .173 OBA]
Chris Tillman/RHP - [3-4   3.83 ERA   44.2 IP   4 K:BB         .256 OBA]
Josh Bell/3B - [.243/.275/.429   8 2B   6HR   24RBI   0.17  BB:K]

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Pedro Beato/RHP - [1-0   0.87 ERA   20.2 IP   3.6  K:BB   .224 OBA]
Pat Egan/RHP - [3-1   1.88 ERA   24 IP   3.2 K:BB   .159 OBA]
Timothy Bascom/RHP - [2-2   3.05 ERA   41.1 IP   3.57 K:BB   .263 OBA]
Steve Johnson/RHP - [1-2    3.35 ERA   43 IP   2.22 K:BB   .223 OBA]
Ryan Adams/2B - [.286/.345/.373   11 2B   12 RBI  0.46 BB:K ]
Tyler Henson/OF - [ .282/.333/.444   10 2B   2 3B  3HR   22RBI   0.28 BB:K]

Frederick Keys (High-A)

Brandon Cooney/RHP - [2-0  0.55 ERA  16.1 IP   2.71 K:BB  .211 OBA]
Jose Duran/RHP - [2-0   0.92 ERA   19.2 IP   1.78 K:BB   .145 OBA]
Brett Jacobson/RHP - [2-0   2.37 ERA   19 IP   2.29 K:BB   .240 OBA]
Raul Rivero/RHP - [2-1   3.05 ERA   20.2 IP   2.89 K:BB   .208 OBA]
Richard Zagone/LHP - [1-4   3.24 ERA   41.2 IP   2.25 K:BB   .270 OBA]
Joseph Mahoney/1B - [.320/.371/.500   10 2B  4 HR   21 RBI   0.44 BB:K]
Jerome Hoes/2B - [.290/.413/.395   9 2B  1 3B  1 HR  20 RBI  1.41 BB:K]
Billy Rowell/1B - [.284/.405/.440   5 2B  4 HR   21 RBI  0.49 BB:K]

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Josh Dowdy/RHP - [0-1  0.71 ERA  12.2 IP  17 K:BB  .208 OBA]
Jacob Smith/LHP - [3-0  2.25 ERA   20 IP   4.25 K:BB   .263 OBA]
Nicholas Haughian/LHP - [3-0   3.32 ERA   19 IP   4.75 K:BB   .289 OBA]
Ryan Perry/RHP - [0-3   3.50 ERA   46.1 IP   3.91 K:BB   .268 OBA]
Jake Cowan/RHP - [3-1   3.51 ERA   41 IP   2.22 K:BB   .261 OBA]
Jesse Beal/RHP - [3-2   3.77 ERA   43 IP   2.67 K:BB   .246 OBA]


Category: MLB
Posted on: April 22, 2010 5:05 am

With a break in Sched, it's time to Vent.

Ok. So the Orioles come into their first off-day since Opening Day with a 2-14 record. Worst in the majors. The O's are getting little to no runs in each game, and that includes games against pitchers like Justin Vargas and Dana Eveland. It's absoutely terrible and I for one am fed up with the way Trembley is running this team.

So, after the M's swept up last night, Trembley decided it was time to vent. Well Tremb, your not the only one.

"I've been in a position where I'm a really nice fella and I'll cover. I'll get questions point blank and I feel like I'm a damn presidential press secretary sometimes instead of telling it what is it. I have to smooth it over," Trembley said. "I'm not smoothing it over anymore."

Really Dave? Maybe this should have started, oh say, a frikin week ago. Teams go through dry streaks. You know, a maybe 5 game period of bad hitting or bad pitching, but not like this. The hitting has been there for 3 games so far that I've seen, and in those games the O's are 2-1. This isn't just any dry streak, its a slump in the middle of the desert. So Dave, Stop acting like such a nice guy. Do that when we are winning, this isn't little leagues. In fact, it's probably the farthest from the Little Leagues considering we are in the hardest damn division in baseball. Get your ass in gear, and motivate these guys.

"The whole thing has gone totally different from what we want. It hasn't been acceptable," Trembley said. "I'm very patient but I will tell you the truth. I didn't have anyone come up to me afterward and disagree with what I said."

Of course it's far from what we want. What we want is to be within striking distance of .500 baseball. What we want is some hits to support these great outings by our pitchers, and they get screwed because they give up 2 or 3 in a game. At the rate we are going, Guthrie and Millwood will become the first 20 game losers to ever have ERA's under 4. I too am a patient person, I kind of just laughed off the first 10 losses, now it's getting very, very annoying. I mean, you have 27 outs to work with. In those 27 outs, you can only manage 1 run and a handful of hits?

Look, unless we go out in this series against Boston and New York that includes 12 games against them total and we become a wrecking ball, I seriously believe it's in MacPhails best judgement to fire Trembley, and fire Crowley. I personally blame them for this start.

Posted on: December 15, 2009 8:20 pm

Millwood fits MacPhails plan

The first priority for the Baltimore Orioles going into the off-season was finding a veteran starting pitcher. It took merely a week, and Andy MacPhail found his guy. During the Winter Meetings, MacPhail dealt reliever Chris Ray and Ben Snyder to the Texas Rangers for Kevin Millwood and $3 million dollars.

Some may ask what MacPhail sees in Millwood, and as too why the O's need him. Well, the O's were headed into the 2010 baseball season with a very youthful pitching staff, including Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman, two former top prospects. Millwood not only delievers that expierence the staff has lacked in recent years, but also a solid innings eater that will take away the wear and tear of a young bullpen. Millwood also becomes the teachers in a situation where he was once a student. A dozen-plus years ago, Millwood grew up with the Braves in a rotation that was anchored with the names of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz.

The lessons he once learned with them he will now carry over to guys named Matusz, Tillman, and Bergeson. Even if Millwood has an unsuccessful year in the stat lines, MacPhail didn't truely give up much for him. MacPhail dealt away Chris Ray, who was a fan favorite here in Baltimore for a few years, surfacing from the minors as the potential future closer. In 2006, Ray posted 33 saves in 38 chances, but before too long his career went downhill on a direct slant. He went through Tommy John surgery and in 2009 made his official return, however he ran into some trouble, posting a 7.24 ERA in 46 appearances.

All in all, MacPhail didn't get Millwood just for the stats. It's what lies beyond the boundary of stat and in the area of teaching. Millwood is the guy that MacPhail knew the O's needed, and he got his guy much like he has most of his career as the O's GM. With Millwood anchoring the staff, the potential for Tillman and Matusz will go up, as well as the potential for many happy Orioles fans all across the country.

Posted on: May 17, 2009 4:01 pm

A Japanese Oriole

When Koji Uehara was signed by the Baltimore Orioles in the off-season, not many knew that he was to become the first Japanese-born Oriole player. Ever. he also brought along hope for a better season and a better pitching rotation. So far, only a month and a half into the season, he has. Since his implosive game against the Texas Rangers, his earned run average has dropped off.

Hailing from Osaka, Uehara pitched for a lot of years in his home country of Japan before becoming posted as a free agent this past off-season. He spent all nine seasons in Japan playing for the Yomiuri Giants. His rookie season was 1999, where he won the Central league Rookie of the Year award. That season was also the debut season in Japan of a youngster named Diasuke Matsuzaka. Uehara would end the season by outperforming Matsuzaka. That wasn't even the major award he won in '99. Uehara would be named Sawamura Award winner, which is given to the best pitcher in Japan.

If given a nickname, Uehara would be called bullseye. His pinpoint accuracy is off the charts and has posted crazy numbers in the strikeout/walk catagories his whole career. During 2002, the year Uehara won his second Sawamura award, he posted an almost lucrative 182 strikeouts to 23 walks. The most walks he ever gave up in Japan, just 28. Nothing about Uehara is weakness thats easy to manipulate. However, his only weakness is the home run ball. As of writing this article, Uehara has given up six homers in 42.2 innings.

Coming into this season, many wanted to sign Uehara as a reliever, after seeing his success in 2007 as a closer for Yomiuri which included 32 saves a 1.74 Earned Run Average. The Orioles were one of a select few that wanted him for there rotation. Ever since then, he has gave the O's several quality starts. In seven starts, he has posted three or less runs in six of those games, and one bad start against the Rangers where he gave up seven through five innings. By the end of 2009, Koji Uehara could be seeing another Rookie of the Year crown if he keeps up pitching the way he has been.

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 9, 2009 7:37 pm

Trash Trembley

Trembley shouldn't be the future

Dave Trembley is not the answer for manager for the future of the Baltimore Orioles. The same goes to some of the coaching staff.

Trembley became the manager in late 2007 after Sam Perlozzo was fired as manager when the MacPhail regimine came into the organization. That year, he went 40-53 in 93 games. It was a questionable move at the time, considering Trembley had spent all 22 years of his coaching expierence in the minor leagues, and he became the only manager at the time to have never played pro baseball. During the first half of the 2007 season, Trembley was the O's bullpen coach. This was the first coaching job in the majors he ever had.

Then came the 2008 season. Yet again, Trembley's managing was poor, even for a team that wasn't supposed to be that good. The O's looked impressive towards the end of June and July, only a handful of games out of first. However, late in the season with the O's looking at their first possible season above .500, they faltered and lost 28 of their last 34 games. All the blame cannot be placed on Trembley, but it can on the coaching staff.

After the 2008 season, the front office exercised their option and brought Trembley back for the 2009 season with an option for the 2010 season. However, a lot of O's fans do not want him back, and if the season continues down this track, he might not be. Just like Trembley, two other coaches have never played professional baseball. Those two are bench coach Dave Jauss and pitching coach Rick Kranitz. I think at the end of this season, those three need to be replaced. The best way to help the youth this organization is looking for is to get expierenced coaches. Ones that have played in the majors or even the minors before becoming a coach.

The problems with Trembley and Kranitz arise mostly from the pitching. The team has a rising number of pitchers getting injured, which is not good considering most of the Orioles top prospects are pitchers. Kranitz has a history of creating good pitchers, but also when you look back at it, most of the good pitchers have become injury proned. So far, Matt Albers has not been the same, and Alfredo Simon and Dennis Sarfate have had injuries that forced them to stay out for awhile. Trembley is responsible for making the wrong call when it comes to the bullpen and handling pitchers. Before the season, Trembley preached letting his starters go deeper into games. However, the season started and most pitchers have not gone over 6 innings more than twice. Even if a picher is struggling, he will take them out too early and that has been affecting the bullpen a lot. Next season needs to see a change in these two spots.

Looking at possible candidates, Bob Melvin, the former Diamondbacks manager could be a wise choice. He was a catcher for the Orioles from 1989-1991 and has had moderate success as a manager these past few years. In my mind, he makes a good case to be the guy that should helm this team for the future. Another possible candidate could be Gary Allenson, the current manager for the O's AAA farm team the Norfolk Tides. He has actual expierence in the majors as a player and a coach. Not too mention he is working well with the kids in Triple-A. I do have to add one name to the list, which is a very deep sleep pick for the future manager. Chris Hoiles, currently the manager for the York Revolution. He knows tis organization and what its about and the style of play, which goes great for the future to get these kids into our system.

A good choice that could be made for pitching coach comes from Triple-A as well. Mike Griffin, who pitched in six seasons at the major league level for many teams, including the Orioles. He is currently the Norfolk Tides pitching coach and is working well with some top guys like David Hernandez, Brad Bergeson, and Chris Tillman. Any guy that is hired for these positions should have some sort of connection with this organization. Again, another York Revolution coach could be considered. Tippy Martinez, the former O's pitcher, could be a good choice for the pitching coach job. Like Hoiles, he knows the organization and could teach the pitchers new stuff and share from his expierences in the majors.

In the end, the Orioles have a bright future on the field, but without expierenced managers and coaches, its not gonna pan out like we all want it to.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 26, 2009 7:59 pm

2009 AL East Preview: Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

2008 Record: 68-93; 5th in American League East

Additions: Ryan Freel(OF), Cesar Izturis(SS), Mark Hendrickson(P), Koji Uehara(P), Felix Pie(OF), David Pauley(P), Gregg Zaun(C), Rich Hill(P), Ty Wigginton(3B)

Losses: Ramon Hernandez(C), Garrett Olson(P), Randor Bierd(P), Daniel Cabrera(P), Lance Cormier(P), Kevin Millar(1B), Jay Payton(OF)

Starting Pitchers

Projected Rotation - Jeremy Guthrie(RH); Koji Uehara(RH); Mark Hendrickson(LH); Adam Eaton(RH); Hayden Penn(RH)

The Orioles staff lacks an actual Ace. Guthrie and Uehara are definites in the rotation, while the other 3 spots are all open. As of right now Hendrickson, Eaton and Penn will get the slots until Rich Hill is ready to return. At that point, either Eaton or Penn will be taken to AAA. Guthrie gives the team an arm that keeps his ERA below 4. Uehara gives the O's staff the one thing they have been missing for a while, control. Hendrickson is the only lefty in the staff, and should keep his spot for a while. When Hill comes back, Eaton will probably be the pitcher demoted and Hendrickson will be moved back to the #4 spot. Penn gets his shot to start the year in the rotation and could surprise some if he gets off to a good start.

Easily one of the worst staffs in the league.


Projected Bullpen - George Sherrill(LH)[CL]; Matt Albers(RH); Danys Baez(RH); Jim Johnson(RH); Chris Ray(RH); Dennis Sarfate(RH); Jamie Walker(LH)

Sherrill will start as the closer, but eventually Chris Ray will take back the reigns very soon. That gives the O's 2 lefty releivers in there bullpen. Albers will serve primarily as the long reliever out of the bullpen. Johnson will more than likely be given the set-up position like he ran last year, while Baez and Sarfate take control of the middle relief reigns.


Projected Line-Up

1) Brian Roberts/2B

2) Adam Jones/CF

3) Nick Markakis/RF

4) Aubrey Huff/1B

5) Melvin Mora/3B

6) Luke Scott/DH

7) Gregg Zaun/C

8) Cesar Izturis/SS

9) Felix Pie/LF

Bench: Ty Wigginton(INF); Ryan Freel(OF); Chris Gomez(INF); Lou Montanez(RF)

The O's lineup looks okay up and down. Again, they lead off with Brian Roberts, who is still a top notch base stealer and offensive second baseman. Adam Jones will be batting 2nd, and is a candidate for a breakout season. Nick Markakis is one of the best up and coming outfielders in baseball and has good offense and defense. Aubrey Huff is coming off a tremendous year and now enters his contract year. Huff should have another good season, but I doubt he matches his 2008 totals. Mora also comes off a good season and enters his contract year. Chances of him having a season like 2008 are a little slimmer than Huffs, but his totals were not as good. Luke Scott comes back to play DH and should have a good year playing mainly DH. Zaun will have the catcher's spot for about a month or two before Matt Wieters comes up from Norfolk. Izturis will not chip in much in offensive catagories, but his defense will improve the O's infield. Felix Pie, the young outfielder, isn't gonna put up big numbers, but his defense makes the O's one of the best in the league.








Category: MLB
Posted on: July 27, 2008 8:11 pm

The O's Trade Deadline

BALBaltimore Orioles

As many know, the O's are 13 games back heading into a a week where trades will be made and teams will be buying more and more talent for the playoff run. The O's have some very nice talent stocked for any team needing either a dominate reliever (George Sherrill), a speedy second baseman (Brian Roberts), or a serious morale booster (Kevin Millar). The O's are in need of a serious boost of youth to turn around an organization which is in a pothole.

The organization has 1/4 of the team turned around, with rising stars Nick Markakis and Adam Jones in the line-up, and catching prospect Matt Wieters in AA Bowie. In the off-season, GM Andy MacPhail made 2 huge moves when he dealt star shortstop Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros for 5 players and pitching staff ace Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for 5 as well. For Tejada, the O's recieved another good trade chip in left fielder Luke Scott, as well as 4 other young players. Dennis Sarfate was one of the young players, and he has been very good in the middle relief slot all season, posting a 3.78 ERA and a 9.36 K/9. Matt Albers was another part of the deal. He posted a solid 3.49 ERA in 49 innings before he was injured. However, he should be back by late August after rehabbing a torn labrum. They had also one of the best left handed pitching prospects in MLb in Troy Patton, who tore his labrum in Spring Training and should be back next season. The other prospect was third baseman Mike Costanzo who is currently ikn AAA Norfolk.

In the Mariners trade, the O's got reliever George Sherrill, who became an All-Star closer after taking over for Chris Ray, who had Tommy John surgery late last season. Also, the O's got star centerfield prospect Adam Jones, who was hitting around .240 up until about June, when he picked it up and has been around .280 since. Then they got two of the Mariners best pitching prospects, one being stellar prospect Chris Tillman who has mowed down every opponent in the Eastern League of AA. The other is Tony Butler, a young lefty prospect who has been average in Single-A Delmarva. Also in the trade was little known middle relief prospect Kameron Mickolio, who had done good in Bowie and is now in Norfolk.

Currently, the hot names the Orioles possess for trading are George Sherrill and Brian Roberts. It's unlikely that a deal gets worked out for Roberts unless a shortstop or second baseman and Sherrill will not be dealt unless a team wow's Andy MacPhail with a deal that includes a shortstop. However, those are not the only names the O's have that could be good chips. In the starters department, the O's have Daniel Cabrera along with lefty Brian Burres. In the relief department, the O's have lefty specialist Jamie Walker and Grounder specialist Chad Bradford. In the batting department, there is catcher Ramon Hernandez, first baseman Kevin Millar, third baseman Melvin Mora and outfielders Jay Payton and Luke Scott and DH Aubrey Huff. Whatever happens between now and the deadline, the O's will be making a move to become a contender in the future when the prospects become ready to be stars in the majors as Orioles. No matter what position you team needs, the Orioles are bound to have a player that can fit your need well.





Category: MLB
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