The Baltimore Orioles place two starting pitchers on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 31 March 2013 at 11:29 am

The Orioles have placed 25-year old righty starter/reliever Steve Johnson (retroactive to March 23rd due to a strained lat) and 32-year old lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (still recovering from Tommy John surgery) on the 15-day disabled list to start the 2013 season.  Johnson pitched in 12 games (4 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Johnson pitched in 5 games (3 starts) in spring training for the Orioles and he was 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that Johnson will return to action by the end of April.  Wada is likely to miss at least the first two months of the 2013 season for the Orioles.

UPDATE:  (4/4/2013) – The Orioles have moved Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day D.L. to the 60-day D.L. to make room on the 40-man roster for Josh Stinson, who the Orioles recently claimed off waivers from the Oakland A’s.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Freddy Garcia

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 30 March 2013 at 8:04 am

The Orioles have signed 36-year old righty starting pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 30 games (17 starts) for the Yankees last year and he was 7-6 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Garcia has now pitched in 359 games (344 starts) in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 152-101 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Garcia will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Scott Proctor from the Giants

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 30 March 2013 at 8:02 am

The Orioles have acquired 36-year old righty reliever Scott Proctor from the Giants for cash considerations.  Proctor pitched in Korea last year.  He last pitched in the majors back in 2011 for the Yankees and Braves working in 39 games (0 starts) in which he was 2-6 with a 7.14 ERA and a 2.01 WHIP.  Proctor has now pitched in 307 games (1 start) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 18-16 with 1 save, a 4.78 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Proctor will get a shot to help the Orioles at some point in 2013.

The Baltimore Orioles place Chris Tillman on the 15-day D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 29 March 2013 at 7:11 am

The Orioles have placed 24-year old righty starting pitcher Chris Tillman on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22nd with a left abdominal strain.  Tillman pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 51 games (all starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 16-18 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that Tillman will be ready to return in early April.

The Baltimore Orioles have a quartet of rookies that could make their marks for them in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 March 2013 at 9:36 am

The Orioles have a quartet of rookie pitchers that could make their marks for them at some point in 2013.  Here’s a look at them:

Dylan Bundy:  20-year old righty starting pitcher Dylan Bundy comes into this season as the Orioles’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  Bundy pitched in 23 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball last year and he was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  He only gave up 67 hits and 28 walks while whiffing 119 batters in his first 103 2/3 innings in the minors last year….and those are eye popping numbers.  He even pitched in 2 games (0 starts) in September for the Orioles and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Bundy will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball, but he could be with the Orioles really quickly if he dominates there.

Steve Johnson:  25-year old righty starter/reliever Steve Johnson will likely be with the Orioles on opening day (likely in the bullpen).  He comes into this season as the Orioles’ #16 prospect according to Baseball America.  Johnson pitched in 19 games (14 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 4-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  He also looked good in his first taste of the majors with the Orioles last year, working in 12 games (4 starts) in which he was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  Johnson has now pitched in 165 games (151 starts) in his first eight years in the minors and he is 50-52 with 1 save, a 4.17 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Tsuyoshi Wada:  32-year old lefty starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada comes into this season as the Orioles’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America.  Wada only pitched in 1 game (1 start) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 0-1 with a 20.25 ERA and as 3.75 WHIP.  Wada is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, so he won’t be ready to go when the 2013 season begins.  Wada has pitched in 210 games in which he was 107-61 with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

T.J. McFarland:  23-year old lefty starting pitcher T.J. McFarland came into this season as the Orioles’ #22 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 27 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Indians last year and he was 16-8 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  McFarland has now pitched in 116 games (107 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 48-31 with 1 save, a 3.83 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  McFarland was a Rule 5 Pick over the winter and the Orioles like him, so they might find a way to try to keep him instead of giving him back to the Indians.

The Baltimore Orioles lose DH/3B Wilson Betemit for the next 6-8 weeks

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 March 2013 at 9:24 am

The Orioles have lost 31-year old switch-hitting DH/3B Wilson Betemit for the next 6-8 weeks due to a tear in his right knee.  Betemit played in 102 games for the Orioles last year and he was 89 for 341 (.261 avg, .744 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 12 homers and 40 RBIs.  Due to Betemit’s injury, Nolan Reimold will likely start at DH with Nate McLouth starting full time in LF until Betemit returns to action.  The Orioles are still in solid shape without Betemit for the start of the 2013 season.

UPDATE:  (3/31/2013) – The Orioles have officially placed Wilson Betemit on the 15-day D.L.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Jairo Asencio from the Brewers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 25 March 2013 at 7:37 pm

The Orioles have acquired 28-year old righty reliever Jairo Asencio from the Brewers for a player to be named later or cash.  He pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Cubs and Indians last year and he was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Asencio has now pitched in 39 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 1-2 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Asencio will start the 2013 season in the minors for the Orioles.

The over/under for Baltimore Orioles’ wins in 2013 is 76.5

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 21 March 2013 at 12:14 pm

The Orioles are getting no respect in betting circles as the over/under for wins for them is only 76.5.  The Orioles were 93-69 (57.4%) last year.  The Orioles might not have done much to improve the roster over the winter, but they are a team on the rise.  Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Manny Machado, Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez will be with them from Day #1 in 2013.  I wouldn’t say to bet the house on the over, maybe just the car.

Buck Showalter has the Baltimore Orioles moving in the right direction

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 21 March 2013 at 12:10 pm

56-year old manager Buck Showalter has the Orioles moving in the right direction.  He led them to a 93-69 (57.4%) record during the regular season and they were also 3-3 (50%) in the playoffs last year, despite boasting a pretty young roster.  Showalter is now 196-185 (51.4%) in his first three years as the Orioles’ manager during the regular season.  He is now 1,078-1,018 (51.4%) in his first 14 years during the regular season as a major league manager and he is also 6-9 (40%) in the playoffs.  Showalter has the reputation of being a manager that can get teams close, but not over the hump.  The Orioles hope that Showalter can buck that trend in 2013.

The Baltimore Orioles are loaded in the pen for the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 16 March 2013 at 8:18 pm

It all starts with 29-year old righty closer Jim Johnson.  He pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 2-1 with a major league leading 51 saves, a 2.49 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Johnson has now pitched in 286 games (1 start) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 15-18 with 72 saves, a 3.14 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  I look for Johnson to have another rock solid year for the Orioles in 2013.  27-year old righty Pedro Strop will be one of the main set-up men for the Orioles in 2013.  He pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the O’s last year and he was 5-2 with 3 saves, a 2.44 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Strop has now pitched in 115 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 7-3 with 3 saves, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  30-year old sidearming Darren O’Day gives the Orioles a different look when he’s on the mound.  He pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 255 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 15-6 with 2 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  35-year old righty Luis Ayala also had a very solid year for the Orioles in 2013.  He pitched in 66 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 5-5 with 1 save, a 2.64 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Ayala has now pitched in 495 games (0 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 36-46 with 19 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  27-year old lefty Troy Patton had a true breakout year for the O’s in 2012.  He pitched in 54 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-0 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Patton has now pitched in 78 games (2 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  26-year old lefty Brian Matusz is competing for a rotation spot this spring, but he pitched really well out of the pen for the O’s last year.  Matusz pitched in 34 games (16 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 6-10 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Matusz has now pitched in 86 games (68 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 22-33 with a 5.36 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  26-year old righty Tommy Hunter is likely going to be the long man in the pen for the Orioles in 2013.  He pitched in 33 games (20 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Hunter has now pitched in 98 games (75 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 33-24 with a 4.77 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  27-year old righty Jake Arrieta (like Matusz) is competing for a rotation job, but he would likely be better as a reliever where he could just let er’ rip for an inning or two.  Arrieta pitched in 24 games (18 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Arrieta has now pitched in 64 games (58 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 19-23 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2013:  A

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