The Baltimore Orioles lose Hunter Harvey for the rest of the 2016 and beyond

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 2:46 pm

21-year old righty starting pitcher Hunter Harvey came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  But he needs Tommy John surgery that will knock him out for the rest of the 2016 season and most of the 2017 season.  Harvey has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in Rookie+A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  He gave up 12 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 18 batters in his 12 2/3 innings in the minors this year.  Harvey has now pitched in 30 games (all starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 7-7 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:38 am

28-year old lefty reliever Zach Britton of the Baltimore Orioles has made it to the All-Star team for the second year in a row.  Britton has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with an American League leading 26 saves, a 0.74 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  He has only given up 20 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his first 36 2/3 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  Britton has now pitched in 220 games (46 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 27-21 with 99 saves, a 3.45 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Brad Brach of the Baltimore Orioles is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:34 am

30-year old righty reliever Brad Brach of the Baltimore Orioles has made it onto the All-Star Team for the first time in his career.  Brach has pitched in 39 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 6-1 with 2 saves, a 0.93 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  He has only given up 25 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 57 batters in his first 48 1/3 innings this year.  Brach has now pitched in 256 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 21-11 with 3 saves, a 2.87 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  Brach has been a big part of why the Orioles are in first place right now and they need him to keep up the good work moving forward.

Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles is an All Star

Blogged under All-Stars,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 10 July 2016 at 9:28 am

30-year old righty swinging OF/DH Mark Trumbo of the Baltimore Orioles has been selected to the All Star Team for the second time in his career.  He has played in 86 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 99 of 345 (.287 avg, .920 OPS) with 54 runs scored, a Major League leading 28 homers, 68 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Trumbo has now played in 776 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 738 of 2,899 (.255 avg, .778 OPS) with 371 runs scored, 159 homers, 477 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  The Orioles need Trumbo to keep raking in the second half of the 2016 season.

The Baltimore Orioles send Tyler Wilson to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 3 July 2016 at 2:48 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have sent 26-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Wilson to AAA.  Wilson has pitched in 16 games (13 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  He has given up 91 hits (13 homers) and 21 walks while whiffing 43 batters in his first 81 innings pitched this year.  Since June 1st, Wilson has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Orioles in which he is 2-2 with a 7.39 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  The Orioles have called up 27-year old lefty starting pitcher Ariel Miranda to replace Wilson on the pitching staff.  Miranda has pitched in 15 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles and he is 3-7 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Miranda has now pitched in 29 games (all starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 9-10 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  This will be Miranda’s first shot at pitching in the show!

The Baltimore Orioles activate J.J. Hardy off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 18 June 2016 at 5:26 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have activated 33-year old righty swinging SS J.J. Hardy from the 15-day disabled list.  Hardy has played in 22 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 19 of 78 (.244 avg, .701 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  Hardy played in 3 games in AA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 4 for 11 (.364 avg, .780 OPS) with 1 run scored.  Getting Hardy back will shift Manny Machado back to 3B.  To make room on the active roster for Hardy, the Orioles have sent 27-year old lefty reliever T.J. McFarland back to AAA.  McFarland has pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 118 games (2 starts) in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 11-7 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  McFarland will probably work his way back to Baltimore later this year.

The Baltimore Orioles bump Ubaldo Jimenez from the rotation

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 14 June 2016 at 6:15 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have bumped righty Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen.  He has pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-7 with a 6.89 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP.  The Orioles will activate righty Yovani Gallardo to replace Jimenez in the rotation starting on Saturday.  Gallardo pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Orioles earlier this year and he was 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He pitched in 3 games (all starts) in A+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 1-0 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Gallardo can’t possibly be any worse than Jimenez has been so far this year.

Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles gets suspended for four games

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 3:07 pm

23-year old righty swinging SS/3B Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles has been suspended for four games due to his role in the bench clearing brawl with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday Night.  Machado has played in 58 games with the Orioles so far this year and he is 70 for 231 (.303 avg, .968 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 15 homers and 37 RBIs.  Machado has now played in 509 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 581 of 2,049 (.284 avg, .808 OPS) with 293 runs scored, 83 homers, 252 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  Machado is appealing the suspension, so he is in the lineup for the Orioles tonight.  They are going to miss him while he is out of action.

UPDATE:  (6/18/2016) – Manny Machado has dropped his appeal and he will start serving his suspension tomorrow.

The Baltimore Orioles place Caleb Joseph on the D.L.

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 11:56 am

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 29-year old righty swinging catcher Caleb Joseph on the 15-day disabled list due to a groin injury.  Joseph has played in 23 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 12 of 66 (.182 avg, .452 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  The Orioles have called up 26-year old righty starting catcher Francisco Pena to replace Joseph on the active roster.  Pena has played in 24 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles so far this year and he is 16 of 80 (.200 avg, .491 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.  Pena has played in 9 games in his first two years in the show and he is 1 for 7 (.143 avg, .286 OPS).

The Baltimore Orioles acquire two young pitchers from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:23 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 23-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon Barker and 23-year old lefty reliever Trevor Belicek from the Atlanta Braves for 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz and the #76 overall pick in the 2016 Amateur Draft.  Barker pitched in 9 games (8 starts) in AA-ball for the Braves so far this year and he was 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 40 batters in his first 45 innings this year.  Barker has now pitched in 50 games (40 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 20-14 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Belicek pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in A+AA-ball for the Braves this year and he was 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP.  He has given up 22 hits and 1 walk while whiffing 32 batters in his 28 1/3 innings in the minors for the Braves this year.  Belicek has now pitched in 26 games (9 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 8-0 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Matusz was pretty awful for the Orioles this year.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He gave up 11 hits (3 homers) and 7 walks while whiffing 1 batter in only 6 innings pitched for the Orioles this year!  Matusz pitched in 279 games (68 starts) in his 8 years with the Orioles and he was 27-41 with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  The Orioles got a couple of decent prospects for a draft pick and they saved Matusz’ salary as the Braves picked up the rest of it.  I like this deal for the Orioles.

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