Paul Janish is playing well in AAA for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 2:37 pm

33-year old righty swinging SS Paul Janish is playing well in AAA-ball so far this year for the Baltimore Orioles.  Janish has played in 21 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Orioles and he is 24 of 73 (.329 avg, .720 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Janish played in 14 games for the Orioles last year and he was 10 for 35 (.286 avg, .649 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  Janish has now played in 445 games in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 241 of 1,115 (.216 avg, .574 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 7 homers, 84 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Janish might get called up soon to help replace J.J. Hardy.

Chris Tillman is looking good this year for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 2:30 pm

28-year old righty starting pitcher Chris Tillman is looking pretty solid so far this year for the Baltimore Orioles.  He has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He has given up 24 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 32 innings so far this year, which are pretty impressive numbers.  The Orioles hope that Tillman keeps pitching well, as he was not good at all in 2015.  He pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Orioles in 2015 and he was 11-11 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles lose J.J. Hardy for the next 6-8 weeks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Monday 2 May 2016 at 3:11 pm

The Baltimore Orioles will be without starting shortstop J.J. Hardy for the next 6-8 weeks due to a fractured foot.  Hardy has played in 22 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 19 of 78 (.244 avg, .701 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs.  The Orioles will likely slide Manny Machado over to SS to replace Hardy.  With Pedro Alvarez and 29-year old lefty swinging Ryan Flaherty handling the hot corner.  Flaherty played in 4 games earlier this year for the Orioles and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .473 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  Flaherty played in 5 games in AAA-ball after his demotion and he was 8 for 19 (.421 avg, .974 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Wandy Rodriguez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 3:37 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 37-year old lefty starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league deal.  Rodriguez pitched in 17 games (15 starts) for the Texas Rangers last year and he was 6-4 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Rodriguez has now pitched in 275 games (263 starts) in his first 11 years in the Major Leagues and he is 97-98 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He will start his time with the Orioles in AAA-ball.  He pitched good for the Astros this spring, but he was one of their final cuts.  It never hurts to give a guy a shot like Rodriguez on a minor league deal.

Pedro Alvarez is off to a very slow start with the bat for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 6:09 am

The Baltimore Orioles signed 29-year old lefty swinging DH/1B/3B Pedro Alvarez this spring to a 1-year, $5.75 million dollar deal late in free agency to provide them with power.  From 2012-2015, Alvarez averaged 27.8 homers and 79.5 RBIs per season for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  But, he has shown none of that kind of power so far this year.  Alvarez has played in 15 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 8 for 44 (.182 avg, .558 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base.  The Orioles aren’t going to wait forever for Alvarez to start hitting….so he needs to start showing them something soon.

The Baltimore Orioles release Terry Doyle

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 28 April 2016 at 11:53 am

The Baltimore Orioles have released 30-year old righty starting pitcher Terry Doyle.  Doyle pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball this year for the Orioles and he was 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  Doyle has now pitched in 182 games (135 starts) in his first 9 years in the minors and he is 63-50 with 2 saves, a 3.31 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Orioles.  Doyle has yet to pitch in the show, despite putting up solid minor league numbers over the years.

The Baltimore Orioles send Ryan Flaherty to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 7:47 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have sent 29-year old lefty swinging IF/OF Ryan Flaherty to AAA.  Flaherty has played in 4 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .473 OPS) with 1 stolen base.  He has now played in 359 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 206 of 957 (.215 avg, .646 OPS) with 110 runs scored, 32 homers, 109 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Flaherty will probably be back with the Orioles at some point in 2016.

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed David Hale off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 1:00 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed 28-year old righty reliever/starter David Hale off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.  Hale pitched in 2 games (0 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 66 games (20 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 10-10 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Hale will start his tenure in Baltimore in AAA-ball.  I really like this move for the Orioles, as Hale was a decent pitcher before he got to Coors Field.

Mychal Givens is an impressive reliever for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Monday 25 April 2016 at 8:23 am

25-year old righty reliever Mychal Givens of the Baltimore Orioles has only been a pitcher since 2013, but you would never know that by watching him pitch.  He was actually a middle infielder in his first three years in the minors for the Orioles.  Givens brings big time heat to the plate.  He has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  In his first two years with the Orioles, Givens has now pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.  He has only given up 30 hits and 10 walks while whiffing a very impressive 54 batters in his first 39 innings in the show!  If he pitched for another team, he would be pitching later in ballgames, but with Darren O’Day, Brad Brach and Zach Britton handling the end of teams, Givens will have to settle for middle relief in 2016.

The Baltimore Orioles are going to activate Kevin Gausman off the D.L. on Monday

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 3:12 pm

The Baltimore Orioles are going to activate 25-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Gausman off the D.L. on Monday.  Gausman pitched in 3 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment and he was 0-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.  Gausman has pitched in 65 games (42 starts) in his first three years with the O’s and he is 14-19 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that this is the year that Gausman puts it all together.

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