The Baltimore Orioles sign Chris Dickerson

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 9:20 am

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor league deal.  He will be assigned to AA-ball to start his time with the Orioles.  Dickerson hasn’t play anywhere this year.  He played in 38 games in AAA-ball for the Blue Jays last year and he was 38 of 141 (.270 avg, .694 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Dickerson last played in the show in 2014 for the Cleveland Indians.  Dickerson has played in 355 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 185 of 721 (.257 avg, .730 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 17 homers, 66 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  The Orioles might bring Dickerson up when rosters expand in September, as long as he looks good in the minors the next couple of weeks.

Rick Dempsey made his mark for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 20 August 2016 at 5:53 am

Righty swinging catcher Rick Dempsey was a defense first type of catcher for the Baltimore Orioles.  He didn’t hit much during the regular season, but he was money in the playoffs!  He played in 1,245 games in his 12 years with the Orioles and he was 854 of 3,585 (.238 avg, .674 OPS) with 405 runs scored, 75 homers, 355 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  His best year for the Orioles came in 1985.  Dempsey played in 132 games for the Orioles in 1985 and he was 92 of 362 (.254 avg, .741 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 12 homers and 52 RBIs.  Dempsey was the MVP of the 1983 World Series (the last one won by the Orioles, in five games)!  He played in 5 games in the 1983 World Series for the Orioles and he was 5 for 13 (.385 avg, 1.390 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.  Dempsey played in 19 games in the post-season for the Orioles and he was 17 of 56 (.304 avg) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Dempsey finished up #19 in Orioles’ history in games played with 1,245 of them.  He is also #42 in runs scored (405), #37 in hits (854), #32 in doubles (169), #44 in homers (75), #48 in RBIs (355) and #22 in walks (424) in Orioles’ history.

Chris Tillman has been the anchor of the Baltimore Orioles’ starting rotation in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 14 August 2016 at 9:20 am

28-year old righty starting pitcher Chris Tillman has been by far the best starting pitcher on the Baltimore Orioles so far in 2016.  He has pitched in 25 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 15-4 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  Tillman has given up 130 hits and 53 walks while whiffing 126 batters in his first 151 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  He has now pitched in 174 games (all starts) in his first 8 years with the Orioles and he is 71-46 with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Tillman was an All-Star for the Orioles in 2013, when he won a career high 16 wins.  He is likely going to set a new career high in wins in the very near future….as long as he can stay healthy!

The Baltimore Orioles place Darren O’Day on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 14 August 2016 at 9:16 am

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 33-year old righty reliever Darren O’Day on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 12th, due to a strained right rotator cuff.  O’Day has pitched in 30 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-1 with 3 saves, a 3.95 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  The Orioles have called up 26-year old righty starter/reliever Tyler Wilson to replace O’Day on the pitching staff.  Wilson has pitched in 17 games (13 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 4-6 with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles release Tom Gorzelanny

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 14 August 2016 at 9:09 am

The Baltimore Orioles have released 34-year old lefty reliever Tom Gorzelanny.  Gorzelanny pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.67 WHIP.  He also pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Indians earlier this year in which he was 1-0 with a 21.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Gorzelanny has now pitched in 314 games (121 starts) in his first 12 years in the show and he is 50-53 with 2 saves, a 4.40 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This is no loss for the Orioles moving forward.

The Baltimore Orioles call up Donnie Hart

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 8:43 am

The Baltimore Orioles have called up 25-year old lefty reliever Donnie Hart.  Hart pitched in 3 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Orioles and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has given up 2 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 1 batter in his first 2 2/3 innings in the show in his career so far.  To make room for Hart on the pitching staff, the Orioles have sent 31-year old righty reliever Logan Ondrusek to AA.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles have released Sam Deduno

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 7:52 am

The Baltimore Orioles have released 33-year old righty reliever/starter Sam Deduno.  Deduno pitched in 10 games (1 start) in Rookie-ball for the Orioles and he was 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP.  He gave up only 8 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his 18 innings in the minors for the Orioles this year.  Deduno has pitched in 83 games (44 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 16-20 with 1 save, a 4.38 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Orioles.

Dylan Bundy is stepping up for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 10:11 am

23-year old righty Dylan Bundy came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  The Orioles treated Bundy with kid gloves as a reliever earlier this year to protect him, as he has suffered a lot of injuries in the minors.  By watching his workload early in the year, it has enabled them to move Bundy into the starting rotation and he is look good so far in that role.  In his first five starts for the Orioles this year, Bundy is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP.  He has given up 17 hits (6 homers) and 6 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 27 innings as a starting pitcher.  He has given up a lot of bombs, but he has limited the damage by throwing strikes.  Bundy has now pitched in 27 games (5 starts) overall this year for the Orioles and he is 5-3 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  The Orioles need Bundy to keep pitching well as they have had issues in the starting rotation all year long!

Garrett Cleavinger is looking sharp in the minors for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 10:06 am

22-year old lefty reliever Garrett Cleavinger came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #26 prospect according to Baseball America.  He is moving up that list right now!  He has pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in A-ball for the Orioles so far this year and he is 7-1 with 4 saves, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Cleavinger has now pitched in 48 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 13-2 with 8 saves, a 2.22 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has given up 59 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 114 batters in his first 89 innings in the minors.  If he can tighten up his control a little bit, look out!

Manny Machado had a game for the ages yesterday for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 8 August 2016 at 8:41 am

24-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado had a game for the ages yesterday against the Chicago White Sox!  Machado hit a homer in each of the first three innings of the game yesterday (James Shields in the first two innings and Matt Albers in the 3rd inning).  Machado finished up the game going 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs in a 10-2 Orioles’ win.  That was the first time a hitter whacked a homer in each of the first three innings of game since July 2nd, 1930 when White Sox’ outfielder Carl Reynolds did it against the New York Yankees!

Machado has now played in 105 games for the Baltimore Orioles so far this year and he is 131 of 427 (.307 avg, .923 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 32 doubles, 25 homers and 67 RBIs.  Machado is leading the Orioles in both doubles and runs scored.  He is also second on the team in both homers and RBIs right now.  Machado has now played in 556 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 642 of 2,245 (.286 avg, .813 OPS) with 328 runs scored, 93 homers, 282 RBIs and 30 stolen bases.  Despite only being in his fifth year with the Orioles, Machado is already tied for #32 in franchise history with his 93 homers!  He is also #30 in batting average (.286), #16 in SLG (.477), #30 in OPS (.813) and he is tied for #49 in doubles (135) in Orioles’ history!  And he’s just getting started!

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