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.

The Baltimore Orioles place Yovani Gallardo on the D.L.

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 23 April 2016 at 3:09 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 30-year old righty starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder and bicep tendinitis.  Gallardo has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.  He has allowed 23 hits and 7 walks in his first 18 innings while only whiffing 9 batters.  He was having a hard time getting his fastball into the mid to upper 80’s, which was a sure sign that something was wrong with him.  The O’s signed him to a 2-year, $22 million dollar deal despite having some red flags show up in his physical concerning his right shoulder….so they have no one to blame but the front office for this happening.  The Orioles have activated 29-year old lefty reliever Brian Matusz off the D.L. to replace Gallardo on the roster.  Matusz pitched in 5 games (1 start) in A+AA-ball on a rehab assignment and he was 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Matusz should help bolster the Orioles’ bullpen.

Joey Rickard continues to shine for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at 6:05 am

24-year old righty swinging outfielder Joey Rickard is already becoming a fan favorite for the Baltimore Orioles.  It’s not hard to see why if you have seen him play.  He is a full bore, get dirty type of player, which makes sense as he was a Rule 5 Draft pick from the division rival Tampa Bay Rays.  Rickard has played in 11 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 14 of 46 (.304 avg, .777 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.  He played in 117 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Rays last year and he was 127 of 396 (.321 avg, .874 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 2 homers, 55 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.  Give a lot of credit to the Orioles’ scouting staff for finding Rickard.

Christian Walker is off to a good start in AAA for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at 6:01 am

When the Baltimore Orioles re-signed Chris Davis, signed Pedro Alvarez as a free agent and traded for Mark Trumbo……it kind of showed what they thought of 25-year old righty swinging 1B Christian Walker.  Walker came into this season as the Orioles’ #14 prospect.  Walker has played in 11 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles so far this year and he is 12 of 42 (.286 avg, .919 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs.  Walker has played in 13 games in parts of two years for the Orioles so far in his career and he is 4 for 27 (.148 avg, .554 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI while whiffing 13 times.  Walker will probably be trade bait later this year, as he is completely blocked at 1B and DH in Baltimore.

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