The Baltimore Orioles re-sign Franderlyn Romero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 3:40 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have re-signed 23-year old righty starting pitcher Franderlyn Romero.  Romero has pitched in 24 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Orioles and Reds this year and he was 7-8 with a 4.90 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  He gave up 142 hits and 31 walks while whiffing 96 batters in his 123 innings in the minors this year.  Romero has now pitched in 94 games (78 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 21-29 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  The Orioles will give Romero another look in 2017.

Trey Mancini has come up to the show swinging for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 26 September 2016 at 2:37 pm

24-year old righty swinging 1B/DH Trey Mancini came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #8 prospect according to Baseball America and he is showing why since they called him up!  Mancini has played in 4 games for the Orioles in his first taste of the show so far this year and he is a very impressive 5 for 11 (.455 avg, 1.864 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 3 homers and 5 RBI.  Mancini also played in 142 games earlier this year in AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles in which he was 154 of 546 (.282 avg, .815 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 20 homers, 68 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  The Orioles hope that Mancini can keep up the good work the rest of the way in 2016!

Kevin Gausman is stepping up for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Friday 16 September 2016 at 11:13 am

25-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Gausman is stepping up in the second half for the Baltimore Orioles!  Since the All-Star break, Gausman has pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Orioles in which he is 7-4 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 27 games (all starts) overall this year in which he is 8-10 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He has given up 158 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 161 batters in his first 160 innings this year for the Orioles.  He has now pitched in 92 games (69 starts) in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 22-29 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Gausman’s performance is finally catching up to his stuff, which has to have the Orioles excited!

The Baltimore Orioles will be without Steve Pearce indefintely

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 6:46 am

The Baltimore Orioles will be without 33-year old righty swinging 1B/2B/OF/DH Steve Pearce indefinitely due to a ailing right elbow.  Pearce has played in 25 games for the Orioles since they acquired him in deal with the Rays and he is 13 of 60 (.217 avg, .729 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBI.  He has now played in 85 games overall this year for the Orioles and Rays in which he is 76 of 264 (.288 avg, .867 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 13 homers and 35 RBI.  Pearce has now played in 291 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 225 of 882 (.255 avg, .810 OPS) with 124 runs scored, 46 homers, 122 RBI and 7 stolen bases.  The Orioles will miss Pearce’s bat off the bench.

Boog Powell was a darn good 1B for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 10 September 2016 at 2:36 pm

When most people think about great first basemen in Baltimore Orioles’ history, Eddie Murray is the first guy to come to mind.  But, lefty swinging Boog Powell was also an outstanding 1B for the Baltimore Orioles.  Powell played in 1,763 games in his 14 years with the Orioles and he was 1,574 of 5,912 (.266 avg, .826 OPS) with 796 runs scored, 303 homers, 1,063 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  Powell also played in 33 games in the post-season for the Orioles and he was 33 of 126 (.262 avg, .760 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers and 18 RBI.  In the 1966 and 1970 World Series’ (both won by the Orioles), Powell played in 9 games in which he was 10 for 31 (.323 avg) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBI.  Powell was the American League MVP for the Orioles in 1970.  Powell played in 154 games for the Orioles in 1970 and he was 156 of 526 (.297 avg, .962 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 35 homers, 114 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Powell had 4 years of 34 or more homers and 3 years in which he had at least 109 RBI!  Powell was a 4-time All-Star for the Orioles!  Powell is still #3 in homers in Orioles’ history with 303 of them.  He is also tied for #36 in OBP (.362), tied for #19 in SLG (.465), tied for #21 in OPS (.826), #5 in games played (1,763), #8 in runs scored (796), #6 in hits (1,574), #13 in doubles (243), #4 in RBI (1,063) and he is #4 in walks (889) in Orioles’ history!

Vance Worley has been a godsend for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 6 September 2016 at 10:02 am

28-year old righty Vance Worley has been a godsend for the Baltimore Orioles‘ pitching staff, as he has been working in any capacity that they have needed him to this year.  Worley has pitched in 32 games (4 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He has given up 78 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 80 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  In Worley’s four starts so far this year for the O’s, he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  In his 28 games out of the pen, Worley is 1-0 with 1 save, a 2.95 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Odrisamer Despaigne

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 8:54 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 29-year old righty reliever Odrisamer Despaigne for assignment.  Despaigne pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP.  He gave up 32 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 17 batters in his 27 1/3 innings for the Orioles this year.  He has now pitched in 66 games (34 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 9-18 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  This isn’t going to hurt the Orioles too much moving forward, as Despaigne didn’t pitch too well for them this year.

UPDATE:  (9/15/2016) – The Orioles have lost Odrisamer Despaigne on waivers to the Miami Marlins.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire Michael Bourn from the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 8:33 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 33-year old lefty swinging outfielder Michael Bourn from the Arizona Diamondbacks for 20-year old righty swinging outfielder Jason Heinrich.  Bourn played in 89 games for the D-Backs this year and he was 86 of 329 (.261 avg, .669 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 3 homers, 30 RBI and 13 stolen bases.  Bourn has now played in 1,337 games in his first 11 years in the show and he is 1,259 of 4,738 (.266 avg, .686 OPS) with 673 runs scored, 34 homers, 353 RBI and 339 stolen bases.  He has also played in 4 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is 1 for 10 (.100 avg, .200 OPS) with 1 RBI.  Bourn is a two time All-Star and he has won two Gold Glove Awards so far in his career.  Heinrich played in 44 games in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 34 of 147 (.231 avg, .648 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBI and 1 stolen base.  I like this move for the Orioles as Bourn will give them a speed dimension both in the field and on the bases.

The Baltimore Orioles claim Drew Stubbs off of waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:16 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs off of waivers from the Texas Rangers.  Stubbs played in 39 games for the Braves and Rangers last year in which he was 15 of 58 (.259 avg, .757 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Stubbs has now played in 881 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 682 of 2,790 (.244 avg, .710 OPS) with 443 runs scored, 92 homers, 282 RBI and 160 stolen bases.  I like this move for the Orioles, as Stubbs can play all three outfield spots defensively.  He also adds power and speed to the lineup when he’s in it.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Ashur Tolliver

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:12 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 28-year old lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver for assignment.  Tolliver pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  He also pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles this year in which he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 1.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Orioles if another team claims him off waivers.

UPDATE:  (9/3/2016) – The Orioles have lost Ashur Tolliver on waivers to the Los Angeles Angels.

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