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.

Manny Machado is rolling again for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 2:02 pm

23-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado had a true breakout season for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015.  He played in 162 games for the Orioles last year and he was 181 of 633 (.286 avg, .861 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 35 homers, 86 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  He was an American League All-Star, won a Gold Glove Award and he was 4th in the voting for the MVP Award in 2015.  Machado has picked up right where he left off in 2015 so far this year, as he has played in 9 games for the Orioles in which he is 16 for 38 (.421 avg, 1.200 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 4 RBIs.  I think Machado is in for a truly huge 2016 season for the Baltimore Orioles.

A couple of the new guys are raking for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 3:38 pm

Righty swinging outfielders Joey Rickard and Mark Trumbo are off to good starts with their bats for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016.  Rickard has played in 2 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 4 for 7 (.571 avg, 1.214 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 RBI.  Trumbo is 4 for 8 (.500 avg, 1.056 OPS) with 1 run scored and 1 stolen base so far in 2016.  Rickard was a Rule 5 Pick over the winter and the Orioles traded with the Mariners for Mark Trumbo.  The Orioles hope this pair keeps up the good work, because the Orioles are going to have to score a lot of runs to win games this year due to their starting pitching.

Joey Rickard is raking for the Baltimore Orioles this spring

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 25 March 2016 at 6:48 pm

24-year old righty swinging outfielder Joey Rickard was selected off the Tampa Bay Rays’ by the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 Draft last winter.  He is making a case to make the Orioles’ opening day roster with a red hot spring.  He has played in 20 games in spring training for the Orioles so far and he is 18 for 48 (.375 avg, .996 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Rickard 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.  He has now played in 359 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 350 of 1,237 (.283 avg, .787 OPS) with 209 runs scored, 13 homers, 149 RBIs and 73 stolen bases.  The Orioles will try to find a way to carry Rickard on the roster so that they don’t have to give him back to the Rays.

Adam Jones is rolling this year for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 12 September 2013 at 7:13 am

Lost in all of the Chris Davis hype has been the fact that 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Adam Jones is having a big time season in 2013 for the Orioles.  He has played in 145 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 172 of 592 (.291 avg, .826 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 31 homers, 102 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  He is second on the Orioles in runs scored (93), homers (31), RBIs (102) and stolen bases (13) so far this year.  He is also playing an amazing center field defensively so far this year.  Chris Davis might be the MVP for the Orioles this year, but Adam Jones isn’t far behind.

Danny Valencia is on fire at the plate for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 2 September 2013 at 1:24 pm

28-year old righty swinging 3B/DH Danny Valencia has been red hot lately for the Baltimore Orioles with a bat in his hands.  Since August 1st, Valencia has played in 6 games for the Orioles in which he is 13 of 22 (.591 avg) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs.  Valencia has now played in 30 games for the Orioles overall this year and he is 27 of 92 (.293 avg, .917 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 6 homers and 13 RBIs.  The Orioles are going to have to find a way to get Valencia more ABs, as long as he stays hot with the bat.

Brian Roberts is hitting well in August for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 19 August 2013 at 4:15 pm

35-year old switch-hitting 2B Brian Roberts is shaking off the rust at the plate for the Orioles.  He has played in 12 games so far in August for the Orioles and he is 13 of 37 (.351 avg, .894 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 9 RBIs.  He is really locked in at the plate right now as he has walked more times (7) than he has whiffed (5) so far this month.  Roberts has now played in 41 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 36 of 131 (.275 avg, .720 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 23 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Orioles hope that Roberts can stay healthy as he has really been helping them so far this month.

Manny Machado has been rock solid in 2013 for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 5 July 2013 at 6:40 am

20-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado has been raking in 2013 for the Orioles.  He has played in 86 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 118 of 370 (.319 avg, .830 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 6 homers, 42 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Machado is also leading the major leagues in doubles with an amazing 38 of them so far this year.  Machado has now played in 137 games in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 168 of 561 (.299 avg, .799 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 13 homers, 68 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  You have to think that some of those doubles will start turning into homers down the road as Machado continues to get stronger.  The sky is the limit for him moving forward.

Nate McLouth has been quite a find for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 July 2013 at 10:39 am

The Orioles caught lightning in a bottle when they signed 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nate McLouth to a minor league deal last summer.  McLouth has played in 72 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 77 for 273 (.282 avg, .769 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 6 homers, 15 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.  McLouth has now played in 127 games in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 133 of 482 (.276 avg, .772 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 13 homers, 33 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.  The Orioles need McLouth to keep up the good work batting atop of the lineup.

Chris Davis continues to rake for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 21 June 2013 at 6:52 am

27-year old lefty swinging 1B Chris Davis continues to rake for the Baltimore Orioles.  He has played in 18 games so far in June and he is 21 of 73 (.288 avg, .969 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 7 homers and 16 RBIs.  Davis has now played in 72 games overall this year and he is 89 for 264 (.337 avg, 1.132 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 26 homers and 66 RBIs.  He leads the major leagues in homers (26), slugging percentage (.720) and OPS (1.132) right now.  Now, Davis has whiffed 78 times already this year and if that continues, you have to think that his batting average will start to come down (like is has so far in June).  That won’t effect his power though.

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