Buck Showalter has the Baltimore Orioles moving in the right direction

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 21 March 2013 at 12:10 pm

56-year old manager Buck Showalter has the Orioles moving in the right direction.  He led them to a 93-69 (57.4%) record during the regular season and they were also 3-3 (50%) in the playoffs last year, despite boasting a pretty young roster.  Showalter is now 196-185 (51.4%) in his first three years as the Orioles’ manager during the regular season.  He is now 1,078-1,018 (51.4%) in his first 14 years during the regular season as a major league manager and he is also 6-9 (40%) in the playoffs.  Showalter has the reputation of being a manager that can get teams close, but not over the hump.  The Orioles hope that Showalter can buck that trend in 2013.

The Baltimore Orioles are loaded in the pen for the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 16 March 2013 at 8:18 pm

It all starts with 29-year old righty closer Jim Johnson.  He pitched in 71 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 2-1 with a major league leading 51 saves, a 2.49 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Johnson has now pitched in 286 games (1 start) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 15-18 with 72 saves, a 3.14 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  I look for Johnson to have another rock solid year for the Orioles in 2013.  27-year old righty Pedro Strop will be one of the main set-up men for the Orioles in 2013.  He pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the O’s last year and he was 5-2 with 3 saves, a 2.44 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Strop has now pitched in 115 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 7-3 with 3 saves, a 3.48 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  30-year old sidearming Darren O’Day gives the Orioles a different look when he’s on the mound.  He pitched in 69 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 255 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 15-6 with 2 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  35-year old righty Luis Ayala also had a very solid year for the Orioles in 2013.  He pitched in 66 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 5-5 with 1 save, a 2.64 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Ayala has now pitched in 495 games (0 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 36-46 with 19 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  27-year old lefty Troy Patton had a true breakout year for the O’s in 2012.  He pitched in 54 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 1-0 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Patton has now pitched in 78 games (2 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP.  26-year old lefty Brian Matusz is competing for a rotation spot this spring, but he pitched really well out of the pen for the O’s last year.  Matusz pitched in 34 games (16 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 6-10 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Matusz has now pitched in 86 games (68 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 22-33 with a 5.36 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  26-year old righty Tommy Hunter is likely going to be the long man in the pen for the Orioles in 2013.  He pitched in 33 games (20 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Hunter has now pitched in 98 games (75 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 33-24 with a 4.77 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  27-year old righty Jake Arrieta (like Matusz) is competing for a rotation job, but he would likely be better as a reliever where he could just let er’ rip for an inning or two.  Arrieta pitched in 24 games (18 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 3-9 with a 6.20 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  Arrieta has now pitched in 64 games (58 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 19-23 with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2013:  A

The Baltimore Orioles hope that the rotation takes another step forward in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 7 March 2013 at 1:17 pm

The Orioles had a lot of young starting pitchers step up in 2012, and they hope that it wasn’t a mirage.  30-year old righty Jason Hammel pitched the best ball of his major league career in 2012.  He pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 189 games (135 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he was 42-51 with 3 saves, a 4.78 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  27-year old lefty Wei-Yin Chen burst onto the scene in 2012 for the Orioles and he finished 4th in the A.L. Rookie of the Year Voting.  Chen pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 12-11 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  28-year old righty Miguel Gonzalez did well in his first taste of the majors in 2012.  He pitched in 18 games (15 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-4 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  The Orioles hope that both Chen and Gonzalez can pitch like they did in 2012 in 2013.  24-year old righty Chris Tillman was a very pleasant surprise for the Orioles in 2012.  He pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.  Tillman has now pitched in 51 games (all starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 16-18 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  25-year old lefty Zach Britton will likely be the #5 starter for the Orioles in 2013.  He pitched in 12 games (11 starts) for the Orioles last year and he was 5-3 with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  Britton has now pitched in 40 games (39 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 16-14 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  32-year old lefty Tsuyoshi Wada missed all of the 2012 season due to Tommy John Surgery and he will miss the first two months of the 2013 season.  20-year old righty Dylan Bundy comes into this season as the Orioles’ #1 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 23 games (all starts) in A+AA-ball last year for the Orioles and he was 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP.  He also made it to the majors last year, working in 2 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in which he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Bundy will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball.  25-year old righty Steve Johnson will be a longshot to win a rotation spot this spring.  He pitched in 12 games (4 starts) in his first taste of the majors for the Orioles last year and he was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He also pitched in 19 games (14 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 4-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2013:  B-

The Baltimore Orioles hope that Nick Markakis can stay healthy in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 3:02 pm

The Baltimore Orioles hope that 29-year old lefty swinging RF Nick Markakis can stay healthy in 2013.  He played in 104 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 125 of 420 (.298 avg, .834 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 13 homers, 54 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 102 games (all starts) in RF for the Orioles last year and he had 3 assists and 2 errors there while showing slightly below average range.  Markakis has now played in 1,050 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 1,198 for 4,055 (.295 avg, .819 OPS) with 579 runs scored, 117 homers, 549 RBIs and 56 stolen bases.  36-year old righty swinging Lew Ford and 29-year old righty swinging Steve Pearce will try to win backup jobs for the Orioles this spring.  Ford played in 25 games for the Orioles last year and he was 13 of 71 (.183 avg, .609 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Ford has now played in 519 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 425 of 1,585 (.268 avg, .744 OPS) with 235 runs scored, 35 homers, 176 RBIs and 48 stolen bases.  Pearce played in 40 games for the Astros, Orioles and Yankees last year in which he was 22 of 96 (.229 avg, .711 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 18 RBIs.  He played in 19 games (14 starts) in RF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there while showing poor range.  He has now played in 246 games in his first 6 years in the majors and he is 146 of 624 (.234 avg, .677 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 13 homers, 78 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  B

The Baltimore Orioles are expecting another big year out of Adam Jones in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 2:49 pm

The Baltimore Orioles are hoping for big things again out of 27-year old righty swinging CF Adam Jones.  Jones played in 162 games for the Orioles last year and he was 186 of 648 (.287 avg, .839 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 32 homers, 82 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Jones played in 162 games (161 starts) in CF for the Orioles last year and he had 7 assists and 8 errors there while showing out of this world range.  Jones has now played in 786 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 802 of 2,885 (.278 avg, .775 OPS) with 413 runs scored, 107 homers, 373 RBIs and 60 stolen bases.  If Jones needs a day off during the season, the Orioles could just shift Nate McLouth over from LF.  McLouth played in 10 games (4 starts) in CF last year and he had 0 errors or assists there while showing off outstanding range.  23-year old lefty swinging Xavier Avery also could get in on the action for the Orioles at some point in 2013.  He played in 32 games in his first taste of the majors last year for the Orioles and he was 21 of 94 (.223 avg, .645 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He also played in 102 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 92 of 390 (.236 avg, .686 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 8 homers, 34 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  Avery played in 1 game in CF for the Orioles last year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTER FIELDERS IN 2013:  A+

The Baltimore Orioles might be platooning in LF in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 27 February 2013 at 2:40 pm

31-year old lefty swinging Nate McLouth and 29-year old righty swinging Nolan Reimold could wind up platooning in LF for the Orioles in 2013.  McLouth played in 89 games for the Orioles and Pirates last year and he was 64 of 266 (.241 avg, .694 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 7 homers, 20 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  He played in 64 games (55 starts) in LF last year and he had 1 assist and 1 error there while showing poor range.  McLouth has now played in 820 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 642 of 2,587 (.248 avg, .756 OPS) with 435 runs scored, 88 homers, 290 RBIs and 99 stolen bases.  Reimold was off to an outstanding start for the Orioles before a serious injury cut his season short in 2012.  He played in 16 games for the Orioles last year and he was 21 of 67 (.313 avg, .960 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers, 10 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 15 games (14 starts) in LF last year for the Orioles and he had 0 assists and 3 errors there while showing slightly above average range.  Reimold has now played in 246 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 211 of 808 (.261 avg, .794 OPS) with 108 runs scored, 36 homers, 114 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  22-year old righty swinging L.J. Hoes will be trying to win a backup job this spring for the O’s.  He played in 2 games in his first taste of the majors for the Orioles last year and he was 0 for 1.  He also played in 133 games in AA+AAA-ball last year in which he was 147 of 513 (.287 avg, .759 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 5 homers, 54 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  25-year old switch-hitting Trayvon Robinson could also get some P.T. in LF at some point in 2013 for the Orioles.  He played in 46 games for the Mariners last year and he was 32 of 145 (.221 avg, .618 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 3 homers, 12 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He played in 46 games (39 starts) in LF last year and he had 0 assists and 2 errors there while showing out of this world range.  Robinson has now played in 90 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 62 of 288 (.215 avg, .602 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 26 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Robinson is a hacker at the plate though as he has whiffed 104 times while only walking 22 times so far in his career.  30-year old lefty swinging Chris Dickerson will also get a shot to win a backup job for the O’s this spring.  He played in 25 games for the Yankees last year and he was 4 for 14 (.286 avg, 1.126 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Dickerson played in 18 games (1 start) in LF last year and he had 0 assists and 0 errors while showing terrible range there.  Dickerson has now played in 258 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 138 of 518 (.266 avg, .760 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 11 homers, 47 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  23-year old Xavier Avery, 36-year old Lew Ford and 29-year old Steve Pearce could also get some P.T. at some point in 2013 for the Orioles in LF.  Avery played in 27 games (23 starts) in LF for the Orioles last year and he had 1 assist and 2 errors there while showing outstanding range.  Ford played in 13 games (9 starts) in LF last year and he had 2 assists and 0 errors there while showing outstanding range.  Pearce played in 23 games (16 starts) in LF last year and he had 1 assist and 0 errors there while showing good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LEFT FIELDERS IN 2013:  B-

The Baltimore Orioles might be platooning at DH in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 February 2013 at 4:49 am

Switch-hitting Wilson Betemit and 26-year old righty swinging Russ Canzler might platoon at DH for the Orioles.  Betemit played in 102 games for the Orioles last year and he was 89 of 341 (.261 avg, .744 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 12 homers and 40 RBIs.  He has now played in 799 games in his first 1o years in the majors and he is 558 of 2,083 (.268 avg, .778 OPS) with 264 runs scored, 75 homers, 283 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  Betemit is only a career .228 hitter with a .637 OPS as a right handed batter, which is the reason to platoon at DH.  Russ Canzler played in 26 games for the Indians last year and he was 25 of 93 (.269 avg, .697 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 11 RBIs.  He also played in 130 games in AAA-ball for the Tribe in which he was 129 of 487 (.268 avg, .815 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 22 homers, 79 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Canzler has now played in 29 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 26 of 96 (.271 avg, .700 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DESIGNATED HITTERS IN 2013:  C

The Baltimore Orioles have high hopes to Manny Machado

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Saturday 16 February 2013 at 7:30 am

The Orioles have high hopes for 20-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado.  Machado played in 51 games in his first taste of the majors last year for the O’s and he was 50 for 191 (.262 avg, .739 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 7 homers, 26 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He played in 51 games (all starts) at 3B last year for the Orioles and he had 5 errors while showing good range.  Machado also played in 109 games in AA-ball last year and he was 107 of 402 (.266 avg, .789 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 11 homers, 59 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.  Machado has a huge upside for the Orioles.  28-year old righty swinging Danny Valencia will try to win a backup job for the Orioles this spring.  He played in 44 games for the Red Sox and Twins last year in which he was 29 of 154 (.188 avg, .497 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 21 RBIs.  He played in 44 games (40 starts) at 3B last year and he had 4 errors there while showing outstanding range.  Valencia has now played in 283 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 261 of 1,017 (.257 avg, .686 OPS) with 107 runs scored, 25 homers, 133 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  26-year old lefty swinging Ryan Flaherty could also play some 3B for the Orioles, if need be.  He played in 17 games (7 starts) at 3B for the Orioles last year and he had 1 error while showing pretty horrible range there.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013:  B

The Baltimore Orioles are hoping for better work out of the 2B in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 7 February 2013 at 1:56 pm

The Orioles hope that 35-year old switch-hitting Brian Roberts can help them out a little bit in 2013.  He only played in 17 games for the Orioles last year and he was 12 of 66 (.182 avg, .415 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base.   He played in 17 games (all starts) at 2B for the O’s last year and he had 1 error while showing off pretty good range.  Roberts has now played in 1,250 games in his first 12 years with the Orioles and he is 1,386 of 4,949 (.280 avg, .764 OPS) with 777 runs scored, 84 homers, 482 RBIs and 275 stolen bases.  The O’s claimed 28-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Alexi Casilla off waivers from the Twins over the winter.  He played in 106 games for the Twins last year and he was 72 of 299 (.241 avg, .603 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 1 homer, 30 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  Casilla played in 96 games (83 starts) at 2B for the Twins last year and he made 9 errors there while showing off out of this world range.  Casilla has now played in 515 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 395 of 1,580 (.250 avg, .639 OPS) with 210 runs scored, 11 homers, 147 RBIs and 71 stolen bases.  26-year old lefty swinging Ryan Flaherty was a Rule 5 Draft Pick of the Orioles two winters ago.  He played in 77 games for the Orioles last year and he was 33 of 153 (.216 avg, .617 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 6 homers, 19 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Flaherty was a hacker at the plate last year as he whiffed 43 times while only walking 6 times.  He played in 28 games (20 starts) at 2B for the Orioles last year and he made 1 error while showing off pretty good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SECOND BASEMEN IN 2013:  D+

Chris Davis is likely going to have a home at 1B for 2013 for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Friday 1 February 2013 at 4:57 pm

26-year old lefty swinging Chris Davis is likely going to be the Orioles’ full-time 1B in 2013.  Davis played in 139 games for the Orioles last year and he was 139 of 515 (.270 avg, .827 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 33 homers, 85 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Davis played in 38 games (all starts) for the Orioles at 1B last year and he made 4 errors.  Davis does not have much range, but if he hits well again in 2013, the Orioles will be o.k. with his defensive shortcomings.  Davis has now played in 436 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 392 of 1,520 (.258 avg, .775 OPS) with 206 runs scored, 77 homers, 222 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  Davis has big time power but he whiffs a lot.  The Orioles will live with the whiffs as long as Davis hits 25-35 homers in 2013 and he’s more than capable of doing that.  29-year old righty swinging Steve Pearce, 29-year old lefty swinging Travis Ishikawa and 30-year old righty swinging Conor Jackson will duke it out in spring training for a bench job behind Davis.  Pearce played in 40 games for the Astros, Orioles and Yankees last year in which he was 22 of 96 (.229 avg, .711 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 4 homers and 18 RBIs.  He played in 19 games (14 starts) last year at 1B and he made 1 error.  Pearce can also play outfield corner spots defensively.  Pearce has now played in 246 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 146 of 624 (.234 avg, .677 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 13 homers, 78 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Ishikawa played in 94 games for the Brewers last year and he was 39 of 152 (.257 avg, .757 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers and 30 RBIs.  He played in 43 games (27 starts) at 1B for the Brewers last year and he only made 2 errors.  He is a good defensive 1B.  Ishikawa has now played in 375 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 199 of 755 (.264 avg, .733 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 19 homers, 110 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Jackson played in 88 games in AAA-ball for the White Sox last year and he was 88 of 318 (.277 avg, .797 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 9 homers, 41 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Jackson last played in the majors back in 2011 with the A’s and the Red Sox.  He has played in 658 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 591 of 2,184 (.271 avg, .757 OPS) with 291 runs scored, 52 homers, 295 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE FIRST BASEMEN IN 2013:  B

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