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.

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.

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.

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.

The Baltimore Orioles deal Alfredo Marte to the Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 5:07 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have dealt 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Alfredo Marte to the Philadelphia Phillies for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.  Marte played in 2 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0 for 5 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 2 whiffs.  Marte has played in 71 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 28 for 155 (.181 avg, .532 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This is no loss to the Orioles moving forward.

The Baltimore Orioles release Todd Redmond

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 16 April 2016 at 12:50 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have released 30-year old righty starter/reliever Todd Redmond.  Redmond pitched in 2 games (both starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-2 with a 27.00 ERA and a 4.20 WHIP!  He worked 5 innings in AAA-ball this year and he gave up 18 hits (2 homers) and he walked 3 batters while whiffing 6.  Redmond has pitched in 67 games (16 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 5-8 with 1 save, a 4.25 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  This is no loss for the Orioles moving forward.

The Baltimore Orioles claim Scott McGough off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 2:07 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have claimed 26-year old righty reliever Scott McGough off waivers from the Miami Marlins.  McGough pitched in 2 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Marlins this year and he was 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.38 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 143 games (1 start) in his first five years in the minors and he is 10-17 with 18 saves, a 3.11 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  McGough’s only Major League experience came in 2015, when he worked in 6 games (0 starts) for the Miami Marlins in which he was 0-0 with a 9.45 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP.  He will start his career with Baltimore in AAA-ball.

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