The Baltimore Orioles have released Lew Ford

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 27 August 2013 at 7:24 am

The Orioles have released 37-year old righty swinging outfielder Lew Ford.  Ford played in 33 games in Rookie+AA+AAA-ball this year and he was 28 of 121 (.231 avg, .759 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 5 homers and 14 RBIs.  He did play 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.  This could be the end of Ford’s professional baseball career.

Chris Jones is looking pretty sharp in the minors for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 25 August 2013 at 11:55 am

24-year old lefty reliever Chris Jones could get his first shot at the show in September for the Orioles.  Jones has pitched in 32 games (2 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles and Braves so far this year and he is 3-3 with 2 saves, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  Jones has given up 76 hits and 31 walks while whiffing 50 batters in his first 72 1/3 innings in the minors so far this year.  Jones has now pitched in 187 games (26 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 27-23 with 7 saves, a 3.45 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  You can never have too many lefty relievers in September when you’re trying to make the playoffs.

The Baltimore Orioles release Chris Pettit

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 4 August 2013 at 3:19 pm

The Orioles have released 28-year old righty swinging outfielder Chris Pettit.  Pettit played in 29 games in AA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 8 for 64 (.125 avg, .472 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs.  Pettit last played in the majors in 2011 for the Los Angeles Angels.  Pettit has played in 11 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 2 for 7 (.286 avg, .571 OPS) with 2 runs scored.  This is absolutely no loss moving forward for the Orioles.

Adam Russell is looking good in AAA-ball for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 20 July 2013 at 7:44 am

30-year old righty reliever Adam Russell is trying to work his way back to the majors for the Orioles.  He has pitched in 28 games (3 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the O’s and he is 3-2 with 2 saves, a 2.49 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  Russell has given up 36 hits and 26 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his first 47 innings in the minors so far this year.  He will need to tighten up his control a bit before the Orioles consider calling him up.  Russell last pitched in the majors back in 2011 with the Tampa Bay Rays.  Russell has pitched in 85 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 8-3 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles DFA Russ Canzler

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 6 July 2013 at 2:45 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have designated 1B/3B/DH Russ Canzler for assignment.  Canzler played in 86 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 89 of 323 (.276 avg, .799 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 11 homers, 49 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Canzler last played in the majors in 2012 with the Indians.  He has played in 29 games in his first two years in the majors and he was 26 of 96 (.271 avg, .700 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 12 RBIs.  Canzler might not clear waivers.

UPDATE:  (7/13/2013) – The Orioles have dealt Russ Canzler to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 24-year old righty reliever Tim Alderson.  Alderson pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Pirates this year and he was 4-1 with 2 saves, a 2.43 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  He has given up 44 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 55 batters in his first 55 2/3 innings in the majors so far this year, which are solid numbers.  Alderson has now pitched in 180 games (90 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 43-25 with 5 saves, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  I like this deal for the O’s as Alderson was a very highly thought of prospect not too long ago.

The Baltimore Orioles are likely dangling Jake Arrieta as trade bait

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trade Rumors by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 7:02 am

No one questions 27-year old righty starter Jake Arrieta’s arm strength or his quality stuff, but the Orioles definitely have him on the trade block.  He was reportedly offered to the San Diego Padres for righty starter Edison Volquez.  Arrieta is pitching in AAA right now for the Orioles.  He has pitched in 8 games (7 starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 4-3 with a 5.14 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Orioles this year in which he is 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP.  Arrieta has now pitched in 69 games (63 starts) in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  I think opposing teams think that a change of scenery would get Arrieta to reach his full potential.  With that in mind, the Orioles can’t sell him too low.

Trent Howard is looking good in A-ball for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 6:30 am

23-year old lefty reliever/starter Trent Howard is off to a good start in A-ball for the Orioles.  He has pitched in 16 games (4 starts) in A-ball for the O’s so far this year and he is 3-0 with 1 save, a 1.51 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Howard has given up 33 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 41 2/3 innings, which is impressive.  Howard has now pitched in 54 games (31 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 12-12 with 1 save, a 3.57 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Howard could be in line for a promotion to AA-ball in the near future.

The Baltimore Orioles deal catcher Chris Robinson to the Padres

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 5:41 pm

The Orioles have dealt 29-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Robinson to the San Diego Padres to a player to be named later.  Robinson played in 29 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 26 of 108 (.241 avg, .546 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 5 RBIs.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Orioles as Robinson was a backup catcher in AAA.

Travis Ishikawa has opted out of his minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 17 June 2013 at 10:09 am

29-year old lefty swinging 1B Travis Ishikawa has opted out of his minor league deal with the Orioles and he has become a free agent.  Ishikawa played in 49 games in AAA-ball this year for the O’s and he was 56 of 177 (.316 avg, .939 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 7 homers, 31 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He last played in the majors in 2012 with the Brewers.  He has 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.  Ishikawa will have no problem finding a new team in the very near future.

UPDATE:  (6/18/2013) – The Orioles decided to call up Ishikawa instead of letting him leave as a free agent.  He will be active for tonight’s game.

The Baltimore Orioles acquire 1B Seth Loman from the White Sox

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 8 June 2013 at 6:40 am

The Orioles have acquired 27-year old lefty swinging 1B Seth Loman from the White Sox for cash considerations.  Loman played in 39 games in AAA-ball for the White Sox this year and he was 27 of 121 (.223 avg, .861 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 8 homers and 19 RBIs.  He has whiffed 49 times already this year, so he does have some holes in his swing.  Loman has played in 668 games in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 672 of 2,387 (.282 avg, .891 OPS) with 398 runs scored, 123 homers, 424 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  This was a depth move for the Orioles.

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