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.

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 acquire Kyle Lobstein from the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 5:08 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 27-year old lefty starter/reliever Kyle Lobstein from the Pittsburgh Pirates for 29-year old lefty reliever Zach Phillips.  Lobstein pitched in 14 games (0 starts) for the Pirates this year and he was 2-0 with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  He gave up 25 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 15 batters in his 25 innings pitched for the Pirates this year.  Lobstein has now pitched in 34 games (17 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 6-10 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  Phillips pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 9-3 with 1 save, a 4.45 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

UPDATE:  Shortly after acquiring Kyle Lobstein, the Orioles designated him for assignment to claim outfielder Drew Stubbs off of waivers from the Rangers.

UPDATE II:  (9/3/2016) – The Baltimore Orioles have outrighted Kyle Lobstein to AAA.

The Baltimore Orioles sign Chris Dickerson

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 21 August 2016 at 9:20 am

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 34-year old lefty swinging outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor league deal.  He will be assigned to AA-ball to start his time with the Orioles.  Dickerson hasn’t play anywhere this year.  He played in 38 games in AAA-ball for the Blue Jays last year and he was 38 of 141 (.270 avg, .694 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Dickerson last played in the show in 2014 for the Cleveland Indians.  Dickerson has played in 355 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 185 of 721 (.257 avg, .730 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 17 homers, 66 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  The Orioles might bring Dickerson up when rosters expand in September, as long as he looks good in the minors the next couple of weeks.

The Baltimore Orioles release Tom Gorzelanny

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 14 August 2016 at 9:09 am

The Baltimore Orioles have released 34-year old lefty reliever Tom Gorzelanny.  Gorzelanny pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.67 WHIP.  He also pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Indians earlier this year in which he was 1-0 with a 21.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Gorzelanny has now pitched in 314 games (121 starts) in his first 12 years in the show and he is 50-53 with 2 saves, a 4.40 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This is no loss for the Orioles moving forward.

The Baltimore Orioles call up Donnie Hart

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 12 August 2016 at 8:43 am

The Baltimore Orioles have called up 25-year old lefty reliever Donnie Hart.  Hart pitched in 3 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Orioles and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He has given up 2 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 1 batter in his first 2 2/3 innings in the show in his career so far.  To make room for Hart on the pitching staff, the Orioles have sent 31-year old righty reliever Logan Ondrusek to AA.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles have released Sam Deduno

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 7:52 am

The Baltimore Orioles have released 33-year old righty reliever/starter Sam Deduno.  Deduno pitched in 10 games (1 start) in Rookie-ball for the Orioles and he was 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP.  He gave up only 8 hits and 3 walks while whiffing 23 batters in his 18 innings in the minors for the Orioles this year.  Deduno has pitched in 83 games (44 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 16-20 with 1 save, a 4.38 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Orioles.

Garrett Cleavinger is looking sharp in the minors for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 10:06 am

22-year old lefty reliever Garrett Cleavinger came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #26 prospect according to Baseball America.  He is moving up that list right now!  He has pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in A-ball for the Orioles so far this year and he is 7-1 with 4 saves, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Cleavinger has now pitched in 48 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 13-2 with 8 saves, a 2.22 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He has given up 59 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 114 batters in his first 89 innings in the minors.  If he can tighten up his control a little bit, look out!

The Baltimore Orioles sign Tom Gorzelanny

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 26 July 2016 at 6:27 am

The Baltimore Orioles have signed 34-year old lefty reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 7 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Indians and he was 1-0 with a 21.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  He gave up 4 hits (1 homer) and 5 walks while whiffing 4 batters in his three innings with the Indians this year.  Gorzelanny has now pitched in 314 games (121 starts) in his first 12 years in the show and he is 50-53 with 2 saves, a 4.40 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  This was a depth signing and little more for the Orioles.

The Baltimore Orioles lose Hunter Harvey for the rest of the 2016 and beyond

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 2:46 pm

21-year old righty starting pitcher Hunter Harvey came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.  But he needs Tommy John surgery that will knock him out for the rest of the 2016 season and most of the 2017 season.  Harvey has pitched in 5 games (all starts) in Rookie+A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  He gave up 12 hits and 6 walks while whiffing 18 batters in his 12 2/3 innings in the minors this year.  Harvey has now pitched in 30 games (all starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 7-7 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

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