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.
23-year old righty starting pitcher Dylan Bundy came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. He was out of options this year, so it forced the Orioles to keep him or expose him to waivers. In an effort to keep him healthy, the Orioles are using him out of the bullpen this year. He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. He has given up 5 hits and 1 walk in his first 4 1/3 innings this year, but he has yet to whiff any batters. He has now pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Bundy will likely be a starter down the road for the Orioles, but they are likely going to treat him with kid gloves in 2016.
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 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 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.
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.
The Baltimore Orioles didn’t expect 29-year old switch-hitting catcher Matt Wieters to accept the qualifying offer they extended to him, but he did. He is off to a slow start with the bat for the O’s so far this year. He has played in 5 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 4 for 20 (.200 avg, .488 OPS) with 0 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs. 29-year old righty swinging Caleb Joseph hasn’t done much at the plate so far this year either. He has played in 2 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1 for 6 (.167 avg, .452 OPS) with 2 runs scored. I think these guys will get back on the right track in the near future.
27-year old righty Chris Tillman appears to be back on the right track in 2016. He pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Baltimore Orioles last year and he was 11-11 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. But, he has started 2 games so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. He has only given up 4 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 10 batters in his first seven innings this year, which are pretty impressive numbers. The Orioles need Tillman to start pitching deeper in games, and that will likely happen as the year goes on. The more important thing is for Tillman to be effective.
Lefty closer Zach Britton and righty set-up men Darren O’Day and Brad Brach have been lights out for the Baltimore Orioles so far this year. Brach has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP. He has not given up any hits in his first 4 1/3 innings this year while walking 3 batters and whiffing 7 of them. O’Day has pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He has given up 3 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 8 batters in his first 4 innings pitched this year! Britton has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 1-0 with 2 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP. He has given up 1 hit and walked 1 batter while whiffing 4 in his first three innings this year. Britton, O’Day and Brach have combined to go 2-0 with 3 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP so far this year.
The Baltimore Orioles have signed 28-year old righty reliever Eric Fornataro to a minor league deal. He pitched in 36 games (1 start) in AAA-ball for the Washington Nationals last year and he was 1-4 with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Fornataro has now pitched in 255 games (72 starts) in his first 8 years in the minors and he is 29-52 with 22 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. His lone major league experience came back in 2014 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched in 8 games (0 starts) for the Cardinals in 2014 and he was 0-0 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He will likely start out in AAA-ball for the Orioles.