21-year old lefty swinging catcher Chance Sisco came into the 2016 as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #3 prospect according to Baseball America. He has played in 27 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 31 of 89 (.348 avg, .882 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers and 14 RBIs. Sisco has now walked 19 times while whiffing only 13 times so far this year. Sisco has now played in 269 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 313 of 954 (.328 avg, .842 OPS) with 125 runs scored, 12 homers, 122 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He is the Orioles’ catcher of the very near future!
The Baltimore Orioles are getting good work out of three of their starting pitchers right now. 28-year old righty Chris Tillman has been rock solid for the Orioles all season long so far in 2016. Tillman has pitched in 8 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 5-1 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He has given up 35 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 47 batters in his first 45 1/3 innings this year for the Orioles, as he has seemed to have rebounded nicely from his rough 2015 season. 26-year old righty Tyler Wilson moved into the starting rotation when Yovani Gallardo was placed on the D.L. due to a shoulder issue. Wilson has pitched in 7 games (4 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He has given up 26 hits and 7 walks while whiffing 15 batters in his first 30 2/3 innings pitched in 2016. No reason to take him out of the rotation any time soon with the way he is pitching right now. 25-year old righty starting pitcher Kevin Gausman started the 2016 season on the D.L., but he has been making up for lost time since he has been activated. He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP. He has given up 15 hits and he has walked 5 batters while whiffing 23 of them in his first 25 innings so far this year. Gausman seems to finally be putting everything together for the Orioles. The Orioles need these three guys to keep rolling!
30-year old righty swinging CF Adam Jones is off to a lousy start with the bat in 2016 for the Baltimore Orioles. Jones has played in 26 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is only 19 of 95 (.200 avg, .543 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. Jones has been a little banged up this year, which gives him an excuse. That being said, from 2012-2015, Jones played in 618 games for the Orioles in which he was 700 of 2,491 (.281 avg) with 365 runs scored, 121 homers, 368 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. Jones was an American League All-Star for the Orioles in every year from 2012-15. He also won Gold Gloves in three of those years and he won a Silver Slugger Award. The Orioles need Jones to pick up the pace with the bat in the near future.
The Baltimore Orioles have sent 26-year old lefty reliever T.J. McFarland to AAA. McFarland pitched in 8 games (0 starts) this year for the Orioles and he was 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He has now pitched in 113 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the O’s and he is 10-6 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. McFarland will be back with the Baltimore Orioles at some point in 2016.
The Baltimore Orioles have designated 26-year old righty reliever Scott McGough for assignment. McGough pitched in 6 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 12.71 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP. McGough pitched in 8 games (0 starts) overall in AAA-ball this year for the O’s and Marlins in which he was 0-1 with a 12.96 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP. McGough pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Marlins last year (his only Major League experience to date) and he was 0-0 with a 9.45 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP. This is no loss for the Orioles, as they needed McGough’s 40-man roster spot to call up infielder Paul Janish.
UPDATE: (5/9/2016) – The Orioles have outrighted Scott McGough to AAA.
33-year old righty swinging SS Paul Janish is playing well in AAA-ball so far this year for the Baltimore Orioles. Janish has played in 21 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Orioles and he is 24 of 73 (.329 avg, .720 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Janish played in 14 games for the Orioles last year and he was 10 for 35 (.286 avg, .649 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. Janish has now played in 445 games in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 241 of 1,115 (.216 avg, .574 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 7 homers, 84 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Janish might get called up soon to help replace J.J. Hardy.
UPDATE: (5/7/2016) – The Orioles have called up Paul Janish.
28-year old righty starting pitcher Chris Tillman is looking pretty solid so far this year for the Baltimore Orioles. He has pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He has given up 24 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 32 innings so far this year, which are pretty impressive numbers. The Orioles hope that Tillman keeps pitching well, as he was not good at all in 2015. He pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Orioles in 2015 and he was 11-11 with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
The Baltimore Orioles will be without starting shortstop J.J. Hardy for the next 6-8 weeks due to a fractured foot. Hardy has played in 22 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 19 of 78 (.244 avg, .701 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs. The Orioles will likely slide Manny Machado over to SS to replace Hardy. With Pedro Alvarez and 29-year old lefty swinging Ryan Flaherty handling the hot corner. Flaherty played in 4 games earlier this year for the Orioles and he was 2 for 10 (.200 avg, .473 OPS) with 1 stolen base. Flaherty played in 5 games in AAA-ball after his demotion and he was 8 for 19 (.421 avg, .974 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.
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 signed 29-year old lefty swinging DH/1B/3B Pedro Alvarez this spring to a 1-year, $5.75 million dollar deal late in free agency to provide them with power. From 2012-2015, Alvarez averaged 27.8 homers and 79.5 RBIs per season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But, he has shown none of that kind of power so far this year. Alvarez has played in 15 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 8 for 44 (.182 avg, .558 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. The Orioles aren’t going to wait forever for Alvarez to start hitting….so he needs to start showing them something soon.