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 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 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.
23-year old righty Dylan Bundy came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #1 prospect according to Baseball America. The Orioles treated Bundy with kid gloves as a reliever earlier this year to protect him, as he has suffered a lot of injuries in the minors. By watching his workload early in the year, it has enabled them to move Bundy into the starting rotation and he is look good so far in that role. In his first five starts for the Orioles this year, Bundy is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. He has given up 17 hits (6 homers) and 6 walks while whiffing 33 batters in his first 27 innings as a starting pitcher. He has given up a lot of bombs, but he has limited the damage by throwing strikes. Bundy has now pitched in 27 games (5 starts) overall this year for the Orioles and he is 5-3 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. The Orioles need Bundy to keep pitching well as they have had issues in the starting rotation all year long!
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!
24-year old righty swinging 3B Manny Machado had a game for the ages yesterday against the Chicago White Sox! Machado hit a homer in each of the first three innings of the game yesterday (James Shields in the first two innings and Matt Albers in the 3rd inning). Machado finished up the game going 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs in a 10-2 Orioles’ win. That was the first time a hitter whacked a homer in each of the first three innings of game since July 2nd, 1930 when White Sox’ outfielder Carl Reynolds did it against the New York Yankees!
Machado has now played in 105 games for the Baltimore Orioles so far this year and he is 131 of 427 (.307 avg, .923 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 32 doubles, 25 homers and 67 RBIs. Machado is leading the Orioles in both doubles and runs scored. He is also second on the team in both homers and RBIs right now. Machado has now played in 556 games in his first five years with the Orioles and he is 642 of 2,245 (.286 avg, .813 OPS) with 328 runs scored, 93 homers, 282 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Despite only being in his fifth year with the Orioles, Machado is already tied for #32 in franchise history with his 93 homers! He is also #30 in batting average (.286), #16 in SLG (.477), #30 in OPS (.813) and he is tied for #49 in doubles (135) in Orioles’ history! And he’s just getting started!
29-year old lefty swinging DH/1B Pedro Alvarez is locked in at the plate right now for the Baltimore Orioles. Since June 1st, Alvarez has played in 35 games for the Orioles in which he is 37 of 125 (.296 avg) with 21 runs scored, 12 homers and 24 RBIs. He has now played in 70 games for the Orioles so far this year and he is 57 of 228 (.250 avg, .808 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 15 homers, 35 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He is simply crushing righty pitching so far this year! They hope he stays locked in at the plate the rest of the way in 2016.
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 33-year old righty swinging 1B/2B/OF Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays for 21-year old switch-hitting catcher Jonah Heim.
Pearce played in 60 games for the Tampa Bay Rays this year and he was 63 of 204 (.309 avg, .908 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 10 homers and 29 RBIs. He is coming back to the Orioles. He has played in 266 games in his first four years with the Orioles and he is 212 of 822 (.258 avg, .816 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 43 homers, 116 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Pearce has now played in 544 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 403 of 1,579 (.255 avg, .776 OPS) with 199 runs scored, 63 homers, 209 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
Heim came into this season as the Orioles’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America, solely on the strength of his defense. Heim played in 88 games in A-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 63 of 291 (.216 avg, .644 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 7 homers, 30 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.
This was a great deal for the Orioles. I see Pearce playing a lot of left field for the Orioles the rest of the year for them in 2016.
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Wade Miley from the Mariners for 27-year old lefty starting pitcher Ariel Miranda. Miley pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Mariners this year and he was 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has given up 117 hits and 34 walks while whiffing 82 batters in his first 112 innings this year. Miley has now pitched in 157 games (153 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 56-54 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Miley was an All-Star for the Diamondbacks in 2012. He is a very average pitcher, but average is a huge improvement for the Orioles in their rotation. He will likely be their #3 starter moving forward. Miranda came into this season as the Orioles’ #23 prospect according to Baseball America. Miranda pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Miranda also pitched in 19 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year in which he was 4-7 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. This was a good deal for the Orioles as they improved their starting rotation some without giving up too much.
28-year old righty reliever/starter Vance Worley is the Swiss Army Knife for the Baltimore Orioles‘ pitching staff. Worley pitched in 23 games (4 starts) so far this year and he is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has given up 58 hits and 23 walks while whiffing 42 batters in his first 62 1/3 innings so far this year for the O’s. In his four starts this year for the Orioles, Worley is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. In his 19 games pitching out of the pen, Worley is 1-0 with a 2.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The Orioles need Worley to keep up the good work moving forward, as he has been a lifesaver so this year for the Orioles’ pitching staff.