When most people think about great first basemen in Baltimore Orioles’ history, Eddie Murray is the first guy to come to mind. But, lefty swinging Boog Powell was also an outstanding 1B for the Baltimore Orioles. Powell played in 1,763 games in his 14 years with the Orioles and he was 1,574 of 5,912 (.266 avg, .826 OPS) with 796 runs scored, 303 homers, 1,063 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Powell also played in 33 games in the post-season for the Orioles and he was 33 of 126 (.262 avg, .760 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers and 18 RBI. In the 1966 and 1970 World Series’ (both won by the Orioles), Powell played in 9 games in which he was 10 for 31 (.323 avg) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBI. Powell was the American League MVP for the Orioles in 1970. Powell played in 154 games for the Orioles in 1970 and he was 156 of 526 (.297 avg, .962 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 35 homers, 114 RBI and 1 stolen base. Powell had 4 years of 34 or more homers and 3 years in which he had at least 109 RBI! Powell was a 4-time All-Star for the Orioles! Powell is still #3 in homers in Orioles’ history with 303 of them. He is also tied for #36 in OBP (.362), tied for #19 in SLG (.465), tied for #21 in OPS (.826), #5 in games played (1,763), #8 in runs scored (796), #6 in hits (1,574), #13 in doubles (243), #4 in RBI (1,063) and he is #4 in walks (889) in Orioles’ history!
28-year old righty Vance Worley has been a godsend for the Baltimore Orioles‘ pitching staff, as he has been working in any capacity that they have needed him to this year. Worley has pitched in 32 games (4 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has given up 78 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 80 innings for the Orioles so far this year. In Worley’s four starts so far this year for the O’s, he is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. In his 28 games out of the pen, Worley is 1-0 with 1 save, a 2.95 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
The Baltimore Orioles have designated 29-year old righty reliever Odrisamer Despaigne for assignment. Despaigne pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP. He gave up 32 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 17 batters in his 27 1/3 innings for the Orioles this year. He has now pitched in 66 games (34 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 9-18 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. This isn’t going to hurt the Orioles too much moving forward, as Despaigne didn’t pitch too well for them this year.
UPDATE: (9/15/2016) – The Orioles have lost Odrisamer Despaigne on waivers to the Miami Marlins.
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 have claimed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Drew Stubbs off of waivers from the Texas Rangers. Stubbs played in 39 games for the Braves and Rangers last year in which he was 15 of 58 (.259 avg, .757 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBI and 8 stolen bases. Stubbs has now played in 881 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 682 of 2,790 (.244 avg, .710 OPS) with 443 runs scored, 92 homers, 282 RBI and 160 stolen bases. I like this move for the Orioles, as Stubbs can play all three outfield spots defensively. He also adds power and speed to the lineup when he’s in it.
The Baltimore Orioles have designated 28-year old lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver for assignment. Tolliver pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year in his first taste of the majors and he was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP. He also pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles this year in which he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 1.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Orioles if another team claims him off waivers.
UPDATE: (9/3/2016) – The Orioles have lost Ashur Tolliver on waivers to the Los Angeles Angels.
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 have designated 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment. Borbon played in 6 games for the Orioles this year and he was 4 of 13 (.308 avg, 615 OPS) with 1 run scored. Borbon has now played in 294 games in his first five years in the show and he is 219 of 802 (.273 avg, .665 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 8 homers, 76 RBI and 47 stolen bases.
UPDATE: (8/30/2016) – The Orioles have outrighted Julio Borbon to AAA.
The Baltimore Orioles have designated 27-year old lefty reliever T.J. McFarland for assignment. McFarland pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 2-2 with a 6.93 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. He gave up 33 hits and 10 walks while whiffing 7 batters in his 24 2/3 innings for the Orioles this year, so he got hit extremely hard this year. McFarland pitched in 121 games (2 starts) for the Orioles in his four years with the Orioles and he was 12-7 with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP.
UPDATE: (9/29/2016) – The Orioles have sent T.J. McFarland to AAA.
The Baltimore Orioles have signed 30-year old righty reliever Tommy Hunter to a 1-year deal and he made his debut with them yesterday. He worked 1 shutout inning yesterday for the O’s, allowing 1 hit and whiffing 1 batter. Hunter pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Cleveland Indians earlier this year and he was 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Hunter has now pitched in 213 games (31 starts) in his first six years with the Orioles and he is 21-20 with 15 saves, a 4.21 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Hunter has now pitched in 306 games (75 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 48-35 with 16 saves, a 4.29 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. I like this move for the Orioles, as Hunter will help them lengthen the pen.