Ubaldo Jimenez has been downright awful for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 3:02 pm

32-year old righty starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been downright awful for the Baltimore Orioles so far in 2016.  Jimenez has pitched in 12 games (all starts) so far this year for the Orioles and he is 3-6 with a 6.21 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  He has given up 83 hits and an American League leading 35 walks while whiffing 52 batters in his first 62 1/3 innings so far this year!  He is in the 3rd year of a 4-year, $50 million dollar deal for the Orioles.  He has pitched in 69 games (66 starts) in his first three years with the Orioles and he is 21-25 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  The Orioles can’t afford to keep Jimenez in the rotation much longer if they want to make the playoffs in 2016.

Mychal Givens is rolling for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 9 June 2016 at 2:57 pm

26-year old righty reliever Mychal Givens has been downright nasty for the Baltimore Orioles so far this year.  He has pitched in 23 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  He has given up 26 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 40 batters in his first 28 1/3 innings for the Orioles so far this year.  He has now pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 7-0 with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He has given up only 46 hits and 19 walks while whiffing 70 batters in the first 58 1/3 innings of his Major League career.  The smartest move Givens ever made was giving up playing the infield and converting to a pitcher in the minors.  He has awesome stuff!

Jomar Reyes is off to a slow start in the minors for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 7:21 am

19-year old righty swinging 3B Jomar Reyes came into this season as the Baltimore Orioles‘ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  Reyes is off to a slow start in the minors this year.  Reyes has played in 52 games in A-ball so far this year and he is 42 of 189 (.222 avg, .612 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers and 20 RBIs.  Reyes has now played in 194 games in his first three years in the minors and he is 185 of 700 (.264 avg, .726 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 13 homers, 97 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  The Orioles are going to take things slowly with Reyes, as he is still really young.

The Baltimore Orioles release Andy Oliver

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 3 June 2016 at 4:14 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have released 28-year old lefty reliever/starter Andy Oliver after he opted out of his minor league contract.  Oliver pitched in 13 games (4 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He has pitched in 7 games (all starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA and a 1.83 WHIP.  The Orioles won’t miss Oliver too much moving forward.

UPDATE:  (6/17/2016) – The Baltimore Orioles have re-signed Andy Oliver to a minor league deal.

The Baltimore Orioles place Darren O’Day on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 3 June 2016 at 4:11 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 33-year old righty reliever Darren O’Day on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 2nd, due to a strained right hamstring.  O’Day has pitched in 22 games (0 starts) for the Orioles so far this year and he is 2-1 with 2 saves, a 3.15 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He has given up 18 hits (a whopping 5 homers) and 9 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his first 20 innings this year.  O’Day has now pitched in 295 games (0 starts) in his first five years with the O’s and he is 25-9 with 14 saves, a 2.00 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

The Baltimore Orioles send Mike Wright to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Pitching BP,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 2 June 2016 at 5:14 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have sent 26-year old righty starting pitcher Mike Wright to AAA.  Wright pitched in 10 games (9 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  He has given up 56 hits (9 homers) and 16 walks while whiffing 36 batters in his first 49 innings this year, so he got hit hard.  Wright has now pitched in 22 games (18 starts) in his first two years with the Orioles and he is 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.  The Orioles might want to try out Wright as a reliever in the minors, as he has a really good arm.

UPDATE:  (6/3/2016) – The Orioles have called Mike Wright back up to the majors to replace Darren O’Day, who has been placed on the D.L.

The Baltimore Orioles call up Brian Duensing

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 2 June 2016 at 5:11 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have called up 33-year old lefty reliever Brian Duensing.  Duensing pitched in 15 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles and Royals this year and he was 1-0 with 2 saves, a 2.70 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.  He has pitched in 354 games (61 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 41-37 with 2 saves, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  He will work out of the pen for the Orioles.

Joey Rickard slowed down big time in May for the Baltimore Orioles

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Thursday 2 June 2016 at 7:54 am

25-year old righty swinging rookie outfielder Joey Rickard was a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Tampa Bay Rays last winter.  Then he had a good spring and wound up winning the starting LF job.  He started out like a ball of fire and he had a good first month of his career in April.  But, in May, pitchers seemed to have figured him out a bit.  He played in 26 games in May for the Orioles and he was 18 of 84 (.214 avg, .622 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Rickard has now played in 50 games overall this year for the Orioles and he is 44 of 177 (.249 avg, .664 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 4 homers, 11 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  If Rickard doesn’t start hitting better soon, he’s going to start losing P.T. to fellow rookie outfielder Hyun Soo Kim.

The Baltimore Orioles send Ashur Tolliver to AAA

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 9:05 pm

The Baltimore Orioles have sent 28-year old lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver to AAA.  Tolliver pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Orioles in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He gave up 4 hits (1 homer), 2 walks and he whiffed 5 batters in 4 innings pitched.  Tolliver will likely get another shot with the Orioles at some point in 2016.

The Baltimore Orioles place Caleb Joseph on the D.L.

Blogged under Big Orioles News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 31 May 2016 at 11:56 am

The Baltimore Orioles have placed 29-year old righty swinging catcher Caleb Joseph on the 15-day disabled list due to a groin injury.  Joseph has played in 23 games for the O’s so far this year and he is 12 of 66 (.182 avg, .452 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  The Orioles have called up 26-year old righty starting catcher Francisco Pena to replace Joseph on the active roster.  Pena has played in 24 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles so far this year and he is 16 of 80 (.200 avg, .491 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.  Pena has played in 9 games in his first two years in the show and he is 1 for 7 (.143 avg, .286 OPS).

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