• Apr

    Rookie "Cy Young" and around the minors

    How many times have we seen the Orioles offense make a rookie making his major league debut look like the next coming of Cy Young?


    Through five innings so far against Tamp Bay Rays’ rookie Jeff Neimann, the Orioles have squandered several opportunities but basically have looked inept against young man. If I were an Orioles opponent, I’d try to find a rookie to pitch against them once a series.


    Of course, it’s not like we already didn’t know this team was going to be weak offensively, but man is a frustrating to see rookie pitcher after rookie pitcher, year after year shut the O’s down.


    It almost makes me wonder if the Orioles have/use professional scouting reports on Triple-A players because this happens way to often to be a coincidence?


    BTW, watching Brian Burres melt down in the fifth inning today against Tampa just reminder me why I was not excited to see him win the fifth starters spot. He’s always been more effective as a long relievers and he struggles the third time through a lineup. If Matt Albers throws well on Monday, the Orioles may want to consider making that switch sooner than later.


    Moore to Triple-A


    I saw on the message board how some fans are upset that Scott Moore was sent to Triple-A when pitcher Jim Johnson was recalled. Basically, the Orioles needed another arm when the doubleheader the other day caused them to need a starter on Monday. Albers will make that start so Johnson was needed to be the long reliever.


    Moore still had an option left and better yet, going down to Triple-A will allow him to play shortstop so the Orioles can evaluate whether he can effectively play the position. Considering Luis Hernandez and Brandon Fahey are the current options at SS, it certainly would not hurt my feelings of Moore can show that he can play there. He was drafted as a SS in the first round back in 2002 by the Detroit Tigers, but was quickly switched to third base.


    Around the Minors


    If you are looking for good news for positional prospects in the Orioles minor leagues the good news starts and ends with Matt Wieters. The big Frederick Keys catcher has hit safely in seven of the eight games he’s played and is batting .524 with three home runs and seven runs batted in. He’s also walked seven times and has struck out just twice in his first 28 plate appearances. His .628 OBP and 1.621 OPS easily pace the league.


    Unfortunately, after that you have to stretch to find some good news at the plate. Wieters teammate at Frederick first baseman Brandon Snyder is batting .294, but has a 2-9 BB-K ratio and has a .677 OPS. 3B Billy Rowell has just one at bat all year after injuring his ankle in the first game of the year. He’s supposedly day to day but today will mark his eighth straight game missed. For a guy who missed extended time last year, this is not the start that anyone wanted to see from the young third baseman.


    Tyler Henson is batting .250 and has only struck out four times in 36 at bats. But he has yet to draw a walk and his .556 OPS is not what anyone wanted to see so far.


    How bad has the Orioles minor league hitters been so far? Mike Costanzo is the only player to hit a home run for the Tides through the first ten games of the season. Bowie’s Nolan Reimold is batting .162 with a .493 OPS to go along with his ten strikeouts in 42 plate appearances. Bowie First baseman Ryan Finan, who has two home runs, is the only other hitter besides Wieters with more than one home runs this year.



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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.