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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles’ Prospect Has Tommy John, Chris Parmelee Elects Free Agency

October 13th, 2015 at 7:47 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's edition, we play a little catch up from this past weekend's Orioles' events and talk about another prospect having Tommy John surgery and Chris Parmelee electing for free agency.

RHP Branden Kline has Tommy John

In playing catch up from the weekend, some may have missed the news that another O's pitching prospect had Tommy John surgery in RHP Branden Kline.

Kline is just the latest O's prospect to have the surgery, and almost certainly won't be the last.

Kline was showing some promise in the O's system, and even went 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA in eight starts this season with the AA Bowie Baysox, before being shutdown with elbow discomfort.

We all should have seen the surgery coming as he had a platelet-rich plasma injection in late May to try and alleviate the elbow discomfort, but eventually needed the surgery anyway.

The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, was done last Thursday. We wish Kline well, and hope for a speedy recovery for the 24-year old.

Chris Parmelee elects free agency

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Potential Baltimore Orioles’ Free Agent Targets, Front Office Doing Anything?

October 11th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Sunday, and you know what that means here at Orioles101, it's Mailbag Day! This week, which is our first edition since the 2015 season ended, we had two main topics come our way in Baltimore Orioles potential free agent targets and if the O's front office is doing anything right now?

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As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general response as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

With starting pitching apparently a top priority, who could be potential targets for O's?

While Chris Davis is the number one thing on Orioles' fans minds, let's face it, it's going to be at least a month or so before anything really happens with him because you know Scott Boras is going to urge Davis to test the free agent market, and Davis can't do that until the World Series concludes, thus we have some time to wait.

On the other hand, Orioles' Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette has already said that improving the pitching staff, especially the starting rotation, is a top priority this offseason, so who could be some potential targets?

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Minor League Spotlight: Baltimore Orioles’ Prospects and Baysox up for Minor League Awards

October 10th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles minor league spotlight. This week, we focus on the the MiLBY's, or the Minor League Baseball awards and there are a couple of O's prospects nominated as well as two nominations for the Bowie Baysox.

It should come to no surprise, if you follow our minor league spotlight's at all, that Orioles' prospect, 1B Trey Mancini, is up for a MiLBY.

Mancini, who was named the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year in the Orioles organization, has a chance to land the Top Offensive Player award in the MiLBY's. Mancini hit a combined .341 with 43 doubles, six triples, 21 home runs and 89 RBI in 136 combined games between High-A Frederick and AA Bowie. He was an absolute hitting machine this year, and was also named a USA Today finalist for Minor League Player of the Year as well.

We were a little surprised to see that Mancini was left out of the Breakout Prospect category, considering he wasn't even in the top 30 rankings for O's prospects entering the season.

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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles’ Fans Having Good Postseason So Far, Arizona Fall League

October 9th, 2015 at 8:15 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's edition, we talk about the Arizona Fall League getting set to begin next week and O's fans having a pretty good MLB Postseason so far.

Arizona Fall League set to begin next week

Although it doesn't get a huge amount of publicity, the Arizona Fall League is something that a lot of fans should keep their eyes on. The league consists of prospects from all 30 MLB teams, including several of the top prospects in the game, as well as serving as a "test dummy" for certain rules changes or replay things and such.

Last year they experimented with the pitch clock in the Arizona Fall League and we have seen the review challenge get tested there and several other aspects as well.

Of course, the main draw is the talent that takes the field every day, and the league is set to begin next week on Tuesday, October 13.

This year, Baltimore's prospects will be playing for the Peoria Javelinas, and will be joined by players from the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners organizations.

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You May Be Surprised Just How Good Baltimore Orioles’ RHP Mychal Givens Really Was

October 8th, 2015 at 11:26 AM
By Josh Michael

Over the past few years, it seems as though the Baltimore Orioles end up getting a surprise contributor to their bullpen, and this year, Mychal Givens fell into that category. You may be surprised just how good he was for the Orioles.

Most know the story that he was drafted as a shortstop by the O's, but ended up being converted to a pitcher in 2013. He had done fairly well in the minors in 2013 and 2014, but wasn't spectacular by any stretch. Then 2015 happened.

Givens began the year with the AA Bowie Baysox and quickly became a dominant reliever for the eventual Eastern League Champions.

He pitched so well, that the Orioles, who had a need in their bullpen at the time, decided to call him up to the big leagues. They also essentially made him untouchable at the MLB Trade Deadline, which had some fans perplexed. We quickly found out why.

Givens ended up appearing in 22 games for the Orioles and went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 30 innings pitched.

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