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Minor League Spotlight: 2014 Minor Leaguers Still in Big League Camp Have Impressive Numbers

March 28th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It’s time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight and as we get set to enter the final week of Spring Training, we thought we would take one final look at how 2014 Minor Leaguers are performing in camp for the O’s.

Unlike the past few weeks, this week we will focus solely on those Minor Leaguers who are still on the big league Spring Training roster.

Since we limited it to those players, the lists are much shorter. There are not many players remaining in big league camp that were full-time Minor Leaguers in 2014, but some of the ones that are have been pretty darn impressive.

Here is how those who played the entire year in 2014 in the minors are doing this spring for the O’s entering Friday’s action.

Pitchers

Jason Garcia – 0.00 ERA, 4 G, 5 INN, 5 H, 4 BB, 7 K, 1.80 WHIP

Logan Verrett – 1.64 ERA, 7 G, 11 INN, 10 H, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 ER, 9 K, 1.00 WHIP

Tyler Wilson – 0.90 ERA, 5 G, 10 INN, 9 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER, 9 K, 1.00 WHIP

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Baltimore Orioles Announce First Ever Kids’ Opening Day Promotion

March 27th, 2015 at 1:13 PM
By Josh Michael

Promotions are always fun for fans and on Friday, the Orioles announced, via press release, plans for their first-ever Kids’ Opening Day, which will be held Sunday, April 12, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when the Orioles host the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:35 p.m.

The team states that the celebration will welcome children and their families to a new season of Orioles Baseball with many fun activities and unique gameday opportunities for several lucky kids throughout the day.

In addition, Kids’ Opening Day will feature a kids-only giveaway, as the first 7,500 fans age 14 and under will receive an Orioles braided rope necklace. In addition, all fans 14 and under will be able to participate in a post-game Kids Run the Bases.

In the release, the team stated that among the most exciting elements of Kids’ Opening Day are opportunities for children age 14 and under to be selected to participate in pre-game experiences. Eleven of the rope necklace giveaways will be specially marked with an Orange Ticket containing a prize: nine children will receive a ticket allowing them to take the field with the Orioles starters for the National Anthem; one child will help deliver the lineup card during the pre-game exchange at home plate; and one child will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.

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Why Moving Kevin Gausman to Bullpen Would Be a Bad Move from Baltimore Orioles

March 27th, 2015 at 9:03 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday 6-4 when Victor Martinez hit a two-run home run off Kevin Gausman in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it wasn't Gausman's outing that had people talking about, but what manager Buck Showalter said after the game.

Showalter stated that he could shorten up Gausman in the final two weeks of camp so he could be a potential bullpen option.

That is what has caused Orioles' fans to get out their yo-yo's once again for Gausman, who has been called up, sent down, moved to the bullpen, and seen the trend repeated several times over the past two years and it appears it could happen once again.

"Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things," Showalter said of Gausman to Orioles' reporters after the game.

"There's a possibility [to go to the bullpen] for everybody," Showalter said.

"Really all options open right now. We've got some time to make decisions, dealing from some quality right now. I don't worry about it a lot because we're picking from a number of people we like, as opposed to last man standing."

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News and Notes: Chris Tillman Looks Good, Kevin Gausman to Pen? and More

March 27th, 2015 at 7:40 AM
By Josh Michael

Much like taking your vitamins, our Baltimore Orioles news and notes are becoming a morning tradition. Today we touch on Chris Tillman's solid start on Thursday, a possible move to the bullpen for Kevin Gausman, and Jonathan Schoop could return on Friday.

Tillman solid, becomes first Orioles' pitcher to go longer than five innings this spring

In what was likely his next to last spring start, Tillman looked like he was ready for the regular season. He looked like his typical self in that he struggled a little bit in the first inning, but limited the damage and then proceeded to get stronger as the game went on, sound familiar?

After allowing a run in the first inning, and one in the third, Tillman didn't let another one cross the rest of his outing. He proceeded to finish his start by retiring the final eight batters he faced. All told, Tillman wound up tossing 5 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on five hits, one walk and struck out four. He only needed 70 pitches to get through his 5 1/3 innings, which is a great sign.

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Rule-5 Anyone? Both Baltimore Orioles’ Rule-5 Picks Shining in Spring Training

March 26th, 2015 at 10:58 AM
By Josh Michael

Baltimore Orioles' fans were not surprised this offseason when the O's came away with two players in the Major League portion of the Rule-5 Draft in right handers Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett. Ever since Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette took the job after the 2011 season, the O's have become known for taking a player in the annual Rule-5 Draft held at the winter meetings, so if there was a surprise, it was that the Birds came away with two players.

Duquette selected Verrett with their pick in the MLB portion of the Rule-5 Draft and also acquired Garcia from the Astros, who selected him with the fourth overall pick, in exchange for cash considerations.

Both players are looking to take the road that Ryan Flaherty and T.J. McFarland did, which is make the team out of Spring Training and stick with the big league club throughout the season.

In the three years prior to this year's Rule-5 Draft, Duquette and the Orioles have selected Flaherty, McFarland and Michael Almanzar in the Rule-5 Draft, with two of them actually sticking with the team for the entire year. Almanzar was the exception and he was sent back to Boston, but eventually came back to Baltimore as part of a trade last summer.

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