April 19th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Josh Michael
The Baltimore Orioles have quite the unusual circumstance in their bullpen right now as Zach Britton has performed so well, that Orioles' fans have begun clamoring for Britton to get a chance in the starting rotation. One interesting question is with Britton's stock seemingly so high right now, should the Orioles try to sell high and trade him now for the biggest return?
Britton has been absolutely phenomenal this season thus far as he has started the season tossing 11 1/3 scoreless innings, while allowing four hits and four walks. His sinker has been nearly un-hittable and his velocity is back to where it was a couple of years ago.
He has honestly has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the game thus far this season and has become the best weapon in the Orioles bullpen and although he is a reliever himself, he has saved some valuable innings for the bullpen. Britton's last outing of three shutout innings was part of a combined shutout for the O's pitching staff and showed that he is still fairly stretched out to where if the Orioles wanted to take a look at him as a starter they could do it.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 18th, 2014 at 11:08 AM
By Josh Michael
More good news continues to come out of the Baltimore Orioles Spring Training home in Sarasota as Manny Machado continues to progress in his rehab and the possibility of beginning a rehab assignment next week is a definite possibility.
Machado once again ran the bases yesterday and MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that it went very well. That is good news considering that Machado ran the bases for the first time on Wednesday, so being able to do that two days in a row is a big step forward.
Today will bring a new challenge for Machado as he will slide for the first time since his knee surgery and as long as that goes well, he could be looking at playing in some extending Spring Training games on Saturday.
Kubatko reports that the Orioles are estimating that Machado could play in three to five extended Spring Training games before heading to an Orioles affiliate to begin a rehab assignment, where Vice President of baseball operations Brady Anderson will meet up with him to watch his progress.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 17th, 2014 at 1:45 PM
By Josh Michael
JJ Hardy missed six games for the Baltimore Orioles over the past week and a half due to back spasms which allowed Manager Buck Showalter to play all three players battling for the starting second base position at one time in Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop. Since Hardy's return, Lombardozzi has started at second base all four of those games, which begs the question, is he the Orioles starting second baseman?
Lombardozzi was acquired from the Detroit Tigers late in Spring Training in exchange for Alex Gonzalez, and has performed very well for the Birds through the first 14 games as he is hitting .298 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored along with playing very well defensively.
Schoop and Flaherty have split time at third base when Hardy has been in the lineup, while Lombardozzi has manned second base in those situations for the most part. Do not get us wrong, Lombardozzi has played very well and has earned the right to be in the lineup, but the issue here is what the Orioles are doing with Schoop.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 17th, 2014 at 8:39 AM
By Josh Michael
With the Baltimore Orioles enjoying an off day on Thursday, we thought we would focus on the Minor Leagues a little bit. If you have not noticed, the Orioles 2013 first round draft pick Hunter Harvey is off to a phenomenal start in 2014.
Harvey, who was the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C., has not had the hype surrounding him like fellow first round pick Dylan Bundy had when the Orioles drafted him despite a polished High School career. Harvey's father Bryan, pitched for the Angels and Marlins from 1987-95 and was an AL All Star in 1991 and 1993.
There was no doubt that Harvey would sign with the MLB club that drafted him out of high school as he stated he wanted to begin his professional career as soon as possible, and he was able to get in eight starts in 2013 after being drafted by the Orioles. He made five starts with the Orioles Gulf Coast League affiliate and three with the Short-Season A Aberdeen Ironbirds and had a combined 1.78 ERA while allowing 21 hits, five earned runs, six walks, 33 strikeouts and zero home runs in 25 1/3 innings.Read more... Join the Conversation...