The O’s: Down on the Farm

April 10, 2009 |

The AAA Norfolk Tides, AA Bowie Baysox, and Advanced A Frederick Keys all began their 2009 seasons this week.

More noteworthy, O’s top pitching prospects and hope for winning baseball in the future, Brad Bergesen, Jason Berken, Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz all made their season debuts… and fortunately, the news is all positive!

Last night, the AAA Tides opened their season with a 2-1 loss to the Durham Bulls, but Bergesen was outstanding through all 5 innings of his work. He only gave up 4 hits and 1 earned run to the Rays’ affiliate while striking out 6 batters and only walking 1.

Bergesen was certainly a tough-luck losing pitcher as the second run against him was an unearned tally. In the 3rd inning he loaded the bases with Bulls with 1 out when he induced what should’ve been an inning ending double-play ball. Unfortunately, third basemen Scott Moore couldn’t help out his hurler and couldn’t come up with the grounder to even try to potentially turn two. Bergesen worked himself and the Tides out of the inning without any further harm.

Tonight in Durham fans be treated to as good of a minor league match up as ever, baseball’s top pitching prospect will be taking on its top hitting prospect when David Price faces Matt Wieters. You may remember Price as the late-season call-up who helped the Rays out of the pen in their march to the World Series.

Chris Waters will get his first chance to show the Orioles’ brass his stuff when he gets the ball in the 7:05 start in Durham, NC.

The Bowie Baysox are 0-2 after consecutive losses to Akron to begin the year, however not really do to any ineffective starting pitching. Jason Berken and Jake Arrieta have given up just 3 hits between them through 7 innings. Berken went 3 innings, giving up 2 hits, 3 earned, but his undoing was walking 4 Aeros and took the loss in the opener.

By all accounts Jake Arrieta was dominant last night in his 4 innings of work in a 2-1 loss in the second game of the series. He yielded only 1 single base knock and struck out 8 and walked 2. If he’s capable of showing that sort of stuff, you’ll be seeing him at Camden Yards in just a very, very short time.

Tonight Troy Patton will take on the Aakron at 7:05.

And last but very not least, last year’s first round pick Brian Matusz was very good, but came just 1 out short of picking up the W in an 8-6 win over the Salem Red Sox. His line of 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 SO, and 2 BB was tremendous to see and hopefully he’ll climb the ladder steadily and successfully.

So after just one week into the ’09 Orioles minor league seasons, there are already great signs for the future of the pitching staff in Baltimore.

Be sure to check out The Mob Town Sports Beat every weekday night between 6-8PM when host Thyrl Nelson, and I break down all the latest news from OPACY and also down on the farm.