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Orioles prospect Harvey tosses scoreless frame to help US win Futures Game

Posted on 14 July 2014 by WNST Staff

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer

Joey Gallo let loose his powerful left-handed swing on a too-good-to-pass-up pitch over the plate, producing a soaring two-run homer to give his team the lead for good.

The real damage was done during batting practice, though, before the All-Star Futures game. One of Gallo’s head-turning drives in warmups whacked the top of the windshield of a promotional pickup truck parked on the concourse beyond right field.

The glass was shattered.

Soon, if Gallo continues his trajectory toward the Texas Rangers, the 20-year-old third baseman will be able to make his mark on the majors.

Gallo was picked as the MVP of the annual showcase for baseball’s best minor leaguers, for his long ball in the sixth inning that sent the U.S. team to a 3-2 victory over the World squad on Sunday afternoon.

“This one’s definitely the most memorable,” said Gallo, the assumed successor for four-time All-Star Adrian Beltre with the Rangers.

Gallo, currently with Double-A Frisco, has 31 homers and 73 RBIs this season in 85 games. This one-out drive on a 2-0 pitch from Houston Astros right-hander Michael Feliz was estimated at 419 feet.

“Good pitch for him. This guy has really good power,” Feliz said.

That was evident before the game. Gallo, who grew up in Las Vegas, had his parents here to watch. His mother even sent him a picture, with her posing next to the damaged vehicle. He got an even better message after hitting the real home run, from offseason workout partner Troy Tulowitzki, the captain of the National League team in the home run derby Monday night.

“He was telling me I should hit for him,” Gallo said. “I was like, ‘Aw, I wish I could, man. That’d be a lot of fun.’ Obviously I can’t do that.”

Someday.

Gallo followed a two-run homer in the top of the sixth by Javier Baez against Washington Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito.

With so many bad teams in recent seasons, the Chicago Cubs have been collecting a tantalizing bunch of potential stars, with Baez and Kris Bryant at the top of the list. Baez, the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, and Bryant, the second selection in 2013, comprise the left side of the infield for Triple-A affiliate Iowa.

So when Baez rounded the bases, he jogged past his buddy Bryant.

“I just said, ‘You’ve got to save those for the season,’” Bryant said.

Baez pointed at his family members, seated near third base, as he headed for home.

“I feel good that I showed what I can do,” he said.

Bryant went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts while playing third base for the U.S team, which has won five straight Futures games and raised its record to 10-6 since the exhibition began in 1999.

Until the Baez-Gallo home run derby that broke out in the sixth, this was much more of a showcase of pitching prospects, mirroring the major league trend toward more dominance on the mound and shrinking slugging percentages.

The first five U.S. pitchers tossed scoreless innings, starting with Henry Owens, the Double-A lefty for the Boston Red Sox.

Minnesota Twins right-hander Alex Meyer, who could soon be pitching on the same mound for the big league team, needed only four pitches for the fourth. His fastball reached 97 mph.

Meyer, acquired from the Nationals in a trade for center fielder Denard Span, has 103 strikeouts in 89-plus innings for Triple-A Rochester.

World team starter Jose Berrios, another Twins prospect, taken with the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, struck out center fielder Michael Taylor of the Nationals to start the game and pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Julio Urias, a native of Sinaloa, Mexico, currently at Class A Rancho Cucamonga for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was the youngest player on display at age 17. He struck out Taylor with a 94 mph fastball in a perfect fifth inning.

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who started the game last year at his future home, Citi Field, got the save.

Twins fans in attendance also had World team first baseman Kennys Vargas to cheer, the David Ortiz clone who hit a double in four at-bats in the cleanup spot.

The U.S. team was supervised by former Twins manager Tom Kelly, currently a special instructor for the organization. Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, who played for Kelly on the 1987 World Series-winning club, managed the World team.

In an ode to his Dutch heritage and class-clown personality, Blyleven presented the lineups before the game while wearing an oversized pair of yellow wooden shoes.

(Former Orioles first round pick Hunter Harvey struck out two batters while allowing a walk and a hit in a scoreless fourth inning for the U.S. side. Bowie Baysox OF Dariel Alvarez went 0-2 for the World team.)

 

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Yastrzemski hits for cycle to headline Orioles minor league recap – 7/5

Posted on 05 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Here’s what happened down in the Orioles’ farm system on Saturday…

-Catcher Steve Clevenger and Shortstop Jemile Weeks recorded two hits each, but the AAA Norfolk Tides fell 6-3 to Charlotte. Starter Nick Additon struggled, allowing four earned runs (eight hits, walk) over just 4.1 innings pitched. Evan Meek worked a scoreless inning in relief.

-Slugging first base prospect Christian Walker clubbed his 20th home run of the season for the AA Bowie Baysox in a 7-1 win over Akron. Leftfielder John Ruettiger added three hits (including a double) and scored three runs in the win.

-Centerfielder Mike Yastrzemski was the star of the night on the farm, becoming the first Frederick Keys player to hit for the cycle since 2005 as the high Single A team beat Lynchburg 17-3. The grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski collected a second double, scored three runs and drove in five in the victory. Leftfielder Michael Burgess crushed two homers in the win as well.

-Preparing to represent the Orioles in the MLB All-Star Futures Game, pitcher Hunter Harvey was strong again as the Single A Delmarva Shorebirds topped Lakewood 6-3. The former first round pick allowed just one earned run on five hits (three walks) and struck out eight over six innings for his sixth win of the season.

-Notre Dame basketball player Patrick Connaughton worked two perfect innings in his second career start as the rookie level Single A Aberdeen Ironbirds beat Brooklyn 18-2. First baseman Riley Palmer was just a home run short of a cycle himself, hitting three doubles, scoring three runs and adding three RBI in the win.

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Orioles prospects Harvey, Alvarez named to 2014 Futures Game

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Luke Jones

Two Orioles prospects were named to the 2014 All-Star Futures Game as pitcher Hunter Harvey and outfielder Dariel Alvarez were invited to Target Field in Minnesota on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Harvey was the 22nd overall pick of the 2013 draft and has quickly turned heads in his professional career as he’s posted a 4-4 record with a 2.98 ERA in 13 starts spanning 66 1/3 innings for Single-A Delmarva this season. The right-hander and son of former major league closer Bryan Harvey has struck out 76 batters and walked 28 in his first full season of professional baseball.

Harvey sports a fastball that averages in the low-to-mid 90s and a plus curveball at this early stage of his development.

Meanwhile, the right-handed Alvarez has hit .308 with 12 home runs and 57 RBIs for Double-A Bowie in his first full season with the Orioles. The Cuban outfielder is 25 and was reportedly awarded an $800,000 signing bonus last summer after he defected from Cuba and spent time playing professionally in Mexico.

The Futures Game will take place on July 13 with Harvey playing for the United States team and Alvarez joining the World roster.

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Buying high on Samardzija unlikely to bring desired payoff

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Buying high on Samardzija unlikely to bring desired payoff

Posted on 28 May 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles need better starting pitching and they need an ace if they truly want to compete for a World Series title.

That cry has been uttered by fans and media alike for the better part of two years — even longer if you prefer going back to the free-agent departure of Mike Mussina after the 2000 season — as the rotation has mostly been comprised of arms with the ability of No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 starters who have often struggled to pitch deep into games, leaving the bullpen overworked and eventually worn out.

It comes as no surprise to see the reaction to a CBS Chicago report suggesting the Orioles are the “leading team of interest” in Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who currently sports a miniscule 1.68 earned run average through his first 11 starts of the 2014 season. That mark is second in the majors despite the 29-year-old being limited to a 1-4 record pitching for the woeful Cubs.

There’s no disputing Samardzija being a talented pitcher as he would be a clear upgrade in the starting rotation, but he’s also expected to be one of the top commodities available on the open market this summer. And that’s why it’s a dangerous proposition to bid on a solid pitcher who’s having a career season if you’re the Orioles or any club hot after his services.

As desperate as the Orioles should be for better starting pitching with their best competitive window closing after the 2015 season when Matt Wieters and Chris Davis are both scheduled to become free agents, Samardzija needs to be viewed for who he really is and not what the Orioles want him to be. The right-hander is off to an unbelievable start, but his 3.90 career ERA and 4.34 ERA pitching in the National League Central only last year suggest he isn’t much more than a solid upgrade and is not someone worth gutting a top-heavy minor-league system to acquire.

In other words, the Orioles wouldn’t be getting a David Price or a Cliff Lee in adding the 6-foot-5 right-hander to the starting rotation. And pitching in the American League East is a different story than the National League.

The Cubs are undoubtedly looking for a king’s ransom in exchange for Samardzija’s services, and there will be plenty of clubs looking to acquire him, which will further drive up the price. Should the Orioles be willing to part with some combination of top pitching prospects Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey, and Eduardo Rodriguez in order to land him?

It’s true that the Orioles have far too often been disappointed in waiting for a slew of top prospects to realize their potential in recent years, but that doesn’t mean executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette should willingly fork over what few minor-league pieces he has for what history suggests is an improvement but not a dynamic difference-maker to put the Orioles over the top. It will ultimately come down to Chicago’s asking price and how many teams are sold on Samardzija’s start in 2014 and the idea of him truly being an ace.

Is Samardzija — who is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season — worth the combination of Rodriguez and 21-year-old second baseman Jonathan Schoop or the package of one of Gausman, Bundy, or Harvey and a lower-level prospect? Perhaps, but if other clubs are willing to exceed that kind of a deal, the Orioles must remember that Samardzija’s 66 career starts prior to 2014 suggest he’s not even as good as Ubaldo Jimenez.

Despite his tiny ERA, Samardzija is averaging 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 2014 — actually down from his career average of 8.5 — and a .269 batting average on balls in play against him provides statistical evidence suggesting he won’t sustain his incredible start, which even the layman would predict anyway.

It’s a difficult call as the Orioles appeared to signal during spring training that they’re finally “going for it” after investing $50 million in Jimenez and signing slugger Nelson Cruz to a one-year, $8 million contract. Throwing money at free-agent commodities is one thing, but giving up young and cheap talent in a farm system needing more depth is a dangerous proposition if you’re not overwhelmed with what you’re getting in return.

The Orioles know their best window for competing is closing with Cruz, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis set to become free agents after this season and Davis and Wieters the year after. If there were ever a time for the Orioles to pull the trigger on a blockbuster deal, it’s now, particularly with the AL East looking very average.

But is the Chicago pitcher the right target?

Samardzija would improve the rotation, but whether the Orioles would be so much better with him that Duquette should pony up a couple of his top pitching prospects is open for debate.

And the history before the first two months of 2014 suggests the answer is probably not.

 

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Orioles announce signings of top draft picks Harvey, Hart

Posted on 25 June 2013 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles have announced that they have agreed to terms with their 2013 first round draft picks, right-handed pitcher Hutner Harvey of Bandys (NC) High School and outfielder Josh Hart of Parkview (GA) High School.

Harvey was the 22nd overall pick and Hart was selected with the 37th pick.

Harvey, 18, was 8-0 with 116 strikeouts in 11 games (eight starts) as a senior after going 7-0 as a junior in 2012. The 6-foot-3, 175 pound right-hander is the son of former major league pitcher Bryan Harvey, a nine-year major league veteran who collected 177 saves for the Angels and Marlins from 1987-95 and made two MLB All-Star teams (1991 and 93).

Harvey is the third consecutive right-handed pitcher taken by the Orioles in the first round, following Dylan Bundy (2011, also a high school selection) and Kevin Gausman (2012, LSU).

Hart, 18, an outfielder from Parkview (GA) High School, was taken in the competitive balance portion of the first round with the 37th overall selection.

Hart batted .449/.560/.757 (48-107) with 18 extra-base hits, 29 RBI, 39 runs scored and 34 steals in 36 attempts in 36 games this year. The 6-foot, 180 pound left-handed outfielder led Parkview to state championships in 2011 and 2012.

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Orioles reportedly come to agreement with first-round pick Harvey

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Orioles reportedly come to agreement with first-round pick Harvey

Posted on 20 June 2013 by Luke Jones

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There will be no last-minute drama signing this year’s first-round pick as the Orioles have reportedly come to terms on an agreement with high school pitcher Hunter Harvey.

The 22nd overall pick and son of former major league closer Bryan Harvey, the 18-year-old agreed to the slot value of roughly $1.947 million, according to The Sun. Harvey made it known shortly after being drafted that he had no intention of doing anything but signing with the Orioles and beginning his professional career after starring at Bandys High School in North Carolina.

He will reportedly take his physical early next week before the deal becomes official.

His fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s this season, and Harvey is projected by most as a starting pitcher if he can harness command issues common for a talented arm out of high school. His curveball is regarded as a plus-pitch for a high-school talent as well, but Harvey will need to develop a third pitch, according to many talent evaluators.

“Harvey is a future front-line starter,” directot of scouting Gary Rajsich said when the talented pitcher was drafted two weeks ago. “He is a tall, lean projectable right-handed pitcher with a good fastball, good curve, and a change. He throws strikes, competes, and comes from a baseball family.”

His father collected 177 major league saves and posted a 2.49 earned run average in his nine-year career split between the California Angels and the Florida Marlins.

With Harvey’s selection, the Orioles drafted a pitcher with their first-round pick in five of the last six years. High school shortstop and current Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was the lone exception in 2010 when he was selected third overall.

The only Orioles selection of the first 10 rounds not to come to terms so far is seventh-round third baseman Drew Dosch of Youngstown State.

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Orioles select son of former MLB closer with 22nd pick of draft

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Orioles select son of former MLB closer with 22nd pick of draft

Posted on 06 June 2013 by Luke Jones

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Finding themselves in unusual territory drafting so low in the first round with the 22nd overall pick of the 2013 amateur draft, the Orioles selected high school pitcher Hunter Harvey, the son of former major league closer Bryan Harvey.

A product of Bandys High in North Carolina, the right-handed pitcher has a lively fastball that was clocked in the mid-90s this season and is projected by many as a starting pitcher one day if he can harness command issues common for a talented arm out of high school. His curveball is regarded as a plus-pitch for a high school pitcher as well, but Harvey will need to develop a third pitch, according to many talent evaluators.

“Harvey is a future front-line starter,” directot of scouting Gary Rajsich said. “He is a tall, lean projectable right-handed pitcher with a good fastball, good curve, and a change. He throws strikes, competes, and comes from a baseball family.”

His father collected 177 major league saves and posted a 2.49 earned run average in his nine-year career split between the California Angels and the Florida Marlins.

With Harvey’s selection, the Orioles have now drafted a pitcher with their first-round pick in five of the last six years with high school shortstop Manny Machado being the lone exception in 2010.

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