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2017 Orioles preview: Joey Rickard

Posted on 30 March 2017 by Luke Jones

With Opening Day just days away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.

Manny Machado
Kevin Gausman
Adam Jones
Darren O’Day
Seth Smith
Mike Wright
Caleb Joseph
Donnie Hart
Jonathan Schoop
Mychal Givens
Ryan Flaherty
Brad Brach
J.J. Hardy
Ubaldo Jimenez
Mark Trumbo
Wade Miley
Welington Castillo
Zach Britton
Chris Davis
Dylan Bundy
Hyun Soo Kim

OF Joey Rickard

Opening Day age: 25

Contract status: Under club control through the 2021 season

2016 stats: .268/.319/.377, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 32 R, 4 SB, 282 PA

Why to be impressed: Despite a thumb injury cutting his rookie season short in July, Rickard excelled against left-handed pitching with a .313 average and .861 on-base plus slugging percentage in 90 plate appearances. The Rule 5 pick also offered the station-to-station Orioles some speed by stealing a team-high four bases in five attempts, a skill you’d like to see him use a little more in the future.

Why to be concerned: Rickard sported an impressive .390 on-base percentage in his minor-league career, but his 6.4 percent walk rate was below the league average, a concern in regards to his offensive potential. While Buck Showalter used him at all three outfield spots, Rickard struggled adjusting to three-deck major league stadiums and finished at minus-eight defensive runs saved.

2017 outlook: His 2016 success against lefty pitchers puts Rickard in position to platoon with either Hyun Soo Kim in left field or Seth Smith in right field, and he could even see opportunities to lead off against southpaws. It’s reasonable to expect Rickard to improve defensively, but drawing more walks and improving his defense will be major keys to making him a valuable role player.

Not-so-scientific projections for 2017: .261/.314/.372, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 36 R, 10 SB, 286 PA

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Orioles send Alvarez, Verrett, five others to minors

Posted on 30 March 2017 by Luke Jones

The Orioles made a series of roster moves as they wrapped up Grapefruit League action on Thursday and continue counting down to Monday’s season opener.

As expected, veteran Pedro Alvarez was reassigned to minor-league camp and will begin the season at Triple-A Norfolk to continue his transition to the outfield. Fellow outfielder Chris Dickerson and infielders Robert Andino, Johnny Giavotella, and Paul Janish were also reassigned to minor-league camp.

Baltimore optioned right-handed pitchers Logan Verrett and Alec Asher to Triple-A Norfolk. Asher was acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations earlier this week.

Manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Sarasota that starting pitcher Wade Miley will be placed on the new 10-day disabled list and remains in line to start the fifth game of the season on April 9. Miley is still building up his stamina after using costly time due to an upper respiratory illness. Because of two off-days next week, Opening Day pitcher Kevin Gausman will be able to make two starts on regular rest before the Orioles need their fourth starter behind him, Dylan Bundy, and Ubaldo Jimenez.

Outfielders Joey Rickard and Craig Gentry as well as first baseman and outfielder Trey Mancini are expected to make the Opening Day roster and will go north with the club to Baltimore. It remains to be seen how long Showalter will be able to carry 14 position players, but the Orioles will not need a No. 5 starter until April 15.

Showalter also said his plan is to carry left-hander Vidal Nuno and right-hander Tyler Wilson as long relievers to begin the regular season, but that could change if the organization were to add any other pitchers between now and Monday.

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2017 Orioles preview: Hyun Soo Kim

Posted on 29 March 2017 by Luke Jones

With Opening Day less than a week away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.

Manny Machado
Kevin Gausman
Adam Jones
Darren O’Day
Seth Smith
Mike Wright
Caleb Joseph
Donnie Hart
Jonathan Schoop
Mychal Givens
Ryan Flaherty
Brad Brach
J.J. Hardy
Ubaldo Jimenez
Mark Trumbo
Wade Miley
Welington Castillo
Zach Britton
Chris Davis
Dylan Bundy

OF Hyun Soo Kim

Opening Day age: 29

Contract status: Under contract through the 2017 season

2016 stats: .302/.382/.420, 6 HR, 22 RBI, 36 R, 1 SB, 346 PA

Why to be impressed: Despite a tumultuous spring in which the Orioles attempted to send the Korean newcomer to the minors, Kim led the 2016 club in on-base percentage and settled nicely into the No. 2 spot in the order as the year progressed. He also provided a breath of fresh air in a group full of strikeout-prone hitters with the highest contact rate and lowest strikeout rate among Baltimore regulars.

Why to be concerned: Kim’s range and arm are limited in left field as he was worth minus-13 defensive runs saved as a rookie, which was the worst mark on the club behind even Mark Trumbo. He also posted an ordinary .738 OPS after the All-Star break despite a fortunate .320 batting average on balls in play after producing an .864 OPS with an unsustainable .370 BABIP in the first half.

2017 outlook: The Orioles couldn’t have asked for more from Kim after being so down on him initially, but it’ll be interesting seeing if he can even approach his 2016 first half with clubs having more of a book on him. With Kim receiving just eight spring at-bats against lefties, Buck Showalter appears set to platoon him with Joey Rickard or Craig Gentry, but he should again contend for the club’s OBP lead.

Not-so-scientific projections for 2017: .290/.360/.432, 8 HR, 43 RBI, 56 R, 2 SB, 447 PA

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2017 Orioles preview: Dylan Bundy

Posted on 28 March 2017 by Luke Jones

With Opening Day less than a week away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.

Manny Machado
Kevin Gausman
Adam Jones
Darren O’Day
Seth Smith
Mike Wright
Caleb Joseph
Donnie Hart
Jonathan Schoop
Mychal Givens
Ryan Flaherty
Brad Brach
J.J. Hardy
Ubaldo Jimenez
Mark Trumbo
Wade Miley
Welington Castillo
Zach Britton
Chris Davis

SP Dylan Bundy

Opening Day age: 24

Contract status: Under contract through the 2021 season

2016 stats: 10-6, 4.02 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 18 HR, 109 2/3 innings

Why to be impressed: It was remarkable to see Bundy hold up as well as he did physically in 2016 after having pitched a total of 65 1/3 professional innings the previous two seasons combined. The right-hander’s strikeout rate was also better as a starter than it was as a reliever with one per inning in the second half of the season, an encouraging sign for his ability to succeed as a major league starter.

Why to be concerned: Bundy struggled going through the order a third time as opponents hit six home runs and posted a .960 OPS in 55 plate appearances, which could have been a result of fatigue or hitters figuring out his repertoire. His average fastball velocity dropped nearly two whole miles per hour from his first start in mid-July to his final start, another sign of his workload needing to be monitored.

2017 outlook: The 2011 first-round pick brings much-needed upside to a below-average starting rotation, but you wonder if the Orioles are asking for too much in what will be his first full season as a starter. The reintroduction of the cutter will hopefully offset some of his problems going through the batting order a third time, but it was clear in 2016 that he has the talent to succeed if he can stay healthy.

2017 not-so-scientific projections: 12-9, 3.89 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 8.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 23 HR, 151 innings

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Veteran outfielder Bourn granted release from Orioles

Posted on 27 March 2017 by Luke Jones

Michael Bourn’s second run with the Orioles has come to an end before it ever really started.

Still recovering from a broken finger suffered in late February, the veteran outfielder requested and was granted his release on Monday. Bourn injured his right ring finger catching a football during a workout just days after signing a minor-league deal with the Orioles. The 34-year-old was scheduled to make $2 million in base salary with the possibility of earning other incentives had he made the major league roster.

Bourn had an opt-out clause in his minor-league deal and likely viewed the strong spring performances from the likes of Joey Rickard, Craig Gentry, Trey Mancini, and Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavarez as evidence that wouldn’t help his chances of making the 25-man roster when fully healthy. The lefty outfielder hit .283 with two home runs and a .793 on-base plus slugging percentage in 55 plate appearances with Baltimore last season while primarily serving as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch runner.

The Orioles also released infielder Chris Johnson and reassigned catching prospect Chance Sisco to minor-league spring training on Monday, leaving them with 38 players in major league camp with Opening Day now less than a week away.

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2017 Orioles preview: Chris Davis

Posted on 27 March 2017 by Luke Jones

With Opening Day only a week away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.

Manny Machado
Kevin Gausman
Adam Jones
Darren O’Day
Seth Smith
Mike Wright
Caleb Joseph
Donnie Hart
Jonathan Schoop
Mychal Givens
Ryan Flaherty
Brad Brach
J.J. Hardy
Ubaldo Jimenez
Mark Trumbo
Wade Miley
Welington Castillo
Zach Britton

1B Chris Davis

Opening Day age: 31

Contract status: Under contract through the 2022 season

2016 stats: .221/.332/.459, 38 HR, 84 RBI, 99 R, 1 SB, 665 PA

Why to be impressed: Despite his underwhelming batting average, Davis still ranked third on the 2016 Orioles in on-base percentage behind only Hyun Soo Kim and Manny Machado and posted the third-biggest home run total of his career. The slugger also recorded the highest walk rate of his career, continuing a trend of improving in that department every year since arriving in Baltimore in 2011.

Why to be concerned: Davis striking out too much is hardly a new concern, but the first baseman shattered a career high with 79 of his 219 being of the looking variety as he swung less frequently than ever in 2016. The left-handed hitter also hit a career-low percentage of line drives and more ground balls than he has since 2012, a trend that doesn’t bode well for his production if it continues in 2017.

2017 outlook: The Orioles and Davis will hope that a lingering thumb injury largely explained the aforementioned trends regarding his performance at the plate last season. Expecting Davis to ever challenge his all-around 2013 season is unrealistic, but coming closer to what he did two years ago appears reasonable if he’s able to stay healthy in 2017.

Not-so-scientific projections for 2017: .239/.346/.485, 41 HR, 99 RBI, 103 R, 2 SB, 655 PA

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Gausman officially named 2017 Opening Day starter

Posted on 27 March 2017 by Luke Jones

Weeks of assuming have finally turned official as the Orioles announced Monday that Kevin Gausman will start on Opening Day.

The right-hander will be making the first season-opening start of his career as veteran Chris Tillman will begin the year on the disabled list, snapping his stretch of three straight Opening Day starts. Gausman will take the ball against Toronto while Dylan Bundy will start the second game of the season, according to manager Buck Showalter.

The Blue Jays will send right-hander Marco Estrada to the hill for next Monday’s opener.

Gausman blossomed into a top-half-of-the-rotation starter in 2016 with a 3.61 ERA in 30 starts covering 179 2/3 innings. His 9-12 record was a direct result of poor run support, but he looked the part of an ace over the final two months of the season by pitching to a 2.83 ERA over his final 12 starts spanning 76 1/3 innings. The breakthrough was no more evident than at Fenway Park on Sept. 14 when he pitched eight shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Boston and on the final day of the regular season when he pitched 7 1/3 strong innings at Yankee Stadium to help the Orioles clinch the second wild card.

It remains to be seen whom Showalter will tab as his fifth starter to begin the season as the Orioles won’t need one until April 15. Gabriel Ynoa and Jayson Aquino have emerged as intriguing candidates after strong Grapefruit League outings over the weekend.

Tillman is not expected to return in the first month of the season as he just began throwing again on Sunday after receiving a cortisone injection in his right shoulder.

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2017 Orioles preview: Zach Britton

Posted on 26 March 2017 by Luke Jones

With Opening Day just over a week away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.

Manny Machado
Kevin Gausman
Adam Jones
Darren O’Day
Seth Smith
Mike Wright
Caleb Joseph
Donnie Hart
Jonathan Schoop
Mychal Givens
Ryan Flaherty
Brad Brach
J.J. Hardy
Ubaldo Jimenez
Mark Trumbo
Wade Miley
Welington Castillo

RP Zach Britton

Opening Day age: 29

Contract status: Under club control through the 2018 season

2016 stats: 2-1, 47 saves, 0.54 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 9.9 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 1 HR, 67 IP

Why to be impressed: Going a perfect 47-for-47 was amazing enough, but Britton set major league records with 43 consecutive scoreless appearances and the lowest ERA ever for pitchers completing at least 50 innings. Using his sinker 91.7 percent of the time, the lefty had a ground-ball rate of 80 percent, which was 14.1 percent higher than second on the major league list among those finishing 60 innings.

Why to be concerned: Expressing concern about the best closer in baseball would be reaching when you look at Britton’s results over the last three years, but he’s bound to blow a save at some point and will need to shake off the disappointment quickly on a club with little margin for error. It’s worth noting that opponents’ .231 batting average on balls in play reflects a level of good luck that will be difficult to repeat.

2017 outlook: The 2016 AL Reliever of the Year could feature even better stuff this season and still not be able to duplicate perfection, making you appreciate what he was able to do last year. The oblique issue that slowed his start to spring training is worth keeping an eye on early in the season, but there’s just no reason to think Britton won’t remain one of the top relievers in baseball in 2017 if he stays healthy.

2017 not-so-scientific projections: 3-2, 45 saves, 1.51 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 10.3 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 3 HR, 64 IP

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Former Orioles reliever Todd Frohwirth dead at 54

Posted on 26 March 2017 by WNST Staff

Former Orioles relief pitcher Todd Frohwirth died Sunday after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer.

The 54-year-old spent nine seasons in the major leagues with his best work coming in Baltimore from 1991-1993. Known for his unorthodox submarine delivery, the right-hander pitched to a 1.87 ERA in 96 1/3 innings in 1991 and followed that exceptional campaign with a tidy 2.46 mark over 106 innings in 1992.

Frohwirth had spent parts of his post-playing career coaching high school basketball and had scouted for the Orioles. The club announced it will hold a moment of silence prior to Monday’s spring game in Sarasota.

He posted a career 3.60 ERA in 417 2/3 innings with Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, and the California Angels.

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2017 Orioles preview: Welington Castillo

Posted on 25 March 2017 by Luke Jones

With Opening Day less than two weeks away, we’ll take a look at a member of the 2017 Orioles every day as they try to return to the postseason for the fourth time in six years.

Manny Machado
Kevin Gausman
Adam Jones
Darren O’Day
Seth Smith
Mike Wright
Caleb Joseph
Donnie Hart
Jonathan Schoop
Mychal Givens
Ryan Flaherty
Brad Brach
J.J. Hardy
Ubaldo Jimenez
Mark Trumbo
Wade Miley

C Welington Castillo

Opening Day age: 29

Contract status: Under contract through the 2017 season with player option for 2018

2016 stats: .264/.322/.423, 14 HR, 68 RBI, 41 R, 2 SB, 457 PA

Why to be impressed: Former Oriole Matt Wieters has received many more accolades throughout his career, but Castillo is a year younger and has posted a .747 OPS over the last two years compared to Wieters’ .723 mark over that same stretch. Not known for his defense, Castillo threw out a career-high 38 percent of runners attempting to steal last season.

Why to be concerned: Arguably the biggest reason why Arizona didn’t tender Castillo was his ranking in the bottom five in pitch-framing metrics from 2013-2015 with only modest improvement last year. And while the Orioles downplay the significance of his absence this spring, Castillo’s participation in the World Baseball Classic eliminated the chance for him to better familiarize himself with his new pitchers.

2017 outlook: There’s little reason to think that Castillo won’t be a solid short-term starting catcher with Caleb Joseph backing him up as the Orioles wait on the progress of top prospect Chance Sisco. However, it is fair to wonder what ultimately turns clubs off from Castillo as he’s been traded twice and non-tendered over the last two calendar years.

Not-so-scientific projections for 2017: .256/.315/.421, 15 HR, 62 RBI, 44 R, 1 SB, 431 PA

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