INF Corban Joseph off to Torrid Start at the Plate for Bowie Baysox (from @BabyBirdland)

Josephs

Bowie Baysox second baseman Corban Joseph is off to a career best start to the 2018 season. The 29 year old is, in fact, proving to be a hitting machine.

Joseph, the younger brother of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, is back with the Baysox after spending a year in the Washington Nationals organization. He previously spent part of the 2015 season in Bowie and split the 2016 season between Bowie and Norfolk.

Through last night’s game Joseph is producing a slash line of .365/ .403/ .524. He has 23 hits, 7 doubles and 1 homerun to go along with 9 RBI. Joseph has hit safely in 12 of the 16 games he has played and owns a 5-game hitting streak as well as 5 multi-hit games. That streak saw him hit .545/ .565/ .864 with 4 doubles, 1 homerun and 5 RBI.

Joseph’s start to the season has him leading the Baysox in several offensive categories. He leads the team in hits, doubles, batting average, slugging percentage and OPS (on base percentage + slugging percentage). His RBI total, total bases and on base percentage are each good enough for second on the team as well.

Remarkably, Joseph leads the entire Eastern League in hits and doubles, is third in batting average and is tied for fourth in total bases.

Joseph certainly is getting the bat on the ball; he has just 4 walks and 2 strikeouts over his 68 plate appearances. He does not waste an at bat.

Joseph is almost 5 years older than the average player at Double-A and as such is not only providing leadership at the plate but also leadership and guidance to the rest of the team. He is one of three elder statesmen on the Baysox roster (Audry Perez and D’Arby Myers are the others). Joseph has played in 11 seasons during his minor league career and therefore brings a wealth of experience to the Baysox clubhouse.

Joseph is a solid addition to the Baysox roster and, like his brother, is the type of player fans can feel good rooting for. His offense is a pleasant bonus; lets hope Joseph continues to hit at a solid rate the rest of the season.

 

** To read more from Josh Michael (founder/editor Baby Birdland), Nick Stevens and myself about all levels of the Baltimore Orioles minor leagues please visit Baby Birdland **

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On This Day In Orioles History: 4/24/1983 #35thAnniversary

Ripken

The California Angels defeated the Orioles 7-3 on this day in 1983.

Dennis Martinez lasted just 5.0 innings and recorded the loss.  Now 1-4 on the season, he surrendered 9 hits and 5 earned runs while striking out just 1.

Cal Ripken, Jr homered and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and one RBI.  Leo Hernandez had a 3 for 4 game and scored a run as well.

Season Record: 9-7

BOX SCORE

Tides and Baysox Win: The “Just One Fan’s Prospect Report for 4/23/2018

Hello Orioles fans, here is my prospect report for Monday, April 23rd, 2018.

TEAM SUMMARY:  

The Shorebirds were shutout 3-0 by Kannapolis.

The Keys had a scheduled day off.

The Baysox beat Richmond 4-2 behind Luis Ysla’s 3.2 innings of 1-run relief.

The Tides beat the Iron Pigs 6-3 as Joey Rickard goes 3-5 with a double and 2 runs scored.

 

BACKGROUND:  Last season I began the Prospect Report in an effort to highlight the daily performances of several Baltimore Orioles’ minor league players.  They were all players that have caught my eye and that I am interested in; I thought I would use this platform to help other Orioles fans get to know them as well as follow their progress.  I am continuing that work this season and have added a few new names to the list; two players from last year’s report are now with other organizations.  In addition, I asked readers to suggest who they would be interested in following daily and based on those suggestions, I added a reader’s section below.  I hope you enjoy this effort and that you will provide feedback on it; I am open to any suggestions on how to make it better as well as any criticism of it.  Let’s engage in a dialogue about the players; they are the future of the Orioles.

#TheRoadToBirdland

This season, I am highlighting five Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects; these players are personal favorites of mine.  The players are C Ben Breazeale (NR per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#7), RHP Yefry Ramirez (#19), 3B Jomar Reyes (#21) and RHP James Teague (NR).

In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them (Reyes); one (Breazeale) was my first face-to-face interview for Baby Birdland.  I also had the opportunity to conduct a face-to-face interview with another (Mullins) early this season.   Each day here you will find a summary of their game performance.

Thanks for reading!

 

Ben Breazeale (Delmarva Shorebirds, 12-6): LOST 3-0 vs Kannapolis INTIMIDATORS

 GAME 0-3
 SEASON 13 GP

.156/.255/.222

5 Runs

7 H

3 2B  5 RBI 5 BB

11 K

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox, 10-7): WON 4-2 vs Richmond FLYING SQUIRRELS

 GAME 1-5
 SEASON 16 GP

.261/.292/.493

11 Runs

18 H

5 2B

1 3B

3 HR

12 RBI

3 BB

11 K

1 SB

Yefry Ramirez (Norfolk Tides, 9-6): WON 6-3 vs Lehigh Valley IRONPIGS

 GAME Scheduled to Pitch Tues. 4/24
 SEASON 3 G (1-1)

3.77 ERA

1.12 WHIP

14.1 IP 9 H 6 R (ER) 14 K

7 BB

1 HBP

.173 BAA

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys, 7-11): OFF

 GAME
 SEASON 17 GP

.221/.260/.235

6 Runs

15 H

 1 2B 7 RBI 4 BB

10 K

James Teague (Frederick Keys, 7-11): OFF

 GAME
 SEASON 5 G  (0-1, 1-2S)

11.57 ERA

2.14 WHIP

7.0 IP 10 H 9 R (ER) 5 BB

8 K

.345 BAA

                                                                                                                                          

READER’S REQUESTED PLAYERS

Cole Billingsley, OF (Frederick Keys, 7-11): OFF

 GAME
 SEASON 17 GP

.271/.354/.371

10 Runs

19 H

4 2B 1 HR

6 RBI

9 BB

12 K

3 SB

Tyler Erwin, LHP (Frederick Keys, 7-11): OFF

 GAME
 SEASON 6 G (0-1, 1-2S)

0.82 ERA

0.73 WHIP

11.0 IP 4 H 2 R (1 ER) 4 BB

11 K

.118 BAA

Randolph Gassaway (#30), OF (Frederick Keys, 7-11): OFF

 GAME
 SEASON 18 GP

.304/.355/.420

9 Runs

21 H

8 2B 10 RBI 6 BB

18 K

Adam Hall (#20), INF (Extended Spring Training)

 GAME
 SEASON

 

Come back every day to keep up with how my five prospects and the reader’s four prospects are performing; for more news, notes, and analysis on the entire Baltimore Orioles Minor League system, including a daily roundup of all the affiliates’ games, go to BabyBirdland and read the work of its’ hard working staff.

Don’t forget to follow both @BabyBirdland and @CoachNick_14 on Twitter.

On This Day In Orioles History: 4/23/1983 #35thAnniversary

Scott McGregor

The Baltimore Orioles defeat the California Angels 3-1 on this day in 1983.

The game featured complete games by both team’s starters.  Tommy John ( 9.0 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 5 K) took the loss and was beaten by the Orioles’ Scott McGregor ( 9.0 IP,  9 H, 1 R, 2 K).

John Shelby batted lead off and was 4 for 5 with a double and a run scored for the game while Eddie Murray batted 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Season Record: 9-6

BOX SCORE

Tyler Erwin Holds The Win: The “Just One Fan’s” Prospect Report for 4/22/2018

Erwin

Hello Orioles fans, here is my prospect report for Sunday, April 22nd, 2018.

TEAM SUMMARY:  

The Shorebirds manage just 2 hits in a 2-1 loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws.

The Keys beat the Blue Rocks 6-2 behind Ofelky Peralta’s three-hitter.

The Baysox fall 9-4 to the RubberDucks despite Audry Perez’s 3 hits, homerun and 3 RBI.

The Tides beat the Bisons 6-1.  Asher Wojciechowski gets the win with 5.0 of 4 hit/ 1 run relief.

 

BACKGROUND:  Last season I began the Prospect Report in an effort to highlight the daily performances of several Baltimore Orioles’ minor league players.  They were all players that have caught my eye and that I am interested in; I thought I would use this platform to help other Orioles fans get to know them as well as follow their progress.  I am continuing that work this season and have added a few new names to the list; two players from last year’s report are now with other organizations.  In addition, I asked readers to suggest who they would be interested in following daily and based on those suggestions, I added a reader’s section below.  I hope you enjoy this effort and that you will provide feedback on it; I am open to any suggestions on how to make it better as well as any criticism of it.  Let’s engage in a dialogue about the players; they are the future of the Orioles.

#TheRoadToBirdland

This season, I am highlighting five Baltimore Orioles minor league prospects; these players are personal favorites of mine.  The players are C Ben Breazeale (NR per MLB Pipeline), OF Cedric Mullins (#7), RHP Yefry Ramirez (#19), 3B Jomar Reyes (#21) and RHP James Teague (NR).

In an article for Baby Birdland, I explained the reasons why I am watching one of them (Reyes); one (Breazeale) was my first face-to-face interview for Baby Birdland.  I also had the opportunity to conduct a face-to-face interview with another (Mullins) early this season.   Each day here you will find a summary of their game performance.

Thanks for reading!

 

Ben Breazeale (Delmarva Shorebirds, 12-5): LOST 2-1 vs Lakewood BLUECLAWS

 GAME 0-2 1 BB
 SEASON 12 GP

.167/.271/.238

5 Runs

7 H

3 2B  5 RBI 5 BB

11 K

Cedric Mullins (Bowie Baysox, 9-7): LOST 9-4 vs Akron RUBBERDUCKS

 GAME  2-5  1 2B 1 RBI
 SEASON 15 GP

.266/.299/.516

11 Runs

17 H

5 2B

1 3B

3 HR

12 RBI

3 BB

11 K

1 SB

Yefry Ramirez (Norfolk Tides, 8-6): WON 6-1 vs Buffalo BISONS

 GAME Scheduled to Pitch Tues. 4/24
 SEASON 3 G (1-1)

3.77 ERA

1.12 WHIP

14.1 IP 9 H 6 R (ER) 14 K

7 BB

1 HBP

.173 BAA

Jomar Reyes (Frederick Keys, 7-11): WON 6-2 vs Wilmington BLUE ROCKS

 GAME 0-4
 SEASON 17 GP

.221/.260/.235

6 Runs

15 H

 1 2B 7 RBI 4 BB

10 K

James Teague (Frederick Keys, 7-11): WON 6-2 vs Wilmington BLUE ROCKS

 GAME Did Not Pitch
 SEASON 5 G  (0-1, 1-2S)

11.57 ERA

2.14 WHIP

7.0 IP 10 H 9 R (ER) 5 BB

8 K

.345 BAA

                                                                                                                                          

READER’S REQUESTED PLAYERS

Cole Billingsley, OF (Frederick Keys, 7-11): WON 6-2 vs Wilmington BLUE ROCKS

 GAME 1-4 1 Run 1 HR 2 RBI
 SEASON 17 GP

.271/.354/.371

10 Runs

19 H

4 2B 1 HR

6 RBI

9 BB

12 K

3 SB

Tyler Erwin, LHP (Frederick Keys, 7-11): WON 6-2 vs Wilmington BLUE ROCKS

 GAME 1.2 IP 2 BB 1 K HOLD
 SEASON 6 G (0-1, 1-2S)

0.82 ERA

0.73 WHIP

11.0 IP 4 H 2 R (1 ER) 4 BB

11 K

.118 BAA

Randolph Gassaway (#30), OF (Frederick Keys, 7-11): WON 6-2 vs Wilmington BLUE ROCKS

 GAME  1-4 2 Runs 2 K
 SEASON 18 GP

.304/.355/.420

9 Runs

21 H

8 2B 10 RBI 6 BB

18 K

Adam Hall (#20), INF (Extended Spring Training)

 GAME
 SEASON

 

Come back every day to keep up with how my five prospects and the reader’s four prospects are performing; for more news, notes, and analysis on the entire Baltimore Orioles Minor League system, including a daily roundup of all the affiliates’ games, go to BabyBirdland and read the work of its’ hard working staff.

Don’t forget to follow both @BabyBirdland and @CoachNick_14 on Twitter.

An Update On Jason Garcia and Jesus Liranzo

It has been two weeks since I wrote on the baseball whereabouts of former Baltimore Orioles prospects and “Just One Fan’s” favorites RHP Jason Garcia and RHP Jesus Liranzo.  The two of them are with new organizations now so let’s see how they are doing.

Jason Garcia (Hartford Yard Goats, AA, Colorado Rockies)

SEASON:  1-1 record, 6 games, 8.1 IP, 15 H, 11 R (8ER), 3 BB, 1 IBB, 7 K, 2 WP, 1 HBP, 1 HR 8.64 ERA, 2.16 WHIP, .417 BAA

Garcia has appeared in 5 games over the past two weeks and as he did with the Bowie Baysox, continues to struggle.  His worst outing came on April 19th when he entered the game with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning at Portland.  He was able to get out of the inning but had a rough 7th inning.

His line that night: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R (ER), 3 BB, 1 IBB, 1 K, 1 HR surrendered

His best game came two nights earlier against the same Portland team.

His line that night: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, credited with the WIN

This is just the same kind of up and down results we witnessed in Bowie.

 

Jesus Liranzo (Altoona Curve, AA, Pittsburgh Pirates)

SEASON:  0-0 record, 2 games, 2,2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, .000 BAA

After being acquired by the Pirates, Liranzo spent time on the DL with a left ankle sprain.  He was activated from the DL on April 16th and appeared in two games since then.  He continues to show signs of the brilliance that caused the Baltimore Orioles to sign him back in 2013.  It took him 8 pitches (5 strikes) to record 2 outs in one game and 19 pitches (15 strikes) to get through 2 innings in the other.  His issue in the Orioles’ organization was an inability to pitch like that consistently.  For his sake and for his future, I hope this is the start of a major improvement.

 

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